Along with jumping into a pool and sipping spritzes at a rooftop bar, the best thing to do every August is hop on the 7 train to Queens. The US Open, taking place from August 19 to September 8, has delicious food, free activities (yes, free!) and even a signature drink—because there’s nothing better than sipping a cocktail while watching your favorite tennis stars in action.
Eat Your Way Through The US Open Food Village
Every sporting event is made better with good eats, and there’s always plenty at the US Open. This year’s drool-worthy lineup includes an oyster bar with a menu curated by Lure Fishbar, spicy fried chicken sandwiches and burgers from David Chang’s Fuku, plus—for those eating a little healthier—grain bowls by chef JJ Johnson from his FieldTrip stand.
Bring The Family To Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day
Stars from the music and tennis worlds join forces to headline this annual event inside its namesake stadium. In addition to past appearances by Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, the Williams sisters and Roger Federer, the show includes games and other fun activities for kids big and small.
See the Greats Play During Legends Exhibition Matches
Last year, longtime pros including Lindsay Davenport, John McEnroe, James Blake and Michael Chang came out to compete in must-watch games. This year’s legends have yet to be announced, but the matches are free and open to the public during Fan Week (August 19 to 25).
Sip On the Signature Cocktail of the US Open, The Honey Deuce
Sidle up to the Grey Goose bar for the Open’s Honey Deuce, a pretty-in-pink drink that’s been a signature of the event for more than a decade. A mixture of vodka, freshly squeezed lemonade and raspberry liqueur, the cocktail comes topped with honeydew melon balls (a nod to the balls on the court).
Use The US Open App To Collect Badges And Win Prizes
Not only can you use the official US Open app to quickly see which court your faves are playing on (speed is key to getting the best seats, obviously), but you can score prizes by scanning badges that are sprinkled all around the stadium if you register for the US Open Fan Access Pass. Make sure you register before coming on site for Fan Week to get access to other special offers.
Take Advantage of Free Admission During Fan Week
Speaking of Fan Week...from August 19 to 25 you can head into the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for free. From the qualifying tournament and featured practices to a brand-new Net Generation kids’ zone that will give little ones the opportunity to pick up a racket and get on the courts during the day, there’s loads to explore. Oh, and did we mention happy hour before two live concerts on August 21 and 22? You won’t want to miss it.