August events calendar for kids in NYC

Make the most of your month with our spectacular August events calendar for kids! There's so much to do.

Photograph: Courtesy Wave Hill

Whoa! Is the last month of summer really here? Celebrate the rest of your kid's free time with this August events calendar for kids, which details all the great stuff you'll need to do ASAP. There's plenty to see and do, including great local street fairs and fests, Broadway in Bryant Park 2017, free summer movies for kids and other great stuff. 

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For even more great stuff, explore our list of the best summer activities for kids, cool carousels and kids' amusement parks

Featured events

Broadway in Bryant Park

No need to pay big bucks for a show! If you want to sample snippets of the best, stop by Bryant Park and give your kids a taste of hit Broadway and Off Broadway shows. This season’s offerings include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wicked, School of Rock, The Phantom of the Opera, Anastasia and more! P.S.: This is perfect for squirmy kids who can’t handle a full performance. All ages.

Thu Jul 20 - Thu Aug 10

Hudson RiverKids

Free family performances are happening all summer long at Piers 25 and 62 thanks to Hudson RiverKids (hosted by Hudson River Park)! See Kid Ace (May 22, 25 at 4pm), the Story Pirates (June 1 4pm, June 5 6:30pm), Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band (June 12, 15 at 6:30pm), Alastair Mook (June 19, 22 at 6:30pm) and many more including Tim Kubart, Rolie Polie Guacamole and Suzi Shelton, to name a few! See Hudson River Park's website for even more details. All ages.

Pier 62 , Chelsea Thursday July 19 2018 - Thursday September 13 2018

Jazz Age Lawn Party


Pack a picnic and swing into New York’s most sizzling throwback event of the season at Governors Island’s annual Prohibition-themed extravaganza. Top-notch musicians play toe-tapping jazz as dance instructors demonstrate the Lindy Hop and the Charleston. Vintage items—including flivvers and Tin Lizzies in the 1920s motorcar exhibit, plus gramophones—fit in seamlessly with the crowd (attendees dress for the occasion). Little ones can also get their kicks playing old- fashioned carnival games. It’s the bee’s knees. All ages.

Governors Island , Governors Island Saturday August 25 2018 - Sunday August 26 2018


Adam S

The Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest is fantastic. Some of the artists are out of this world and some of their creations are unbelievable!