cultural fests / food events / markets / shopping events (free admission, unless noted otherwise):

► weds thru 7/21: our lady of mount carmel feast (giglio festival) at the area around our lady of mount carmel church in williamsburg (n 8th + havemeyer streets). >>

► thurs 4-10pm (second thursdays 4-10pm, thru october): uptown night market at 12th avenue and west 133rd street. >>

► thurs 12-9pm (thursdays thru 8/1): union square’s first-ever night market by urbanspace at union square park’s south plaza. >>


thru 7/28: east to edinburgh festival: before heading to scotland for the edinburgh festival fringe, 16 shows from new york and around the country will take center stage right here in nyc during 59e59 theaters’ annual east to edinburgh festival. 59e59 theaters (ues), $18. >>

sponsored: tues 12-1pm (tuesdays thru 7/30): summer sounds at manhattan west: manhattan west (midtown west at 385 9th avenue) hosts a free series of weekly performances by musicians from around the globe. today: combo daguerre – these brooklyn-based rockers create a hybrid of french songs with the psychedelic latin influences of boléro, cumbia, 60s rock and french chanson. >>

tues 7pm (monthly): live dubbed sitcoms: comedians improvise new dialogue and plotlines over muted episodes of classic tv sitcoms at the live dubbed sitcoms show. tonight: saved by the bell and the king of queens. caveat (les), $18.76 with promo code ‘sitcom’ (reg. $22.35, $23 door). >>

tues 7pm (tuesdays thru 8/13): live at the gantries: kupferberg center for the arts presents live at the gantries, an annual outdoor concert series at gantry plaza state park. tonight: latin grammy winning artist, guitar player, dj, songwriter and producer josé luis ‘cheo’ pardo (afro latin, funk, and boogaloo). free admission. >>

tues 7:30pm (tuesdays thru 8/6): cherry on top comedy: dairy queens savannah desormeaux and jenny gorelick pair stand-up with ice cream at cherry on top, a comedy show in an ice cream shop that features a female, queer, and non-binary lineup. ice cream will be available for purchase before and after the show. the social (prosepct heights), $5-10 admission. >>

tues 7:30pm (+ 7/23, 8/6): naumburg orchestral concerts: outdoor orchestral concerts return to central park’s historic naumburg bandshell for a 119th season. tonight: a far cry, a self-conducted chamber orchestra, will perform works by kareem roustom, kinan azmeh, dinuk wijeratne, and leoš janáček. hosted by wqxr’s terrance mcknight. all concerts will be broadcast live. free admission. >>

tues 8pm: my dead wedding: a funeral for my canceled wedding: comedian chet siegel, who was dumped twice by her ex-fiancé during the pandemic, invites you to her solo show / ‘immersive nervous breakdown’ where she grieves her broken engagement and tries to figure out if she can get over it. littlefield (gowanus), $5.83 promo code ‘rip’ (reg $9.95 adv, $12 day of). >>


weds thru 8/25 (wednesdays thru sundays): little island performances in the glade: little island’s 2024 season continues with a series of free live performances in the glade, a 200-seat outdoor venue. week one: ‘tell me more’: performance and conversation curated and hosted by pulitzer prize-winner suzan-lori parks. free admission (first come, first served). >>

weds thru 7/21: 17th annual japan cuts: festival of japanese film: north america’s largest festival of contemporary japanese film returns for its 17th year at japan society (midtown east) with 31 films. $12-25 general, $10-23 seniors/students. >>

weds thru sun: third annual lincoln center’s summer for the city: india week: lincoln center hosts 200+ free or choose-what-you-pay concerts, dance parties, performances, films screenings, and more thru august. this week: india week events, including comedy underground, ragamala dance company, silent discos curated by dj rekha, a social dance, a screening of rrr, and much more. free and choose-what-you pay admission. >>

weds + thurs (various times): summerstage: nyc’s iconic summer performing arts festival returns with 85 free and benefit shows in central park and 12 neighborhood parks across the five boroughs. this week: lamc and latin grammy 25th anniversary: fonseca, israel fernandez, bruses, and dj gia fu at rumsey playfield in central park (weds 7pm, free), works + process: it’s showtime nyc!, maimouna keita african dance company, and kash gaines’s caged birds at bed-stuy’s herbert von king park (thurs 6pm, free), and counting crows at rumsey playfield in central park (thurs 6pm, ticketed benefit show). >>

weds (various times): free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
10 things i hate about you at resiliencity park (hoboken) >>
barbie at wync transmitter park (greenpoint) >>
howl’s moving castle at elizabeth street garden (nolita) >>
school of rock at prospect park’s long meadow (brooklyn) >>
the outsiders at pier i in riverside park south (uws) >>

weds (various times): free ice cream: to celebrate the piña colada’s 70th anniversary, discover puerto rico and van leeuwen have teamed up for a new piña colada ice cream flavor. score yourself a free scoop from a truck at three locations today: bryant park (11am-12:30pm), union square (1:15-2:45pm), and 787 coffee in the west village (4-5pm). >>

weds 6pm: on site opera: opera in the garden: enjoy selections from operas inspired by fairy tales in west side community garden’s floral setting. free admission. >>

weds 6pm (wednesdays thru 8/7): summer concerts at hudson yards: the annual bowery presents concert series returns to the public square + gardens at hudson yards. tonight: nbc’s the voice champion brynn cartelli with opener taylor bickett. free admission. >>

weds 6pm (various dates thru 8/2): carnegie hall citywide: carnegie hall presents a series of free outdoor concerts across nyc. tonight’s concert at madison square park (flatiron) features 2022 tiny desk contest winner alisa amador. >>

weds 7pm (monthly): fantastic fiction: the speculative-fiction reading series at kgb bar (east village), hosted by editor ellen datlow and writer matthew kressel, welcomes authors nat cassidy (when the wolf comes home) and a.t. sayre (signals in the static). free admission. >>

weds 7pm: stand-up science presents: volcano: learn while laughing as scientist turned stand-up comedian ben miller, who was recently artist-in-residence at hawai’i volcanoes national park, performs an hour of volcano-related jokes at grove 34 (astoria). $10. >>

weds 7pm: bailey swilley: gimme a sign!: writer and performer bailey swilley shares how she got through the darkest time in her life – the death of her father – with the help of family, pop culture and an obsession with looking for signs from ghosts. easy lover (east williamsburg), pay-what-you-want admission. >>

weds 7pm (wednesdays thru thru 8/14): jazz at pier 84: the jazz foundation of america presents its annual series of outdoor evening concerts at hell’s kitchen’s pier 84. tonight: santi debriano’s arkestra bembe. free admission. >>

weds 7:30pm: shitty mozart: hits, bits + shits: dressed in a cheap wig, shitty mozart (aron nemo, writer at the late show with stephen colbert) performs a chaotic one-man multimedia concerto—playing instruments he’s invented, performing duets with cartoons he drew, and more. brooklyn art haus (williamsburg), $15. >>

weds 7:30pm doors: ambush comedy show: josh johnson, lucas connolly, and brittany cardwell’s ambush comedy show returns to ebbs brewing co (williamsburg) with stand-up sets by adam conover (adam ruins everything), hari kondabolu (netflix), martin urbano (kimmel), mary santora (siriusxm), and jared waters (training day comedy). bonus: arrive early to be entered into a raffle for a free 6-pack. free admission. >>

weds 8pm: attack mode deluxe: an all-female lineup of comedians (‘and their pet man’) take over littlefield (gowanus) with their love of the dark side of humor. featuring michelle gold, brooke eliot, karli marulli, danielle clarke-fisher, whitley watson, and jordan defilippo. $8.92 with promo code ‘attack5’ (reg. $15+). >>


thurs thru 7/27: serials by the fled collective: watch teams of actors perform five original 10-minute episodic plays, then vote for your favorites to return for a new installment at the next cycle of the fled collective’s short play series. the tank (garment district), $20+. >>

thurs thru 7/14: third annual fun + dumb festival: brooklyn comedy collective celebrates all things improv with a four-day laugh fest featuring 160+ improv teams, 600 performers, and 18 workshops. eris and bcc pig pen (east williamsburg), $30. >>

thurs (various times): free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
barbie at the unisphere (flushing meadows corona park) >>
if at coney island beach + boardwalk >>
migration at ercel webb park (jersey city) >>
much ado about nothing at lawn in j. hood wright park (washington heights) >>
past lives at brooklyn bridge park’s harbor view lawn (dumbo) >>
rrr at damrosch park (lincoln center) >>

thurs: free slurpee day: celebrate the date and cool down with a free slurpee at participating 7-eleven locations. >>

thurs 12:30pm (thursdays thru 8/1): broadway in bryant park: broadway and off-broadway stars perform some of their biggest hits at bryant park’s annual lunchtime performance series. today: back to the future, hell’s kitchen, the who’s tommy, the wiz, and water for elephants. hosted by litefm’s helen little. free admission. >>

thurs 6pm (thursdays thru 8/15): live at the archway: music + art in the dumbo archway: sights and sounds fill the public plaza underneath the manhattan bridge in dumbo. tonight: brasil summerfest presents stéphane san juan trio, with art by noah lyon. doors at 5pm. rain or shine. free admission. >>

thurs 6-8pm (thursdays thru 7/25): jazz in july at brooklyn botanic garden: bring a blanket and enjoy the surroundings and sounds of bbg’s outdoor jazz in july series. each night also features a tour or other garden activity. free with regular garden admission ($22 general, $16 seniors/students, and a selection of free community tickets are available). >>

thurs 6:30pm (thursdays thru 8/1): summer music series at bushwick inlet park: take in the sounds and sunset at friends of bushwick inlet park’s annual summer music series. tonight: george gray jazz coalition. 86 kent ave (williamsburg), free admission. >>

thurs 6:30pm doors (thursdays thru 8/1): river + blues concert series: battery park city’s annual river + blues concert series brings global and american folk, roots, and blues music to nelson a. rockefeller park for four evenings. tonight: los lobos with opener dj reagonomics. free admission. >>

thurs 7pm cue the sun! the invention of reality tv: new yorker staff writer and pulitzer prize-winning critic emily nussbaum presents her new book, cue the sun! the invention of reality tv, in a conversation with writer michael schulman (oscar wars). presented by books are magic at the invisible dog art center (boerum hill). free admission, $30 ticket includes a copy of the book. >>

thurs 7:30pm (thursdays thru 8/3): astoria park concert series: central astoria ldc’s annual concert series returns with four nights of live music on the astoria park great lawn. tonight: emerald city underground (90s-00s grunge and alt rock covers). free admission. >>

thurs 8pm (monthly): tip top tits comedy show: it’s comedy or bust at janet hyde and mary cella’s stand-up show, returning tonight with bret raybould (siriusxm), christiana jackson (cash cab), dan st. germain (conan), molly ruben-long (jfl), and taj osorio. bonus: $3 pbrs. tip-top bar + grill (bed-stuy), free admission. >>

thurs 8pm doors: rooftop films summer series: swamp dogg gets his pool painted: rooftop films presents isaac gale and ryan olson’s swamp dogg gets his pool painted (2024), followed by q+a with the filmmakers and an after party featuring a live performance from swamp dogg. industry city’s courtyard 5/6 (brooklyn), $18. >>

thurs 9pm (monthly): comedy ugly: a comedy strip show: comedians reveal more than just punchlines at comedy ugly, a standup show where performers remove an article of clothing between jokes. featuring: mark benjamin, david piccolomini, kenice mobley, and amanda hurley. hosted by alysia hush, marisa riley, and kim dinaro. easy lover (east williamsburg), free admission. >>

thurs 9pm: dave piontkowski: 3 kidneys no colon: comedian dave piontkowski’s 3 kidneys no colon, a solo show filled with jokes and stories chronicling his life battling chronic kidney disease and ulcerative colitis, comes to soho playhouse before heading to edinburgh festival fringe. $15 with promo code ‘anniversary’ (reg. $20). >>


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