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July Festival Face-off

Breaking down this month’s overstuffed extravaganzas.


Vic Mensa headlines this weekend's Full Moon Festival.  

Full Moon Festival
An independent music festival on the water at Governors Island, timed to the full moon.
Dates: July 8, Governors Island
Performers: Vic Mensa, Larry Heard (Mr. Fingers), and singer-songwriter Kelela.
Clear Your Head: If the music gets to be too much, you can always try the mass meditation that’s planned.

Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World Festival
Louis Armstrong’s influence is showcased in this free festival, held just a few blocks from his home (now a museum) in Queens.
Dates: July 8, Flushing Meadows Corona Park,
Performers: Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, members of the Dap Kings
Family Fun: The festival’s Backyard Bash features family-friendly activities throughout the park and DJ sets in the Queens Theatre.

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
Highlighting all aspects of hip-hop culture with panels on social justice and entrepreneurship, a film festival, and a block party.
Dates: July 10–15, various venues
Performers: Rakim, DMX, the Lox
The Elements of Style: On July 14 at St. Ann’s Warehouse is the Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition, showcasing all aspects of the culture including DJ showcases, dance battles, and live art.

OZY Fest
An all-encompassing festival of music, food, comedy, and ideas.
Dates: July 22, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
Performers: Jason Derulo, Talib Kweli, Samantha Bee, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Katie Couric, Eddie Huang, RuPaul
Feed Your Mind: The Townsquare Stage will host thought leaders and rising stars giving mini-lectures on a variety of topics.

In its second year, the folks behind Coachella bring their party expertise out East.
Dates: July 28-30, Randalls Island
Performers: Frank Ocean, Solange, Nine Inch Nails, Belle & Sebastian, Future Islands, Mitski
Dance the Day Away: Panorama will also feature a shaded outdoor dance club called “The Point,” with rotating DJs and LED light shows.

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