NYC Insider Guide August Events Calendar

New York City Events August 2018 include the US Tennis Open and lots of outdoor Summer Movie and Film Festivals, such as Central Park, Intrepid Museum and Bryant Park. Concerts: Beyonce & Jay Z, Billy Joel, Jason Mraz, Kenny Chesney, Smashing Pumpkins and more.

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Top NYC August Events

  • US Tennis Open
  • Met Museum Roof Martini Bar
  • Beyonce & Jay Z, Billy Joel in concert
  • Restaurant Week NYC
  • Central Park Film Festival
  • Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival
  • NY Giants, Jets, Yankees, Mets
  • Shakespeare in the Park
  • Battery Dance Festival
  • Free NYC Museum Admission for Military
  • Good Morning America Summer Concerts
  • TODAY Show Summer Concerts

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U.S. Tennis Open 2018

US Tennis Open

August 27 to September 9, 2018
Tickets on Sale in June

The US Tennis Open is one of my all time favorite sports events. The Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is spectacular, and the crowd is always amazing. Make sure to catch the FREE Qualifying Rounds to see the world’s greatest tennis players practice and compete free and head to Arthur Ashe Kids Day.

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

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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

  • Fairfield Inn New York LaGuardia – Free parking, free shuttle to US Open, free shuttle to 7 train
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott – Queens Hotel with free US Open shuttle
  • Stewart Hotel – right next to Penn Station

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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NYC Concerts Shows August 2018

August New York City Shows and Concerts

See All: NYC Concerts Shows August – Phish, Earth Wind & Fire, Mary J. Blige, Marc Anthony, Blondie, The Beach Boys, Good Morning America Summer Concert Series, Today Show Summer Concert Series, Jones Beach, Central Park Summerstage, Coney Island Boardwalk, Forest Hills and more.

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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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Find the BEST NYC Sightseeing Pass!

Get savings coupons and find the best New York City Pass Discounts for your NYC vacation. Unbiased reviews of the New York City Sightseeing Passes. Which is the BEST – New York City Explorer Pass, New York Pass or New York City Pass?

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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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August Broadway Show Picks

Check out our newest Broadway Shows and top NYC Insider Picks for August!

The Band's Visit Broadway Musical

The Band's Visit Broadway Musical - 2018 TONY Award Winner

Huge Off-Broadway Hit. After a mix-up at the border, an Egyptian Police Band is sent to a remote village in the desert of Israel instead of their original destination. When the locals take them in for the night, their lives intertwine in the most unexpected ways. Closing April 7, 2019

Hello Dolly Bette Midler on Broadway

Hello, Dolly! – Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce (July 17 – August 25)

Hello, Dolly! tells the story of an outspoken matchmaker, Dolly Gallagher, who lands in New York City and is on the lookout for a possible wife for a well-known and very rich millionaire, Horace Vandergelder. The trouble is, she just may want to marry the rich man herself! Closing August 25th.

Head Over Heels Broadway Musical

Head Over Heels Broadway Musical

Head Over Heels is the bold and fierce new musical comedy celebration of love in all its infinite varieties, told through the story of a royal family that must embark on an extravagant journey to save their beloved kingdom. Set to the iconic music of the 1980's all-female rock band The Go-Go's, it includes the hit songs “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation,” “Heaven is a Place on Earth,” and many more! Closed January 6, 2019

Donna Summer Broadway Musical

She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn’t know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era. Summer features a score with more than 20 of Summer's classic hits including “Love to Love You, Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff.” Closing December 30, 2018

Full List of Broadway Shows and Discount Broadway Tickets

Celebrities on Broadway

Plaza Suite Comedy Play

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NYC Boat Tours Cruises

NYC Boat tours cruises are one of my FAVORITE things to do in NYC. There are no better views of our skyline than from the water and year-round, you can cruise with brunch, champagne, general sightseeing, dinner, booze, jazz, sailboat, speedboat, holiday, romantic. With so many boat cruise choices, here are our top picks by category:

See all our Top Picks: NYC Boat Tours Cruises

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Annual Central Park Film Festival FREE

Central Park Film Festival

August 14-17, 2018

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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!

2018 Central Park Movie Lineup:

  • August 14 – Hair (1979, PG)
  • August 15 – Crooklyn (1994, PG-13)
  • August 16 – Dr. Strangelove (1964, PG)
  • August 17 – The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984, G)

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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

August 24 – September 3, 2018

The popular Summer HD Festival returns for their tenth (2018) year, presenting ten performances from the company’s acclaimed Live in HD series of movie-theater transmissions. The Met is collaborating with the Film Society of Lincoln Center to open the festival with an opera-related Hollywood film. No tickets are required for the festival. More than 3,100 seats will be 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

The first 3 Saturdays 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 alone 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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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.

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