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What’s Happening in NYC in August

Looking for fun things to do in New York City in August? The best events will take you off the scorching streets and transport you to far-flung locales, like the 26th annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, which for two days transforms Queens into classic China. And in Governors Island, a much-loved lawn party transports guests to the Jazz Age. Whether you’re a local looking for an unforgettable experience or a tourist traveling to NYC for the first time, these are the five can’t-miss events in NYC in August.

NYC in August 2017

NYC Restaurant Week – Through August 18

New York City’s summertime Restaurant Week continues into August with affordable prix-fixe menus designed exclusively for the occasion. The semi-annual event is your opportunity to experience the city’s most high-end restaurants for a fraction of the cost. Consider making a lunch or dinner reservation during the week at Wallsé, Jean-Georges, or Café Boulud.

Central Park Conservancy Film Festival – August 21 – August 26

Catch free screenings of favorite films (last year’s line-up included family-friendly flicks Stuart Little and School of Rock, as well as classic from the 1980s: Tootsie, Desperately Seeking Susan, and The Last Dragon) at Marcus Garvey Park amphitheater and Central Park, by Sheep Meadow. Guests can enjoy live music while waiting for the movie to begin.

Jazz Age Lawn Party – August 26 and 27

Break out your best prohibition-era garb during this annual, two-day celebration on Governors Island. Guests will hear performances by founder Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra, Queen Esther, and The Dreamland Follies, among others. In addition to two days of Hot Jazz music, the Jazz Age Lawn Party hosts dance lessons and contests (so brush up on your Charleston), vintage vendors, a motorcar exhibit featuring 1920s Tin Lizzies, croquet, and other themed activities.

U.S. Open – August 28 – September 12

See the world’s finest tennis players compete at the U.S. Open, which begins this year on August 28. Tickets start at $60, and will give you the opportunity to watch world class athletes like up-and-coming Daniil Medvedev or Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller.

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival – August 12 and 13

It’s worth the trek to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park for the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival on August 12 and 13. Watch nearly 200 teams race long boats on the lake while celebrating Chinese culture with live music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, and excellent Chinese snacks (steamed dumplings and Yangzhou fried rice, for example).

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