Ideasmyth kicks up summer’s swan song with our weekly curated list of New York’s quirky under-known treasures of culture, events and other surprising treats. Please submit your suggestions for any future events via our CONTACT US page. Happy adventuring & we greatly appreciate your comments & social media shares!


Thursday August 28: Migration Dance Performance
Friday August 29: NYC Unicycle Festival
Saturday August 30: Donizetti’s Don Pasquale
Sunday August 31: J’ouvert Fête
Monday September 1st: Last Swim of Summer
Tuesday September 2nd: Gilded New York
Wednesday September 3rd: BACK IN FIVE MINUTES: Mauricio Arango
Thursday September 4th: The Creative Spark: Larry Wilmore in Conversation with Brian Koppelman


Thursday, August 28th


Migration Dance Performance: Augur
7:30PM, FREE Admission
Starts at Anita’s Way, Ends at The Urban Garden Room

Augur combines dance, sound, projected image, sculpture and migration pathways “to shift and transform the experience of the mundane in the bustling 42nd street district of NYC.”

Friday, August 29th


NYC Unicycle Festival
2 PM, FREE Admission
Starts at the Brooklyn Bridge, Ends at Coney Island

Tour Brooklyn like never before by signing up for a 13 mile unicycle ride around the burrough for the 5th annual Brooklyn Unicycle Day. This “One-Wheel” parade crosses the Brooklyn bridge, through Prospect Park and the Ocean Parkway to Coney Island,  where participants and the public are welcomed to a dinner, a stage show and fireworks around 7.30PM. Unicyclists of all ages and skill levels are welcome.

Saturday, August 30th


Donizetti’s Don Pasquale
8 PM, FREE Admission
Lincoln Center Plaza

The Met Opera, in co-presentation with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, hosts its most popular summer HD screening festival. Catch Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, conducted by James Levine and featuring Anna Netrebko, Mariusz Kwiecien, Matthew Polenzani and John Del Carlo in this comic-opera of marriage, romance and mixed identities.

Sunday, August 31st


J’ouvert Fête
5-9 PM, $20 Admission
Tooker Alley, Brooklyn

If you’re planning for Carnival this year, go to Tooker Alley, Brooklyn, for a taste of the bacchanal. Enjoy a live steel drum player, specialty cocktails and delicious Caribbean food from The Islands to help you get ready for the night’s festivities.

Monday, September 1st


Last Swim of Summer
Variety of times, admission prices and locations

Enjoy the “last day of summer” at a variety of public locations around Manhattan, before the outdoor pools close down for the fall. While the weather forecast predicts rain, we’re praying to the rain Gods that you can spend the holiday poolside at any one of these locations, some with access to playgrounds and sports courts.


Tuesday, September 2nd


Gilded New York
10-6 PM, $10 Admission
Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of the City of New York features a display of a 100 works exhibiting the sheer opulence of New York’s aristocracy at the turn of the 20th century, “including costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects, all created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century,” in addition to architecture and interior design.

Wednesday, September 3rd


11-6 PM, $9 Admission
El Museo del Barrio

New artist-in-residence, Bogotá-born Mauricio Arango creates photography and installations to complement his film work. Arango’s work is inspired by the turbulent social history of his home country, Colombia, where he “explore(s) the way violence alters our senses of place and time—two defining aspects of subjectivity.”

Thursday, September 4th


The Creative Spark: Larry Wilmore in Conversation with Brian Koppelman
8 PM, $35 Admission
92nd Street Y

Brian Koppleman, American filmmaker and essayist, is the co-writer of hit films like Ocean’s Thirteen producer of memorable celluloids like The Illusionist. Join Koppleman as he attempts to explore the age old question: “What is creativity?” as a part of his interview series, in conversation with Larry Wilmore, host of The Minority Report on Comedy Central.



Got any other can’t-miss events in the city you’re excited about? We’re all ears– tell us about them in the comments section below!



~~~Dipti Anand is an Editorial and Social Media Intern at Ideasmyth. Enrolled in the circus of life, she juggles an Interdisciplinary Master’s of Arts in Humanities and Social Thought at NYU, along with her passion for writing short fiction and poetry. When she’s not thinking, writing, or thinking about writing, Dipti likes to make long-distance phone calls and also eats one truffle a day.

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