Top Ten Things to Do in August

The Chapelle Show
Ever since his triumphant Netflix comeback, comic Dave Chappelle has been lighting up stages and screens. But his resurgence started earlier, with a 10-show limited engagement at Radio City Music Hall in 2014. This summer, he’ll take on another limited residency at Radio City, accompanied by special guests ranging from The Roots and Lil Wayne to Chris Rock and Trevor Noah. There’s a strict limit of eight tickets per sale, and the venue will use Yondr pouches to keep cell phones not just silent but securely locked away throughout the shows. In other words: the only way to see these sets is to be there. (Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave. at W. 50th St.)

Drink Pink
Dine on a luxurious rosé-inspired menu during this six-course celebration of pink wine, presented by The Lambs Club in partnership with rosé powerhouse Chateau d’Esclans at their Rosé Tasting Dinner (8/2). For $175 per person, you’ll begin at 6:30 p.m. with rose petal-cured king salmon with ossetra caviar and crispy ginger and finish hours later with strawberries and cream pavlova with vanilla crème semifreddo, tristar strawberries, and rosewater-rosé sorbet. All six courses are paired with wines, of course, and you’ll want to linger for a glass on the private outdoor terrace, as well. (The Lambs Club, 132 W. 44th St. at Sixth Ave.)

Hit the Links
Manhattan may not have a golf course proper, but you can get work done on your long game at Chelsea Piers and your short game just downriver at Pier 25 Mini Golf. The 13,000-square-foot course is open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily and features a waterfall and running stream, a pond, a cave, footbridges, and even sand traps. Improv Everywhere once famously transformed the course into a major golf championship tournament, but there’s no pressure; putt casually with friends and family at just $4 for kids under 13 and $5 for adults.
(Pier 25, N. Moore St. at Hudson River)

Prince Charming
When it comes to Broadway history, few people have made a greater impact than Harold Prince. The acclaimed director and producer is responsible for an embarrassment of riches, yielding a record-breaking 21 Tony awards across his career. In case you didn’t catch all of his award-winning shows, there’s Prince of Broadway (previews begin 8/3). The cast will perform fully staged numbers from across Prince’s career, from West Side Story and The Phantom of the Opera to Cabaret and A Little Night Music. Think of it as a fully stocked Broadway jukebox playing all the greatest hits. (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St. at Eighth Ave.)

…Make Lemondade
“When life hands you lemons, make lemonade,” they say, and Midtown restaurant Pergola has done just that: a summer-only outdoor lemonade stand serving adult lemonade treats. Every Friday, passersby will find the temporary stand just outside the restaurant’s retractable garage door façade. Spot it yourself, then choose from frozen lemonade pops (with lemonade, Tito’s vodka, elder flower, and edible flowers), sparkling wine, or hard cider. The treats are $8 each, and no word yet whether you can pay in pennies from your piggy bank (but we wouldn’t try it; you don’t want to miss these grown-up goodies!) (36 W. 28th St. at Fifth Ave.)

Adult Lemonade Stand at Pergola – Fridays August 4, 11, 18, 25

Dancin’ in the Streets
From 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday 8/5, 8/12, and 8/19, get wild on the streets of Manhattan. No, literally: Summer Streets shuts down Park Avenue and connecting thoroughfares from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park to all traffic, opening them to bikes, pedestrians, and an ever-growing line-up of wacky and wonderful activities. Climb inside a massive “dishwasher” (read: an inflatable water park) on the UES or zip-line 165 feet through the city like Spiderman. Climb a bouldering wall or speed down a 270-foot waterslide. None of this is a joke; all of it is awesome.

Long Live The King
Admit it: you’ve never gotten over the fact that you never got to see Elvis perform live. Come as close as time and history will allow with Elvis Live in Concert (8/13) in Coney Island. In a performance that critics have hailed, see Elvis Presley himself perform on the big screen, accompanied by a live symphony orchestra. Remastered vocals and new orchestral arrangements of the King’s greatest hits bring a full, rich sound to the stage, and fans and first-time listeners alike will be treated to many of Elvis’s greatest hits, all in honor of the 40th anniversary of his passing this August. (Ford Amphitheater, Coney Boardwalk, Brooklyn) 

Blues BBQ Festival at Hudson River Park – Aug. 19

Right on ‘Cue
What could be more summery than a barbecue festival on the banks of the Hudson River? How about adding top-notch live blues music to the equation? That’s just what’s on deck for the 18th annual Blues BBQ Festival (8/19). Get down on eats from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Mighty Quinn’s, Pig Beach, and Monks Eats while you jam to The Campbell Brothers, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Eric Gales, Terrie Odabi, and Dumpstaphunk. Oh, and did we mention that admission is free? Because that’s the icing on the cake – er, the dry rub on the ribs. (Pier 97, W. 57th Street at Hudson River)

Weaving the Web
New York is an embarrassment of “bests” and “biggests,” but this one is no joke: The Art of Spider-Man (through 8/26) is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of Spider-Man art ever seen anywhere in the world. It comes by way of a loan from collector Mike Burkey and includes the original Spider-Man newspaper strip, original early finished drawings of Mary Jane Parker and Gwen Stacy, and a veritable treasure trove of illustrator John Romita’s work, which would come to establish the look and feel of both Spider-Man and the entire Marvel universe. (Society of Illustrators, 128 E. 63rd St.)

Love All, Serve All
The biggest event in tennis comes to New York each August: the U.S. Open (beginning 8/28) at the far end of the 7 line in Queens. Match play runs through the beginning of September, and tickets are available for a variety of runs, including just evening sessions, holiday weekend passes, and of course, tournament-length passes. Dine on site at open-air or enclosed restaurants and spend the entire day in Flushing watching the world’s best tennis players vie for glory alongside Roger Federer, Serena Williams, and Maria Sharapova.
(USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Queens)