Don't Miss: August
by nycgo.com staff, 07/16/2014
Courtesy, Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival • US Open. Photo: Andrew Ong/USTA
Cultural celebrations abound in August, giving New York a chance to show its stripes as a cosmopolitan city. Salsa, which emerged in New York as a melange of Cuban and Puerto Rican musical styles, takes to the streets for the Bronx's SalsaFest and then moves to the New York Hilton Midtown for the New York International Salsa Congress Dance & Music Festival. Meanwhile, just outside the hotel's doors, the Brazilian Day festival draws more than a million attendees along Sixth Avenue. Heading back uptown, Harlem Week celebrates the City's African-American heritage, and across the river, Queens' Chinese community flocks to Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. And the Richmond County Fair captures the spirit of the American heartland, with pony rides, bake-offs and blue ribbons for the biggest and best garden vegetables. Free summer music concerts continue in August, with a few special events, like the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival and the AfroPunk Fest. And tennis fans around the world turn their attention toward the action at Arthur Ashe Stadium, where the US Open will be in full swing as the month comes to a close.
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