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Weekend Fun Guide September 29 – 30, 2018 NYC Parks

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Weekend Fun Guide September 29 – 30, 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. Head to Medieval Festival

knights in horseback participate in a joust

On Sunday, Fort Tryon Park is transforming into a medieval market with music and dance from the Middle Ages. The festival ends with a joust between knights on horseback! Come dressed in your medieval costume! Medieval Fest event info

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2. Get a sneak peek at Freshkills Park

two park guests use binoculars to look out from a meadow in Freshkills Park to the the forest and Manhattan skyline

When it opens in its entirety in 2036, Freshkills Park will be about 3x the size of Central Park! Sunday, September 30, is your next chance for a sneak peek. Bring your bike, book, or binoculars and enjoy the park! Discovery Day event info

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3. Check out the Little Red Lighthouse Festival

festival goers surround a little red lighthouse under the George Washington Bridge

Step inside Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse (open only a few days each year) then join us on the lawn for live music, food vendors, and fishing clinics by the waterfront! Little Red Lighthouse Festival event info

4. 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

5. Go canoeing in Willowbrook Park

park rangers lead a canoeing adventure on the lake in a park

Paddle out on the lake, with our park rangers as your guide, at this beautiful park on Staten Island. Willowbrook Park canoeing event info

6. Head to the Bronx Native American Festival

men sit in a circle around a drum

Enjoy music, dance, storytelling, arts and crafts, and more at this celebration of culture in Pelham Bay Park! Bronx Native American Festival event info

7. Check out the Queensboro Dance Fest

three women perform a dance routine at the Queensboro Dance Festival

Forest Park is the next and last stop on the Queensboro Dance Festival’s borough-wide tour at our parks! Don’t miss the chance to see local dance companies perform various dance styles! Event info

8. 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: City of God, Coco, Infinity War, Lady and the Tramp, and Ready Player One! View movie locations & showtimes

9. Go birdwatching with our experts

park rangers use binoculars to look up at 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

10. Bring your kids to a fishing festival on an island

a woman and a child pose for a photo while fishing at the waterfront at Randall's Island

On Saturday, Randall’s Island is hosting free, family-friendly fishing clinics with themed music and fun games to help kids learn about our underwater habitats. Get Hooked event info

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