Those summer days are winding down, but the events are revving up. The choices are plentiful with theatre, film festivals, sports, music, food, art and so much more, August has something for everybody.
8/ 1 – 3: The Asian American International Film Festivalscreens films by and about Asians and Asian Americans at Asia Society and other venues.
8/ 1 – 3: Long Beach International Film Festivalscreens 50 films and offers tasting events and parties in Long Beach.
8/ 1 – 10: 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 – 11: Out of Doors is three weeks of world-class music, dance, and spoken word in Damrosch Park and the plazas of Lincoln Center if weather permits. Free.
8/ 1 – 11: Shakespeare in the Park.
July 16 to Aug. 11 – Coriolanus
8/ 1 – 15: Watch popular shows on and off Broadway perform excerpts from their biggest hits Thursday afternoons at Broadway in Bryant Park. Arrive at 11 a.m. to get a seat and watch the pre-show. Free.
8/ 1 – 16: Get a special deal on a 2-course lunch or a 3-course dinner at 370 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Saturdays excluded, Sundays included at some restaurants.
8/ 1 – 24: Harlem Week is a month-long celebration of local culture and history that includes music concerts (July 28; Aug. 17 & 18), a craft fair (Aug. 17), a children’s fair (Aug. 17 & 18), and a 5K run/walk (Aug. 24). Most events are free.
8/ 1 – 31: Summer Shorts is a festival of new American short plays at 59E59 Theaters, grouped in two series of plays (A and B). Closed Mondays.
8/ 1 – 9/ 8: Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
8/ 1- 9/ 24: Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during Summer Stage in city parks. The (mostly) free concerts are popular, so arrive early.
8/ 2 – 9/ 7: Sit on the lawn at Bryant Park Picnic Performances to see free music, dance, theater, and even opera. Schedule.
8/ 2 – 10/ 20: American Folk Art Museum offers concerts at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays. Free.
8/ 3 – 4: 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/ 3, 10, 17: 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/ 3 – 10/ 12: Catch an 8 a.m. bus in Manhattan, spend 3 or 4 hours White Water Rafting in the Poconos, and get back at 7 p.m. for age 18+ Ticket deal $83 including lunch
8/ 4: Ecofest has exhibits about alternative energy and the environment, green vehicles, food, and entertainment in Times Square. Free.
8/ 5 & 12: Hear authors read, ask them questions, and get your book signed at Books Beneath the Bridge on the steps at Granite Prospect in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
8/ 8 – 11: The Giglio Feast of Saint Antoniocelebrates 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 to 7 p.m.): “Bring a blanket, picnic food, and dancing shoes” to Great Jazz on the Great Hill in Central Park. (Enter at 106th Street and Central Park West.) Subject to weather. Free.
8/ 10 – 11: Play NYC is a weekend of playing games and attending talks about game development at the Metropolitan Pavilion.
8/ 11 – 17: Battery Dance Festival features evening performances by local and international dancers outdoors at Robert F. Wagner Junior Park, moving indoors to Schimmel Center for the Arts on the last day. Free.
8/ 13 – 15: 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. 13 – Back to the Future (PG)
Aug. 14 – Moonstruck (PG)
Aug. 15 – Black Panther (PG-13)
8/ 16: Arrive early to see movies at sunset during Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Held in May, June, July, and August.
8/ 16 – 22: Enjoy new and old Scary Movies at Lincoln Center, and a zombie-themed costume party opening night.
8/ 17 – 10/ 6: 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. Also open Labor Day, September 2, 2019.
8/ 18: 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/ 21 – 22: Shop from 150 independent brands during Indie Beauty Expo, with DJ music and cocktails for sale at Pier 94.
8/ 23 – 25: 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/ 23 – 10/ 2: See popular Metropolitan Opera shows onscreen in Lincoln Center Plaza at Summer HD Festival. Free.
8/ 24: Generation Bridge Summer White Ball includes DJ music, dancing, a soul-food dinner, and a one-hour open bar (wine, beer, and signature cocktail) at 265 W. 37th Street for age 21+.
8/ 24: Blues BBQ Festival pairs great American blues and roots musicians with great local barbecue for sale in Hudson River Park at Pier 97. What you cannot bring. Free.
8/ 24: Brooklyn Brew Fest features unlimited samples of 100 craft beers, food for sale, and live entertainment at Brooklyn Navy Yard for age 21+. No pets.
8/ 24: Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day begins with a free festival of games and tennis activities outdoors at 9:30 a.m., followed by a ticketed show and concert at 1 p.m. in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
8/ 24 – 25: 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/ 24 – 25: Afropunk Brooklyn is a multicultural weekend of live music with an art and craft market, and food trucks at Commodore Barry Park.
8/ 25: GoTopless is a top-optional parade for gender equality that assembles on W. 58th Street (between 8th & 9th) at 11 a.m. Last year, the march began at 12:30 p.m. and went down Broadway with a brass band, turning left on W. 48th Street, and continuing on 6th Ave. to Bryant Park. Free.
8/ 26 – 9/ 8: Watch 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/ 27 – 29: Big Apple Film Festival (BAFF) showcases independent filmmaking and presents awards at Cinépolis Chelsea.
8/ 29 – 9/ 1: 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/ 29 – 9/ 2:New York International Salsa Congress has workshops, performances, live concerts, and competitions at New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square.
8/ 30 – 9/ 1: 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.
8/ 31 – 9/ 2: Richmond County Fair features kids’ crafts, historical demonstrations, amusement rides, eating contests, classic cars, farm animals, music, and entertainment Labor Day weekend in Staten Island.
8/ 31 – 9/ 8: Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit features 100 artists on the sidewalks of University Place. Repeats in May. Free.