New York City events August 2019. Things to do in NYC.

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New York City events August 2019

Hip Hop Film Festival

August 1 - 4, 2019
4.4 miles north
Hip 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 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.

Outdoor concerts at Lincoln Center

August 1 - 11, 2019
0.5 miles west
Out 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 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.

Broadway hits in the park

August 1 - 15, 2019 (Thursdays 12:30 p.m.)
0.5 miles south
Watch 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.

Restaurant week

August 1 - 16, 2019
NYC locations
Get 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 east
Watch 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.

Summer Streets

August 3, 10, 17, 2019 (7 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
0.3 miles east
Play, 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 NW
Enjoy 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 south
Hear 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 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 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 SE
Taste 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 south
Tap + 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 east
Sample 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 SW
Play NYC is a weekend of playing games and attending talks about game development at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

Filipino expo

August 10 - 11, 2019
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.

Model train show

August 10 - 11, 2019
33 miles SW
Greenberg’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 Manhattan
Battery 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 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.
  • 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 west
Arrive early to see movies at sunset during Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Held in May, June, July, and August.

Scary films

August 16 - 21, 2019
1.2 miles NW
Watch new and old Scary Movies at Lincoln Center, with parties on opening and closing nights.

Honey festival

August 17 - 18, 2019
12 miles north
Honey Weekend features a candle-making workshop, honey-extraction demos, hive exhibits, and honey tasting at Wave Hill cultural center in the Bronx.

India parade

August 18, 2019 (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.

Cocktail tasting

August 18, 2019
3.5 miles east
New York Cocktail Expo offers cocktails, beer, cider, a bartender competition, and a rum room at Melrose Ballroom in Long Island City for age 21+.

Jazz festival

August 22 - 25, 2019
NYC locations
Charlie 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.

Short plays

August 22 - 31, 2019
0.7 miles north
Summer Shorts is a festival of new American short plays at 59E59 Theaters, grouped in two series of plays (A and B). Closed Mondays.

Harlem Week

August 22 - 31, 2019
4 miles north
Harlem Week is a month-long celebration of local culture and history. Most events are free.

Free films in Harlem

August 22 - Sept. 20, 2019
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 three different Harlem parks if weather allows. Free.

Free movies in parks

August 22 - Oct. 1, 2019
NYC locations
Free 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 west
Rock 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.

Ticket deal $49 to $89

Comedy

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.

Ticket deal $25 to $59

Latin music party cruise

August 23, 2019 (11:45 p.m.)
2.2 miles SE
Latin 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.

Ticket deal $14

Scrapbook Expo

August 23 - 24, 2019
33 miles SW
Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison, NJ.

Ticket deal 2 for $12

Free mellow music

August 23 & 28, 2019
1.3 miles NW
American 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 NW
See popular Metropolitan Opera shows onscreen in Lincoln Center Plaza at Summer HD Festival. Free.

SummerStage

August 23 - Sept. 24, 2019
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.

Party cruise

August 23 - Sept. 28, 2019
3 miles SW
An 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

Jazz

August 23 - Oct. 27, 2019
0.8 miles west
Birdland showcases jazz orchestras, vocalists, and virtuosos every night on West 44th Street, with a $10 food or drink minimum.

Ticket deal $15 to $25

Party wearing white

August 24, 2019 (7 p.m.)
1.1 miles SW
Generation 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 NW
Blues 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 south
The Margarita March includes eight tequila drinks in Manhattan bars. Buy online and check in by 3 p.m.

Ticket deal $39

Beer festival

August 24, 2019 (1 & 6 p.m.)
8 miles south
Brooklyn 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.

Ticket deal $20

Tennis family day

August 24, 2019
8 miles east
Arthur 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 ferry
Wear 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.

Afropunk festival

August 24 - 25, 2019
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.

New music outdoors

August 24 - 31, 2019 (Saturdays)
3 miles east
Warm Up is experimental live music, DJs, and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.

Mad scientist

August 24 - Sept. 29, 2019 (noon and 3 p.m.)
0.4 miles west
A 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.

Ticket deal $32 (weekends)

Blue Man show

August 24 - Sept. 30, 2019
2.3 miles south
Blue Man Group promises to rock your world with an exciting show that combines music, comedy, and special effects at Astor Place Theatre.

Ticket deal $39

Renaissance fair

August 24 - Oct. 6, 2019 (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. Also open Labor Day, September 2, 2019.

Ticket deal $16 (child $8)

Topless parade

August 25, 2019 (11 a.m.)
1 mile NW
GoTopless 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.]

Jamaican festival

August 25, 2019 (12 to 8 p.m.)
16 miles SE
Grace 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.

Ticket deal $28

Brighton Beach street fair

August 25, 2019
18 miles south
Brighton 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 SW
Billed 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 south
See 27 new and innovative works, including comedy, dance, drama, music, and poetry during Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City.

Science magic

August 25 - Sept. 28, 2019
0.4 miles west
A 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.

Ticket deal $32

Tennis tournament

August 26 - Sept. 8, 2019
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.

Afternoon sail

August 26 - Oct. 18, 2019
4.1 miles SW
Take a thrilling 90-minute sail aboard historic schooner Shearwater, departing from North Cove Yacht Harbor.

Ticket deal $25

Film festival

August 27 - 29, 2019
1.8 miles SW
Big Apple Film Festival (BAFF) showcases independent filmmaking and presents awards at Cinépolis Chelsea.

Evening cruise

August 27 - 29, 2019
2.4 miles SW
A 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).

Ticket deal $35

Salsa dance festival

August 29 - Sept. 1, 2019 (parties start Aug. 24)
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 29 - Sept. 1, 2019
5 miles south via ferry
Watch 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 south
Soulfrito Fest is a mash-up between the new wave of hip-hop stars and Latin trap at Barclays Center.

Ticket deal $59 to $145

Electric Zoo music festival

August 30 - Sept. 1, 2019
6 miles NE
Electric 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+.

County fair

August 31 - Sept. 2, 2019
17 miles SW
Richmond County Fair features kids’ crafts, historical demonstrations, amusement rides, eating contests, classic cars, farm animals, music, and entertainment Labor Day weekend in Staten Island.

Concerts at Industry City

August 31 - Sept. 28, 2019
10.7 miles south
The Summer Series includes 39 ticketed concerts by indie artists outdoors at 238 36th Street in Brooklyn.

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