New York City events calendar for August 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in NYC, New York.

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Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do in August 2015 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from Rockefeller Center in downtown New York City, New York.

Lincoln Center Festival

August 1 - 2, 2015 (begins July 6)

1.5 miles NW

Enjoy extraordinary opera, music, dance, and theater that showcases contemporary artistic viewpoints at Lincoln Center Festival in and near Lincoln Center.

Animation festival

August 1 - 2, 2015 (begins July 30)

6 miles south

Animation Block Party exhibits all genres of the world’s best independent, professional and student animation in Brooklyn.

Harlem Week

August 1 - 22, 2015 (begins July 26)

4 miles north

Harlem Week is a month-long celebration of local culture and history that includes performances, tributes, films, fashion, a children’s festival, sports events, a 5K, and a street fair. Most events are free.

Shakespeare in the Park

August 1 - 23, 2015 (begins July 27)

2 miles north

Wait in line or join the online lottery for a ticket to Cymbeline at Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Free.

New music

August 1 - Sept. 5, 2015 (Saturdays)

3 miles

Warm Up is experimental live music, DJs and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.

Readings at the bridge

August 3 & 10, 2015 (Mondays starting July 6)

6 miles south

Hear authors read, ask them questions, and get your book signed at Books Beneath the Bridge as the sun sets at Granite Prospect in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Free.

Movies in the park

August 3 - 24, 2015 (Mondays from June 22)

0.5 miles south

Watch movie classics on the lawn at Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. No chairs, tarps, or dogs. Free.

Italian traditional festival

August 6 - 9, 2015

4.3 miles north

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.

Dragon boat festival

August 8 - 9, 2015

8 miles east

Watch 100 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.

Beer & wine festival

August 14 - 15, 2015

7 miles SE

Taste award-winning craft beer, regional wine, and local-artisan spirits with entertainment and live music at Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest at Restoration Plaza.

Fringe theater festival

August 14 - 30, 2015

NYC locations

New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) features 200 companies from around the world that hold 1200 stage performances in 20 venues. Fringe JR is for families. Fringe AL FRESCO is free outdoors.
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Filipino expo

August 15 - 16, 2015

5.7 miles NW

Fiesta in America has a trade pavilion, food court, children’s area, and cultural-performance stage at Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, NJ.

1920s lawn party

August 16 - 17, 2015 (and June 13 - 14)

5 miles south via ferry

Wear a flapper costume and dance to the Dreamland Orchestra at Jazz Age Lawn Party, which includes a Charleston dance contest, dance lessons, follies, food, 1920s cars, and a kidland on Governor’s Island.

Afropunk festival

August 22 - 23, 2015

5 miles south

Afro Punk Fest is a multicultural weekend of live music with an art and craft market, and food trucks at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn. Donation.

Movies in Central Park

August 24 - 28, 2015

1.2 miles north

See popular films at Central Park Conservancy Film Festival. Bring a picnic and blanket for the lawn, but no chairs, bottles, or alcohol. Captioned. Free.

Urban adventure race

August 29, 2015

2.8 miles south

XPLORE New York City is a 5K race to solve clues and complete challenges as you travel around the city.

Discount tickets.

Tennis family day

August 29, 2015

8 miles east

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.

Brighton Beach street fair

August 30, 2015

18 miles south

Brighton Jubilee Festival celebrates diversity with multiple entertainment stages, a marketplace, kiddie rides, and food stands on Coney Island. Free.

Innovative theater festival

August 30 - Sept. 30, 2015

3 miles south

See 24 new and innovative works, including comedy, dance, drama, music, poetry, and puppetry, during Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City.

Tennis tournament

August 31 - Sept. 13, 2015

8 miles east

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.

Summer Streets

August 2015 (undated)

0.3 miles east

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.


August 2015 (undated)

0.5 miles SW

Ecofest has exhibits about alternative energy and the environment, green vehicles, an eco fashion show, food, and entertainment on Broadway at 43rd. Free.

1920s lawn party

August 2015 (undated; also in June)

5 miles south via ferry

Wear a flapper costume and dance to the Dreamland Orchestra at Jazz Age Lawn Party, which includes a Charleston dance contest, dance lessons, follies, food, 1920s cars, and a kidland on Governor’s Island.

India parade

August 2015 (undated)

0.7 miles south

India Day Parade begins noon at E 38th St. and goes down Madison Avenue to food booths and cultural programs near Madison Square Park. Map. Free.

Free Summer Movies

August 2015 (undated)

NYC locations

NYC Parks Free Summer Movies are nearly every night in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.

Outdoor opera videos

August 2015 (undated)

1.2 miles NW

See popular Metropolitan Opera shows onscreen in Lincoln Center Plaza at Summer HD Festival. Free.

Blues & BBQ festival

August 2015 (undated)

1.4 miles west

Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ Festival pairs America’s best blues and roots musicians with the best of local barbecue at Pier 84. No pets. Free.

Jazz festival

August 2015 (undated)

NYC locations

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival has concerts, recordings, and talks in honor of jazz legend Charlie Parker. Free.
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