Best NYC Festivals and Fairs in August
It’s the largest such festival in North America, held annually in Flushing Meadow-Corona Park.
The boats are works of art, hand-carved and painted by craftsman in Hong Kong, with a Dragon head at the front and Dragon tail at the rear.
Plus, there are demonstrations of traditional Chinese arts and crafts, martial arts demonstrations, the traditional Dragon dance, traditional story telling, and lots of Chinese food at the ethnic food court.
See the full schedule of events here.
This weekend, August 3/4, 9am to 5pm both days, rain or shine, so let’s hope for shine.
The 2019 event will be similar to last year’s event.
Attend a week of FREE outdoor performances by dance troupes from around the world, against the backdrop of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island at Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park in Battery Park City.
There’s a different group of dancers each night, from August 11-16, representing all styles of dance, including the traditional dances of their home countries.
Photo is from one of last year’s performing troupes.
- FREE outdoor performances at 9pm.
- Final night 6pm to 8pm The Schimmel Center at Pace University. Tickets for the closing performance are$10; or $65 including after-reception.
Best NYC Museum Exhibits NYC
The bicentennial of the famous poet Walt Whitman, who lived and worked in Brooklyn, is being celebrated with special exhibits.
Read more about the exhibits and the life of Walt Whitman in this NY Times article.
“Walt Whitman: America’s Poet,” at the New York Public Library, surveys the landmarks of the poet’s public career, drawing in large part from its rich holdings.
- FREE, through August 30 at the New York Public Library, main branch on Fifth Ave.
Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy,” at the Morgan Library & Museum, features items from the Morgan collection alongside loans from the Library of Congress, which include an errant 19th-century butterfly with a back story as colorful as its wings.
- At the Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave.
It is the largest exhibition on Auschwitz ever presented in the United States features more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs from more than 20 museums and other institutions around the world, many of them on display in the USA for the first time in North Amerrica.
Not long ago. Not far away is a searing reminder of the horrors of war, xenophobia, racism and anti-Semitism, especially timely today with the sad and frightening rise of terrorist shootings in synagogues, churches and mosques around the world.
Not long ago. Not far away includes hundreds of personal items (e.g., suitcases, eyeglasses, and shoes) that belonged to people murdered in Auschwitz and to people who survived.
Other artifacts include concrete posts that were part of the fence of the Auschwitz camp; an original barrack; a gas mask used by the SS; drawings by Alfred Kantor and David Olère; and an original German-made Model 2 freight car used for the deportation of Jews.
This important exhibit comes to New York City after being shown in Madrid.
The exhibition opened to the public on May 8, the anniversary of VE Day, 1945
- At the The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Battery Park.
- MJH is the primary resource in the tri-state area for teaching and learning about the Holocaust and is the third largest Holocaust museum in the world.
- Get tickets now. Tickets are timed entry, but you can stay as long as you like.
- For more information about the exhibition, including tickets, visit www.Auschwitz.nyc.
- NYC on the Cheap Editor Evelyn Kanter is a descendant of Holocaust survivors.
- Members of my father’s family died in Auschwitz and in other Nazi concentration camps.
Best NYC Events for Foodies
There’s a beefed up line-up this season, with more than 100 vendors offering an international selection of bites representing the cuisines of the Bronx population, including the Caribbean, Mexico, China, Greece and more.
- In Fordham Plaza, Saturdays, 4pm to 10pm
- July 13 and 27, August 17 and 31, Sept. 14 and 28, Oct. 26
The Queens International Night Market is a large, family-friendly Asian-style open-air night market, featuring as many as 100 independent vendors selling merchandise, art, and food, plus small-scale cultural performances, all celebrating the rich cultural diversity and heritage of NYC and Queens, the most ethnically diverse of the five boroughs.
The location is a working-class area with a diverse immigrant population, and most menu items are $5
- Saturdays, 5pm to Midnight, at the New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows Corona Park