New York City in August is especially beautiful. With countless things to do, concerts to attend, and events happening throughout the city, one thing is for sure – your trip won’t be boring! Below we have summarized all of our favorite things to do in New York in August.
August is one of the warmest summer months in the Big Apple. The sun and humidity are at their peak, meaning that you will find countless outdoor events, concerts and other things to do. August in New York brings some exciting events and attractions to visit and is definitely a great time to visit the city.
Attention Bollywood fans! The art behind Hindi films thrives on this festival and is adorned with extravagant stage shows, live music, and dancing. You will find out more not only about the biggest film industry in terms of production but also learn more about how the old black and white films were made, up to the big blockbusters today were shot, produced and released. The best part: Admission is free! For more information visit their website here.
For the fourth time, the Brooklyn Music Festival will be held on Governors Island. The festival presents the best in indie pop, hip-hop, funk, alternative rock, and house music. This is one of the most popular August events in New York due to not only the music but also the many great food stalls and art supplies available at the festival. The whole festival is also for a good cause, as part of your donation at the entrance goes to a charity that works against domestic violence. For more information, visit their website.
The Jazz Age Lawn Party is one of the best parties of the summer for those who want to dance and enjoy jazz music. This open-air event will be held on Governors Island and is one of New York City’s highlights in August. The ambiance of Governors Island could not be any better and is perfect for the jazz vibe. The island comes alive with music and is an amazing experience with the good weather in August. The event is 21+ so make sure to take your ID. If you want to know more, or secure yourself tickets for this August highlight in NYC, check their website here. Make sure to buy them in advance as they sell out fast!
New York is considered a melting pot because of all the cultures in the world meshed into this one city. You can experience this first-hand at the Indonesian Street Festival which takes place in Manhattan. There are many shows, food, and information about the Indonesian culture which is considered the “Spice Islands”. The event is located at East 68th Street, New York, NY 10065.
For two weeks a year, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park host TheUS Open 2018. It is the main sports event in the month of August and is a unique experience. Tennis greats such as Roger Federer and Serena Williams compete at this major tournament. In addition, the best food trucks line up and the whole event is pretty much a big party.
The US Open will be held from August 27th to September 9th. Tickets can be found here. Just as with any popular event, make sure to get your tickets in advance as this tends to sell out fast.
Every Tuesday through Sunday you can watch two of the world’s most famous plays in Central Park. In recent years, some stars have made it to this stage. Celebrities that have participated are Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Al Pacino, Blythe Danner, Philip Seymour Hoffman, George C. Scott and Denzel Washington. The exact show dates will soon be announced.
A pretty cool experience is the all-inclusive open-air cinema in Bryant Park behind the Public Library. In the middle of Manhattan, people meet in the summer months with blankets and chairs to relax. It is free to the public as well. It is less than a 5 minute walk from Times Square, you’re surrounded by tall trees and a bit isolated from the rest hustle and bustle of the city.
If you want to secure a spot, make sure to get there by 5PM. The movie usually starts around 8PM when it starts to get dark. Starting mid-May you can find out here which movies will be shown.
At this event, you can visit over 100 events & shows for free in 16 parks across New York. It is one of the most popular summer events in New York and a huge attraction for New Yorkers. If you’re in the area during the summer, be sure to check this out.
Last but not least, you definitely shouldn’t miss out on using NYC’s backyard. Central Park is huge and there are many beautiful spots to stop, soak up the sun, take a walk or have a picnic. Especially in the hot summer months, you will always find some type of shade in Central Park to rest a little. Many New Yorkers use the green field to lounge, relax and escape the big-city bustle for a while.
If you are looking for the best ways to explore the city and discover what NYC has to offer, you have come to the right place. Below we have detailed the most popular things to do around this time of year as we want to show you the variety of amazing things to do the Big Apple has to offer. Check out the top 5 best selling tickets in August.
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If you are looking for a more romantic way to explore Central Park, look no further. Book a private horse and carriage ride through NYC’s backyard and experience the huge green space in a unique and exciting fashion. Great as a family or couples day out, this is one of the most unique ways to explore Central Park and is a great way to relax and explore on a sunny afternoon! Check the link below for prices and availabilities!
If you’re looking for a unique way to spend the evening, this one is for you. With this dinner cruise, you can enjoy the summer weather from the water as you are wined and dined on this luxury yacht. The two-hour cruise features a 3-course meal as well as amazing views of the city skyline and the Statue of Liberty. There are also upgrade options for an open bar, wine pairings, or window seating for the ultimate luxury experience.
The Statue of Liberty Bateaux Lunch Cruise has everything you need for an amazing midday experience: Great food and drinks, amazing views of the NYC skyline and the Statue of Liberty, and live music. Definitely don’t skip this cruise if you are looking for something to do with the family, or as a couple. The boat’s construction of ceiling-high windows adds to the amazing atmosphere and makes this an unforgettable experience.
During the month of August its Soccer and Baseball season in NYC. There are always plenty of games on to go see, especially if you are a baseball fan. Both the New York Yankees in the Bronx and the New York Mets in Queens have their home stadium in NYC. Check the links below for available tickets.
NYC also has two great soccer teams that play throughout August. Check the links below to secure tickets for the NY Red Bulls or NYC FC.
With the many professional theatres on Broadway, you are definitely going to find a show that gets you excited. Make sure to plan ahead though as tickets are often completely sold out if you wait too long. Check the link below to find out which musicals in NYC in August are playing.