Musician on stage in front of a crowd at a festival.

New York City is an endless array of interesting and fun gatherings, and summer is one of the best seasons to explore local events calendars. Looking to these sun-soaked months, we put together a short guide to some of the best NYC summer festivals we’re most looking forward to.

Fresh Fruit Festival

July 9-22

The premiere LGBT performing-arts festival in New York City, Fresh Fruit brings together 40 acclaimed works of gay and lesbian dance, theater, music, and film to the Wild Project Theater every July. Running for most of the month, the celebration will offer summer travelers plenty of opportunities to take in some of the showcased work.

Mostly Mozart Festival

July 12- August 12

The Mostly Mozart Festival is the Lincoln Center’s annual blast of upscale performances inspired by the work of the iconic composer who the festival is named after. Stop by at some point during the month-long run of orchestra concerts, operas, world premieres, and late-night recitals

New York Television Festival

July 14-19

In the age of Netflix and Hulu, television is rapidly changing and rapidly growing. The golden age of the film medium is right here, and there is so much to discover, which is why the New York Television Festival annually hosts a week of show screenings, panels, competitions, pitches, premieres, parties, seminars, and more.

Summer Streets

August 4-18

Every August, New York City closes seven miles of Park Avenue and Lafayette Street to promote physical exercise, and youthful playing. People take to the streets for this free gathering to run, walk, bike, dance, and play games. Attendees can also enjoy eats from local trucks, and live entertainment.

Electric Zoo

August 31- September 2

Electric Zoo is an electronic dance-music tradition in New York City. Featuring the top DJs and producers from around the world, this weekend-long party takes place on Randall’s Island every Labor Day. Some of last year’s headlines included deadmau5 and Armin Van Buuren. Keep an eye out for this year’s lineup!

Looking for more happenings in NYC this summer? Check out our blog for the latest New York recommendations.