Every year, as August comes to a close, we’re left asking: “Where did the summer go?!” Whether you’ve taken full advantage of the warmer months or have been hibernating to hide from the hottest summer on record, this week offers some New York events that will end the season with a blast. Travel to the Italian coast by way of a wine dinner, or catch some great talent at the AfroPunk Fest Brooklyn. It’s your last chance this season to catch a Warm Up MoMA PS1 or Coney Island Flicks on the Beach. To savor every last moment of summer, head to the beach town of Nantucket to bask in the sun.
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August 25 | Tasting menu
Campania Wine Dinner
If you didn’t get a chance to escape to the Italian coast this summer, then head instead to Giovanni Rana Pastificio e Cucina restaurant in Chelsea Market for a four-course meal with wine pairings from master sommelier Kathy Morgan. The DC-based oenophile is one of only 23 women in the world to have earned the distinction of master sommelier; during this dinner, she will highlight the southwestern Italian region of Campania. Expect dishes like octopus and potato salad paired with a furore bianca, or rabbit ishitana paired with a lovely taurasi.
7 p.m. | Giovanni Rana Pastificio e Cucina, Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave. | $150 | website
August 27 | Artsy dance party
Warm Up MoMA PS1
For 19 years, Warm Up at MoMA PS1 has been a mainstay of New York summers, and August 27 is its last dance party of 2016. Always a fun mix of new and established artists with sounds ranging from experimental to modern pop, Warm Up is a celebration of experimentation and collaboration. This week artists from Berlin, NY, Sacramento, Bolivia, and London—including DJ Paypal and Ninja Tune—will be sharing the stage. There is special “throwback” pricing of $15 for advance tickets to the final Warm Up of 2016, in celebration of MoMA PS1’s 40th anniversary.
3–9 p.m. | MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, Queens | from $15 | website
August 27–28 | Music festival
Afropunk Fest Brooklyn
With headliners like Ice Cube, TV on the Radio, and Kelsey Lu, the annual Afropunk Fest Brooklyn (it’s also in London and Paris) gets more exciting each year. Dozens of musicians will perform over two days. In conjunction with Amnesty International and the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts, festival-goers will be able to view and interact with a range of art. There will be food and drink from over 25 food trucks and pop-up restaurants representing a range of global cuisines, a Spinthrift Market featuring African-inspired handmade and bespoke items, and evening ancillary events—from DJ sets to comedy—that are sure to keep the party going.
Times vary | Commodore Barry Park, Flushing Ave., Brooklyn | from $49| website
Photo courtesy Afro Punk Fest
August 27–28 | Escape the city
For the ultimate summer getaway, flee to Nantucket, a minuscule yet hopping island off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. This historic beach town has long been the summer playground of the wealthy, but anyone can get on a plane or a boat and enjoy all that this cobblestone-laden, postcard-perfect town has to offer. Besides the spectacular, dune-covered beaches, there are fabulous restaurants (such as The Proprietors Bar & Table), a picturesque lighthouse, the Nantucket Whaling Museum, upscale boutiques, and charming lodging options (including Periwinkle B&B and 76 Main Boutique Hotel).
August 29 | Outdoor movie
Star Wars at Coney Island
Few things so perfectly encapsulate summer in the city as Coney Island and free outdoor movies. So start bidding adieu to summer with the final Coney Island Flicks on the Beach—which this week happens to be Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Grab a beach blanket or a chair and head to the boardwalk where they will inflate a 40-foot screen for your viewing pleasure. Whether you loved the prequels or hated them, it’s hard not to enjoy a free outdoor movie with an ocean breeze, and Episode VII, which takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, feels a lot more like the original trilogy—thanks in part, no doubt, to Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher’s starring roles.
7:30 p.m. | 1001 Boardwalk West, Coney Island, Brooklyn | free | website
A native New Yorker, Katherine is a freelance food and travel writer who has eaten her way across the globe and is always on the lookout for her next great meal. She is an avid reader, insatiable traveler, sometimes photographer, and mom to an inquisitive toddler.
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