New York City is a place that bustles with excitement all year long—but particularly during the summer. When the sun is out and the weather is warm, the city has an endless number of fun activities for both visitors and locals alike, and there are tons of things to do that will give you an authentic taste of a very unique NYC experience. If you plan to visit NYC in August, here are some of the best events that you should not miss.
Blues BBQ Festival
At Hudson River Park this August, you will find the Blues BBQ Festival, an annual event celebrating music and delicious eats. The event will happen on August 24, 2019, from 2 to 9 p.m., and attendees can hear live music from artists like Kevin Burt and AJ Ghent. The festival also has a big lineup of different restaurants and vendors, so wander through all of them and see which BBQ chef you think made the very best food. You can also sip a cold beer while you enjoy the event.
The Afropunk Festival happens each year in Brooklyn in August, and this year it is on August 24 and 25. The festival includes an extensive lineup of Afropunk musicians who will perform in Commodore Park. In addition to music, attendees can enjoy events like discussion panels, a battle of the bands, a Southern brunch, and a thrift and craft market. Purchase your tickets in advance to make sure you get into the festival.
Brighton Beach Street Fair Jubilee
The 43rd annual Brighton Jubilee will be on August 25, 2019. This annual street fair celebrates this remote neighborhood in Brooklyn, and neighborhood residents and visitors alike can enjoy wandering the streets and checking out local food, crafts, music, and more. The jubilee attracts more than 125,000 each year, and its mission is to bridge any communication gaps between New Yorkers by using the universal language of music. If you are visiting New York and you want an authentic taste of NYC neighborhood life and all of the different cultures that exist within the city limits, don’t miss this festival.
In August each year in NYC is the Topless Parade, an event that includes a parade where women are encouraged to proudly bare their chests while walking through the streets of Manhattan. The parade advocates for gender equality, and is held on Women’s Equality Day (August 26), the day that women were first granted the right to vote in 1920. Being topless is legal for anyone in NYC, but the NYPD protects the parade route, so expect a spirited and festive event that is safe for anyone attending or participating. The parade route is in Midtown, and it ends at Bryant Park.
Jazz Age Lawn Party
Step back in time at the Jazz Age Lawn Party, one of the best parties in NYC all summer. This event celebrates the Roarin’ 20s, and people get dressed up in costume to attend. It takes place on Governors Island, so you’ll take a boat to get there, and feel worlds away from the contemporary hustle and bustle of Manhattan once you arrive. The event has live jazz music for dancing, as well as delicious food and drinks. Make sure you buy tickets to this party in advance, since it is a beloved New York event and almost always sells out early!