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Weekend Fun Guide

July 29 - 30

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. Go zip lining for free at our obstacle course's 10th anniversary

a participant uses a ropes course at Alley Pond Park Adventure Course

The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course is turning 10 on Saturday! Join us at the course for a day of fun and adventure, including the chance for all attendees ages 8 and older to try out our zip line for free! In addition, we’ll have music tents, popcorn, balloons and tons of fun giveaways and prizes. Event info

2. Head to NYC's oldest and largest powwow

pow wow in the park

The 39th annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Powwow is this weekend! More than 40 nations will come together for dance competitions, arts and crafts, food, and more at this three-day event at Queens Farm. More info

3. Go for a swim at the Floating Pool

the floating pool at Barretto Point Park

It's the only City pool that sits out on a barge in the Bronx. Admission is free! The pool is open from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Here's what you need to know before you go 

4. Watch free movies in the park

park guests use blankets to sit on the lawn to watch a movie on a big screen in the park

Showing this weekend: Jumanji, Hidden Figures, Boss Baby, Hook, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Power Rangers, and more. View locations and showtimes

5. Plan a beach day

View of the Staten Island beachfront at Wolfe's Pond Park

Unwind from this week's bustle at the beach this weekend! Visit our Water Safety Tips page for helpful tips on how to stay safe in or near the water. (Photo: Wolfe's Pond Beach on Staten Island)

6. Join a free tour of Fort Totten 

view of a historic fort at Fort Totten Park

With our Urban Park Rangers as your guide, take a look around this old military fort in Bayside, Queens! Tour info 

7. Go canoeing with our park rangers

guests canoe in Jamaica Bay

Head out on the water from Canarsie, Brooklyn on a free canoe trip with our park rangers this Sunday! Some experience is preferred; first-come, first-served. Event info

8. Get to know NYC's oldest standing bridge

view of the High Bridge from Highbridge Park in the Bronx

The High Bridge, opened in 1848, is NYC's oldest standing bridge. The bridge is closed to vehicular traffic, offering the public a chance to experience old New York as they walk between Highbridge Park in Manhattan and Highbridge Park in the Bronx. On Sunday, join our Urban Park Rangers on a free history walk to learn more! Event info

9. Take a ride on the NYC Ferry

guests use a ferry landing in Williamsburg

There's a new way to get around town—the NYC Ferry! Make a day of it; use our NYC Ferry Guide to find the best parks to visit along the City's ferry routes. 

10. Catch a free comedy show this Sunday

a comedian performs in the park

Comedians Michelle Buteau, Saurin Choksi, Anthony DeVito, and Charlie Pickering are scheduled to perform at a two-hour show in Central Park! More info

11. Bring the kids to Turtle Time at The Greenbelt

a painted turtle in the park

Meet the Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy's pet turtles, then join a kid-friendly hike through the woods to find turtles that live in our parks! More info

12. Volunteer at a local park

a woman tends to flowers in park

Help paint benches, clean up local parks, and more at a volunteer event. Find an upcoming volunteer event

13. Learn how to make a kite

kids fly kites at Socrates Sculpture Park

Head to Socrates Sculpture Park this Saturday for a free Kite Making workshop, followed by kite flying at the park's beautiful waterfront. More info

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