Things To Do In August
The dog days of summer are finally upon us! Make summer 2018 your best yet by filling your calendar with fabulous New York City events, all of which will leave you happy you decided to stay in the city rather than going out of town! Who needs the Hamptons when you have NYC?!
Below, we rounded up our top picks that will leave you singing, eating, dancing, and appreciating the wealth of NYC culture like never before! Enjoy!
Battery Dance Festival: August 12th-18th
Downtown residents can rejoice from August 12th through 18th as Battery Dance Festival happens! This free festival hosts local and international dancers at Robert F. Wagner Junior Park, showcasing evening performances nightly from 7pm to 9pm, with an open dance party kicking off at 9pm. Now in its 37th year, this is one you don’t want to miss, particularly if you live in the area, such as residents at Liberty Plaza. Culture, fun, and exercise all rolled into one!
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Summer Restaurant Week: August 1st-17th
Summer Restaurant Week is ideal no matter which Glenwood neighborhood you live in, as it applies to restaurants all over the city! Through August 17th, you can enjoy a 2-course lunch for $26 or a 3-course dinner for $42 at some of the city’s top restaurants. It’s an excellent way to explore places you wouldn’t normally go, or take advantage of the lower prices at some of your favorite tried and trues. Menus for Restaurant Week as well as reservations can be viewed and made straight through the website!
Hint: some NYC classics are on board this year, such as the Midtown staple 21 Club, and Jean George’s ABC Kitchen.
Blues BBQ Festival: August 18th
The Blues BBQ Festival is a summertime must, happening at the Hudson River Park on Pier 97. This free event pairs the best of American blues and roots musicians with delicious barbeque for sale from local chefs, at spots such as Mighty Quinn’s, Pig Beach, Brother Jimmy’s, and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. The event kicks off at 2pm, and the last musical set to play goes on at 7:30pm, making this an ideal way to spend a Saturday in the city! The event is family friendly, note, however, that pets are not allowed. Residents living at The Encore will love the ease of getting here.
MET Summer HD Festival: August 24th-September 3rd
While the official opera is typically held indoors at the Metropolitan Opera House, you can enjoy this summertime classic outdoor version held at Lincoln Center Plaza. They’ll be screening a free HD version of one of the MET’s famous operas. The show starts at 8pm, and while there are (literally) thousands of seats on the Plaza, it’s suggested to get there early to claim yours.
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This One’s For The Girls: Throughout The Month Of August
Throughout the entire month of August, head to the cozy St. Luke’s Theater on the Westside to one of the most upbeat off-Broadway musicals in town: This One’s For The Girls! Featuring high energy, top-40 numbers such as RESPECT, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, These Boots are Made for Walkin’, and I Will Survive, it’s a historical and hysterical look at women’s changes from 1900 to today, told through popular songs throughout the century. It’s a musical that you can truly sing along to, and promises to be fun for women (and their men!) of all ages. Makes for a great girls’s night out, a unique date, or a fun way to see a little theater solo!
Performances are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm, and tickets start at $44.