NYC Insider Guide August Events Calendar

New York City Events August 2021 include the US Tennis Open, TD Five Boro Bike Tour, Shakespeare in the Park, the NY Auto Show, Restaurant Week and Springsteen on Broadway. Big sports events include Yankees vs Red Sox and Giants vs Pats (pre-season) and outdoor concerts include Guns & Roses, Lady Gaga, Dead & Co & Green Day.

In prior years, August events included tons of outdoor Summer Movie and Film Festivals, such as Central Park, Intrepid Museum and Bryant Park.

More NYC August 2021 things to do include the Giants, Jets, Yankees, Mets and NYCFC. New York City Events August 2021 are hot, hot, hot! Everyone is out of town, mostly at the beaches – Hamptons, Montauk, Fire Island and the Jersey Shore. The two great things for you are:
1) You’ll have the whole city to yourself, and
2) Everything is on sale!

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Top NYC August Events

  • US Tennis Open
  • NY Auto Show
  • TD Five Boro Bike Tour
  • Yankees vs Red Sox
  • Shakespeare in the Park
  • Springsteen on Broadway
  • ‘Three with a Pen’ Contemporary Art Exhibition
  • Outdoor Summer Concerts
  • Restaurant Week
  • Lincoln Center Restart Stages
  • Bryant Park Film Festival
  • Little Island’s August Festival
  • Summer Streets
  • Museums & Attractions are Open
  • Concerts & Live Music are BACK!
  • The Friends Experience

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U.S. Tennis Open 2021

Read the complete NYC Insider Guides to the US Tennis Open with discount tickets, hotel packages, schedule, seating chart and more!

US Tennis Open

August 30 – September 12, 2021
Thursday, July 15, 2021 @ 12pm

The US Tennis Open is one of my all time favorite events and in 2021, the tournament will allow 100% spectator capacity!! The Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is spectacular, and the crowd is always amazing. Make sure to catch the FREE Qualifying Rounds (not open to the public in 2021) to see the world’s greatest tennis players practice and compete free and head to Arthur Ashe Kids Day.

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US Tennis Open Hotels

The Best US Tennis Open Hotels include our cheap, budget and lesser known discount hotels along with Hotels near Grand Central, Penn Station and the NTC in Queens.

US Tennis Open Hotels

Part of the fun of traveling to the US Open is to see NYC, right? In that case, you’ll want to stay in hotels closest to the NYC public transportation that takes you there quickly. If you have a car to park, then a Queens hotel with a shuttle to the NTC might be best for you. Read the full guide: Best US Tennis Open hotels.

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Contemporary Art Exhibition NYC Three with a Pen

Contemporary Art Exhibition NYC Three with a Pen

March 11 - September 3, 2021
Free Admission, 7 days per week, 10am-6pm
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
11 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York is pleased to present "Three with a Pen: Lily Renée, Bil Spira, and Paul Peter Porges" featuring works by the three Jewish artists driven from their homes in Vienna after the German annexation of Austria, the so-called “Anschluss,” in 1938. The exhibition showcases examples of their signature work in comic books, New Yorker cartoons, Mad magazine spoofs, caricatures, portraiture, fashion design, advertising, and children’s books, among other formats. More Info: Contemporary Art Exhibition NYC Three with a Pen

Shakespeare in the Park 2021

Shakespeare in the Park NYC

July 5 – August 29, 2021
Delacorte Theater, Central Park

Every year, stars such as Meryl Streep, Al Pacino and James Earl Jones perform modern interpretations of various Shakespeare plays in Central Park at the 1,800 seat open-air theater and they are attended by over 80,000 people. In 2021, the Shakespeare in the Park play is Merry Wives.

NYC Insider Guide knows just how you can get tickets. Learn more at Shakespeare in the Park 2021

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Five Boro Bike Tour (by TD Bank)

NYC Five Boro Bike Tour

August 22, 2021
(usually the first Sunday in May)

Watch or ride with over 32,000 cyclists spinning 42 miles through all five NYC boroughs, ending in Staten Island, where a fun outdoor Festival awaits. See bike demos, a mountain bike stunt show, food, product samples, massage and more.

More Info: www.bike.nyc

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New York City Hotels with Pools

While a few of our hotels with pools are family-friendly, most are adult party zones with skyline views, cocktails, private cabanas and summer long pool parties. We highlight more than 10 family-friendly and adults-only hotel pools, many with day-pass availability for NYC locals.

New York City Hotels with Pools

Since most are indoor/outoor and heated, anytime of year is a great time to check into one of our New York City Hotels with Pools.

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Sports New York City Events August

Make sure to add a NYC Game Day to your NYC vacation – it’s an absolute MUST in NYC! Head to Yankee Stadium to grab a hot dog and cheer on the Yankees or NYCFC or head to baseball’s nicest stadium, Citi Field, to cheer on the Mets. The sports atmosphere in New York is exhilarating year round and some of the most intense competition is within our own rivalries!

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Springsteen on Broadway

Springsteen on Broadway - The BOSS is back!

Bruce Springsteen made his Broadway debut Fall 2017 with “Springsteen on Broadway,” a solo show, and it was THE hottest ticket in NYC. Now, Bruce Springsteen will return to Broadway in 2021 for a limited run of Springsteen on Broadway performances at The St. James Theatre. Shows begin Saturday June 26, with additional performances taking place through September 4. Seatgeek is the show's official ticketing provider.

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NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2021

NYC Summer Restaurant Week

July 19–August 22, 2021. Reservations Open July 12th

A three-course dinner at the best restaurants in New York for $42? Sign me up! One of my favorite times of the year. I love a good bargain almost as much as I love good food. It almost feels like you’re stealing..only you’re not.

Read more on Restaurant Week New York City and also check out French Restaurant Week July TBD, 2021.

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NYC Hotels with Free Bicycles

If had to pick my FAVORITE way to explore NYC, it would be on bicycle! Don't miss out on your choice of NYC hotels with free bicycles, allowing you to explore hidden nooks of NYC you can't see any other way. Some of our top value picks include:

NYC Hotels with Free Bicycles

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New York City International Auto Show

New York International Auto Show

Fri Aug 20 – Sun, Aug 29, 2021
Tickets $15 Adult, $6 Child

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
(11th/12th Aves, 34th/ 39th St)

Neighborhood Guide: Midtown West

Check out concept and future vehicles, ultra luxury sports cars and more. With their cool, new iPhone app, the Auto Show is better than ever. They were the first and largest attended Auto Show in North America, and one of the most popular events in New York City each year, receiving over one million visitors during its 10-day run. Filling the Javits Center with over 1,000 vehicles from major auto manufacturers and more, it is a must see for all auto enthusiasts.

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NYC Insider Print Map and Guide to Manhattan

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100 Free Things to Do in New York in Summer

Free Things to Do in New York in Summer

Free things to do in New York in Summer are everywhere, every day and every night! Kids, adults, outdoors, indoors, active, lazy…you name it! Free summer activities in NYC include concerts, movies, sports and fitness, arts and culture, museums, tours. So whether you want free tennis, an outdoor concert, a movie under the stars or free opera outdoors in the park, we have you covered with over 100 FREE things to do in NYC this summer.

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The Beast is Back in 2021

Locals and visitors alike absolutely LOVE the Beast Speedboat ride. Revel in up close views of the financial district, Empire State Building, World Trade Center, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Brooklyn Bridge, South Street Seaport and more, without ever leaving the water. We'll try not to spoil the surprise, but let's just say don't bring anything that can't get wet:)

Beast Speedboat Ride NYC

May 27 - Sept 26, 2021, 10:00 am–6:00 pm, every hour on the hour, 30 minute ride

Lincoln Center Restart Stages

Lincoln Center Restart Stages

Summer 2021

Lincoln Center Restart Stages is a collaboration that reimagines public space to create 10 outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces, helping to kickstart the performing arts sector and New York City’s revival. Restart Stages will feature free and low-cost events by organizations, including Lincoln Center’s resident companies.

Enjoy a concert and cabaret series by Lincoln Center Theater, film screenings from Film at Lincoln Center, dance workshops from New York City Ballet, and performances by the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Harlem Week and the Harlem Arts Alliance, Korean Cultural Center New York, Weeksville Heritage Center and many more. All offerings will occur outdoors with safety protocols in place for artists, audiences and staff.

More Info: Lincoln Center Restart Stages

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NY Pops Up

NY Pops Up 2021 Festival

February 20 - Labor Day, 2021

NY Pops Up is a new in 2021 festival programmed by artists, with artists, for the public and set to feature hundreds of performances, many of which will be open to the public free of charge. The catch? Most performances will not be announced in advance - prepare to be spontaneously surprised across NYC all spring and summer.

The Festival will reach its climax with the 20th Anniversary of the Tribeca Film Festival (June 9-20, 2021) and The Festival at Little Island at Pier 55, bringing the total number of performances to more than 1,000.

Confirmed artists include Hugh Jackman, Renée Fleming, Amy Schumer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Alec Baldwin, Mandy Patinkin, Gavin Creel, Billy Porter, Jonathan Groff, Savion Glover, Kelli O’Hara, Danielle Brooks, Idina Menzel, Sutton Foster, Jessie Mueller and many more.

More Info: NY Pops Up

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Little Island NYC Opens Spring 2021

Little Island NYC

Opens May 21, 2021
Pier 55 & Hudson River Park Greenway, NY 10014
Roughly 14th St, West of Chelsea Market

NYC’s new Little Island in the Hudson River resembles a leaf floating on water with a base of tulip-shaped pots and will offer seating lawns, gentle slopes, winding pathways leading to dazzling views, and a variety of spaces for performances, play rest and relaxation. The island is open 6am-1am daily, but you must reserve your free spot if visiting 12:00- 8:00 pm daily.

Perform in the Park, Events in the Amph ++
June - September 2021
Little Island offers a diverse mix of programs, experiences, shows and events. The majority of events in the park will be presented free or at a low cost, to create an environment that is inclusive and welcoming to visitors of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Little Island's August Festival (August 11 - September 5, 2021) celebrates NYC’s wonderful mix of cultures reflected in four weeks of adventurous, free live performances, including dance, music, poetry, comedy shows, surprising collaborations and new commissions, with over 35 free performances in The Amph.

More Info: Little Island

Friends Experience NYC

Friends Pop Up NYC

March 17- September 6th, 2021
130 East 23rd St (23rd @ Lex)

After a successful Friends Pop Up in SoHo last year, the new Friends Experiece is back with two floors of set recreations, including Monica and Rachel’s apartment, dozens of new photo opportunities, and you’ll even be able to poke Ugly Naked Guy (6 feet apart and "Monica Clean").

More Info: Friends Experience NYC

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August Broadway Show Picks

Broadway is back in September!!!!!!!

Full List of Broadway Shows and Discount Broadway Tickets

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Continuing New York City Events August

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NYC Concerts Shows August 2021

Most shows this year are rescheduled events from 2020 and may have some restricted guidelines.

August New York City Shows and Concerts

See All: NYC Concerts Shows August

Summer Concert Series Schedules

(May – September)

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Annual Central Park Film Festival FREE

Central Park Film Festival

TBD 2021

© Photo Central Park Conservancy

Every year in August, Central Park hosts a week of evening film screenings in the landscape just north of Sheep Meadow and south of the 72nd St. Cross Drive. Attending the Central Park Film Festival is free, the gates open at 6:30pm and movies start at 8pm. Make sure to bring your picnic and blanket!

2019 Central Park Movie Lineup:

  • August 13 – Back to the Future (PG)
  • August 14 – Moonstruck (PG)
  • August 15 – Black Panther (PG-13)

More Outdoor Movies NYC

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Central Park NY Hotels

These are NYC Insider hand picked hotels that are not just “near” Central Park, as most NYC hotels claim to be…but on the Park itself, either Central Park South, Central Park West or Fifth Ave. Many other hotels are nearby, or within a few blocks, but these are the closest, and all offer Park views from select rooms.

Central Park NY Hotels

Some of our top value picks near Central Park include:

See the Insider Guide for dozens more Central Park NY Hotels and download our free Central Park map at Central Park NY Guide

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Metropolitan Opera – Summer HD Festival FREE

Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival

TBD 2021

The popular Summer HD Festival returns for their 11th year, presenting ten performances from the company’s acclaimed Live in HD series of movie-theater transmissions on Lincoln Center Plaza. No tickets are required for the festival in NYC. More than 2,800 seats are available each night, plus space for overflow crowds on the plaza.

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Summer Streets New York City

Summer Streets New York City

Saturdays, August 7 & 14, 2021, 7am to 1pm

The first 3 Saturdays (2 in 2021) every August from 7am to 1pm, nearly seven miles of NYC’s streets are closed to traffic and opened for people to play, run, walk and bike. You can walk, bike, run and blade directly from Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge along Park Avenue. There’s tons of free activities and exhibits along the way, free exercise classes, food vendors and much more. Summer Streets is a true NYC experience!

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Save Big on Things to do in New York City

New York City Coupons and Discounts are available for almost everything one can do in NYC: concerts, shows, Broadway, sports, events, tours, attractions, beauty and spa and much more! See All: Insider Guide to ALL our NYC Coupons

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Walk, Bike, Bus, Blade or Fly Over NYC?

Tourist Attractions Empire State Building

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Giants & Jets MetLife Schedule 2021

New York Giants Tickets

MetLife Stadium will operate at full capacity for the 2021 season!!!!! Ready to see the Giants and catch our newest star recruit, Saquon Barkley? Perhaps you'd rather see football's newest stars on the Jets roster? Either way, there's nothing like a traditional American football game, so head on out to MetLife Stadium, where tickets start at just $40 per game!

NY Giants & Jets Schedule – Home Games August

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New York Yankees Schedule

New York Yankees Tickets

The New York Yankees, 27-Time World Series Champions, and likely the most simultaneously loved and hated team in baseball, return to Yankee Stadium with our newest star recruit, pitcher Gerrit Cole. There are few things in NYC better than a Yankee game, an old-fashioned hot dog and a beer.

NY Yankees Schedule – Home Games August

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New York Mets Schedule

New York Mets Tickets

Catch NYC's National baseball team in action at the amazing Citi Field, one of baseball's nicest stadiums. Tickets are easy to get and the Mets are an easy 30 minute subway from Times Square or Grand Central. Grab a burger from Shake Shack and get ready to see some baseball action.

NY Mets Schedule – Home Games August

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Things to Do in NYC by Month

Our Event Calendars show you exactly which events occur by day, but our Things to Do monthly guides highlight seasonal tours, bike rides, best time for boat cruises, when to buy tickets, the biggest sales and all the optimal times to do activities by month. Check out our Monthly Things to do in NYC Guides.

Things to do in NYC by Month

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