As the summer starts to wind down, be sure to take advantage of all that NYC has to offer during the month of August. We’ve put together a list of our favorite things to do in NYC this month for you to make the most of the rest of your summer.
1. Pay What You Wish at the Whitney Museum (Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31)
Don’t want to pay $25 to enter the Whitney? Insider Tip: Pay what you wish on Fridays from 7-10 PM!
2. Jazz Age Lawn Party (Aug 25 & 26)
Travel in time back to the 1920’s at the 13th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party held at Governors Island. Enjoy fabulous music from the Dreamland Orchestra, or even participate in the Charleston dance contest. Be sure to get your tickets in advance, they sell out every year!
3. NYC Restaurant Week (Aug 1-17)
It’s no wonder NYC Restaurant week is one of the most highly anticipated yearly celebration of dining in New York. Indulge in NYC’s best restaurants at a fraction of the price. Make your reservation on the official NYC Restaurant website to secure a spot at that restaurant you’ve always been wanting to try.
4. Free Shakespeare in Central Park (Aug 1-19)
This annual Shakespeare festival begins in mid-July and is popular among both New Yorkers and tourists. This year’s performance is Twelfth Night featuring music and lyrics by critically-acclaimed songwriter Shaina Taub.
5. NYC SummerStage Concerts (Aug 1-28)
Check out City Parks Foundation’s amazing SummerStage concert schedule to find a wide variety of free and ticketed concerts in NYC city parks in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
6. New York Renaissance Faire (Aug 4 – Sept 30)
Get your medieval on with NY Renaissance Faire as it celebrates its 41st season. Join the hundreds of actors dressed as knights, fairies, pirates, and more. Be sure to get funnel cake and plenty of ale.
7. Attend a Baseball Game
Baseball is better seen in a stadium than on the TV screen of your apartment! Take your pick–watch a Yankee game at Yankee Stadium or a Mets game at Citi Field. View the August home game schedules online.
Calling all foodies: don’t miss out on the largest weekly open-air food market in America, featuring over 100 local vendors. It’s open every Saturday in Williamsburg and every Sunday in Prospect Park. Even though this event runs until October, we love going in the warm weather.
9. AfroPunk Festival (Aug 25 & 26)
Enjoy an incredible lineup of well-known musical artists and emerging talents at this annual festival held at Commodore Barry Park. This weekend full of good vibes will also feature “BITES & BEATS” food trucks, live artworks and the SpinThrift Market.
10. Movies Under the Stars at NYC Parks
August is your last chance to take advantage of the free movies being played at parks all over NYC’s five boroughs. Bring a friend, a picnic chair, some food, and enjoy a great flick!
11. Rosé Mansion
This mansion is a rosé lover’s paradise. Sip on rosé from all over the world and wander the rooms in this mansion where you will learn the history, science, and economics of rosé. Tickets include wine samples that equal about two glasses of wine. Buy your tickets online!
12. Thomas Bayrl’s Playtime Exhibit at the New Museum
Don’t miss out on this solo exhibition at the New Museum that brings together Thomas Bayrl’s works from the past fifty years. Recognized as one of the most influential artists to have emerged during the 1960s West German economic boom, Bayrl’s art explores the relationship between consumerism, technology, propaganda, and desire.