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NYC Parks Weekend Fun Guide

June 15-16, 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. Head to Adventures NYC

a participant looks out on the park from the top of a rock wall

Try free zip lining, rock climbing, stand-up paddleboarding, log rolling, archery, and more in Central Park this Saturday! Event info

2. Head to the beach

Beach goers enjoy swimming and sunning at Coney Island Beach on a warm sunny day

All of our beaches are open for summer! Remember to swim only where lifeguards are present. Lifeguards are on duty daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Plan your visit

3. Watch free movies in our parks

folks sit on the lawn to watch a movie on a mobile screen attached to a truck

Showing this weekend: Black Panther, Thor, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, and more! View our movie schedule

4. Go kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park

parkgoers kayak in the river surrounding the park which features a view of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge

Enjoy the stunning views of NYC from the water at free walk-up kayaking at Pier 2 on Saturdays and Sundays. More info (Photo by Etienne Frossard, courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park)

5. Come to Hip Hop Family Day Concert in the Bronx

Members of the Uptown Vinyl Supreme hip hop DJ collective pose for a photo in the street. One of the members is holding up a vinyl.

This Saturday, join us in Poe Park for a free concert with Uptown Vinyl Supreme, Grandmaster Caz, DJ Perly, and Ana Garcia. Event info

6. Learn basic canoeing

participants learn how to row in a canoe

Meet with our Urban Park Rangers in Van Cortlandt Park this Saturday to learn the basics. More info

7. Go swing dancing in Harlem this Saturday

Two participants practice their swing dance moves on a stage with other participants

Don't know how to dance? Join us for free lessons followed by a live performance by the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra and an evening of dancing! More info

8. Stop by caribBeing Prospect Park's Jerk Fest

graphic images of various elements that represents the Caribbean, including pineapples, a plane, passport, and words that read Brooklyn, USA, West Indies.

Celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month this Sunday in Prospect Park! Get a taste of the spice of the Caribbean with delicious jerk from the best of Little Caribbean aka Flatbush. More info (Art Credit: Caribopolitan illustration by the artist Andrea Pippins for Caribbeing.)

9. Learn how to fish at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Participants with fishing rods lean over the Pier's edge to fish in the Harbor

This Sunday, head to Pier 5 to learn how to tie fishing knots, bait a hook, cast a fishing rod, and maybe even reel up a fish. More info

10. Celebrate Father's Day

a family hangs out on a garden bench

Find free family-themed events for you and dad to share. More info

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