Games for social good
August 1 - 2, 2017
1.9 miles southExplore 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.
August 1 & 8, 2017
1.2 miles westSee free movies outdoors at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Arrive early.
Shakespeare in the Park
August 1 - 13, 2017
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.
August 2 - 13, 2017
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 3 & 10, 2017 (12:30 p.m.)
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 4, 2017
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 6, 2017
0.5 miles SWEcofest 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 southHear 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 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.
Long Island food trucks
August 11, 2017 (4 p.m., VIP 3:30 p.m.)
96 miles eastA 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 southTromaDance (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 southBelieve 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.
August 12, 2017 (8 to 11 p.m.)
1.6 miles southSaber 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.
August 12, 2017 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
7.4 miles northFanFest 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 SEBrooklyn 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.
August 12 - 13, 2017
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.
Dragon boat festival
August 12 - 13, 2017
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.
Free mellow music
August 16, 2017
1.3 miles NWAmerican 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 locationsGet 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 ManhattanBattery 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.
Classical music festival
August 16 - 20, 2017
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 16 - 31, 2017
multiple locationsThese discount ticket prices include tax and fees.
August 16 - Sept. 2, 2017
0.7 miles northSummer Shorts is a festival of new American short plays at 59E59 Theaters, grouped in 2 series of plays.
August 16 - Sept. 22, 2017
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 16 - Sept. 30, 2017
NYC locationsFree Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
August 16 - Oct. 29, 2017
4.3 miles southGet 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.
A Bronx Tale
August 17 - Sept. 6, 2017
0.4 miles westSet 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.
August 17 - Oct. 8, 2017
0.5 miles SWDirect from London, 1984 is George Orwell’s chilling vision of a future full of governmental surveillance and oppression at Hudson Theatre for age 13+.
August 18, 2017 (7:15 p.m.)
2.4 miles SWEnjoy 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).
August 18 - Sept. 2, 2017
0.6 miles westA ticket to The Imbible includes 3 craft cocktails plus a comic romp through the history of spirits and cocktails at New World Stages.
Harry Potter parody
August 18 - Dec. 23, 2017
0.6 miles westPuffs 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.
August 19, 2017 (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.
Blues & BBQ festival
August 19, 2017 (2 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. No pets. Free.
Hawaiian party cruise
August 19, 2017 (departs 11 p.m.)
4.3 miles southIt’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+.
Video game convention
August 19 - 20, 2017
1.3 miles NWPlay NYC is a weekend of playing games and attending talks about game development at Terminal 5.
Margarita bar crawl
August 19 - 20, 2017 (12 to 10 p.m.)
3.4 miles southThe Margarita March includes eight tequila drinks in different bars. Buy online and check in by 3 p.m.
August 19 - 20, 2017
12 miles northHoney 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 northImageNation 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.
August 19 - 26, 2017
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, films, and a 5K. Most events are free.
August 19 - Sept. 2, 2017 (12 to 9 p.m. Saturdays)
3 miles eastWarm Up is experimental live music, DJs and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.
August 19 - Oct. 1, 2017 (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.
August 19 - Nov. 19, 2017
0.7 miles SWA 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.
August 20, 2017 (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.
Wizard of Oz
August 20, 2017 (7 p.m.)
4.5 miles northThe Wizard of Oz is a one-hour version featuring Dorothy, Toto, the scarecrow, the lion, and the tin man at Harlem Repertory Theatre.
Brunch on a sailboat
August 20 - Oct. 8, 2017 (Sundays 11 a.m.)
4.1 miles southEnjoy skyline views on a two-hour Champagne Brunch Sail Aboard the Shearwater classic schooner, departing from North Cove Marina.
Movies in the park
August 21 - 26, 2017
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.
Traditional music of India
August 21 - 27, 2017
3 miles southEnjoy 20 outstanding performances of Indian classical music and dance during Drive East at Dixon Place.
August 21 - 27, 2017
Brooklyn locationsSee both established and up-and-coming performers doing sketch, standup, and improvisation at Brooklyn Comedy Festival.
The white dinner
August 22, 2017
Location uncertainTickets 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.
August 24 - 27, 2017
NYC locationsCharlie 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 NWSee popular Metropolitan Opera shows onscreen in Lincoln Center Plaza at Summer HD Festival. Free.
August 26, 2017 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
1 mile NWGoTopless 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.
August 26, 2017 (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 26, 2017
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.
Children’s food festival
August 26 - 27, 2017
3.8 miles southKids 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 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, croquet, and a kidland on Governor’s Island.
August 26 - 27, 2017
5 miles southAfropunk 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 southBrighton 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 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 28 - Sept. 10, 2017
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.
Thursday cruise with open bar
August 31, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)
1.5 miles westThe 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+.
August 31 - Sept. 3, 2017
0.4 miles SWNew York International Salsa Congress has workshops, performances, live concerts, and competitions at New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square.
August 31 - Sept. 3, 2017
5 miles south via ferryWatch 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.