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Discover the Best Events in New York City this August

July 31 2023

As we move into August, summer in New York reaches its peak, and the city transforms into a vibrant playground for children and adults alike. Whether you’re looking for live music, festivals, or a simple picnic in the park, New York offers a wide variety of things to do all month long – for residents and visitors.

Broadway Under the Stars

Love the theater and looking for a unique Broadway experience in the city? Broadway Under the Stars promises just that. Throughout August, a series of open-air theater productions take place across New York’s most popular parks. Bring your blankets, a good selection of snacks, and your favorite bottle of wine for a night of world-class performances right under the stars. With a range of productions available – from timeless classics to modern hits – there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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Food Festivals

Summer and food festivals go hand in hand – and as a culinary hub, food festivals in New York are some of the best in the country. Being a multicultural city, the culinary options are endless. Whether you’re looking for gourmet dishes or cheap street eats, there is something for everyone’s palette. You can find a full list of upcoming food festivals taking place in the city here.

Summer Streets

Imagine New York – but without the traffic. On three Saturdays in August, the popular “Summer Streets” event will see the city close some of the major roads to cars – allowing pedestrians, cyclists, rollerbladers, and skateboarders to make the most of the city streets. Head down to the closed areas to experience New York without the constant noise that city traffic brings.

Film Screenings Under the Moonlight

What’s more romantic than an alfresco movie in the park? If you’re looking for the ultimate date night idea when you’re in New York – don’t miss the moonlight movie screenings. Grab some popcorn from your local supermarket, a couple of beers, and your favorite picnic ingredients, before heading down to one of the showings. You can find a full list of all movies and locations this August here.

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Coney Island – New York’s Beach

What is summer without the beach? While it might be hard to believe, New York is home to many beautiful beaches, and some are less than an hour from the city – including Coney Island. The summer playground for New Yorkers is a must-see if you’re in the city this summer. From long sandy beaches to theme park rides and great street food to a variety of performances and events – there is no excuse not to visit!

If you’re in New York this August and want to make the most of your time in the city, the Hotel Beacon is conveniently located in the heart of the action, providing both hotel rooms and apartment-style suites on the Upper West Side.