Time flies when you’re having fun. It may be the first weekend of August, but New York City shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to summer activities.
The very clever playwright Bess Wohl explores childhood, memory, and loss in Make Believe, a new play that tracks four siblings whose parents mysteriously disappear. The cast includes adult pros, including Susannah Flood (The Cherry Orchard) and Brad Heberlee (Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie), as well as kids. We expect ace director Michael Greif (Rent) will do well by both. Through Saturday, September 14; Tony Kiser Theater, 305 West 43rd Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues), Midtown
If you like food, live entertainment, and Chinese culture, the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival has it all and then some. The 29th annual event will host 200 dragon boat teams that will compete in races across the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park lake. After they cross the finish line, make sure to catch martial arts demonstrations and lion dance performers and get a bite to eat from vendors cooking up traditional dishes. Saturday, August 3–Sunday, August 4; 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; 111th Street to Van Wyck Expressway, Flushing
Why be negative when you can be ****ing positive? Hosts Amanda Giobbi and Ariel Gitlin take the Union Hall stage to share why they love you, even when you give them reasons not to. Oh, and they’re also ****ing hilarious. Sunday, August 4; 7:30 p.m.; 702 Union Street, Gowanus
Eating + Drinking
Get hooked on some of the best eats, sips, hangs, and shops found in one of Brooklyn’s top neighborhoods. One ticket to the Total Red Hook Immersion gets you four free Brooklyn Brewery beers at a few local pubs, whiskey tastings at Widow Jane Distillery, and discounts at neighborhood faves like Ample Hills and Kempton & Co. Saturday, August 3; noon–6 p.m.; various locations in Red Hook
Where else to watch movies about death than an actual graveyard? Green-Wood Cemetery “shines a light on loss” and all that comes with it during its one-day-only film series, Cemetery Shorts. Friday, August 2; 7:45 p.m.–midnight; 500 25th Street, Greenwood