August is one of the best and one of the worst month’s of the year. The weather is still amazing (or too hot, you never know) but the season is quickly coming to its sad end. As my roommate and I like to say, sleep in the winter. Get in all of the best activities that NYC has to offer while you can and enjoy the last bit of summer with these amazing things to do in August.
Restaurant Week, July 29 through August 19
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of restaurant week. I’ve visited various restaurants while Restaurant Weeking, and I’ve never been disappointed. In fact, I’m headed to my first ever Restaurant Week lunch later this week and I’m pretty stoked about it. Visit a ton of local eateries for $29 3-course lunches and $42 3-course dinners. Reservations are easily available on OpenTable and a lot of restaurants post their special menus in advance. Get to eating.
Harlem Week, July 31 through August 27
Discover one of NYC’s most underrated neighborhoods with this month-long celebration highlighting local restaurants, shops and performances. The events span over the course of the month (so yes, the name is confusing) and are offered every Saturday and Sunday. Check out their website for specific scheduling info.
CiderFeast, August 6
Not to be confused with Cider Fest, Ciderfeast features over 30 locally brewed ciders and some freshly grilled bites (veggie-friendly options included!). General admission tickets get you a full 3 hours of cider samples and some noms that include tacos, burgers and grilled cheese from local eateries.
Jazz Age Lawn Party, August 13 and 14
If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you know that I attended the Jazz Age Lawn Party last summer. While it was hot AF, it was a really fun time with great music, dancing, eats and just an overall amazing vibe. Everyone is dressed to the nines and the fashion is stunning – it’s a great spot to hit up, if only for the people watching. Be sure to pack your fill of snacks (and sneak in some booze if you can) and party like it’s 1922.
Head to Brooklyn Bridge Park any Monday night for this weekly event that’s been running every summer since 2012. Each week features a different author that represents a local bookstore who reads experts of their work, sign books and moderates discussions. Check the schedule on the event’s website for up-to-date speaker information.
U.S. Open, August 29 through September 11
Head to Arthur Ashe stadium to get your tennis fill this month. With a range of ticket prices and matches to choose from, you can visit this globally-watched event on the cheap if need be. With several matches each day and tickets available for two different sessions – morning and evening – there’s bound to be a time that works for you. Also check out sites like Living Social and Guilt Group for discounted ticket deals. Last year, I scored mine for $40.