New York City events August 2018
August 1 - 4, 2018
multiple locationsThe Asian American International Film Festival screens films by and about Asians and Asian Americans at Cinema Village East and Asia Society.
Games in Lower Manhattan
August 1 & 8, 2018 (after 4 p.m.)
4 miles southGame On! has outdoor games, tests of skill, interactive art, fitness events, music, a beer garden, and happy hours spread out along Water Street. Dates may change if it rains. Free.
Classical music festival
August 1 - 11, 2018
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 - 12, 2018
0.5 miles westOut of Doors is three weeks of world-class music, dance, and spoken word in the plazas of Lincoln Center if weather permits. Free.
August 1 - 17, 2018
NYC locationsGet a special deal on a 2-course lunch or a 3-course dinner at 380 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Saturdays excluded, Sundays at some restaurants. Held in January and July/August.
Shakespeare in the Park
August 1 - 19, 2018
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 to see “Twelfth Night.”
Broadway hits in the park
August 2 - 16, 2018 (Thursdays 12:30 p.m.)
0.5 miles southWatch popular shows on and off Broadway perform 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.
Films & food on the beach
August 3, 2018 (6 to 9 p.m.)
26 miles SETaste on the Beach includes food, wine, beer, and live music on the beachfront at Allegria Hotel in Long Beach, followed by the Shorts on the Beach Film Series in a tent at 9 p.m.
August 4, 2018
1.2 miles SWWatch the top 10 men’s, women’s, and mixed teams from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America compete at the Dodgeball World Cup at Madison Square Garden.
August 4, 2018
5 miles south via ferry“Enjoy a gorgeous day of green grass, fall foliage, majestic horses, beautiful people and heart pounding polo” at The Victory Cup NYC Classic, with a car show, food trucks, and a kids’ area on Governors Island.
Wine tasting in Queens
August 4 - 5, 2018
3.8 miles eastA ticket to Wine & Sweets Festival gets you unlimited tastes of wine with “local chefs offering sweets of all kinds for sale” at LIC Flea & Food in Queens.
August 4, 11, 18, 2018 (7 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
0.3 miles eastThe city closes Park Avenue and Lafayette Street to cars so you can play, run, walk, and bike car-free from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park during Summer Streets, with food, entertainment, and activities. Free.
August 5, 2018
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 6 & 13, 2018 (7 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 9 - 12, 2018
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 10, 2018 (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.
Women brewing beer
August 11, 2018 (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+.
Long Island beer tasting
August 11, 2018
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 11 - 12, 2018
1.3 miles SWPlay NYC is a weekend of playing games and attending talks about game development at Manhattan Center.
August 11 - 12, 2018
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 11 - 12, 2018
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.
August 11 - 12, 2018
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.
Free dance shows
August 11 - 18, 2018 (movie Aug. 11)
Lower ManhattanBattery Dance Festival features evening performances by local and international dancers outdoors at Robert F. Wagner Junior Park, moving indoors Aug. 18 to Schimmel Center for the Arts. Free.
Performing arts of India
August 13 - 19, 2018
2.5 miles southEnjoy 30 performances of Indian classical music and dance during Drive East at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club.
Movies in the park
August 14 - 17, 2018 (gate 6:30, film dusk)
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. 17 - Muppets Take Manhattan (G)
August 16, 2018 (5:30 or 8 p.m.)
3.3 miles eastEat your way through creations by competing restaurants and then vote for your favorite during Battle of the Burger, with complimentary Budweiser, side dishes, desserts, and music at LIC Landing in Queens for age 21+.
Blues & BBQ festival
August 18, 2018 (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. What you cannot bring. Free.
August 18 - 19, 2018 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
12 miles north“Enjoy live performances from renowned Hawaiian musicians” plus hula performances during Celebrate Hawai’i Weekend at New York Botanical Garden.
August 19, 2018 (12 to 6 p.m.)
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 22, 2018 (5 to 9 p.m.)
4 miles southShop from 150 independent brands during Indie Beauty Expo, with DJ music and cocktails for sale at Pier 36 (299 South Street).
August 22 - 23, 2018
1.2 miles NWEnjoy new and old Scary Movies at Lincoln Center, and a zombie-themed costume party opening night.
August 22 - 25, 2018
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, and a 5K run/walk. Most events are free.
August 22 - 26, 2018
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. Free.
August 22 - Sept. 1, 2018 (12 & 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.
August 22 - Sept. 1, 2018
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).
August 22 - Sept. 27, 2018
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 movies in parks
August 22 - Sept. 29, 2018
NYC locationsFree Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
August 22 - Oct. 31, 2018
multiple locationsThese discount prices include all taxes and fees.
August 22 - Oct. 31, 2018
2.4 miles SWA Champagne Sunset Cruise includes 1.75 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).
Award-winning “Jersey Boys”
August 22 - Nov. 21, 2018
0.6 miles westJersey Boys tells the rags-to-riches story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, who began on the streets of New Jersey and ended up in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, featuring their top hits at New World Stages.
Free mellow music
August 22 - Dec. 19, 2018
1.3 miles NWAmerican Folk Art Museum offers concerts at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays. Free.
Free films in Harlem
August 23 - Sept. 7, 2018
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 23 - Sept. 13, 2018
8 miles eastWatch the New York Mets play an exciting home game at Citi Field.
August 23 - Sept. 16, 2018
0.7 miles westCarousel features the beautiful songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Imperial Theater.
August 23 - Sept. 30, 2018
1 mile west“Blending art and illusion with his captivating style,” magician Vitaly Beckman wins high praise for his show An Evening of Wonders at the Westside Theatre.
August 23 - Nov. 11, 2018 (8:30 p.m.)
2.5 miles SWEnjoy skyline views and three complimentary drinks aboard beautiful pilot schooner Adirondack on a City Lights Sail, departing from 62 Chelsea Piers.
Great rock and roll
August 23 - Dec. 30, 2018
1.1 mile westSmokey Joe’s Cafe features 40 rock ’n’ roll classics of the 1950s and 1960s (Hound Dog, Stand by Me, On Broadway) written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and performed by eight talented singers at Stage 42.
August 23 - Dec. 31, 2018
0.4 miles southGettin’ the Band Back Together is an irreverent musical comedy reuniting high school band members for a final exhilarating concert at Belasco Theatre.
August 24 - 25, 2018
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 movies on a ship deck
August 24 & 31, 2018
1.2 miles westDoors open at 7 p.m. to see movies at sunset during Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Outdoor opera videos
August 24 - Sept. 3, 2018
1.2 miles NWSee popular Metropolitan Opera shows onscreen in Lincoln Center Plaza at Summer HD Festival. Free.
August 24 - Dec. 30, 2018
0.4 miles west“A bewitching musical that celebrates love, resilience, and the spirit of hope” [Daily News], Once On This Island is about a young peasant girl searching for her place in the world and ready to risk it all for love, at Circle in the Square Theatre.
Wizard of Oz
August 25, 2018 (3 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.
Immersive dance party
August 25, 2018 (7 to 10 p.m.)
7 miles SEAcousticaElectronica is a late-night show featuring aerial acts, acoustic and electronic dance music, and interactive nightclub dancing at The House of Yes in Brooklyn for age 21+.
Tennis family day
August 25, 2018
8 miles eastArthur Ashe Kids’ Day begins with a free festival of games and tennis activities outdoors at 9:30 a.m., followed by a ticketed show and concert at 1 p.m. in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Margarita bar crawl
August 25 - 26, 2018 (12 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.
1920s lawn party
August 25 - 26, 2018
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.
August 25 - 26, 2018 (SOLD OUT)
5 miles southAfropunk Brooklyn is a multicultural weekend of live music with an art and craft market, and food trucks at Commodore Barry Park.
August 25 - Sept. 1, 2018 (Sat. 12 to 9 p.m.)
3 miles eastWarm Up is experimental live music, DJs, and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.
Hawaiian evening in the garden
August 25 - Sept. 1, 2018 (Sat. 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.)
12 miles northEnjoy live Hawaiian music, lei-making, hula lessons, Polynesian food and cocktails, and the art exhibit “Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai’i” at Aloha Nights at New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.
August 25 - Sept. 2, 2018
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 25 - Sept. 30, 2018 (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. Open Labor Day.
Women in song
August 25 - Dec. 29, 2018
0.6 miles westThis One’s for the Girls is a high-energy celebration of women, featuring popular songs like I am Woman, Respect, and I Will Survive at cozy St. Luke’s Theatre.
August 26, 2018 (noon)
1 mile NWGoTopless is a top-optional parade to support gender equality, with a brass band. Last year, the starting point was on W. 58th Street near Columbus Circle, going down Broadway, turning on W. 48th Street, and continuing on 6th to Bryant Park. Free.
Brighton Beach street fair
August 26, 2018
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 26, 2018 (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 26 - Sept. 16, 2018
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 27 - Sept. 9, 2018
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 27 - Sept. 23, 2018
8 miles northWatch the New York Yankees play an exciting home game at Yankee Stadium.
New York’s Got Talent
August 28, 2018 (7 p.m.)
1.2 miles westVote for your favorite acts at New York’s Got Talent, which includes singers, dancers, magicians, jugglers, pet tricks, burlesque, bands, guitarists, drummers, acrobats, and comedians at The Green Room 42. Optional food is available for sale.
August 30 - Sept. 2, 2018
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 Governors Island on Saturday and Sunday. Free.
Salsa dance festival
August 30 - Sept. 3, 2018
0.4 miles SWNew York International Salsa Congress has workshops, performances, live concerts, and competitions at New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square.
August 30 - Oct. 7, 2018
1 mile NWGenerations in Jazz Festival has performances every night at Dizzy’s Club at 60th & Broadway.
Irving Berlin show
August 30 - Oct. 28, 2018
0.7 miles NEHershey Felder as Irving Berlin tells stories about the famous composer and plays his music (God Bless America, White Christmas, Puttin’ on the Ritz, and more) at 59E59 Theaters for age 13+.
Electric Zoo music festival
August 31 - Sept. 2, 2018
6 miles NEElectric Zoo is an electronic dance-music festival that brings top acts and 150,000 fans to Randall’s Island Park each Labor Day weekend. Saturday is sold out.
August 31 - Nov. 18, 2018 (7:15 p.m.)
2.4 miles SWThe Evening Jazz Cruise features jazz performed by a trio, with beverages for sale (one drink included) and two hours of Manhattan views aboard a 1920s-style yacht departing from Pier 62 at Chelsea Piers.