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

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New York City events August 2018

Games in Lower Manhattan

August 1 & 8, 2018
(Wednesdays after 4 p.m.)
4 miles south
Game On! has outdoor games, tests of skill, interactive art, fitness events, music, a beer garden, and happy hours spread out along Water Street. Dates may change if it rains. Free.

Classical music festival

August 1 - 11, 2018
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.

Outdoor concerts at Lincoln Center

August 1 - 12, 2018
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.

Restaurant week

August 1 - 17, 2018
NYC locations
Get a special deal on a 2-course lunch or a 3-course dinner at 380 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Saturdays excluded, Sundays at some restaurants. Held in January and July/August.

Shakespeare in the Park

August 1 - 19, 2018
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.

Harlem Week

August 1 - 25, 2018
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 - Sept. 1, 2018
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. 27, 2018
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.

Free movies in parks

August 1 - Oct. 19, 2018
NYC locations
Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Free mellow music

August 1 - Dec. 19, 2018
1.3 miles NW
American Folk Art Museum offers concerts at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays. Free.

Broadway hits in the park

August 2 - 16, 2018
(Thursdays 12:30 p.m.)
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.

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.

Polo party

August 4, 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.

Wine tasting in Queens

August 4 - 5, 2018
3.8 miles east
A ticket to Wine & Sweets Festival gets you unlimited tastes of wine with “local chefs offering sweets of all kinds for sale” at LIC Flea & Food in Queens.

Summer Streets

August 4, 11, 18, 2018
(7 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
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 4 - Sept. 1, 2018
(Sat. 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.

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.)
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.

Traditional Italian 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, 31, 2018
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.

Women brewing beer

August 11, 2018
(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 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 SW
Play NYC is a weekend of playing games and attending talks about game development at Manhattan Center.

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.

Honey festival

August 11 - 12, 2018
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.

Free dance shows

August 11 - 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.

Free films in Harlem

August 11 - Sept. 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 three different Harlem parks if weather allows. Free.

Performing arts of India

August 13 - 19, 2018
2.5 miles south
Enjoy 30 performances of Indian classical music and dance during Drive East at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club.

Movies in the park

August 14 - 17, 2018
(gate 6:30, film dusk)
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. 17 - Muppets Take Manhattan (G)

Hamburger tasting

August 16, 2018
(5:30 or 8 p.m.)
3.3 miles east
Eat your way through creations by competing restaurants and then vote for your favorite during Battle of the Burger, with complimentary Budweiser, side dishes, desserts, and music at LIC Landing in Queens for age 21+.

Scary films

August 17 - 23, 2018
1.2 miles NW
Enjoy new and old Scary Movies at Lincoln Center, and a zombie-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. What you cannot bring. Free.

Hawaiian music

August 18 - 19, 2018
(10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
12 miles north
“Enjoy live performances from renowned Hawaiian musicians” plus hula performances during Celebrate Hawai’i Weekend at New York Botanical Garden.

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 22 - 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.

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 at 9:30 a.m., followed by a ticketed show and concert at 1 p.m. in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Margarita bar crawl

August 25 - 26, 2018
(12 to 10 p.m.)
3.4 miles south
The Margarita March includes eight tequila drinks in Manhattan bars. Buy online and check in by 3 p.m.

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 top-optional parade for gender equality. Meet on W. 58th Street (between 8th & 9th) at 11:15 a.m., and march down Broadway with a brass band at 12:30 p.m., turn left on W. 48th Street, and continue on 6th Ave. to Bryant Park. 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 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 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 dance 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.

Jazz festival

August 30 - Oct. 7, 2018
1 mile NW
Generations in Jazz Festival has performances every night at Dizzy’s Club at 60th & Broadway.

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. Saturday is sold out.

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