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.

Asian films

August 1 - 5, 2017 (begins July 26)

multiple locations

The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) screens films by and about Asians and Asian Americans at 4 venues in NYC, Astoria, and Flushing.

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 - to be determined

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.

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, a 5K, and a street fair. Most events are free.


August 1 - 31, 2017

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

Short plays

August 1 - Sept. 2, 2017 (begins July 17)

0.7 miles north

Summer Shorts is a festival of new American short plays at 59E59 Theaters, grouped in 2 series of plays.

Champagne Sunset Cruise

August 1 - Sept. 30, 2017

2.4 miles SW

The Champagne Sunset Cruise includes 1.75 hours of views and a glass of champagne or other beverage on the Yacht Manhattan, leaving Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). Discount tickets $35 to $40.

Free Summer Movies

August 2 - 20, 2017 (begins April)

NYC locations

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


August 2 - Sept. 13, 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.

Summer Streets

August 5, 12, 19, 2017

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 (begins July 1)

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.

Brunch cruise circles Manhattan

August 6 & 20, 2017

2.4 miles SW

Around Manhattan Brunch Cruise offers 2.75 hours of views as you circle Manhattan Island in a classic 1920s yacht and eat a buffet brunch with a complimentary beverage, departing from Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). Discount tickets $69 (2 left).

Sunday brunch on a sailboat

August 6 - Oct. 8, 2017 (from May)

4.1 miles south

Enjoy skyline views on a two-hour Champagne Brunch Sail Aboard the Shearwater classic schooner, leaving North Cove Marina. No heels. Discount tickets $69.

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 to 7 p.m.)

96 miles east

A ticket to The Great Food Truck Derby gets you servings from 15 food trucks, with beer and wine for sale outside Hayground School in Bridgehampton. No dogs.

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.

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 dance shows

August 13 - 19, 2017 (7 to 9 p.m.)

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.

Blues & BBQ festival

August 19, 2017 (2 p.m.)

1.5 miles NW

Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ pairs great American blues and roots musicians with great local barbecue for sale at Pier 97. No pets. Free.

India parade

August 20, 2017

0.7 miles south

India Day Parade begins at E 38th St. and goes down Madison Avenue to food booths and cultural programs at E. 27th Street, which close at 6 p.m. 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.

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.

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, and a kidland on Governor’s Island.

Jazz cruise

August 27, 2017 (7:15 p.m.)

2.4 miles SW

Enjoy skyline views, live jazz, and a complimentary drink on the Evening Jazz Cruise Aboard Manhattan on a decorated 1920s-style yacht that leaves Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). Discount tickets $39.

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.

Jazz festival

August 2017 (undated)

NYC locations

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival has films and concerts in honor of jazz legend Charlie Parker. Free.

NYC Restaurant Week

August 2017 (undated)

NYC locations

Get a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week, not on Saturdays. Repeats in Jan.

Broadway hits in the park

August 2017 (undated)

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.


August 2017 (undated)

0.5 miles SW

Ecofest [sound] has exhibits about alternative energy and the environment, green vehicles, food, and entertainment on Broadway at 43rd. Free.

Outdoor concerts

August 2017 (undated)

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.

Topless parade

August 2017 (undated)

1 mile NW

GoTopless is a topless rights parade to support gender equality, which begins at Columbus Circle and ends with a rally at Dag Hammarsjold Plaza. Free.

Movies in the park

August 2017 (undated)

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.

Break-dancing contest

August 2017 (undated)

2.2 miles south

Eight award-winning East Coast dance crews battle to win $5,000 at B-Boy Royale in NYU Skirball Center.

Cider cookout

August 2017 (undated)

2.2 miles SE

Ciderfeast includes unlimited cider samples from a dozen producers, grilled meat, tacos, vegetarian options, and live music at SolarOne for age 21+.

Edgy theater

August 2017 (undated)

3 miles east

See 10 unusual plays during the UNFringed Festival at Secret Theatre in Long Island City.

Yankees festival

August 2017 (undated)

3 miles south

FanFest offers free games, food, live music, and lines for free player autographs on Mulberry St. (from Broome to Canal). Free.

Margarita bar crawl

August 2017 (undated)

3.4 miles south

A ticket to Margarita March gets you eight tequila drinks in different bars, beginning at Parkside Lounge.

Meet the Mets

August 2017 (undated)

18.8 miles south

Mets Jam Music Festival has games, activities, and players at MCU Park in Brooklyn. No cameras. Free.

Outdoor opera videos

August 2017 (undated)

1.2 miles NW

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