New York City Happenings – Bee Scene: Busy as a bee in August

The schedule of summer events in NYC is like my group of friends on a bender: it just don’t stop!

August Activities Around NYC:

Monday, July 28th-Friday, August 1st
Restaurant Week
Enjoy prix fixe lunches at selected restaurants for $24.07 and prix fixe dinners for $35. Please your pals by scoring a great reservation at one of the more than 200 participating restaurants, but make sure they know to bring cash. Order the wine and tip the wait staff generously.

July 22nd-August 17th
Shakespeare in the Park
Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical featuring Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening)
Get up early and stand in line at Central Park, 81st Street entrance near the Delacorte Theater. Good luck!

Thursday, August 7th-Sunday, August 24th
Lincoln Center Out of Doors
As one of the largest free summer festivals in the country, Out of Doors aims at attracting the local community by featuring dance, music and poetry performance. All events take place outside, are free and do not require tickets. All performances will be held in Damrosch Park on Lincoln Center’s campus during the renovation.

Saturday, August 16th at 3 p.m.
Free Walking Tour, one hour
These free tours are led by knowledgeable volunteers of Friends of Hudson River Park. Come walk the Village segment of Hudson River Park, and get a unique lesson about the rich history of the neighborhood and its waterfront. Meet at the foot of Hudson River Park’s Pier 45 at Christopher Street in front of the info booth to enjoy a pleasant and informative one-hour walk, weather permitting.

Tuesday, August 19th, 8 p.m. at 55 Water St
Movie Night on the Elevated Acre, River to River NYC
Killer’s Kiss (67 minutes, 1955)
In Stanley Kubrick’s first feature film, the streets of Manhattan come alive in the brilliant black and white cinematography.

Monday nights
HBO Bryant Park Movie Festival
This popular festival continues through August 18th.

Tuesday nights until August 19th
Stars of Tomorrow, Pier 45 at Christopher St at 6:30 p.m.
See tomorrow’s jazz and classical virtuoso’s today. Tuesdays hit a high note with jazz and classical performances from Mannes College, The New School for Music and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music on one of Hudson River Park’s most beautiful piers by star students from around the city.

Thursday nights in August
Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Check the website to find out what movies will be playing at Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park.

Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
30th Annual Seaside Summer Concert Series
This weekly concert series runs through August features an amazing line-up, including Smokey Robinson and Liza Minelli.
Asser Levy/Seaside Park at West 5th Street and Surf Avenue in Coney Island/Brighton Beach, across the street from the New York Aquarium.

Friday mornings through August
Today Show’s Toyota Concert Series
Live music is a great way to start your workday.

Friday mornings through August
Good Morning America’s Concert Series
The cast of Broadway’s Rent and the Jonas Brothers are slated to perform in August.

Every Friday Night
Rubin Museum
Happy Hour and DJ 6-7 p.m., free admission to museum 7-10 p.m.

Friday nights until August 22nd
Sunset on the Hudson, Pier 45 at Christopher St. at 7:00 p.m.
Every Friday, enjoy the beautiful sunset and mellow sounds of New York’s acclaimed guitar man David Ippolito from this spectacular grass-covered pier that stretches 900 feet into the majestic Hudson River.

Friday nights through Labor Day
Fireworks on the Beach, Coney Island
D/F/N/Q trains to Stillwell Avenue (last stop).
Astroland and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park sponsor fireworks at 9:30 every Friday night during the season.

Saturdays through September 6th
P.S. 1 Warm-Up
Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Warm Up, the critically-acclaimed series of live music and DJ acts that has become one of New York’s most exciting and anticipated summer events.
$10, 3-9 pm every Saturday, Long Island City

Weekends through September 27th
Rooftop Films 2008 Summer Series
This series will run every weekend until September 27, screening 19 feature films and over 150 short films in 38 screenings, in in a dozen spectacular outdoor locations all over the city. All screenings include live music before the films, and most screenings include after-parties with free drinks. Tickets are just $9, or $6 online in advance for select shows.

Saturday nights through September 17th, 8:30 p.m.
Coney Island Film Society
Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Ave. (between Stillwell Ave. and W. 12th St)
Tickets $5, $3 for Film Society members. Doors open at 8pm Pre-show at 8:15pm featuring classic drive in trailers, shorts, old commercials and more. Free Popcorn!

Ongoing until Mid-October
Waterfalls at Brooklyn Bridge
From the website: “Commissioned by the Public Art Fund, the project consists of four monumental, man-made waterfalls installed for three months at four sites along the shores of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Governors Island.”
Visit Jaime’s neighborbeeblog post for more information.

CityParks Foundation
More than 100 free concerts and arts events in city parks through August, check website for schedule.

Central Park SummerStage
SummerStage is a performing arts festival that runs on a Central Park stage until August.
Check the website for a full listing of shows, most are free:

South Street Seaport Music Festival, ongoing
Free outdoor concerts at the Seaport all summer long, check website for full schedule.

River to River Festival, ongoing
This festival is NYC’s largest free summer arts festival with over 500 music, dance and cultural events through mid-September.
Check the website for upcoming performances:

Riverside Park Fund
Visit this site to learn about a myriad of outdoor movies, family events and theater performances that take place in Riverside Park on the Upper West Side.

Photo by Philocrites on Flickr.

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