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.
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.
August 1 - 9, 2015 (begins July 22)
0.5 miles west
Out of Doors
is three jam-packed weeks of world-class music, dance, and spoken word in the plazas of Lincoln Center if dry. Free.
Arts festival in Brooklyn
August 1 - 12, 2015 (begins June 3)
8 miles south
is a performing arts festival of music (sometimes combined with film), theater, and dance at Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn. Free.
August 1, 8, 15, 2015
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.
Classical music festival
August 1 - 22, 2015 (begins July 22)
1.5 miles NW
Attend concerts, operas, late-night recitals, and world premieres at Mostly Mozart Festival
, performed by the festival orchestra and special guests at Lincoln Center.
August 1 - 22, 2015 (begins July 26)
4 miles north
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 23)
2 miles north
Wait in line or join the online lottery for a ticket to Cymbeline
at Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Free.
Relive the Ziegfeld Follies
August 1 - 29, 2015 (also July)
0.7 miles SW
Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic
is Ziegfeld’s extravaganza redone with lavish showgirls, thrilling aerialists, risqué burlesque at Liberty Theater. Discount tickets $44.
August 1 - 29, 2015 (begins July 17)
0.7 miles north
is a festival of new American short plays at 59E59 Theaters, grouped in 2 sets of plays.
August 1 - 29, 2016 (Saturdays from June)
4.5 miles north
The cast of In the Heights
sings and dances around you to vibrant hip-hop, pop, and Latin music as they tell the story of tight-knit Dominican-Americans at Harlem Repertory Theatre. Discount tickets $13.
August 1 - 30, 2015 (weekends from June)
3 miles south
eats so many pink cupcakes that she turns pink. Kids 2 to 10 enjoy seeing how she gets out of this predicament with help from her brother, at Culture Project on Bleeker. Discount tickets $15.
August 1 - Sept. 5, 2015 (Saturdays from June)
is experimental live music, DJs and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.
August 1 - Sept. 27, 2015 (weekends)
44 miles NW
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
. Discount tickets $12.
August 1 - Oct. 3, 2015 (also July)
Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage
in city parks. The free concerts are popular, so arrive early.
August 1 - Dec.. 6, 2015 (also July)
0.6 miles SW
On the Town
is a joyful 1940s musical comedy about 3 sailors on a whirlwind tour of NY full of song, dance, and romance at Lyric Theatre. Discount tickets $37.
August 1 - Dec. 20, 2015 (also July)
0.4 miles west
Humans and puppets live in a shabby neighborhood on Avenue Q
and entertain mature audiences with sassy songs and funny antics at New World Stages.
Discount tickets $45.
Freshkills Park preview
August 2, 2015
18 miles SW via ferry
Enjoy biking, kayaking, picnicking, trail walking, and food trucks on Discovery Day
, a sneak peak at the park built on Staten Island landfill. Free, shuttle too.
August 2 - 14, 2015 (begins July 20)
Get a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week
, not on Saturdays. Repeats in Feb.
August 2 - Dec. 27, 2015 (Sundays from June)
3 miles south
Enjoy a buffet, live jazz, and two hours of views on the Sunday Brunch Cruise
by Hornblower Yachts, departing from Pier 40.
Discount tickets $44.
New York City
Readings at the bridge
August 3 & 10, 2015 (Mondays from July 6)
6 miles south
Hear authors read, ask them questions, and get your book signed at Books Beneath the Bridge
outdoors at Granite Prospect in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Free.
Movies in parks
August 3 - Sept. 26, 2015
NYC Parks Free Summer Movies
are shown evenings in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.
August 3 - Dec. 28, 2015 (Mondays at 8 p.m.)
2.4 miles south
Five professional magicians perform card tricks and feats of wonder with plenty of humor at Monday Night Magic
in Players Theatre. Discount tickets $15.
Indie music festival
August 6, 2015 (also July 9 & 23)
2.8 miles SW
is a music concert on three Thursdays along the water at Hudson River Park. 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.
Broadway hits in the park
August 6 & 13, 2015 (Thursdays from July 9)
0.5 miles south
Bring a blanket to watch popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits Thursday afternoons at Broadway in Bryant Park
Art of Mexico
August 6 - Oct. 31, 2015 (from June)
12 miles north
A ticket to Frida al Fresco Evenings
includes a beer or margarita to sip, a stroll in Frida Kahlo’s recreated studio, and weekend music at New York Botanical Garden for age 21+. Schedule
Discount tickets $30.
August 7 - 8, 2015 (8 p.m.)
0.4 miles north
Ballet superstars Natalia Osipova & Ivan Vasiliev dance in Solo for Two
at New York City Center. Discount tickets $57.
Dragon boat festival
August 8 - 9, 2015
8 miles east
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.
Outdoor movie: Wall-E
August 13, 2015 (all dates below)
1.2 miles west
See free movies about outer space at Summer Movie Series
at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum outdoors. Arrive early May 22; July 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug. 13.
Long Island food trucks
August 14, 2015 (4 to 7 p.m.)
96 miles east
A $65 ticket to The Great Food Truck Derby
gets you servings from 15 food trucks, with beer and wine for sale outside Hayground School in Bridgehampton.
Beer & wine festival
August 14 - 15, 2015 (2 to 8 p.m.)
7 miles SE
Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest
begins with a pub crawl Friday evening, followed by a Saturday tasting of craft beer, artisanal wine, and curated cuisine with entertainment at Restoration Plaza.
Fringe theater festival
August 14 - 30, 2015
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.
1920s lawn party
August 15 - 16, 2015 (and 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.
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.
Free dance shows
August 15 - 21, 2015
Battery Dance Festival
[sound] features evening performances by local and international dancers outdoors at Robert F. Wagner Junior Park, moving indoors Aug. 21 to Schimmel Center for the Arts.
August 16, 2015
0.5 miles SW
has exhibits about alternative energy and the environment, green vehicles, an eco fashion show, food, and entertainment on Broadway at 43rd. Free.
August 16, 2015 (begins 12 p.m.)
0.7 miles south
India Day Parade
begins noon at E 38th St. and goes down Madison Avenue to food booths and cultural programs at E. 27th St. which close at 6 p.m. Free.
August 21 - 23, 2015
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
has concerts, recordings, and talks in honor of jazz legend Charlie Parker. Free.
August 22, 2015 (7 - 10 p.m.)
2.2 miles south
Eight award-winning East Coast dance crews battle to win $5,000 at B-Boy Royale II
in NYU Skirball Center.
Blues & BBQ festival
August 22, 2015
3.5 miles south
Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ Festival
pairs America’s best blues and roots musicians with the best of local barbecue at Pier 26. No pets. Free.
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.
August 23, 2015 (8 p.m.)
48 miles SW
(Black Magic Woman) blends Latin music roots with blues and jazz influences at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. Discount lawn tickets $20.
August 24 - 30, 2015
See both established and up-and-coming performers doing sketch, standup, and improvisation at Brooklyn Comedy Festival
Movies in Central Park
August 25 - 29, 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.
August 28 - 29, 2015
7 miles south
features 18 five-minute films by amateurs of all persuasions at Roulette for age 21+.
Outdoor opera videos
August 28 - Sept. 7, 2015
1.2 miles NW
See popular Metropolitan Opera shows onscreen in Lincoln Center Plaza at Summer HD Festival
Urban adventure race
August 29, 2015 (noon)
2.8 miles south
XPLORE New York City
is a 5K race to solve clues and complete challenges as you travel around the city.
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.
Long Island music festival
August 29, 2015 (4 p.m.)
40 miles SE
Hear Gregg Allman, The Doobie Brothers, and Bruce Hornsby at the Laid Back Festival
at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh.
Discount tickets $55.
August 29, 2015 (7 p.m.)
48 miles SW
perform Mr. Jones and more on their Somewhere Under Wonderland tour at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. Discount tickets $18.
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. 20, 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.
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.