Kick off the last month of summer the right way, with a list of fun activities curated for you by Untapped Cities. Here are the top 10 New York City events happening from August 1st to August 7th from a summer movie series at the Intrepid Museum to the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. And don’t forget, this weekend we’ll be hosting our tours of the Secrets of the Gowanus Canal and of Rooftop Reds, the world’s first commercially viable vineyard located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Monday, August 1st
Come to Books Beneath the Bridge at the Granite Prospect Steps before the summer is over. This annual six-week book festival celebrates authors representing local, independent bookstores in Brooklyn, who read excerpts from their works and participate in a Q&A and book signing. This week’s installment of Books Beneath the Bridge features authors representing Community Bookstore in Park Slope. At 7 pm, author Idra Novey will present her novel, Ways to Disappear and Rebecca Schiff will read from her debut book of stories, The Bed Moved. This event is free and open to the public. For a full list of authors participating in this series, visit brooklynbridgepark.org/event-series/books-beneath-the-bridge.
Tuesday, August 2nd
On August 2nd at 8pm, Shakespeare in the Park presents Troilus and Cressida, directed by Tony Award winner, Daniel Sullivan. The plot begins in the midst of the Trojan War, as the young prince Troilus vies for the love of Cressida. Meanwhile, there is debate whether Ajax, Ulysses and Achilles should return Helen or continue to wage war. Troilus and Cressida runs daily, excluding Mondays, through August 14th. Tickets for this event are free and can be obtained in one of four ways: in person at the Delacorte Theater, mobile ticket lottery, distribution lottery at Astor Place and borough distributions. Visit publictheather.org/shakespeareinthepark/ for more information and to see other Shakespeare in the Park events.
The New York Transit Museum invites you to Camp Wanna-Catcha-Train, an adults-only evening full of “mosaic tiling and lanyard making, transit map origami, DIY temporary tattoos, fortune-telling, and micro-tours of the Transit Museum’s vintage fleet of subway and elevated train cars.” Enter the promo code UNTAPPED10 for $5 off tickets. Tickets can be purchased here and you must be 21 and older to participate. Visit 51281.blackbaudhosting.com/51281/Camp-Wanna-Catcha-Train-A-Night-of-Crafts–Summer-Fun for more information.
Wednesday, August 3rd
Untapped Cities is hosting its next tour of the American Irish Historical Society, a Gilded Age Mansion on Fifth Avenue. Step inside this beautiful former home, one of the last standing on Fifth Avenue, and discover its history and secrets:
Lincoln Center Out of Doors is a free annual concert series at Damrosch Park. On August 3rd at 7 pm, get a taste of Spain and Argentina with performances by Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenco and Manhattan Camerata: Tango Fado Project featuring Nathalie Pires. This concert series runs through August 7th. For more information and to see future concert dates, visit lcoutofdoors.org/.
Thursday, August 4th
Broadway at Bryant Park is happening for the second to last time this summer, so don’t miss your opportunity to take part in a fun and free option to seeing a show on the Great White Way. This yearly summer event is hosted by 106.7 LITE FM personality, Delilah and co-hosted by Cady Huffman from the show ‘Shear Madness.’ The cast of four Broadway shows will be performing their hits on the lawn in Bryant Park, including casts of ‘Beautiful,’ ‘An American in Paris,’ ‘Avenue Q’ and ‘Holiday Inn.’ The show is from 12:30 to 1:30, but make sure to arrive early to get a prime viewing spot. Broadway at Bryant Park happens every Thursday until August 11th.
Friday, August 5th
Take part in the 8th annual Summer Movie Series sponsored by the Intrepid Museum. Guests get to choose from four movie screenings, which will be shown on the flight deck:
- 6 pm: Concorde: A Supersonic Story
- 6 pm: Space Shuttle Enterprise: Up Close and In Depth
- 6 pm: Silent Service: The Story of the USS Growler
- 6:15 pm: Space Shuttle Enterprise: Up Close and In Depth
Tickets to the event are free on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission tickets can also be purchased online. For more information, visit intrepidmuseum.org/Plan-Your-Visit/Public-Events-Calendar/2016-PEC-Details/movie-night.aspx.
Saturday, August 6th
Today is the last day to view James Rosenquist at the Judd Foundation. From 1 pm to 5:30 pm, view five works curated by Flavin Judd, who put together the works of James Rosenquist, “one of the first-known of so-called pop artists.” The installation will feature Rosenquist works such as Time-Dust Black Hole, Yellow Applause and Shadows. Purchase tickets for the event on the Judd Foundation website. For more information, visit juddfoundation.org/programs.
August 6th is the last day of the 2016 Tap+Cork: Brooklyn Beer and Wine Fest, which is at the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza from 2 to 8 pm. Admission to the event includes 15 sample tastings from a choice of at least 45 to 50 craft beers and artisanal wine. There will also be a selection of food vendors and a DJ. Tickets can be purchased here.
Sunday, August 7th
Today is the second day of the 26th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival at Flushing Meadows Park. The main event of the day is the US Dragon Boat Championship Race from 9 am to 5 pm. There will also be performances by regional multicultural artists like the Shaolin Monks, the CASYM Steel Orchestra and Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk. This event is free and will happen rain or shine. For more information on this event, visit hkdbf-ny.org/home.php?choice=festival.