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Weekend Fun Guide

September 22 - 23, 2018 

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 the start of autumn at our fall festivals

kids and adults participate in an arts and craft activity with pumpkins and stationary

September 22 is the first day of fall! Join us for games, crafts, dancing, and more! Find a fall festival near you

2. Visit the pop-up pencil museum

a pencil in a handmade vitrine

This Pencil Museum is an art installation about NYC's incredible pencil history and the legacy of Johann Eberhard Faber, founder of America's first pencil-making factory in Manhattan! He lived here on the museum's site—Faber Park! Visit the pop-up Pencil Museum

3. Challenge your friends at our obstacle course

a group of people look on as a participant climbs a wall at the obstacle course

Try our climbing wall, trust-fall stations, ropes courses, and more for free on Sunday! Visit Alley Pond Park Adventure Course

4. Go birdwatching with our experts

two park rangers use binoculars to look up into the trees

Fall is one of the best times of the year to see birds in our parks. As they travel along the Atlantic Flyway to their winter homes, birds stop in our parks to rest and find food. Learn all about Fall Migration and the birds you'll see in our parks on a guided birdwatching tour with our experts. Find a birding event at Parks

5. Head to this dance fest in a drained-out pool

dancers perform in a drained-out pool

Bring a blanket or chair to see this annual performance of traditional and cultural dance styles at Highbridge Pool. Event info

6. Watch free movies under the stars

families and friends gather on a lawn and in lawn chairs to watch a movie on a mobile screen

Showing this weekend: Rampage, Neruda, A Wrinkle In Time, Black Panther, and more! View movie locations & showtimes

7. Find your way through the Amazing Maize Maze

aerial view of a family walking through a corn field designed into a maze

Queens County Farm transforms its corn field into a maze with a scavenger hunt and fun activities for the whole family! Amazing Maize Maze event info

8. Join a free dance workshop with Ailey Extension

dancers perform on a stag

This Saturday, celebrate Ailey's 60th anniversary with a free dance class with a former Ailey dancer! Event info

9. Join our butterfly season hike

a monarch butterfly in the park

In September, just before the cold weather approaches, monarch butterflies, including their newborns, journey through our on their way to Mexico, where they will remain for the winter. Learn more on a hike through Marine Park with our park rangers! Hike info

10. Join a history tour at Brooklyn's largest park

wood pilings stand across a creek surrounded by a salt marsh

On Sunday, join our park rangers at Marine Park on a walking tour of the historic Gerritsen Creek where the first water-powered mill was built more than 360 years ago. Event info

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