Summer may be winding down but there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the New York City sunshine before the Autumn leaves start falling.
As always, if you attend one of these events post a picture on Instagram and tag us; or if you think of something we missed mention it in the comments section. We’d love to hear from you!
With that here are a few Calendar Highlights for the month of August:
On Saturdays August 5th, 12th, and 19th from 7am to 1pm almost seven miles of city streets will close to traffic and become pedestrian playgrounds. Large sections of Lafayette Street and Park Avenue stretching from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park will be open to strollers, cyclists and even dancers.
And “rest stops” along the way will feature entertainment and recreation in the form of musical performances, water slides, a rock climbing station and even a zip line! A map of activities can be found here. Onsite registration is required for certain activities but participation is free. So, get there early, register for the activity of your choice and enjoy!
The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
For 27 years, Flushing Meadows Park has played host to an epic race that’s traces its roots back to legends surrounding the ancient Chinese poet Qu Yuan (340-278 B.C.) who offered rice dumplings to water spirits in order to avoid being eaten by angry swarms of fish.
Today, rice dumplings are still consumed on the day of the race but the main event is the elaborately decorated dragon boats manned by teams of athletes who train all year in preparation of this weekend of competition and culture. Races take place beginning at 8am and ending between 5-6pm on both Saturday August 12th and Sunday August 13th. You can read more about the festival’s history and find a full schedule of here.
Harlem Week could more accurately be called Harlem Month as there are a plethora of activities and concerts available from the 1st through the 26th of August. We’re especially excited about Harlem Day, held on August 20th and featuring a classic car show, live musical performances and family friendly arts and crafts. A full calendar of events can be viewed here.
The Central Park Conservancy Film Festival
NYC offers citizens and guests alike plenty of opportunities to see great movies for free in city parks.
And this August Central Park gets in on the fun with films being shown every night from August 21st to August 26th. We’re especially excited to see The Godfather on August 25th on Central Park’s Great Lawn. A full list of movies can be found here.
Jazz Age Lawn Party
Looking to get your Gatsby on? Yea, you are. Who the hell isn’t? And this is the perfect place to do it. The Jazz Age Lawn Party is NYC’s original prohibition party, a weekend long tribute to the music and style of the Roaring 20s. This year’s festivities will be held on Governor’s Island on Saturday, August 26th and Sunday, August 27th. Tickets must be secured in advance and they always sell out. So, don’t miss your chance to Charleston with the best of them at what is consistently ranked one of the city’s most memorable annual events.