NYC events in August 2018

Plan your month with the best NYC events in August 2018 including the Jazz Age Lawn Party, street fairs and more

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Get ready to use our NYC events in August calendar as your guide for ending the summer with a bang! Now that we’re stuck in a heat dome, now’s the time to take advantage of New York beaches before they close for swimming next month. There are many more things to do outside this month, like incredible summer concerts, festivals and delicious alfresco food and drink opportunities too. And use August as your last change to take advantage of all the outdoor movies at the best NYC parks. This is the last full-month of summer—make it count!

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Featured NYC events in August 2018

Jazz Age Lawn Party

The Jazz Age Lawn Party 2018 is a spectacular summer tradition on gorgeous Governors Island. Step onto the ferry, and back in time, with thousands of others dressed to the 1920s nines and enjoy music from Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra, learn the Charleston and sip on cocktails in the sunshine.

By: Jennifer Picht

The U.S. Open tennis tournament

For two weeks, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park will be the tennis capital of the world for the U.S. Open tennis tournament. 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 2018

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 (including some of the biggest hip-hop 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.

By: Andrew Frisicano

Shakespeare in the Park

Created by the late Joseph Papp in 1962, the Public Theater’s series offers free, large-scale productions of works by William Shakespeare (as well as the occasional musical or non-Shakespearean drama). The productions often feature some of the most talented actors of our day. Past casts have included including Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Al Pacino, Blythe Danner, Philip Seymour Hoffman, George C. Scott and Denzel Washington.

By: Adam Feldman

Music events in August 2018

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue + Galatic + Preservation Hall Jazz Band + New Breed Brass Band

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews grew up playing alongside New Orleans' nimblest brass men. Now he's developed into one of the Big Easy's best, playing trumpet and composing, as well as continuing with the ’bone. For all his refinement, his powerhouse band, Orleans Avenue, pumps out the raw grooves for maximum ass-moving. At this Voodoo Threauxdown the group is joined by a legion of funky cohorts including the Meters' Cyril Neville, singer-guitarist Walter “Wolfman” Washington and trumpeter Kermit Ruffins.

Central Park, Rumsey Playfield , Central Park Wednesday August 8 2018

Dark Star Orchestra

To call Dark Star Orchestra a Grateful Dead tribute band doesn't quite capture the depth of its obsession with the classic outfit. DSO copies its heroes (and recently spin-offs like Jerry Garcia Band) down to the set list. On the road since 1997, the band has surpassed the number of gigs the original Dead itself played, so there's no question as to these guys' road credentials.

Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk , Coney Island Friday August 10 2018

Beach House

Delectably dreamy Baltimore duo Beach House, comprised of guitarist Alex Scally and husky-voiced singer Victoria LeGrand, are masters of lush-yet-intimate synthscapes. The group's brand of electronic relaxation, which it's been honing since 2006, returns this year with 7, its aptly titled seventh full-length that adds a jagged edge to its synthy pastures.

United Palace Theatre , Washington Heights Wednesday August 22 2018 - Thursday August 23 2018

Aug 25, 26: Afropunk Festival

Like the rest of this globe-spanning, fashionable festival franchise, the original Brooklyn edition is a celebration of forward-thinking black music that’s come to span genres far outside punk. This year’s bill is a doozy, including soul singer Erykah Badu, rapper Tyler the Creator, pop visionary Janelle Monáe and much more.

By: Andrew Frisicano
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Join us on Saturday, August 13, for the final Mana BSMT Party of the summer! Mana BSMT Resident Amy Khoshbin will curate the programming, featuring an excerpt from her ongoing performance/video series,The Myth of Layla, which will be on view at Mana this fall, opening September 25. Additional programs include Subtle Bodies: Astral Sketches by Phoebe; Mirage, Aug. 13th 2016, a sound performance by Michael Clemow; Mother in All Your Disguises, a short film screening by Yuliya Tsukerman; and a DJ set by Cody Ranaldo.

About Mana BSMT

The Mana BSMT is a collaborative environment that combines artist-driven programming with studios and workspace. It is also home to two residency programs: the Mana Residencies, directed by curators Ysabel Pinyol and Karline Moeller, and the new Mana BSMT Residency.

The Mana BSMT Residency invites artist-curators to assemble a group of artists to work in the open-plan studio space in Mana’s basement. Participants are encouraged to curate their own programming, shaping the collaborative culture of the BSMT. They receive access to shared resources on the Mana campus, and are introduced to the many artists, gallerists, collectors, and curators who are part of the Mana community.

Free admission with RSVP:

Mary Louise G

FREE EVENT on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 --- the Mae West Birthday Tribute at Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10011; library phone: 212-243-4334. Lots of fun + also free refreshments. 

No admission charge but reservations are suggested.