Food festivals, dancing in the streets, free, movies, concerts and plays, and the ultimate tennis match, NYC offers something for everyone this August.
8/2 Games for social good: Explore the ways games and virtual reality can improve lives at Games for Change, which features talks, workshops, a game arcade, vendors, and awards at Parsons School of Design.
8/ 2 – 13: Out of Doors is three weeks of world-class music, dance, and spoken word in the plazas of Lincoln Center if dry. Free.
8/2 – 13: Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park, get free tickets by joining a lottery or waiting in line. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
8/2 – 16: American Folk Art Museum offers concerts Wednesday at 2 p.m. and Friday at 5:30 p.m. Free.
8/ 2 – 18: Get a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week.
8/ 2 – 19: 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/ 2 – 9/ 22: 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 – 9/ 30: Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
8/ 2 – 10/ 29: Chihuly transforms the grounds and buildings of the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx into an enchanted world. The artwork is lit on Chihuly Nights.
8/ 3 & 10: (12:30 p.m.) Bring a blanket to watch popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits Thursday afternoons at Broadway in Bryant Park. Free.
8/5, 12, 19: The city closes seven miles of Park Avenue and Lafayette Street to cars so you can play, run, walk, dance, and bike carefree during Summer Streets. Expect food, entertainment, and activities. Free.
8/5 – 10/1: 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.
8/ 6: Ecofest has exhibits about alternative energy and the environment, green vehicles, food, and entertainment in Times Square. Free.
8/ 8: See free movies outdoors at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Arrive early. August 8 – Back to the Future
8/10 – 13: 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 – 26: Harlem Week is a month-long celebration of local culture and history that includes performances, tributes, films, fashion, a children’s festival, sports events, films, and a 5K. Most events are free.
8/ 11: 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/ 11 – 12: TromaDance (name mimics Sundance) focuses on horror, fantasy, and sci-fi films and is free for both filmmakers and attendees at Peoples Improv Theater.
8/12: Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest offers “a curated selection of 60+ craft beer and wines, along with food vendors, live music and entertainment”at 1368 Fulton Street.
8/12 – 13: 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, 19, 26: ImageNation Outdoors Film & Music Festival begins with music at 6 p.m. followed by a movie at 8 p.m. or sundown in two different Harlem parks. Free.
8/13 – 19: Battery Dance Festival features evening performances by local and international dancers outdoors at Robert F. Wagner Junior Park, moving indoors Aug. 19 to Schimmel Center for the Arts. Free.
8/19: Blues BBQ Festival pairs great American blues and roots musicians with great local barbecue for sale at Pier 97. No pets. Free.
8/19 – 20: Try out the latest games from 100 developers and hear speakers at NYC Game Expo at Terminal 5.
8/19 – 20: Play NYC is a weekend of playing games and attending talks about game development at Terminal 5.
8/19 – 20: The Margarita March includes eight tequila drinks in different bars. Buy online and check in by 3 p.m.
8/24 – 27: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival has lms and concerts in honor of jazz legend Charlie Parker. Free.
8/25 – 9/4: Metropolitan Opera shows onscreen in Lincoln Center Plaza at Summer HD Festival. Free.
8/26 – 27: Wear a flapper costume and dance to the Dreamland Orchestra at Jazz Age Lawn Party, which includes a Charleston dance contest, dance lessons, food, 1920s cars, croquet, and a kidland on Governor’s Island.
8/28 – 9/10: Watch the world’s best players com- pete under the open sky at the U.S. Open Tennis Championship at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows.
8/ 31 – 9/ 3: New York International Salsa Congress has workshops, performances, live concerts, and competitions at New York Marriott