August is upon us! Ring out the last few days of July with the return of Shakespeare in the Park, a march through the NYC Department of Records, National Cheesecake Day, and the Freshkills Park Discovery Day.

Monday, July 27th

Shakespeare in the Park returns this Monday with its second summer production, Cymbelline, staring stage actor Hamish Linklater and ‘American Horror Story’ actress Lily Rabe.

Also on Monday is the second-to-last Central Park SummerStage benefit show, featuring Dawes and First Aid Kit.

The Urban Park Rangers are hosting weekly obstacle-challenge Adventure Courses in Queens’ Alley Pond Park, for people of all ages and physical ability. The next outing takes place on August 2nd and registration opens July 27th.

Tuesday, July 28th

The NYC Department of Records and Information Services will host ‘Women Make History: A March Through the Archives,’ honoring women who shaped the city’s government and politics.

Wednesday, July 29th

The First Ukranian Assembly God will be hosting ‘OMG: Churches and Synagogues of Greenwich Village,’ a history and tour with Reverent Pete Armstrong into the depths of the Ukranian culture in the East Village.

Thursday, July 30th

It’s National Cheesecake Day! Celebrate with a half-priced slice of one of America’s most delectable (and sinful) desserts at the Cheesecake Factory, taking the lead on festivities over from the sale at Junior’s Bakery last year.

Also on Thursday is Good Beer 2015, a showcase of craft beers from a selection of participating restaurants, bars, and breweries at the Hudson Mercantile.

Experience the popular FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life exhibit at the Bronx Botanical Garden after hours with another Frida Al Fresco evening, complete with drinks and music.

Friday, July 31st

Films on the Green, an outdoor French film festival hosted by the French Embassy, returns to Brooklyn’s Transmitter Park with a showing of La Collectioneuse by Eric Rohmer with Patrick Bauchau, Haydée Politoff

Big K.R.I.T., Angel Haze, and The D.R.E.A.M. Ring: FLEXN hit the Prospect Park Bandshell for Celebrate Brooklyn! this Friday.

Saturday, August 1st

Saturday marks the final day of Made In L.I.C., on view at the Falchi Building. The show is part of Vertical Urban Factory, a world-spanning project by historian and art critic Nina Rappaport exploring the design and functionality of multi-storied factories and their relation to urban development.

Next weekend will mark the last two days of the Lincoln Center Festival, which began in July the center’s summer program of musicals, concerts, and ballets.

Lastly, August 1st will be the first day of the weekly Summer Streets, where nearly seven miles of the city’s streets will be opened for people to play, walk, and bike.

Sunday, August 2nd

Freshkills Park will host Discovery Day, a day-long event giving visitors a chance to explore the park’s new additions, thanks to the landfill-to-park project, and go for some free kayaking.

NYC Restaurant Week kicks off on the 2nd, featuring 300 participating restaurants. It won’t be back until February.

Join us on an upcoming Untapped Cities tour of the remnants of NYC’s original Penn Station the Eldridge Street Synagogue Museum, a walking tour of Staten Island’s exciting new developments.

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