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Weekend Fun Guide

May 27 - 29

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 beach

a lifeguard and beachgoers look out to the water from Rockaway Beach

All of our beaches re-open for the summer on Saturday, May 27! Visit our Water Safety Tips page for helpful tips on how to stay safe in or near the water.

2. Barbecue outdoors in the park

park guests use hibachi grills and picnic tables at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Fire up the grill at designated barbecue areas in parks across NYC! Enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend tradition of barbecuing and family time among with the beauty and tranquility of our parks. (Photo by Etienne Frossard, courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park)

3. Explore NYC's wild side with our Wildlife Map

a hawk begins to land on a rocky surface near a park meadow

Use the map to learn about wild animals in our parks this time of year, and to discover where you might be better able to spot them in a park. View our Wildlife Map

4. Join free canoeing at Oakland Lake

view of the lake in the fall. The lake is flanked by tall forests.

Do you know how to canoe? Learn the basics with guidance from our Urban Park Rangers this Sunday at Alley Pond Park, Queens. Event info

5. Try out our obstacle course for free

a park ranger holds up an owl

The course features a zipline, human swingshot, climbing walls, rope courses, trust-fall stations, and more! Learn more about Free Sunday programs at Alley Pond Park Adventure Course

6. Learn to ride a bike

a woman looks on proudly as a little girl on a bike pedals ahead on the street

Need help teaching your kid how to ride a bike? We're hosting free lessons in our parks. Bring your bike and a helmet and learn how to ride! Learn more

7. Go rowing on the Bronx River

a group of park guests row down the river

On Saturday, join Rocking the Boat at Hunts Point Riverside Park for free community rowing aboard student-built wooden row boats! Learn more

8. Bring the kids to the park to learn how to fish 

a park ranger shows a girl how to fish at a lake in the park

Our park rangers are hosting a free fishing clinic at Willowbrook Park on Saturday. We'll provide the equipment; just show up. Learn more

9. Join our hike through Forest Park

a pine grove at forest park

This Saturday, unwind from this week's bustle while exploring one of NYC's most beautiful forests with our Urban Park Rangers. Event info

10. Volunteer at your local park

a woman tends to flowers in park

Help paint benches, clean up local parks, and more at a volunteer event this weekend! Find an upcoming volunteer event

11. Watch free movies in the park

guests enjoy a rowboat ride on the Hudson River against the backdrop of the Financial District

Showing this weekend: Coach Carter, Monsters University, Collision Course, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemView locations and showtimes

12. Visit NYC's war memorials

Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park

Many art in our parks honor our veterans and stand in memory of soldiers who died in wartime. Visit our Memorials in Parks to find out where you can visit a war memorial this Memorial Day Weekend. 

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