Free Family Events This Weekend! (June 8-10)

Erwin Wurm’s Hot Dog Bus Installation will open to the public this Saturday! Photo via

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

Through Wednesday, October 31

Jacob Hashimoto Installation
Governors Island
All Ages
Stop by this long-term installation on Governors Island. Jacob Hashimoto’s The Eclipse is made of thousands of delicate rice paper kites. It’s definitely a sight to see. It’s open Monday through Friday from 10:30am-5pm and on weekends from 10:30am-6pm.

Through Sunday, June 24

Sing for Hope Pianos
All day
Various locations throughout NYC
All Ages
Find these elaborately painted pianos all over city parks and hop on one yourself or listen to musicians perform. There are also plenty of special performances scheduled—check out Sing for Hope website for a full map and more details!

New York Classical Theatre: “Romeo & Juliet”
Central Park
All Ages
Catch the classic Shakespeare play in a park setting! The New York Classical Theatre will perform Romeo & Juliet in Central Park with six actors playing all the roles.

Through Sunday, June 10

Astoria Park Carnival
Various times
Astoria Park
All Ages
Enjoy all that the carnival has to offer in Astoria Park! Admission is free; rides require the purchase of a ticket.

Beginning Friday, June 8

Escape in New York Outdoor Films
Governors Island
All Ages
Beginning this Friday, watch films outside on Governors Island, all of which include pre-show entertainment. Screenings begin at dusk. Films include Escape from New York, Desperately Seeking Susan, Ghostbusters, and The Last Dragon. Runs on the second Friday of every month through Friday, September 14.

Brooklyn Americana Music Festival: Unplugged
Brooklyn Bridge Park
All Ages
Check out intimate, unplugged sets performed by musical duos during the Brooklyn Americana Music Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Scheduled performers include Pete Lanctot and Ginger Dolden, The Chapin Sisters, Mamie Minch and Tamar Korn, and Will Scott and Charlie Burnham. Runs Fridays through Friday, June 29.

MOCA Cinema
Columbus Park
All Ages
Grab a blanket and the kids to see a free film put on by the NYC Parks Department and the Museum of Chinese in America! Featured films include Disney’s Mulan and The NinjaGo Lego Movie. Runs Fridays through Friday, June 29.

Friday, June 8

Rolie Polie Guacamole Concert
Norman and Jules
All Ages
This Friday, join Andrew and Frank of Rolie Polie Guacamole for a sing-along at Norman and Jules in Brooklyn.

Family Astronomy Night
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
All Ages
Learn about the expanding universe with astrophysicist Viviana Acquaviva and participate in stargazing at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Beginning Saturday, June 9

“Hot Dog Bus” Installation & Free Hot Dogs
Brooklyn Bridge Park
All Ages
A vintage Volkswagen Microbus has become a food truck that serves free hot dogs all summer. The artistic implications are a bit highbrow for the kids, but it’s a great chance to snack and ogle at the truck! After all, the viewer participation “completes” the work. This mobile artwork will serve free hot dogs at multiple locations along Brooklyn Bridge Park’s waterfront. Installation on view through Sunday, August 26. Hot dogs will be given out on Saturdays and Sundays only.

Saturday, June 9

The Great Randall’s Island Treasure Hunt
Randall’s Island
Ages 5 and up
Explore the park and learn how to use a map and compass during The Great Randall’s Island Treasure Hunt. The event is offered in partnership with Hudson Valley Orienteering. There will be an orienteering course for children as well as adults. Arts, crafts, light refreshments, and treasure will be provided for all participants. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

8th Annual Pet Day & Costume Contest
Deno’s Wonder Wheel
All Ages
Let the pets join in on the fun at the 8th Annual Pet Day and Pet Costume Contest. Pets of all kinds will be able to ride The Wonder Wheel for free accompanied by their owner. Pets will be judged in three categories for the costume contest. Admission is free, but contestants in the costume contest must bring two cans of cat or dog food.

Positively 8th Street Festival
West 8th Street
All Ages
Celebrate the culture and businesses of 8th Street at the Positively 8th Street Festival taking place on Saturday, June 9, July 14, and September 8. The festival will feature musical performances, pop-up parks, alfresco eating, and more. Kids can enjoy games, toys and getting creative with design workshops and drawing sessions. Spend your Saturday afternoon having fun with the family and celebrating community!

Saturday, June 9-Sunday, June 10

9th Annual RiverFestBX
College of Mount St. Vincent, Bronx
All Ages
Come to the 9th annual RiverFest at the College of Mount Saint Vincent for family fun and festivities! RiverFest 2018 features a pet adoption center, arts and crafts, bounce castles, a bike helmet giveaway, and more. The festival is free and boat rides are available for purchase.

Sunday, June 10

Los Lobos Family Concert
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
All Ages
Head to the Bandshell in Prospect Park for a free family concert from Los Lobos, the Mexican-American rock band known for its hit “La Bamba.”