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Weekend Fun Guide

September 24 - 25

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 to the Little Red Lighthouse Festival

Little Red Lighthouse

Step inside the only remaining lighthouse on the Manhattan island at this annual festival, featuring storytelling, live music, and more! Little Red Lighthouse Fest info > 

2. Head to Photoville 

Alley Pond Park

See amazing photography from around the world on display in 55+ shipping containers at Brooklyn Bridge Park. More info > (Photo by Julienne Schaer, courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy)

3. Visit this scenic park with our park rangers

Clove Lakes Park

Get your cameras ready to capture the beautiful views here at Clove Lakes Park on Staten Island. Our Urban Park Rangers will lead a free photography walk through the forest and past lakes and bridges that add to the park's romantic scenery. More info > 

4. Meet 'Dreams of Color' artist Ernesto Camacho

Misty Copeland

Artist and former danseur Ernesto Camacho celebrates diversity in the world of ballet with "Dream of Color", an art exhibit featuring paintings like this one of of Misty Copeland, the first African-American woman to be promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. More info > 

5. Go canoeing on the Bronx River

canoeing on the river at Concrete Plant Park

Experience the Bronx in a new way. Join a free beginners canoeing adventure at Concrete Plant Park this Saturday! More info > 

6. Come to Shape Up NYC's Fitness Fiesta

Shape Up NYC

Switch up your Saturday morning workout with free dance and exercise classes at Thomas Jefferson Park in East Harlem. More info > 

7. Join this hike through Staten Island's Greenbelt


Our experts at the Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy will lead you through the forest for a closer at the first signs of fall. Hike info >

8. Go kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Enjoy the view of lower Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the New York Harbor as you paddle out from Pier 2. More info > 

9. Go birding with an expert


As fall nears, many birds visit our parks on their journey south. Join a birding event to learn more about Fall Migration and to discover parks birds love most. Find an upcoming birding event > 

10. Bring the kids to fishing clinics on Randall's Island


All equipment will be provided at this annual fishing program at the park's waterfront. The event also includes games and arts and crafts. More info > 

11. Meet the artists behind 'Evolving Terrain' 

Bronx Kill Salt Marsh

On Sunday, join us at Fort Tryon Park to learn more about the new artworks on display in the park. Tour info > 

12. Check out the Marine Science Festival

Hudson Rivre Park

Enjoy hands-on science activities, catch-and-release fishing, science stage events, kayaking, and more at Pier 26 in Hudson River Park! More info > 

13. Hike to the Alley Giant

Alley Pond Park

Use our trail map to find NYC's oldest and tallest tree in Alley Pond Park. View a map of Alley Pond Park's hiking trails > 

14. Come to movie nights in the park

movie in the park

Showing this weekend: Captain America: Civil WarThe Jungle Book, Batman v. Superman, and more! View movie locations and showtimes > (Please note: in case of rain, movie nights may be canceled or delayed)

15. Stop by the Washington Square Park Folk Fest

Folk Fest

Did you know folk music started right here in New York City? Enjoy tunes from today's folk music at Washington Square Park this weekend. More info > 

16. Volunteer at a local park


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

17. Enjoy free admission to these historic houses

Bartow-Pell Mansion

In celebration of the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live!, Bartow-Pell Mansion in the Bronx and Kingsland Homestead in Queens will open its doors for you to visit and discover what life was like in Old New York. More info > 

18. Join our hike through Van Cortlandt Park

Urban Park Rangers with binoculars

Trek through the woods of this huge Bronx park with our Urban Park Rangers this Saturday night! Hike info > 

19. Learn the basics of studio photography

studio photogrpahy

Calling all novice photographers! Learn how to set up your equipment and lighting for your next portrait shoot. Registration is required. More info > 

20. Join a free hike through NYC's 'South Pole'

Conference House Park

On Saturday, join us on Staten Island to explore the new hiking trail at Conference House Park, NYC's southernmost park. More info > 

21. Head to the Native American Fest in the Bronx

Native American Festival

On Sunday, Pelham Bay Park will host four hours of performances, arts and crafts, food, and Native American culture. More info > 

22. Bring the family to the Breukelen Country Fair

Wyckoff House

This annual fall festival features cider making, music, food, arts and crafts, planting activities, pony rides around the farm, and free tours of NYC's oldest house! More info > 

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