Summer Streets- For the next three Saturdays in August, seven miles of road from the Upper East Side to the Brooklyn Bridge will be closed to vehicles for a pedestrian promenade for running, biking, dancing, or whatever frolicking you’ve always wanted to do on the city streets.
The streets will be lined with food stands and entertainment, such as outdoor art installations and a minigolf course. There will also be activities like a rock-climbing wall, zipline, and free bike use, so grab your sneakers, slather on the sunscreen, and get ready for some dancing in the street.
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival- This traditional boat race dates back to 278 BC of the lunar calendar. The story goes that Chinese poet Qu Yuan drowned himself in the Miluo River, and local fisherman went out on the water beating drums and splashing their paddles to scare away evil spirits intent on consuming his body. Thousands of years later, their mission is still commemorated with races all over the world, and it’s free to watch this amazing spectacle at Flushing Meadows Park this weekend, August 8-9.
NYC Summer 2015 Restaurant Week- Beginning today, August 5th, this three week, bi-annual food fest offers discounted prices at some of the city’s hottest restaurants. This year’s buzz-worthy spots include Bar Primi, where you can indulge in superstar chef Andrew Carmellini’s fresh primi pasta dishes, and Narcissa, the farm-to-table jewel box tucked away in The Standard Hotel.
Lincoln Center Out of Doors- Come out for Lincoln Center’s free summer series! Tonight’s full band ensemble is Electric Counterpoint + Dither and friends, featuring Yo La Tengo, Lee Ranaldo, and Mark Stewart Matmos. With 13 electric guitars and basses between these musicians, this show is sure to be rock ‘n’ roll experimentalism at its finest.
Alvin Ailey Power Ashtanga Yoga- On Thursday, head to Hell’s Kitchen for sunset salutations high above the city. Alvin Ailey’s exceptional yoga instructors provide a truly one-of-kind practice on a rooftop overlooking the Hudson River and Lincoln Center. August 6, 6pm; $19
Shakespeare in the Parking Lot- Tomorrow is the grand finale production of the summer, and they saved the best for last. Don’t miss their scrappy rendition of the classic tragedy Macbeth staged in a Lower East Side parking lot. August 6, 8pm; free
Shakespeare in the Park- If a traditional production is more your speed, you have a few more weeks to see Daniel Sullivan’s production of Cymbeline, Shakespeare’s enchanting, love-conquers-all fairytale, complete with requisite villains, poison, and swordfights. Nightly through August 23; free ticket details here
Warm Up at MoMA PS1- Beginning this Saturday, August 8th, MoMA PS1’s Saturday summer dance party is heating things up in Long Island City for its 18th year. The museum’s courtyard opens up for an all-star lineup of DJs, bands, art, beer, and food. August 18-September 5; $18 in advance, $20 at the door
Penn and Teller- It’s the final two weeks to see this famed magician duo perform their legendary stunts at the Marquis Theatre in Midtown before they return to their Vegas stomping grounds. Shows daily through August 16; time and ticket details here