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Weekend Fun

August 27 - 28

Here are some highlights of free and low-cost things to do in our parks this weekend. For more upcoming events, please visit our Events Calendar.

1. Head out on a free boat trip

Kayaking at South Beach

Explore NYC in a new way. Join a free canoeing or kayaking adventure at our waterfront parks. Find upcoming canoeing and kayaking events > (Photo: Kayaking at South Beach by Barry Masterson)

2. Join this 23-mile bike ride along the Bronx River

biking at the Bronx River

This Saturday, discover the beauty and rich history of the Bronx River and its parks on a 23-mile, one-way bike ride, or a 46-mile round trip, with the Bronx River Greenway Team. Registration is required. More info > 

3. Head to the pool

Lyons Pool

Our free outdoors are open seven days a week, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.! Find a free outdoor pool near you > (Photo: Lyons Pool on Staten Island)

4. Join a free tour of Harlem's community gardens

community garden

While you explore more than 15 Harlem gardens, learn how local gardeners are growing communities by transforming abandoned lots into green spaces. Stick around for the cook out! More info > 

5. Check out Wolfe's Pond Beach

Wolfe's Pond Beach

If you're looking for a beach getaway away from the crowds, head to this serene beach near Staten Island's south end. More info > 

6. Bring the kids to free movie nights in the park

movie in the park

Showing this weekend: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, King Kong, Inside Out, and more! View movie locations and showtimes > (Please note: in case of rain, movie nights may be canceled or delayed)

7. Volunteer at a local park


Help fix up parks in your neighborhood while making new friends! Find an upcoming volunteer event > 

8. Join a bike ride from Fort Wadsworth to Alice Austen House

Alice Austen House

The tour will kickoff at on old fort just under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge before heading to a catered picnic and tour at Clear Comfort, where famous NYC photographer Alice Austen once lived. Registration is required. More info > 

9. Tour the world's only operating lightship


The Nantucket—docked at Brooklyn Bridge Park—was the last lightship in service to the United States Coast Guard. On Sundays, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy will host free tours of the historic ship. More info > 

10. See the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus


On Saturday, Jupiter and Venus will approach super close to each other. See it from Wolfe's Pond Park with our Urban Park Rangers. More info > 

11. Bring the kids to a Back to School party

kid in bounce house

End the summer with fun games, giveaways, sports, and carnival food! More info >

12. Learn how to fish with nets


Come to Seaside Wildlife Park this Sunday for a free seining clinic with our Urban Park Rangers. More info >

13. Head to a concert 


Bring your family and friends to a concert in the park this weekend! Find an upcoming show > 

14. See a free performance of Hamlet

Randall's Island

On Saturday, The Public Theater will perform Shakespeare's Hamlet at Al Oerter Recreation Center in Queens. More info >

15. Compete in the sand castle contest 


Show off your creative side at the 18th annual Sand Castle Contest with our Urban Park Rangers this Saturday at Rockaway Beach. More info > 

16. Honor the martyrs of the American Revolution

Fort Greene Park

This Saturday, join the Society of Old Brooklynites and the Fort Greene Park Conservancy at the 108th Annual Memorial Tribute to the American Revolution's Prison Ship Martyrs on the anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn. More info > 

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