Dance Performances, Food Festivals & New Tours this August

Sudden heat waves and intense (if not beautiful) thunderstorms won’t halt our quest to attend upcoming events happening in Lower Manhattan. A few cultural highlights this month include live performances along the Hudson River, limited tours inside the Stock Exchange and a handful of food events worth the RSVP.

The Ultimate Wall Street Experience – August 6 @ 8:30-10a and August 20 @ 2:30-4p; $35
The New York Stock Exchange’s popular tour offers visitors access to the trading floor, private meeting rooms and even a peek into the most exclusive restaurant in the city (we heard the french toast is incredible but you need to know a member to dine here)! You will also discover historical artifacts that demonstrate the evolution and cultural importance of the New York Stock Exchange, including the signed Buttonwood Agreement, a fur coat worn by Muriel Sieber (the first woman to trade on the NYSE floor), and even a letter from inventor Alexander Graham Bell who vied for the addition of phones on the trading floor to improve business. This tour is highly recommended for history lovers and curious city residents—space is limited and visitors must be over the age of 14 to attend.

Adirondacks and 1000 Island Festival – August 11 @ 11a-5p; free
Those seeking travel inspo and free samples, take note: More than 40 upstate New York producers of beer, wine, maple, cheese and more will be setting up shop on Piers 16 & 17 for a delectable preview of the region’s best food and drink purveyors.

38th Annual Battery Dance Festival – August 11-17 @ 7-9p; free
New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival returns to Robert K. Wagner Park this month to entertain thousands of loyal viewers with powerful performances in classical, modern and progressive dance genres. Those who want to get more involved in the motions can sign-up for free workshops that are held prior to the daily performances at the Battery Dance Studios.

NYC Restaurant Week – Thru August 15; prices vary
The city’s semi-annual celebration of all things delicious features over 30 Lower Manhattan and Tribeca restaurants! Enjoy 2-course lunches for $26 and 3-course dinners for $42* from some of the area’s favorite venues including Nobu Downtown, Schilling, Delmonico’s and more.

Brookfield Place 4th Annual Tennis Open – August 20-30, hours vary; free
Casual spectators and U.S. Open fans alike can appreciate Brookfield Place’s 4th annual Tennis Open, which will host family friendly activities, as well as a celebrity match on August 24.

Seaport Fireworks, Dining Deals & Island Oases this July

Lower Manhattan’s cobblestoned streets are perfect for “anytime” summertime explorations, but we especially love it when you can pair your Downtown adventure with seasonal events as well! From this year’s Fourth of July celebration to restaurant deals and new art installations, our neighborhood is brimming with something fun and new to try this season.

Fourth of July Celebrations including the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® – July 4
We’re thrilled that this year’s Macy’s Annual Fourth of July Fireworks® show returns to the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time in five years! Pier 17 has one of (if not the best) fireworks viewing vantage point. There are two official entry points for access to the FDR Drive in Lower Manhattan to watch the fireworks: Broad Street & Water Street and Pearl Street & Dover Street.

Lower Manhattan Historical Association Independence Day March and George Washington Letter Reading – July 4,  Various times
The Lower Manhattan Historical Association’s (LMHA) fifth annual Independence March through Lower Manhattan starts at 11:45a with an opening ceremony behind Castle Clinton. The march kicks off at noon. City Council Member Margaret Chin will serve as Grand Marshall.

At 3p, the LMHA, along with the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, American Sephardic Federation and the Temple of Universal Judaism, will host a ceremonial reading at Fraunces Tavern of George Washington’s 1790 letter to the Jewish community of Newport, Rhode Island. Considered one of the most important documents in American history, Washington wrote that the U.S. will “give no bigotry, no sanction, to persecution no assistance.”

Get Low 2019 – Every Tuesday night
Our summertime dining deal provides 20% off dinner for two at a new restaurant within our district each Tuesday until Labor Day. This month’s lineup boasts 5 weeks of good choices, beginning with Blue Smoke BPC (7/2), followed by Temple Court (7/9), MarkJoseph Steakhouse (7/16), Cobble & Co. (7/23), Blue Park Kitchen (7/30).

Tepkik by Jordan Bennett at Brookfield Place NY – July 9-Sept. 6 @ 8a-10p; Free
Jordan Bennett is a Mi’kmaq visual artist from Stephenville Crossing, Ktaqamkuk (Newfoundland). His new site-specific art installation at the Winter Garden in Brookfield Place combines Mi’kmaq ancestral and contemporary traditions with a powerful depiction of the Milky Way. We recommend visiting a few times during the course of its run to fully enjoy the celestial centerpiece in every light and weather.

Summer events on Governors Island – Various times
Events on Governors Island are in full swing and well-worth the 5-minute ferry ride. All month long there’s an impressive line-up of outdoor, creative and interactive events—not to mention a great sunset scene thanks to their extended weekend ferry schedule and Island Oyster’s viewing vantage point. Program highlights for this month include:

  • Rite of Summer: Sandbox Percussion (July 6 @ 1-4p) – A powerful visual and aural concert with music composers and performers, Jonathan Allen, Victor Caccese, Ian Rosenbaum and Terry Sweeney.
  • Outdoor film: After Hours (July 12 @ 6-11p) – This month’s outdoor film screening features Martin Scorcese’s After Hours, a dark comedy classic that follows the NYC based protagonist’s misadventures while making his way home.
  • The 9th Annual New York City Poetry Festival (July 27-28 @ 11a-5p) – The annual festival features poets from over 75 poetry organizations on three main stages, a Vendor’s Village comprised of local booksellers, artists and craft makers, food stations, a beer garden sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery, poetry-inspired installation art throughout, and other poetic festivities.

CITY OF WATER DAY on Piers 16 & 17 – July 13 @ 10a-4p
From cardboard kayaks to musical performances, our friends at the Waterfront Alliance and Seaport District will be hosting a variety of free, all ages waterfront activities to celebrate our region’s 1,600 miles of coastline and raise awareness for the importance of preserving and protecting our city’s waterfront resources.

Get Low Summer 2019

It’s the best deal in town. Every summer, Lower Manhattan welcomes foodies to explore Lower Manhattan’s delectable, ever-growing collection of restaurants. And the best part, every Tuesday you get to try a different restaurant while getting 20% off dinner for two. Get Low 2019 starts on May 28 and we’ve put together a handy cheat-sheet of participating Get Low restaurants for May and June.

Dig in to the list!

Mad Dog & Beans
May 28, 2019
Kick off your summer of Get Low at Mad Dog & Beans Mexican Cantina, a casual, upscale Mexican restaurant on Stone Street where guacamole is the star. Made tableside in a stone molcajete, Mad Dog’s guac is a tasty mix of avocado, lime juice and cilantro. Add jalapeño peppers if you’re looking for a kick. With an extensive tequila list, a delicious menu and a festive atmosphere, Mad Dog and Beans is just the spot to keep your Memorial Day weekend fun going.

Tuck Room
June 4, 2019
Get Low goes Hollywood on June 4 at The Tuck Room. Located inside the South Street Seaport’s iPic Theatre, Tuck Room is home to delicious starters and plates that are paired with a cocktail menu that changes monthly while taking its inspiration from New York City’s drinking history. Food options include shareable starters like the Reuben Croquettes and Oysters with Ponzu Mignonette, Zesty Cocktail Sauce and Lemon as well as main plates like the Chinatown Duck and Scarlet Pepper Steak. It’s Lights! Camera! Action! Delicious food at the Tuck Room.

June 11, 2019
Get 20 percent off dinner for two on June 11 at Atrio Wine Bar & Restaurant. Located inside the Conrad New York Downtown’s sweeping 15-story lobby, this Battery Park City restaurant offers sophisticated, yet accessible dining options. Atrio’s stone-fired pizzas are a must-try, but you can’t go wrong with any of the seasonally-inspired New American dishes, prepared in their dramatic open kitchen.

Stone Street Tavern
June 18, 2019
Get 20 percent off dinner for two on June 18 at this historic gem located on one of Lower Manhattan’s charming cobblestone streets. Whether it’s outside at one of the picnic tables or at a table in their charming interior, join the masses at Stone Street Tavern who keep returning for classics like Pan Seared Salmon and Steak Frites paired with a cold beer from a collection that includes everything from Angry Orchard Cider to local craft brews by LIC and Threes breweries.

June 25, 2019
Acqua at Peck Slip is about as New York as it gets and you’ll get 20% of June 25. Quaint, yet classy, with an understated design and a relaxed atmosphere in one of the oldest parts of the Seaport District, but Chef Giuseppe Marrone’s menu keeps the charm coming all night long. From the raw bar to the seafood antipasti, his famous handmade pasta to the fish dishes, the menu is stocked with fresh and authentic options. More than half of the fish come directly from the Mediterranean Sea.

Each restaurant only offer this discount once, so don’t miss out on exciting Downtown dining deals! Make sure to check out the remaining Get Low restaurants at

A feast for the senses: Culture, food and design await this May

The peak month of spring in Lower Manhattan welcomes numerous happenings intended to thrill the five senses from indulging in great tastes from local chefs and expanding your worldwide knowledge of other cultures through art and music, to observing the everyday natural beauty and kinetic energy of our city. ‘May’ you discover something new this month and beyond!

Fado Festival NY & NJ – May 1-4; times vary
Time to get soulful: Brookfield Place kicks off this year’s Fado Festival NY & NJ, a celebration of the Portuguese musical tradition, by featuring four passionate performances by some of the genre’s acclaimed singers including Sofia Ribeiro and Helder Moutinho. The daily concerts will take place in the Winter Garden and are free to attend.

Spring Migration Bird Walk at The Battery with NYC Audubon –
Every Tuesday and Wednesday until May 22 @ 8a

The Battery’s perennial gardens and parks is where many migrating birds find food and temporary shelter in Lower Manhattan. Sign up for an official tour with an experienced NYC Audubon birder and naturalist who will educate you on the history of NYC’s ecology and help you spot the brilliant Blue Grosbeak.

KEYS TO THE CITY: The Ultimate New York City Scavenger Hunt – May 4 @ 10a-5p; $50 (deadline to apply is May 1)
Prove to yourself, friends and fellow scavenger hunters that you know more about NYC than anyone else! Not only is this a fun Saturday event to enjoy with a group of friends, but ticket proceeds benefit the Museum of the City of New York. Tag us @downtownnyc if you find any of our local neighborhood haunts.

Crossing Bridges Music Fest – May 10-11 @ 7:30p; tickets start at $39
The new music festival at the Schimmel Center celebrates the diversity of American contemporary singer-songwriters, with performances by longtime artists and individuals who believe in the storytelling power of music. Catch a verse or two from Paula Cole, Adam Ezra Group, The Kennedys, Jonathan Coulton and more.

NYCxDESIGN – May 10-22 @ various times; free and ticketed events
New York City’s annual celebration of design is hosting over a dozen panels, installations and events in our neighborhood! When you visit their Events page, select the “Downtown Design District” category to filter where you can enjoy the creative exhibits in Lower Manhattan, such as the upcoming free MVVO Art – Ad Art show at The Oculus at World Trade Center and botanic installation open house at Greenery: unlimited. Many of the events are free to attend, but some may require a formal RSVP or ticket purchase.

Taste of Tribeca – May 18 @ 11:30a-3p; tickets start at $45
Now in its 25th year, Tribeca’s annual springtime festival brings together over 60 local restaurants like Bouley At Home, The Odeon, and Tribeca Grill for a Saturday brunch extravaganza. There will also be live music, family-friendly activities, and wine, beer and cider tours of local pubs and shops. Proceeds for the event will support the arts and enrichment programs at local public elementary schools PS 150 and PS 234.

Children’s Festival: Taíno, Taíno, Taíno – May 18-19 @ 11a
Bring the entire family to this interactive weekend series at the National Museum of the American Indian, where youngsters (ideal for ages 3-11) can learn more about the Taino culture of the Caribbean through unique arts and crafts projects, music and storytelling.

Dine Around Downtown – May 21 @ 11a-3p 
It’s ba-ack! Our organization’s own annual culinary festival kicks off pre-Memorial Day festivities at 28 Liberty Plaza on Tuesday, May 21. We’ll be joined by dozens of new and popular restaurants in the area to feed the Lower Manhattan lunchtime crowd. And as part of our ongoing commitment to sustainable communities* we’re making Dine Around 2019 a Zero Waste event—so you’ll eat well and do good.

Hop to Lower Manhattan for Easter

Put the Peeps down. Keep the jelly beans in the bag. This Easter, the best meals for celebrating the holiday are in Lower Manhattan. Restaurants across the neighborhood have special brunch offerings that will make you hop downtown like you’re chasing the Easter Bunny.


Step inside the The Wagner’s New American restaurant, 2West for a buffet style brunch that runs from 12:30-5:30p. Fill your plate with offerings that include fresh salads, Herb Roasted T-Bone Chops, chef-prepared omelets and more. Adult buffet tickets are $115 while children under 12 can eat for $50.

Beaubourg at Le District

Add a French flair to your Easter brunch. Le District’s Beaubourg features a $42 prix fixe for adults that includes Truffle Mushroom Bisque, Omelette de Langouste and Black & White Cake. A kids prix fixe is also available for $15.

The Capital Grille

The legendary steakhouse has an Easter menu filled with brunch classics. Among the hits are Jumbo Shrimp and Grits, Lobster Frittata and Fried Chicken and Waffles. Soft drinks like fresh squeezed juice, select teas and coffees are included for $49 for adults. Kids pay $15. Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and Peach Bellinis will be available for $9.


This Hanover Square mainstay is celebrating Easter with a $48 prix fixe menu. Select from dishes that include Crispy Beau Soleil Oysters, Roasted Rosemary Leg of Lamb and Apricot Glazed Fresh Ham. Make sure to save room for dessert where you’ll get to choose between Lemon Meringue Pie or a Homemade Strawberry Shortcake. Their a la carte menu will also be available that Sunday.


Sugarfina is doing their best Easter Bunny impersonation this Easter. Forty dollars gets you a special basket of goodies for the kids. The bunny-themed basket comes with two cubes, a chocolate bar and a surprise basket. Make sure to reserve these fun gifts in advance.

Temple Court

Celebrate Easter in the luxurious Temple Court. The Tom Colicchio-helmed restaurant is serving a three-course prix fixe brunch that is $50 for adults and $40 for children. The menu features Deviled Eggs, Salmon a la Oscar and Eggs Benedict. The brunch service runs from 11a-4p.

Tuck Room

Treat yourself this Easter to a Bloody Mary at The Tuck Room. Located inside the Seaport’s iPic movie theater, The Tuck Room’s Ultimate Bloody Mary Bar will be available from 11a-3p. Pair your cocktail with options from their “Soulful Social Plates” which include Herb Roasted Chicken and Mediterranean Turkey Burgers. A Hipster Bunny will be onsite for photo ops and there will be hourly Easter Egg hunts.

Ice Skating with Beautiful Views in Lower Manhattan

The Rink at Brookfield Place 230 Vesey Street | (347) 843-9503

Skate like the stars and have yourself a boutique ice skating experience. Enjoy this 7,350 square-foot rink with waterfront views of the Statue of Liberty. If you’re still getting the hang of skating, why not take a few lessons with professional instructors from Learn to Skate USA? Private lessons are available for beginners to even the most advanced skaters and hockey players. Unwind from the day by doing a little shopping at a plethora of shops in Brookfield Place, or stop by Hudson Eats for a little something to munch on. Public session run 90 minutes each and start at $15 with a $5 skate rental fee.

Winterland Rink Pier 17 | (212) 732-8257

Go for a nightly skate on NYC’s first rooftop ice skating rink with unparalleled panoramic views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River. Learn how to play broomball, play a game of curling, or touch up on your skating skills with a lesson or two. Then, warm up after a long session at some of Pier 17’s various dining options. Step off the rink and head to the warming hut, complete with bar and restaurant for some delicious ski-lodge style food. Rink and skate rentals start at $22 from Monday to Thursday, and $25 from Friday to Sunday. Lower Manhattan locals who use their zip code to purchase tickets in person at the Seaport Skate House will receive a discount.

Santa at Brookfield Place

Date: Nov 23, 2018 until Dec 25, 2018
Repeats every day every Monday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday until Tue Dec 25 2018 except Sun Dec 02 2018.

Time: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Organizer: Brookfield Place

Address: 230 Vesey Street; Fee: free

Description: Create lasting photo memories with Santa Claus at Brookfield Place. The month-long event offers a paid photo opportunity with BFPL’s very own Santa, including a children’s craft area. A personalized phone call from Santa is included with every photo package purchase. Visitors can pre-order photo packages and make online reservations in advance. Walk-ins are always welcome. • Closed on Mondays except December 24.

Halloween Fun in Downtown

Let out your best witch cackle, sharpen your fangs, or revel in the glory from saving the world this fall season with month-long Halloween fun all over Lower Manhattan. Check out the thrilling fun for children and family this season:

Pumpkin Point & Trick-Or-Treating
Let the fall spirit flow and thrive in a glorious day of joy, fun, and best of all, pumpkin picking! Pick out your own pumpkin, enjoy live music, pumpkin painting, and treats like warm cider, mini pumpkin pies, and a fall beer garden for the adults while basking in the grace of Lady Liberty on Governors Island. Trick-or-treat with your chivalrous knights, troubling goblins, spooky ghosties, and royal princesses all around the historic houses of Nolan Park. Pumpkin picking will take place for two weekends on October 20-21 and October 27-28. Trick-or-treating will be two days only on October 27-28.

Ghoulish crafters and scary builders ages 3 and older are invited to an afternoon of Halloween creativity and crafts! All materials will be provided at a first come, first serve basis at the Battery Park City Library on October 24.

Halloween Bash
Dress up your children as their favorite characters for an afternoon of spooky fun at the Brookfield Place Halloween Bash! Enjoy a costume catwalk, trick-or-treating at designated locations, LEGO Photo Ops with a colossal LEGO sculpture, Special movie screenings, and more at Brookfield Place on October 27.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF at Westfield WTC
Head to the #ScaryGood Carnival on October 27 in the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center for a great cause! Enter the life-size trick-or-treat box, go on a Scavenger Hunt or just enjoy all the fun activities while learning how kids get to help kids with the longest running fundraising campaign.

Dia de los Muertos
Enjoy a free day of crafts and dance the whole family will love in celebration of Dia de los Muertos. Create paper skull masks, paper flowers, paint plaster skulls (calaveras), and decorate skeleton puppets.Traditional dances around the community ofrenda will be performed by Cetiliztli Nauhcampa to honor ancestors at the National Museum of the American Indian on October 27.

Hometown Halloween at Trinity Church
Head to Trinity Wall Street for a graveyard Halloween from 3-5 PM for free hot apple cider and photos. Kids also interact with historical characters from New York City’s past and can enter to win an iPod shuffle and iBoo speakers. Parents can then stay for a viewing of the silent film Phantom of the Opera with live organ accompaniment from 7-8:30 PM.

Little Shops of Horrors Viewing
Prepare yourself for a night of chills and thrills with a director’s cut viewing of Little Shops of Horror at the Schimmel Center on October 30. Pre viewing activities begin at 6:30 PM.

Midsummer Night’s Dream at Castle Clinton

Classical theatre has arrived in Lower Manhattan!

You can now see a free outdoor performance at Castle Clinton National Monument in The Battery. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will run from June 14-24, Thursdays -Sundays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Come and experience how the play was originally performed over 400 years ago during Shakespeare’s time. Enjoy the fresh air, waterfront views of Lady Liberty and a green setting while you experience a true time-honored performance.

Shakespeare Downtown’s cofounder and Artistic Director, Billie Andersson, and her staff have put together a wonderful show for the Lower Manhattan community. Tickets are free and available the day of the performance at the Castle starting at 6pm. Performances are always free, and serve an audience of up to 200 each night, creating a truly accessible Shakespeare in the park for Lower Manhattan!

Downtown Night At The Museums

Come and discover the rich culture and history that surrounds Lower Manhattan, all in one night, all within walking distance, all for FREE!

As part of the River to River Festival, 15 museums and cultural institutions will come together to bring you Night at the Museums. Enjoy free special programming, performances, exhibitions, and tours at some of the cities finest museums on Tuesday, June 19th from 4 – 8 PM. While there may not be a mischievous monkey or a t-rex chase, there is still room for adventure!

Participating institutions include:

African Burial Ground National Monument
China Institute
Federal Hall National Memorial
Fraunces Tavern Museum
Lower Manhattan Tours
Museum of American Finance
Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
National Archives at New York City
National Museum of the American Indian
National September 11 Memorial Museum
9/11 Tribute Museum
NYC Municipal Archives
Poets House
The Skyscraper Museum
South Street Seaport Museum