NYC Parks Weekend Fun Guide

August 13-14

Here are some highlights of fun things to do this weekend. Check back every Thursday for new recommendations! Visit our Events Calendar for more events. 

Staying in? Check out our virtual events!

Head to the Brooklyn Beach Sports Fest

Participants play volleyball at Coney Island beach

Join us for a day of beach sports and a calisthenics competition at Coney Island Beach this Saturday! There will be tug-o-war, beach volleyball, lacrosse, parkour, soccer, pull-up and chin-up contests, and more you can join. No pre-registration, and participation is FREE! More info

See Ja Rule, Rakim, and The Lox in concert

Ja Rule, Rakim, and The LOX

Hip hop turns 49 this week! Celebrate with Mayor Adams at a free hip hop concert in Roy Wilkins Park featuring legendary, New York-based hip hop artists. Come back on Sunday for a free R&B concert, featuring 112, Montell Jordan, Marsha Ambrosius, Raheem DeVaughn, and more! More info

Make a splash at our pools

Guests enjoy swimming at a floating pool docked at a park

Cool off at our free outdoor pools! Pool hours are 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. Find a pool near you (photo: Floating Pool)

Go kayaking in our parks

Kids and their families kayak in a lake in the park

Take a kayak out on the water and enjoy the beauty of our parks and waterways in a cool new way. Join us

Show off your skills at our 25th Annual Sandcastle Contest

Kids and their families build sculptures from sand at a beach

Do you want to build a ... sandcastle? Start sketching your designs and get your buckets and tools ready for this annual competition at Rockaway Beach this Sunday! More info

Head to Summer Streets

Folks bike, run, and hang out along car-free Park Avenue

Enjoy fun activities along car-free Park Avenue and connecting streets from Brooklyn Bridge to East Harlem, or just enjoy a walk or bike ride! More info

Watch free movies in the parks

Families and friends gather at a park lawn to watch a movie on the big screen

Pack a picnic and join us under the stars for free outdoor movie nights! Here's the schedule

Join our Urban Park Rangers on a Super Hike

View from the lake of a boathouse in the park

Explore Prospect Park's hidden paths, waterways, meadows, and woodlands as we trek through the park with our expert park rangers this Saturday! More info

Plan a trip to the beach

Beachgoers enjoy swimming and sunbathing at the beach

Summer is winding down! Be sure to head to the beach this summer. Our lifeguards are on duty from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Swimming/wading in the water is strictly prohibited when lifeguards are not on duty. Visit our beaches (photo: Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn)

Enjoy an afternoon of music and dance in Central Park

A performer sings to a crowd

Join our friends at Central Park Conservancy for Great Jazz on the Great Hill, featuring world-renowned musicians, on Saturday and performances by local talent at the Harlem Meer Performance Festival on Sunday! 

Join a FREE fitness class at Von King Park this Saturday

Participants excitedly join each other for an outdoor class

Feel your best while keeping fit with this fun workout in the park with our Shape Up NYC Instructor, Shameka. Join us

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