All the Ways to Enjoy Manhattan in August

By the time August rolls around, summer in the city is as much in full swing as full sweat. In between heading to the best beaches to cool off, we’ve got an eclectic mix of events and things to do that will help you chill out and make you happy you’re still in town (despite the humidity). Let’s all congratulate Manhattan in advance for reaching its slowest pace of the year and r…e…l…a…x…enough to enjoy at least one thing everyday (friendly reminder: there are 31 days in August and Labor Day is not until September 3rd).


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We begin at Feast: August at UNDER St. Mark’s Theatre, where artists and audiences share a three-course meal of performance and community (Wednesday 8/1, 7 p.m.). Also in the interest of coming together, WeUp is a social enterprise startup hosting events such as the

We Up Women Adelaide Smith Awards at WeWork Galactic HQ in Flatiron. Open to the public, it honors women who “embody the values of innovation, philanthropy, business and nurturing others” (Thursday 8/2, 6:30 p.m.).


Next, take it downtown for a shopping excursion at the Samuji Sample Sale in Soho (Friday 8/3 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.) and now that you’re stylin’, go see Beyonce and Jay Z – OTR II  at MetLife Stadium (Friday 8/3 and Saturday 8/4, 8 p.m.).

Now unless you’re Beyonce, you may have noticed yourself feeling a little sluggish during the summer months. Yoga Instructor/Spiritual Teacher Ali Cramer explains why and offers solutions at her Sacred Season: A Pitta Pacifying Workshop, which offers an Ayurvedic approach to living that will cool you off before the fall weather even arrives (Saturday 8/4, 2-4p.m.).


After feeling refreshed, check out the ER Bar & Lounge in Murray Hill for a Summer Sundress Day Party with brunch, cocktails, live DJ, and (because we have something for everybody this month!) hookahs (Sunday, 8/5 5-11p.m.).

At all times of year, Manhattan is ripe with fresh talent, including hip-hop soul artists Chvrbz, who perform at Pianos (Monday 8/6, 6p.m.). The city also opens its arms wide for legends and icons, in this case the touring duo of the summer, Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper, who she-bop-and-stop at Madison Square Garden (Tuesday 8/7, 8 p.m.).


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When you don’t want to leave the kids at home, check out Game On – Downtown NYC. This is the perfect event series with free food, fitness and games requiring neither an iPad nor a Playstation (we’re talking Tic Tac Toe, Ping Pong and Foosball!) for the whole family to enjoy (Wednesday 8/8, 4 p.m.).


Fancy yourself an art lover? The Con Artist Collective Gallery Party at 198 Allen Street presents the works of long-time collaborators and studio members (Thursday 8/9, 7-11 p.m.), while around the LES corner you’ll find the inaugural NYC International Puppet Fringe Festival (Thursday 8/9 – Saturday 8/11, showtimes vary). Further uptown on the northside of Central Park in Harlem Meer, join John Luther Adams and a talented group of singers for “In The Name of the Earth,” part of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival (Saturday 8/11, 3 p.m.).


The high brow travels continue with a week’s worth of performances and film screenings down in Battery Park City. at the Battery Dance Festival, NYC’s longest running, free public dance festival. This year features Ariel Rivka Dance Company, Martha Graham School and more (Monday 8/11-18, showtimes vary).


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The Maiden Lane is a 5-year-old restaurant and bar on Avenue B specializing in “fine tin seafood from Europe.” In addition to tasting basil & thyme sardines or garlic & chili anchovies, check out their “Happy Mondays!” party celebrating the ‘80s UK rock/punk/pop/new wave scene (Monday 8/13, 9 p.m.).


Cinephiles continue to relish in the abundance of summer screenings including the Central Park Conservancy Film Festival who kick off their program with “Hair,” followed by “Crooklyn,” “Dr. Strangelove” and “Muppets Take Manhattan” (Tuesday 8/14, 6:30 p.m.). Also not to be missed is the JCC Manhattan and New Plaza Cinema’s Summer Film Series, including a screening of the 2016 Indian film “Hotel Salvation,” part of an effort to keep alive the spirit of the recently closed Lincoln Plaza Cinemas (Wednesday 8/15, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.).


From films to their Broadway musical adaptations, it is finally opening night of the highly anticipated “Pretty Woman: The Musical” at The Nederlander Theatre. What will happen to Vivian and Edward now that they can sing and dance (and won’t be played by Julia Roberts or Richard Gere)? Find out in this production starring Samantha Barks (of “Les Miserables” Eponine fame) and Broadway veteran Andy Karl, penned by the late Garry Marshall (who directed the original) and the film’s screenwriter J.F. Lawton, with songs by none other than ‘90s rocker Bryan Adams (Thursday 8/16, 8 p.m.).

The final day of Summer Restaurant Week (which began 7/23 and lucky for us is longer than a week) arrives mid-month, which means now is the time to enjoy discounted prix-fixe meals at some of the city’s finest dining establishments (Friday 8/17, times vary).


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Also wrapping up is the August Saturdays series known as Summer Streets. Enjoy a traffic-free zone of nearly seven miles of NYC’s streets open to the public (Saturday 8/18 7 a.m.-1 p.m.) for biking, playing and dancing, all the way from The Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, and not unlike the Paris Plage in France. Later that night, Jiu-Jitzu fans unite for the KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (KASAI Pro 3) at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom (Saturday 8/18 8 p.m.).


Next enjoy Harlem in the summer for two days of jazz brought to you by local icon Marjorie Eliot, Parlor Entertainment and Morris-Jumel Mansion in Robert Morris Park (Sunday 8/19, 12-6 p.m.)


In our third, final and unapologetic Beyonce mention of this post, do you want to feel like Bey and Jay Z at The Lourve? Then check out The Viator VIP: EmptyMet Tour at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for a tour of the galleries that may leave you feeling extra (Monday 8/20 8:30 a.m. and additional days). Another hitmaker making his way to NYC this summer is Michael McDonald of The Doobie Brothers and solo artist fame. Catch the romantic, raspy, blue-eyed soul crooner on Pier 17 at South Street (Tuesday 8/21, 8pm).


We’re sending you to The Bronx once this month because The World Cup may be over but soccer is still not out of our system. New York City FC takes on the New York Red Bulls at Yankee Stadium and it is going to be a fun one (Wednesday 8/22, 7pm)!


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If you’re eager to get your own workout on, check out Chi Chi Sweat Sesh in Central Park for a circuit Pilates and Stretch class lead by inspirational industry leaders Lauren Chiarello and Yvette Lenhart. Ticket sales benefit the pet rescue charity Little Wanderers and the workout is suitable for all levels! After class in Central Park, head over to Paint Night (aka Purple Daisy Blooms) at the Mexican restaurant Casa Agave in Hell’s Kitchen for a fun way to get both culinary and creative juices flowing (Thursday 8/23, 8 p.m.).


Kicking off the final week of the month is none other than Drake, who brings his “Aubrey and the Three Amigos tour with special guest Migos to Madison Square Garden (Friday 8/24 8pm + three additional nights). When you’re done rocking One Dance and In My Feelings style, get up bright and early (on a weekend, yes!) for rooftop yoga at the Arlo Hotel brought to you by Yoga Shanti (Saturday 8/25, 9:30 a.m.).


Speaking of sexy rooftops, the historic and recently renovated Knickerbocker Hotel in Midtown West has one with a bar called St. Cloud, and it is dreamy. Enjoy one of their signature cocktails and seasonally inspired small plates (Sunday 8/26, 2 p.m. – 1a.m.).


Sports fans eagerly wait all year for one of the best competitions in the world: The U.S. Open Tennis Championships (Monday 8/27 through 9/9)! This tournament is delightful, family-friendly, sports lover’s happy place…and well-worth a journey to Flushing Meadows.

The “Free! Summer HD Festival: Il Barbiere di Siviglia” is another way to find a late summer magic moment, as you watch an opera under the stars with 3,000 like-minded culture seekers. “Bartlett Sher’s madcap take on this classic bel canto comedy stars: baritone – Christopher Maltman, in the title role, mezzo-soprano – Isabel Leonard, as the clever Rosina, and tenor – Lawrence Brownlee, as the ardent Count Almaviva. Or for a different way to tickle your funny bone, “This Doesn’t Mean I’m Your Boyfriend” stars Carly Ann Filbin at UCB Hells Kitchen (Wednesday 8/29, 9:30 p.m.).


We said this month is eclectic and that is why we’re putting NYC Unifest, the 9th Annual Unicycle Festival, on your radar. The event offers four days of “one-wheeled madness” for anyone desiring the unusual, and includes workshops where you can learn to ride a unicycle. Take it all on starting with the kickoff ‘One Wheel the West Side’ ride (Thursday 8/30 10 a.m.).


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There’s no time for summertime sadness here as we end the month of August with the kickoff of the Electric Zoo Festival! The EDM music fest has been around for nearly a decade, and well before music festivals began popping up in NYC every other weekend (we are not mad, welcome Panorama and Ozy Fest!). E Zoo headliners this year include Marshmello, Alesso, Tiesto and and Martin Garrix and all shows take place on Manhattan’s Randall’s Island (8/31-9/2).


See you again in September! Until then, Happy Parking! 

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