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NYC Parks Weekend Fun Guide

November 16-17, 2019 

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

1. Urban Park Ranger Workshops: Survival Skills

a park ranger helps a group of participant use twigs to build a structure

This weekend, learn how to build shelter and fire from scratch, key skills in learning how to survive in the wilderness. More info

2. For Pups: Dog Yoga, Parkour, Games & More at Riverside Park

a dog rolls over on the grass

Bring your dogs to Riverside Park this Sunday for a day of fun and games, and meeting new friends! More info

3. Commemoration of the Battle of Fort Washington

actors re-inact a battle during the revolutionary war as soldiers with muskets

Watch American troops perform and lead military drills, listen to live 18th-century music, make arts and crafts, play games from the revolutionary period, and check out the blacksmith's demonstration at this annual festival that marks the anniversary of a key event in the Revolutionary War. More info

4. Ice Skating

a family tries to ice skate at a rink

It's ice skating season in the city! The rinks in Central Park and Bryant Park are open. View hours and cost

5. Paranormal Investigation at Manhattan's oldest house

a white wooden mansion in the park

Some say Morris-Jumel Mansion is haunted. Find out for yourself as you learn the basics of ghost hunting this Saturday night. Register online

6. Pickleball Tournaments

a teammate is hopeful that her team member will successfully hit a tennis ball with the racket, over the net to the other team

It's tennis mixed with badminton and ping pong! Think you've got what it takes to win? Sign up for this Saturday's tournaments in Queens. More info

7. Book Signing: David W. Blight, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

a group of people walk on a paved path to hike through a forest in fall colors

Learn about Frederick Douglass' connection to the Lewis H Latimer House in Queens in a book discussion with the author.  More info 

8. Celebrate the Thanksgiving season

a woman reads a book to a group of kids sitting on the floor

Bring the kids out this weekend for storytelling, turkey games, harvests, sing-alongs, and more! More info

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