Festivals in NYC: From food to film, there's a festival for you

By staff

No matter your interest, there's a festival for you.

Several events are on the horizon for foodies, film nerds and those who like to partake in alcoholic beverages.

So, mark your calendars for these upcoming events happening in the city — and remember that New Yorkers buy tickets quickly.

Mangia at Eataly’s Italian Street Food & Wine Festa (July 19)

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If you like the taste of Italian food, and who doesn't, this festa features stations serving a variety of street dishes from the cuisine of Italy. Once you've bought an all-access bracelet, you'll have two hours to try everything -- and you can sample the same station more than once -- while pairing it with the right beverages. ($65; 6 to 8 p.m.; Eataly NYC Downtown, 4 World Trade Center, Floor 3, Manhattan;

Find the party at Brasil Summerfest (July 21-Aug. 3)

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Feel the rhythm of Brazil during the music and arts celebration, Brasil Summerfest. It runs for two weeks and features interactive workshops, block parties and music ranging from classical works to cutting-edge beats, as well as art, film and food that connects to the Land of the Palms. The fun starts July 21 with a block party and fair on Hester Street in Manhattan.
WHEN | WHERE July 21 to Aug. 3; events take place at several locations
INFO Festival passes are $65 to $115; ticket purchase available at

Ichiran summer festival (July 3-21)

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Natsu Matsuri will bring an authentic Japanese experience to the city with a Tanabata Star Festival, which will have customers write their wishes on tanzaku paper, a toy vending machine that will give you a chance to win a ramen donburi bowl and other prizes, and a photo booth and traditional games for diners to play as they wait for their seats. (Times Square: 152 West 49th St.; Brooklyn: 374 Johnson Ave.; Midtown: 132 West 31st St.;


See 'Lizards' at the New York Musical Festival (through Aug. 4)

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The annual New York Musical Festival, created 14 years ago to bring new blood to the musical theater stage, is underway. Even the titles are intriguing --mainstage shows the first weekend include "Illuminati Lizards from Outer Space" featuring Dani Spieler, pictured.

Mostly Mozart Festival (through Aug. 10)

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Celebrate the genius of Mozart with Lincoln Center through a monthlong festival featuring music, dance and theater all inspired by the composer, including Boy Blue's "BlakWhyteGray" dance theater that merges hip-hop dance with African-inspired moves (Aug. 1-3), the New York premiere of "The Black Clown," a musical theater piece that meshes gospel, spirituals, opera and more to tell the story of a black man's resilience against a legacy of oppression, and much more. 

17th Annual ImageNation Outdoors Festival (July 10-Sept. 20)

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The free outdoor festival to celebrate soul cinema is kicking off with a screening of the Jackie Robinson biopic, 42, shown in celebration of his 100th birthday, with special giveaways from the Jackie Robinson Museum including free birthday cake. Other screenings include "Black Girl Magic - Grace Jones: Bami & Bloodlight," "If Beale Street Could Talk," "Decade of Fire," "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," and more at Harlem's parks. 

OZY Fest (July 20-21)

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The fourth annual OZY Fest hits Central Park's Great Lawn this summer, with John Legend and Miguel as headliners.

Ice Cream Blizzard (July 21)

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Grand Bazaar is back with its fourth annual Ice Cream Blizzard in July, which will feature 15 ice cream makers (and 130 independent merchants) who will present their unique and tasty flavors. (Free entry; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; 100 W. 77th St.;

Secret Summer (Aug. 4)

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For one day, indulge in farm-to-bar cocktails at this festival that celebrates sustainable mixology, fresh foods, music, art and fashion. The drinks will be made with raw, peak-season ingredients from local farms and paired with top shelf spirits. The festival takes place on the rooftop of a Long Island City building that has a lush outdoor courtyard. (Starting at $100; 3 to 9 p.m.; 42-38 Ninth St., LIC;

Rite of Summer Festival (June - September)

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The Rite of Summer Festival returns to Governors Island with free outdoor concerts starting in June with Ensemble Connect, Sandbox Percussion, Go: Organic Orchestra, Brooklyn Raga Massive (pictured), Sirius Quartet and more. The shows will be presented twice the same day. (Free; 1 and 3 p.m.; Nolan Park, Governors Island;

The Harlem Comedy Festival (Sept. 23-30)

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The Harlem Comedy Festival showcases and celebrates people of color in the New York City comedy scene through stand up showcases, sketches, competitions and more across Harlem. While comedians will be announced at a later time, previous line-ups have included Pat Brown, Kerry Coddett, Ashton Womack, Donnell Rawlings, Julia Shiplett, Elsa Waithe, and others. 

New York Pizza Festival (Oct. 5-6)

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Taste slices from 25 of pizzerias from across the country, including from New York City, at what could be described as the tastiest festival ever in the Bronx's Little Italy. Among the dozens of parlors, you'll be able to enjoy slices from Best Pizza (Brooklyn), Brick & Wood (Fairfield, Conn.), pictured, Brooklyn Pizza Crew (Brooklyn), Di Fara Pizza (Brooklyn), Forcella (Brooklyn), Fornino (Brooklyn) and many more. Ticket prices depend on how many slices and beer or wine you want. ($20-$100; Crescent Avenue; Belmont, Bronx;