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Weekend Fun Guide

November 18 - 19

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. Celebrate Native American heritage

a man dressed in traditional Native American wear dances in the park

November is Native American Heritage Month! Join us this Saturday in Sunset Park, Brooklyn for a pow-wow, featuring music, dance, arts and crafts, and more! Event info

2. Check out the USQ Holiday Market

aerial view of tiny shops at Union Square

The Union Square Holiday Market opens on Thursday, November 16! Head on over for holiday gift shopping and food tasting. The market is open on weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

3. Discover the best places to see fall 

a tree with fall colors

Bring your camera and capture the beautiful colors of fall in our parks! Join a walk or hike with our experts, or if you're heading out on your own, check out some of our favorite places to go leaf peeping in our parks! View our Fall Foliage Guide

4. Get a pawdicure and a pet psychic reading

cute puppy in the park

Your pups can get their nails done and find out what's in store for their future at the Dog Day Harvest Costume Party and Parade this Sunday at Washington Square Park! There will be treats and prizes! Event info

5. Join QBG's Zero-Waste Thanksgiving workshop

pumpkin food scraps in a bin

On Saturday, head to Queens Botanical Garden to learn new delicious, eco-friendly recipes, and learn how you can recycle your food scraps this Thanksgiving. Registration is required. Event info

6. See The Public Theater perform The Winter's Tale

photo of the cast of The Winter's Tale

The Public Theater's Mobile Unit takes the stage at Faber Park on Staten Island this Saturday! RSVP today to see the performance for free! Event info

7. Check out this bold art at Coleman Skate Park

skaters at a skate park skate among artwork in the form of bold red and white slogans

Barbara Kruger's signature bold slogans are on view at this popular skate park's rails, ramps, and walls  through Sunday! More info

8. Bring the kids for a fun day at our farmhouses

kids pose for a photo outside a farmhouse

At Dyckman Farmhouse, Dr. A will teach kids about engineering and architecture while kids make models of the farmhouse. At Wyckoff Farmhouse, the oldest house in NYC, kids and their families can join scavenger hunts, tour the farmhouse, and more! 

9. Go ice skating 

new yorkers skate at an ice rink in the park with the midtown skyscrapers in the backdrop

Bring your skates or rent a pair and come enjoy the fall weather while skating at our rinks. Find an ice skating rink

10. Volunteer at a local park

a woman carries broken branches to a leaf pile

Join hundreds of New Yorkers who are teaming up to fix up their local parks. Find an upcoming volunteer event

11. Bake in a brick oven outdoors

baked pizza and bread

This Sunday, the Old Stone House in Brooklyn will fire up a brick oven for the public to use for baking goodies, from jerk pork to pizza! Registration is required to use the oven. Event info

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