What’s on in New York, August 2017

We hope you’ve been out enjoying the gorgeous Summer weather, surviving the school holidays and making the most of the (hopefully) quieter time at work to get out of the city. With only 47 days left of Summer its time to take advantage of the outdoors in August with Manhattan’s Summer Streets and The US Open just a few of the great events to check out with our AWNY wrap up below…

Enjoy! – The AWNY Communications Team

Every summer (and winter, for that matter), NYC Restaurant Week returns with dining deals at restaurants all across New York, more than 380 restaurants offer three-course pre-fixe dining deals for both lunch ($29) and dinner ($42). The summer session runs through Friday, August 18, 2017 reservations available here.

Summer Streets is back! On Saturday, August 12 and 19th between the hours of 7 am and 1 pm, nearly seven miles of New York City’s streets are open to the public to play, run, walk and bike. Find out more here.

Don’t miss your chance to see major artists in shows devoted to Bollywood musicals, Eastern European and Central Asian folk music and dance, and West African and West Indian carnival culture at Lincoln Center Out of Doors on up until August 13.

Yet to make it to a Baseball game? The Subway Series is a series of  Major League Basketball games played between the two teams based in New York City, the Yankees and the Mets. Previously, this applied to the Giants and Dodgers as well, before they moved out of New York City. Every historic and current venue for such games has been accessible via the New York City Subway, hence the name of the series. So whether you’ve adopted Yankee blue or Mets orange or you’re just there for the hot dogs and beer, it’s sure to be a good day out at Citi Field between August 14-17.

Iconic Aussie rock bands Midnight Oil & The Living End team up for a show in Hells Kitchen on August 21st tickets available.

The Jazz Age Lawn Party is returning to Governor’s Island on August 26 & 27. Sip on Prohibition-era cocktails during incredible daylong jazz performances from Philadelphia’s prized Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society, as well as singer-songwriter Queen Esther. Get a bunch of friends together and dress up in 1920’s attire for an unforgettable experience.

Tennis fan? Head to flushing and tick the US Open off your NYC bucket list! August 28 to September 10.

On August 28 join the AAA at the Brooklyn Brewery for ‘Science on Tap’ an evening of astronomy with astrophysicist, Nobel Prize laureate and ANU Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Brian Schmidt, Assistant Deputy Associate Administrator and Deputy Program Manager, Space Communications and Navigation NASA HQ Philip Liebrecht and AMNH Associate Research Scientist, Lehman College Professor and Host/Writer of PBS Space Time Professor Matthew O’Dowd. Networking and meat pies by The Australian to follow the panel discussion.

Photo credit of Summer Streets: NYC-Arts.org


What’s On June 2016

Just in time for the weekend, here is the AWNY Communications Team’s top picks for events in New York this month. We hope you have the chance to get along to one or more of these!

AWNY’s Private tour of the 9/11 Memorial is on June 7th at 6.00PM. The private tour will be followed by complimentary appetizers and drink specials at the Club Quarters Terrace. Tickets are $20 and are purchased on the evening, more information here.

Celebrate Brooklyn, the cultural program run in Prospect Park, starts Wednesday June 8th June and there are some great gigs on including Perth based musician Tame Impala. For info, tix and the event calendar, click here.

If you think you can manage a 10KM run, there’s still spots left for the New York Road Runners NY Mini 10K on Saturday June 11th at 8.00AM. It’s just for us girls and you’ll be running the traverse road of Central Park – always a pretty scene. Register via NYRR website.

Do you have a sweet disposition? If so, get along to see Aussie group Temper Trap perform next Thursday June 9th at Webster Hall. Tickets start at a very reasonable $38.00. Venue information and tickets available here.

Join the 5-borough party and celebrate New York’s LGBT heritage at NY Pride on June 26th. Timeout has great tips, info, and events lists here.

The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic is on this weekend at Jersey City (hurry tix are almost sold out at the time of writing!). Check out ticket availability, transport to the event, and location information here.

If you haven’t been yet, get along to New York’s Iconic Jazz Age Lawn Party on June 11-12 at Governors Island. Tickets, info, getting there etc all here.

Ever seen the line of people camping out overnight on the west side of the Great Lawn in Central Park?  They’re lining up for the best seats at Summer’s Shakespeare in the Park performances. The Taming of the Shrew is performing now, tickets are free, and you can find additional details here.

AWNY Picnic in the Park! Get your best sack-racing, egg-and-spoon balancing, Mintie-and-Jaffa-scoffing kit on and join the wonderful AWNY and Australian Mums and Dad’s communities for our annual Picnic in Park on June 26th. It’s BYO all food and drinks and kicks off at 2pm at Norman’s Landscape at W 86th St in Central Park. Check out the Facebook event page for more info.

State of Origin Game 2 is televised at The Australian on June 22nd at 6.00AM (with replays at 9.00AM and 12.00PM). Doors Open 5.30AM for the early birds amongst us! Venue information and breakfast bookings available here.

Curated by the AWNY Communications Team

What’s on in June 2015

A shortlist of things to do and see in NYC in June curated by Belinda Jackson.

The start of the summer is time to pull out the white outfits from your closet and find the hats, sunscreen and BBQ sauce. There are loads of free offerings on from music and movies, to parades and block parties. Here are a few highlights for you.

Celebrate Brooklyn opens on June 3rd and runs through to August with Chaka Khan as the opening act.

The Chris’s of Flinders Lane (Chris Rendell, chef and Chris McPherson, sommelier) will be serving up some of their specialties at James Beard House on June 5. Get your tickets soon for this evening of celebrating Australian cuisine and wines.

The Governors Ball Music Festival is a phenomenal music festival at Randall’s Island that runs from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th June. Catch the ferry out and enjoy some of that great food and music on offer. Just remember to wear sunscreen.

The Belmont Stakes will be held at Belmont Park on Long Island on June 6th. This year there is the possibility of American Pharoah taking out the Triple Crown, if he succeeds this will be the first Triple Crown winner since Seattle Slew took the Crown in 1978.

The 69th Tony Awards will be at Radio City Music Hall on June 9th at 8pm, this year they will be hosted by Kristen Chenoweth and Alan Cumming.

The ‘Out from Down Under’ exhibition at the Agora Gallery will run until June 9. Definitely worth a visit before the artwork goes back ‘Down Under’.

Australia’s Daniel Geale will challenge Miguel Cotto current WBC Middleweight and Ring Magazine World Champion at the Barclays Center on June 6 at 6pm.

Clinton the Musical is running at New World Stages. This is written by Australian Paul Hodge and we have been offered a special ticket rate for $49 – use code CTWJC49 to access this special rate (regular price is $75-$95).

We are well into the baseball season for the major leagues, but a fun thing to do over the summer is check out the minor leagues. NYC has two fabulous teams – the Staten Island Yankees (a feeder team to the NY Yankees) and the Brooklyn Cyclones (a feeder team to the NY Mets). Both teams have great stadiums; the SI Yankees have a view of Manhattan and the Cyclones are out at Coney Island looking out over the Atlantic. Opening day is June 19 of the two teams playing one another at the Staten Island stadium and on June 20 they will play at the Cyclones stadium in Brooklyn.

Museum Mile Festival is on June 9 from 6-9pm. One day a year, for the past 37 years, nine of the country’s finest museums —all ones that call Fifth Avenue home— collectively open their doors for free to New Yorkers and visitors for a mile-long block party and visual art celebration.

The Jazz Age Lawn Party is New York City’s original prohibition era inspired gathering. Two weekends a year, guests are invited to travel back in time and discover and experience one of the most colorful and formative epochs in American history. June 13 and 14 and August 15 and 16.

New York Philharmonic will be performing two free concerts in Central Park on June 17 and 18. Take a picnic out to the Great Lawn and enjoy this wonderful Philharmonic music. Local tip – Adam Gilbert will be conducting on June 17 and this is his last year leading the NY Philharmonic. If you haven’t seen him before it might be worthwhile trying for the 17th.

River to River Festival – June 18 to June 28

Annual Chappel-Hadlee Cricket Match – June 20

The annual Mermaid Parade is on June 20 from 1pm and is the largest art parade in the nation. A celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside, it showcases over 1,500 creative individuals from all over the five boroughs and beyond, opening the summer with incredible art, entrepreneurial spirit and community pride. The parade highlights Coney Island Pageantry based on a century of many Coney parades, celebrates the artistic vision of the community of NYC.

Bryant Park Film Festival commences on June 22nd.

NYC Pride Parade is on June 28 commences at 12 noon and will travel down Fifth Avenue from 36th St. & Fifth Ave.
Ends at Christopher & Greenwich Streets.

If you’re looking for a day trip from the city, try a visit up the Hudson to Kykuit: The Rockefeller Estate – it is open until late September.

Save the Date for July

Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks show will be on the East River this year.

Sydney University North American Alumni Conference NYC 2015 will be held in NYC from July 16 to 18. More details can be found at their website – www.sydneyalumni2015.com

photo credit: At the Jazz Age Lawn Party by Whitney Browne