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What's On in New York City in August

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Updated: 16 June 2017
August is a strange month for New York. While some locals may abandon the city for the entire month in favor of somewhere a bit more breezy, hardcore New Yorkers stay in the city, sweating and ducking from building to building in search of air conditioning. For those who prefer to remain in the city all summer long, these are the events that will give everybody who left intense FOMO.


MUSIC | Blondie & Garbage at The Beacon Theatre

📅 Tuesday, August 1st, 7:30 pm

Celebrate the ladies who rock with this throwback show at New York’s gorgeous Beacon Theatre. Debbie Harry and Shirley Manson are teaming up for one night on the Upper West Side to prove that ladies have always been hardcore and cool.

📍 Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 465 6500

SPORTS | The Sweat Sessions

📅 Tuesday, August 1st, 6 pm

Through the end of August, the Meatpacking District is offering New Yorkers free outdoor workout classes every Tuesday night. Classes take place at Hudson River Park’s 14th Street Park. Mats are available, so all you need to do is make a reservation, dress in workout clothes and grab a water bottle. And you may not even need to do that last part; after select classes, local restaurants serve up free food and drinks to refuel post-workout.

📍 Hudson River Park, 353 West St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 989 9536

MUSIC | Fleet Foxes at Celebrate Brooklyn

📅 Wednesday, August 2nd, 7 pm

After years of being on hiatus, Fleet Foxes are back. They’ve already sold out the first night of their stay at the Prospect Park Bandshell, so if you’re trying to go, you should swipe up tickets ASAP. This concert is guaranteed to be one of the hottest shows all summer. It’s been ages since New Yorkers have been able to enjoy new music from this cult favorite.

📍 Prospect Park Bandshell, 141 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 683 5600


FILM | Back to the Future at The Intrepid

📅 Tuesday, August 8th, 7 pm

One of the most iconic urban outdoor summer events is film screenings. This year, take outdoor movie watching to the next level by doing it onboard The Intrepid. The former aircraft carrier, located right on the Hudson, is one of the coolest venues to sit back and take in a film. But the absolute best part is that the event is free.

📍 Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, W 46th St & 12th Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 245 0072

EVENT | ELEMENTS Music & Art Festival

📅 Saturday, August 12th & Sunday, August 13th

The elements in nature inspire this weekend-long festival. The big headliner is Flying Lotus, but there are plenty of other reasons to attend the festival. There are immersive, large-scale art installations, circus performers wandering about, and, of course, stalls from some of New York City’s best food vendors.

📍 Secret NYC Waterfront Location

EVENT | Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

📅 Saturday, August 12th & Sunday, August 13th

Celebrate New York’s multiculturalism at the weekend dragon boat race at Flushing Meadows Park. For those who haven’t experienced dragon boating before, we highly recommend it. Not only are the boats themselves fantastically decorated, but it’s pretty awe-inspiring to watch a team of people paddle their oars like lightning in perfect synchronicity.

📍 Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY, USA, +1 718 760 6565


COMEDY | Maria Bamford at The Bell House

📅 Thursday, August 17th, 10 pm

Maria Bamford’s been a part of the comedy scene for a while, but it’s her Netflix show Lady Dynamite and her recent comedy special that have cemented her as a full-out comedy star. Her unique blend of neuroticism, voices and pointed observations are even better live.

📍 The Bell House, 149 7th St, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 643 6510

EVENT | Dave Chappelle & Childish Gambino: Live From Radio City

📅 Saturday, August 19th, 8 pm

People are likely to talk about this event for years to come. Donald Glover, a.k.a. Childish Gambino, recently announced that his next album is going to be his last, so this could be one of your absolute last opportunities to catch his powerful performance live. Plus, it’s in Radio City and Dave Chappelle will be there, so you really can’t lose.

📍 Radio City Music Hall, 1260 6th Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 465 6741

EVENT | Blues BBQ Festival

📅 Saturday, August 19th, 2 pm

Celebrate the best of Southern culture in New York at this day-long extravaganza, combining old-school blues and finger-lickin’ barbecue. The event is free and right alongside the water. Is there any better way to spend a Saturday afternoon?

📍 Pier 97, Hudson River Greenway, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 627 2020


COMEDY | Brooklyn Comedy Festival

📅 Monday, August 21st – Sunday, August 27th

This festival is a weeklong event dedicated to the comedy scene bubbling up from Brooklyn. For seven days, some of Brooklyn’s most iconic venues (Brooklyn Brewery, Nitehawk Cinema, and Knitting Factory) host up-and-coming and well-established comics. Stay tuned for when the lineup releases. Years past have featured Judah Friedlander, Vanessa Bayer, and Hannibal Buress.

📍 Locations throughout Brooklyn

MUSIC | Paramore at Central Park

📅 Friday, August 25th, 7 am

Take advantage of New York City’s best summer feature—free outdoor concerts. If you don’t mind waking up early, you can see Paramore for free in Central Park. But just be warned that we aren’t kidding about being early. The show starts at 7 am, so you should get there even earlier if you want a good spot. It’s going to fill up very, very quickly.

📍 Rumsey Playfield, 14 E 71st St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 310 6600

FESTIVAL | Afropunk Brooklyn

📅 Saturday, August 26th & Sunday, August 27th

This event is arguably New York City’s coolest music festival. The acts that play here often skyrocket to the tops of the charts just a few months later. And the acts that are already big get some of the most enthusiastic crowds around. This year’s lineup features Anderson .Paak, SZA, KAYTRANADA, Thundercat, and Gary Clark, Jr.—just to name a few.

📍 Commodore Barry Park Baseball Field, Flushing Ave & N. Elliot Pl, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 965 8900


SPORTS | U.S. Open

📅 August 28th – September 10th

This sporting event is, alas, the official end of summer. Soak up every last second of the season by cheering on your favorite tennis player from the bleachers. And hey, even if you don’t like tennis, the U.S. Open is one of New York City’s best places to see and be seen.

📍 Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadow – Corona Park, Flushing, NY, USA, +1 718 760 6200

FILM | Arthouse @ NYLO

📅 Wednesday, August 30th, 6:30 pm

The NYLO is a new hotel on the Upper West Side that is quickly cementing its status as a neighborhood institution with its weekly event Arthouse @ NYLO. Every Wednesday evening, the library hosts a “silent cinema” night in their cozy library. Admission includes a cocktail inspired by the film they’re screening (August’s film is Exit Through the Gift Shop) and popcorn.

📍 NYLO New York City, 2178 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 362 1100