Best NYC Events In August: A Guide from A-to-Z

A shot of the blue sky and NYC skyline from Govenor's Island

 If New York City ever takes a bit of a break–and it doesn't, not really–then maybe August is the time? Or, at least, for those of us still in town, playing host to the relentless gush of tourists that never slows down these days, there are slightly fewer must-dos to worry about missing. That said, there's still plenty going on this month, and to make this clear we compiled a literal A-to-Z list of August events. The full list is at bottom, but first, a few highlights..

A close-up shot of succulent, charred BBQ from Mighty Quinns BBQ in NYC

Food, Fun & Fresh Air- New York City Style

If you haven't been to Governors Island yet this summer–or even if you have–know that the park hosts a full slate of special events in August, in addition to all of the usual great stuff like free artist mini-golf, that amazing tree house, and the new hammock grove and food-truck-lane. On August 16 and 17, for example, you can join in the 1920s-themed fun with the season's second Jazz Age Lawn Party weekend, and unicycles will be swarming all over the place on August 29 to the 31 when Unifest NYC hits town. And keep an eye out for all of the Hudson River Park goings on next month, including the pop-up Makerspace on Tribeca's Pier 25, Sundays through August 24, and the popular Blues BBQ Festival at Pier 84 in Midtown, featuring an all-star food line-up (Mighty Quinn's (above), Briskettown, and Dinosaur BBQ), as well as a full slate of blues bands, including Big Sam's Funky Nation.    

Two bros hanging out in the crowd at NYC's Afropunk festival in Brooklyn

Festival Season has Arrived

Now in its 18th year, the Fringe Festival (aka FringeNYC) has booked just about every downtown theater from August 8th through August 24th as some 200 international companies arrive in town to put on a wide, WIDE range of theatrical performances. Look out for the inevitable "Fringe Picks" posts next week by people way more knowledgeable than me, but either way, this is usually a good (or, at least, an interesting) time. Finally, my personal pick is the great (and free!) AfroPunk Fest on the weekend of August 23rd and 24th in Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park (it's near DUMBO, across from the Navy Yard). This festival is always a blast, with good food, fantastic people watching, lots of surprises, and two full days of music, this year featuring D'Angelo, SZA, The Internet, Fishbone, Valerie June, and Unlocking the Truth.

Note: if you don't buy a fast pass or get there early, expect a long line to get in.

And now, the complete A-to-Z listing!

NYC's Best in August: A-to-Z

Arthur Ashe Kids Day
August 23rd

Blues BBQ Festival
August 23rd

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
August 23rd & August 24th

Dragon Boat Festival
August 9th through August 10th

August 10th

August 8th through August 24th

Great Foodtruck Derby 2014
August 8th

Harlem Week
August 5th through August 23rd

India Day Parade
August 17th

Jazz Age Lawn Party
August 16th through August 17th

King Lear – Shakespeare in The Park
All throughout August

Lincoln Center Festival
August 6th through August 16th

Movies in Bryant Park
August 4th – August 18th

Neon Dash
August 2nd

Out Of Doors
August 1st through August 10th

Preseason Football – NY Jets vs. NY Giants
August 22nd

Queens Botanical Garden Farmers Market
Every Friday

River Rocks 2014
August 7th

Summer Streets
August 2nd, 9th & 16th

The Museum of Interesting Thing's Wind-Up Circus Toy Show
August 3rd

US Open (Don't forget to enter to win Free US Open Tickets)
August 25th through September 8th

Volkswagen Traffic Jam (VW Car Show)
August 24th

Warm Up 2014
Every Saturday in August

X Marks The Spot!

Yankees Cowboy Hat Day (Yankee Game)
August 22nd

Zoo, as in Electric Zoo
August 29th through August 31st

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