The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival – August 6 & 7
The rich history of the Chinese Dragon Boat Festivals comes to the shores of Queens’ Flushing Meadows Park. These ornately sculptured boats will vie for the coveted US Dragon Boat Open Championship title. In addition to watching these breathtaking races, attendees will enjoy kung fu demonstrations by Shaolin monks and musical performances by the CASYM Steel Orchestra. Grab a snack of rice dumplings, the festival’s traditional food of choice.
Summer Streets – Saturdays in August: 6, 13, 20
Every Saturday morning in August until 1 pm, all six lanes of Park Avenue traffic come to a halt and pedestrians take back the streets. NYC’s walkers, joggers, cyclists and rollerbladers can cruise from Central Park all the way down to the Brooklyn Bridge. Along this nearly seven-mile strip, take a pit stop at different booths, including food trucks and crafts tables, set up along the way.
The Great Food Truck Derby – August 19
For those New Yorkers heading out East on summer weekends, be sure to mark The Great Food Truck Derby on your calendar. More than 15 food trucks will line the streets of Bridgehampton and lucky ticketholders get to enjoy a sample from every single one. Vendors include Noah’s on the Road, serving carnitas tacos with grilled pineapple salsa; Nice Buns delivering their vegetarian wild mushroom slider; and Rolling Smoke Grill ladling out their cowboy chili with honey butter cornbread. Nab your tickets and get ready for some good eatin’!
Central Park Conservancy Film Festival – August 22-27
Fancy an outdoor movie? Join the Central Park Conservancy outdoors in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park and sprawling Sheep Meadow, Central Park. This year features iconic flicks like Tootsie and The Last Dragon set and filmed in New York City. Picnic seating is first come, first served, so arrive early to reserve your patch of grass!
Brooklyn Comedy Festival – August 22-28
Established comedians and new comics will take the mic at the Brooklyn Comedy Festival. Details on the talent list are scant right now, but if the comedy caliber is anything like years past—performers included 30 Rock’s Judah Friedlander, Broad City’s Hannibal Buress and SNL faves Michael Che and Sasheer Zamata—you know it’s going to be a raucously good time.