New York events in August

Plan your month with our events calendar featuring St. Vincent, the Electric Zoo festival and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

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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.


Our August highlights

Smorgasburg

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park Main St, at Fulton Ferry Landing, 11201
  2. Sat May 24 - Sun Nov 23
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Billy Joel

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Madison Square Garden 4 Pennsylvania Plaza , between 31st and 33rd Sts, 10001
  2. Thu Aug 7 - Wed Sep 17
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SummerScreen

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. McCarren Park Bayard St to Nassau Ave, between Leonard and North 12 Sts
  2. Wed Jul 9 - Wed Aug 13
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The Monster Tour: Eminem x Rihanna

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. MetLife Stadium 102 Rte 120
  2. Sat Aug 16 - Sun Aug 17
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Guardians of the Galaxy

Following the blockbusting success of 'The Avengers', Marvel Films' sinister-sounding 'Phase 3' is about to swing into action, offering up some of the more obscure characters from their comic-book back catalogue to the ticket-buying public. First up its 'Guardians of the Galaxy', the simple tale of a rogue space pilot, a slinky green-skinned minx, a walking tree and a foulmouthed raccoon who team up to defeat the evil Thanos. Sure, it may sound bonkers, but that's sort of the point: now that they’ve sold the public on old-fashioned superheroes like Iron Man and Thor, the Marvel team are fully intent on pushing the boat out and making the kind of crazy action movies they’d love to see on the big screen. And we salute them for it.

"Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Like Robert Heinecken, Williams came out the West Coast as a photographer who deconstructed his medium through unconventional methods. In Williams's case, this has meant employing commercial photographers to create his works, images which dispassionately dismantle the mystique of the darkroom, the photographer's studio and the camera itself. The results often have the look of mid-century catalogs for photographic services and equipment.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Sat Aug 2 - Sun Nov 2
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The Maids

  • Price band: 4/4

A revival of this classic drama by Jean Genet—French master of perversity and power struggles—would normally not equal box-office gold. But this Sydney Theatre Company import stars the incomparable Cate Blanchett. The film star plays a domestic servant who dreams of the fancy life—and maybe knocking off her wealthy employer.

  1. New York City Center 131 W 55th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Wed Aug 6 - Sat Aug 16
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“Ai Weiwei: According to What?”

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The Brooklyn Museum’s Ai Weiwei retrospective has a before-and-after quality, befitting the artist’s career. Once a darling of Chinese officials, and codesigner of the “bird nest” stadium that was Beijing’s 2008 Olympics centerpiece, Ai became a vocal opponent of government policies, and in 2011, he was briefly imprisoned on charges of tax fraud. Now free, he’s no longer allowed to leave China. He’s still permitted to communicate with the outside world, however, and to produce works of art that, judging from the examples here (a large installation of ceramic crabs; a huge, undulating carpet of rebar salvaged from a schoolhouse destroyed by an earthquake), haven’t suffered from his travails in terms of scale or ambition.

  1. Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy, at Washington Ave
  2. Wed May 21 - Sun Aug 10
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Frank

Dazzlingly strange art rock pours out of Frank, both the movie, a dark comedy from Irish director Lenny Abrahamson, and the title character, a singer devoted to lyrics about random tufts of string and terrifying litanies that might have freaked out Joy Division's Ian Curtis.

  1. Opens August 22

"Masters of Disguise: The World of Camouflage"

  • Critics choice

Learn about how animals, from chameleons to toads, change their skin to fool predators and blend in with their surroundings—then see how the military co-opted the neat trick for battleships and uniforms.

  1. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pier 86, Twelfth Ave, at 46th St, 10036
  2. Tue May 20 - Sun Aug 24
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Buyer & Cellar

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Stars are to be wished upon, not touched. This is one of the lessons of Jonathan Tolins’s giddily funny solo play, Buyer & Cellar, which imagines an evolving pas de deux between Barbra Streisand and a gay employee at her California home.

  1. Barrow Street Theatre 27 Barrow St, at Seventh Ave South
  2. Tue May 20 - Sun Aug 31
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Coney Island Reggae Beach Party

  • Critics choice
  • Free

If you’re getting baked on the beach, time your sunbathing to coincide with Carter Van Pelt’s monthly skankathon, which welcomes local selectors and legends like Clive Chin and Sir Tommy. Stake out a spot on the sand and you’ll still be able to hear the ska, rocksteady, dub, lovers rock and early dancehall emanating from DJ Chanter’s booming speaker stack. Listen to Van Pelt’s Saturday show, Eastern Standard Time, on WKCR 89.9 FM (Sat 8am–noon) or follow @CarterVanPelt to get the latest information on guest DJs.

  1. Coney Island Boardwalk Boardwalk, at 10th St
  2. Sun May 25 - Sun Aug 31
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Rocky

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Every few years, a piece of stagecraft drops so many jaws and pops so many eyes, it becomes a Broadway insta-icon: The Phantom of the Opera’s glorious falling chandelier; the awe-inspiring march of animals in The Lion King’s “Circle of Life.” In recent years, the nonpareil has been green-skinned Elphaba levitating while hitting the high F in Wicked’s “Defying Gravity.” Add to that list the spectacular final bout in Rocky. The 20-minute closing coup (spoilers ahead) brings a section of the audience onto the stage, drops in jumbo screens, extends a boxing ring over the orchestra and puts on one hell of a fight before the bloodied guy gets the girl—bellowing her name, of course.

  1. Winter Garden Theatre 1634 Broadway, between 50th and 51st Sts
  2. Tue May 20 - Sun Nov 23
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Hey Queen!

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Sarah Jenny and Avory Agony serve up this monthly panqueer shindig, featuring ever-changing themes, performance art, DJs, go-go dancers, art installations and more.

  1. Littlefield 622 DeGraw St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Sat Jun 28 - Sat Dec 20
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Big Apple Ranch

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The weekly country-Western dance has been helping you spin your same-sex partners round and round for more than a decade now. Each week kicks off with lessons in two-step and line dancing, then continues with a soiree that calls beginners, experts and everyone in between to the floor.

  1. Dance Manhattan Studios 39 W 19th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, fifth floor
  2. Sat May 24 - Sat Dec 27
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Comedy at the Knitting Factory

  • Critics choice

The smooth and delightfully understated Hannibal Buress introduces fellow stand-ups.

  1. Knitting Factory 361 Metropolitan Ave, at Havemeyer St
  2. Sun May 25 - Sun Dec 28
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"13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World's Fair"

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

As one of the artists commissioned to make work for the 1964 World’s Fair, Andy Warhol, always the provocateur, plastered a sizable portion of the New York State Pavilion’s facade with enlarged mugshots of the city’s most wanted criminals from two years prior. The checkerboard of front and profile views was quickly painted over by the Fair’s more prudent officials, but months later, the wily Pop artist reproduced the silkscreens. Nine of them are now on view, just a five-minute walk from the scene of the scandal.

  1. Queens Museum Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, enter at 111th St and 49th Ave
  2. Wed May 21 - Sun Sep 7
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Night Train with Wyatt Cenac

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

This weekly offering, hosted with a cool head and a warm heart by former Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac, welcomes great young New York comics and noteworthy out-of-towners.

  1. Littlefield 622 DeGraw St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Mon May 19 - Mon Dec 29
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Radical Alphabet City Tour

  • Critics choice

Learn about the homegrown activism that has long been a part of Lower East Side and East Village culture. The tour visits the areas’ tenements, community gardens and historic sites, including Tompkins Square Park and the Christodora House.

  1. Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space 155 Ave C, between 9th and 10th Sts, 10009
  2. Sun May 25 - Sun Dec 28
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