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An entry at Wigstock

Harlem Week
Celebrate the neighborhood's heritage with seven days of plays, photography exhibits, jazz concerts, films, cultural festivals, and orchestral performances.
8/7-8/31
Venues and times vary; 212-862-8473, harlemdiscover.com; tickets required for some events

U.S. Open
Watch the world's greatest tennis players slice, serve and smash their way to victory. People-watch for celebrities on the court and in the stands.
8/29-9/11
USTA National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens; 866-OPENTIX; usopen.org

Wigstock
It's the queen of all drag shows! Outrageous divas don their best wigs for this wild and wacky costume event. There's no telling who, or what, you may see—RuPaul, Boy George, HRH Princess Diandra and Jackie Beat have all made past appearances.
8/27
5-7pm; Tompkins Square Park, 7th St. between Aves. A and B; 212-243-3143; wigstock.nu

New York International Fringe Festival
The funky, and sometimes freaky, theatrical showcase brings hundreds of performers to venues all over the city. The bill includes dance, theatre, puppetry and spoken word performances, multi-media exhibitions, and musicals.
8/12-8/28
Venues and performance times vary; 212-279-4488; fringenyc.org

Howl! Festival
Named for the late Beat poet Allen Ginsberg's famous poem, this multi-genre downtown arts fest returns with an expanded lineup of musicians, filmmakers, actors, authors and fabulous freaks.
8/21-8/28
Venues and performance times vary; 212-505-2225, howlfestival.com

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
Grab a paddle and head to the largest multi-cultural festival in the city. More than 1000 contestants racein colorful, custom-made teak boats, all for a shot at $60,000 in cash and prizes. You can also take in a Kung Fu demonstration by the Shaolin Temple Warrior Monks and hear traditional music from China, Mexico, and Peru.
8/13-8/14
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens; 718-767-1776, hkdbf-ny.org