New York City events calendar for August 2014. Best festivals, fun things to do, free kids activities, street fairs, and Labor Day weekend events in NYC, New York.

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August 2014

Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do in August 2014 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.

Arts festival in Brooklyn

August 1 - 9, 2014 (begins June 4)

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.

Outdoor concerts

August 1 - 10, 2014 (begins July 20)

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, weather permitting. Free.

Restaurant Week

August 1 - 15, 2014 (begins July 21)

NYC locations

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

Shakespeare in the Park

August 1 - 17, 2014 (begins July 22)

2 miles north

Wait in line or join the online lottery for a ticket to “King Lear” at Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Free.

Classical music festival

August 1 - 23, 2014 (begins July 25)

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.

SummerStage

August 1 - 24, 2014 (begins June 3)

1.2 miles north

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

Summer Streets

August 2, 9, 16, 2014

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.

Readings at the bridge

August 4 & 11, 2014 (begins July 7)

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. July 7, 14, 21, 28. Aug 4, 11. Free.

Movies in Bryant Park

Aug. 4 - 18, 2014 (schedule below)

0.5 miles south

Watch movie classics on the lawn at Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. No chairs, tarps, or dogs. Free. June 16, 23, 30. July 7, 14, 21, 28. Aug. 4, 11, 18.
  • August 4 - The Karate Kid (PG)
  • August 11 - Lover Come Back (unrated)
  • August 18 - The Shining (R)

Harlem Week

Aug. 5 - 23, 2014 (begins July 27)

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.

Lincoln Center Festival

August 6 - 16, 2014 (begins July 7)

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.

Indie music festival

August 7, 2014 (also July 10 & 24)

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 7 - 10, 2014

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 7 & 14, 2014 (begins July 10)

0.5 miles south

Bring a blanket to watch popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits at lunchtime during Broadway in Bryant Park. Free.
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Outdoor movies

August 7 - 20, 2014 (begins July 10)

1.2 miles west

See free movies about sea, air, and space at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
  • August 7 - Spaceballs (PG)
  • August 14 - Captain Phillips (PG-13)
  • August 20 - Top Gun (PG)

Fringe theater festival

August 8 - 24, 2014

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.

Dragon boat festival

August 9 - 10, 2014

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.

Ecofest

August 10, 2014

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.

Free Summer Movies

August 12 - Sept. 20, 2014

NYC locations

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

Beer & wine festival

August 16, 2014

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.

1920s lawn party

August 16 - 17, 2014 (also June 14 - 15)

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 16 - 17, 2014

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.

India parade

August 17, 2014

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.

Innovative theater festival

August 17 - Sep. 7, 2014

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.

Movies in Central Park

August 18 - 22, 2014

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.
  • Aug. 18 - Big (PG)
  • Aug. 19 - The Royal Tenenbaums (R)
  • Aug. 20 - The Way We Were (PG)
  • Aug. 21 - Coming to America (R)
  • Aug. 22 - Rear Window (PG)

Outdoor opera videos

August 22 - Sept. 1, 2014

1.2 miles NW

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

Blues & BBQ festival

August 23, 2014

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.

Tennis family day

August 23, 2014

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.

Jazz festival

August 23 - 24, 2014

NYC locations

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

Afropunk festival

August 23 - 24, 2014

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.

Brighton Beach street fair

August 24, 2014

18 miles south

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

Tennis tournament

August 25 - Sept. 8, 2014

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.

Salsa festival

August 27 - Sept. 1, 2014

0.3 miles north

New York International Salsa Congress Dance & Music Festival has workshops, performances, live concerts, and competitions in New York Hilton Hotel Midtown.

Unicycle festival

August 29 - 31, 2014

5 miles south via ferry

Watch 300 unicycles roll across Brooklyn on Unicycle Day Friday, or try it yourself at New York City Unicycle Festival on Labor Day weekend, with unicycle sports, exhibitions, and races on Governor’s Island. Free.

Electric Zoo music festival

August 29 - 31, 2014

6 miles NE

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.

County fair

August 30 - Sept. 1, 2014

17 miles SW

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.

Art exhibit

August 30 - Sept. 7, 2014

2 miles south

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit features 120 artists on the sidewalks of University Place on Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1, 6, 7. Repeats in May. Free.

Brazilian Day

August 31, 2014

0.3 miles south

Brazilian Day [sound] is a lively festival celebrating Brazil's independence with music, dance, and food in 25 blocks of Little Brazil near West 46th Street. Free.

Tugboat races

August 31, 2014

2.7 miles SW

The Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition begins with a tug parade and ends in contests and awards at Pier 84. Free, or pay for spectator boat.
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