Things To Do In NYC In August & Weather

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Overview

Once the ball drops in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, tourism declines as New York enters the coldest two months of the year. For travelers willing to brave the cold, there are cheaper flights and hotels, fewer crowds, great deals, and plenty of things to do in New York in January.

At the start of the month, you can experience the tail end of the Holiday season, visiting seasonal Markets, holiday display windows, and the Rockefeller Center tree. You can also find post-Christmas discounts. The real savings for travelers come at the end of the month, with Restaurant Week, Broadway Week, and Must See Week, which offers steep discounts for some of New York’s top restaurants, Broadway Shows, and attractions. Make your restaurant reservations ticket purchases in advance, as more popular options fill up fast. 

And of course, book a Streetwise New York Tour to get a real insight into the local life and history of New York’s neighborhoods.  We’ll make sure to adjust the routes to pop into markets, cafes, architectural gems, and unique shops to keep you warm!

See our full list of deals, events, and things to do in New York in January below! If you’re considering coming to New York another month, check out our guide, “When is the best time of year to come to New York”

Want to make the most of your time by having your day planned by an expert? Or wish to dig deeper and get a local’s perspective? Book a Streetwise New York walking tour.
Summer Stage in Central Park

Summer Stage at Central Park is just one of several series of concerts and shows during the summer (credit: mike gmt flickr)

Weather in New York City in August

August after July is the hottest month of the year. The average high temperature is 83F (29C), but extremely hot and humid days are less common, with on average only three days reaching over 90F (32C).  Still, New York is extremely humid, making it feel hotter. A more tropical heat than desert-like hear. 

On average, it rains seven days a month in August. But most likely, rain means late afternoon thunderstorms. Sometimes the weather forecast has chances of rain for an entire week, but it won’t rain every day and if it does it is often heavy rain for a short period of minutes.

How to pack for New York in August

You should pack summer clothing. A mix of shorts and t-shirts, plus a couple of longer pants/skirts and long sleeves. Even on the hottest days, carrying a light sweater is smart as stores, museums and the subway tend to over-utilize air conditioning. Your hotel most likely won’t have a pool, but if you want to go to one of the city’s beaches or pools, pack a swimming suit. 

Bring sunscreen and sunglasses but be prepared for late afternoon thunderstorms with a rain jacket, waterproof shoes, and umbrella.

What to do in New York in August

There are year-round activities, we recommend, like going up a skyscraper, boat rides to see or visit the statue of liberty, museums, and Streetwise New York walking tours of New York’s many can’t miss neighborhoods!

This is a list of seasonal activities and August-specific events and deals. Take advantage of coming to New York at the start of the New Year!

Peppers at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn, an outddoor food festival during warmer months.

Shmorgasburg operating in the warmer months offers innovative street food and world cuisine (Credit: Lou Stejskal Flickr)

Events/Festivals

Music and Entertainment

Sports

Other

Have any questions about traveling to New York in August? Or about tours with Streetwise New York? Contact us!