Summer is in full swing! Discover the essential things to do in NYC during the month of July into August to make your summer unforgettable. There’s no shortage of great opportunities and diversions to choose from, all within a short distance of The Mansfield.
- Summer Stage
July 1 - Sept. 24, 2015
Various NYC locations
Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The free concerts are popular, so arrive early.
- Restaurant Week
July 20 - Aug. 14, 2015
Get a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week, not on Saturdays.
- Italian traditional festival
August 6 - 9, 2015
The Giglio Feast of Saint Antonio celebrates Italian food, culture, religion, and tradition. On Sunday, a platform holding a 12-piece band and 80-foot statue is carried through the streets of East Harlem.
- Dragon Boat Festival
August 8 - 9, 2015
Watch 170 dragon-boat teams compete on Meadows Lake, and enjoy music, dance, martial arts, folk art, and Chinese food at Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens.
- Summer Streets
August 8 & 15, 2015
The city closes seven miles of Park Avenue and Lafayette Street to cars so you can play, run, walk, dance, and bike carefree during Summer Streets. Expect food, entertainment, and activities.
- Innovative theater festival
August 30 - Sept. 20, 2015
See 24 new and innovative works, including comedy, dance, drama, music, poetry, and puppetry, during Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City.
- U.S Tennis Open
August 31 - Sept. 13, 2015
Watch the world’s best players compete under the open sky at the U.S. Open Tennis Championship at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, Queens.
- Empire State Building Light Display
This iconic building has maintained a tradition of changing color to recognize various occasions and organizations throughout the year. The LED light system is capable of displaying 16 million colors. Check out the lighting schedule to find out tonight’s color.
- Grand Central Terminal
Also in Midtown, a short walk from The Mansfield is the world-famous Grand Central Terminal, where you can stare up at the majestic, constellation-decorated ceiling. As long as you’re in the terminal, you might want peruse its endless array of shops and stores, like the station’s beautifully designed Apple store or the renowned Kidding Around toy shop. Don’t forget the station’s massive dining area, featuring 35 different vendors and eateries, as well as the New York Transit Museum with its frequently updated exhibits and several educational programming.
- Madison Square Park
If you’re looking for an outdoor excursion — and one right around the corner at that, check out the recently refurbished Madison Square Park. Featuring an enormous playground that hosts organized arts and crafts activities, as well as a rotating series of sculptures, this park has something for everyone in the family.