Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.
Mileage is from Rockefeller Center in downtown New York City, New York.
August 1 - 7, 2016 (from June)
0 milesNew York Spectacular is a musical about a family spending an extraordinary day in New York, featuring the dancing Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. Discount tickets $39 to $90.
Readings at the bridge
August 1 - 15, 2016 (Mondays from July 11)
6 miles southHear authors read, ask them questions, and get your book signed at Books Beneath the Bridge outdoors at Granite Prospect in Brooklyn Bridge Park on July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1, 8, 15. Free.
NYC Restaurant Week
August 1 - 19, 2016 (begins July 25)
NYC locationsGet a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week, not on Saturdays. Repeats in Jan.
Classical music festival
August 1 - 27, 2016 (begins July 13)
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. Discount tickets $33 (Aug. 5 and later).
Champagne Sunset Cruise
August 1 - 29, 2016 (7:15 p.m.)
2.4 miles SWThe Champagne Sunset Cruise includes 1.75 hours of views and a glass of champagne or other beverage on Yacht Manhattan, leaving Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). Discount tickets $35.
August 1 - 30, 2016 (from June)
2.4 miles SWEnjoy 90 minutes of views on an afternoon Statue of Liberty & Skyline Sightseeing Cruise, with a free glass of champagne or other beverage on Yacht Manhattan, from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). Discount tickets $28.
Sailboat ride on Clipper City
August 1 - 30, 2016 (from June)
4.5 miles southTour New York City Harbor aboard the majestic Clipper City tall ship, sailing from Battery Park.
August 1 - Sept. 3, 2016 (begins July 22)
0.7 miles northSummer Shorts is a festival of new American short plays at 59E59 Theaters, grouped in 2 sets of plays.
August 1 - Sept. 4, 2016 (from June)
0.3 miles westThe show-business musical Chicago has sizzling songs, seductive dance numbers, and a powerful story at Ambassador Theatre. Discount tickets $33 to $95.
August 1 - Sept. 4, 2016 (from June)
0.4 miles westPeople and puppets who live in a shabby neighborhood on Avenue Q entertain mature audiences with sassy songs and funny antics at New World Stages. Discount tickets $45.
August 1 - Sept. 23, 2016 (begins May 16)
NYC locationsEnjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The free concerts are popular, so arrive early.
Lobster & beer sail
August 2 & 16, 2016 (7 p.m.)
4.5 miles southEnjoy lobster rolls from Luke’s Lobster, coleslaw, potato salad, craft beer, and a two-hour cruise around Lower Manhattan on Lobster & Beer Lovers Sail aboard Clipper City Tall Ship, leaving Battery Park. Discount tickets $76.
Award-winning “Jersey Boys”
August 2 - Sept. 25, 2016 (also June & July)
0.4 miles NWHit musical Jersey Boys is the rags-to-riches story of 20-somethings Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons live at August Wilson Theatre. Discount tickets on weekdays: $40 to $104.
Creative percussion show
August 2 - Dec. 25, 2016 (also June & July)
0.5 miles SWSTOMP has high-energy dance, acrobatics, comedy, and nonstop rhythm from unusual instruments at the Orpheum Theatre. Discount tickets $50.
August 3 - 13, 2016 (begins July 20)
0.5 miles westOut of Doors is three weeks of world-class music, dance, and spoken word in the plazas of Lincoln Center if dry. Free.
Shakespeare in the Park
August 3 - 14, 2016
2 miles northFor tickets to Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park, become a $200 “supporter,” or get free tickets by joining a lottery or waiting in line.
Baseball meal deal
August 3 - 27, 2016 (also June & July)
8 miles northNew York Yankees package deal includes a field-level seat plus unlimited picnic food until 30 minutes after game time at Yankee Stadium. Discount tickets $75.
Free Summer Movies
August 1 - Sept. 15, 2016 (begins in May)
NYC locationsFree Summer Movies are shown evenings at NYC parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
Romantic jazz cruise
August 3 - Sept. 28, 2016 (9:45 p.m. Wed.)
4.3 miles southEnjoy skyline views and live jazz on an Evening Jazz Cruise aboard the 158-foot Clipper City Tall Ship departing from Battery Park. Discount tickets $42.
Broadway hits in the park
August 4 & 11, 2016 (begins July 7)
0.5 miles southBring a blanket to watch popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits Thursday afternoons at Broadway in Bryant Park. Free.
August 4 - 20, 2016 (also June & July)
2.8 miles southYour ticket to The Imbible includes 3 craft cocktails plus a comic romp through the history of spirits and cocktails at SoHo Playhouse. Discount tickets $39.
Comedy about motherhood
August 4 - Sept. 3, 2016 (from June)
0.4 miles westA former Miss New Jersey is One Funny Mother with a funny show about raising kids at New World Stages. Discount tickets $30.
August 5, 2016 (also July)
1.2 miles westSee free movies about outer space at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum outdoors. Arrive early.
Films & food on the beach
August 5, 2016 (6 p.m.)
26 miles SETaste on the Beach includes food, wine, beer, and live music on the beachfront at National Boulevard in Long Beach, followed by the Shorts on the Beach Film Series in a tent at 9 p.m. Rain date is Aug. 6.
August 5 - 27, 2016 (from June)
8 miles northWatch the Yankees play from air conditioned Mohegan Sun Sports Bar, with giant windows, high-def TV, and a bar selling drinks and pub fare. Discount tickets $30.
Beer & wine festival
August 6, 2016 (2 to 8 p.m.)
8.6 miles SEBrooklyn 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 1368 Fulton Street. Discount tickets $19.
Dragon boat festival
August 6 - 7, 2016
8 miles eastWatch 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.
August 6, 13, 20, 2016
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.
August 6 - 27, 2016 (Saturdays from June 11)
3 miles eastWarm Up is experimental live music, DJs and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.
August 6 - 27, 2016 (begins July 31)
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.
August 6 - Oct. 2, 2016 (weekends)
44 miles NWTravel 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.
Brunch cruise circles Manhattan
August 6 - Dec. 31, 2016 (weekends)
2.4 miles SWAround Manhattan Brunch Cruise offers three-hour of views as you circle Manhattan Island in a classic 1920s yacht and eat a buffet brunch with a complimentary beverage, departing from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). Discount tickets $56.
Brunch on a sailboat
Aug. 7 - Oct. 9, 2016 (11 a.m. Sundays)
4.1 miles southEnjoy skyline views on a two-hour Champagne Brunch Sail Aboard the Shearwater classic schooner, leaving Lower Manhattan. Discount tickets $67.
Burlesque on a sailboat
August 11, 2016 (9:45 p.m.)
4.5 miles southA Burlesque Sail on Clipper City tall ship features music, dancers, and drinks, departing from Battery Park for age 21+. Discount tickets $36.
Italian traditional festival
August 11 - 14, 2016
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.
Fringe theater festival
August 12 - 28, 2016
NYC locationsNew York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) features 200 companies from around the world that hold 1100 stage performances in 20 venues.
Fringe Jr is for families.
Fringe Al Fresco is free outdoors.
1920s lawn party
August 13 - 14, 2016
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 13 - 14, 2016 (gala Aug. 12)
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.
Concert in the garden
August 13 & 25, 2016 (6:30 p.m.)
12 miles northYour ticket to Summer Concert Evenings includes a free cocktail and a concert on the conservatory lawn at New York Botanical Garden for age 21+. Discount tickets $25.
August 14, 2016
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 dance shows
August 14 - 20, 2016
Lower ManhattanBattery Dance Festival features evening performances by local and international dancers outdoors at Robert F. Wagner Junior Park, moving indoors Aug. 20 to Schimmel Center for the Arts. Free.
August 19, 2016 (10 p.m.)
1 mile SWDistorted Diznee has high-energy dancing, comedy, dazzling costumes, and lip synching by drag queens dressed as Ariel, Mary Poppins, and Snow White at Laurie Beechman Theatre for age 17+. Discount tickets $11 (and $20 food or drink minimum).
Long Island food trucks
August 19, 2016 (4 to 7 p.m.)
96 miles eastA 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.
Blues & BBQ festival
August 20, 2016
1.5 miles NWHudson River Park’s Blues BBQ Festival pairs America’s best blues and roots musicians with the best of local barbecue at Pier 97. No pets. Free.
Margarita bar crawl
August 20, 2016
3 miles southA ticket to Margarita March gets you eight tequila drinks in different bars, beginning at Parkside Lounge.
August 20, 2016 (3:30 p.m.)
7.9 miles northWatch New York City FC play a game at Yankee Stadium. Discount tickets $30 to $199.
August 21, 2016
0.7 miles southIndia Day Parade begins at E 38th St. and goes down Madison Avenue to food booths and cultural programs at E. 27th Street, which close at 6 p.m. Free.
Picnic in Grand Central Station
August 22 - 26, 2016
0.4 miles SEBring your own food or buy from vendors at Life’s a Picnic in Grand Central, which features picnic tables, entertainment, WiFi, and air conditioning. Free.
Movies in the park
August 22 - 27, 2016
multiple locationsSee popular films at Central Park Conservancy Film Festival. Bring a picnic and blanket for the lawn, but no chairs, glass bottles, or alcohol. Captioned. Free.
August 22 - 28, 2016
Brooklyn locationsSee both established and up-and-coming performers doing sketch, standup, and improvisation at Brooklyn Comedy Festival.
August 26 - 28, 2016
NYC locationsCharlie Parker Jazz Festival has concerts, recordings, and talks in honor of jazz legend Charlie Parker. Free.
August 27, 2016 (7 to 10 p.m.)
2.2 miles southEight award-winning East Coast dance crews battle to win $5,000 at B-Boy Royale in NYU Skirball Center.
Tennis family day
August 27, 2016
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.
Outdoor opera videos
August 27 - Sept. 5, 2016
1.2 miles NWSee popular Metropolitan Opera shows onscreen in Lincoln Center Plaza at Summer HD Festival. Free.
Brighton Beach street fair
August 28, 2016
18 miles southBrighton Jubilee Festival celebrates diversity with multiple entertainment stages, a marketplace, kiddie rides, and food stands on Coney Island. Free.
Innovative theater festival
August 28 - Sept. 18, 2016
2.5 miles southSee 26 new and innovative works, including comedy, dance, drama, music, poetry, and puppetry, during Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City.
August 29 - Sept. 11, 2016
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 2016 (undated)
3 miles southFanFest offers free games, food, live music, and lines for free player autographs on Mulberry St. (from Broome to Canal). Free.