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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. 


Park goers bike and walk along a car-free roadway in Central Park.

Central Park to Go Car-Free in June

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that Central Park will go car-free starting June, 27 2018. Learn more about car-free parks

Things to Do

Beach goers lounge about on the sand and in the water at Rockaway Beach on a blue-sky day.

Beaches Re-open Memorial Day Weekend

NYC's beaches will re-open for swimming on Saturday, May 26. During beach season, lifeguards are on duty daily, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Swimming is prohibited when lifeguards are not on duty and in closed sections. Learn more about our beaches

Four boys in their swim gear at Coney Island Beach pose for a photo while showing the strength of their arm muscles and showing thumbs up.

Arsenal Gallery: 1978

We found nearly 3000 photos of parks taken by New York Times photographers in 1978! See 60 of them at our new exhibition through June 14. Arsenal Gallery exhibition details

A wooden footpath leads across an open field to a forested area near a waterfront.

National Trails Day

June 2, 2018NYC has 300 miles of trails! Celebrate your trails on a hike with a nature expert or by volunteering with our Stewardship Team! View upcoming National Trails Day events

This three panel image shows three activities guests can participate in at Adventures NYC. In the first panel, a woman and a boy practice stand-up paddleboarding in a pool. In the second panel, a woman climbs up a rock climbing wall. In the third panel, a man splashes through a pool area in the park.

Adventures NYC

June 16, 2018Enjoy free rock climbing, zip lining, stand-up paddleboarding, karate lessons, yoga, and more to our free festival in Central Park! Adventures NYC event info

A woman leads a dance class with women dressed in African garb.

Free Dance Classes with Ailey Extension

We're teaming up with Alvin Ailey Extension to bring free dance classes to NYC's parks. Join a free class. View upcoming dance classes

A woman speaks to another woman sitting beside her in this screenshot from the movie Autumn Sonata.

Celebrating Ingmar Bergman

This summer, we're celebrating the 100th birthday of acclaimed film director Ingmar Bergman with free screenings of his films. View the movie schedule

Events Calendar

For more upcoming events, please visit our Events Calendar.

Program Registration

Kids with swim caps and swim goggles on practice learning to swim by holding on to the edge of the pool while floating and splashing their feet in the water.

Learn to Swim

Registration opens on June 11 for our free Summer Learn to Swim program! Learn about our Learn to Swim program

The Urban Park Rangers and guests set up camping tents in an open space in the park.

Family Camping

You don't need to go upstate to go camping in a park. Our park rangers are hosting free overnight camping programs in NYC's parks! Register for family camping

A park ranger shows feathers to a group of children around him in a park.

Urban Park Rangers

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

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