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 - 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 27)
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 - Sept. 5, 2015 (Saturdays)
is experimental live music, DJs and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.
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.
Italian traditional festival
August 6 - 9, 2015
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.
Dragon boat festival
August 8 - 9, 2015
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.
Beer & wine festival
August 14 - 15, 2015
7 miles SE
Taste award-winning craft beer, regional wine, and local-artisan spirits with entertainment and live music at Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest
at Restoration Plaza.
Fringe theater festival
August 14 - 30, 2015
New 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.