Free Family Events This Weekend! (August 11-13)

The 27th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival will take place this weekend in Flushing Meadows Corona Park! Photo by Lisa Chan via

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

Friday, August 11

Free Youth Football Safety Clinic
Wien Stadium at Columbia University’s Baker Complex
Ages 7-13
The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma is hosting a free youth football safety clinic for football players! They will learn safe playing techniques, fundamentals and life skills from former NFL players. Registration begins at 1pm and the event starts at 2pm. Pre-registration is required.

Teen Night: Sugar Honey Iced Tea
Brooklyn Museum
Ages 13-19
This Friday, ages 13 through 19 are invited to the Brooklyn Museum for Teen Night: Sugar Honey Iced Tea. This program, designed for teens by teens, will explore the Museum’s latest exhibit “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85” through live music, art-making, dance performances, and more. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, August 12

Coney Island Music Festival
Surf and Stillwell Avenues, Coney Island
All Ages
Enjoy some awesome music while taking a spin on the rides at the Coney Island Music Festival. The fest will feature performers such as New York City-based a cappella group Backtrack Vocals, DJ Jay Dahbi, and The Latin Heartbeat, a thirteen-piece salsa band. The free festival will also be holding salsa dance lessons, zumba classes, and will include lots of vendors, games, and food.

SummerStage Family Day
Central Park
All Ages
Kids can boogie down while learning about numbers and science during the We Might Be Giants concert at SummerStage Family Day in Central Park. The two-time Grammy award winning alternative rock group has branched into the world of children’s music, and is now known for tracks like “Here Comes the 123’s” and “Here Comes Science.” We Might Be Giants will also be accompanied by Bill Childs, the host of “Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child.” It’s sure to be a fun and musical day in Central Park!

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NYSoM Back to School Bonanza
Raymond Bush Playground, Brooklyn
All Ages
Another school year is almost upon us and it’s time to get ready! The Back to School Bonanza, hosted by SYSomCommunity, will be a fun day in Brooklyn’s Raymond Bush Playground with family fit challenges to see who can get moving! There will also be free health care screenings and information available. A limited amount of back-to-school items will be available for free, so get there early!

Saturday, August 12-Sunday, August 13

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
All Ages
This year marks the 27th anniversary of the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in NYC! Dragon boats are traditional Chinese boats that are powered by a crew of approximately 20 people. Typically, a drummer leads the team as the drumbeat helps the crew synchronize their strokes. Watch a multitude of different dragon boat races and traditional music and dance performances from around the world during this annual cultural Chinese event. This event will take place rain or shine.

“Peter and the Starcatcher”
Saturday: 7pm; Sunday: 2pm
Beacon High School
All Ages
If you love Peter Pan, this show is absolutely for you! Audiences will be taken on a magical journey which depicts how Peter grew to be the orphan we know and love. Joining forces with some very familiar characters, we get the real backstory as to why and how Peter Pan became the boy who ruled Neverland.

Beginning Sunday, August 13

36th Annual Battery Dance Festival
Wagner Park
All Ages
Get those happy feet movin’ with the 36th annual Battery Dance Festival. New York’s longest-running free public dance festival features a range of dancers from emerging to professional, as well as an even wider scope of genres. Dancers and choreographers from as far afield as Asia, South Africa, and the Caribbean will spin and sashay through Battery Park City as they give a series of free outdoor performances for all ages. A ticketed reception will be held at Pace University on Saturday following the closing performance. Runs through Saturday, August 19.