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NYC Parks Weekend Fun Guide

October 19 - 20, 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. Check out Open House New York

Trees surround the top of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument.

This weekend is your chance to step inside historic houses and monuments normally closed the public! View our Open House New York events

2. Celebrate Halloween

scary-look jack-o-lanterns line the fence at a park

We're celebrating Halloween EVERY SINGLE DAY for the rest of October! Join us for ghost tours, dog costume contests, Halloween parties, scary movie screenings, haunted houses, and more. View our Halloween Events

3. Design a creative wreath for our exhibition

various wreth designs using unique and diverse mediums and objects

We're now accepting artist submissions for our annual Wreath Interpretations exhibit in Central Park. Work on your unique design this weekend -- the deadline is fast approaching! (Due to space constraints, not all applications can be selected.) Learn more about our Wreath Interpretation Exhibition

4. Fall for NYC

View of a lake with geese lined by trees in fall colors

Discover the best parks to see fall foliage or join us on a fall foliage tour, hike, or canoe adventure. Share your best NYC Parks fall foliage photos with #FallforNYC. (Photo: Clove Lakes Park)

5. Help us protect NYC's nature trails

Volunteers help examine and care for a nature trail.

Join us this weekend to learn how you can help us protect our city's beautiful woodlands and keep our forests healthy while you hike NYC. More info

6. Head to Brooklyn Bridge Park's Harvest Fest

An entertainer on stilts gives a high five to a child in the park.

Enjoy face painting, pumpkin decorating, volleyball, lawn games, live performances, an obstacle course, and more at the 10th Annual Harvest Fest this Saturday! More info

7. Go birding with our experts

folks sit to watch a movie on a mobile screen in the park

Fall migration has begun! Bird species from as far north as Canada will be stopping in NYC's parks for food and rest as they make their way south. Join a birding adventure with our experts to meet our guests! View our birding events

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