August is a funny month in New York City -- you simultaneously have lots of out-of-town visitors descending upon the city as they visit during summer break (often with their children who are off of school for the summer) and most resident New Yorkers who have the means to try to get out of the city during this hot, humid month and head to beach town or country escapes. Many, but not all, of the famous free events that make NYC especially appealing in the summer, wind down as the month progresses, but the Central Park Film Festival takes place only during late August.
In my opinion, August is not one of my favorite months in visit New York City, but if that's the best month for your schedule, there's no reason to stay away!
- Average High: 83°F (28°C)
- Average Low: 69°F (21°C)
- August can be quite hot and humid, though it's a bit cooler and drier than July, especially later in the month.
What to Wear
- pack an umbrella
- a light sweater or waterproof jacket (for keeping warm in the air-conditioned museums and stores)
- closed toe shoes, comfortable for walking and water-resistant, if possible
- a picnic blanket is great if you want to check out some of the free concerts and movies
- if it's too hot for a walking tour, check out some of New York City's bus tours
- many summer concerts and outdoor film festivals to see (most of which are free!)
- Subways and streets can be uncomfortable in the heat. The concrete that makes up so much of New York City's infrastructure retains a lot of heat and can make it feel even hotter than it actually is.
- The smells. Until you've experienced them, it's hard to describe, but New York City can be a pretty smelly place in the heat of summer. As a New Yorker, you learn to breathe through your mouth instead of through your nose to avoid the unpleasant odors as much as possible.
Good to Know
- Drink plenty of water -- it's easy to get dehydrated when it's really hot.
- If you want to go to any of the movies or free concerts in New York City parks, bring a blanket and pack a picnic dinner -- you can even bring some wine and beer if you're discrete. It's a great experience and truly gives you a taste of being a local New Yorker.
- Harlem Week
- HBO/Bryant Park Film Festival
- Baseball Season
- Women's Liberty Season (WNBA)
- Central Park SummerStage
- Shakespeare in the Park