Free Family Events This Weekend! (June 23-25)

Hydrangea Hurrah will take place this Saturday in Madison Square Park! Photo by Rashmi Gill via

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

Through Sunday, June 25

2017 Sing for Hope Pianos
All day
Various locations throughout NYC
All Ages
Spread throughout many of NYC’s parks and public spaces, the Sing For Hope pianos give your little music-lover a chance to play to their heart’s content. Decorated by local NYC artists, the pianos bring awareness to the preservation of the arts and expose youth to the vibrancy of music. Stop by any piano around you to experience a good time with the kids!

Friday, June 23-Sunday, June 25

Harlem Arts Festival
Various times
Various locations throughout Harlem
All Ages
Come to the annual Harlem Arts Festival, which showcases visual and performing artists! The fest features discussion panels, forums, classes, a kid’s corner, local businesses, food vendors and more. The festival’s producers will also award one or two individuals with the Lynette Velasco Community Impact Award. The festival is free and open to the public.

Friday, June 23

Swedish Midsummer Dance Festival
Wagner Park
All Ages
This Friday evening, join the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy and the Consulate General of Sweden in New York for the Swedish Midsummer Festival in Robert F. Wagner Park. Families with children of all ages can decorate and dance around the midsummer pole, picnic, make flower wreaths, enjoy fiddle music, play games, and try out some Swedish food from top NYC restaurants. This event will take place rain or shine.

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Saturday, June 24

RiverFish Celebration
West Harlem Piers Park
All Ages
Your child can experience the Hudson River in a new way this Saturday with Summer on the Hudson and the Urban Park Rangers’ RiverFish Celebration. Come prepared to do everything from catch and release fishing to arts and crafts. Everything you need to have a great day will be provided!

Hydrangea Hurrah
Madison Square Park
All Ages
This Saturday, join the Madison Square Park Conservancy for Hydrangea Hurrah, a celebration of the park’s prized hydrangeas! The afternoon will feature watercolor painting demos, hydrangea tea, flower arranging workshops, hat and boutonniere making, horticulture talks, and more. There will also be live jazz music from the Glenn Crytzer Orchestra and a merry-go-round for kids. This event will take place rain or shine.

NYSoM SuperHERO Carnival
Raymond Bush Park, Brooklyn
All Ages
Don your favorite superhero costume this Saturday for the NYSoM SuperHERO Carnival in Brooklyn’s Raymond Bush Park! The day’s festivities will include superhero games, activities, and prizes, cooking demos, face painting and temporary tattoos, a photo booth, carnival snacks, arts and crafts, and much more. Plus don’t miss special guest appearances by Marvel and DC villains and heroes!

Saturday, June 24-Sunday, June 25

Backlot Art Festival 2017
Various times
Various locations throughout Queens
All Ages
Come to the first ever Backlot Art Festival featuring almost 30 different art activities! There will be a live performance of wearable art and sculpture, a pop-up gallery at the Queens Council on the Arts, book crafting, live music, pottery workshops, a parade and much more. All events are free and take place in the Kaufman Arts District.