Enjoy the best New York City events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.
Distance is from Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan.
Games for social good
August 1 - 2, 2017 (begins July 31)
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 (also May & July)
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.
NYC Restaurant Week
August 1 - 18, 2017 (except Saturdays)
NYC locationsGet a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Held in January and July.
Classical music festival
August 1 - 20, 2017 (begins July 25)
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 1 - 26, 2017 (begins July 30)
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 1 - 31, 2017 (also July)
multiple locationsThese discount ticket prices include tax and fees.
August 1 - Sept. 2, 2017 (begins July 21)
0.7 miles northSummer Shorts is a festival of new American short plays at 59E59 Theaters, grouped in 2 series of plays.
Big Brother is watching
August 1 - Oct. 8, 2017 (also July)
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 2 - 13, 2017 (begins July 26)
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.
Free mellow music
August 2 - 16, 2017 (also June & July)
1.3 miles NWAmerican Folk Art Museum offers concerts Wednesday at 2 p.m. and Friday at 5:30 p.m. Free.
Free Summer Movies
August 2 - Sept. 20, 2017 (begins in May)
NYC locationsFree Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
August 2 - Sept. 22, 2017 (begins in May)
NYC locationsEnjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The (mostly) free concerts are popular, so arrive early.
Broadway hits in the park
August 3 & 10, 2017 (Thursdays starting July 6)
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.
Classic drama about prejudice
August 5, 2017 (7 p.m.)
4.5 miles northA black family moves to the white side of Chicago in A Raisin in the Sun, a groundbreaking classic that became a movie starring Sidney Poitier, live at Harlem Repertory Theatre.
August 5, 12, 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.
August 5 - 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 5 - 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 6, 2017
0.5 miles SWEcofest has exhibits about alternative energy and the environment, green vehicles, food, and entertainment in Times Square. Free.
Brunch on a sailboat
August 6 - 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.
Readings at the bridge
August 7 & 14, 2017 (7 p.m. Mondays from July 10)
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.
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 films in Harlem
August 12, 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.
Free dance shows
August 13 - 19, 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.
August 18, 2017 (7 p.m.)
18.8 miles westLionel Richie & Mariah Carey perform the hits that earned them Grammy Awards at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
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 at Pier 97. No pets. Free.
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 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.
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.
August 21 - 27, 2017
Brooklyn locationsSee both established and up-and-coming performers doing sketch, standup, and improvisation at Brooklyn Comedy Festival.
August 24 - 27, 2017
NYC locationsCharlie Parker Jazz Festival has films and concerts in honor of jazz legend Charlie Parker. Schedule. 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 (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
Location uncertainKids Food Fest encourages healthy eating for kids of all ages with food tastings, cooking demos, hands-on activities, special guests, and family-focused entertainment. Free.
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.
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.