Your New York City August Event Guide

Updated: Aug 5, 2021

To help you make the most of your summer, here are 31 August events--one for each day of the month--happening in and around New York City.

Lincoln Center will host Brian Stokes Mitchell's concert, "Out with the Old, In with the New," on August 12

See Wangari Fahari at the Harlem Meer Performance Festival August 1, Harlem Kenyan singer Wangari Fahari, who was mentored by both Joan Baez and Miriam Makes, will perform at Central Park’s Harlem Meer.

Paint Watercolors at Bridge Gardens in the Hamptons

August 2, Bridgehampton

Learn to use watercolor gouache to capture the beauty of Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton during this art workshop.

Celebrate Latinx Art at El Museo del Barrio

August 3, East Harlem

El Museo del Barrio presents "Nuestra Mesa," a celebration of Latinx art that will include cocktails, a private exhibition viewing, and a special dinner.

Enjoy Music Outdoors

August 4, Flatiron

Listen to performances by members of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect as you experience Maya Lin’s “Ghost Forest” exhibition.

Experience the Cab Calloway Orchestra

August 5, Astoria

The Cab Calloway Orchestra, directed by Cab’s grandson C. Calloway Brooks, will perform at Astoria Park.

Attend the Southampton Rose Society Cocktail Party

August 6, Southampton

Enjoy cocktails and a silent auction in a garden setting during this fundraising event for the Southampton Rose Society.

See the Warm Up Music Series Live

August 7, Long Island City

Back for its 24th season, MoMA PS1’s “Warm Up” will feature outdoor musical performances on three consecutive Saturdays in August.

Enjoy the Met Opera Summer Recital

August 8, Central Park

Head to Central Park’s Summerstage for an evening of arias and duets by the Metropolitan Opera.

Learn to Make Pottery like a Pro

August 9, Bed-Stuy

Learn the basics of pottery making during this Artshack Brooklyn class.

See Classic and Fan-Favorite Films Weekly

August 10, Meatpacking District From “Cabaret” to “Clueless,” enjoy outdoor movie screenings at The Standard.

Brooklyn Grange, located in Sunset Park, will debut a unique food pop-up on August 15

Visit the August Festival at Little Island

August 11, Midtown West

The newly built Little Island will host a four-week festival of music, dance, poetry, and comedy performances.

See Brian Stokes Mitchell at Lincoln Center

August 12, Upper West Side

Brian Stokes Mitchell returns to Lincoln Center for "Out with the Old, In with the New," an evening of Broadway and contemporary numbers.

Enjoy Midsummer Weekend in Water Mill

August 13, Water Mill

Enjoy a weekend of festivities, including a dance and dinner, presented by the Parrish Art Museum.

Get Ready to Dance at the Jazz Age Lawn Party

August 14, Governors Island

Find yourself transported to the Roaring Twenties when you attend this lawn party in your best period garb.

Sample New American fare with Chef Alex Harris

August 15, Sunset Park

Enjoy a rooftop food-and-drink pop-up at Brooklyn Grange, featuring New American fare by chef Alex Harris of the non-profit Emma’s Torch.

Learn the Essentials of Thai Cooking

August 16, Battery Park

Learn how to make summer rolls, satay with peanut sauce, pad Thai, and yellow chicken curry at this Institute of Culinary Education class.

See the BAAND Together Dance Festival

August 17, Upper West Side

New York’s premier dance companies—including the New York City Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater—will come together on one stage.

Step Into Nature's Stillness

August 18, Hudson

See this installation by David McIntyre and consider your relationship with nature at the Greenport Conservation Area in Hudson.

Drink and Draw: The Slipstream with Nona Faustine

August 19, Prospect Heights

Spend an evening at the Brooklyn Museum’s backyard beer garden, where you will sketch live models and experiment with materials.

Commemorate the Legends of 80's Hip Hop

August 20, East Harlem

Celebrate ‘80s hip hop with live DJ sets, specialty cocktails, and a visit to the Museum of the City of New York’s “New York, New Music” exhibition.

Emile Bocian will showcase photographs of Chinatown from the 70s and 80s in a SOHO gallery exhibition on August 24

Experience Jazz at the Morris Jumel Mansion

August 21, Washington Heights

Local jazz legend Marjorie Eliot and a lineup of talented musicians will play outdoors at the mansion on two consecutive days.

Indulge in the Taste of Two Forks

August 22, Water Mill

This popular Hamptons event returns for its 10th year to celebrate the North and South Forks’ restaurant scene.

Visit Shapes From Out of Nowhere -- A Ceramic Exhibition

August 23, Midtown East

See 125 modern and contemporary ceramics by various artists at this Met exhibition, which closes soon.

Explore Emile Bocian's Work in Chinatown

August 24, SoHo

See Chinatown in the 1970s and 1980s through the eyes of photographer Emile Bocian, born to eastern European Jewish parents.

Attend a Sunset Yoga Session

August 25, Upper West Side

End your day with a sunset Hatha yoga session at Riverside Park South.

Learn about the Art of Crafting

August 26, Midtown West

This Museum of Arts and Design exhibition places a spotlight on craft, featuring more than 70 works in the genre.

Roll Your Own Sushi August 27, Chelsea

Learn how to make sushi in this hands-on cooking class at CocuSocial. You will be making a California roll, spicy salmon roll, and vegetabGle roll.

See the Official Obama Portraits

August 28, Prospect Heights

Celebrate the arrival of the official portraits of the former President and First Lady at the Brooklyn Museum with live music and poetry, as well as art-making and food vendors.

Enjoy Broadway Classics at the Elsie Fest

August 29, Park Slope

Prepare for the September reopening of Broadway with this outdoor music festival featuring a stellar lineup of stars.

Experience Shigeko Kubota: Liquid Reality

August 30, Midtown West

This new MoMA exhibition presents six works of “video sculpture” by Kubota, who was a Japanese video artist and avant-garde performance artist.

Attend the Hampton Classic

August 31, Bridgehampton

One of the largest outdoor horse shows in the country, the Hampton Classic will include nine days of exciting competition and fun activities for spectators.

Visit BHS Now at the start of each month for a fresh calendar of new and exciting events throughout the city.

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