10 Great Things to Do in New York in August

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It might almost be time for kids to return to school, but there are a lot of great things to do in New York in August.

Whether you want to enjoy cultural activities, the excitement of a fair, or taste some delicious food, there’s a lot to do in NY during the last full month of summer.

Check out our full list of things to do in New York in August, and start planning your adventures today.

(Article updated July 25, 2019 for events in August 2019.)

Sterling Renaissance Festival – July 6-August 18

Featuring themed weekends, a Queen’s Tea, jousting demonstrations, and much more, the Sterling Renaissance Festival transports you and your family to the English village of Warwick during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

Experience a royal feast with the Queen & members of her court. Shop for handmade and one-of-a-kind artisan crafts at the royal marketplace. Try your luck at authentic games of the Elizabethan period.

For more information, visit the event’s website.

Stony Creek Mountain Days Festival – August 2-4

If you have ever dreamed of becoming a lumberjack, then the Stony Creek Mountain Days Festival in the Adirondacks is a must-do in New York in August.

The highlight of this 3-day festival is the New York State Lumberjack Competitions. You and your family can also enjoy live music, a town-wide garage sale, arts & crafts, free kids’ activities, and much more during this fun-packed festival.

To find out all the details, visit the festival’s website.

Bear Mountain Pow Wow – August 3-4

Learn about and enjoy Native American culture at this year’s Bear Mountain Pow Wow held at the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area in Stony Point, New York.

The Pow Wow is one of the largest Native American heritage celebrations in the Northeast and features Native American performing groups, artists, vendors, dancers, food, and more.

For more information, visit the Pow Wow’s website.

The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival – August 7-11

National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York
The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival will be held in Jamestown, home of the National Comedy Center.

Honoring the vision of the late Lucille Ball, this festival supports and showcases rising comedians in her hometown of Jamestown each year.

Promising to be one of the largest Lucille Ball Comedy Fests ever, this year’s festival will feature two of stand-up comedy’s biggest stars- Sebastian Maniscalco and John Mulaney.

To find out all the details, visit the festival’s Facebook page.

Founder’s Day – August 10

Celebrating the history of Auburn, New York, the Founder’s Day festival features a car show, live music, a Bike Fest & Ride for motorcyclists, and much more.

Festival-goers can check out artisans and vendors at the Annual Art Flair on Exchange Street, or they can experience different cultures and foods at the Ethnic Festival on Genesee Street.

For up to date information on the festival, visit their Facebook page.

Putnam County Wine & Food Fest – August 10-11

Located in Cold Spring, New York, the Putnam County Wine & Food Fest offers its guests the best of New York in the form of spirits, wine, and food, of course.

Enjoy cooking demonstrations and live music as you sample ciders, spirits, and wines from some of New York’s best producers. This family-friendly event will also feature arts & crafts, exhibits, and live entertainment for the kids.

Find out full details here.

6th Annual Oswego Paddlefest – August 17

If you happen to be a canoeist, kayaker, or stand up paddle boarder, then the 6th Annual Oswego Paddlefest is one of the best things to do in New York in August! Designed to encourage water enthusiasts to enjoy and appreciate the natural beauty of the historic Oswego River, participants will get to experience traveling through four actual canal locks.

The fest typically ends with food and live music for everyone who participated.

Find out more here.

Lewiston Jazz Festival – August 23-24

Head to the historic town of Lewiston, New York for the largest outdoor jazz music festival in western New York. With over 40,000 visitors each year, this two-day jazz festival features over 30 live performances as well as food & wine tastings.

This year’s main stage headliners are Roberta Gambarini and Monty Alexander.

For more information, visit the event’s website.

Great New York State Fair – August 21-September 2

The New York State Fair is a great things to do in New York in August
The Great New York State Fair returns to Syracuse this August.

Join the over 1 million people who will enjoy the 13-day Great New York State Fair this year! In addition to fun midway rides, the fair will also feature thousands of animals and hundreds of commercial attractions.

Enjoy big name entertainers like the Dropkick Murphys, Ice Cube, and Gavin DeGraw, among many others. This year’s Great New York State Fair will even feature a food truck competition.

Find out full details here.

National Buffalo Wing Festival – August 31-September 1

Spend Labor Day weekend sampling over 100 different Buffalo wing varieties at the 18th annual National Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo, New York.

In addition to tasting some of the best wings in the city, festival-goers can also sign up to participate in the Chicken Wing 5K and the Buffalo Ninja Warrior contest. The festival will also feature competitive eating contests and amateur cook-offs.

Find out more here.

Looking for more events in New York? Check out our picks for the top things to do in New York in July and the best things to do in New York in September.

Do you have a favorite thing to do in New York in August that isn’t on this list? Let us know in the comments below.

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