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.

Outdoor concerts

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

Celebrate Brooklyn! is a performing arts festival of music (sometimes combined with film), theater, and dance at Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn. 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. Discount tickets $33.

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 23)

2 miles north

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

Tony-winning musical

August 1 - 29, 2016 (Saturdays from May)

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.

New music

August 1 - Sept. 5, 2015 (Saturdays from June)

3 miles

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

SummerStage

August 1 - Sept. 24, 2015 (begins May 18)

NYC locations

Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The free concerts are popular, so arrive early.

Restaurant Week

August 2 - 14, 2015 (begins July 20)

NYC locations

Get a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week, not on Saturdays. Repeats in Feb.

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.
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Free Summer Movies

August 4 - Sept. 10, 2015 (from May)

NYC locations

NYC Parks Free Summer Movies are shown evenings in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.

Outdoor movie: Wall-E

August 6, 2015 (all dates below)

1.2 miles west

See free movies about outerspace at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Arrive early May 22, July 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug. 6.

Indie music festival

August 6, 2015 (also July 9 & 23)

2.8 miles SW

River Rocks 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. 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.

1920s lawn party

August 15 - 16, 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.

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.

Ecofest

August 16, 2015

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.

India parade

August 16, 2015

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.

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.

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.

Outdoor opera videos

August 28 - Sept. 6, 2015

1.2 miles NW

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

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.

Discount tickets $25.

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.

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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August 2015 calendar of events in NYC, NY. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in New York City, New York.