Weekend Fun Guide

July 28 – 29, 2018

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 the 40th Annual Thunderbird Pow Wow

a man dressed in traditional garb stand around a fire as guests look on

New York City’s oldest and largest pow wow will feature three days of intertribal Native American dance competitions, arts and crafts, food, and more at Queens Farm! Get tickets

2. Find your NYC summer house

exterior of Alice Austen House

Spend a summer day at your local historic house! Step inside, explore the grounds, and join us at fun events, from concerts to food festivals. Find your NYC Summer House (Photo: Alice Austen House)

3. Chill at our Cool Pools

Guests enjoy the new lounge chairs and bright new colors at Douglass and DeGraw Pool in Brooklyn.

With cabana-style shade, new lounge chairs, and new vibrant colors, our Cool Pools are the ultimate chill spots! Find a Cool Pool near you

4. 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: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Incredibles, Zootopia, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and more! View movie locations and showtimes

5. Plan a beach day

Beachgoers lounge in their beach chairs at a beach where a lifeguard is on duty

Pack your beach towel, suncreen, and some snacks for a fun and relaxing day out at the beach! Find a beach near you

6. Join a free tour of NYC’s oldest standing bridge

a bridge spans across to a park where a water tower exists

This bridge first opened to the public in 1848! On Sunday, join our park rangers on a walking tour to learn about the history behind the High Bridge, which that connects pedestrians and cyclists to Manhattan and the Bronx. Tour info

7. Compete in the Sandcastle Contest at Rockaway Beach

a man sculpts a sandcastle with a parks flag

Do you have what it takes to build the best sandcastle? Bring your buckets and tools and compete in the Rockaways’ annual Sandcastle Contest on Sunday! Sandcastle Contest event info

8. See this adaptation of Antigone

a poster of a woman's eyes and text that reads Antigone by Sophocles

Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Antigone is an Afropunk-inspired work featuring the voice of a defiant woman that challenges patriarchal society. Antigone event info

9. Check out this new artwork on Staten Island

a compilation of buoys and bells float on the water against the backdrop of the verrazano-narrows bridge

Float, Float, Float On by Arthur Simms, in the harbor off the Stapleton Esplanade, is a floating sculpture collaged with nautical buoys and bells that will create chords as waves splash through and around it. See it off the Stapleton Esplanade at Water Street. Visit this artwork

10. Bring the kids to Summer Fun at Rockaway Beach

a woman reads a book to a child at a pop-up reading room

This vacant lot at Beach 98th Street in the Rockaways is now a pop-up play area and outdoor reading room for kids on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through August 26! Summer Fun event info

Source: Weekend Fun : NYC Parks