NYC French Events in August 2019

August 01, 2019   NYC

Almost every person in France goes on vacation in August. And by vacation we mean taking at least two weeks off work (although it’s not rare to go away for the entire month!). Many French people head to the south, where they celebrate summer festivals like Dax’s Feria. People dress in white, get pretty tipsy, and bulls even run through the streets of some cities! You might also overhear more French in the subway in the coming weeks because a lot of French tourists will make their way to NYC in August. If you can’t vacation in France this summer, why not head to some of the fun French events happening around town? 


Fashion: Thursday, August 1 to Saturday, August 31 – Pierre Cardin at the Brooklyn Museum

This month, the Brooklyn Museum is presenting a new exhibition entitled “Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion–the first New York retrospective in forty years to focus on this legendary couturier. Known today for his bold, futuristic looks of the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, Cardin extended his design concepts from fashion to furniture and beyond. The exhibition presents over 170 objects drawn from his atelier and archive, including historical and contemporary haute couture, prêt-à-porter, trademark accessories, “couture” furniture, lighting, fashion sketches, personal photographs, and excerpts from television, documentaries, and feature films.

Details here 

$20 – See site for hours – 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, New York 11238


Film: Saturday, August 3 & Sunday, August 11 – Godard at Metrograph

Metrograph is featuring two of Jean-Luc Godard’s early shorts to accompany their screening of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s La Ricotta. La Paresse (1961) features Eddie Constantine and Le Grand Escroc (1963) stars Godard’s most well-known collaborator, Jean Seberg. 

Details here 

$15 – 5pm – 7 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002


Food: Tuesday, August 20 – French Bistro Classics at Fairway

Fairway Market has recently opened its own cooking school and this month you can learn how to make classic French bistro recipes there! On the menu: Salade Frisée aux Lardons, Moules à la Marinière, Confit de Canard, and Tart Tatin! You can also take part in a wine tasting. 

Details here.

$100 – 6-9pm -The Cooking Place 2131 Broadway New York, NY 10023


Festival: Monday, August 22 – Lincoln Center Turns 50 with French Films

On the occasion of its golden anniversary, Film at Lincoln Center is celebrating with a series of double features presented free of charge. The lineup features 20 films to be screened across 10 Thursdays, culminating on September 11 with a final selection to be decided by a public vote. This August you can watch award-winning Elle, which stars the wonderful Isabelle Huppert. Paul Verhoeven’s wry comedy of manners about a woman who responds to rape by refusing the mantle of victimhood. 

Details here.

Free – 8:45 PM – 165 & 144 W. 65th Street, New York 10023 


Performance: Monday, August 26 – Carmen at Bryant Park 

The innkeeper Lillas Pastia narrates the tempestuous story of the irresistible seductress Carmen and her hapless lover Don José in this hour-long presentation of highlights from Bizet’s beloved opera. Offered to the New York public free-of-charge, this picnic performance is a perfect introduction to opera for newcomers of any age.

Details here.

Free – 6-7pm – Bryant Park New York 10018


Summer Series: Saturday, August 31 – French Films on the Green

The 2019 Films on the Green lineup focuses on female directors in French and Francophone cinema through a selection of 13 movies. This 12th edition pays tribute to “Women Behind the Camera” in honor of Agnès Varda, feminist filmmaker and pioneer of the French New Wave, who passed away earlier this year. This month you can watch Varda’s 1991 Jacquot de Nantes, co-presented by the Fort Lee Film Commission as part of their “Movies and Music Under the Stars” series. 

Details here.

Free – 8:30pm – Jack Alter Fort Lee Community Center, 1355 Inwood Terrace, Fort Lee, NJ 07024 

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