What to Do This Week in NYC (August 6 – August 12)

While the August heat may cause visitors to be more languid, there’s no slowdown for what to do in NYC this week. Choose from activities outside in the warm air or inside in the air conditioning — there’s plenty of both available.

Much Ado Over What to Do in NYC: Punderdome

If you love words, and using them in “punny” ways, then Punderdome is for you. Held at Littlefield at 635 Sackett Street in Brooklyn on August 7th, Punderdome pits 12 individuals or pairs against each other to win a spontaneous pun-making contest. These contestants are judged mainly on the level of audience response, as recorded by the “Human Clap-O-Meter.” Consider competing — signups are at the door.

That’s It, Game On!

Head down to Water Street on August 8th starting at 4:00 p.m. to participate in the last of Downtown Alliance’s four weekly GameOn! Summer events. Activities consist of a giant Jenga game, shuffleboard, cornhole, foosball and Ping Pong. Local gyms offer fitness, yoga and boxing challenges (as well as massages), and there are giveaways and photo booths from the Brooklyn Cyclones, NFL Experience and NYC Football Club. Grab a spray can to participate in the interactive mural, or just grab a beer in one of the two beer gardens. Locations are 55, 77 and 200 Water Street, 75 Wall Street, 32 Old Slip and 85 Broad Street.

What to Do in NYC? Lift the Giglio

Although it’s hard to explain why, the giglio is a flower-laden steeple that is lifted and danced around during the annual Giglio Society of East Harlem’s Feast, which runs from August 9-12 this year. To watch the singing, dancing and lifting — and eat some Italian feast treats — head to Pleasant Avenue between 114th and 116th streets in Harlem, around Our Lady of Mount Carmel church.

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Broadway En Plein Air

Grab lunch and head over to Bryant Park on August 9th from 12:30-1:30 p.m. for the summer’s Broadway in Bryant Park series, sponsored by 106.7 LiteFM. This is the second to last concert of 2018, and it will feature the stars and songs from several hit Broadway plays, including Anastasia, Jersey Boys and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. Like other summer things to do in NYC, the Broadway in Bryant Park series is free.

Here There Be Dragons

The 28th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival takes place in Flushing Meadows Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 11th and 12th, which corresponds to the fifth day of the fifth month on the Chinese calendar. The US Dragon Boat Open Championship Race is held on Sunday. In addition to the boating, the festival features traditional musicians and dancers, storytelling, artists and crafters, and a variety of ethnic Chinese cuisine.

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Embrace Your Inner Unicorn

If you’re wondering what to do this week in NYC that’s a bit out of the ordinary, head to the House of Yes at 2 Wyckoff Avenue in Brooklyn on either August 11th or 12th. Unicornitopia kicks off at 10 p.m. on both nights, with attendees glittering and glamming into the wee hours of the morning. (It officially closes at 4 a.m.) There will be lots of music and dancing, and a fair share of fantasy. Be sure to dress to dazzle.

Dance All This Week in NYC

The 37th Annual Battery Place Dance Festival takes place from August 11-18. It kicks off on the 11th with an outdoor showing of Moving Stories from 8-9:30 p.m. at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park in Battery Park City. The following six days feature a variety of dance performances held at the park from 7-9 p.m. The festival then ends on the 18th with a free reception and VIP event at Pace University’s Schimmel Center.

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