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

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.

Harlem Week

Aug. 1 - 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.

Movies in the park

August 4 - 18, 2014 (begins June 16)

0.5 miles south

Watch movie classics on the lawn at Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. No chairs or dogs. 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.

Fringe theater festival

August 8 - 24, 2014

NYC locations

New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) features 200 companies from around the world that hold 1000 stage performances in 20 venues. Fringe JR is for families. Fringe AL FRESCO is outdoors and free.

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.


August 13, 2014 (begins June 17)

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.

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.
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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 (noon)

0.7 miles south

India Day Parade begins at E 39th Street and goes down Madison Avenue to food booths and cultural programs near Madison Square Park. Free.

Innovative theater festival

August 17 - Sep. 7, 2014

3 miles south

See 24 new and innovative works that may include comedy, dance, drama, music, poetry, and puppetry during Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City.

Jazz festival

August 22 - 24, 2014 (uncertain)

NYC locations

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival features jazz films and concerts in honor of jazz legend Charlie Parker. 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.

Afropunk festival

August 23 - 24, 2014

5 miles south

Afropunk Fest is a multicultural weekend of live music, vibrant art, and free spirit, which includes food trucks, skate parks, and a custom bike show at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn. Free.

Outdoor opera videos

August 23 - Sept. 1, 2014

1.2 miles NW

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

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, or try it yourself at New York City Unicycle Festival on the weekend, which includes exhibitions, races, and unicycle sports on Governor’s Island. Free.

Electric Zoo music festival

August 29 - 31, 2014 (uncertain)

6 miles NE

Electric Zoo is New York’s biggest electronic dance-music festival, which attracts passionate fans each Labor Day weekend to Randall’s Island.

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, and four stages of music and entertainment in Staten Island.

Brazilian Day

August 31, 2014

0.3 miles south

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

Summer Streets

August 2014 (undated)

0.3 miles east

The city closes seven miles of streets to cars during Summer Streets from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. so you can play, run, walk, dance, and bike carefree along Park Ave. Expect food, entertainment, and activities. Free.

Movies in the park

August 2014 (undated)

1.2 miles north

See popular films at Central Park Conservancy Film Festival in Central Park. Bring a picnic and blanket for the lawn, no chairs or alcohol. Closed captions. Free.

Kickboxing match

August 2014 (undated)

1.5 miles west

Watch local Muay Thai boxers get in the ring and compete at Rumble on the River at Pier 84. Free.

Tomato cocktail party

August 2014 (undated)

2.4 miles SW

Enjoy tomato-laced cocktails and tastes to honor the tomato at Tomato Fest at the Green Table.

Beer & wine festival

August 2014 (undated)

5 miles south

Taste award-winning craft beer, regional wine, and local-artisan spirits paired with entertainment and live music at Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest at The Lab.
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August 2014 calendar of events in New York City. What to do in downtown New York City today, this weekend, this month. Special events, festivals, things to do in NYC.