Things to Do in NYC This August



From outdoor art festivals to movies in the park to the country’s biggest tennis tournament, Roger Smith will be spending most of August under the summer sun. Here’s how you can, too.

NYC Restaurant Week

When: August 1-19

Where: More than 300 NYC restaurants

Why attend: Twice a year, NYC Restaurant Week offers fine dining at affordable prices. On now through August 19, be sure to make a reservation at a participating restaurant ahead of time for 3-course prix-fixe menus for lunch ($29) and dinner ($42).

Don’t miss: our favorite restaurants near Roger Smith in Midtown East, including Socarrat Paella Bar, Smith & Wollensky—NYC’s famed steakhouse since the ’70s—and Mr. Chow, celebrated for its Mr. Chow Noodles and ma mignon.

Mostly Mozart Festival

When: August 1-27

Where: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Why attend: See renowned artists, world premieres and a full calendar of anniversary events celebrating 50 years of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. The month-long series honors Mozart, along with the contemporaries and later composers he inspired.

Don’t miss: Concert stagings of Così fan tutte and Idomeneo—two famous Italian-language operas by Mozart. Be sure to buy your ticket ahead of time.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors

When: August 3-13

Where: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Why attend: Lincoln Center Out of Doors is a free festival in the plazas of Lincoln Center. The outdoor jazz and dance performances are the perfect way to spend a summer evening.

Don’t miss: NPR’s top on-air radio announcers interview three hand-selected performers at the Damrosch Park Bandshell. On August 4, blues, rock and country singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams will perform, followed by  Thao Nguyen’s alt-rock band The Get Down Stay Down and iLe (better known as Ileana Cabra Joglar, formerly with the Grammy-winning Puerto Rican rap group Calle 13).

Summer Movie Series

When: August 5 & 11

Where: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Why attend: Catch an outdoor movie atop a U.S. military aircraft carrier, the USS Intrepid. Be sure to bring food and non-alcoholic beverages, and chairs or blankets to sit on.

Don’t miss: J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek (2009) starring Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Simon Pegg, Winona Ryder and Chris Hemsworth.

New York International Fringe Festival

When: August 12-28

Where: Multiple Off-Off Broadway venues in Greenwich Village, East Village and the Lower East Side.

Why attend: The New York International Fringe Festival is one of the largest arts festivals in North America. In its 20th year, it will showcase 200 of the world’s best and most innovative theater troupes and dance companies. Tickets ($18 per show) are available on the Fringe NYC website.

Don’t miss: Fringe Al Fresco—free outdoor shows like the Department of Fools’ A History of Servitude at the Sixty Street and Avenue B Community Garden in East Village.

Jazz Age Lawn Party

When: August 13-14

Where: Governors Island

Why attend: This summer tradition allows you to step back in time to the Roaring Twenties—complete with live jazz, flappers and vintage cars. Take the Governors Island ferry from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street in Manhattan for a day of dressing to the nines, trying classic cocktails and dancing the Charleston.

Don’t miss: the St-Germain Cocktail ($12) made with St-Germain, sparkling wine and sparkling water with a lemon twist. The Jazz Age-inspired menu is also not to be overlooked, featuring grilled flank steak sandwiches with pickled mayo and freshly-baked banana bread.


When: August 14

Where: Times Square

Why attend: Times Square transforms into the center of sustainability during this day-long festival. Stay informed with interactive activities aimed at raising awareness of environmental issues.

Don’t miss: The SETO (Sources of Energy Other Than Oil) display, where you can learn about solar car prototypes; and the ECO Fashion Show, featuring a collection of 100% organic clothing created using recycled material.

Rick Springfield at Coney Island

When: August 18

Where: Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk

Why attend: Jam out to 1981’s “Jessie’s Girl” in this performance by pop-rock artist Rick Springfield. The Grammy-winning singer is back in town for just one night, performing beach-side at Coney Island.

Don’t miss: Stopping by Nathan’s famous for a classic NYC hot dog after the performance.

Central Park Conservancy Film Festival

When: August 22-27

Where: Central Park at Sheep’s Meadow

Why attend: Enjoy free movies in New York’s iconic Central Park.

Don’t miss: the screening of 1985’s Desperately Seeking Susan starring Madonna on Friday, August 26.

U.S. Open Tennis Championship

When: August 29-September 11

Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

Why attend: See the best of the best battle it out at this hard-court tennis championship in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. It’s the final Grand Slam tournament, and a major bookend to the sports summer calendar.

Don’t miss: The main matches inside Arthur Ashe Stadium are great, but expensive, and often sold out. Opt for a grounds admission pass, which grants access to see side matches at smaller courts. You’ll see more of the action, and maybe next year’s winners.

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