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What's On This Month In New York City

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Updated: 7 October 2016
New York City is bustling with incredible cultural activities and events this August, ranging from film to dance, food, and art. Listen to classical music outdoors, watch films under the stars, and enjoy the warm (rather, oppressively hot) weather while it lasts. We profile what’s on this month in NYC.


Bucharest – Romanian Athenaeum
Bucharest – Romanian Athenaeum | © fusion-of-horizons/Flickr / The Intrepid | © Chris Bickham/Flickr / New York Sunrise | © Jeff P/Flickr / Dragon Boating at Dusk | © Petra Bensted/Flickr

PERFORMANCE | Catch The Radio City Rockettes In The New York Spectacular

Monday, August 1st – Sunday, August 7th

Don’t miss the iconic Radio City Rockettes like you’ve never seen them before in an unforgettable, family-friendly performance celebrating the magic of New York City.

LITERATURE | Book Worms Unite At Books Beneath The Bridge

Monday, August 1st – Monday, August 15th

An unmissable literary event, Books Beneath the Bridge will feature a selection of discussions, readings, signings, and more.

MUSIC | Listen To Timeless Classics At The Mostly Mozart Festival

Monday, August 1st – Saturday, August 27th

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the 2016 Mostly Mozart Festival offers a range of performances in honor of its namesake’s musical genius.

FILM | Catch Your Favorite Films At The Summer Movie Series

Friday, August 5th

All aboard the Intrepid for the museum’s eighth annual Summer Movie Series, which features free films on the ship’s flight deck beneath the stars.

FOOD | Enjoy Seaside Eats At Taste On The Beach

Friday, August 5th

Taste on the Beach offers a variety of food, wine, and craft beer, set against the backdrop of one of New York’s most pristine beaches.

FOOD | Eat And Drink At The Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest

Saturday, August 6th

Eat, drink, and be merry at this tasty, Brooklyn-based artisan wine and craft beer event.

DANCE | Learn From The Pros At Bring It! Live

Saturday, August 6th

Catch Miss D and her Dancing Dolls for an energetic night of original performances and audience interaction.

EVENT | Get In The Game At The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

Saturday, August 6th and Sunday, August 7th

A perfect event for the whole family, the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival promises a weekend of cultural fun.


Courtesy of Burlesque Sail / Minnesota Fringe Festival
Courtesy of Burlesque Sail / Minnesota Fringe Festival | © Tony Webster/Flickr / Jazz Age Lawn Party | © Paul Stein/Flickr / Eco. | © Γιώργης Χωραφάς/Flickr

EVENT | Embark On An Unforgettable Burlesque Sail

Thursday, August 11th

Set sail on the Hudson River and the New York Harbor for a cheeky evening of sensational burlesque performances and variety shows.

FOOD | Indulge In Incredible Fare At The Italian Festival NYC

Thursday, August 11th to Sunday, August 14th

The Giglio Society of East Harlem presents the Italian Festival NYC – an Italian feast with games, music, and most importantly, Italian cuisine.

FILM | Get Cultural At The New York International Fringe Festival

Friday, August 12th – Sunday, August 28th

One of the largest multi-arts festivals in North America, the New York International Fringe Festival returns this August.

MUSIC | Go Back In Time At The Jazz Age Lawn Party

Saturday, August 13th – Sunday, August 14th

New York City’s original Prohibition Era-inspired party, the Jazz Age Lawn Party is one jazzy event you won’t want to miss.

EVENT | Go Green At Ecofest In New York City

Sunday, August 14th

Environmental activism meets education at Ecofest, where New Yorkers can learn about environmental issues and how to go green right here at home.

DANCE | Get Up And Get Moving At The Battery Dance Festival

Sunday, August 14th – Friday, August 20th

New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival, the Battery Dance Festival returns on August 14th.


Lobster Roll
Lobster Roll | © Neil Conway/Flickr / Veggies | © Jeremy Keith/Flickr / homemade strawberry margaritas | © Stacy Spensley/Flickr / Girls and women from India | © Michael Coghlan/Flickr

FOOD | Enjoy The Great Outdoors At The Lobster & Beer Lover’s Sail

Tuesday, August 16th

Sail around New York City with delicious lobster and craft beer for two of the tastiest hours you could spend afloat.

EVENT | Pair Your Summer Favorites At The Blues And Barbecue Festival

Sunday, August 20th

The Hudson River Park’s Blues and Barbecue Festival pairs America’s best blues and grassroots musicians with New York City’s tastiest barbecue restaurants.

FOOD | Drink (Responsibly) At The NYC Margarita March

Saturday, August 20th – Sunday, August 21st

Sample margaritas from eight leading New York City bars at this year’s NYC Margarita March.

EVENT | Celebrate Indian Culture At The India Day Parade

Sunday, August 21st

Get out and partake in this annual event celebrating Indian culture in New York City.


mic | © Robert Bejil/Flickr / Jazz Saxaphone | © Sachitha Obeysekara/Flickr / Galaxy Sports | © Alosh Bennett/Flickr / Brighton Beach - New York | © Sandrine Vivès-Rotger/Flickr

FILM | Enjoy Al Fresco Films At The Central Park Conservancy Film Festival

Monday, August 22nd – Saturday, August 27th

This fun-for-the-whole-family film series will take place in Central Park and Marcus Garvey Park.

EVENT | Have A Good Laugh At The Brooklyn Comedy Festival

Monday, August 22nd – Sunday, August 28th

Watch as NYC’s funniest characters take the stage at this summer’s Brooklyn Comedy Festival.

MUSIC | Jazz It Up At The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Friday, August 26th – Sunday, August 28th

The perfect summer pastime for music lovers, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival promises a weekend of incredible live performances.

EVENT | Get Up And Out For Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day

Saturday, August 27th

Enjoy a free, family-friendly day of tennis, games, and live music at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.

EVENT | Celebrate Diversity At The Brighton Jubilee Festival

Sunday, August 28th

Celebrate the city’s diversity with a day of food, rides, and live entertainment at the Brighton Jubilee Festival.


Surf Boards
Surf Boards | © Edmund Garman / New York City Winter Sunset | © Anthony Quintano/Flickr / Crown | © satemkemet/Flickr / Mask: Sendom (Mongolia) | © Andrew Moore/Flickr

FOOD | Summer Is Rad At The Rad San Diego Sunset Surf Party

Monday, August 29th

East meets west at Union Bar & Kitchen’s San Diego-themed sunset surf party.

CULTURE | Enjoy A Himalayan Happy Hour At The Rubin Museum

Wednesday, August 31st

Head to the Rubin Museum of Art on Wednesday for a special Himalayan-inspired happy hour.