A Gust of Fun August Guide: A Dragon Boat Festival, Live Dance Battle and Horror Films 🚣👯‍♂️👻

This August is brimming with sun and no shortage of events throughout the city. Active bodies can attend a festival centered on Unicycles a try to ride one. Those seeking enchantment and entertainment can watch numerous dance showcases from all different disciplines or listen to musical performances from musicians and vocalists. There are also large expos and outdoor film screenings perfect for those flying solo who’d like to watch a movie or purchase some art.

August 1st

Hip Hop Film Festival (2037 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan @ different showtimes)

This festival is more than just a collection of movies about hip-hop. Thanks to a collective of creators that were selected due to their immersion in the culture of hip-hop, the event is culturally significant. The filmmakers and other's parts of the festival are credited with a certain authenticity that allows them to paint visions and share narratives that impact the scope of hip-hop and the way it is perceived by others. Grab tickets or event passes for different days the fest takes place before they’re gone!

August 2nd

Harlem Week (163 W 125th Street, Manhattan @ 5 PM)


With categories such as Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Havana, Broadway, and Memphis, the Harlem week performances cover numerous musical divisions. Harlem’s diversity shines bright during each night as performers of different styles take the stage. This concert is totally free and you can enjoy any show on the calendar by simply showing up prepared to jam.

August 3rd

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival (Meadow Lake, Queens @ 9 AM)


As per the annual summer tradition, crowds can head over to Flushing Meadows Park in Queens to spectate. The Hong Kong Dragon Boat festival fills the Meadow Lake with colorful boats and athletic racers annually. It is an exciting race to the finish line in a scenic setting. The park provides plenty of green space for a picnic before or after the races so you can make a day of the festivities!

August 5th

Ecofest (136th West 70th Street, Manhattan @ 10 AM)


Learn about climate change and action while making new friends at Ecofest 2019. The event is centered on environmental awareness and preventative measures to protect the environment. Like-Minded individuals will fill the streets allowing for intelligent discourse and mingling. It is a great opportunity to learn something new and make your impact greener or teach someone else something crucial.

August 7th

Accordions Around The World (The Lawn, Bryant Park @ 5:30 PM)


Although it may seem obscure to some, the instrument known as the accordion has a reach across the globe. Many cultures and musical traditions have adapted the instrument and its sound to fit their own sonic elements. With accordions of different sizes, styles, and pitches the series is sure to astonish listeners. Those interested can attend one of the live concerts scheduled or all of them to note the intricacies in each performance.

August 9th

City Farm Presents Natalie Prass (238 36th Street, Brooklyn @ 7:30 PM)

The City Farm series is bringing audiences intimate performances from musically recognized artists and this installment features Natalie Prass. The artist was first praised in her 2015 album release, called both refined yet robust. Lyrics concerning feminism and freedom received popular reception from listeners earning her respect in the industry.

August 10th

Summer Streets (Different zones @ 7 AM)

Imagine a city with empty streets. There are no noisy cabs sidelining delivery trucks or frantic vehicles slowing down foot traffic with their road rage and fumes. This is a reality for one day only and within the 7 miles of limitations marked by Summer Streets. New Yorkers are encouraged to get out and get active on foot, bike, board or blades within designated zones.

August 11th

Drive East (502 West 53rd Street, Manhattan @ different showtimes)


The Drive East event from Navatman is a cultural celebration meant to educate audiences on Classical music traditions from India. Navatman Inc has received attention for the work it’s done in all of their divisions to preserve and refine the modern displays of Indian arts. This concert series is a testament to their work, delivering authentic music and dance numbers in traditional costume with traditional instruments.

August 14th

Battle Dance Festival (Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park, Manhattan @ 7 PM)


Step Up films can step aside because a professional public dance series is actually coming to NYC. The public event known as the Battery Dance Festival is returning for its 38th time, providing an adrenaline-filled line up of professional dancers at Robert F. Wagner Jr. park. The full lineup is available on their site detailing dancers expected and their styles.

August 16th

Scary Movies At Lincoln Center (165 W. 65th Street, Manhattan @ different showtimes)


The 11th edition of horror films at Lincoln Center, Scary Movies Xl, is reminding us that Autumn is just around the corner. Of all of the things that make horror worthwhile, it's the being creepy and eerie which are fundamental. Since fear is timeless we’re getting started a little early. Watch a supreme line up of screenings from the horror genre that dabble in comedy, theatre, drama and gothic film. Refer to website for exact showtimes and locations.

August 17th

Honey Weekend (675 West 252 Street, Bronx @ 10 AM)


Celebrate the bees and the nectar they create with Honey Weekend. The awareness event prizes the bees, their role in the ecosystem as well as their struggles with endangerment. Learn about the honey-making process, health benefits of honey and the different kinds such as raw. There will be activities scheduled and vendors to explore.

August 18th

India Day Parade (37-05 74th Street, Queens @ 11 AM)


The largest celebration of music, arts, dance and culture from India is back for its 39th year. The India Day Parade will feature vendors selling authentic bites from Indian cuisine, refreshing beverages and sweets. The programming includes live musical performances and dance numbers as well as giveaways and other entertainment.

August 22nd

Indie Beauty Expo (711 12th Avenue, Manhattan @ 9 AM)

The largest Indie Beauty Expo in NYC is returning and giving beauty gurus, influencers, bloggers, and MUA’s a chance to learn about new products. The independent brand vendors offer visitors a rare first look at new products as well as testings and samples. Attendees can network with ambassadors as a professional or just inquire as makeup lovers looking for new beauty brands.

August 24th

Blues & BBQ Fest (Pier 97th at West 59th Street, Manhattan @ 2 PM)