12 things you absolutely have to do in NYC this July

Published On 06/29/2014 Published On 06/29/2014

In case you haven't already been drinking, eating, and partying your way through the early days of Summer, we're gonna help you catch up with this monthly playbook filled with... more drinking, eating, and partying. Check it out, and see how many you can go to without getting fired.

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Grill Out

When: July 4
Where: All over the city
Obviously you’re going to watch the fireworks, but you should also eat as many hot dogs as you can, grill, and if you can’t find a grill, just go and get some BBQ.

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Mister Sunday Dance Parties

When: July 6
Where: Industry City
They’re going on throughout the entire Summer, but get July going strong with the awesome Mister Sunday dance parties happening out in Gowanus.

Weekly Jazz Show

When: July 6
Where: MoMA Sculpture Garden (address and info)
Party outside of the MoMA at one of the weekly jazz shows in the Sculpture Garden, where they're dealing gelato, Prosecco, and beers every Sunday through July.

Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival

When: July 9-12
Where: All over Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival gets its 10th anniversary on with acts like Raekwon and Jay Electronica.

Seaport 4Knots

When: July 12
Where: South Street Seaport (address and info)
Get out to Seaport 4Knots, a free concert put on by the Village Voice with acts like Dinosaur Jr, Mac DeMarco, and Those Darlins, as well as a tattoo contest and an after-party at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.

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Bastille Day

When: July 13
Where: UES; Red Hook
Celebrate Bastille Day on 60th St with wine, beer, crepes, and live music, or on Smith St with wine, beer, food stands (probably serving crepes), live music, and a pĂ©tanque tournament.

World Cup Final

When: July 13
Where: All over the city
World Cup Final! Either get to your team’s spot, Nevada Smiths at the crack of dawn, or head out to Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden in Astoria and watch it outside.

A BBQ Blowout

When: July 15
Where: Pig & Khao (address and info)
Popular food/party series BBQ Blowout by Finger on the Pulse is bringing the party to Pig & Khao with awesome eats and a DJ set by Ducky. Quack. Quack. QUACK. QUACK. QUACKQUACKQUACKQUACK.

Botanical Brew Fest

When: July 19
Where: Queens Botanical Garden (address and info)
There's a Brew Fest at the Queens Botanical Garden, so head out for a taste of brews from Smuttynose, Southern Tier, Abita, Sixpoint, Oskar Blues, and more.

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Restaurant Week

When: July 21
Where: All over the city
Plan out where you’re going to eat on the cheap, because NYC Restaurant Week starts. Three courses are gonna run you $25 at lunch, and $38 at dinner.

Free Outdoor Films

When: July 25
Where: All over the city
Have you watched a free movie outside yet this Summer? Go see Ghostbusters II at Pier 46. Crossing streams: optional. Free popcorn: not optional.


Bacon and Beer Classic

When: July 26
Where: Citi Field (address and info)
Bacon. And. Beer. Classic. Do we need to say anything else? Yes? Okay, Citi Field is getting taken over by meathusiasts and hop heads for a day of craft brews, bacon, and bacon-inspired eats. And also bacon. And beer. Also beer. Plus bacon. Beer.

Andrew Zimmer is Thrillist's NYC Editor and thinks there should be fireworks every day in July. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019 (Midtown West)

True to its name, the MoMa hosts modern art exhibitions that "fuel creativity, ignite minds, and provide inspiration". So go get cultured and pretend to be able to interpret the meaning behind countless works of art.

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2. Nevada Smith's 100 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003 (Union Square)

There's a reason NS shows over 100 live games per week, plus all international and cup games: It's the place "where football is religion". So grab a brew, and post up with all of the other soccer, football, and rugby fanatics to catch the action.

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3. Citi Field 12301 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11368 (Queens)

The home of the New York Mets since 2009. With about 42,000 seats, world-class dining (and Shake Shack!), and other amenities (wide-open concourses, the Shea Bridge, the Jackie Robinson Rotunda...), Citi is a modern stadium for everyone from the die-hard fan to the die-hard fan's uninterested girlfriend.

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4. South Street Seaport South St, New York, NY 10310 (Financial District)

Located alongside the East River in the Financial District, the South Street Seaport is a terrific spot for shopping, live events, bars, and restaurants.

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5. Queens Botanical Garden 4350 Main St, Flushing, NY 11355 (Queens)

A natural respite in the heart of Queens, the botanical garden is a great spot to relax, take in some natural beauty and fresh(er) air, and attend events like the Botanical Brew Fest.