Just a couple months ago, there was a three or four week period in which Beyoncé, Drake, Radiohead, and Chance The Rapper all released new music. It was a wild ride. No matter what inevitable surprise releases come our way in July, it's doubtful there will be any similar stretch, one which feels kind of like being inside of one of those glass booths where money comes blowing in from a vent, except instead of money it's great music. On the other hand, movies have been flopping left and right lately, with only a few notable exceptions. (Ahoy, Captain America: Civil War.) As we stand at the precipice of peak summer, there are a lot more chances for movie redemption—blockbusters like the new Star Trek and Ghostbusters, along with potential sleeper hits like Mike Birbiglia's improv opus, Don't Think Twice. Oh yeah, and Mr. Robot is back! The forecast for peak summer is: quite possibly awesome.
RTX, Rooster Teeth's annual convention, is on July 1st-3rd
Willie Nelson's annual 4th of July picnic/concert at the Circuit of the Americas, which features an all-star lineup of country acts you almost definitely like if you like Willie Nelson enough to go to his 4th of July picnic.
The Walker Stalker zombie convention is in New Jersey July 9th and 10th, and Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs (Carl!) and other stars from The Walking Dead will be there.
The Art of Rap Festival, featuring Public Enemy, Ice-T, Doug E. Fresh, MC Lyte, Mobb Deep, and more '80s/'90s rap acts together, is touring America through July.
San Diego Comic-Con, the world's largest pop culture convention, takes place at the San Diego Convention Center July 20th-24th. Fast Company's Susan Karlin will moderate three panels.
The Out of Doors series of free events at Lincoln Center opens on July 20th with Patti Smith.
[Photo Mash Up: Adriana C. Sánchez for Fast Company, Source Photos: Star Trek Beyond: Zade Rosenthal, courtesy of Paramount Pictures; Yoga Hosers: Allan Amato, courtesy of Sundance; The Infiltrator: Liam Daniel, courtesy of Broad Green Pictures; The Night Of: Barry Wetcher, courtesy of HBO; The Legend of Tarzan: Jonathan Olley, courtesy of Warner Bros.; The Secret Life of Pets: Illumination Enter, courtesy of Universal Pictures; Our Little Sister, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics; Our Kind of Traitor, courtesy of Studio Canal; Mr. Robot: Peter Kramer, courtesy of USA Network; Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates: Gemma LaMana, courtesy of 20th Century Fox; Marcella: courtesy of ITV; Equals: Jessica Forde, Jae Hyuk Lee, courtesy of A24; Ghostbusters: Hopper Stone, courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment; Captain Fantastic: Cathy Kanavy, courtesy of Bleecker Street; Brahman Naman: Tiziana Puleio, courtesy of Netflix; The BFG, courtesy of Disney; Jason Bourne: Jasin Boland, courtesy of Universal Pictures]