Festivals

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Uptown Jazz in July

92nd Street Y Jazz in July Festival

Prices vary per event

92nd Street Y

1395 Lexington Ave btwn 91st St and 92nd St

July 21 – July 31

www.92y.org

(212) 415 5500

New York City is known as one of the jazz capitals of the world, and the 92nd Street Y will be highlighting some of the city’s finest contributions to the genre. This summer will be the festival’s 30th anniversary, with performances by Jimmy Greene, Jeremy Pelt, and Ken Peplowski. Under the direction of Bill Charlap, the festival will feature the historical sounds of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Berstein, Miles Davis, Dick Hyman, Sarah Vaghn and Fred Astaire. Choose from long list of events, including a performance showcasing three jazz pianists, from three different generations, or learn about the history of Leonard Berstein’s performances in Greenwich Village.

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Start Summer Vacation with a Mile of Art

Museum Mile Festival

Free

Starting point at Museum of the City of New York

103rd St @ 5th Ave

5:45PM – 9PM

June 10

www.museummilefestival.org

(212) 606 2296

Originating as an initiative to spur the development of new museum audiences in 1978, the Museum Mile Festival has grown immensely, bringing together New Yorkers from every borough to celebrate the city’s rich artistic heritage. There will be an opening ceremony to kick off the festival at the Museum of the City of New York. At 6 p.m., everyone will begin the mile-long walk down Fifth Avenue, stopping at El Museu de Barrio, The Jewish Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and the National Academy Museum and School. Along the walk attendees will enjoy several stops where they can enjoy musical entertainment, chalk drawings, and other family-friendly activities.

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East Side Neighborhood Block Party

Annual Murray Hill Neighborhood Festival
Free

34th – 40th Street & Park Avenue
Saturday June 7
11AM – 6PM

Sponsored by the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association, this one day street festival features arts & crafts, live music, and a large variety of food and drink options that will be scattered down Park Avenue. The Neighborhood Association makes this street fair unique to its community hosting their own vendors throughout the festival. In addition to the dozens of outside vendors, the Association raises money with their used book site, a table selling baked goods, and a silent auction with prizes. Whether you live in the area or not, this neighborhood focused street fair is a great place to spend your Saturday afternoon.

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11 Days, 35 Projects, 90+ Artists

River to River Festival

Free, Some events require RSVP

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

Events occur in varied locations

June 19 – 29

www.lmcc.net

(212) 219 9401

Experience one of New York’s most diverse creative festivals at the River to River Festival this June. It features intimate and provocative dance, music, visual art, and new media projects in public parks and historic landmarks in lower Manhattan. The artists taking part in the festival range from musicians to performance artists, and they interact with the architecture of lower Manhattan to create different bodies of work.

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Cross Cultural Block Party

Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival

Free

Museum at Eldridge Street

12 Eldridge St btwn Canal and Division

June 8

12PM – 4PM

www.eldridgestreet.org/events

Downtown Manhattan has always been an area of major cultural diversity, and this festival celebrates the heritage of both Jewish and Chinese communities of our Lower East Side/Chinatown neighborhoods. At this year’s 14th annual festival you can take part in folk art demos, crafts, Chinese and Yiddish language lessons, synagogue tours, Chinese opera and acrobatics, scribal arts, and much more.

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Support Young Talent in Musical Theater

The New York Musical Theatre Festival

$25 ticket / performance

Locations vary depending on performance

July 7 – 27

www.nymf.org

(212) 664 0979

In addition to offering New Yorker a handful of impressive musical theater productions each summer, the New York Musical Theatre Festival also works as a launching pad for the next generation of musicals and their creators. All of the productions showcased each year have been created by young playwrights, composers, actors, choreographers, and producers. This year, there will be 30 new musicals, playing in seven different midtown theaters for a three-week period. Past festivals have supported the success of two dozen off-Broadway and three Broadway shows, including the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner “Next to Normal.”

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10,000 Plants Take over Broadway

37th Annual Plantathon & Crafts Fair
Free

73rd – 86th Streets & East Side of Broadway
Saturday, June 8
11AM – 5PM

Among the long list of weekend street fairs taking place on the Upper West Side be sure not to miss the 37th Annual Plantathon & Crafts Fair. It offers the usual street fair vendors mixed with thousands of plants and hundreds of craftspeople thrown in. It is the oldest outdoor plant & crafts fair in New York City, and over 10,000 plants will be on this year. As you enjoy Broadway’s transformation into a miniature garden, you can also take a look at antique vendors, games, and arts & crafts activities and vendors.

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Classical Music in a Relaxed Atmosphere

Mostly Mozart Music Festival

Free with select ticketed events $35 – $85

Lincoln Center

70 Lincoln Center Plaza @ Amsterdam Ave and 63rd St

July 25 – August 23

www.mostlymozart.org

(212) 721 6500

This music festival offers you a chance to enjoy your favorite Mozart pieces at both indoor and outdoor events in Lincoln Center. The laid back festival feel allows attendees to choose from a variety of performances, under the leadership of Renee and Robert Belfer and music director Louis Langree. A large part of the festival is featured around the artists-in-residence Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in both free and paid ticketed events. This year the festival will also feature performances by the Emerson String Quartet, lyrical clarinetist Martin Frost, pianist Yuja Wang, and the world premiere of John Luther Adam’s “Sila: The Breath of the World.”

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