19 Things to Do Before Summer’s Over
There you are, sipping rosé on a patio, when all of a sudden it hits you: It’s almost August. Which means there’s just over a month left to follow through on all those summer plans you’ve been putting off since May. Don’t panic—we’ve rounded up the best things to do before it’s time to pack your sundresses away.
1. Head to Randall’s Island for Panorama this weekend. The food alone is worth the trip: Between Roberta’s, Salvation Taco, Ice & Vice and more, we might be more excited about the vendor lineup than the music lineup. (Sorry, Solange.)
2. Catch the trippy, immersive performance Ghost Light—the latest from the crew behind Then She Fell—before it closes August 6.
3. If you work in downtown Brooklyn, groove up your lunch hour with free outdoor concerts during BAM’s R&B Festival.
4. Check out Swale, a “floating food forest” (aka possibly the coolest concept ever), currently growing dozens of fruits, vegetables and herbs from a barge in the Bronx River.
5. Reunite with Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of your old pals at the newly unveiled Jim Henson exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image.
6. Vote on your favorite summertime caffeine fix at Hester Street Fair’s Iced Coffee Competition July 29.
7. Head to your nearest greenmarket stat for gorgeous, overflowing stands of peaches, tomatoes, sweet corn, blueberries and about a million other things—they won’t be in season forever.
8. Too hot to deal with the real world? Head to the brand-new VR World for hours of virtual (and air-conditioned) entertainment.
9. Join the crustacean nation with a pop-up Lobster Shack at Arlo Nomad this Saturday, July 29.
11. What’s better than regular happy hour? Dumpling happy hour at Pinch Chinese, which gets you three dumplings and a cocktail for $15.
12. See fresh new works from emerging playwrights during the Broadway Bound Theater Festival, July 30 to August 20. You never know—there may be a few future Lin-Manuel Mirandas among them.
15. Make your way to Flushing Meadows for the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival (August 12 and 13), a weekend-long celebration culminating in a giant paddle-powered boat race.
16. Feast like a Westerosi king queen at a new Sunday-night Game of Thrones-themed supper and screening series “Dinner Is Coming,” courtesy of April Bloomfield’s butcher shop-restaurant White Gold.
17. Catch free outdoor performances—or attend a workshop to learn some new moves yourself—during the Battery Dance Festival, August 13 to 19.
18. It’s baaack: Dessert Goals once again brings together a profusion of the most Instagrammable, cavity-inducing treats August 19 and 20.
19. On August 21, a solar eclipse will cross the U.S., and while you won't be able to look directly at it in NYC (seriously, don't), you still can get in on the astronomical action at the AMNH’s Rose Center for Earth and Space, with a live screening of NASA’s broadcast and enlightening facts about the phenomenon.