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 southCelebrate Brooklyn! is a performing arts festival of music (sometimes combined with film), theater, and dance at Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn. Free.
August 1 - 10, 2014 (begins July 20)
0.5 miles westOut of Doors is three jam-packed weeks of world-class music, dance, and spoken word in the plazas of Lincoln Center, weather permitting. Free.
August 1 - 15, 2014 (begins July 21)
NYC locationsGet 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 northWait 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 NWAttend 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 - 24, 2014 (begins June 3)
1.2 miles northEnjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The free concerts are popular, so arrive early.
August 2, 9, 16, 2014
0.3 miles eastThe 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 southHear 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 southWatch 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.
Aug. 5 - 23, 2014 (begins July 27)
4 miles northHarlem 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 NWEnjoy 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 SWRiver 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 northThe 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 southBring a blanket to watch popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits at lunchtime during Broadway in Bryant Park. Free.
August 7 - 20, 2014 (begins July 10)
1.2 miles westSee free movies about sea, air, and space at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Fringe theater festival
August 8 - 24, 2014
NYC locationsNew 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 eastWatch 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.
August 10, 2014
0.5 miles SWEcofest 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 locationsNYC Parks Free Summer Movies are nearly every night in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.
Beer & wine festival
August 16, 2014
7 miles SETaste 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 ferryWear 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 16 - 17, 2014
5.7 miles NWFiesta in America has a trade pavilion, food court, children’s area, and cultural-performance stage at Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, NJ.
August 17, 2014
0.7 miles southIndia 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 southSee 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 northSee 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 22 - Sept. 1, 2014
1.2 miles NWSee popular Metropolitan Opera shows onscreen in Lincoln Center Plaza at Summer HD Festival. Free.
Blues & BBQ festival
August 23, 2014
1.4 miles westHudson 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 eastArthur 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.
August 23 - 24, 2014
NYC locationsCharlie Parker Jazz Festival has concerts, recordings, and talks in honor of jazz legend Charlie Parker. Free.
August 23 - 24, 2014
5 miles southAfro 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 southBrighton Jubilee Festival celebrates diversity with multiple entertainment stages, a marketplace, kiddie rides, and food stands on Coney Island. Free.
August 25 - Sept. 8, 2014
8 miles eastWatch the world’s best players compete under the open sky at the U.S. Open Tennis Championship at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows.
August 27 - Sept. 1, 2014
0.3 miles northNew York International Salsa Congress Dance & Music Festival has workshops, performances, live concerts, and competitions in New York Hilton Hotel Midtown.
August 29 - 31, 2014
5 miles south via ferryWatch 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 NEElectric Zoo is an electronic dance-music festival that brings top acts and 150,000 fans to Randall’s Island Park each Labor Day weekend.
August 30 - Sept. 1, 2014
17 miles SWRichmond County Fair features kids’ crafts, historical demonstrations, amusement rides, eating contests, classic cars, farm animals, music, and entertainment Labor Day weekend in Staten Island.
August 30 - Sept. 7, 2014
2 miles southWashington 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.
August 31, 2014
0.3 miles southBrazilian 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.
August 31, 2014
2.7 miles SWThe 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.