Free Family Events This Weekend! (August 3-5)

Summer Streets 2018 will begin this Saturday! Photo by New York City Department of Transportation via Flickr.

Have an amazing weekend without opening your wallet! For even more activity inspiration, check out our Weekend Planner.

Through Friday, August 10

Live “Wonderama” Taping
10am & 2pm
Baruch College
Ages 8-15
Sign up to be a part of the “Wonderama” experience! Ages 8 through 15 can score free audience tickets to the TV show’s live tapings at Baruch College.

Through Friday, August 3

Black Forest Gummy Harvest
The High Line
All Ages
Catch the giant Gummy Tree on the High Line, and sample Black Forest’s gummies and fruit snacks bursts among the elevated park. This pop-up plant will be open on Thursday from 6-11pm and on Friday from 8:30am-11pm.

Beginning Saturday, August 4

Summer Streets 2018
Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge
All Ages
Take advantage of Summer Streets, the annual summer festival that gives New Yorkers the chance to stroll and play on completely traffic-free city streets. On three Saturdays in August, the New York City Department of Transportation will close seven miles of streets to cars, allowing walkers, runners, and bikers to enjoy the open space. This encouragement of healthy transportation takes place from 7am-1pm and stretches from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park. A variety of activities will take place at the five stops along the route and all are free to the public, including a zip line, free bike and roller blade rentals, fitness classes, and a dog park and agility course. Runs Saturdays through August 18.

Saturday, August 4

Families and Folk Art: PaleoAdventures
American Folk Art Museum
Ages 4-12
Kids ages 4 to 12 can learn all about dinosaurs through this interactive tour that includes arts and crafts. Be sure to register before you go!

We Are Brooklyn: A Community Block Party
Ingersoll Community Center
All Ages
Join the neighborhood for a fun-filled day packed with activities. We Are Brooklyn is presented by the Intergenerational Community Arts Council, led by Artist-in-Residence Najee Omar. Great for all ages, your family can enjoy live music, create art, play games and sports, and far more. The day includes slam poetry performances, community yoga, an Afro-Haitian dance workshop (among other dance classes), a pop-up market, a photo booth, double-dutch, and numerous other activities.

Coney Island Music Festival
Surf & Stillwell Avenues, Coney Island
All Ages
Enjoy awesome live music while taking a spin on the rides of Coney Island at the Coney Island Music Festival. Featured performers include Shannon Shaw, The Veldt, Pow Pow Family Band, and Public Practice. The free festival will also host lots of vendors, games, and food.

Hindu Lamp Ceremony
Brooklyn Bridge Park
All Ages
The traditional Hindu lamp ceremony, or the Aarti ceremony, will be presented in Brooklyn Bridge Park this Saturday in anticipation of hurricane season. Learn more about this tradition by taking part in the ceremony as well as the percussion ensemble. Along with the ensemble, there will also be guest artists showcasing their projects. It’s sure to be an educational and cultural afternoon.

11th Annual Great Jazz on the Great Hill
Central Park
All Ages
Grab the kids, a meal, and a blanket to enjoy this free annual jazz event. Swing dance right on the grass! Enter at the Great Hill (106th Street and Central Park West).

Sunday, August 5

Music in the Grove on Sunday: Hopalong Andrew
Fort Greene Park
All Ages
Catch this free performance of Hopalong Andrew in Fort Greene Park!

Brooklyn’s 5th Annual International Day of Friendship
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Columbus Park
All Ages
Happy Friendship Day! Celebrate the warm and fizzy feeling of having friends by celebrating at this festival and who knows–maybe even make new friends. Bring the kiddos to learn about the magic of diversity and embracing other cultures while having fun. This exciting festival kicks off with a roaring parade to get the family hyped for a great day ahead. Bring all your friends and don’t forget the sunscreen!