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

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New York City events August 2019

Asian film festival

August 1 - 3, 2019
(begins July 25)
multiple locations
The Asian American International Film Festival screens films by and about Asians and Asian Americans at Cinema Village East and Asia Society.

Classical music festival

August 1 - 10, 2019
(begins July 10)
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.

Ticket deal $35 to $45 (July 23+)

Outdoor concerts at Lincoln Center

August 1 - 11, 2019
(begins July 24)
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 weather permits. Free.

Shakespeare in the Park

August 1 - 11, 2019
(begins May 21)
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
(begins July 11)
0.5 miles south
Watch 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.

Restaurant week

August 1 - 16, 2019
(begins July 22)
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.

Harlem Week

August 1 - 24, 2019
(begins July 28)
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, and a 5K run/walk. Most events are free.

Short plays

August 1 - 31, 2019
(begins July 19)
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).


August 1- Sept. 24, 2019
(begins June 1)
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.

Concerts at Industry City

August 2 - Sept. 28, 2019
(begins June 1)
10.7 miles south
The Summer Series includes 39 ticketed concerts by indie artists outdoors at 238 36th Street in Brooklyn.

Dragon boat festival

August 3 - 4, 2019
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.

Summer Streets

August 3, 10, 17, 2019
0.3 miles east
The 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.

New music

August 3 - 31, 2019
(begins July 6)
3 miles east
Warm Up is experimental live music, DJs, and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.

Ecology festival

August 4, 2019
0.5 miles SW
Ecofest has exhibits about alternative energy and the environment, green vehicles, food, and entertainment in Times Square. Free.

Performing arts of India

August 5 - 11, 2019
2.5 miles south
Enjoy 30 performances of Indian classical music and dance during Drive East at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club.

Readings at the bridge

August 5 & 12, 2019
(begins July 8)
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.

Free movies in parks

August 5 - Sept. 8, 2019
(begins May 17)
NYC locations
Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

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 carried through the streets of East Harlem. 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+.

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+.

Ticket deal $49

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 March, August, and November.

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
Doors open at 7 p.m. 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 - 22, 2019
1.2 miles NW
Enjoy new and old Scary Movies at Lincoln Center, and a zombie-themed costume party opening night.

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.

Renaissance fair

August 17 - Oct. 6, 2019
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.

India parade

August 18, 2019
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.

Cosmetics expo

August 21 - 22, 2019
1.3 miles west
Shop from 150 independent brands during Indie Beauty Expo, with DJ music and cocktails for sale at Pier 94.

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 $6

Jazz festival

August 23 - 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. 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.

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.

Tennis family day

August 24, 2019
8 miles east
Arthur 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.

1920s lawn party

August 24 - 25, 2019
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.

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.

Topless parade

August 25, 2019
(11 a.m.)
1 mile NW
GoTopless is a top-optional parade for gender equality that assembles on W. 58th Street (between 8th & 9th) at 11 a.m. Last year, the march began at 12:30 p.m. and went down Broadway with a brass band, turning left on W. 48th Street, and continuing on 6th Ave. to Bryant Park. Free.

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.

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.

Unicycle festival

August 29 - Sept. 1, 2019
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 Governors Island on Saturday and Sunday. Free.

Salsa dance festival

August 29 - Sept. 2, 2019
0.4 miles SW
New York International Salsa Congress has workshops, performances, live concerts, and competitions at New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square.

Electric Zoo music festival

August 30 - Sept. 1, 2019
6 miles NE
Electric Zoo [website has sound] is an electronic dance-music festival that brings top acts and 150,000 fans to Randall’s Island Park each Labor Day weekend.

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.

TV festival

August 2019
NYC locations
New York Television Festival (NYTVF) offers screenings of creative shows, educational panels, competitions, pitches, fan events, parties, premieres, and seminars for artists, industry leaders, and viewers alike.

Long Island food trucks

August 2019
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.

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