Happenings Guide Summer – Early Fall 2022

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Warm weather is in full swing, and people are already getting re-energized for fall. There is still some time left to enjoy some of the best events of the season. Even though summer’s coming to a close, New York City’s offerings of museums, art galleries, and outdoor attractions are far from over. This is why we’ve compiled a list of top upcoming events in the city — all that are sure to leave you and your loved ones with cherished memories to last throughout the upcoming cooler months.


From the Whitney to the Met, to the MoMA and New York Public Library—the city has always been a hub for creative expression. Now it’s better than ever! Check out these brand new exhibitions before it’s too late.

In America An Anthology of Fashion


In America: An Anthology of Fashion | Now through September 5, 2022, The Met Fifth Avenue

The Costume Institute’s In America: An Anthology of Fashion is the second portion of a two-part exhibition exploring fashion in the United States. Presented in collaboration with The Met’s American Wing, this section of the exhibition will highlight sartorial narratives that relate to the complex and layered histories of the American Wing period rooms.


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At the Dawn of a New Age: Early Twentieth-Century American Modernism | Now through- January 2023, Whitney Museum of American Art

This exhibition showcases art produced between 1900 and 1930 by well-known American modernists and their now largely forgotten, but equally groundbreaking peers. Drawn primarily from the Whitney’s permanent collection, it provides new perspectives on the myriad ways American artists used nonrepresentational styles developed in Europe to express their subjective responses to the realities of the modern age.


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50 Years of the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive | July 14 – February 25, 2023, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

At the heart of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is a collection of video recordings which has documented and preserved theatre history, America’s diverse and expansive culture, and revolutionized theatre research. The Theatre on Film and Tape Archive (TOFT) has long been recognized as the first and foremost collection of video recorded live theatre performances in the world, and 2020 marked its 50th anniversary. The Library for the Performing Arts celebrates this landmark collection with an exhibition opening on July 14, 2022.


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The Art of Winold Reiss: An Immigrant Modernist | July 1 – October 9, 2022, New-York Historical Society

An expert in the fields of painting, drawing, graphic design, interior design, and the decorative arts, Winold Reiss brought a European modernist sensibility to the American public via visual culture embedded in daily life. Nowhere was this impact clearer than in his adopted home, New York City, where he emigrated from Germany in 1913. Inspired by New York’s dynamism, vibrant architecture, and diversity, his art was featured in public spaces and popular media across the city.



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Broadway: Into the Woods | July 10 – August 21, 2022 – St. James Theatre

Here’s a reason to be happy ever after… Direct from its sold-out New York City Center Encores! run, Stephen Sindheim and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning triumph Into the Woods comes to Broadway’s St. James Theatre for 8 weeks only starting June 28th. Don’t delay or be misled—this critically acclaimed new production is here just for a moment. The star-studded cast includes Sara Bareilles, Brian D’arcy James, Phillipa Soo and more.


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The Kite Runner on Broadway | July 6 – October 30, 2022, Hayes Theatre

The Kite Runner is a haunting tale of friendship spanning cultures and continents, that follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption. Afghanistan is a divided country on the verge of war and two childhood friends are about to be torn apart. It’s a beautiful afternoon in Kabul and the skies are full of the excitement and joy of a kite flying tournament. But neither Hassan nor Amir can foresee the terrible incident which will shatter their lives forever.


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SummerStage Festival 2022 | June 4 – October 1, 2022Central Park

Founded in 1986, the SummerStage Festival features performances spanning World and American music, modern dance, spoken word, electronic music, and family programming. By purchasing tickets to SummerStage Benefit Concerts, you are continuing to support over 100 free performances in parks throughout the five boroughs. The festival will feature performances by Aurora, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Summer of Soul, and more.


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Idomeneo | September 28 – October 20, 2022, Metropolitan Opera

The opera that announced the young Mozart’s genius to the world returns to the Met stage, with acclaimed maestro Manfred Honeck making a notable company debut on the podium. A distinguished cast of leading Mozarteans comes together to bring the moving drama and dazzling arias to life, with tenor Michael Spyres in the title role of the ancient Cretan king, alongside mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey as the noble prince Idamante and soprano Ying Fang as his conflicted beloved, Ilia. Soprano Federica Lombardi is the jealous Elettra, who loses her senses in a mad scene of virtuosic rage.



At the top of the list of New York City’s unique offerings has to be its world class array of museums and cultural happenings. Don’t miss out on world-class exhibits and free opportunities at the MoMA, the New York Botanical Garden and more.


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Around the Table: Stories of the Foods we Love | June 4 – September 11, 2022, New York Botanical Garden

Discover the diversity and beauty of plants that are grown for cuisine around the world. Across NYBG’s 250-acre landscape, uncover the botanical origins of the foods you think you know; gain a deeper understanding of the environmental and social impacts of food choices throughout history; and gather at artist-designed tables that explore the significance of the featured plants, bringing to life inspiring stories of community and survival.


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Matisse: The Red Studio | now through September 10, 2022, The Museum of Modern Art

For many years after its creation, Henri Matisse’s The Red Studio (1911)—which depicts the artist’s work space in the Parisian suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux—was met with bafflement or indifference. Today it is known as a foundational work of modern art and a landmark in the centuries-long tradition of studio painting. Matisse: The Red Studio will reunite this work with the surviving six paintings, three sculptures, and one ceramic by Matisse depicted on its six-foot-tall-by-seven-foot-wide canvas.


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UNIQLO NYC Nights | Next on August 5, 2022, The Museum of Modern Art

MoMA is staying open late on the first Friday of every month and admission is free just for New Yorkers from 4 to 8pm. If you live in one of the five boroughs, join the MoMA for this special monthly evening celebrating the art and the city that we all love. The stores and café will be open, too, so after you explore the galleries you can grab a bite in Cafe 2, enjoy a drink at The Modern, or shop for unique design objects from MoMA Design Store.


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Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art | Through August 14, 2022, The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)

The first global survey exhibition dedicated to the use of clothing as a medium of visual art, Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art examines work by thirty-five international contemporary artists, from established names to emerging voices, several of whom will be exhibiting for the first time in the United States. By making or altering clothing for expressive purposes, these artists create garments, sculpture, installation, and performance art that transform dress into a critical tool.



While the warm continues, take advantage of the wide variety of outdoor seating options at some of New York’s most revered eateries. Across Manhattan, enjoy the gorgeous city views atop rooftop restaurants or enjoy a cocktail on the water. Outside of restaurant dining, attend fun events that celebrate different cuisines (and cocktails!) across the city.

Food-Cafe Altro


Café Altro Paradiso | SoHo

From globally acclaimed chef Ignacio Mattos, Altro Paradiso is an Italian restaurant in the heart of SoHo and an essential New York City dining destination. The restaurant’s menu draws inspiration from several Italian regions, celebrating timeless craftsmanship throughout, while the room’s high ceilings and glimmering brass bar contribute to a lively nightly atmosphere.


Food-Original E. Village Food, Drink, culture tour


The Original East Village Food, Drinks & Culture Tour | August 14, 2022, 8 Stuyvesant St

If you enjoy the diversity and exploring new flavors or textures of food, this is the tour for you. Within walking distance, you can have the best ethnic foods and drinks of the City, experience the tastes of the world, and discover the history, culture, and development of a historic neighborhood. All tastings are included in your ticket price of $85! Small and personal group size! At least two seated places!


Food-Tanger Famous Food Festival


Taste The World Food Festival | August 26-28, 2022, Deer Park, NY

Indulge in some of the best cuisines that New York, Tri-State, and Long Island have to offer, with over 60 Food Vendors serving up delicious delicacies of countries from all around the world! This fun-for-the-whole-family event is perfect for all ages to enjoy, with prices at only $8 to attend each day.




Dante | West Village

Dante has been a beacon for the community of Greenwich Village since it opened its doors in 1915. Now a registered New York City landmark, this modest meeting house has always attracted people from all walks of life: famous actors, writers, and musicians, to the down-at-heel of the beatnik generation, all of whom have found solace in its relaxed and unpretentious environs. A place where a cup of espresso, a warm smile or a friendly embrace epitomized life’s simple pleasures.




Majorelle | Upper East Side

Celebrated restaurateur Charles Masson and his creative culinary team, under the leadership of Chef Jean Christophe Guiony, crafted a menu of French classics with Mediterranean influences from the Riviera to Morocco. Guests enjoy light lunches and relaxing dinners in an airy dining room filled with sunlight, laughter and clinking glasses of champagne. As comfortable as it is luxurious, Majorelle is more than a restaurant, it’s a welcoming maison where guests are always made to feel at home.


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Darling | Central Park South

Get lost in a secret and intimate garden oasis perfectly perched on the 47th floor above the treetops of Central Park. Sip on unique cocktails as you enjoy curated entertainment amongst friends at New York’s only rooftop lounge overlooking the park.


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Grand Banks | Tribeca

Grand Banks is a celebrated oyster bar aboard the historic wooden schooner, Sherman Zwicker. Inspired by the floating “oyster barges” that lined Manhattan’s waterfront in the 18th and 19th centuries, Grand Banks features sustainably harvested oysters, nautically inspired cocktails, and awe-inspiring views.




New York Vegandale Food and Drink Festival | September 24, 2022, 20 Randall’s Island Park

Over 100 of the best vendors from across North America will be available for one day only, dishing up incredible vegan food, drinks and merchandise. There’s also great music, stage entertainment, larger than life art installations and games. With over 25,000 guests in attendance last year, this exclusive one-day event is expected to sell out.




Food Network’s NYC Wine & Food Festival | October 13-16, 2022, Multiple Locations, NYC

Widely recognized as the largest wine and food festival in NYC with more than 80 events, NYCWFF is best known for its walk-around tastings in celebration of America’s favorite foods, intimate dinners with world-renowned chefs, late night parties, hands-on classes, wine tastings and more. Over 45,000 passionate foodies sip and savor wine, spirits and world-class cuisine served up by the industry’s finest and supported by our exclusive wine and spirits provider, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.



From outdoor art exhibits, to a socially-distant scavenger hunt, to live-music on the water, soak up the last ounces of summer with these fun-filled attractions across the city.


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The Amazing Race-Style DIY Scavenger Hunt Adventure Central Park

Combine the excitement of The Amazing Race with a DIY Central Park adventure! Guided from any smartphone, make your way among the well-known gems of Central Park, as well as some overlooked ones, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Enjoy this Covid-friendly DIY outdoor activity with your own individual group. No tour guides to meet or other teams to be added to your small group. Available 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset. Start when you want and play at your pace.


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Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit | September 4-6 and 11-12, 2022, East 13th Street

The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit showcases fine artists and craft artisans from around the New York metropolitan area, the nation and the world. Attendees come from all over and are a cosmopolitan mix, including art lovers, tourists, faculty and students from the area’s many schools and professionals such as interior designers.


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2022 Escape New York September 24, 2022, Sakura Park | 498 Riverside Drive

Enjoy the support and hospitality of the New York Cycle Club (NYCC) as we go all out to deliver a food-filled, fun-filled and fabulous day of riding to our friends in the cycling community. All rides start and finish at Sakura Park in Manhattan, conveniently located at 122nd Street and Riverside Drive (across the street from Grant’s Tomb) and easily accessible from the 125th Street stop on the 1 train.Proceeds benefit Kids Ride Club and I Challenge Myself, two local NYC charities that help local at-risk youth through cycling, healthy living, and nutrition.


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Summer Concert Series | Various dates through September 2022, The Rooftop at Pier 17

There are rooftops—and then there’s The Rooftop at Pier 17—hosting one-of-a-kind concerts featuring some of your favorite artists and skyline views that can’t be beat! This summer’s line up features artists like James Arthur, Vance Joy, Jason Mraz, and many more!


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Open (Block) House | Governor’s Island

The Institute for Public Architecture (IPA) uses design to chal­lenge social and physical inequities in the city by host­ing focused design residences and relat­ed pro­grams. For the Sum­mer 2022 sea­son, the IPA has invit­ed ear­ly and mid-career prac­ti­tion­ers and aca­d­e­mics to the Block House from the fields of social and envi­ron­men­tal equi­ty, cli­mate change adap­ta­tion, and com­mu­ni­ty-based alter­na­tives to spec­u­la­tive real estate devel­op­ment. These IPA Fel­lows will work on inde­pen­dent projects and par­tic­i­pate in a series of Open [Block] House events through­out the sum­mer to share their work with the pub­lic, cul­mi­nat­ing in a final pre­sen­ta­tion and pub­lic exhi­bi­tion.


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Bike MS | October 23, 2022, Manhattan

Join a one-day ride that will start and end on the West Side of Manhattan for a 30-mile route completely traffic free. It is a one of kind experience that allows you to see Manhattan in a way you never have before. You will be traffic free around the outer edge of Manhattan on the East & West side highways including a traffic free ride through Battery Park Tunnel at the southern tip of Manhattan and experiences views of the George Washington Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge and other New York City landmarks you can only see on this route.

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