The final days of summer are approaching, and New Yorkers far and wide are ready to make the most of the long days and warm nights remaining. Join the summer-loving fun by checking out these eclectic end-of-season festivals. Whether you’re looking for a new culinary experience or an excuse to shop til you drop, these events are sure to keep the spirit of summer alive.
The history behind the Grand Bazaar (formerly known as the GreenFlea Market) is a moving one. Started in 1982, the market was originally launched by a group of parents who were trying to find a creative solution for raising money for their children’s schools. Now, the Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest markets in NYC and continues to serve as a funding source for four nearby public schools. Though the market is open year-round, the late summer pop-ups are the perfect opportunity to drink, shop and peruse in the sunshine all while contributing to a worthy and local cause. Choose from events like the Shop Around the World Pop-Up, where vendors gather to sell an incredible selection of unique handmade goods from around the world, or the Summer Brunch & Shop event, complete with lobster rolls and a curated selection of goods from women-owned small businesses.
This year, Hudson River Park’s annual Blues BBQ Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary. Join the celebration on August 24th and listen to a fantastic lineup of Blues artists from across the United States, including The World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir, while feasting on mouth-watering barbecue from local New York City favorites.
If BBQ isn’t your thing, try traveling back in time with the final Jazz Age Lawn Party of the season, “Countdown to the Twenties”, on the weekend of August 24th. Head downtown and then take the scenic ferry to Governors Island to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Prohibition and the rebellious Jazz Age it inspired. Buy your ticket in advance to relive the beloved era with music, dancing and a wickedly good time.
Despite what its name may suggest, the Harlem Week Festival is a month long celebration of all things Harlem. From July 28th through August 24th visitors can experience and participate in indoor and outdoor music concerts, film screenings, fashion shows, career fairs and more. Check out their schedule online to plan out your excursion in advance.