curated by Sara Maher

Let’s be honest. At this point, you’re a little summer-ed out. You shower three times a day and your sunburn has a sunburn, but you just have to squeeze in one more (hot, humid) day at the beach. Wind down the endless summer with these easy, breezy events.

Mosquito Beats

Bummed that the Central Park Bandshell can’t be reached by F? The Prospect Park Bandshell is just a train ride away! “Celebrate Brooklyn” has organized a series of summer concerts, and many are completely free. The rest of the summer season includes performances by Taylor Mac, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Willie Nelson & Family with Old Crow Medicine Show, and several dance companies. Bring your picnic basket (and some bug spray!).

F downtown to 15 St-Prospect Park and walk north on Prospect Park West before entering the park at 11th St. Concerts through Aug 12; times vary. Free-$48.

Sand In Your Shorts

You know your art is beautiful, but, honestly, do you even want to look at it forever? Enter the “Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest” to get artist’s pride without the studio fee. The contest is open to amateurs and semi-professionals, and there are cash prizes for the winners. Even if you don’t fancy yourself the next Michelangelo, this year’s special 25th anniversary celebration will surely be sand-filled fun for the entire family.

F downtown to Coney Island and walk toward the roller coasters; contest will be set up along the boardwalk. Sat Aug 15; sculpting starts first thing in the morning and continues throughout the day. Free to register or watch.

Sun Glasses

Inspired by medieval hand-painted Books of Hours, American artist Spencer Finch applied colored films to the windows of the Morgan Library’s four-story Gilbert Court, creating a color “calendar” based on the movement of the sun. After you’ve recovered from that color trip, fall down the rabbit hole with “Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland,” featuring the original manuscript of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

F downtown to 34th St and walk northeast to the Morgan Library at 225 Madison Ave. “A Certain Slant of Light” runs through Aug 23; “Alice” runs through Oct 11. Tue-Thu 10:30-5, Fri 10:30-9, Sat 10-6, Sun 11-6. $18 for adults and $12 for children, students, and seniors; admission is free Fri 7-9pm.

Partying Hard

Are you an accordion fan? You could be after this event. The “Accordion Bands Festival” includes six accordion bands from Eastern Europe, Colombia, France, Ireland, Argentina, and New Orleans. This isn’t your typical pumpety-squeeze fare—bands include Krewe de la Rue, with a “punchy dance hall mix of Cajun and Creole music,” and Slavic Soul Party, promising “throbbing funk grooves” and “Gypsy accordion wizardry.”

F downtown to 42nd-Bryant Park; all events are in the park. Fri Aug 28, 4:30-10. Free.

But Books Are Always Good

We love words! The “Bryant Park Word for Word” series showcases authors of all types reading from their works, including comic artist John Romita Jr., weatherman Al Roker, and KIND founder Daniel Lubetzky. Other events include writing workshops, book clubs, film talks, story time and music performances for kids, and spelling bees.

F downtown to 42nd-Bryant Park; all events are in the park. Events through Sep 29; times vary. Free. Full list of events at

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