Broadway in Bryant Park
Thursdays through Aug. 13, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Sixth Avenue between 40th and 42nd streets
Beginning today, Broadway musicals are coming out of their theaters, so you should take your lunch out of your office and into Bryant Park for free performances. Kicking things off today will be 106.7 Lite FM’s Delilah alongside Penn & Teller, who are playing hooky from their Vegas gig for a while, with performances by the casts of “Wicked,” “Fuerza Bruta” and more. Future performances will include “Les Mis,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” and more.
Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
Through July 11
The city’s largest hip-hop cultural event flies the flag for the genre’s positive impact on society, past and present, through panels, film festivals and a massive, star-studded closing night concert — this year’s headlining guests are Common and Mobb Deep. Check out the history of urban fashion at a screening of “Fresh Dressed,” a family-friendly block party and a Beats & Eats tour of the borough.
Shipwrecked at the Seaport
July 9-11, 8:30-11:30 p.m.
El Galeón, Pier 15
By day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (and for free), you can tour the decks and Admiral’s Room of the 16th-century replica Spanish wooden ship El Galeón, which is docked at South Street Seaport for just one week. By night, the wenches and pirates take over for an open bar party (don’t miss the Drunken Sailor Punch), hors d’oeuvres, live DJ, a ship-wide treasure hunt and other surprises.
Bastille Day on 60th Street
July 12, noon-5 p.m.
East 60th Street between Fifth and Lexington avenues
It’s officially OK to don your beret this Sunday. NYC gets a head start on Bastille Day celebrations with a large street festival along 60th Street between Fifth and Lexington avenues, with live music (including French-American electro-swing group Ginkgoa) and performances, as well as gourmet grub from some of the city’s best French bakeries, wine tastings and activities for all ages. From wine and cheese with Champagne to Can-Can dancers and mimes, there’s something to excite any Francophile, with the French Institute Alliance Francaise keeping an eye on authenticity.
Seaport Film & Food Festival
Fridays through July 31, 7 p.m.
South Street Seaport, between Fulton and Water streets
Head to the Seaport for free outdoor international films paired with free food to complement the genre. The four-week event kicks off this Friday with “Touch of the Light” from Taiwan, with additional offerings from Ireland, Japan and Saudi Arabia. Complimentary food and drink inspired by each country will be served before showtime at 7.
July 10, 7-8:30 p.m.
Rubin Museum, 150 W. 17th St.
You’re used to seeing your favorite musicians playing the back room at a bar on the LES, but you can class it up a bit for Mike Doughty, the founder of Soul Coughing, who’s promoting his newest album. The museum’s Naked Soul space is designed to highlight acoustics without mics or amps. “Stellar Motel” is Doughty’s eighth solo album, offering a hip-hop slant in collaboration with DJ Good Goose.
New York Super Craft Beer Festival
July 11, 2-5 p.m.
Watermark Bar, 78 South St.
Union Beer Distributors and Merchant’s Hospitality have paired up for the first New York Super Craft Beer Festival, featuring over 75 rare brews (with an emphasis on local brands). There will also be food and live music, adding to the ambience as you savor your suds while overlooking the East River, with views of two bridges and the Brooklyn skyline.
‘Jurassic Park’ Trivia
July 12, 7 p.m.
Videology, 308 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg
Think you can negotiate a kitchen full of raptors? Know the antidote to dilophosaurus venom? Then you might have what it takes to play for prizes in four rounds of “Jurassic Park” trivia. Teams of up to four will have to tackle a multimedia contest with general knowlege, but also photos and videos, so bone up on your dino DNA sequencing.
July 12, 9:30 p.m., July 13, 7:30 p.m.
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St.
Those who know her from sitcoms like “How I Met Your Mother” or films including “The Wolf of Wall Street” might not be aware of Cristin Milioti’s Grammy Award-winning vocal chops. But those who saw her in the starring role of Broadway’s “Once” might have a better idea of what they can expect from her two-night cabaret performance at Joe’s Pub. Then again, there are plenty of surprises for all fans – including humorous personal anecdotes and maybe even a few strums of the ukulele.
All Day I Dream of the Secret Mirage
July 12, 2-10 p.m.
Brooklyn Mirage Pop-Up, 99 Scott Ave., Brooklyn
Brooklyn Mirage is a pop-up concert venue that will disappear in October, but until then you can catch amazing one-time-only events like U.K. DJ Lee Burridge’s day-long dance party that moves between locations, themes and special artists. Additional artists at Brooklyn Mirage include Gorje Hewek, Izhevski and Lauren Rittner.
Fresh Fruit Festival
Wild Project, 195 E. Third St.
This weekend kicks off the Fresh Fruit Festival, an LGBTQ performance series that should be as juicy and refreshing as the name suggests. The festival blends visual art, dance, theater and more experimental performance fare, all of which takes place at the Wild Project. It’s the 13th year of the popular series, with highlights including erotic cabaret and a queer storytelling symposium, along with full-length, one-act and 10-minute plays.
Cercle Rouge Block Party and Petanque Tourney
July 14, 1-5 p.m.
Cercle Rouge, 241 W. Broadway
Celebrate France with Tribeca’s French brasserie Cercle Rouge at their annual outdoor petanque tournament. Michael Arenella & His Hot Eight are playing live, accompanied by professional Can-Can dancers from The Love Show, adding to the already festive tone of the free event with a market of food (pommes frites!) and drinks (pastis!).
‘The New York Nobody Knows’
July 15, 6:30 p.m.
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.
We’re usually too busy barreling through NYC’s streets to really notice their quirks and treasures. But sociologist William Helmreich wanted a closer look – so he spent four years walking almost every street of all five boroughs, an experience he’s written about in his book, “The New York Nobody Knows.” On July 15, as part of the My City Book Club, Helmreich is visiting the Museum of the City of New York for a discussion with journalist Ariel Kaminer about what he found along his 6,000-mile journey.