Things to do in August on the UWS

July 27 2018 | The Upper West Side

With summer in full swing, August in NYC is truly electric. Make the most of the sunny days and warm nights by taking yourself along to one of the many activities on the Upper West Side. Here we have selected a few of our favorites!

Free Music Friday at the American Folk Art Museum

Kick off August with some free music, Friday August 3, at the American Folk Museum. The live music inspired by the spirit of self-taught folk art on show is the perfect way to spend a warm Summer’s evening with the family. There is a donation-based cash wine bar and admission is free. The performance runs from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, with three performers playing sets. Book your free tickets here. The American Folk Museum is always a great place to escape the heat exploring its climate-controlled exhibitions. Plus, it’s one of the only museums in the city where admission is always free!

Restaurant Week Summer 2018

Home to the best restaurants in the world, dining out on the Upper West Side is a delicious pastime. NYC Restaurant Week is the perfect chance to try this gourmet goodness at a fraction of the price. Running from July 23 through August 17, top restaurants will be offering 2-course lunches at $26 and 3-course dinners at $42. A deal not to be missed! Make sure to take advantage at the Upper West Side seafood gem Atlantic Grill, Australian bistro Burke & Wills, farm-to-table Italian treasure ‘Cesca or enjoy a dish from world-famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s menu at Nougatine at Jean-Georges. Check out the full list of participating UWS restaurants.

Lunchtime Concerts at Lincoln Square

What’s better then free live music? Catch amazing local artists play jazz, Latin dance, brass pop and country bluegrass at the Lincoln Square BID every Wednesday through August. The lunchtime music concerts get the crowd off their seats and tapping their feet. There’s no better way to spend a summer’s day. Get down to Broadway and 66th Street from noon until 2pm to catch the talented performers. If you’re in the mood for a stretch, the West Side YMCA yoga sessions between performances are a great way to get moving.

Free Shakespeare in Central Park

The star-studded performances of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in Central Park are not to be missed. Every summer since 1962 tourists and locals alike flock to Central Park to enjoy the amazing outdoor Shakespeare experience. These free performances are every Tuesday through Sunday at 8pm until August 19 at the Delacorte Theater, accessible through the 81st Central Park entry. Its popularity means it can be hard to get good seats. Tickets are available at a first-come, first-served basis at 12pm the day of the show. First, you'll need to register for a Public Theater Patron ID, you can do that here. People start lining up from 6am when the park opens. It is well worth the wait!

Join Geography in Sight and Sound


Experience geography like never before, as part of a chorus of experienced and amateur singers transforming the names of North American mountains, lakes, rivers and deserts into chant. Led by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams, this world-first outdoor musical event will move around the beautiful water of Harlem Meer surrounding it with 360-degree sound. Join this musical map Saturday, August 11 at 3pm at Harlem Meer in Central Park.