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.

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