August has just begun, with all its humidity and mini-skirts glory. Once you get over the unbearable heat, you can enjoy many outdoor activities, shows, fairs and festivals. We’ve gathered the hottest free events taking place in New York City during August.
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NYC August Attractions
Out of Doors – Aug. 1–10
Three jam-packed weeks of world music, dance, poetry and film by local and national artists performing in Damrosch Park Bandshell, Hearst Plaza, Teatro Pregones in The Bronx, and others. Out of Doors provides a good opportunity to absorb some non-mainstream culture for free.
The Giglio Feast of San Antonio – Aug. 7–10
The Giglio Feast of San Antonio is an Italian celebration of culture, religion, traditions and food. Come on Sunday and watch the 12 piece band and the 80 foot statue that the Italians carry through the streets of Harlem. Mama mia!
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Broadway in Bryant Park – Aug. 7 & 14
The famous Bryant Park is presenting all the big hits as shown in Broadway theatre (and off Broadway). Musicals like Matilda, On the Town, Mamma Mia! and many more. Don’t forget to bring a blanket and appetite because it is showing exactly on lunch time.
Eco-fest – Aug. 10
Designate to people who care about environment and would like to get more informed and involved in making the world a better place to live. This year it is the Eco-fest 26th anniversary. Come to Broadway at 43rd to watch the alternative energy exhibits, eco fashion shows and enjoy food and entertainment stands. Nice way to do something good for nature.
Salsa Festival – Aug. 27–Sep. 1
The New York Hilton Hotel is hosting the International Salsa Congress Dance & Music Festival which includes workshops, performances, live concerts and competitions for the sexy Columbian dance. So, your hips don’t lie?
NYC Unicycle Festival Aug. 29–31
A three day festival starting on August 29, all dedicated to the lovely hobby/sport – The Unicycle.
Last year, more than 300 drivers rolled the streets of the Big Apple and estimates for this year expect even more. If you want to take a shot and try unicycle yourself, you are more than welcome to arrive to Brooklyn or Governors Island, depending on the day, and join many others who try as well. Highly recommended for children and grown up babies.