The year 2019 is half over—but for anyone planning to travel to New York City this year, much of the fun is yet to come! Here are some of the most exciting things to look forward to—for those traveling to the biggest metropolis in the land:

July 2019: Independence Day in New York means hot dogs, BBQ, beaches, picnics and other Fourth of July events—including one of the largest annual fireworks displays in the world. For club-goers, MoMA PS1 Warm Up is bigger than ever. This year brings as strong a lineup of bands, DJs and producers as it’s had in years, hosting underground experimentalist, rising rap stars and the usual out-of-this-world outdoor art. And for lovers of drama, Shakespeare in the Park is presented for free at the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park. There’s nothing quite like hearing the Bard’s immortal words performed outdoors.

August 2019: Classical music fans will be delighted by the range of concerts, operas, late-night recitals, and world premieres at the Mostly Mozart Festival, performed by the festival orchestra and special guests at Lincoln Center. For street fair fans, The Giglio Feast of Saint Antonio celebrates Italian food, culture, religion, and tradition. On Sunday, August 11, a platform holding a 12-piece band and 80-foot statue is carried through the streets of East Harlem.

This month also brings some of the world’s best tennis players competing under the open sky at the U.S. Open Tennis Championship at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows.

September 2019: Strap on those lederhosen and raise a mammoth, beer-filled stein to Oktoberfest NYC 2019. The Bavarian celebration is one of the best NYC events this month, featuring some of the best beers in NYC as well as traditional favorites and delicious food. Meanwhile, get ready for Fashion Week! For seven days and change, NYC is filled with posh editors, style influencers and shutterbugs.There are some designer shows and events you can actually go to. And Dîner en Blanc—NYC’s pièce de résistance of picnics—returns to New York every year to give Gothamites an opportunity to show off their Top Chef-level cooking.

October 2019: The Metropolitan Opera House is one of the newest additions to the Open House New York, the weekend-long festival where more than 250 fascinating sites across New York open their doors to the public. As if that weren’t enough reason to visit NYC this month, for the young at heart, the New York Comic-Con is a glorious geek assembly that brings in more than 151,000 visitors (beating San Diego Comic-Con). And for the 31st, NYC is full of Halloween parties and events (including the iconic Village Halloween Parade and the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade).

November 2019: For its 92nd year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will usher in the holiday season with familiar sights like giant balloons, high-kicking Rockettes and Santa’s sleigh, plus celebrity appearances. Also out of all the yuletide razzle-dazzle NYC has to offer, the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights display—in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn—is by far the most spectacular. Another great sight to see is the NYC Marathon, in which more than 40,000 marathoners hotfoot it (or puff, pant and stagger) through all five boroughs over a 26.2-mile course.

December 2019: It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Each December, New York lights up into a winter wonderland each year with Christmas trees, holiday window displays and Christmas lights—a sight not to be missed by any out-of-towner. And don’t forget Hanukkah: Gear up for eight days of celebration! Time to nosh on latkes (and other delicious fried food), which can be sampled at the annual latke festival. Finally, not only is there free ice-skating on Bryant Park’s 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink, but also more than 120 holiday shops, including a bunch of new kiosks and eateries.

Googling any of these events will bring up all the details about each one. Pack those bags and get ready for the trip of a lifetime in the city that never sleeps!

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