New York City events calendar for August 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in NYC, New York.

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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 south

Explore 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.

Outdoor movies

August 1 & 8, 2017 (also May & July)

1.2 miles west

See free movies outdoors at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Arrive early.
  • August 1 - The Martian
  • August 8 - Back to the Future

Shakespeare in the Park

August 1 - 13, 2017

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.

NYC Restaurant Week

August 1 - 18, 2017 (except Saturdays)

NYC locations

Get 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 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.

Discount tickets $43 at Goldstar.

Harlem Week

August 1 - 26, 2017 (begins July 30)

4 miles north

Harlem 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 locations

These discount ticket prices include tax and fees.

Short plays

August 1 - Sept. 2, 2017 (begins July 21)

0.7 miles north

Summer 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 SW

Direct from London, 1984 is George Orwell’s chilling vision of a future full of governmental surveillance and oppression at Hudson Theatre for age 13+.

Discount tickets $35 to $79 at Goldstar.

Outdoor concerts

August 2 - 13, 2017 (begins July 26)

0.5 miles west

Out 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 NW

American 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 locations

Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.


August 2 - Sept. 22, 2017 (begins in May)

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.

Broadway hits in the park

August 3 & 10, 2017 (Thursdays starting July 6)

0.5 miles south

Bring 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 SE

Taste 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 north

A 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.

Discount tickets $8 to $15 at Goldstar.

Summer Streets

August 5, 12, 19, 2017 (7 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

0.3 miles east

The 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.

New music

August 5 - Sept. 2, 2017 (12 to 9 p.m. Saturdays)

3 miles east

Warm Up is experimental live music, DJs and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.

Renaissance fair

August 5 - Oct. 1, 2017 (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.

Discount tickets $13 to $22 at Goldstar.


August 6, 2017

0.5 miles SW

Ecofest 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 south

Enjoy skyline views on a two-hour Champagne Brunch Sail Aboard the Shearwater classic schooner, departing from North Cove Marina.

Discount tickets $69 at Goldstar.

Readings at the bridge

August 7 & 14, 2017 (7 p.m. Mondays from July 10)

6 miles south

Hear 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 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 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 east

A 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 south

TromaDance (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 SE

Brooklyn 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.

Discount tickets 2 for $50 at Groupon.

Filipino expo

August 12 - 13, 2017

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.

Dragon boat festival

August 12 - 13, 2017

8 miles east

Watch 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 north

ImageNation 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 Manhattan

Battery 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.

Lionel Richie

August 18, 2017 (7 p.m.)

18.8 miles west

Lionel Richie & Mariah Carey perform the hits that earned them Grammy Awards at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Discount tickets $30 to $99 at Goldstar.

Blues & BBQ festival

August 19, 2017 (2 p.m.)

1.5 miles NW

Blues 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 NW

Play NYC is a weekend of playing games and attending talks about game development at Terminal 5.

Discount tickets $15 at Goldstar.

Margarita bar crawl

August 19 - 20, 2017 (12 to 10 p.m.)

3.4 miles south

The Margarita March includes eight tequila drinks in different bars. Buy online and check in by 3 p.m.

India parade

August 20, 2017 (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.

Movies in the park

August 21 - 26, 2017

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.

Comedy festival

August 21 - 27, 2017

Brooklyn locations

See both established and up-and-coming performers doing sketch, standup, and improvisation at Brooklyn Comedy Festival.

Jazz festival

August 24 - 27, 2017

NYC locations

Charlie 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 NW

See popular Metropolitan Opera shows onscreen in Lincoln Center Plaza at Summer HD Festival. Free.

Break-dancing contest

August 26, 2017 (7 to 10 p.m.)

2.2 miles south

Eight 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 east

Arthur 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 uncertain

Kids 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 ferry

Wear 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.

Afropunk festival

August 26 - 27, 2017

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.

Brighton Beach street fair

August 27, 2017

18 miles south

Brighton 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 south

See 26 new and innovative works, including comedy, dance, drama, music, poetry, and puppetry, during Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City.

Tennis tournament

August 28 - Sept. 10, 2017

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.

Salsa festival

August 31 - Sept. 3, 2017

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 31 - Sept. 3, 2017

5 miles south via ferry

Watch 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.
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