Janelle Monae at the 2012 Afro Punk Festival. Image via ourstage.com
Ring in the end of summer with the return of Afro Punk Fest, city-wide deals on National Thrift Shop Day, yoga at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Battery Dance Festival, and Time Out New York’s 2015 Battle Of The Burger.
Monday, August 17th
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 23rd and registration opens August 17th.
The Museum of the City of New York presents Life Along the Curb: Inside the Department of Sanitation of New York, part of Garbage and the City: Two Centuries of Dirt, Debris, and Disposal.
It’s National Thrift Shop Day! Go out and find a deal using our guide of the 43 best vintage, consignment, and thrift shops in Manhattan.
Tuesday, August 18th
Tuesday is the last day of the 2015 Elastic City Festival, featuring dozens of guided participatory tours of New York curated and designed by artists. The goal, according to their website, is to “make its audience active participants in an ongoing poetic exchange with the places we live in and visit.
The Czech Center in New York will be hosting its Rooftop Ciné-Concert Series, a showcase of American and Czech silent films.
Wednesday, August 19th
Go for some yoga at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Classes are $10 on the third floor gallery gallery at BLDG 92 until Friday.
20 of the best burger spots in the city, including Spotted Pig, Shake Shack, and Minetta Tavern, will convene at the South Street Seaport for Time Out New York’s 2015 Battle Of The Burger. Tickets are $35 and include beer from Amstel Light & Amstel Radler.
Thursday, August 20th
Catch a showing of ‘Apollo 13’ at the outdoor Summer Movie Series, ongoing at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Billy Joel returns home to New York for a special concert at Madison Square Garden.
Friday, August 21st
In the mood for Disney standards as performed by drag queens? Come to Distorted Diznee at the Laurie Beechman Theatre.
Also on Friday is the first day of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, with concerts, recordings, and talks in honor of jazz legend Charlie Parker all over the city.
Last is the finale of the annual Battery Dance Festival, showcasing dancers from India, Colombia, Norway, Poland and New York City.
Saturday, August 22nd
Saturday marks the Waterfront Alliance’s annual Manhattan Circumnavigation, a paddling tour of the island on kayaks. All those who are interested (or daring, rather) are welcome.
Also see the 107th Annual Memorial Tribute to the Revolutionary War Prison Ship Martyrs at their monument and crypt in Fort Greene Park, commemorating the thousands who died during the area’s British military occupation from 1776 to 1783.
Lastly, Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ Festival will combine blues musicians with the best of local barbecue at Pier 26.
Sunday, August 23rd
Come out for the last day of Afro Punk Fest, a celebration of multicultural live music with an art and craft market and food trucks at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn.
Sunday is also the last day of Shakespeare in the Park for the summer, ending with a performance of Cymbelline.