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What’s Happening in NYC Parks

Learn about upcoming ribbon cuttings, initiatives, events, and programs in New York City parks. Visit our Events Calendar to view all events in Parks. 


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Autumn is here! #FallforNYC at some of the best parks to see fall foliage in NYC! Share your fall foliage photos with #FallforNYC; we're sharing our favorites on Twitter and Instagram.

Things to Do

kids and their families plant trees in a park

Plant Trees 

We're looking for volunteers to help us grow our forests by planting young trees in our parks. Sign up to volunteer

Wreath Interpretations Exhibition

Our annual show of unconventional holiday wreaths opens on December 5! Join us at the opening to meet the artists behind this quirky and one-of-a-kind exhibition. Learn more

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Black Friday Hikes

Friday, November 29, 2019Skip the long shopping lines and the busyness of the city for the great outdoors! Join one of five special park ranger-led hikes across NYC. More info

A Christmas tree at the Washington Square Park arch is lit with holiday lights

Holiday Lightings

We're switching on the holiday lights soon! Join us at tree lightings and Hanukkah and Kwanzaa celebrations in our parks. More info

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Home for the Holidays

The Historic House Trust invites you to come to your local historic house for the holidays! The houses are all dressed up for the season and will celebrate with tree lightings, caroling, visits from Santa, and tours. View holiday events at NYC's historic houses

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Free Art Workshops

Learn a new skill, develop your hobby, or just have some fun with friends at free art workshops at our recreation centers. RSVP

Events Calendar

For more upcoming events, please visit our Events Calendar.

Program Registration

kids learn how to float and kick while holding on to the edge of the pool

Learn to Swim

Registration opens on December 16We offer classes for kids, tots, and adults. Our winter Learn to Swim classes are free with a recreation center membership. Learn more about our Learn to Swim program

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Urban Park Rangers

Explore NYC Parks with a park ranger. Join a free tour, hiking trips, overnight camping programs, birding events, and more! Some programs require advance registrations by lottery or on a first-come, first-serve basis. Check out Urban Park Rangers events

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Parks Afterschool 

Give your kids an enriching experience where they can make friends and stay active. Our afterschool program is free and open to kids ages 6-13. Learn more about registering your child for Parks Afterschool

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