New York City events August 2018. Things to do in NYC.

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New York City events August 2018

Outdoor concerts

August 1 - 12, 2018
(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 dry. Free.

Classical music festival

August 1 - 12, 2018
(begins July 12)
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 $33 to $43 (July 21+)

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Restaurant week

August 1 - 17, 2018
(begins July 23)
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.

Shakespeare in the Park

August 1 - 19, 2018
(begins in May)
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 to see “Twelfth Night.”

Harlem Week

August 1 - 25, 2018
(begins July 29)
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.

Short plays

August 1 - Sept. 1, 2018
(begins July 20)
0.7 miles north
Summer Shorts is a festival of new American short plays at 59E59 Theaters, grouped in 2 series of plays.

Free movies in parks

August 1 - Sept. 15, 2018
(begins in May)
NYC locations
Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.


August 1 - Sept. 27, 2018
(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.

Films & food on the beach

August 3, 2018
(6 to 9 p.m.)
26 miles SE
Taste on the Beach includes food, wine, beer, and live music on the beachfront at Allegria Hotel in Long Beach, followed by the Shorts on the Beach Film Series in a tent at 9 p.m.

Summer Streets

August 4, 11, 18, 2018
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 series

August 4 - Sept. 1, 2018
(12 to 9 p.m.)
3 miles east
Warm Up is experimental live music, DJs, and dancing in the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Queens.

Renaissance fair

August 4 - Sept. 30, 2018
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. Open Labor Day.

Ticket deal $18 (child $8)

Ecology festival

August 5, 2018
0.5 miles SW
Ecofest has exhibits about alternative energy and the environment, green vehicles, food, and entertainment in Times Square. Free.

Readings at the bridge

August 6 & 13, 2018
(7 p.m., begins July 9)
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 9 - 12, 2018
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 10, 2018
(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 movies on a ship deck

August 10 & 24, 2018
1.2 miles west
See free movies outdoors at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Arrive early.

Polo party

August 11, 2018
5 miles south via ferry
“Enjoy a gorgeous day of green grass, fall foliage, majestic horses, beautiful people and heart pounding polo” at The Victory Cup NYC Classic, with a car show, food trucks, and a kids’ area on Governors Island.

Long Island beer tasting

August 11, 2018
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 11 - 12, 2018
1.3 miles NW
Play NYC [website has sound] is a weekend of playing games and attending talks about game development at Terminal 5.

Filipino expo

August 11 - 12, 2018
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 11 - 12, 2018
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 11 - Nov. 7, 2018
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 12 - 18, 2018
Lower Manhattan
Battery Dance Festival features evening performances by local and international dancers outdoors at Robert F. Wagner Junior Park, moving indoors Aug. 18 to Schimmel Center for the Arts. Free.

Performing arts of India

August 13 - 19, 2018
3 miles south
Enjoy 40 outstanding performances of Indian classical music and dance during Drive East at Dixon Place.

Scary films

August 17 - 23, 2018
1.2 miles NW
Enjoy new and old Scary Movies at Lincoln Center, and a vampire-themed costume party opening night.

Blues & BBQ festival

August 18, 2018
(2 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. No pets. Free.

Caribbean music festival

August 18, 2018
(1 to 9 p.m.)
14.5 miles west
The inaugural One Love Music Fest promises three stages of musicians and dancers at Military Park in Newark, NJ. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Ticket deal $15

India parade

August 19, 2018
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 22, 2018
(5 to 9 p.m.)
4 miles south
Shop from 150 independent brands during Indie Beauty Expo, with DJ music and cocktails for sale at Pier 36 (299 South Street).

Jazz festival

August 23 - 26, 2018
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.

Scrapbook Expo

August 24 - 25, 2018
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 $7

Outdoor opera videos

August 24 - Sept. 3, 2018
1.2 miles NW
See popular Metropolitan Opera shows onscreen in Lincoln Center Plaza at Summer HD Festival. Free.

Tennis family day

August 25, 2018
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 25 - 26, 2018
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.

Afropunk festival

August 25 - 26, 2018
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 26, 2018
1 mile NW
GoTopless is a topless rights parade to support gender equality, which begins at Columbus Circle and ends at Bryant Park. You must sign into Facebook before clicking this link to the map page. Free.

Brighton Beach street fair

August 26, 2018
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 26, 2018
(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 26 - Sept. 16, 2018
2.5 miles south
See 23 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 27 - Sept. 9, 2018
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 30 - Sept. 2, 2018
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 festival

August 30 - Sept. 3, 2018
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 31 - Sept. 2, 2018
6 miles NE
Electric Zoo is an electronic dance-music festival that brings top acts and 150,000 fans to Randall’s Island Park each Labor Day weekend.

The white dinner

August 2018
Location uncertain
Tickets are scarce for Le Dîner en Blanc, a glamorous picnic and dance for couples dressed in white who bring their own food and table to a public location, which is kept secret until the last minute.

Movies in the park

August 2018
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 2018
2.2 miles south
Eight award-winning East Coast dance crews battle to win $5,000 at B-Boy Royale in NYU Skirball Center.

Children’s food festival

August 2018
3.8 miles south
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 at Westfield World Trade Center.

Yankees festival

August 2018
7.4 miles north
FanFest offers free games, food samples, live music, and lines for free player autographs at Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx. Free.

Beer & wine festival

August 2018
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.