GO’s monthly guide to the best festivals in and around NYC!

Dixon Place presents HOT! The 16th Annual NYC Celebration of Queer Culture, July 2–August 25. This festival featuring LGBT artists takes over the famous LES living room with a cornucopia of theatre, dance, music, literature, performance art, puppetry, and more! Featuring new works by oodles of talented LGBT artists and performers, including playwright/performer Erin Markey’s act, Puppy Love: A Strippers Tail, a depraved cabaret chronicle of locker-room romance at Déjà vu Showgirls and Love Boutique in Ypsilanti, Michigan (Aug 1); and performances by Malinda Allen, Rebecca Brooks, Maggie Burkle, and more.

The Fresh Fruit Festival, an annual international multi-genre celebration of LGBT art and culture, enters its fifth year July 9–July 22, with performances at Cherry Lane, Joe’s Pub and the Gotham Comedy Club. This year’s festival presents jugglers, jazz and a bevy of international performance artists as well as a night of drag and lots of serious theater. Fresh Fruit ’07 features Cant’s Prove it On Me: A Night of Jazz Celebrating the Works of LGBT Jazz Greats; The Art of Drag, an evening of drag talent hosted by Under the Pink Carpet’s drag goddess Clover Honey; and Debutante Balls, a comedic look at coming of age and coming out as a queer white Southern belle, plus much more!

The Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) once again hits the city July 16–Aug 5. The festival presents the finest Off-Off-Broadway talent in convenience, comfort, and safety at three small midtown venues: the Workshop Theater, Where Eagles Dare and Stage Left Studio. Highlights include Secrets Women Share, a series of intimate and unexpected encounters in which women confront each other and themselves and celebrate the innate bonds they share; and The Street, a new musical comedy about broads on Wall Street.

Dancers Responding to AIDS presents Fire Island Dance Festival 13, the July 20–21 celebration of dance featuring stars of acclaimed and emerging companies performing outdoors against the backdrop of Great South Bay and in the Pines bayfront home/grounds of Jon Biondo and Tim Horman. Whoopi Goldberg emcees Saturday’s events and participating dance professionals include members of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Battleworks Dance Company, Pascal Rioult Dance Theater and more. Dancers in this event work without pay and on their days off to support an important community cause.

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