What To Do In New York In August: Our Top 10 Activities

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, from dance festivals to food events and colorful parades. Take a look at our top August activities of 2019.

1- New York City Restaurant Week

Until Friday, August 16, 2019 – Various Locations throughout NYC


(Photo by Tagger Yancey / NYC & Company)

New York City’s restaurant week is back and better than ever this summer. Until mid-August a select group of fine-dining restaurants will continue offering their superb meals at an affordable prix-fixe rate. Whether you opt for a two-course $26 lunch or a three-course $42 dinner, you will surely not be disappointed in this foodie capital. So start making your list of must-tries now! Want to learn about the food culture here in the city? Take our Uptown and Harlem Food Walking Tour or Soul Food & Jazz Tour to savor local dishes while discovering famous sights and landmarks in famed Harlem, the African-American Mecca for writers and artists. Or join our Triboro tour on Saturdays to explore the best of Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens and indulge in a delicious and authentic BBQ meal.

2- Shakespeare in the Park Event: Coriolanus

Where: Delacorte Theater in Central Park
When: August 1 – August 12 at 08:00pm

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Attend a free, live Shakespeare performance of Coriolanus at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. No need to RSVP, just show up early to score the coveted free tickets! An ‘in person’ lottery is held in the lobby of The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette St and a digital lottery is hosted through TodayTix, all summer long. Please note that to acquire free tickets, you must have a Public Theater Patron ID, which you can get here. This is a great event that only rolls around throughout the summer months!

3- 29th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

Where: Flushing Meadows Park, Queens
When: August 3rd & August 4th

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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.

4- Books Beneath the Bridge

Where: Powerhouse Arena and Community Bookstore Park Slope When: August 5 & 12, 2019

(Photo by Harlem Spirituals)

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.

5- Warm Up Parties at MoMA PS1

Where: MoMA PS1, Queens
When: On Saturdays – August 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st – From 12:00 to 09:00PM


Each summer, the MoMA PS1 organizes its famous Warm Up parties. This year for its 22nd edition, 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 August 31st. 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!

6- 38th Annual Battery Dance Festival

Where: Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park, Battery Park City
When: August 11th to August 16th, 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.

7- Harlem Day

Where: Harlem – 4 blocks on 135th street between 5th and St. Nicholas Aves
When: August 18th, 10:00am-07:oopm


‘Harlem Day’ is the culminating point of the HARLEM WEEK, Harlem’s most iconic festival: a month-long celebrations of the neighborhood’s cultural richness. Harlem will feature 4 outdoor and over 150 vendors and exhibitors among Harlem’s finest businesses. It will also include the Auto Show with a parade of automobile from 09:00am to 10:00am.

8- 39th Annual India Day Parade

Where: 39th – 26th St. Madison Avenue
When: August 19th, 2019, 12:00PM


(Photo by Devendra Makkar/Flickr CC)

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!

9- Jazz Age Lawn Party 2019

Where: Colonel’s Row, Governor’s Island
When: August 24th & 25th, 11:00am-5:00pm


(Photo by Paul Stein/Flickr CC)

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.

10- U.S. Open Tennis Championship

Where: Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, Queens
When: August 26th to September 8th, 2019


(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.

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 www.harlemspirituals.com.

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