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The Best Things To Do in NYC This July

Big things in store for the Big Apple.

by New York Bucket List


July hit us like the summer monsoon we didn’t know was coming. With 2021 flying by, it’s time to load up on as much fun as possible during these prime summer months. Luckily at Bucket Listers we follow fun, so we’ve curated a list of our favorite NYC events this month to ensure you’re starting off the latter half of 2021 with a bang. 🎆

Shakespeare in the Park

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Shakespeare in the Park is a theater company committed to bringing Shakespeaer’s plays to life at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Each summer, the company puts on two performances, with one being a tribute to the beloved, thematic author.

Where: 81 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024
When: July 6th to August 18th
Tickets: Free

4th of July Block Party 

If you’re skipping the shore this 4th, head on down to the 4th of July Block Party presented by Project 91 with food, drinks, live music, and fireworks over the water. 

Where: 1 Oak St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
When: Sunday July 4th, 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Winefolded: Wine Tasting in the Dark

They say when you lose one sense your others become stronger, so why not put that theory to the test with Winefolded: a unique blindfolded wine tasting experience hosted at Le Bar. Explore four different wines and cheeses from different regions across the world - no vision, no problem. 

Where: 225 Liberty ST, New York, NY 10281
When: July 27 & August 31 at 6PM, 7:15PM, or 8:30PM
Tickets: $79

Dinner & Sailing Series Aboard The Ventura 

Sail the seven seas (Hudson River), on the exclusive 101 year old yacht, the Ventura. This two and a half hour sail includes closeup views of the Statue of Liberty, a curated six-course meal executed by Chef Scott Edwards, and drink pairings.

Where: North Cove Marina, New York, NY
When: Various Dates, 6 - 8:30 PM or 6:30 - 9 PM
Tickets: $325

Margarita and Tequila Classes with Mexicue

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Believe it or not, there’s a lot more to tequila than shots and next morning’s regrets. Bucket Listers is thrilled to partner with Mexicue this July for a lesson on tequila, which teaches guests how to mix, stir, customize, and sip four different types of margaritas.

Where: 160 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011
When: July 15 - July 31
Tickets: $80

Long Island Winery Tour from New York City

Photo Credit: The Lenz Winery

Need a Big Apple break? Wine not. We’re currently partnering with three of Long Island’s famous North Fork region wineries. Each trip includes a tasting at every winery, lunch, a friendly SA guide, and transportation to and from the city. Most days, guests will visit Sparkling Pointe or Raphael before continuing to The Lenz Winery, and Osprey’s Dominion.

When: Saturdays in July
Tickets: $149

National Ice Cream Day at the Museum of Ice Cream

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We’ve got something sweet on the list - the Museum of Ice Cream is celebrating National Ice Cream Day on July 21st with a new Bucket Listers exclusive package featuring the one (and only) thing we love more than ice cream – cocktails. From a dessert feast suspended by floating balloons in the Oh Yeah Room, to the Rainbow Tunnel which tributes the city’s history of gay pride, celebrate all things sugar at the Museum of Ice Cream.

Where: 558 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
When: Wednesdays & Thursdays starting July 21st
Tickets: $46

Seamore's Oyster Shucking & Wine Workshop 

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Every party needs an oyster aficionado, and that aficionado is you! Seamore’s and Bucket Listers are banding together to bring the sea to the streets of NYC with Oyster Shucking & Wine Pairing in Midtown. The 1.5 hour class will teach you the ins and outs of oyster shucking and includes four types of local oysters, four wine pairings, and one complimentary glass at the end. The event also partners with the Billion Oyster Project, with all shells recycled and restored back to New York Harbor.

Monday Classes are held outdoors at Seamore's Brookfield Place at 250 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281
Tuesday Classes are held outdoors at Seamore's Market Bar and Restaurant, 152 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019
Every Monday through July 26 from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Every Tuesday through July 13 from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Tickets: $90

Pitch Black: Dining in the Dark

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Who here is afraid of the dark? Dining in the Dark immerses guests in a world of darkness while they dine, so they can focus their heightened senses on taste, smell, and conversation. Guests will enjoy a secret 90 minute meal, designed specifically by the chefs for this unique experience. Tickets include one complimentary drink with the option to purchase more throughout the meal.

Where: Da Claudio NYC Ristorante 21 Ann St, New York, NY 10038
When: Thursdays running June 24 - July 8 at 6PM or 8:30PM
Tickets: $90

The Other Art Fair

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The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art is returning to Brooklyn this July. Time to access more than 100 emerging artists, with over a thousand best-selling artworks, and a variety of creative activities and mind-blowing art installations.

Where: 72 Noble St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
When: July 22 – 25
Tickets: $11

Skyline Drive-In

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What do you do when the view is better than the actual movie? While we can’t help you with that, we can recommend Skyline Drive-In, an outdoor movie event with killer views of Manhattan. With classics and newer blockbusters playing all summer, Skyline is bound to have something for everyone and even offers outdoor tickets for those who want the experience but don’t have a car.

Where: 1 Oak St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
When: Various
Tickets: $50 per vehicle, $22 for outdoor seat

Happy-Go-Lucky Exhibit NYC 

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Sunnyhues Entertainment is back with its wildly popular, high-tech art exhibition, the Happy-Go-Lucky Exhibit. The exhibit uses multimedia like lighting and projection, turning ordinary spaces into sensory masterpieces. 

Where: 32 Mercer Street, New York 10013
When: Running all month
Tickets: $31 weekday GA, $33 weekend GA, $17 child

Bottomless Brunch at Miss Lily's

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While bottomless brunch is a year-round fiesta, bottomless bellinis scream summer which is why Miss Lily's is a must. For $45, spend two hours drinking and dining on classics with a Jamacian twist like world famous jerk chicken and Jamacian rancheros.

Where: 109 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
When: Sunday 12 PM - 4PM
Tickets: $45 

Pop-Up Paint & Sip

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What do you get when you mix wine, paint, and a live DJ? Maybe not the best artwork, but hey, it’s the effort that counts. Join us for a paint & sip kind of night, where you can sit back, relax, and let your artistic abilities shine.

Where: 255 McKibbin, Brooklyn, NY 11206
When: July 10 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Tickets: $30

Moonlight Yoga at Rooftop Reds

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A winery in the midst of all the city’s chaos - we’d argue that’s something every major metropolitan needs. Rooftop Reds is the world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard, located in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard. They host a range of summer events, from moonlight yoga, wine tours and tastings every Wednesday, and movie nights.

Where: 299 Sands St Building 275 Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11201
When: Various


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