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Things to Do on the Upper West Side this August

July 31 2019

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’ve selected a few of our favorites, all just a short walk or train ride away from Hotel Beacon.

Jazz in Central Park

Aug. 10
You can never get enough free music during summertime in NYC. Pack a picnic and head to the Great Hill for jazz and dancing in the fresh air from 4 pm to 7 pm. Look forward to Alyson Williams, Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, Sage, and Wycliffe Gordon. Enter at 196th Street and Central Park West - weather permitting. See details.

Shakespeare in the Park

Through Aug. 11
Free Shakespeare in the Park presents Coriolanus, one of his last tragedies about a general voted into power by a populace hungry for change. Based on the life of Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus, this modern-day version is directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan and deals with themes of democracy and demagoguery. Tickets are free but tricky to get a hold of. Read up on Time Out’s tips on how to secure a ticket for the city’s beloved event.

NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2019

Through Aug. 16
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 22 through August 16, top restaurants will be offering two-course lunches at $26 and three-course dinners at $42. A deal not to be missed! Make sure to take advantage at the Upper West Side seafood gem Atlantic Grill at Lincoln Center, 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. 

Free Music Fridays & Jazz Wednesdays at the American Folk Art Museum

Kick off August with some free music throughout August at the American Folk Museum. Friday live music is 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. Free jazz shows are also scheduled at 2pm on Wednesdays if you’re in the neighborhood!

Admission is free for both live music events. See who is performing here. The American Folk Museum is always a great place to escape the heat and it’s one of the only museums in the city where admission is always free!

Summer Sunday Brunch & Shop: Seafood Edition

Aug. 25
NYC’s biggest and most diverse weekly market, Grand Bazaar, is serving a delicious Summer Sunday Brunch: Seafood Edition on the UWS this Aug. 25. Make sure to arrive with an empty stomach and sip on fresh oysters, get the last lobster rolls of the season, and get some paella while it’s hot! Weave your way through over 150 stalls filled artisans, antiques and vintage clothes. Shop for a cause with profits going to help four local public schools in the neighborhood! Learn more and see other events.

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