The annual Hindu Lamp Ceremony takes place amidst a stunning backdrop at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pebble Beach. Photo by Kathrine Gray
The annual Hindu Lamp Ceremony takes place amidst a stunning backdrop at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pebble Beach. Photo by Kathrine Gray

Best Things To Do in NYC in August 2021 With Kids

It's the final lap of summer—August in NYC—a month where true city families often feel like they have the whole place to themselves. Who needs the Hamptons when we have our very own Pixar-themed mini golf, Summer Streets, Sunset Concerts on the Hudson, and tons more FREE outdoor movies?

If you're feeling festive, the Hong Kong Boat Fest is back, along with the always lovely Hindu Lamp Ceremony, the Battery Dance Fest, and Puppet Fringe, to name just a few of the fun things to do in NYC this August. Kids can make paper with Dieu Donne, snag a FREE comic book, sprint through some sprinklers at Asphalt Green, and more.

Our Activity Calendar and Summer Fun Guide are the perfect escorts for family fun in the five boroughs, and our list of 100 FREE summer to-do's extends through the first day of school, too.

As always, if an event piques your interest, click through to our listing for all the details, including addresses and times. And keep in mind: Really cool things to do with kids often book up quickly, so register or buy your tickets ASAP.

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Places featured in this article:


Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Robert F. Wagner Park
upcoming events
(Wed Sep 22, 2021 - Wed Oct 27, 2021) Kindierock

Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Riverside Park

Hudson River Park

Pier A Harbor House
upcoming events
(Sun Aug 1, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Pixar Putt Mini Golf

Showstoppers Exhibit
upcoming events
(Thu Aug 5, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Showstoppers: Spectacular Costumes

Brooklyn Museum
upcoming events
(Fri Aug 27, 2021 - Sun Oct 24, 2021) The Obama Portraits Tour
Library of Congress National Book Festival
Library of Congress and Virtual - 9:00 AM Pick
Broadway in Bryant Park
Bryant Park - 12:00 PM Pick
The 95th Annual Feast of San Gennaro
Little Italy - various times Pick
Photoville 2021
Citywide - various times Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides