Top 10 Activities of August 2018 in NYC

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We are at the “what-the-heck-happened-to-summer” phase. How is it already AUGUST? Luckily, it will be easy to use this last month of summer to the fullest with all of the events New York City is offering. Take a look at our top August activities of 2018.

Polo Party

Where: Governor’s Island

When: August 4th, 10:00AM-6:00PM


Dress to impress and head on over to the 2018 Victory Cup NYC Classic; one of the largest and arguably most exciting equestrian events in the United States. Although some go for the Polo, most attend for the dozens of restaurant, spirit, beer and wine tastings, as well as one of the largest Farm-to-Table Dinner events.

Books Beneath the Bridge

Where: Granite Prospect in Brooklyn Bridge Park
When: August 6 & 13, 2018

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End your summer Monday-blues with readings beneath the bridge. Listen to authors read their own words, provoke thoughts and get your book signed. While you find yourself in the area, explore Brooklyn Bridge Park for the best views of the city skyline, as well as the neighborhood of DUMBO. If you are looking for a more extensive tour of this area, a Brooklyn Walking Tour will take you through DUMBO, as well as Downtown Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights.



Shakespeare in the Park Event: All’s Well That Ends Well

Where: Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens

When: August 12th, 4:30pm-6:30pm


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Attend a free, live Shakespeare performance of All’s Well That Ends Well at Socrates Sculpture Park, hosted by Hip to Hip Theater. No need to RSVP, just show up early as space fills up fast! If you’ve got kiddos between the ages of 4 and 12, there is a free interactive workshop 30 minutes before every performance designed for children to interact with the text through theater games. This is a great event that only rolls around throughout the summer months!


28th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

Where: Flushing Meadows Park, Queens

When: August 11th & August 12th

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Experience the culture of Hong-Kong without leaving New York at the Dragon Boat Festival. Engage in the Chinese traditions and cheer on about 180 teams as they race across the river to the beats of their boat’s drummer. The entertainment continues with music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations and food-court vendors selling classic Asian cuisine like steamed dumplings and pork belly buns.

37th Annual Battery Dance Festival

Where: Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park

When: August 12th to August 18th, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Check out the longest running free public dance festival this August. These highly skillful and artistic performances will be the only eye-dropping movements that have the ability to compete with the incredible views of the New York Harbor at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park. Find diverse dance styles and an international group of dancers from Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and the Caribbean perform here.


Blues & BBQ festival

Where: Hudson River Park, Pier 97

When: August 18, 2018, 2:00PM-9:00PM


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Head over to Hudson River Park for a free day of Barbecue cuisine, beer by Sixpoint and live Blues and Roots music to match. The 2018 Line up goes as followed:

Just make sure you register for the event before showing up.

72nd Annual India Day Parade

Where: 39th – 26th St. Madison Avenue

When: August 19th, 2018, 12:00PM

Partake in the world’s largest India Day parade hosted by the Federation of Indian Associations. You’ll find colorful and lively parade floats, food vendors, merchandise booths, cultural programs and live performances. Immerse yourself and celebrate the Indian culture!


Jazz Age Lawn Party 2018

Where: Colonel’s Row, Governor’s Island

When: August 25th & 26th, 11:00am-5:00pm

 If you missed the first weekend of this giant 1920’s themed lawn party in June, now is your chance to sip on cocktails and picnic with friends and family during this day long event. Brush up your croquet skills, participate in the High Court Pie Contest, and take dance lessons and vintage portraits, all while enjoying live music from Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra. You will truly be stepping back to the “Roaring 20s” and the age of the Harlem Renaissance. Want to learn more? Partake in a Soul Food and Jazz tour to learn and experience the rich history and culture of this spirited neighborhood during this bursting era.



42nd Annual Brighton Jubilee Festival

Where: Brighton Beach, Brooklyn
When: August 26, 2018

(Photo by Marley White)

Bring the whole family to an end-of-summer celebration at the Brighton Beach street fair! This annual multi-block festival features multiple entertainment stages as well as rows of merchandise, informational booths, kiddie rides and delicious food. While in the area, spend some time on Brighton Beach.


U.S. Open Tennis Championship

Where: Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, Queens

When: August 27th to September 9th, 2018


(Photo by Edwin Martinez/Flickr)

Be a part of the nation’s largest tennis tournament at the annual U.S. Open Tennis Championship. This event lures in fans from around the globe, and we are lucky enough to host it here in New York! Find great fun, entertainment, food, children activities and live musical performances. Even if you aren’t a die-hard tennis lover, the atmosphere makes it a must-see event. While in Queens we recommend exploring the area. If you don’t get a chance to, you can always book a Triboro Tour to explore Queens, the Bronx and Brooklyn all in one.


Warm Up Parties at MoMA PS1

Where: MoMA PS1, Queens

When: On Saturdays – August 4, 11, 18, 25 and September 1st – From 12:00 to 09:00PM


(Photo by Forgemind Archimedia/Flickr)

Each summer, the MoMA PS1 organizes its famous Warm Up parties. This year it will welcome over 75 of the most famous artists and DJ. Parties happen every Saturday of August from 12:00 to 09:ooPM with the last party on September 1st. If you’re a fan of electronic music, contemporary art and parties, this event is for you. Don’t forget to also visit the galleries!


There are endless opportunities of events in this city. If you are interested in finding more to do in New York City, search through our complete range of tours, attractions and activities. We can also tailor-make programs specifically to match your desires and budgets. Harlem Spirituals is the ideal one-stop-shop to simplify your planning! Find more information on

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