Best NYC Festivals and Fairs in July
Bastille Day celebration is New York’s largest annual fête of French culture, on Sunday, July 14th.
Again this year there are FREE live performances by French and American groups, including Can Can dancers, activities for children and families, wine and Champagne tastings, a special film screening, and more than 60 booths showcasing the best of French food and Francophile culture.
This year’s highlights include performances by traditional French dance hall bal musette band Les P’tites Ouvreuses, jazz singer Chloé Perrier, rock band Rodeo Joe, electric big band The Blue Dahlia, theatrical dance troupe The Love Show, and a zouk dance lesson with Franck Muhel on the Main Stage (60th Street and Lexington); French singer Gérard Chambre in Florence Gould Hall; and the Hungry March Band will parade throughout 60th Street.
Car lovers will be able to get up close to classic models of Citroën. the popular French automobile. This year’s rally celebrates the 100th anniversary of Citroën.
The Bastille Day street fair attracts more re than 40,000 people per year
- Noon to 5pm on East 60th Street between Fifth and Lexington Avenues.
- Additional information at fiaf.org.
Top musicians, Broadway and sports stars, comedians, chefs, business leaders and political heavyweights converge on Central Park in July for the annual OZY Fest, with a line-up including John Legend, The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban, Spike Lee and A-Rod, Alex Rodriguez.
Get discount tickets now for this two-day event that is part music festival, part TED talks, part political movement and part food fair.
Get $20 tickets, or a $35 weekend pass, and save yourself big bucks because you will not be paying the $79 daily price. Seriously, why would anybody pay $79 for anything on the planet when they can get it for $20.
- OZY Fest is Saturday/Sunday, July 20/21 on the Great Lawn of Central Park.
NY Housing Fair
Finding an affordable apartment, or a roommate in New York City is never easy. The NY Housing Fair will take some of the angst out at this FREE event featuring brokers from all five boroughs, information about new buildings you might otherwise not know about. support services such as movers and storage companies, even a “speed roommating” session, plus complimentary snacks and refreshments, and giveaways.
The event is sponsored by SpareRoom, and while it is FREE to attend, donations are invited to their non-profit partner Breaking Ground, which helps the city’s homeless. Find out more about their work here.
- 5pm to 10pm, Wednesday, July 31
- 410 West 14th St., Meapo.
- RSVP required for FREE admission.
Best NYC Museum Exhibits NYC
The bicentennial of the famous poet Walt Whitman, who lived and worked in Brooklyn, is being celebrated with special exhibits.
Read more about the exhibits and the life of Walt Whitman in this NY Times article.
“Walt Whitman: America’s Poet,” at the New York Public Library, surveys the landmarks of the poet’s public career, drawing in large part from its rich holdings.
- FREE, through August 30 at the New York Public Library, main branch on Fifth Ave.
Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy,” at the Morgan Library & Museum, features items from the Morgan collection alongside loans from the Library of Congress, which include an errant 19th-century butterfly with a back story as colorful as its wings.
- At the Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave.
It is the largest exhibition on Auschwitz ever presented in the United States features more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs from more than 20 museums and other institutions around the world, many of them on display in the USA for the first time in North Amerrica.
Not long ago. Not far away is a searing reminder of the horrors of war, xenophobia, racism and anti-Semitism, especially timely today with the sad and frightening rise of terrorist shootings in synagogues, churches and mosques around the world.
Not long ago. Not far away includes hundreds of personal items (e.g., suitcases, eyeglasses, and shoes) that belonged to people murdered in Auschwitz and to people who survived.
Other artifacts include concrete posts that were part of the fence of the Auschwitz camp; an original barrack; a gas mask used by the SS; drawings by Alfred Kantor and David Olère; and an original German-made Model 2 freight car used for the deportation of Jews.
This important exhibit comes to New York City after being shown in Madrid.
The exhibition opened to the public on May 8, the anniversary of VE Day, 1945
- At the The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Battery Park.
- MJH is the primary resource in the tri-state area for teaching and learning about the Holocaust and is the third largest Holocaust museum in the world.
- Get tickets now. Tickets are timed entry, but you can stay as long as you like.
- For more information about the exhibition, including tickets, visit www.Auschwitz.nyc.
- NYC on the Cheap Editor Evelyn Kanter is a descendant of Holocaust survivors.
- Members of my father’s family died in Auschwitz and in other Nazi concentration camps.
Best NYC Events for Foodies
There’s a beefed up line-up this season, with more than 100 vendors offering an international selection of bites representing the cuisines of the Bronx population, including the Caribbean, Mexico, China, Greece and more.
- In Fordham Plaza, Saturdays, 4pm to 10pm
- July 13 and 27, August 17 and 31, Sept. 14 and 28, Oct. 26
The Queens International Night Market is a large, family-friendly Asian-style open-air night market, featuring as many as 100 independent vendors selling merchandise, art, and food, plus small-scale cultural performances, all celebrating the rich cultural diversity and heritage of NYC and Queens, the most ethnically diverse of the five boroughs.
The location is a working-class area with a diverse immigrant population, and most menu items are $5
- Saturdays, 5pm to Midnight, at the New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows Corona Park