“Summer lovin’ happens so fast,” which is why in August we invite you to slow down. Over the next 31 days, go out and experience Manhattan life to the fullest while taking… your… time. As the season comes to a close, you’ll have no regrets and plenty of sweet summer nights upon which to reflect.

The Giggles and Cream free comedy event hosted by Rachel Green at the legendary The Lantern Comedy Club brings together some of NY’s hottest comics to help you laugh your way into August (Thursday, 8/1, 7:30pm). Next, no one says hot summer jam like the artist Pitbull, who performs in Central Park as part of GMA’s Summer Concert Series (Friday, 8/2, 7am).

The legendary performer, diva who needs no introduction, and original Funny Girl, Barbra Streisand, takes the stage at Madison Square Garden for the first time in 13 years  (Saturday, 8/3, 8pm). A special event to say the least, “I can’t wait to return to Madison Square Garden to perform some new songs, some old songs, and anything I find in between,” said Streisand. 

Be sure to catch this year’s Harlem based Hip Hop Festival featuring over 150 filmmakers, screenwriters and storytellers representing hip hop culture from across the globe (Thursday 8/1 – Sunday 8/4, check listings for times). The new week continues with Broadway musical theater phenom Lauren Patten (Fun Home and the upcoming Alanis Morissette vehicle Jagged Little Pill) rocking out at Rockwood Music Hall (Monday, 8/5, 7pm).

Female entrepreneurs will want in on an inspired brunchwork: After Hours dinner with Ellevest Co-founder & CEO Sallie Krawcheck and Rent the Runway SVP of Brand, Communications and Business Development Gabby Cohen at General Assembly (Tuesday, 8/6, 6pm). Women who work behind the camera are invited to ‘Pitch Her Productions and B&H Present: The Female Gaze, an event for female identifying DP’s at B+H in midtown (Wednesday, 8/7, 4-7pm)

And for all who want to keep your summer brain fired up, check out at Nerdy Thursdays: Revolution Night at NY Historical Society, which brings together a DJ, gallery talks, cocktails, and “a brilliant group of nerdy people” for conversation and tour of the Stonewall 50 exhibition (Thursday, 8/8, 6:30pm).

The weekend looks bright with a free screening of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind on Governor’s Island (Friday, 8/9, 7pm) and a trip to Squish Marshmallows dessert shop in honor of National S’Mores Day (Saturday, 8/10, 1-10pm). On Sunday, join international EDM DJ/Producer and radio personality Nicole Moudaber MOOD for a cruise around the Hudson and dance the Sunday scaries away (Sunday, 8/11, 6-10pm).

We did say August is for slowing down and towards that end suggest starting the new week at DiMenna Center for Classical Music, where the TIME SPANS 2019 Festival brings audiences daily guided sound tours and programs featuring 21st century classical music, including Marina Rosenfeld (Monday, 8/12, 8pm). Then take an opportunity to unplug and explore the difference between Instagram Stories and IRL experiences at NoFilter: Navigating Mental Health in a Social Media World (Tuesday, 8/13, 6-8pm). 

A myriad of magical outdoor performances close out the week in culture, including Battery Dance Festival (Wednesday, 8/14, 7-9pm), free film screenings of Back to the Future, Moonstruck and Black Panther at Central Park Conservancy Film Festival (Tuesday 8/13 – Thursday, 8/15, 8pm) and last but not least, Mr. I’m Living My Best Life Chance the Rapper in Central Park (Friday, 8/16, 6am) #ChanceOnGMA

Nothing says summer like ice cream and a sweaty outdoor run, so in August we combine the two. IceCream 5k Fun Run begins at ConBody and ends at Taiyaki NYC for mouth watering Japanese ice cream in fish-shaped ice cream cones for happiness and good luck (Saturday, 8/17, 9-11am)! Stay on the lower east side for Gal Pal’s Unite Summer Pop Up at 2 Rivington St, a shopping experience that connects you to women-owned businesses and vendors (Sunday, 8/18, 10am-6pm). 

They don’t call them the dog days of summer for nothing and NYC Dog Restaurant Week is a chance to bring your furry friend into dining establishments across the city (Monday, 8/19, times vary). You can also bring your pet to the free outdoor screening of  The Hottest August, a film about climate change and NYC’s collective anxiety during August of 2017, presented by Rooftop Films (Tuesday, 8/20, 7:15pm). 

Join thousands of beauty entrepreneurs and consumers who will be gathering at the Indie Beauty Expo, a curated event on Pier 94 (Wednesday, 8/21, 2-8pm and Thursday, 8/22, 9a-5pm) and then take your gorgeous self uptown for the 17th Annual ImageNation Outdoors Festival: Film Screening – Amazing Grace! Soul Train tribute to Aretha Franklin (Thursday, 8/22, 6pm) in Marcus Garvey Park. 

“Summertime and the living is easy,” so the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival helps you make sure of it. This year’s 27th edition is a “vibrant – and free – celebration of jazz in New York, bringing together storied, veteran players and the next generation of jazz artists” (runs Wednesday 8/21 through Sunday 8/25, showtimes vary). On Saturday night, throw it back in dancing shoes at the Rhythm Revue Retro Soul Dance Party with Felix Hernandez at (le) poisson rouge (Saturday, 8/24, 6pm). Then close out the weekend supporting indie theater and playwright, Jan Rosenberg, whose new play Gusher! receives a developmental reading at The Tank (Sunday, 8/25, 7pm). 

Foodies who like to geek out gather with Masters of Social Gastronomy on Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day, in which the history of breakfast will be broken down to bits followed by a deep dive into pancakes (Monday, 8/26, 6:30pm)!

The week continues with Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals with Trombone Shorty at Pier 17 (Monday 8/26 and Tuesday, 8/27, 6:30pm) plus another marriage of summer highs at the High Line Sunset Scavenger Hunt and Cocktails (Wednesday, 8/28, 7pm). 

Approaching Labor Day Weekend and upcoming change of seasons with a positive mindset is one reason to attend Group Coaching in the Park with Dominique Nas, where you can expect a presentation on different phases of transition and receive life coaching to set you up for success (Thursday, 8/29, 6-8pm).

To close out the month, a celebration of life through music and dance at two different multicultural special events. At the NY International Salsa Congress, “the world comes to dance,” to the tune of live Latin bands, concerts, dance showcases, instructional workshops, and non-stop social dancing (Thursday, 8/29 through Sunday, 9/1). Or, find your groove at Jardin De Reggaeton’s Summer Closing Party, an all-reggaeton party and sonic DJ experience reminding you that while summer may be winding down, there is always a good reason to celebrate. 

We’ll see you in September!