Round-up: Calendar of events for July 2014

Written by Arielle Kandel


Check our round-up of some of the exciting events this month showcasing the richness and diversity of New York City’s neighborhoods and immigrant communities – enjoy music, dance performances, street fairs and festivals, panel discussions, and more! Click on the events’ links for full details, and put these dates on your calendar.


July 3-6, 10am-9pm: International African Arts Festival, Commodore Barry Park (Fort Greene, Brooklyn), free – don’t miss this joyful summer fair featuring musicians, dancers, arts and crafts, food, and more from the African Diaspora.

July 4-10: The Immigrant (movie), Village East Cinema (East Village, Manhattan) – watch this moving and powerful film directed by James Gray, which recounts the story of a young woman immigrant from Poland who arrived with her sister in New York City in 1921, fleeing war and deprivation in her home country.

July 7, starting at 4pm: Third Annual Translatina March in Queens, starting at Make the Road New York, 92-10 Roosevelt Ave (Jackson Heights, Queens) – meet up for a press conference and then kick off to march in Jackson Heights to celebrate the diversity of the LGBT community and demand an end to workplace discrimination.

July 10, 7-9pm: MOCAREADS: Re-imagining Asian American (and American) Poetry, Museum of Chinese in America (Chinatown, Manhattan), free – join a discussion with contemporary Chinese American poets about the impact of racial subjectivity on Asian American poetry.

July 13, noon–5pm: Bastille Day on 60th St., between 5th and Lexington Avenues (Lenox Hill, Manhattan), free – celebrate France’s Independence Day and enjoy the best of French culture, from live music to arts and crafts activities, while eating cheese and drinking delicious wine.

July 13, 1pm-6pm: 111th St. Salsa Street Party and Old Timer’s Stickball Game, between 5th and Lenox Avenues (Spanish Harlem, Manhattan), free – come enjoy and dance on pure salsa music and some cha cha, bachata and merengue, in the heart of Spanish Harlem.

July 13 & 20, 11am-4pm: Explore Chinatown Mid-Summer Festival, Mott Street from Canal to Worth Streets (Chinatown, Manhattan), free.

July 18-26: Brasil Summerfest, multiple locations, varying prices – discover during this weeklong festival Brazilian traditional and contemporary music, with concerts in multiple locations throughout the city, as well as art and film screenings.

July 19, 4-8:30pm: The Spirit of Aña: Women & Drums Festival, Bronx Music Heritage Center (Melrose, Bronx), free – join this day of celebration of women and percussive traditions in Africa and New York City, with the screening of the Rwandan film “Sweet Dreams”, dance lessons, and a performance by the all-woman Afro-Brazilian drum band Batala NYC.

July 20, 11:30am-7pm (tentative times): Colombian Independence Day Festival, Northern Boulevard between 69th and 90th Streets (Jackson Heights, Queens) – celebrate Columbia’s Independence Day in one of Queens’ biggest street events, with music, dance, barbecues, and more.

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