July may be a steamy month, but there are so many exclusive happenings and novel ways to cool off, you won’t miss your AC at all.
Summergarden at MoMA — Sundays, July 5 - 26 Stimulate your visual and auditory senses at the Summergarden concert series in the Sculpture Garden. Each week, music will fill the manicured marble outdoor courtyard, from contemporary classical presented by the Juilliard School to offerings from the Lincoln Center jazz department. Let the sounds wash over you while taking in MoMA’s iconic 36-foot-tall Rose II by Isa Genzken and the tumbling female figure in Moonbird by Joan Miró.
Books Beneath the Bridge —Mondays, July 6 – August 10 Story time isn’t just for kids. Taking place on the Granite Prospect steps at the base of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, Books Beneath the Bridge showcases authors and poets handpicked by independent New York bookstores. Writers read excerpts of their work, answer questions from readers and sign books. Wordsmiths will love the kickoff event, which has two Scrabble obsessives (one of them a three-time national champion) facing off on a jumbo-size board.
Water Fight NYC — July 25 Charge up your Super Soaker and head to Central Park’s Great Lawn for the water fight of the summer. Come to this raucous affair fully prepared to be drenched with icy blasts from spray bottles and squirt guns. Dress code: super casual. Obviously.
Central Park Smorgasburg – July 31 For one night only, Smorgasburg returns to Central Park’s SummerStage with 25 new food vendors and trucks in tow. Expect your favorite summery treats including Blue Marble Ice Cream and flatbread from Pizza Moto. Foodies can also sample trendy bites like the buzzed-about Ramen Burger and Asia Dog’s Ginny dog (kimchi and seaweed flakes). Prefer to stay boroughs-bound on weekends? Smorgasburg hosts its weekly food festival all summer long in Williamsburg, Coney Island and, starting July 11, Long Island City.
Bastille Day — July 12 Celebrate France’s national day stateside at the Bastille Day on 60th Street food and cultural fair. Sample bubbly, savory cheeses, flaky croissants and cream-filled éclairs. Francophiles and families alike will be awed by the fencing demonstrations and saucy can-can performance. Vive la France!