NYC Festivals in August

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Festivals, food, fun, and free! End the summer right by an unusual sight of festivals in New York City. Whether you prefer dancing to music, eating good, races and competitions, or enjoying sports outside there’s a couple of events this summer that we suggest you shouldn’t miss. If you think you spent too much so far, save some money and bring the family or friends to one of these free events.

Jazz Age Lawn Party

If your trip is coming to an end, this will be the icing on the cake! Head to Governors Island August 17 or the 18th, take a seat on the lawn and listen to some jazz that will make you feel like your in the 1920’s and 30’s! Whether you’re a jazz lover or not the family will enjoy the live music, dance instruction, games, and more at the Jazz Age Lawn Party.

Rumble on the River               

If you are a boxer lover then you will enjoy this outdoor boxing event that features Muay Thai, an ancient Thai fighting style. Rumble on the River will be at the Hudson River Park on August 1st.

Harlem Week

Harlem Week is definitely something not to miss especially not with over 100 events to attend through August. There’s so much to choose from whether it’s the outdoor concerts, film festivals, clothing vendors, or fun youth activities that the kids will love! Did I mention the delicious food?

Summer Streets

Park Avenue will be shut down and open just for you to have fun in the streets. Summer Streets will be held on 3 consecutive Saturdays in August — the 3rd, 10th, and 17th — from 7am to 1pm. This festival is one not to miss with free activities from fitness classes, mini golf, rock climbing, yoga, and even football.

New York International Fringe Festival

The Fringe Fest will run for 17 days with unique stage performances, including comedies, Hip Hop musicals, social commentaries, and more! Grab a friend and choose as many shows as you want. No need to rush the Fringe Fest lasts from August 9th to August 25th.

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

If you like Chinese foods and performances keep August 10th and 11th in mind and are ready to celebrate the fifth moon of the lunar calendar at The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival.  The event will be held in Corona Park in Queens. This multicultural event is the largest boat festival in the United States!

NYC Unicycle Festival

From August 30th to September 1st the NYC Unicycle will take place on Governor’s Island from 12pm to 5pm. If you never seen anyone on a unicycle be prepared to see hundreds of riders and performers! Make sure to check out the races, competitions, exhibitions, unicycle basketball and hockey.

New York International Salsa Dance & Music Festival

Are you ready to salsa? For four days and five nights you can enjoy the dance workshops, performances, competitions, and live concerts! Bring your date and salsa the night away with DJ’s blasting music into the early morning hours. The New York International Salsa Dance & Music Festival will be held on August 28th to September 2nd in Midtown.

We want to make sure your summer in the Big Apple is unforgettable! Tell us how you will be ending your summer in New York City?

Photo Credit: Flickr/ PaulSteinJC

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What’s Cool: The Roaring Twenties

Here at CitySights New York, we like things that are cool.  We also like things in New York.  So cool things in New York.. They’re the best.

More importantly, our goal is to show you how cool New York really is, whether it’s while riding on one of our famous bus tours, or while reading about it on our blog.  That is why every Friday we bring you ‘What’s Cool’, where we will tell you, well, you guessed it: something that’s pretty cool in New York City.  Get ready for the weekend because here’s what’s cool:

If you haven’t seen The Great Gatsby trailer with Leonardo Dicaprio and Tobey Maguire, let’s set the mood for the rest of the post by watching it (If you have seen it, watch it again, it’s great):

The 1920’s were a different time in New York, and boy does it look like fun.  Being a Gatsby fan myself, I’ve always been interested in this decade where everything seemed to be on the rise.  The buildings, the parties, the optimism- No one had a care in the world!  What a time it must have been.  Now, hoards of 20-somethings flock to the over packed bars with the best drink specials because they can’t afford anything else.  People are so worried about their financial future that fun has taken a back seat.

Not this weekend.  On Saturday and Sunday, go back to the Roaring 20’s and live carefree again!  The 7th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party is coming back to Governors Island and it is sure to be a blast from the past.  Dust off your old zoot suit (if you happen to have one) and bring your dancing shoes because the jazz will be abound.

The party goes from 11-5 and is just $15 for admission.  Very Cool.