What’s On in New York, June 2017

Our monthly events list often leads with the fun happenings from the AWNY committee but June has quite a highlight. One of AWNY’s most popular events is the ‘Working in the USA’ careers advice evening. You’ll learn top tips for job searching, seeking out networking opportunities, optimizing your resume for the US market, and listen to the job search experiences of other New York based Aussies. The event is led by our President Belinda Jackson (Prosell international). The tickets for this event go quickly and space is limited to secure your spot!

We also have our Annual AWNY picnic on this month (June 24th in Central Park) and a great list of fun things to do in New York as we had into the steamy months of summer.


June means Jazz in New York City and it’s definitely the month to get to one of the 100 performances at the Blue Note Jazz Festival (various venues). You’re guaranteed great music and performances run throughout June. Schedule, locations, tix available here.

Free Summer Movies start June 2 at various locations around the 5 boroughs. There’s mix of pics to delight all ages. A schedule of movies, dates and locations is found on the NYC Park website. All the movies are free.

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival simply has to be included on our June What’s On list. The organizers encourage the addressing of Human Rights Issues in the films selected for the festival, and unsurprisingly there is a broad list presented this year. The festival runs from June 9-18 at with showing at either the Lincoln Center or IFC Center. Details and tickets available here.

June also sees the commencement of the SummerStage series, free outdoor concerts at various locations around the city, that run into September. Elvis Costello, The Metropolitan Opera, and Freedom Party are highlights for June.  This link provides a view of everything happening in June. Expand to to see the entire SummerStage series.

Fifth Avenue goes car free (well, for 23 blocks) on June 13 for the Museum Mile Evening, commencing at 6pm. All the museums along the stretch of fifth dubbed ‘Museum Mile’ are free and there will be live music to entertain you as you hop between them. Schedule and details available here.

Working in the USA Event is on June 14th at the Australian Consulate. Polish your resume, learn great networking tips, interview skills and job seeking advice. If you’re currently looking for a new role, or even thinking about starting a job search in New York, then don’t miss this event. It’s one of our most popular events each year, so make sure you secure a spot!  Tickets available through the AWNY Facebook event page.

USA Father’s Day is June 18! If you’re celebrating and need options, there’s this Jazz brunch cruise, the Father’s day scavenger hunt, Smorgasburg, or check out Open Table and book a table somewhere fancy or fun.

This month’s Generation Women event brings together Australian author and AWNY Member Georgia Clark, along with 4 other notable women from different generations to read and share their perspectives on a theme. This month’s theme: my first time saying no. The event is on June 21st and tickets are a very reasonable $25, available through this link.

Take advantage of the totally free Concerts in the Park series and listen to the New York Philharmonic orchestra on one of 5 performances between June 13-18 at various locations around the city. Information and schedules available here.

The Annual AWNY Picnic in the Park is on June 21st. We’ll be there from 2pm – 4pm for bring the whole family, plus any visitors you have in town, and enjoy a great afternoon with your Australian friends. We’ll have games and face painting to entertain the kids, please bring your own picnic lunch. For more info, visit the AWNY Facebook event page.

Photo credit: Joanna Hishon

What’s on in New York, March 2017

It’s March already and it feels like spring. The attitude we have encountered the most this winter was a mix of regret about climate change, zero regret about the lack of snow. We’re already feeling spring weather and despite not having the usual display of flowers, bursting buds, and the general opening up of public lawn space, we can still rock through this New York March like the spring loving, jasmine smelling Aussies that we are. Just don’t attempt a dip in the Atlantic. Yet.

Here’s a AWNY’s curated list of great events for the month of March in New York City. Enjoy!

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What’s on in New York in February

January didn’t bring much winter feel with it but as I type this the mercury is dipping toward zero degrees C and I have it on good authority that February and March could pack a cold punch. So why not grab a cuppa, sit back, and read through AWNY’s picks of the best Feb events to help get you through the chillaroo…

Curated by the AWNY Communications Team

TOP PICK! Make sure you zip on over to our Facebook page and check out the AWNY Art Auction. Two very special artists, Jacinta Stewart and Trish Callaghan have donated an art work each for the online auction, and all funds raised will go towards AWNY’s 2017 charity, The Dwelling Place. Bidding ends Feb 8 at midnight! It’s really easy to place a bid – just add your bid in the comments section under each of the art work pics on the events page. Bid here for Jacinta’s work and here for Trish’s work. Thank you for your support for this great cause!

Aussie Cabaret performer Michael Griffiths performs his ‘In Vogue’ show (Madonna tribute) at 54 Below on February 7.  The cabaret experience of 54 Below is reason enough to go but I have a hunch Michael will make this an unforgettably fun night. Tickets and info available here.

The Gondwana Choir, comprising the most accomplished choral groups in Australia, perform on February 2nd at 1pm at the Trinity Church. Additional info about the event can be found here. Entry is free (can you think of a better way to spend your lunch break tomorrow?).

TOP PICK! Join ANWY’s Love, Sex and Romance panel discussion on February 15 at Impact Hub. New York based Australian authors Rachel Hills and Skye Cleary will lead the discussion that will explore myths, fantasies, and unspoken assumptions about romance and relationships. AWNY member tix are a bargain at $15 and are available here.

Why do us grown-ups get all the fun? Kids night on Broadway, held on Feb 28th, is a great initiative that allows kids the see Broadway shows for zilcho (must be accompanied by a fee paying adult). Search the list of participating shows here (includes the Lion King and Wicked – both excellent) and BOOK NOW. Tix won’t last.

If you’re not a super bowl fan but need to at least know the who and when, then this info is for you: The New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons will battle it out on Feb 5. If you’re more of a die-hard fan, here’s some additional specs: kick off for the main game is at 6.30PM Eastern. It’s being played in Houston, Texas, and Lady Gaga is scheduled to perform the half time show. Seriously, if you’ve never experienced a New York City pub on super bowl night, do it. Get in early though to grab a seat near the telly.

There a many great things about New York in Winter and Fashion Week is definitely one of them (I’m always reminded of one of my favourite Sex and the City scenes when Samantha gets fake blood squirted over her beautiful white mink coat while coming out of Bryant Park. “God I miss love New York!’ was her completely awesome response). It runs from Feb 9-16. This link will tell you who’s show is on and where. Most events are industry-only (but hey, great celeb spotting). This link will give you events open to the public.

Time Out have put together a great list of events around Mardi Gras (Feb 28) this year. In NYC, Mardi Gras is not celebrated in quite the same way it is in Australia. The event is actually a religious celebration (eating richer foods on Shrove Tuesday before the fasting of Lent). But in New York (and New Orleans, if you happen to be down there) it’s celebrated with a lot of Jazz. Check out Time Out’s list of some of the amazing events taking place in the city to celebrate it.

Photo credit: Joanna Hishon

AWNY Picks: What’s On in November in NYC

Curated by the AWNY Communications team


Once you’ve purged your apartment of all the Halloween candy, you can hop along to one of the great events happening in New York in November. There’s a great AWNY events coming up; a fine jewelry showcase on November 3 (yes, that’s just a few days away), plus you can help welcome the incoming America Australia Association (AAA) President, John Berry, on November 16th at the Consulate.

We’re well and truly into the holiday season in New York now so we hope you like the list of events the AWNY Communication team has put together to save you trawling the ‘net for  weekend activity list.


AWNY EVENT! Ray Griffiths Jewelry Showcase will give you the opportunity to pick up some great Christmas presents (for you or others) and 25% of all purchases will be donated to The Dwelling Place, AWNY’s chosen charity for 2016. Details, tickets, info etc. available here.

AAA EVENT! A welcome reception for the incoming American Australian Association President, John Berry (and a farewell to retiring President Frances Cassidy), will be held on November 16 commencing at 6PM at the Australian Consulate. AAA member tickets are $20, non-members are $35, wine and canapes served. Register via the AAA event page on the website.

Some great sources for Christmas presents include the Grand Central Holiday Markets (opening November 14th), the Union Square Holiday Markets (opening November 17th), and Bryant Park Winter Village (open now).

Make sure you get out and soak up some of the atmosphere of the New York Marathon on November 6th. Watching the leading runners at any point on the course is really something to see, but so too is just seeing the amazing mix of people from all over the world power through the 26.2 miles (42.2 kms). It runs through the 5 boroughs so viewing spots are plentiful. Find the course outline here.

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What’s On December 2015

Happy Thanksgiving all!

At my place the jury is still out as to whether it’s best to turkey on Thanksgiving, to turkey at Christmas, or to turkey at both. This could be my new expression – ‘to turkey or not to turkey.’ We had 12 for Thanksgiving dinner this year and it was a hoot; far too much wine, far too many sides, and one big old bird. Yet even with that many mouths, I still had enough turkey left over for a week’s worth of sandwiches, pies, and soup and it seems too short a time ‘til Christmas to repeat the procedure without severe turkey fatigue. I have wholeheartedly adopted the tradition of Thanksgiving because it is just like Christmas only without the gift stress. It does leave Christmas at a bit of a loose end though in terms of what to cook. I can’t do the whole spread again. Vegemite and butter on a fresh bagel washed down with a glass of Hunter Valley Semillon (make it a bottle) and chased up with a giant caramello koala smashed through Haagen Dazs vanilla bean ice cream. Now don’t tell me you’re not considering that as an option for your Christmas dinner!

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone and I hope to see you at one of these great events in December!


~ If you missed the first concert, AWNY Member and GPS Girl Karen Jacobsen is performing her second Christmas concert on Tuesday December 1st  at 7.00PM at The Triad New York.

~ The AWNY Exclusive T2 Shopping and Tea Tasting Event is being held in the Soho T2 store on Wednesday December 2nd at 6.30PM. Tickets are a very reasonable $10 and can be purchased on the night (all ticket proceeds go to Sanctuary for Families) but you need to RSVP here.

~ The AAA’s Holiday Reception is on Thursday December 3rd from 6.30PM – 9.00PM. Held in the Monash Room at the Australian Consulate (150 East 42nd Street, 34th floor) AAA members can purchase tickets for $30 which includes plentiful hors d’oeuvres, Australian beer and wine, meat pies from The Australian Hotel and cocktails by The Manhattan Cricket Club.

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