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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 24, 2015 (begins May 18)
Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage
in city parks. The free concerts are popular, so arrive early.
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.
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.