New York City events August 2019
August 1 - 3, 2019
multiple locationsThe Asian American International Film Festival screens films by and about Asians and Asian Americans at Asia Society and other venues.
Film festival on Long Island
August 1 - 3, 2019
30 miles SELong Beach International Film Festival screens 50 films and offers tasting events and parties in Long Beach.
Hip Hop Film Festival
August 1 - 4, 2019
4.4 miles northHip Hop Film Festival screens films by “150 filmmakers, screenwriters, and storytellers who represent the culture from all over the world” and holds parties at National Black Theatre in Harlem.
Classical music festival
August 1 - 10, 2019
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.
Outdoor concerts at Lincoln Center
August 1 - 11, 2019
0.5 miles westOut of Doors is three weeks of world-class music, dance, and spoken word in Damrosch Park and the plazas of Lincoln Center if weather permits. Free.
Shakespeare in the Park
August 1 - 11, 2019
2 miles northFor 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.
Broadway hits in the park
August 1 - 15, 2019 (Thursdays 12:30 p.m.)
0.5 miles southWatch popular shows on and off Broadway perform excerpts from their biggest hits Thursday afternoons at Broadway in Bryant Park. They suggest arriving at 11 a.m. to get a seat and watch the pre-show. Free.
August 1 - 16, 2019
NYC locationsGet a special deal on a 2-course lunch or a 3-course dinner at 370 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Saturdays excluded, Sundays included at some restaurants. Held in January or February, and July or August.
Dragon boat festival
August 3 - 4, 2019
8 miles eastWatch 200 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 3, 10, 17, 2019 (7 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
0.3 miles eastPlay, run, walk, and bike car-free on seven miles of Park Avenue and Lafayette Street from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park during Summer Streets, with food, entertainment, and activities. Free.
Performing arts of India
August 5 - 11, 2019
1 mile NWEnjoy 30 performances of Indian classical music and dance during Drive East at A.R.T./New York Theatres.
Readings at the bridge
August 5 & 12, 2019 (7 to 8 p.m.)
6 miles southHear authors read, ask them questions, and get your book signed at Books Beneath the Bridge on the steps at Granite Prospect in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Traditional Italian festival
August 8 - 11, 2019
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 lifted and carried through the streets of East Harlem. Free.
Jazz in Central Park
August 10, 2019 (4 to 7 p.m.)
3.2 miles north“Bring a blanket, picnic food, and dancing shoes” to Great Jazz on the Great Hill in Central Park. (Enter at 106th Street and Central Park West.) Subject to weather. Free.
Women brewing beer
August 10, 2019 (12 to 4 p.m.)
6.7 miles SETaste beer brewed at two dozen women-owned breweries during Beers With(out) Beards, with food for sale at The Well in Brooklyn for age 21+.
Brooklyn beer & wine festival
August 10, 2019 (3 p.m.)
11 miles southTap + Cork invites ticket holders to “to sip and sample their way through 60+ craft beer and artisanal wine selections while enjoying tasty treats and eats from local food vendors” in the lobby and courtyard of Kings Theatre for age 21+. Arrive early due to security scan.
Long Island beer tasting
August 10, 2019
54 miles eastSample 100 beers plus wine and hard cider at the Long Island Craft Classic, with BBQ and live music at Heckscher State Park park for age 21+.
Video game convention
August 10 - 11, 2019
1.3 miles SWPlay NYC is a weekend of playing games and attending talks about game development at the Metropolitan Pavilion.
August 10 - 11, 2019
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.
Model train show
August 10 - 11, 2019
33 miles SWGreenberg’s Great Train and Toy Show features train displays, train rides, and 140 vendors at New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. Free for children age 11 and younger. Held in three times a year.
Free dance shows
August 11 - 17, 2019
Lower ManhattanBattery Dance Festival features evening performances by local and international dancers outdoors at Robert F. Wagner Junior Park, moving indoors to Schimmel Center for the Arts on the last day. Free.
Movies in Central Park
August 13 - 15, 2019
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.
- Aug. 13 - Back to the Future (PG)
- Aug. 14 - Moonstruck (PG)
- Aug. 15 - Black Panther (PG-13)
Free movies on a ship deck
August 16, 2019
1.2 miles westArrive early to see movies at sunset during Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Held in May, June, July, and August.
August 16 - 21, 2019
1.2 miles NWWatch new and old Scary Movies at Lincoln Center, with parties on opening and closing nights.
August 17 - 18, 2019
12 miles northHoney Weekend features a candle-making workshop, honey-extraction demos, hive exhibits, and honey tasting at Wave Hill cultural center in the Bronx.
August 18, 2019 (noon)
0.7 miles southIndia 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.
August 18, 2019
3.5 miles eastNew York Cocktail Expo offers cocktails, beer, cider, a bartender competition, and a rum room at Melrose Ballroom in Long Island City for age 21+.
August 22 - 25, 2019
NYC locationsCharlie Parker Jazz Festival has concerts in honor of jazz legend Charlie Parker at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem and Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan. Schedule. Free.
August 22 - 31, 2019
0.7 miles northSummer Shorts is a festival of new American short plays at 59E59 Theaters, grouped in two series of plays (A and B). Closed Mondays.
August 22 - 31, 2019
4 miles northHarlem Week is a month-long celebration of local culture and history. Most events are free.
August 22 - Sept. 8, 2019
2.1 miles northBased on actual online-dating conversations, #DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment is a comic mix of original music, improvisation, and multimedia elements at The Westside Theatre.
Free films in Harlem
August 22 - Sept. 20, 2019
4 miles northImageNation Outdoors Film & Music Festival begins with music at 6 p.m. followed by a movie at 8 p.m. or sundown in three different Harlem parks if weather allows. Free.
August 22 - Sept. 30, 2019
multiple locationsThe discount prices below include all taxes and fees.
Free movies in parks
August 22 - Oct. 1, 2019
NYC locationsFree Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
Retro rock musical
August 22 - Oct. 6, 2019
0.6 miles westRock of Ages is a love story set on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, and filled with 1980s songs by Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, etc. at New World Stages.
Carole King show
August 22 - Oct. 27, 2019
0.5 miles SWBeautiful: The Carole King Musical is the story of the chart-topping music legend with her beloved songs at Stephen Sondheim Theatre.
August 22 - Nov. 24, 2019
0.6 miles west“A gut-busting hit” [The New York Times], The Play that Goes Wrong features actors who fail hilariously while trying to stage a 1920s murder mystery at New World Stages.
August 22 - Dec. 30, 2019
0.6 miles westYour ticket to A Spirited History of Drinking includes 3 craft cocktails and a comic romp through the history of spirits and cocktails at New World Stages for age 21+.
Latin music party cruise
August 23, 2019 (11:45 p.m.)
2.2 miles SELatin Midnight Party Cruise offers skyline views, a cash bar and buffet, and “a Latin lounge complete with the best of salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton, and Latin house” aboard the Harbor Lights Yacht, departing from Skyport Marina for age 21+. See the dress code.
August 23 - 24, 2019
33 miles SWScrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison, NJ.
Free mellow music
August 23 & 28, 2019
1.3 miles NWAmerican Folk Art Museum offers concerts at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays. Free.
Outdoor opera videos
August 23 - Sept. 2, 2019
1.2 miles NWSee popular Metropolitan Opera shows onscreen in Lincoln Center Plaza at Summer HD Festival. Free.
Entertainment in Bryant Park
August 23 - Sept. 7, 2019
0.5 miles southSit on the lawn at Bryant Park Picnic Performances to see free music, dance, theater, and even opera. Schedule (PDF).
August 23 - Sept. 24, 2019
NYC locationsEnjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The (mostly) free concerts are popular, so arrive early.
August 23 - Sept. 28, 2019
3 miles SWAn evening cruise on a Hornblower Yacht offers DJ music, a dance floor, a pricey bar, and hours of views from the top deck, departing from Pier 40 for age 21+.
Friday (7:30 p.m.) Ticket deal $15
Saturday (9:30 p.m.) Ticket deal $15
August 23 - Oct. 27, 2019
0.8 miles westBirdland showcases jazz orchestras, vocalists, and virtuosos every night on West 44th Street, with a $10 food or drink minimum.
Party wearing white
August 24, 2019 (7 p.m.)
1.1 miles SWGeneration Bridge Summer White Party includes a soul-food dinner, a one-hour open bar (wine, beer, and signature cocktail), and dancing to DJ music (R&B, hip hop, soca, reggae, Afro-beats, international beat, glittery pop) at 265 W. 37th Street for age 21+.
Blues & BBQ festival
August 24, 2019 (2 to 9 p.m.)
1.5 miles NWBlues BBQ Festival pairs great American blues and roots musicians with great local barbecue for sale in Hudson River Park at Pier 97. What you cannot bring. Free.
Margarita bar crawl
August 24, 2019 (noon to 10 p.m.)
3.4 miles southThe Margarita March includes eight tequila drinks in Manhattan bars. Buy online and check in by 3 p.m.
August 24, 2019 (1 & 6 p.m.)
8 miles southBrooklyn Summer Craft Beer Fest features unlimited samples of 100 craft beers, food for sale, and live entertainment at Brooklyn Navy Yard for age 21+. No pets.
Tennis family day
August 24, 2019
8 miles eastArthur Ashe Kids’ Day begins with a free festival of games and tennis activities at 9:30 a.m. at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, followed by a ticketed show and concert at 1 p.m. in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
1920s lawn party
August 24 - 25, 2019 (12 to 6 p.m.)
5 miles south via ferryWear a flapper costume and dance to the Dreamland Orchestra at Jazz Age Lawn Party, which includes dance lessons, dance contests, food vendors, 1920s cars, croquet, and a kidland on Governors Island. Held in June and August. See frequently asked questions.
August 24 - 25, 2019
5 miles southAfropunk Brooklyn is a multicultural weekend of live music with an art and craft market, and food trucks at Commodore Barry Park.
New music outdoors
August 24 - 31, 2019 (Saturdays)
3 miles eastWarm Up is experimental live music, DJs, and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.
August 24 - Sept. 8, 2019
0.4 miles northLondon’s spectacular musical Bat Out of Hell: The Musical brings to life the legendary anthems of Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf at New York City Center.
August 24 - Sept. 29, 2019 (noon and 3 p.m.)
0.4 miles westA chemistry professor performs amazing feats in That Chemistry Show, which “combines the worlds of chemistry and show business” to surprise and entertain you at The Playroom Theater.
Blue Man show
August 24 - Sept. 30, 2019
2.3 miles southBlue Man Group promises to rock your world with an exciting show that combines music, comedy, and special effects at Astor Place Theatre.
August 24 - Oct. 6, 2019 (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 in Tuxedo Park. Also open Labor Day, September 2, 2019.
August 25, 2019 (11 a.m.)
1 mile NWGoTopless is a top-optional parade for gender equality that begins assembling on W. 58th Street (between 8th & 9th) at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m., the parade goes down Broadway, turns left on 48th Street, and then right on 6th Avenue to Bryant Park. Free. [Starting time in 2019 was confirmed with the parade organizer.]
August 25, 2019 (12 to 8 p.m.)
16 miles SEGrace Jamaican Jerk Festival offers Caribbean food, Jamaican music, an arts & crafts village, and a kids’ zone at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens. Bring a lawn chair or towel, but no food or drink. This is a no-alcohol event.
Brighton Beach street fair
August 25, 2019
18 miles southBrighton Jubilee Festival celebrates diversity with multiple entertainment stages, a marketplace, kiddie rides, and food stands at Coney Island. Free.
Custom car convention
August 25, 2019 (1 to 6 p.m.)
33.5 miles SWBilled as the “dopest car show in the nation,” Wekfest East displays pre-screened aftermarket builds and hosts aftermarket vendors at The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ.
Innovative theater festival
August 25 - Sept. 15, 2019
2.5 miles southSee 27 new and innovative works, including comedy, dance, drama, music, and poetry during Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City.
August 25 - Sept. 28, 2019
0.4 miles westA physics demonstrator from Rutgers University performs amazing feats in That Physics Show using cold liquid nitrogen, burning hydrogen, and bright laser lights at The Playroom Theater.
August 26 - Sept. 8, 2019
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.
August 26 - Oct. 18, 2019
4.1 miles SWTake a thrilling 90-minute sail aboard historic schooner Shearwater, departing from North Cove Yacht Harbor.
August 27 - 29, 2019
1.8 miles SWBig Apple Film Festival (BAFF) showcases independent filmmaking and presents awards at Cinépolis Chelsea.
August 27 - 29, 2019
2.4 miles SWA Champagne Sunset Cruise includes 1.5 hours of views, seating both indoors and outdoors, and a glass of champagne or other beverage on Yacht Manhattan, departing from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62).
Salsa dance festival
August 29 - Sept. 1, 2019 (parties start Aug. 24)
0.4 miles SWNew York International Salsa Congress has workshops, performances, live concerts, and competitions at New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square.
August 29 - Sept. 1, 2019
5 miles south via ferryWatch hundreds of 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 Governors Island (Sat. & Sun., 12 to 5 p.m.). Free.
Urban Latin music concert
August 30, 2019 (8 p.m.)
7 miles southSoulfrito Fest is a mash-up between the new wave of hip-hop stars and Latin trap at Barclays Center.
Electric Zoo music festival
August 30 - Sept. 1, 2019
6 miles NEElectric Zoo is an electronic dance-music festival that brings top acts and 100,000 fans to Randall’s Island Park each Labor Day weekend for age 18+.
August 30 - Sept 22, 2019
8 miles northWatch the New York Yankees play an exciting home game at Yankee Stadium.
August 31 - Sept. 2, 2019
17 miles SWRichmond County Fair features kids’ crafts, historical demonstrations, amusement rides, eating contests, classic cars, farm animals, music, and entertainment Labor Day weekend in Staten Island.
August 31 - Sept. 8, 2019 (12 to 6 p.m.)
2 miles southWashington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit features 100 artists on the sidewalks of University Place. Repeats in May. Free.
Concerts at Industry City
August 31 - Sept. 28, 2019
10.7 miles southThe Summer Series includes 39 ticketed concerts by indie artists outdoors at 238 36th Street in Brooklyn.