New York City is quickly turning into an oven, AKA the dog days are almost upon us. Never fear, you can beat the heat with OneScreen! Don’t let the humidity get the best of you; step out and make the most of the hottest (literal and figurative) month of summer. If there’s one thing New Yorkers can’t stand, it’s sweating, but trust us, these events are worth it.
NYC Poetry Festival; Governors Island; July 29; suggested donation $10
Break out your laurel wreaths and tune your lyres, the Poetry Society of New York is back with their annual festival on Governor’s Island. Featuring readings from more than 200 poets and 50 organizations, this festival brings together the best of the best in the underground scene. Treat yo’ self to a little culture. After all, you’re in one of the literary capitals of the world.
Panorama Festival at Randall’s Island Park; July 28–30; $125 daily; $345 weekend pass
Randall’s Island playing host once again with its sophomore campaign of the city’s hottest new music festival (don’t worry Gov Ball, we said new). This year’s star-studded lineup features big names like R&B god Frank Ocean (who’s finally come to grace us with his music) and psych-rock kings Tame Impala, alongside up-and-coming acts like country-flecked emo band Pinegrove and Chicago MC Noname. This diverse lineup has something for lovers of every music style, making it the perfect summer music celebration. Trust us, you’ll come down with a major case of FOMO if you miss this one.
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival; Flushing Meadows-Corona Park; Aug 6, 7; Free
Ballin’ on a budget? Take a trip to “Hong Kong” without spending a penny. We’re not kidding! The annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival at Flushing Meadows–Corona Park is back with its 26th installment. Around 180 teams throw down in the dragon boat race at this culture fest inspired by Chinese tradition. On land, join in on the fun with music and dance, martial arts and food vendors selling Asian cuisine like steamed dumplings, pork-belly buns and Sno Biz shaved ice, to keep you cool.
US Open 2017; Billie Jean King National Tennis Center; Aug 29; Starting at $60
It’s almost that magical time when New York becomes the capital of the tennis world. Head over to Queens to watch your favorite stars play under the lights in the historic Arthur Ashe Stadium. Will Roger Federer, the reigning king of the tennis world after his Wimbledon ’17 domination, steamroll his way to a 20th Grand Slam title? Can Nadal bounce back after his electrifying 5-set defeat at the hands of Gilles Müller? With Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray battling injuries, this may be one of your last chances to see a true #throwback championship match between two of the tennis GOATs.
Jazz Age Lawn Party 2017; Colonel’s Row on Governors Island; Aug 26, 27; $55
If you missed it in June, swing on by Governor’s Island for this 1920’s themed shindig. Channel your inner Jay or Daisy in your best suit or flapper dress and get ready to dance like you’re on West Egg. If your zoot suit gets a bit stuffy cool off with LEJAY-made cocktails, ice cold beer, lemonade and other soft drinks. It’s bound to be a roaring time.
Blues BBQ Festival; Hudson River Park, Pier 97, Hell’s Kitchen; Aug 19; Free Admission
If you’re a true BBQ connoisseur, you know that the city that has everything comes up a bit short in that slow-roasted, brown sugar glazed department. This summer, you’re in luck: head over to Hudson River Park and indulge in the best BBQ around. From Dinosaur Barb-B-Que to Mighty Quinn’s, eat yourself into a much-welcomed food coma while enjoying some live blues and roots performances by The Campbell Brothers, Sugar Ray, the Bluetones and more.
“The Art of Spider-Man” Exhibition; Society of Illustrators, Lenox Hill; Ends Aug 26; $12
With the exception of Gotham’s dark knight, the title of NYC’s patron superhero belongs to everyone’s favorite web-slinging wall-crawler…Look Out! It’s Spider-Man. Head over to the exhibit and see how the comic-book art of the Spider-man visionaries influenced the way that superhero stories are told. Trust us, you’ll have a SUPER time.
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