New This Month

Looking for a fun new cultural activity but not sure what to check out next? We’ve rounded up some of the highlights that you can experience this month with Culture Pass, from new exhibition openings to limited-run live performances. Check back each month for a new set of recommendations!


You can learn more about individual exhibitions and events by clicking the links in the blurbs below, but if you want to book a Culture Pass, be sure to click here to return to the homepage and log in with your library card to make your reservation.


August 2022

Please note that all offers listed below are subject to availability.


NEW SITE: Welcome to Culture Pass, CreArtBox!

We're excited to welcome a new cultural partner this month: say hello to CreArtBox, a bicontinental performing arts group out of New York and Asturias, Spain. Their events, which meld classical music with visual art, have been featured in the New Yorker, Time Out New York, and Broadway World—and now you can use Culture Pass to check one out for free! 

EVENT: Catch a Showing of Patience at Second Stage

Dates: August 3rd - 7th

Playwright Johnny G. Lloyd's Patience is the latest from Second Stage Theater, starting previews at the McGinn/Cazale Theater on the Upper West Side this month. Following professional Solitaire player Daniel as he prepares for his final, career-defining match, Patience is a meditation on black excellence, next chapters, and playing a very long game alone.

EVENT: Experience Flamenco Music and Dance at JCAL

Date: August 4th & 5th

After two years of pandemic-related disruptions, Flamenco Latino is returning to the Jamica Center for Arts and Learning for its 2022 Más Allá Series, live and in person! Directors Aurora Reyes and Basilio Georges are presenting two different programs on two nights this month, including the debut of “Quejillo/Shout,” a Flamenco/Hip Hop fusion piece, on Aug. 4th.

EVENT: Join in at Flushing Town Hall's Monthly Jazz Jam

Date: August 10th

Flushing Town Hall's monthly Louis Armstrong Jazz Jams are open to professional jazz musicians, graduate students studying Jazz, music educators and serious hobbyists—but even if you're not a musician yourself, you can still join in the fun and listen to some great local talent.

EVENT: Catch the Bronx Arts Ensemble at VCHM

Date: August 20th

You can visit the beautiful Van Cortlandt House Museum, set amidst the sylvan splendors of Van Cortlandt Park, all year long—but if you're a fan of live music, might we recommend grabbing a Culture Pass for August 20th? The Bronx Arts Ensemble's Woodwind Quintet will perform a free concert that day at 2pm, the perfect complement to your tour of this historic site. 

EXHIBITION: It's the Last Month to Catch the Whitney Biennial 

Date: Through September 5th

Every two years, the Whitney Museum of American Art stages a blockbuster survey of contemporary American art—and there's just one month left to take in the latest installment. The Whitney Biennial: Quiet As It's Kept, the 80th edition, features work by 63 artists including Yto Barrada, Tony Cokes, A Gathering of the Tribes / Steve Cannon, and Kandice Williams, among many others, and closes right after Labor Day weekend.

EXHIBITION: A new Bernd & Hilla Becher Retrospective Opens at the Met

Date: All Month

This just-opened retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art explores the photography of Bernd and Hilla Becher, who catalogued the disappearing industrial architecture of Western Europe and North America. From blast furnaces to cooling towers, the Bechers captured infrastructural decay in a style that "challenged the perceived gap between documentary and fine-art photography," per the exhibition's curators.

EXHIBITION: Visit Historic Richmond Town for the "Open Village" Experience

Date: All Month

Discover what life was like in New York City centuries ago at Historic Richmond Town this summer during Open Village days! Throughout the summer and fall this open air museum bustles with costumed Historical Interpreters who interpret life in the 1770s, 1820s, and 1860s, including demonstrations of historic trades.