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.
Readings at the bridge
August 1 - 15, 2016 (7 p.m. Mondays)
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.
August 1 - 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 1 - Sept. 5, 2016
multiple locationsDiscount prices include all taxes and ticket fees.
August 1 - Sept. 23, 2016 (begins May 16)
NYC locationsEnjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The (mostly) free concerts are popular, so arrive early.
Free Summer Movies
August 1 - Sept. 30, 2016 (begins in May)
NYC locationsFree Summer Movies are shown evenings at NYC parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
Shakespeare in the Park
August 2 - 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. The show this month is Troilus and Cressida.
August 2 - 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 series of plays.
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.
Broadway hits in the park
August 4 & 11, 2016 (12:30 p.m. from 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.
Films & food on the beach
August 5, 2016 - 6 p.m. (rain date Aug. 6)
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.
August 5 & 11, 2016
1.2 miles westSee free movies about outer space at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum outdoors. Arrive early.
August 6, 2016 (5:30 p.m., VIP 4:30)
2.2 miles SECiderfeast includes unlimited cider samples from a dozen producers, grilled meat, tacos, vegetarian options, and live music at SolarOne for age 21+.
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.
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 (7 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
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 - 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.
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.
August 11 - 21, 2016
3 miles eastSee 10 unusual plays during the UNFringed Festival at Secret Theatre in Long Island City.
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, food, 1920s cars, and a kidland on Governor’s Island.
August 13 - 14, 2016
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 14, 2016
0.5 miles SWEcofest [sound] has exhibits about alternative energy and the environment, green vehicles, 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.
Long Island food trucks
August 19, 2016 (4 p.m, VIP 3 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. No dogs.
August 19 - 20, 2016 (8 p.m.)
0.4 miles northSee three U.S. premieres at Ardani 25 Dance Gala at New York City Center.
Blues & BBQ festival
August 20, 2016 (2 to 9 p.m.)
1.5 miles NWHudson River Park’s Blues BBQ pairs America’s best blues and roots musicians with the best of local barbecue at Pier 97. No pets. Free.
August 20, 2016 (12 to 6 p.m.)
3 miles southFanFest offers free games, food, live music, and lines for free player autographs on Mulberry St. (from Broome to Canal). Free.
Meet the Mets
August 20, 2016 (12 to 4 p.m.)
18.8 miles southMets Jam Music Festival has games, activities, and players at MCU Park in Brooklyn. No cameras. Free.
Margarita bar crawl
August 20 - 21, 2016 (check in 12 to 3 p.m.)
3 miles southA ticket to Margarita March gets you eight tequila drinks in different bars, beginning at Parkside Lounge.
August 21, 2016 (11 a.m.)
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.
August 21 - 28, 2016
Brooklyn locationsSee both established and up-and-coming performers doing sketch, standup, and improvisation at Brooklyn Comedy Festival.
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 24 - 28, 2016
NYC locationsCharlie Parker Jazz Festival has films and concerts in honor of jazz legend Charlie Parker. Free.
Outdoor opera videos
August 26 - Sept. 5, 2016
1.2 miles NWSee popular Metropolitan Opera shows onscreen in Lincoln Center Plaza at Summer HD Festival. 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.
August 28, 2016 (1 to 4 p.m.)
1 mile NWGoTopless is a topless rights parade to support gender equality, which begins at Columbus Circle and ends with a rally at Dag Hammarsjold Plaza. 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 at 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.