New York City events calendar for August 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in NYC, New York.

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Enjoy the best events, festivals, and things to do in New York City with this calendar of events.

Miles are from Rockefeller Center in Midtown.

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Games for social good

August 1 - 2, 2017

1.9 miles south

Explore the ways games and virtual reality can improve lives at Games for Change, which features talks, workshops, a game arcade, vendors, and awards at Parsons School of Design.

Outdoor movies

August 1 & 8, 2017

1.2 miles west

See free movies outdoors at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Arrive early.
  • August 1 - The Martian
  • August 8 - Back to the Future

Shakespeare in the Park

August 1 - 13, 2017

2 miles north

For tickets to Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park, pay $500 as a “supporter” or get free tickets by joining a lottery or waiting in line.

Outdoor concerts

August 2 - 13, 2017

0.5 miles west

Out 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 3 & 10, 2017 (12:30 p.m.)

0.5 miles south

Bring 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 4, 2017

26 miles SE

Taste 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 6, 2017

0.5 miles SW

Ecofest has exhibits about alternative energy and the environment, green vehicles, food, and entertainment in Times Square. Free.

Readings at the bridge

August 7 & 14, 2017 (7 p.m.)

6 miles south

Hear authors read, ask them questions, and get your book signed at Books Beneath the Bridge outdoors at Granite Prospect in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Italian traditional festival

August 10 - 13, 2017

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.

Long Island food trucks

August 11, 2017 (4 p.m., VIP 3:30 p.m.)

96 miles east

A ticket to The Great Food Truck Derby gets you 16 tastes from food trucks and 3 drinks (kids get 4 tastes and 1 drink) with live music outside Hayground School in Bridgehampton. No dogs.

Free horror films

August 11 - 12, 2017

1.6 miles south

TromaDance (name mimics Sundance) focuses on horror, fantasy, and sci-fi films and is free for both filmmakers and attendees at Peoples Improv Theater.

Art show for dogs

August 11 - 13, 2017

4 miles south

Believe it or not, Dogumenta is an art exhibition designed for your dog, open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. at Brookfield Place. Free registration online.

Light-saber battle

August 12, 2017 (8 to 11 p.m.)

1.6 miles south

Saber Battle is an all-ages event at Washington Square Park. Order a light saber to pick up at the event, or bring your own. Free.

Yankees festival

August 12, 2017 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

7.4 miles north

FanFest offers free games, food samples, live music, and lines for free player autographs at Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx. Free.

Beer & wine festival

August 12, 2017

8.6 miles SE

Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest offers “a curated selection of 60+ craft beer and wines, along with food vendors, live music and entertainment” at 1368 Fulton Street.

Filipino expo

August 12 - 13, 2017

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.

Dragon boat festival

August 12 - 13, 2017

8 miles east

Watch 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.

Free mellow music

August 16, 2017

1.3 miles NW

American Folk Art Museum offers concerts Wednesday at 2 p.m. and Friday at 5:30 p.m. Free.

NYC Restaurant Week

August 16 - 18, 2017

NYC locations

Get a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Held in January and July.

Free dance shows

August 16 - 27, 2017

Lower Manhattan

Battery Dance Festival features evening performances by local and international dancers outdoors at Robert F. Wagner Junior Park, moving indoors Aug. 19 to Schimmel Center for the Arts. Free.
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Classical music festival

August 16 - 20, 2017

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 $43 (Aug. 18 and 19).


August 16 - 31, 2017

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include tax and fees.

Short plays

August 16 - Sept. 2, 2017

0.7 miles north

Summer Shorts is a festival of new American short plays at 59E59 Theaters, grouped in 2 series of plays.


August 16 - Sept. 22, 2017

NYC locations

Enjoy 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 16 - Sept. 30, 2017

NYC locations

Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Daytime cruise

August 16 - Oct. 29, 2017

4.3 miles south

Get great views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and the Manhattan skyline on the one-hour standing-room International Sightseeing Cruise with narrated tour, leaving Pier 15.

Discount tickets $15 to $22.

A Bronx Tale

August 17 - Sept. 6, 2017

0.4 miles west

Set in the 1960s, A Bronx Tale is about a young man caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be, co-directed by Robert De Niro at Longacre Theatre.

Discount tickets $69 to $99 midweek.

Futuristic drama

August 17 - Oct. 8, 2017

0.5 miles SW

Direct from London, 1984 is George Orwell’s chilling vision of a future full of governmental surveillance and oppression at Hudson Theatre for age 13+.

Discount tickets $35 to $99.

Jazz cruise

August 18, 2017 (7:15 p.m.)

2.4 miles SW

Enjoy skyline views, live jazz, and a complimentary drink on the Evening Jazz Cruise Aboard Manhattan on a decorated 1920s-style yacht departing from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62).

Discount tickets $64 (not Saturday).

Cocktail show

August 18 - Sept. 2, 2017

0.6 miles west

A ticket to The Imbible includes 3 craft cocktails plus a comic romp through the history of spirits and cocktails at New World Stages.

Discount tickets $20 to $49.

Harry Potter parody

August 18 - Dec. 23, 2017

0.6 miles west

Puffs is all about the mediocre students of Hogwarts School, lovable underachieving wizards not destined to save the world from the forces of evil, at New World Stages.

Discount tickets $27 to $47.

Summer Streets

August 19, 2017 (7 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

0.3 miles east

The 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.

Blues & BBQ festival

August 19, 2017 (2 p.m.)

1.5 miles NW

Blues BBQ Festival pairs great American blues and roots musicians with great local barbecue for sale in Hudson River Park at Pier 97. No pets. Free.

Hawaiian party cruise

August 19, 2017 (departs 11 p.m.)

4.3 miles south

It’s a Luau Yacht Party features three-hours of skyline views on the Hudson, a cash bar, a dinner buffet for sale, and DJ music (Top 40, house, hip-hop, and Latin) departing from Pier 15 for age 21+.

Discount tickets $15.

Video game convention

August 19 - 20, 2017

1.3 miles NW

Play NYC is a weekend of playing games and attending talks about game development at Terminal 5.

Discount tickets $13 to $15.

Margarita bar crawl

August 19 - 20, 2017 (12 to 10 p.m.)

3.4 miles south

The Margarita March includes eight tequila drinks in different bars. Buy online and check in by 3 p.m.

Honey festival

August 19 - 20, 2017

12 miles north

Honey Weekend features a candle-making workshop, honey-extraction demos, hive exhibits, and honey tastings at Wave Hill cultural center in the Bronx.

Free films in Harlem

August 19 & 26, 2017

4 miles north

ImageNation Outdoors Film & Music Festival begins with music at 6 p.m. followed by a movie at 8 p.m. or sundown in two different Harlem parks. Free.

Harlem Week

August 19 - 26, 2017

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, films, and a 5K. Most events are free.

New music

August 19 - Sept. 2, 2017 (12 to 9 p.m. Saturdays)

3 miles east

Warm Up is experimental live music, DJs and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.

Renaissance fair

August 19 - Oct. 1, 2017 (weekends)

44 miles NW

Travel 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 in Tuxedo Park.

Discount tickets $22.

Science magic

August 19 - Nov. 19, 2017

0.7 miles SW

A physics demonstrator from Rutgers University performs amazing feats in That Physics Show using cold liquid nitrogen, burning hydrogen, and bright laser lights at Elektra Theatre.

Discount tickets $32.

India parade

August 20, 2017 (noon)

0.7 miles south

India Day Parade begins at E 38th Street and goes down Madison Avenue to food booths and cultural programs lasting until 6 p.m. at E. 26th Street. Free.

Wizard of Oz

August 20, 2017 (7 p.m.)

4.5 miles north

The Wizard of Oz is a one-hour version featuring Dorothy, Toto, the scarecrow, the lion, and the tin man at Harlem Repertory Theatre.

Discount tickets $5 to $10.

Brunch on a sailboat

August 20 - Oct. 8, 2017 (Sundays 11 a.m.)

4.1 miles south

Enjoy skyline views on a two-hour Champagne Brunch Sail Aboard the Shearwater classic schooner, departing from North Cove Marina.

Discount tickets $69.

Movies in the park

August 21 - 26, 2017

multiple locations

See 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.

Traditional music of India

August 21 - 27, 2017

3 miles south

Enjoy 20 outstanding performances of Indian classical music and dance during Drive East at Dixon Place.

Comedy festival

August 21 - 27, 2017

Brooklyn locations

See both established and up-and-coming performers doing sketch, standup, and improvisation at Brooklyn Comedy Festival.

The white dinner

August 22, 2017

Location uncertain

Tickets are scarce for Le Dîner en Blanc, a glamorous picnic and dance for couples dressed in white who bring their own food and table to a public location, which is kept secret until the last minute.

Jazz festival

August 24 - 27, 2017

NYC locations

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

Outdoor opera videos

August 25 - Sept. 4, 2017

1.2 miles NW

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

Topless parade

August 26, 2017 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

1 mile NW

GoTopless is a topless rights parade to support gender equality, which begins at Columbus Circle and ends at Bryant Park. You must sign into Facebook before clicking this link to the map page. Free.

Break-dancing contest

August 26, 2017 (7 to 10 p.m.)

2.2 miles south

Eight award-winning East Coast dance crews battle to win $5,000 at B-Boy Royale in NYU Skirball Center.

Discount tickets $17.

Tennis family day

August 26, 2017

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.

Children’s food festival

August 26 - 27, 2017

3.8 miles south

Kids Food Fest encourages healthy eating for kids of all ages with food tastings, cooking demos, hands-on activities, special guests, and family-focused entertainment at Westfield World Trade Center.

1920s lawn party

August 26 - 27, 2017

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, food, 1920s cars, croquet, and a kidland on Governor’s Island.

Afropunk festival

August 26 - 27, 2017

5 miles south

Afropunk Brooklyn is a multicultural weekend of live music with an art and craft market, and food trucks at Commodore Barry Park.

Brighton Beach street fair

August 27, 2017

18 miles south

Brighton Jubilee Festival celebrates diversity with multiple entertainment stages, a marketplace, kiddie rides, and food stands at Coney Island. Free.

Innovative theater festival

August 27 - Sept. 17, 2017

2.5 miles south

See 26 new and innovative works, including comedy, dance, drama, music, poetry, and puppetry, during Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City.

Tennis tournament

August 28 - Sept. 10, 2017

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.

Thursday cruise with open bar

August 31, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

1.5 miles west

The Happy Hour Cruise includes an open bar and views of the city at sunset and after dark, with food for sale, departing from Pier 83 for age 21+.

Discount tickets $49 to $59.

Salsa festival

August 31 - Sept. 3, 2017

0.4 miles SW

New York International Salsa Congress has workshops, performances, live concerts, and competitions at New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square.

Unicycle festival

August 31 - Sept. 3, 2017

5 miles south via ferry

Watch 300 unicycles roll around the city Thursday and Friday, or try it yourself at New York City Unicycle Festival, with unicycle sports, exhibitions, and races at Governor’s Island on Saturday and Sunday. Free.
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