Hot time summer in the city. Time to pack in as many events as you can before the fall season begins.
8/1- 4: The Asian American International Film Festival screens films by and about Asians and Asian Americans at Cinema Village East and Asia Society.
8/1 – 12: Out of Doors is three weeks of world-class music, dance, and spoken word in the plazas of Lincoln Center if weather permits. Free.
8/ 1 – 12: Attend concerts, operas, late-night recitals, and world premieres at Mostly Mozart Festival, performed by the festival orchestra and special guests at Lincoln Center.
8/1 – 17: Get a special deal on a 2-course lunch or a 3-course dinner at 380 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week.
8/1 – 19: Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park, “Twelfth Night.”
8/1 – 25: Harlem Week is a month-long celebration of local culture and history that includes performances, tributes, films, fashion, a children’s festival, sports events, and a 5K run/walk. Most events are free.
8/1 – 9/25: Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
8/1 – 9/ 27: Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The (mostly) free concerts are popular, so arrive early.
8/2 – 8: Watch the New York Mets play an exciting home game at Citi Field.
8/2 – 16 (Thursdays 12:30 p.m.): Watch popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits Thursday afternoons at Broadway in Bryant Park. They suggest arriving at 11 a.m. to get a seat and watch the pre-show. Free.
8/4: Watch the top 10 men’s, women’s, and mixed teams from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America compete at the Dodgeball World Cup at Madison Square Garden.
8/4: “Enjoy a gorgeous day of green grass, fall foliage, majestic horses, beautiful people and heart pounding polo” at The Victory Cup NYC Classic, with a car show, food trucks, and a kids’ area on Governors Island.
8/4, 11, 18 (7 a.m. to 1 p.m.): The city closes Park Avenue and Lafayette Street to cars so you can play, run, walk, and bike car-free from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park during Summer Streets, with food, entertainment, and activities. Free.
8/4 – 9/30: Travel one hour north to 16th century England to see knights joust, mingle with costumed minstrels, shop in an artisan market, play games, and watch shows at New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park. Open Labor Day.
8/5: Ecofest has exhibits about alternative energy and the environment, green vehicles, food, and entertainment in Times Square. Free.
8/9 – 12: The Giglio Feast of Saint Antonio celebrates Italian food, culture, religion, and tradition. On Sunday, a platform holding a 12-piece band and 80-foot statue is carried through the streets of East Harlem. Free.
8/10 (4 p.m., VIP 3:30 p.m.): A ticket to The Great Food Truck Derby gets you 16 tastes from food trucks and 3 drinks (kids get 4 tastes and 1 drink) with live music outside Hayground School in Bridgehampton. No dogs.
8/10 & 24, (Fridays): Doors open at 7 p.m. to see movies at sunset during Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
8/11 – 12: Play NYC is a weekend of playing games and attending talks about game development at Hammerstein Ballroom.
8/11 – 12: Watch 170 dragon-boat teams compete on Meadows Lake, and enjoy music, dance, martial arts, folk art, and Chinese food at Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens. Free.
8/12 – 18: Battery Dance Festival features evening performances by local and international dancers outdoors at Robert F. Wagner Junior Park, moving indoors Aug. 18 to Schimmel Center for the Arts. Free.
8/13 – 19: Enjoy 40 outstanding performances of Indian classical music and dance during Drive East at Dixon Place.
8/14 – 17 (gate 6:30, film dusk): See popular films at Central Park Conservancy Film Festival. Bring a picnic and blanket for the lawn, but no chairs, glass bottles, or alcohol. Captioned. Free.
Aug. 14 – Hair (PG)
Aug. 15 – Crooklyn 1994 (PG-13)
Aug. 16 – Dr. Strangelove (PG)
Aug. 17 – Muppets Take Manhattan (G)
8/17 – 23: New and old Scary Movies at Lincoln Center, and a vampire-themed costume party opening night.
8/18 (2 p.m.): Blues BBQ Festival pairs great American blues and roots musicians with great local barbecue for sale in Hudson River Park at Pier 97. No pets. Free.
8/19: India Day Parade begins at E 38th Street and goes down Madison Avenue to food booths and cultural programs lasting until 6 p.m. at E. 26th Street. Free.
8/22 (5 to 9 p.m.): Shop from 150 independent brands during Indie Beauty Expo, with DJ music and cocktails for sale at Pier 36 (299 South Street).
8/23 – 26: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival has concerts in honor of jazz legend Charlie Parker at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem and Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan. Free.
8/24 – 9/3: See popular Metropolitan Opera shows onscreen in Lincoln Center Plaza at Summer HD Festival. Free.
8/25: Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day begins with a free festival of games and tennis activities outdoors, followed by a ticketed show and concert in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
8/25 – 26: Wear a flapper costume and dance to the Dreamland Orchestra at Jazz Age Lawn Party, which includes dance lessons, dance contests, food vendors, 1920s cars, croquet, and a kidland on Governors Island.
8/26: GoTopless is a topless rights parade to support gender equality. Last year, it began at Columbus Circle and ended at Bryant Park. Free.
8/26: Brighton Jubilee Festival celebrates diversity with multiple entertainment stages, a marketplace, kiddie rides, and food stands at Coney Island. Free.
8/26 – 9/16: See 23 new and innovative works, including comedy, dance, drama, music, poetry, and puppetry, during Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City.
8/27 – 9/9: The world’s best players compete under the open sky at the U.S. Open Tennis Championship at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows.
8/30 – 9/2:Watch 300 unicycles roll around the city Thursday and Friday, or try it yourself at New York City Unicycle Festival, with unicycle sports, exhibitions, and races at Governors Island on Saturday and Sunday. Free.
8/30 – 9/ 3: New York International Salsa Congress has workshops, performances, live concerts, and competitions at New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square.
8/31 – 9/2: Electric Zoo is an electronic dance-music festival that brings top acts and 150,000 fans to Randall’s Island Park each Labor Day weekend.
(undated): Secret location. Tickets are scarce for Le Dîner en Blanc, a glamorous picnic and dance for couples dressed in white who bring their own food and table to a public location, which is kept secret until the last minute.