Events

Every NYC Summer Festival You Need to Go To

Published On 05/09/2016 Published On 05/09/2016
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Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC)

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Event

Location

May 8 Sun

New York Guitar Festival Jam out to guitar-led music at this week-long event.

Various locations

New York Guitar Festival Various locations Jam out to guitar-led music at this week-long event.

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Event

Location

May 12 Thu

Bayou 'n Brooklyn Music Festival Enjoy Cajun music, food, and dance over the course of three days.

Jalopy Theater and School of Music

Bayou 'n Brooklyn Music Festival Jalopy Theater and School of Music Enjoy Cajun music, food, and dance over the course of three days.

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Event

Location

May 13 Fri

Electric Daisy Carnival Get lost in techno heaven.

Citi Field

Electric Daisy Carnival Citi Field Get lost in techno heaven.

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Event

Location

May 18 Wed

NYC Popfest Check out musical performances from Indie-pop bands from around the world.

Various locations

NYC Popfest Various locations Check out musical performances from Indie-pop bands from around the world.

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Event

Location

May 18 Wed

Harlem EatUp! Celebrating the diverse food, entertainment, and art of Harlem with dinners from classic spots like Sylvia's and a walk-around tasting from favorites like Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and The Cecil. 

Multiple locations

Harlem EatUp! Multiple locations Celebrating the diverse food, entertainment, and art of Harlem with dinners from classic spots like Sylvia's and a walk-around tasting from favorites like Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and The Cecil. 

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Event

Location

May 20 Fri

Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisan Food Festival Sample over 200 wines, plus hors d’oeuvres.

Industry City

Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisan Food Festival Industry City Sample over 200 wines, plus hors d’oeuvres.

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Event

Location

May 20 Fri

Vulture Festival This year's lineup features a Happy Endings reunion; talks with Shonda Rhimes, Rachel Bloom, and Amy Poehler; comedy from Sarah Silverman and friends; and a tour of the MET Breuer with senior art critic Jerry Saltz (among other events). 

Milk Studios

Vulture Festival Milk Studios This year's lineup features a Happy Endings reunion; talks with Shonda Rhimes, Rachel Bloom, and Amy Poehler; comedy from Sarah Silverman and friends; and a tour of the MET Breuer with senior art critic Jerry Saltz (among other events). 

Date

Event

Location

May 27 Fri

Puerto Rican Festival A family-friend event celebrating Puerto Rican culture with performances, arts & crafts, live music, and food.

152nd St btw Jackson & Union Aves 

Puerto Rican Festival 152nd St btw Jackson & Union Aves  A family-friend event celebrating Puerto Rican culture with performances, arts & crafts, live music, and food.

NYC Pride (The Official NYC LGBT Pride Organizer)

Date

Event

Location

May 31 Tue

Blue Note Jazz Festival A month-long Jazz celebration featuring 150 concerts across 15 venues.

Various locations

Blue Note Jazz Festival Various locations A month-long Jazz celebration featuring 150 concerts across 15 venues.

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Event

Location

May 31-Dec 31

Shakespeare in the Park Enjoy performances of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and Troilus and Cressida.

Delacorte Theater, Central Park

Shakespeare in the Park Delacorte Theater, Central Park Enjoy performances of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and Troilus and Cressida.

Date

Event

Location

Jun 1 Wed

Taste of Asia Gorge on Asian food and drink from some of the city’s leading Asian restaurants.

Industry City

Taste of Asia Industry City Gorge on Asian food and drink from some of the city’s leading Asian restaurants.

Date

Event

Location

Jun 2 Thu

Governors Ball Featuring The Strokes, The Killers, and a hopefully uninhibited Kanye.

Randall’s Island Park

Governors Ball Randall’s Island Park Featuring The Strokes, The Killers, and a hopefully uninhibited Kanye.

Date

Event

Location

Jun 2 Thu

Brooklyn Film Festival Check out over 100 films from filmmakers in 20 different countries.

Various locations

Brooklyn Film Festival Various locations Check out over 100 films from filmmakers in 20 different countries.

Date

Event

Location

Jun 5 Sun

Northside Festival A week-long event promoting food, art, and fashion in Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

Various locations

Northside Festival Various locations A week-long event promoting food, art, and fashion in Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

Date

Event

Location

Jun 7-Dec 31

Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Free outdoor performances from Dr. Dog, Violent Femmes, and more inside Prospect Park's bandshell. Check out the full Celebrate Brooklyn lineup for more details.

Prospect Park Bandshell

Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Prospect Park Bandshell Free outdoor performances from Dr. Dog, Violent Femmes, and more inside Prospect Park's bandshell. Check out the full Celebrate Brooklyn lineup for more details.

Date

Event

Location

Jun 8 Wed

Red Hook Fest A weekend-long event featuring live DJs, barbecues, and happy hour specials.

Various locations

Red Hook Fest Various locations A weekend-long event featuring live DJs, barbecues, and happy hour specials.

Date

Event

Location

Jun 8 Wed

SoHo Film Fest Watch dramas and comedies from around the world.

Village East Cinema

SoHo Film Fest Village East Cinema Watch dramas and comedies from around the world.

Date

Event

Location

Jun 10 Fri

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party Enjoy award-winning barbecue, cooking seminars, live music, and more barbecue.

Madison Square Park

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party Madison Square Park Enjoy award-winning barbecue, cooking seminars, live music, and more barbecue.

Date

Event

Location

Jun 15 Wed

Dance Week Take free dance and fitness classes at participating studios across the city.

Various locations

Dance Week Various locations Take free dance and fitness classes at participating studios across the city.

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Event

Location

Jun 19 Sun

Solstice in Times Square Enjoy free yoga at this annual event attended by hundreds of yogis.

Times Square

Solstice in Times Square Times Square Enjoy free yoga at this annual event attended by hundreds of yogis.

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Event

Location

Jun 20 Mon

Summer Solstice Celebration Do some arts & crafts, get your face painted, and enjoy live music among sculptures in the park.

Socrates Sculpture Park

Summer Solstice Celebration Socrates Sculpture Park Do some arts & crafts, get your face painted, and enjoy live music among sculptures in the park.

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Event

Location

Jun 20 Mon

Pride Week Celebrate and support the LGBT community at this week-long event featuring a variety of fun, inspiring events.

Various locations

Pride Week Various locations Celebrate and support the LGBT community at this week-long event featuring a variety of fun, inspiring events.

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Event

Location

Jun 24 Fri

Generation Bridge Summer White Party Mix and mingle at this annual event with live music, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails. Must wear white!

116 Tenth Ave

Generation Bridge Summer White Party 116 Tenth Ave Mix and mingle at this annual event with live music, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails. Must wear white!

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Date

Event

Location

Jul 2 Sat

Summergarden at the MoMa Attend free weekly concerts featuring jazz and classical music.

MoMa

Summergarden at the MoMa MoMa Attend free weekly concerts featuring jazz and classical music.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 3 Sun

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular Enjoy the annual patriotic display of fireworks, this year over the East River.

East River

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular East River Enjoy the annual patriotic display of fireworks, this year over the East River.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 3 Sun

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Lose your appetite watching competitive eaters slam an unthinkable amount of hot dogs.

Coney Island

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Coney Island Lose your appetite watching competitive eaters slam an unthinkable amount of hot dogs.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 6-Dec 31

Broadway in Bryant Park Watch popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits.

Bryant Park

Broadway in Bryant Park Bryant Park Watch popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 12 Tue

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Embrace hip-hop culture at this fest featuring discussion panels, films, live music, and food.

Various locations

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Various locations Embrace hip-hop culture at this fest featuring discussion panels, films, live music, and food.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 16 Sat

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival Expect a packed event, featuring live music and loads of Caribbean food.

Roy Wilkins Park

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival Roy Wilkins Park Expect a packed event, featuring live music and loads of Caribbean food.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 29 Fri

Poetry Festival See 250 poets across three stages, plus food and beverages.

Governor’s Island

Poetry Festival Governor’s Island See 250 poets across three stages, plus food and beverages.

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Date

Event

Location

Jul 31 Sun

New York Spectacular A family-fun musical with a performance featuring the Rockettes.

Radio City Music Hall

New York Spectacular Radio City Music Hall A family-fun musical with a performance featuring the Rockettes.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 31 Sun

Mostly Mozart Festival Concerts, operas, and world premieres featuring the music of Mozart.

Lincoln Center

Mostly Mozart Festival Lincoln Center Concerts, operas, and world premieres featuring the music of Mozart.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 5 Fri

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Watch 170 dragon boats compete in this annual race, plus enjoy loads of food & drink.

Flushing Meadows Park

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Flushing Meadows Park Watch 170 dragon boats compete in this annual race, plus enjoy loads of food & drink.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 10 Wed

The Giglio Feast of Saint Antonio An annual festival honoring Italian food, drink, music, and culture.

East Harlem

The Giglio Feast of Saint Antonio East Harlem An annual festival honoring Italian food, drink, music, and culture.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 11 Thu

Fringe Film Festival Check out over 1,000 stage performances across 20 venues.

Various locations

Fringe Film Festival Various locations Check out over 1,000 stage performances across 20 venues.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 20-Dec 31

Full Moon Festival Two days of live music from Santigold, Pusha T, Lolawolf, and more.

Governors Island

Full Moon Festival Governors Island Two days of live music from Santigold, Pusha T, Lolawolf, and more.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 21 Sun

Brooklyn Comedy Festival Established comedians and newcomers alike will perform a variety of sketch, standup, and improv comedy.

Various locations

Brooklyn Comedy Festival Various locations Established comedians and newcomers alike will perform a variety of sketch, standup, and improv comedy.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 27 Sat

Brighton Beach Jubilee Festival Celebrate diversity at this annual event with food, live music, and kiddie rides.

Coney Island

Brighton Beach Jubilee Festival Coney Island Celebrate diversity at this annual event with food, live music, and kiddie rides.

Date

Event

Location

Sep 1 Thu

Electric Zoo Blasting techno, epic food trucks, and lots of neon.

Randall’s Island Park

Electric Zoo Randall’s Island Park Blasting techno, epic food trucks, and lots of neon.

Date

Event

Location

Sep 3 Sat

Brazilian Day Honor Brazilian culture at this day-long event featuring live music, dancing, and food.

W 46th St

Brazilian Day W 46th St Honor Brazilian culture at this day-long event featuring live music, dancing, and food.