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Weekend Fun Guide

April 1 - 2

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 Prospect Park's Opening Weekend + Smorgasburg!

a man cooks arepas on a grill in an outdoor food market

This weekend, kick off Prospect Park's 150th anniversary celebration with an Opening Day Parade and Fair, an exhibition 1860s ballgame, ice skating, tours, and the return of Smorgasburg—an open-air food market, at Prospect Park on Sundays. More info

2. Help make parks pretty for spring

a woman tends to flowers in park

Join neighbors coming together to spruce up local parks. Volunteers help with painting benches, planting and caring for flowers, removing debris, and more! Find an upcoming volunteer event

3. Head to Queens Farm's kids carnival

carnival rides in a park

Bring the kids to the farm's apple orchard this weekend for hayrides, a petting zoo, carnival rides, games, pony rides, and more at this two-day festival. Learn more

4. Join a free tour of of this hidden gem

view of a water body surrounded by marsh grass

The Ridgewood Reservoir in Highland Park is an elevated bird sanctuary on the border of Queens and Brooklyn. Learn about its history, wildlife neighbors, and natural beauty on a free tour with NYC H20 this Saturday. More info

5. Play adaptive sports in the Bronx

men play basketball in wheelchairs on an indoor court

This Saturday, Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center will open its doors to the public for a day of free adaptive sports, including wheelchair basketball, tennis, and track and field. Learn more and sign up

6. See early spring bloomers on a garden walk


Eager from spring flowers? Discover flowers in bloom right now on a walk through Randall's Island Park, Wave Hill, or Queens Botanical Garden this weekend.

7. Help us plant trees in Jamaica Bay

a woman holds up a young tree in a bucket at a tree planting event in a park

Trees help filter our air, prevent erosion, and provide a safe home for wildlife. This Saturday, meet up with our Stewardship Team to help plant trees in the Jamaica Bay area. Register today

8. Come to a PUPS meet and greet in Fort Greene

puppy in the park

Over coffee and pastries, meet other dog lovers and get to know PUPS (Park Users Pet Society) and the Fort Greene Park Conservancy. Learn more

9. Go hiking with our Urban Park Rangers

Kissena Park in the spring

Enjoy NYC in the springtime on these fun hikes with our park rangers this weekend. Find an upcoming park ranger-led hike

10. Join Bryant Park's Caribbean/Mardi Gras-style Carnaval

a man and a woman show thumbs up while running in the park

On Saturday, bring the kids to park to play mas, get their face painted, and dance around to island beats spun by a live DJ. More info

11. Learn the basics of embroidering

an embroidery pattern reads s and j

On Saturday, come to King Manor Museum to join a free, hands-on, family-friendly embroidery history class, followed by a tour of the museum. Learn more

12. Last weekend to go ice skating in Prospect Park

park guests ice skating

The ice skating rink closes for the season on Sunday, April 2. The ice skating rink will be transformed for roller skating in the summer and fall! Learn more about ice skating at Prospect Park

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