Top Things to Do With Your Family in NYC in August

Top Things to Do With Your Family in NYC in August

We've hand-picked the best things to do with your family in New York City in August. Family fun is all over Manhattan, across neighborhoods such as Greenwich Village, Little Italy, the Upper West Side, and beyond.

SummerStage 2019 FREE
WHEN: Jun. 10 - Sep. 24, see website for showtimes
WHERE: SummerStage in Central Park at Rumsey Playfield, E. 71st St., Central Park, NY
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WHAT: New York City’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival, bringing nearly 100 free and benefit shows to Central Park and 17 neighborhood parks throughout the five boroughs.
WHY WE LOVE IT: You can expect some distinctly New York genres, such as salsa, jazz, and hip-hop, alongside indie, reggae, Afrobeat, soul, contemporary dance, and more.
WANT TO GO? 212-360-2777. https://cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage/.

Harlem Meer Performance Festival FREE
WHEN: Jun. 16 - Sep. 1, Sundays, 2:00-4:00pm
WHERE: Central Park - Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues, Central Park, NY
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WHAT: The Harlem Meer Performance Festival brings the best local talent to Central Park! Enjoy a variety of performances featuring multicultural music and dance, family-friendly entertainment, and more while admiring the lakeside views.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Shows spans genres such as Jazz and Blues, Gospel, Klezmer/Yiddish, Afro jazz, Caribbean / Hip Hop, R&B/Funk/Soul, and New York Salsa.
WANT TO GO? 212-860-1370. http://centralparknyc.org/events/individual-events/Discovery-Walks-for-Families-North-Woods-11-7-2015-1.html.

New York Musical Festival
WHEN: Jul. 8 - Aug. 4, see website for schedule
WHERE: Various Locations, Various Locations, , NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Selections include My Real Mother and Head and Heart, created by an all-female team.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The festival is a chance to see stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse new musicals.
WANT TO GO? see website for details. http://nymf.org/.

Broadway in Bryant Park FREE
WHEN: Jul. 11 - Aug. 15, Thursdays, 12:30-1:30pm
WHERE: Bryant Park, 40th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, Midtown, NY
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WHAT: The most popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits. Join hundreds of fans on the Lawn and enjoy favorite Broadway tunes.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Arrive early and catch rehearsals!
WANT TO GO? 212-768-4242. bryantpark.org.

Harlem Week FREE
WHEN: Jul. 28 - Aug. 24, see website for schedule
WHERE: Various Locations, Various locations, , NY
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WHAT: This year's fest includes a Youth STEAM Hackathon on August 1, a Children's Festival on August 17 and 18, and the Harlem Jazz and Music Festival from August 24 to 31.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids also get to see a spelling bee, outdoor films, and an auto show!
WANT TO GO? https://harlemweek.com/.

Summer Streets FREE
WHEN: Aug. 3 - 17, Saturdays, 7am-1pm
WHERE: Between Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting Streets (as far as East 72nd Street), Park Avenue from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, Manhattan, NY
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WHAT: Summer Streets attracts 300,000 people over three Saturdays in August. Park Avenue and Lafayette Street are closed to vehicles for seven miles, creating car-free space from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Families can roam free, run around, and practice biking and skating in the streets.
WANT TO GO? nyc.gov/html/dot/summerstreets/html/home/home.shtml.

Times Square West Spectacular FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 3, 10am-6pm
WHERE: Times Square, 8th Ave from 42nd to 54th, Times Square, NY
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WHAT: Check out this street fair with food, vendors, and fun for all!
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a great central spot to meet up with other families and friends!
WANT TO GO? 212-843-9319. timessquarenyc.org.

The Story Pirates Family Flagship Show
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 10, 11am
WHERE: Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street, New York, NY
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WHAT: During these shows, the NYC Story Pirates cast will take story ideas from the audience and turn them into hilarious musical sketch comedy.
WHY WE LOVE IT: They'll also perform songs from their award-winning new album, Backstroke Raptor!
WANT TO GO? $37. 212.989.2020. https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10436743.

Bands that Rock: Suzi Shelton
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 10, 2pm and 3pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side, NY
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WHAT: Catch a free concert by award-winning children’s recording artist Suzi Shelton, filled with upbeat, inspiring and powerful songs. Due to limited space, this free event is first come first served. A line will begin at the entrance to the lower level Let’s Dance! exhibit one hour before the event. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: Suzi's new album, "Hand In Hand," is all about inclusion.
WANT TO GO? FREE with museum admission ($15, free for children younger than 1). 212-721-1223. cmom.org.

NYC Unifest FREE
WHEN: Aug. 29 - Sep. 2, see website for schedule
WHERE: Governors Island and various locations, Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 and 10 South St., Manhattan, New York Harbor , NY
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WHAT: This festival brings together recreational riders, world-class performers, mountain and off-road unicycle enthusiasts, mono-wheel vehicle inventors, along with circus enthusiasts, extreme sports viewers, and anyone seeking an unusual sight–even for NYC!
WHY WE LOVE IT: The main events on Governors Island include races, competitions, exhibitions, and a variety of unicycle sports including basketball, hockey, and sumo, plus DJ music.
WANT TO GO? 212-440-2200. govisland.com.

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