From August 22 through August 25, attend the Central Park Conservancy Film Festival to watch free movie screenings. This year’s list of movies include West Side Story, Hook, Silver Linings Playbook, The Shining, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Rain or shine, gates open at 6:30 while the films start at 8 PM. They will be shown mid-park between Sheep Meadow and 72nd street Cross Drive. Find out more about the Central Park Conservancy Film Festival on their website.
Be sure to attend Summer Streets in August, the annual block party located in Manhattan. This year’s car-free event is surely an impressive one since it will be the first time the Park Avenue Tunnel will be open to pedestrians. This will be the location of Voice tunnel, which is an interactive art installation by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Summer Streets occurs during the first three Saturdays of August (Aug 3, 10 and 17) from 7am–1pm. It is located from the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and some other streets. Find out more about Summer Streets by going on their website.
Celebrate Harlem by attending Harlem Week, a series of events that takes place during this month and attracts over 2 million people from the city and around the world. There will be concerts, film festivals, sporting events, fashion shows and so on. The Upper Manhattan Auto Show will also be taking place during Harlem Week. Find out more about the events on the Harlem Week website.
Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors concert series is a three week event filled with music, dance and spoken word in Lincoln Center. Although this technically begins in late July, events continue up until mid-August. This year will feature collaborations with the Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen at Damrosch Park Bandshell, two “family day” shows featuring the Brooklyn Youth Chorus (Hearst Plaza, noon) and Dan Zanes & Friends: “Tribute to Leadbelly”, and many more. There will also be a Street Food BBQ stand for your convenience. This free event takes place in Lincoln Center and the times of these concerts vary. Find out more by clicking here.
If you’re available during the midday, make sure to stop by Bryant Park to witness hour long performances from Broadway’s most popular shows. In case you already missed the three shows, Broadway in Bryant Park will have three more this coming August. Broadway in Bryant Park takes place on the first three Thursdays of the month and it is free to the public. Bryant Park is located at West 40th street. Find out what on and off Broadway shows are performing their hits on the website.