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August 2016 events calendar for New York City

Plan your month with our events calendar featuring the Electric Zoo festival and the Jazz Age Lawn Party

Photograph: Luciana Golcman
Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

The dog days of summer have officially arrived, but instead of staying indoors, use our events calendar to experience the best things to do in August. See tons of exemplary live jazz at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, check out an outdoor film screening, or simply enjoy the season by hanging out at one of the best beaches.

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Featured events in August 2016

Electric Zoo Festival

The three-day Labor Day weekend festival has become an unmissable attraction on the electronic-dance-music circuit, attracting EDM fans from around the world. The lineup will be heavy on the superstar-DJ action—but there will be plenty of less bombastic sounds for those looking for something more underground from the fest. And yes, plenty of eye-grabbing outfits, too.

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By: Vivienne van Vliet

Jazz Age Lawn Party

Jazz Age Lawn Party is an essential annual summer stop for revelers looking to dance in the open air. Governors Island is the perfect venue to leave the 21st century behind for the delights of the Prohibition-era (including “speakeasy” booze). Dress the part with festive, period-appropriate attire, and come ready to dance at the Jazz Age Lawn Party.

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By: Jillian Anthony

The US Open tennis tournament

For two weeks, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park will be the tennis capital of the world for the US Open 2015. While Wimbeldon has its white, New Yorkers bring the party to the National Tennis Center with a celebrity-studded crowd, international food vendors and live musicians performing on the grounds—not to mention tennis's top pros. 

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By: Tazi Phillips

Afropunk Festival 2015

Afropunk Festival is an annual event that takes place in August at Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park (City Park). Over the course of a weekend, the outdoor summer music festival—which celebrates multicultural arts—hosts a wide array of well-known musical artists, as well as “BITES & BEATS” food trucks, live artworks and the SpinThrift Market. Additionally, Afropunk strives to raise multicultural awareness in New York City with its Activism Row initiative.

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By: Vivienne van Vliet

The New York International Fringe Festival

As Broadway and Off Broadway take breathers before the fall rush, August means just one thing for many lovers of New York theater: The New York International Fringe Festival. More than 75,000 people swarm annually through this sprawling hive of theater and dance, making FringeNYC (as it’s sometimes known) of the city’s largest events.

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Shakespeare in the Park in NYC

Shakespeare in the Park opens another season of the Bard's greats performed in open air at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Created by the late Joseph Papp and presented by the Public, Shakespeare in the Park has endured not just because it's a night of free theater in New York's backyard, but because it's a night of great performances by some of the most talented actors of our day, including Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Al Pacino, Oliver Platt, Blythe Danner, Philip Seymour Hoffman, George C. Scott and Denzel Washington.

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By: Adam Feldman

Music events in August 2016

Electric Zoo Festival

Look out New York City dance clubs, the Electric Zoo Festival is poised to take over Labor Day weekend, briging hoards of EDM fans to Randall's Island for the event's seventh summer. The festival has become an unmissable attraction on the electronic-dance-music circuit, featuring a wide range of artists both top name and underground. Get on your dancing shoes and best festival clothing and enjoy the tunes.

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By: Vivienne van Vliet

Afropunk Festival

Afropunk Festival is an annual event that takes place in August at Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park (City Park). Over the course of a weekend, the outdoor summer music festival—which celebrates multicultural arts—hosts a wide array of well-known musical artists, as well as “BITES & BEATS” food trucks, live artworks and the SpinThrift Market. Additionally, Afropunk strives to raise multicultural awareness in New York City with its Activism Row initiative.

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By: Vivienne van Vliet

Drake & Future

There aren't much bigger names in hip-hop right now, and they're coming to The Garden on the Summer Sixteen Tour

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Billy Joel

This is your chance to see one of the All-Time Greats. Get your tickets today to see the legendary Billy Joel in concert.

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Jimmy Buffett

Grab your frozen cocktail and head back at the beach for another night of incredible music

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More events in August 2016

WWE: Summerslam

SummerSlam features the biggest stars of WWE including John Cena, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Alberto del Rio and more!*

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