August Festivals and Cultural Events Continue through End of the Month

While only a few more weeks of summer remain, there’s still plenty to do before the season is over. Several outdoor festivals are taking place throughout Manhattan in August, so you can shop and eat your way through various cultural hubs and make the most out of these last few weeks of warm weather. These street festivals offer hundreds of great exhibits, which include local arts and crafts, antiques, jewelry, and authentic foods.  

They're also a venue for various nonprofit, government and corporate entities, all trying to engage your involvement or elicit support or business.

NYC festivals typically have lots of quirky artwork exhibits and tasty, ethnic cuisine from all over the world, along with the traditional festival food options (i.e. grilled corn on the Cob and funnel cake).  Plan on coming hungry and bring lots of cash, as most vendors aren't set up for credit card sales.

The kids won't feel left out either.  The Summer Seaport Festival is a must for those with young children in tow, as it will embody an old-fashioned seaport carnival with a petting zoo and hay wagon rides.

Shopaholics should consider any of the festivals, which generally sell all manner of goodies from sunglasses to plants and CDs, all at very reasonable prices.  Again, most sales are cash only.

Admission to the festivals listed below is free and open to the public. These outdoor events generally run from 10am to 6pm, but it’s best to go towards the beginning of the day to beat the crowds and avoid long lines at food stands.

And there’s still one more week of the wonderfully free Broadway extravaganza at Bryant Park.

Upcoming end-of-summer festivals and cultural programs in Manhattan:

Thursday, August 12 – Broadway in Bryant Park (at 42nd Street behind the New York Public Library between 5th and 6th avenues), 12:30-1:30 – last chance to see some of Broadway’s  great song and dance free, this time from La Cage aux Folles, Mamma Mia, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, and American Idiot

Saturday August 14-- Summer Seaport Festival (on Water Street from Fulton - Broad Street)

Sunday August 15-- Madison Avenue Summer Fair (on Madison Avenue from 42nd - 57th Street)

Friday August 20-- Grand Central Summer Festival (on 43rd Street from Lexington - 3rd Avenue)

Saturday, August 21-- Bleecker Street Festival (Bleecker Street from 7th Ave - 6th Ave)

Sunday, August 22-- Daytop Madison Avenue Festival (Madison Avenue from 42nd - 57th Street)

Sunday, August 29-- Amsterdam Avenue Festival (Amsterdam Avenue from 76th - 86th Street)

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