Events





Broadway Dance with Dodge YMCA

Date: July 3, 2017

Brooklyn resident James Martinelli’s Cardio Dance and Range of Movement workout offers improved strength and increased flexibility.

Set to swinging show tunes, this class is appropriate for anyone who wants a safe, effective, and fun workout. Sneakers are a must.

A few notes:
- Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. before each class.
- Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
- All participants must sign a waiver each morning before participating.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 2 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


Bootcamp in the Park!

Date: July 10, 2017

Join HY/HK Alliance for a free Bootcamp fitness class with Ruel Davis!

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 8:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 239-1619

Location: Hudson Park Fountains (in Hudson Park)


Freshwater Fishing

Date: July 9, 2017

Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home. Our experienced Rangers teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of our waterways on every fishing program.

You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp or chain pickerel. This program is recommended for ages 8 years and older. Participation is first-come, first-served.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 548-0912

Location: Crotona Nature Center (in Crotona Park)


Urban Farm Exploration Day

Date: July 9, 2017

Explore and learn about the great variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, chickens, and even rice paddies at our Urban Farm. All ages are welcome. Ask our Urban Farmers about all that's growing!

There will be free monthly workshops facilitated by community leaders covering gardening, nutrition, and craft related topics.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1899

Location: Urban Farm (in Randall's Island Park)


Movies Under the Stars: The Secret Life of Pets

Date: July 8, 2017

Join NYC Parks, Council Member Costa Constantinides, and the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment for a free film.

Two mismatched mutts get lost in NYC due to their feuding, and must find their way home. During their journey, they encounter a vicious bunny who plans to lead a group of abandoned pets on a mission of revenge against humanity.

Know Before You Go
You should arrive before 7:30 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled water is OK, but no glass. Reservations are not taken; space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All are welcome!

Start time: 8:30 pm

End time: 10:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 393-7370

Location: Paul Raimonda Playground


Rocking the Boat: Free Community Rowing and Sailing

Date: July 8, 2017

Rocking the Boat invites you all to free community rowing experience.

Through Community Rowing, you'll explore the Bronx River aboard student-built wooden row boats and learn about local waterways. The free program takes place every Saturday from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

For three of those days, community members can also try their hand at sailing.

Free Sailing

The City’s only sailing program aims to make sailing a staple of the South Bronx waterfront. Free sailing takes place on:

  • Sunday, June 10
  • Saturday, August 12
  • Sunday, September 10

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 466-5799

Location: Hunts Point Riverside Park


Living Soil: Compost Tea for Integrated Pest Management

Date: July 8, 2017

This workshop will walk you through a simple DIY brewing system that will cost under $25 and give you tips on making and applying compost tea properly.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: 718-425-3558

Location: Compost Demonstration Site (in Snug Harbor Cultural Center)


Bi-weekly Gardening Club

Date: June 29, 2017

Join us twice a week as we spruce up Stuyvesant Square and make it a better place for everyone. Gardening is shown to be very beneficial for both body and mind, as wel as our planet.

All ages and experience are welcome.

All gloves, tools, and other necessary materials will be provided.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Stuyvesant Square


Red, White, and Bluegrass

Date: June 29, 2017

Celebrate our nation’s freedom at Manhattan’s oldest house while enjoying a selection of red and white wines and local bluegrass band, M. Shanghai.

Wines will be provided but feel free to BYOB.

Purchase Tickets!

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 923-8008

Location: Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)


Movies Under the Stars: Independence Day

Date: July 1, 2017

Join NYC Parks and the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment for a free film.

Strange phenomena surface around the globe. The skies ignite. Terror races through the world's major cities. As these extraordinary events unfold, it becomes increasingly clear that a force of incredible magnitude has arrived; its mission: total annihilation over the Fourth of July weekend. The last hope to stop the destruction is an unlikely group of people united by fate and unimaginable circumstances to save the planet. The filmmakers behind 1994's smash science fiction hit Stargate have revolutionized and redefined the way big-event movies are produced through a new level of groundbreaking effects, techniques and spectacular, never-before-seen images in this epic science fiction tale.

Know Before You Go
You should arrive before 8:00 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled water is OK, but no glass. Reservations are not taken; space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All are welcome!

Start time: 8:30 pm

End time: 10:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 667-3545

Location: Conference House Park


Upper River Paddle

Date: July 1, 2017

Please note: This event is sold out.

Join the Bronx River Alliance on a 2.5-mile paddling adventure and explore the fresh water sections of the Bronx River!

Start time: 9:30 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 430-4665

Location: 219th Street and Bronx Boulevard


The Fence

Date: July 4, 2017

Photo District News and United Photo Industries' THE FENCE returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park for the sixth straight year. THE FENCE is a large-scale traveling photography exhibition reaching over 4 million visitors annually through open-air exhibitions in seven cities across the United States. Since its inception, THE FENCE has consistenty attracted exceptional work by talented photographers from around the world, providing them with a truly public platform and unexpected career opportunities. This year's installation will explore the themes of Home, Streets, People, Creatures, Nature, Play, and Food. Find THE FENCE throughout the park.

Start time: 0:00 am

End time: 11:59 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park


Tiny Tots Stories and Art

Date: July 4, 2017

Fun is had with cute and funny stories and songs for tiny tots to enjoy. Session ends with fun arts activity inspired by the stories and songs.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Garden Highlights Walk

Date: July 4, 2017

Join us for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights.

Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)


Basketball Clinic

Date: July 4, 2017

Join Big and Little Skills Academy for dynamic youth basketball clinics on Pier 2. Each program will include yoga to enhance flexibility, or flag football for agility training. Recommended for ages 8 to 17 years old.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 2 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


NYRR Open Run: Silver Lake Park

Date: July 4, 2017

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Reservoir Bridge (in Silver Lake Park)


Summer on the Hudson: Children’s Performance Series

Date: July 6, 2017

Kids ages seven and younger and their family are welcome to stop for music, storytelling, and theater in the park. Wear sunscreen! Stroller parking in designated area is mandatory.

The Children's Performance Series takes place each Thursday in July.

Season Schedule

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 10:45 am

Contact phone: 311

Location: Pier I (in Riverside Park South)


Bryant Park Sing-a-Long Thursdays

Date: July 6, 2017

Join award-winning musicians at the piano on the upper terrace for our popular sing-a-longs to showtunes and crowd favorites.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bryant Park


Bryant Park Yoga

Date: July 6, 2017

Perfect your downward dog under the trees at our 14th season of outdoor yoga classes. Open to everyone of all ages and skill levels.

Class held on the lawn.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Lawn (in Bryant Park)


Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

Date: July 7, 2017

Take our signature tour, and let Central Park Conservancy guides give you an insider's look at some of the most iconic features of the world's greatest urban park. Learn how rocky, swampy land was built into the living work of art that is Central Park today. Highlights of this tour include: the Dairy, Sheep Meadow, Cherry Hill, the Lake, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, The Mall, and Literary Walk.

The tour route involves a few stairs. The tour starts and ends at the Dairy Visitor Center (mid-Park at 65th Street).

For weather cancellation, ticket and other policies, please review Central Park's Conservancy's policies carefully.

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For more information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-4064

Location: Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park)


NYRR Open Run: Canarsie Park

Date: July 8, 2017

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and three miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home—bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: East 88th Street and Seaview Avenue (in Canarsie Park)


Free Yoga

Date: July 8, 2017

Free fitness classes are a great way for the entire family to stay fit! Join us in the garden for a free yoga class!

Free yoga mats available for temporary use.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 333-2552

Location: Target East Harlem Community Garden


Movies Under the Stars: Sing

Date: July 10, 2017

Join NYC Parks and the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment for a free film.

A koala impresario stages a gala singing competition in order to save his theater, and the contest attracts the attention of such musically inclined animals as a harried pig mom, a teenage gorilla, a shy elephant and a punk porcupine.

Know Before You Go
You should arrive before 7:30 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled water is OK, but no glass. Reservations are not taken; space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All are welcome!

Start time: 8:30 pm

End time: 10:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 393-7370

Location: Park House (in Yellowstone Park)


Competitive Rowing Camp

Date: July 10, 2017

For experienced* high school rowers, ages 14 to 18, this summer-long competitive camp meets five days a week, Mondays through Fridays, from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., on the historic Harlem River.

Athletes train with experienced coaches from a variety of competitive collegiate rowing programs. Rowing is a great way to distinguish your child’s college resume, and our seasoned coaches are always available as a resource to discuss rowing at a higher level. We work on enhancing rowing skills and technique in both sweep and sculling boats.

Along with rigorous training, participants compete in select regattas throughout the summer season. For those who are considering rowing at the collegiate level, this camp is the perfect addition to develop their talent.

*Previous rowing experience is defined as at least 10 months of previous rowing experience and/or race experience in at least four high school-level regattas. All participants are selected for this program at our coaches discretion.

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 9:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 433-3075

Location: Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse


Little Red Lighthouse Open House

Date: July 9, 2017

The Jeffrey's Hook Lighthouse, erected in 1880 and moved to its current site in 1921, has become widely known as the children's literary landmark "The Little Red Lighthouse."

Rediscover the history of this unique landmark. First-come, first-served.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Plaza Lafayette


Pop-Up Pool Free Swim

Date: July 9, 2017

Take in the sunshine and cool water at the Pier 2 Pop-Up Pool! The 30'x50' pool includes a sandy beach and play area with refreshing food and drinks from Lizzmonade.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 2 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


Summer on the Hudson: Stargazing

Date: July 8, 2017

Join Amateur Astronomers Association to look and learn about the stars at night.

Start time: 8:00 pm

End time: 11:00 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: Pier I (in Riverside Park South)


Art Exhibition: Flora/Fauna/Feathers of Richmond County

Date: July 8, 2017

Come view original artwork celebrating nature and the natural environment of Staten Island. Flora/Fauna/Feathers of Richmond County is sponsored by Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, Staten Island’s land conservation organization.

Exhibition hours: Monday – Friday by appointment only, Saturday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m

Organized & curated by Gail Middleton / Creative Photographers Guild

Opening reception: Saturday, May 6, 2017 / 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 227-1463

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)


Farm & Compost Welcome Tours

Date: July 8, 2017

Discover what’s behind the scenes at Queens Botanical Garden Farm & Compost.

In this one-hour tour, you will get a crash course on how we produce nutrient-rich compost from food scraps and horticultural waste. We will introduce the fundamentals of ecological farming as you visit the farm.

This tour is recommended for first-time visitors to Queens Botanical Garden Farm & Compost.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 0:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden


It's My Park at Raymond Bush Playground

Date: July 1, 2017

This It's My Park season, volunteer with Good.Clean.Fun. to be active, stretch, and have fun while cleaning up trash at Raymond Bush Playground. We look forward to cleaning up the park with you!

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Raymond Bush Playground


Pop-Up Pool Free Swim

Date: July 2, 2017

Take in the sunshine and cool water at the Pier 2 Pop-Up Pool! The 30'x50' pool includes a sandy beach and play area with refreshing food and drinks from Lizzmonade.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 2 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


Early Morning Bird Walk

Date: July 2, 2017

This is the time of year when young birds outnumber adult birds. Join the Prospect Park Alliance in search of fledglings as they test their wings!

The tour leaves promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Led by the Brooklyn Bird Club.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 9:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park)


Sunrise: Abhaya Yoga

Date: July 3, 2017

Escape the bustle of the city with sunrise yoga in the morning light.

Join Sunrise Abhaya Yoga for a yoga class that integrates postures, breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation to stretch, strengthen and condition.

A few notes:
- Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. before each class.
- Remember to bring a mat if you have one (a limited number of mats are available first come first served - with valid ID).
- Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
- All participants must sign a waiver each morning before participating.

Start time: 7:30 am

End time: 8:30 am

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 6 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


Farm Open Hours

Date: July 5, 2017

Drop in at the Queens Botanical Garden Farm to see what’s growing! Founded in 2013, QBG Farm demonstrates the link between sustainable farming and composting in the heart of Queens. Our organically managed farm produces a diversity of herbs, fruits, vegetables, and other beneficial plants.

Start time: 3:30 pm

End time: 5:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden


Family Yoga

Date: July 5, 2017

Come together in a lighthearted environment for family yoga fun! Age and developmentally appropriate yoga poses, animated breathing exercises, and soothing relaxation techniques awaken the inner-child of all age participants. Laughter and love fill each class and is sure to inspire the entire family.

Parents and kids of all ages welcome.

Start time: 5:30 pm

End time: 6:15 pm

Contact phone: (212) 569-4112

Location: Pats Lawn (in Inwood Hill Park)


Free Yoga at Garibaldi Plaza

Date: July 5, 2017

Get your yoga on in Washington Square Park this summer with Sacred Sounds Yoga. Breathe, move, and stretch with us Wednesday mornings at Garibaldi Plaza. Please bring your own yoga mat.

Free, courtesy of NYC Parks.

Start time: 8:30 am

End time: 9:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 396-5873

Location: Garibaldi Plaza (in Washington Square Park)


¡Arriba!: Latin Dance Party with Folklore Urbano

Date: July 5, 2017

Feel the rhythm of some of New York City's hottest Latin bands as the High Line is transformed into an epic dancefloor for our annual series. Grab your friends and get ready to dance.

Founded by Pablo Mayor, this powerhouse orchestra combines cumbia and jazz to create an irresistibly modern groove. Highlighting Folklore Urbano's new "El Barrio Project," this evening's concert will feature a mix of salsa music and Colombian rhythms in a cross-cultural exploration of the unique sounds arising from New York City's neighborhoods, from Jackson Heights to Spanish Harlem, where salsa was born.

Join us at 6 PM for a dance lesson with Milteri Tucker Concepcion of Bombazo Dance Company, or come early for a drink at Terroir and a killer sunset view.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 206-9922

Location: On the High Line, at 16th Street (in The High Line)


Wheelchair Basketball Open Gym hosted by the NY Rollin' Knicks Wheelchair Basketball Team

Date: July 5, 2017

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play wheelchair basketball and know the rules inside and out? Well, here's your chance to learn from the best! Come out and scrimmage against other wheelchair basketball players from the NYC area. With the help of the NY Rollin' Knicks Wheelchair Basketball Team, it's guaranteed to be tons of fun and you'll come back every week for more action!

Start time: 7:30 pm

End time: 9:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 293-5934

Location: West Bronx Recreation Center


Summer on the Hudson: Everybody Tango!

Date: July 6, 2017

Enjoy Argentine Tango with an introductory lesson, music, and dancing in the open air led by Strictly Tango NYC.

Lessons take place at 6:45 and at 7:45.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: 125th Street and Marginal Street (in West Harlem Piers)


Central Park Tour: West Side Evening Stroll

Date: July 6, 2017

Join us after work for an evening stroll along part of Central Park’s West side. Central Park Conservancy guides lead you on a casual walk from the southwest corner of Central Park to Tavern on the Green.

Learn about the Maine Monument, west side arches, Heckscher Ballfields, Sheep Meadow, and Tavern on the Green on this tour designed for New York summer evenings.

There are a few inclines. The tour starts inside the Park at the Central Park Conservancy kiosk at Merchants Gate (Central Park South/59th Street and Central Park West) and ends at Tavern on the Green (Central Park West between 66th and 67th Streets). For weather cancellation, ticket and other policies, please review Central Park's Conservancy's policies carefully. Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For more information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-4064

Location: Central Park Conservancy Kiosk at Merchant's Gate (in Central Park)


Journey to the Stars

Date: July 6, 2017

Gaze across the New York sky and all the wonders it holds with Amateur Astronomers Association of New York. On Thursday nights in July and August, members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York will set up hi-powered telescopes for stargazing sessions that are free and open to the public. Weather permitting.

Start time: 8:30 pm

End time: 10:30 am

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 1 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


Van Cortlandt Track Club

Date: July 8, 2017

Run through and around the Yonkers-Bronx border in small groups. For local running tips, visit vctc.org.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 9:30 am

Contact phone: (718) 430-1890

Location: Van Cortlandt Stadium (in Van Cortlandt Park)


Morning Fitness at Fort Tryon Park

Date: July 8, 2017

For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors. Parks are becoming a logical alternative environment for those who want to add variety to their work outs, or who just don't like the gym. And, it's an affordable way to increase physical activity opportunities, because there's nothing special to build.

Come to Fort Tryon Park and try something new. Join us on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings for one hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises.

All of our fitness programs are free, led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water.

Exercising with a view, in natural sunlight, with green scenery all around bestow health benefits that can’t be found indoors. Scientific studies have shown that the pleasure of being outdoors gives your brain, psyche, and immune system an extra boost.

Please note: Fitness programs are canceled if the weather is lower than 20 degrees and when there are icy conditions. Please check back for rain and weather/air advisory cancels.

Start time: 8:30 am

End time: 9:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park)


Family Art Project: Wet Felting Florals

Date: July 8, 2017

Wave Hill 2017 Winter Workspace artist Crystal Gregory returns to take us through the simple steps of wet felting. Pull from bright colors of wool roving, as well as your own outdoor sketches of the flowering garden, to make an eye-popping, floral-fabric landscape.

Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill)


Ballet Barre with Dodge YMCA

Date: July 10, 2017

Based on ballet techniques and movements, this class will engage muscles in focused exercises for a complete body workout.

A few notes:
- Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. before each class.
- Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
- All participants must sign a waiver each night before participating.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 2 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


The Fence

Date: July 10, 2017

Photo District News and United Photo Industries' THE FENCE returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park for the sixth straight year. THE FENCE is a large-scale traveling photography exhibition reaching over 4 million visitors annually through open-air exhibitions in seven cities across the United States. Since its inception, THE FENCE has consistenty attracted exceptional work by talented photographers from around the world, providing them with a truly public platform and unexpected career opportunities. This year's installation will explore the themes of Home, Streets, People, Creatures, Nature, Play, and Food. Find THE FENCE throughout the park.

Start time: 0:00 am

End time: 11:59 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park


World's Fair History Walking Tour

Date: July 9, 2017

Join us for a free walking tour of World's Fair sites in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Hear the stories behind the Unisphere, New York State Pavilion, Hall of Science, Queens Zoo Aviary, Carousel, Time Capsules, Underground Home, second-oldest outdoor antiquity in NYC, and more.

The tours continue the second Sunday of each month through November. Tours begin at 11 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. and meet at the Unisphere.

Tours are led by Flushing Meadows Corona Park's volunteer docents.

No registration is required. Tours are first-come, first-served.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 760-6437

Location: Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)


Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

Date: July 9, 2017

On Sundays, the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park. The program includes both low and high elements.

The Adventure Course is open to individuals, small groups of friends, and family, ages 8 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Valid photo identificaiton is required. You must wear sneakers.

Registration
Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery. Please visit our Urban Park Rangers' Events Registration page to enter your name in the lottery. Registration opens on July 3. We recommend that people who receive a response arrive a half-hour early before each program.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 217-4685

Location: Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park)


Fort Tryon Kids: Firefly Pajama Party

Date: July 8, 2017

Join Eva Neves, artist and educator, for a fun night of crafts, games, stories, and firefly catching! Kids will learn about fireflies and create their own firefly to bring home. Feel free to get ready for bed before you come out and chase fireflies in your pajamas!

Bring a clear jar or container to hold any fireflies you catch. Don’t forget to let them out before you go to sleep! They have important work to do finding a mate and lighting the summer evenings.

Designed for children ages 4-10. Children must be accompanied by adults.

Please note: Space is limited and RSVP is required. To register, please email RSVP@FortTryonParkTrust.org

Start time: 7:30 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Jacob Javits Playground (in Fort Tryon Park)


Summer on the Hudson: Play Dates!

Date: July 8, 2017

Enjoy monthly outdoor parties featuring children’s entertainers, arts and crafts, and neighborhood fun!

Play Dates take place on the second Saturday of each month from May through August.

Schedule

May 13 - Dave Jay / making kids laugh
June 10 - Magic at Coney!!! / magical variety show
July 8 - Charlini / a magic pirate journey for children of all ages
August 12 - WonderSpark Puppets / The Lion & The Mouse though whimsical puppetry

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: 125th Street and Marginal Street (in West Harlem Piers)


Screenwriters Workshop

Date: July 8, 2017

Join Juan Ramirez Jr. at our free Screenwriters Workshops in Poe Park! Bring the story idea you wish to develop into a screen play or series.

For adults.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Saturday Sculpture Workshop: Upstander Love Letters with Museum of Impact

Date: July 1, 2017

Upstander Love Letters is an artful intervention shining a light on the bravery and brilliance of unsung change-makers. During this interactive workshop, all are welcome to write, read, and create artistically-decorated letters of support to Upstanders: those local leaders, public figures, and future selves advocating for social movements.

Express your creativity as we build a community time capsule to document social justice here and now!

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 956-1819

Location: Socrates Sculpture Park


Seasonal Garden Tours & Activity Table

Date: July 2, 2017

On the first weekend of each month, explore seasonal garden highlights with our knowledgeable staff on a tour from 1 to 2pm. Plus, every weekend from 2 to 4pm, check out our activity table!

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden


NYRR Open Run: Conference House Park

Date: July 2, 2017

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)


Pop-Up Pool Free Swim

Date: July 3, 2017

Take in the sunshine and cool water at the Pier 2 Pop-Up Pool! The 30'x50' pool includes a sandy beach and play area with refreshing food and drinks from Lizzmonade.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 2 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


Competitive Rowing Camp

Date: July 4, 2017

For experienced* high school rowers, ages 14 to 18, this summer-long competitive camp meets five days a week, Mondays through Fridays, from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., on the historic Harlem River.

Athletes train with experienced coaches from a variety of competitive collegiate rowing programs. Rowing is a great way to distinguish your child’s college resume, and our seasoned coaches are always available as a resource to discuss rowing at a higher level. We work on enhancing rowing skills and technique in both sweep and sculling boats.

Along with rigorous training, participants compete in select regattas throughout the summer season. For those who are considering rowing at the collegiate level, this camp is the perfect addition to develop their talent.

*Previous rowing experience is defined as at least 10 months of previous rowing experience and/or race experience in at least four high school-level regattas. All participants are selected for this program at our coaches discretion.

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 9:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 433-3075

Location: Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse


Tai Chi

Date: July 4, 2017

Don't miss this amazing opportunity to discover a new discipline and find balance and relaxation in our beautiful park! Join our neighbors from the Taoist Tai Chi Society for an introductory practice of the different moves included in the basic Tai Chi set. Tai Chi is learned by doing: the instructor will demonstrate, then perform the moves with the class, and finally watch the students as they repeat them. Movements are believed to help calm the emotions, focus the mind, and strengthen the immune system.

People of all ages and conditions can learn.

In the event of rain, Tai Chi will be moved into the 14th Street passage, on the High Line at 14th Street.

Start time: 9:30 am

End time: 10:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 206-9922

Location: On the High Line at 13th Street (in The High Line)


Independence Day in Prospect Park

Date: July 4, 2017

Join Prospect Park Alliance this Independence Day for family-friendly activities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lefferts Historic House and the 1912 Carousel.

Nature Exploration, 12–4 pm
Prospect Park Audubon Center, Free

  • Discovery Pack, 12–3 pm: The Prospect Park Alliance invites you to get inspired by nature with our new Discovery Packs, a ready-to-go kits filled with nature activities for families.
  • Bird Nerds Game Hour, 1–2 pm: Test your knowledge of birds in this fun, mildly competitive hour of puzzles, Bingo, card games, and more!
  • Nature on the Go!, 2–3 pm: An Alliance Naturalist will lead children and families to areas near the Audubon Center, where you can learn about the nature that is all around us and participate in a Citizen Science project.

Declaration of Independence Signing, 2–4 pm
Lefferts Historic House, $3 suggested donation

  • Celebrate America's birthday and one of the greatest documents ever written. Look extra patriotic as you make yourself a plumed hat to wear while signing your own "John Hancock" on a reproduction of the Declaration of Independence.

Carousel Rides, 12–5 pm
Children’s Corner, $2 per ride, $9 for a book of 5 tickets, free with Alliance Family Plus membership

  • Celebrate with a ride on the Park’s beloved 1912 carousel. Join the Alliance at the $150 level and your family (up to 4 people) will receive unlimited rides on the Carousel for a full year!

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Children's Corner (in Prospect Park)


The Amazing Captain Faust at Forest Park Carousel

Date: July 4, 2017

Every Saturday during the Summer, Forest Park Carousel offers free kid-friendly entertainment. The performances are at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

About Forest Park Carousel
Forest Park Carousel is located in Forest Park, Woodhaven, Queens. This gem was hand-carved in 1903 by Master Daniel Muller,and is (since 2013) a NYC Landmark.

About The Amazing Captain Faust
A Coney Island performer in the heart of Queens! Come see his slight-of-hand tricks and amazing illusions that is sure to leave guests in awe.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 4:45 pm

Contact phone: (718) 788-2676

Location: Forest Park Carousel (in Forest Park)


Macy's 4th of July Fireworks

Date: July 4, 2017

The 41st annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Show returns to the East River this year. This event is always popular, and space is limited, so before you go, be sure to check the Macy's 4th of July page to find the best viewing locations near midtown Manhattan and the Brooklyn-Queens border.

Start time: 9:25 pm

End time: 10:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: East River Esplanade


Pop-Up Pool Free Swim

Date: July 6, 2017

Take in the sunshine and cool water at the Pier 2 Pop-Up Pool! The 30'x50' pool includes a sandy beach and play area with refreshing food and drinks from Lizzmonade.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 2 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


Kids Imaginative Arts

Date: July 6, 2017

Get your creative juices flowing with imaginative art. Cell phone photography is part of the activities. Kids will create pieces combining 2D and 3D for creative effect. Use your cell phone camera to capture your 3D effect

Needed: Cell phone camera

Monthly Kids Imaginative Arts Projects

  • July: 3D Illusion - Stand it Up, 3D Hole, Sliding Water Drop, Floating Sphere
  • August: Pencil Sketch and Things Galore (2D and 3D combined)
  • Sseptember: Silhouettes Abalze (silouhettes and color mix)

Start time: 2:30 pm

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Free Yoga

Date: July 6, 2017

Calm your mind and refresh your senses in the serene gardens of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, on Thursday evenings starting in June. Practitioners of all levels welcome to join this free flow and let go class.

An open-level vinyasa practice to pick up the pace and get you through the rest of your week with clear mind, open heart, and pep in your step. Shake off that mid-week slump and apply alignment principles adopted in Sunday's class to this rhythmic release flo

Instructor: Jacob Lacopo

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 333-2552

Location: Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)


CityParks PuppetMobile presents Cinderella Samba at Al Smith Playground

Date: July 7, 2017

Cinderella Samba is a contemporary twist on the classic “Cinderella” fairy tale. The CityParks PuppetMobile production sets the timeless tale in the lush landscape of Brazil, where, thanks to the help of her fairy godmother, Cinderella attends Rio de Janeiro’s biggest Carnival gala and dances the samba with Prince Paulo himself. After Cinderella is forced to flee the gala just before midnight, the prince sets out to find the mystery woman who stole his heart, in hopes of marrying her.

The lively production features an original commissioned musical soundtrack that brings samba center-stage; handcrafted Carnival festival floats on parade; and one-of-a-kind marionettes donning their most vibrant Carnival costumes, created by the expert puppeteers from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater in Central Park.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Alfred E Smith Park (in Alfred E. Smith Playground)


It's My Park at Weeping Beech Park and Daniel Carter Beard Mall

Date: July 8, 2017

Help beautify Historic Flushing with clean-up and planting activities.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 359-0528

Location: Bowne House (in Margaret I. Carman Green - Weeping Beech)


Wellness Workshop: Herbal Soap-Making

Date: July 8, 2017

From peppermint to lavender and sage to thyme, the mint family (Lamiaceae) includes many herbs with the power to heal, soothe, awaken, and relax. Explore cold-processed soap-making while learning about the health benefits of mints and their fragrant kin.

Melissa Rivera from Essence and Aroma leads this hands-on workshop; participants go home with several bars of all-natural vegan soap.

Ages 12 and older are welcome with an adult. Midsummer Mints Day event.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Wave Hill


Arts, Culture & Fun: Dance Away the Night with the City Stompers

Date: July 10, 2017

The City Stompers invite you to get on your feet and move to the sounds of live American fiddle music. Swing your corner and do-si-do, join hands for a Virginia Reel and step right up and holler "yeehaw!"

This event is free and open to the public.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Beach 94th Street, off Shorefront Parkway (in Rockaway Beach)


Outdoor Movie Night: Sister Act

Date: July 9, 2017

In celebration of our 25th anniversary, many of this summer's featured films will take us back to the year 1992! Whether a classic favorite or a recent blockbuster, Randall's Island Park is an amazing place to take in a flick.

Outdoor movie nights take place at sunset every Sunday from June through September. Outdoor movie nights are presented in partnership with the NYC Parks.

Sister Act (PG), Year: 1992, Run Time: 1 hr 40 min
A singer hides out in a convent to escape the mob. Starring Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Harvey Keitel, and Kathy Najimy. - Swank

Start time: 8:40 pm

End time: 10:20 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1899

Location: Field 81 (in Randall's Island Park)


Youth Wheelchair Basketball host by New York Rolling Fury

Date: July 9, 2017

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play wheelchair basketball and know the rules inside and out? Well, here's your chance to learn from the best! Come out and scrimmage against other wheelchair basketball players from the NYC area.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-3341

Location: Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center


Yoga in the Garden

Date: July 9, 2017

Enjoy a morning yoga class on the lawn. Participants should bring a mat, dress appropriately, and expect to be outside, unless precipitation or excessive humidity occurs. Classes are offered in partnership with Yoga Haven. All levels welcome.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: Wave Hill


CANCELLED: Rangers Choice: Family Camping and Fishing

Date: July 8, 2017

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

Join the Rangers for an overnight adventure that includes some evening fishing and a night in the park. Participants are chosen by lottery. To register for this event, please log unto www.nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register on Wednesday, June 28.

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time: 7:00 am

Contact phone: 718-421-2021

Location: Prospect Park


Family Cooking Classes by Allergic to Salad

Date: July 8, 2017

Join culinary instructors of Allergic to Salad for a farm-to-table cooking experience to introduce your children to all aspects of cooking. Enjoy a tasty treat at the end of each session.

Appropriate for all ages.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden


Stories at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen

Date: July 8, 2017

Each summer on Saturday morning for the past 60 years, New Yorkers of all ages have listened to Andersen tales and other stories, folktales, and fairytales from around the world told by a group of brilliant storytellers at the Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Central Park. This landmark New York event continues this summer, with storytelling happening every Saturday from June through September.

Bill Gordh will share the Irish story "Three Daughters and a Mother's Blessing" and Laura Simms will share the Romanian story "The Wild Rose."

Storytelling is held rain or shine. The stories are appropriate for children six years old and up. Parents or guardians are asked to sit with their children.

This free program is funded by the Hans Christian Andersen Story Telling Center, Inc.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Hans Christian Andersen Statue (in Central Park)


Movies Under the Stars: La La Land

Date: July 1, 2017

Join NYC Parks and the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment for a free film!

This Oscar-winning film follows an actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams — and finding each other — in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams, and love. Rated PG-13.

Know Before You Go
You should arrive by 8:00 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled water is OK, but no glass. Reservations are not taken; space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All are welcome!

Start time: 8:30 pm

End time: 11:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Basketball Courts (in De Witt Clinton Park)


Zumba with Dodge YMCA

Date: July 2, 2017

Dodge YMCA fitness instructor Alma Bonilla’s Zumba classes are so much fun you’ll forget that you’re burning calories!

ZUMBA is a fusion of Latin and International music, utilizing dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness program. The routines feature aerobic training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body.

A few notes:
- Registration begins at 4:00 p.m. before each class.
- Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
- All participants must sign a waiver each afternoon before participating.

Start time: 4:30 pm

End time: 5:30 am

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 2 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


NYRR Open Run: Cunningham Park

Date: July 2, 2017

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: Main Park House (in Cunningham Park)


Gentle Flow Yoga

Date: July 8, 2017

Join us on the lawn of Clear Comfort for yoga every other Saturday this summer. Led by Be Yoga & Dance in partnership with Shape Up NYC.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 816-4506

Location: Alice Austen House Museum (in Alice Austen Park)


Yoga in The Battery

Date: July 5, 2017

Join Tejal Yoga and The Battery Conservancy for weekly yoga practice on The Battery Woodland lawn, newly reopened after two years of rejuvenation. With views of the Fountain, the blooming Bosque, and majestic Lady Liberty, it might be the most beautiful place to practice in the city!

Wednesday evenings 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and Sundays pre-brunch 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

RSVP is required. Donations are welcome.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 344-3491

Location: Woodland Lawn (in The Battery)


Zumba

Date: July 5, 2017

Join us in the park for Zumba, a cardio dance session that combines high-energy, motivating international music with unique moves.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 352-4793

Location: Hockey Rink (in Little Bay Park)


Farm and Compost Volunteer Days

Date: July 5, 2017

Join the NYC Compost Project and lend a hand at our sustainable farm or learn how composted food scraps nourish the soil. Learn how to foster a farm ecosystem and grow healthy crops. Tasks vary by event, but may include weeding, harvesting, planting activities, processing food scraps, building a compost pile, or sifting finished compost.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden


Summer on the Hudson: Yoga Evening Salute to the Sun

Date: July 5, 2017

Enjoy Hatha Yoga with Hollis and a beautiful sunset. This class is suitable for all fitness levels. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing, and bring your own mat.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: The Plaza at 66th Street (in Riverside Park South)


Movies Under the Stars: Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Date: July 5, 2017

Join NYC Parks and the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment for a free film!

The Avengers unite to thwart the villainous Ultron from extinguishing every human on planet Earth. Rated PG-13.

Know Before You Go
You should arrive by 8:00 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled water is OK, but no glass. Reservations are not taken; space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All are welcome!

Start time: 8:30 pm

End time: 11:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Poor Richard's Playground


Wheelchair Basketball Open Gym hosted by the Axis project Wheelchair Basketball Team

Date: July 6, 2017

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play wheelchair basketball and know the rules inside and out? Well, here's your chance to learn from the best!

Come out and scrimmage against other wheelchair basketball players from the NYC area. With the help of the wheelchair basketball team, it's guaranteed to be tons of fun and you'll come back every week for more action!

Start time: 7:30 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: 212-360-3341

Location: Recreation Center 54


Wheelchair Basketball Open Gym

Date: July 6, 2017

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play wheelchair basketball and know the rules inside and out? Well, here's your chance to learn from the best!

Come out and scrimmage against other wheelchair basketball players from the NYC area. With the help of the wheelchair basketball team, it's guaranteed to be tons of fun and you'll come back every week for more action!

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-3341

Location: St. Mary's Recreation Center (in St. Mary's Park)


Movies Under the Stars: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Date: July 6, 2017

Join NYC Parks and the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment for a free film.

Indy gets help from a feisty heroine and a sawed-off sidekick in this "Raiders" prequel featuring a sacred jewel, a bloodthirsty cult, human sacrifices, runaway mining cars, a chamber of scorpions and a perilous bridge.

Know Before You Go
You should arrive before 8:00 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled water is OK, but no glass. Reservations are not taken; space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All are welcome!

Start time: 8:30 pm

End time: 10:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 667-3545

Location: Wolfe's Pond Park


Bryant Park Presents: Contemporary Dance

Date: July 7, 2017

Fresh and original, innovative dance artists showcase exhillarating works on the Bryant Park stage.

Part of Bryant Park Presents's Friday Picncis, featuring over 100 blankets free to borrow, food vendors from the Hester Street Fair, and beer and wine also available for purchase.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bryant Park


Parent and Me Yoga

Date: July 8, 2017

Join us for free yoga for children and their parents/caregivers with Christina Shablak, a certified children's instructor. All children are welcome with a parent or caregiver.

Please arrive early, and bring a towel or yoga mat.

Please note: The ground is sloped and there are uneven spots. Rain or wet ground cancels.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 9:45 am

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Abby's Lawn (in Fort Tryon Park)


West African Dance

Date: July 10, 2017

Join us for this fun dance class. All are welcome to learn the traditional dances unique to West Africa. African dances are largely participatory, with spectators being part of the performance. Get fit while having tons of fun!

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 569-4112

Location: Pats Lawn (in Inwood Hill Park)


Movies Under the Stars: Doctor Strange

Date: July 9, 2017

Join NYC Parks and the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment for a free film.

From Marvel comes Doctor Strange, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident renders his hands useless. When traditional medicine fails him, he travels to remote Kamar-Taj in search of a cure, but instead discovers the mystical arts and becomes a powerful sorcerer battling dark forces bent on destroying our reality.

Know Before You Go
You should arrive before 7:30 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled water is OK, but no glass. Reservations are not taken; space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All are welcome!

Start time: 8:30 pm

End time: 10:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 393-7370

Location: Maurice Park (in Frank Principe Park)


Forest Crew

Date: July 9, 2017

Forest Crew is open to community members who wish to drop in and volunteer on a weekly, bi-monthly, and monthly basis.

College and high school students, environmental enthusiasts, and those who are looking to enter the green-collar field are strongly encouraged to attend regularly and to view this as an apprenticeship opportunity. Consistency will be rewarded!

Priority registration will always be given to regular and repeat volunteers if attendance approaches program capacity.

Please RSVP here.

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 333-2552

Location: 190th Street and Amsterdam Avenue (in Highbridge Park)


Family Art Project: Wet Felting Florals

Date: July 9, 2017

Wave Hill 2017 Winter Workspace artist Crystal Gregory returns to take us through the simple steps of wet felting. Pull from bright colors of wool roving, as well as your own outdoor sketches of the flowering garden, to make an eye-popping, floral-fabric landscape.

Free with admission to the grounds.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill)


Bargemusic Neighborhood Family Concerts: Music in Motion

Date: July 8, 2017

Bargemusic is New York City's floating concert hall, moored in Brooklyn just under the Brooklyn Bridge. On Saturdays at 4:00 p.m., visit Bargemusic for a free one hour performance, including a question & answer session with the musicians.

The doors open 15 minutes prior to concert, and there is no reserved seating. The music program will be announced at the performance.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 1 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


Rowing on Prospect Park Lake

Date: July 8, 2017

The Village Community Boathouse is offering free public rowing on Prospect Park Lake this summer.

Rowing is a beautifully simple, healthy, and empowering sport, and the ample waters of the lake are an ideal place to pursue its pleasures.

Community rowing is free and open to all; no experience or reservations necessary. Sessions run from noon until 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays from June 10 to August 26. Boats are launched from the ramp on Well House Drive in the southwest corner of the lake. The temporary boathouse–two shipping containers–is located just across from the ramp.

Who Can Participate
Community rowing is open to all, although some physical dexterity is required to get in and out of the boats. The focus of the program is recreation in a safe and respectful environment. Each participant must sign a waiver; kids and teens younger than 18 must be escorted by a parent. Life jackets are provided—and must be worn!

What You'll Row
We use a diverse fleet of traditional wooden rowing boats, built by volunteers and similar in shape and appearance to those used in the early days of park rowing.

How the Villiage Community Boathouse is Funded
We are a nonprofit organization entirely run by volunteers. While no commitment is required from those who row with us, our facilities, boats and equipment require regular upkeep and repair. The park is surrounded by a large and diverse population that needs more access to on-water recreation.Your donations make our program possible. If you're looking to volunteer, please email volunteers@vcb.nyc.

Contact
For more information about the Village Community Boathouse and its programs, please email info@vcb.nyc. Please check the Village Community Boathouse's social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter for possible last minute changes due to weather or other circumstances.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 229-2059

Location: The Well House (in Prospect Park)


Summer on the Hudson: Shape Up NYC Zumba in West Harlem Piers Park

Date: July 8, 2017

Join Shape Up NYC for Zumba in the park! Dance in the sun and get fit with friends at West Harlem Piers Park.

Colorful outfits are encouraged!

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: 125th Street and Marginal Street (in West Harlem Piers)


NYRR Open Run: Crotona Park

Date: July 2, 2017

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: East path, north of tennis courts on Crotona Avenue (in Crotona Park)


The Fence

Date: July 3, 2017

Photo District News and United Photo Industries' THE FENCE returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park for the sixth straight year. THE FENCE is a large-scale traveling photography exhibition reaching over 4 million visitors annually through open-air exhibitions in seven cities across the United States. Since its inception, THE FENCE has consistenty attracted exceptional work by talented photographers from around the world, providing them with a truly public platform and unexpected career opportunities. This year's installation will explore the themes of Home, Streets, People, Creatures, Nature, Play, and Food. Find THE FENCE throughout the park.

Start time: 0:00 am

End time: 11:59 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park


The Fence

Date: July 1, 2017

Photo District News and United Photo Industries' THE FENCE returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park for the sixth straight year. THE FENCE is a large-scale traveling photography exhibition reaching over 4 million visitors annually through open-air exhibitions in seven cities across the United States. Since its inception, THE FENCE has consistenty attracted exceptional work by talented photographers from around the world, providing them with a truly public platform and unexpected career opportunities. This year's installation will explore the themes of Home, Streets, People, Creatures, Nature, Play, and Food. Find THE FENCE throughout the park.

Start time: 0:00 am

End time: 11:59 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park


Dance Fitness in the Park

Date: July 5, 2017

Dance Fitness is the perfect way to have fun while getting an amazing work out! These classes combine uplifting music and dancing with beautiful views and fresh air. Follow certified instructors from Sweet Water Dance & Yoga for a fun, high-energy workout along the park’s shoreline!

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1899

Location: Wards Picnic Area (in Randall's Island Park)


Morning Fitness at Fort Tryon Park

Date: July 4, 2017

Come to Fort Tryon Park and try something new. Join us on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings for one hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises.

All of our fitness programs are free, led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Please check back for rain and weather/air advisory cancels.

For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors. Parks are becoming a logical alternative environment for those who want to add variety to their work outs, or who just don't like the gym. And, it's an affordable way to increase physical activity opportunities, because there's nothing special to build.

Exercise with a view, in natural sunlight, with green scenery all around bestows health benefits that can’t be found indoors. Scientific studies have shown that the pleasure of being outdoors for example gives your brain, psyche, and immune system an extra boost.

Please note: Fitness programs are canceled if the weather is lower than 20 degrees and when there are icy conditions. Saturday morning walks begin at 8:30 a.m.

Start time: 7:30 am

End time: 8:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park)


CANCELLED: Tour of Gracie Mansion

Date: July 4, 2017

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City—a place where history is made, not merely recorded.

As a historic house museum run by NYC Parks, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 10 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Today, Gracie Mansion is occupied by the de Blasio family, which has opened its doors in the spirit of the administration's motto: one city, rising together.

In celebration of our 75th Anniversary of Gracie being a mayoral residence, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have introduced a new art installation, titled New York 1942. This is the second in a series of installations envisioning New York through the framework of Gracie Mansion as it has been inhabited over time. It includes artwork, documents and objects from the period that the La Guardias lived in Gracie, shown together to tell a more complete story of the overall historic context as perceived from diverse perspectives.

To RSVP for tour, please visit on.nyc.gov/gracietour.

Currently, Gracie Mansion is not offering group tours. If you are part of a private organization that would like to tour the house, please email your request, including the size of group, your name and the purpose of a tour, to gracieinfo@cityhall.nyc.gov and we will work to add you to one of the currently scheduled tours.

Photo ID required for entrance. No photography permitted in the interior. At the present time, tours are available in English only. Please plan to arrive at least five minutes in advance.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 10:50 am

Contact phone: (212) 676-3060

Location: Gracie Mansion (in Carl Schurz Park)


Bryant Park Knitting Class

Date: July 4, 2017

Join free beginner classes presented by Knitty City. Yarn and needles are provided.

To register, please call Knitty City at (212) 787-5896 , or take a chance and drop by.

Start time: 1:30 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Upper Terrace Gravel (in Bryant Park)


Free Community Rowing at Pier 40

Date: July 4, 2017

Join the Village Community Boathouse for Community Rowing in traditional Whitehall gigs, captained by experienced New York Harbor coxswains (captains). The Village Community Boathouse offers free community rowing on Sundays starting at noon and on Tuesdays starting 5:30 p.m., through November 12, 2017.

Community rowing is free and open to all; no experience or reservations necessary, and lifejackets will be provided. Please dress for cooler weather, and follow the Village Community Boathouse on social media for last minute schedule changes due to weather. You must arrive early (no later than 6:00 p.m.) in order to row. Rows last between 1 and 2 hours.

As temperatures on the water are generally cooler than on land, please dress accordingly, especially if you are not planning to actively row.

ITS IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU COME BEFORE EARLY. No later than 6 PM. WE PAIR OUR BOATS WITH COXSWAINS (1) AND ROWERS (4 for each boat) ) BY 6pm AND BOATS LEAVE RIGHT AFTER FOR THE EVENING ROW. Rows last usually between 1 and 2 hours.

About Free Community Rowing
The Community Rows are free sessions that include a basic introduction to rowing for first timers (safety orientation, rowing technique, and terminology) and of course plenty of actual rowing on the Hudson River. The rows take place in five-person wooden rowboats that Village Community Boathouse builds onsite. The rows last, depending on river conditions and rower level experience, between one and three hours.Most of these rows have mixed crews with those that have never been on the river before and some old hands. Visit the Village Community Boathouse's website for more information and photos!

Start time: 5:30 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 229-2059

Location: Pier 40


The Fence

Date: July 5, 2017

Photo District News and United Photo Industries' THE FENCE returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park for the sixth straight year. THE FENCE is a large-scale traveling photography exhibition reaching over 4 million visitors annually through open-air exhibitions in seven cities across the United States. Since its inception, THE FENCE has consistenty attracted exceptional work by talented photographers from around the world, providing them with a truly public platform and unexpected career opportunities. This year's installation will explore the themes of Home, Streets, People, Creatures, Nature, Play, and Food. Find THE FENCE throughout the park.

Start time: 0:00 am

End time: 11:59 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park


Bi-weekly Gardening Club

Date: July 6, 2017

Join us twice a week as we spruce up Stuyvesant Square and make it a better place for everyone. Gardening is shown to be very beneficial for both body and mind, as wel as our planet.

All ages and experience are welcome.

All gloves, tools, and other necessary materials will be provided.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Stuyvesant Square


Ed Center Open Hours

Date: July 6, 2017

Explore the park like never before with signature exhibits, interactive displays, and arts and crafts. This summer's themes will include pollination and the estuary.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Main Street (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


Summer Outdoor Movie Night: The Secret Life of Pets

Date: July 6, 2017

This is the first of four FREE outdoor summer movies, all set in our wonderful city. Come with your blanket and snacks to sit on the North Lawn in West Stuyvesant. There are many benches that allow for comfortable viewing and wheel chair access.

Our first summer movie is The Secret Life of Pets, about a spoiled terrier who enjoys a comfortable life in a New York building until his owner adopts Duke, a giant and unruly canine. During their walk outside, they encounter a group of ferocious alley cats and wind up in a truck that's bound for the pound. Luckily, a rebellious bunny named Snowball swoops in to save the doggy duo from captivity. In exchange, Snowball demands that Max and Duke join his gang of abandoned pets on a mission against the humans who've done them wrong.

The movie will be screened twice: at 6:00 PM and at 8:30 PM. The date will change to August 3 in case of rain or inclement weather.

Get tickets

Link to Event Facebook Page

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 10:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: North Lawn (in Stuyvesant Square)


Adult Imaginative Arts

Date: July 7, 2017

Get your imagination going. Create intriguing art to delight family and friends. For adults of all ages. Requires fine concentration.

July: Decorative Wine Bottles

August: Pencil Sketch and Things Galore

September: Silhouettes Ablaze

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


NYRR Open Run: Astoria Park

Date: July 8, 2017

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: Astoria Park Track (in Astoria Park)


Shape Up NYC: Zumba

Date: July 10, 2017

Zumba is a fusion of Latin, International and popular music dance themes creating a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system! The routines feature aerobic, fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body with easy to follow dance steps.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 6:45 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Lawn area behind the track and field area (in Pelham Bay Park)


Summer on the Hudson: Amplified Sundays

Date: July 9, 2017

Enjoy vibrantly-danceable live music accompanied by spectacular sunsets over the Hudson River!

Amplified Sundays take place each Sunday in July.

Schedule

  • July 2: Mr. Reed - NYC soul artist backed by horns
  • July 9: Lyla Canté - Cantor meets Flamenco guitarist and sparks fly
  • July 16: Innov Gnawa - venerable and hypnotic gnawa music is the "The Moroccan Blues"
  • July 23: Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia - international reggae, sewn with French chanson, ska, and tango
  • July 30:La Mecánica Popular - a unique blend of processed Peruvian-style guitar licks and experimental synths

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: Pier I (in Riverside Park South)


Basketball Clinic

Date: July 9, 2017

Join Big and Little Skills Academy for dynamic youth basketball clinics on Pier 2. Each program will include yoga to enhance flexibility, or flag football for agility training. Recommended for ages 8 to 17 years old.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 2 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


Free Yoga at Hudson Park

Date: July 9, 2017

Join HY/HK Alliance for morning yoga with Malorie Bryant! Bring a mat.

All levels are welcome.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 239-1619

Location: Hudson Park Fountains (in Hudson Park)


Tending to a Growing Garden

Date: July 8, 2017

Visitors of all ages can come help Prospect Park Alliance take care of the potato plot, herb gardens, and berry patches at Lefferts Historic House by pulling weeds and helping to water the plants.

Bring a hat and a bottle of water, and we will provide the tools and gloves!

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)


CityParks PuppetMobile presents Cinderella Samba at Westerleigh Park

Date: July 8, 2017

Cinderella Samba is a contemporary twist on the classic “Cinderella” fairy tale. The CityParks PuppetMobile production sets the timeless tale in the lush landscape of Brazil, where, thanks to the help of her fairy godmother, Cinderella attends Rio de Janeiro’s biggest Carnival gala and dances the samba with Prince Paulo himself. After Cinderella is forced to flee the gala just before midnight, the prince sets out to find the mystery woman who stole his heart, in hopes of marrying her.

The lively production features an original commissioned musical soundtrack that brings samba center-stage; handcrafted Carnival festival floats on parade; and one-of-a-kind marionettes donning their most vibrant Carnival costumes, created by the expert puppeteers from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater in Central Park.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: 168 Willard Ave Staten Island, 10314 (in Westerleigh Park)


Urban Farm Exploration Day

Date: July 8, 2017

Explore and learn about the great variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, chickens, and even rice paddies at our Urban Farm. All ages are welcome. Ask our Urban Farmers about all that's growing!

There will be free monthly workshops facilitated by community leaders covering gardening, nutrition, and craft related topics.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1899

Location: Urban Farm (in Randall's Island Park)


Basketball Clinic

Date: June 29, 2017

Join Big and Little Skills Academy for dynamic youth basketball clinics on Pier 2. Each program will include yoga to enhance flexibility, or flag football for agility training. Recommended for ages 8 to 17 years old.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 2 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


Arsenal Gallery Exhibit: Plant Patterns

Date: July 3, 2017

Plant Patterns features the work of Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao, Adrienne Elise Tarver, Karin Haas, Liesl Pfeffer, and Nick Wildermuth. The artists use plants’ impressive natural characteristics as a means to explore various themes in their graphic works. Domestic and wild flora have provided artists with inspiration for centuries. The diversity and multitude of plant colors, shapes, and repetitive forms, which evolved to lure pollinators, caution predators, and promote regeneration, are naturally appealing to artists’ sensibilities.

Curated by Jennifer Lantzas, Deputy Director of Public Art, NYC Parks

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-8163

Location: Arsenal (in Central Park)


Soundview Park Summer Art & Music Festival

Date: July 2, 2017

Join us, for the 8th Annual Soundview Park Art & Music Festival.

There will be all day activities, such as live music from DJ Morsy and Yessai, arts and crafts, and morning fun fitness! There will also be a community paddle from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The event is a FREE and family friendly!

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Soundview Field House (in Soundview Park)


Edgar Allan Poe Illustrated

Date: July 5, 2017

Check out the Poe Visitor Center for an exhibition showcasing the literary work of Edgar Allan Poe, interpreted by contemporary illustrators Nancy Doniger, Donna Miskend, Dave Kopka and Carol (Klio) Burrell.

About the Artists

  • Donna Miskend is an exhibition curator, is an illustrator, designer and writer. She frequently designs for the August Strindberg Repertory Theatre, and exhibits her artwork throughout the U.S.
  • Michael Patrick Hearn has remained one of the most respected contemporary writers about children’s literature since the publication of The Annotated Wizard of Oz right after college. His many other books include The Annotated Christmas Carol, The Annotated Huckleberry Finn, The Victorian Fairy Tale Book; Myth, Magic and Mystery; and Tommy Ungerer Chronicler of the Absurd. He has created numerous exhibitions including the Tomi Ungerer show at The Eric Carle Museum. He has lectured all over the United States and Europe. He is often interviewed by the media and including byBBC4 and TCM. His latest book is The Annotated Edgar Allan Poe, available soon.
  • James Armstrong has had his plays performed by such theaters as The Attic Ensemble (The Four Doctors Huxley), the Abingdon Theatre Company (Foggy Bottom), Playwrights Forum (The Metric System), Sundog Theatre (Meucci's Message), and Detroit Rep (Capital). He has also adapted for the stage several 19th-century works, including A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland, and Moby-Dick. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and you can keep up with him at www.armstrongplays.com.
  • Dave Kopka engages in books, story boarding, comics, and pre-production work, but is fascinated with exploring a wide spectrum of illustration and being a creative force in visual narrative. Site and contact: davekopka.com, illustration@davekopka.com
  • Nancy Doniger has created many illustrations for the New York Times and appear in print and on the web for publishers and companies worldwide. Her most recent book is Lemonade: and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word, written by Bob Raczka for Roaring Brook Press. Site and contact: www.nancydoniger.com
  • Carol (Klio) Burrell is a comics illustrator and native New Yorker. Site and contact: http://spqrblues.com/IV/
  • Charlie Vázquez, is director of the Bronx Writers Center and author, whose work includes San Juan Noir, an anthology by Akashic Books.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Double Dutch

Date: July 5, 2017

Learn to double dutch in a block party environment with experienced Brooklyn-based Double Dutch Empire instructors. Open for all abilities and recommended for ages 15 and older.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 2 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


Birds of Brooklyn Bridge Park Night Tour

Date: July 5, 2017

Learn about the extraordinary history, ecology, and design of Brooklyn Bridge Park! This tour led by Heather Wolf, Naturalist and Author.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 1 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


Free Kids Yoga at Washington Square Park

Date: July 5, 2017

Kids can join in the yoga fun as they stretch and move to songs, rhymes, and more with Sacred Sounds Yoga. Foster creativity, cooperation, and confidence in a safe environment where all kids are perfect just the way they are!

Please bring your own yoga mat.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 10:45 am

Contact phone: (212) 396-5873

Location: Kids Playground (in Washington Square Park)


Free Zumba

Date: July 5, 2017

Free fitness classes are a great way for the entire family to stay fit! Join us for free Zumba in the garden with Sweet Water Dance and Yoga.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 333-2552

Location: Willis Avenue Community Garden


The Fence

Date: July 6, 2017

Photo District News and United Photo Industries' THE FENCE returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park for the sixth straight year. THE FENCE is a large-scale traveling photography exhibition reaching over 4 million visitors annually through open-air exhibitions in seven cities across the United States. Since its inception, THE FENCE has consistenty attracted exceptional work by talented photographers from around the world, providing them with a truly public platform and unexpected career opportunities. This year's installation will explore the themes of Home, Streets, People, Creatures, Nature, Play, and Food. Find THE FENCE throughout the park.

Start time: 0:00 am

End time: 11:59 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park


Introduction to Meditation

Date: July 7, 2017

Known benefits of a regular meditation practice include stress reduction. improved concentration, increased self-awareness and sense of happiness, improved cardiovascular and immune health, and more. This class is designed to introduce brand new beginners to the practice of mediation. Please bring a mat of blanket to sit on.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 8:45 am

Contact phone: (212) 569-4112

Location: Pats Lawn (in Inwood Hill Park)


Summer on the Hudson: Yoga Flow

Date: July 6, 2017

Link mindful breathing with movement in this full spectrum yoga practice that includes modifications and intensifications depending on experience level.

Veteran Nina Semczuk helps you cultivate strength, flexibility, balance, and focus while enjoying yoga outdoors.

Bring your own mat.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: North Lawn at 78th Street (in Riverside Park)


Competitive Rowing Camp

Date: July 7, 2017

For experienced* high school rowers, ages 14 to 18, this summer-long competitive camp meets five days a week, Mondays through Fridays, from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., on the historic Harlem River.

Athletes train with experienced coaches from a variety of competitive collegiate rowing programs. Rowing is a great way to distinguish your child’s college resume, and our seasoned coaches are always available as a resource to discuss rowing at a higher level. We work on enhancing rowing skills and technique in both sweep and sculling boats.

Along with rigorous training, participants compete in select regattas throughout the summer season. For those who are considering rowing at the collegiate level, this camp is the perfect addition to develop their talent.

*Previous rowing experience is defined as at least 10 months of previous rowing experience and/or race experience in at least four high school-level regattas. All participants are selected for this program at our coaches discretion.

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 9:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 433-3075

Location: Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse


Disco Night

Date: July 7, 2017

Come join us for our first Ocean Breeze Disco Night! We encourage all attendees to wear decade appropriate attire, and to come with your dancing shoes for a fun, music filled night in the Ocean Breeze atrium. Light refreshents will be served.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: 718-351-7923

Location: Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex (in Ocean Breeze Park)


Edgar Allan Poe Illustrated

Date: July 8, 2017

Check out the Poe Visitor Center for an exhibition showcasing the literary work of Edgar Allan Poe, interpreted by contemporary illustrators Nancy Doniger, Donna Miskend, Dave Kopka and Carol (Klio) Burrell.

About the Artists

  • Donna Miskend is an exhibition curator, is an illustrator, designer and writer. She frequently designs for the August Strindberg Repertory Theatre, and exhibits her artwork throughout the U.S.
  • Michael Patrick Hearn has remained one of the most respected contemporary writers about children’s literature since the publication of The Annotated Wizard of Oz right after college. His many other books include The Annotated Christmas Carol, The Annotated Huckleberry Finn, The Victorian Fairy Tale Book; Myth, Magic and Mystery; and Tommy Ungerer Chronicler of the Absurd. He has created numerous exhibitions including the Tomi Ungerer show at The Eric Carle Museum. He has lectured all over the United States and Europe. He is often interviewed by the media and including byBBC4 and TCM. His latest book is The Annotated Edgar Allan Poe, available soon.
  • James Armstrong has had his plays performed by such theaters as The Attic Ensemble (The Four Doctors Huxley), the Abingdon Theatre Company (Foggy Bottom), Playwrights Forum (The Metric System), Sundog Theatre (Meucci's Message), and Detroit Rep (Capital). He has also adapted for the stage several 19th-century works, including A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland, and Moby-Dick. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and you can keep up with him at www.armstrongplays.com.
  • Dave Kopka engages in books, story boarding, comics, and pre-production work, but is fascinated with exploring a wide spectrum of illustration and being a creative force in visual narrative. Site and contact: davekopka.com, illustration@davekopka.com
  • Nancy Doniger has created many illustrations for the New York Times and appear in print and on the web for publishers and companies worldwide. Her most recent book is Lemonade: and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word, written by Bob Raczka for Roaring Brook Press. Site and contact: www.nancydoniger.com
  • Carol (Klio) Burrell is a comics illustrator and native New Yorker. Site and contact: http://spqrblues.com/IV/
  • Charlie Vázquez, is director of the Bronx Writers Center and author, whose work includes San Juan Noir, an anthology by Akashic Books.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Drum Circle

Date: July 10, 2017

Bring your own hand drum and follow the guidance of our professional drumming teacher. Djembes, ashikos, congas, bongos, frame drums, doumbeks, tamborines or any hand drum you might have around.

The teacher will also bring some extra drums for folks that would like to try the class but don’t have a drum.

All ages welcome — kids to adults.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 6:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 569-4112

Location: Pats Lawn (in Inwood Hill Park)


Tango in the Park

Date: July 9, 2017

Let the tango begin! Take advantage of free professional instruction from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., accompanied by a live DJ. Then, enjoy a performance by Tangeristas and live music until 9:00 p.m. It will be beautiful. It is a wonderful evening of music, dance, and song in a beautiful environment. Dance around the fountain flower bed into the sunset.

Perfect for families and perfect for date night. Come with your children and dogs.

This event will take place in six sessions on Sundays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.. The dates are: June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. When selecting tickets, please choose your desired date.

Get tickets
Link to Event Facebook Page

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: West Fountain (in Stuyvesant Square)


Family Nature Walk

Date: July 9, 2017

Join naturalist and educator Gabriel Willow on a family-friendly walk through the gardens or woodlands. No registration required. Ages six and older are welcome with an adult. Severe weather cancels.

Free with admission to the grounds.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill)


Summer Birding

Date: July 9, 2017

Naturalist Gabriel Willow contributes his extensive knowledge of diverse bird species and their behavior on these captivating walks through the gardens and woodlands. Observe the plants, insects and habitats at Wave Hill that make it an appealing destination for such a wide variety of birds. Birders of all levels welcome!

Ages 10 and older are welcome with an adult.

Free with admission to the grounds. Registration not required. NYC Audubon Members enjoy two-for-one admission to the grounds.

Start time: 9:30 am

End time: 10:30 am

Contact phone:

Location: Wave Hill


Crochet Basics and Accessories - Adults

Date: July 8, 2017

Learn the basics of crochet: how to select your materials, gauge, yardage, tension, chain, single crochet, double crochet, and treble and slip stitch. Make accessories for beginners level.

Materials needed-Mercerized cotton thread #10 in three colors, steel crochet hook #6, 1/2" buttons (3)

Monthly Crochet Projects

  • July: Boho Bracelet
  • August: Delicate Crochet Bracelet - White or ecru mercerized cotton threa #10 #6 steel crochet hook
  • September: Two Color Scarf - Two colors #4 acrylic yarn #H crochet hook

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Central Park Tour: Conservatory Garden

Date: July 8, 2017

Join us for a staff-led tour through three gardens in one! From a magnificent wrought-iron gate made in 1894 to a sculptural tribute to The Secret Garden, Central Park Conservancy staff take you on a guided stroll amid thousands of trees, shrubs, bulbs, perennials, and annuals that bloom throughout the year. Learn about Conservatory Garden's history, design, and botanical specimens, from the professionals who care for it. This tour is bound to give visitors a new appreciation for this special space in Central Park

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Vanderbilt Gate (in Central Park)


Summer on the Hudson: Butt & Gut

Date: July 8, 2017

Veteran Donald Calliste leads a class to tone and define your core, lower back, and glutes combined with cardio exercises that will maximize your fat-burning potential.

Start time: 10:30 am

End time: 11:15 am

Contact phone: 311

Location: Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument (in Riverside Park)


Kayaking

Date: June 29, 2017

Paddle on a sit-on-top kayak in the East River. Children younger than 18 years old must have an adult guardian present.

photo by Etienne Frossard, courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park

Start time: 5:30 pm

End time: 6:45 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 2 Dock (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


Movies Under the Stars: The U.S. vs. John Lennon

Date: June 29, 2017

Celebrate Music Month with NYC Parks and New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment!

Directed by David Leaf and John Scheinfeld, this poignant documentary looks at John Lennon's transformation from beloved musical artist to anti-war activist to iconic inspiration for peace.

Know Before You Go:
You should come before 8:30 p.m. to get your spot for the movie. Please bring your own picnic blanket or chair. Food is OK, but no alcohol or smoking is permitted.

Start time: 8:30 pm

End time: 10:40 pm

Contact phone: 718-965-8942

Location: Sunset Park


The Uni Project at Sara D. Roosevelt Park - Hester Street

Date: July 2, 2017

Come read, draw, and explore with the Uni every Sunday in front of the Hester Street Playground in Sara D Roosevelt Park.

Programming made possible with funding from The Ong Family Foundation and Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts.

Presented by NYC Parks

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Hester Street Crossing (in Sara D. Roosevelt Park)


Bryant Park Language Classes

Date: July 3, 2017

Bryant Park speaks Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, and French with instruction by inlingua. Learn a new language in these standalone beginner classes. Classes are not cumulative, so you may attend any class throughout the season without needing to play catch up.

Please note: Pre-registration is required, and opens one week before each class date. Please email inlinguainBryantPark@inlingua.com to reserve a spot. 20 student capacity per class. Attendance is limited to one class for each language offered. We are able to accept drop-ins on the day of class if it is not full.

Start time: 11:45 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bryant Park


Bryant Park Tai Chi

Date: July 4, 2017

Free classes for all ages and experience levels.

Bryant Park Tai Chi is provided by the Tai Chi Chuan Center and led by teachers and students who train at CK Chu Tai Chi under the direction of Master Hyland Harris.

Classes are rain or shine.

Start time: 7:30 am

End time: 8:30 am

Contact phone:

Location: Bryant Park


Bryant Park Yoga

Date: July 4, 2017

Perfect your downward dog under the trees at our 14th season of outdoor yoga classes. Open to everyone of all ages and skill levels.

Class held on the upper terrace.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: Upper Terrace (in Bryant Park)


CANCELLED: Tour of Gracie Mansion

Date: July 4, 2017

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City—a place where history is made, not merely recorded.

As a historic house museum run by NYC Parks, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 10 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Today, Gracie Mansion is occupied by the de Blasio family, which has opened its doors in the spirit of the administration's motto: one city, rising together.

In celebration of our 75th Anniversary of Gracie being a mayoral residence, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have introduced a new art installation, titled New York 1942. This is the second in a series of installations envisioning New York through the framework of Gracie Mansion as it has been inhabited over time. It includes artwork, documents and objects from the period that the La Guardias lived in Gracie, shown together to tell a more complete story of the overall historic context as perceived from diverse perspectives.

To RSVP for a tour, please visit on.nyc.gov/gracietour.

Currently, Gracie Mansion is not offering group tours. If you are part of a private organization that would like to tour the house, please email your request, including the size of group, your name and the purpose of a tour, to gracieinfo@cityhall.nyc.gov and we will work to add you to one of the currently scheduled tours.

Photo ID required for entrance. No photography permitted in the interior. At the present time, tours are available in English only. Please plan to arrive at least five minutes in advance.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 2:50 pm

Contact phone: (212) 676-3060

Location: Gracie Mansion (in Carl Schurz Park)


Yoga in the Park

Date: July 4, 2017

Spend time breathing, stretching, and taking full advantage of the day at a Randall's Island yoga class. Bring your yoga mat and come tone your muscles while finding your inner peace. Ages 15 and older are welcome to attend.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1899

Location: Near the Sunken Meadow Picnic Area (in Randall's Island Park)


Outdoor Exercise with Nancy Bruning

Date: July 5, 2017

Join us for free fitness walks in Mornngside Park led by exercise consultant Nancy Bruning. The sessions will include a variety of exercises that use park features such as stairs, benches, and retaining walls to work every muscle group.

Start time: 6:00 am

End time: 7:00 am

Contact phone: (646) 318-8544

Location: 123rd Street Park House (in Morningside Park)


Arm of the Sea Theater: 'The Rejuvenary River Circus'

Date: July 6, 2017

This circus is an allegory featuring gorgeous masks and puppet characters, a unique handmade set and live original music.

Start time: 10:30 am

End time: 11:30 am

Contact phone: (718) 3524793

Location: Buz O' Rourke Playground (in Crocheron Park)


Basketball Clinic

Date: July 6, 2017

Join Big and Little Skills Academy for dynamic youth basketball clinics on Pier 2. Each program will include yoga to enhance flexibility, or flag football for agility training. Recommended for ages 8 to 17 years old.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 2 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


Edgar Allan Poe Illustrated

Date: July 7, 2017

Check out the Poe Visitor Center for an exhibition showcasing the literary work of Edgar Allan Poe, interpreted by contemporary illustrators Nancy Doniger, Donna Miskend, Dave Kopka and Carol (Klio) Burrell.

About the Artists

  • Donna Miskend is an exhibition curator, is an illustrator, designer and writer. She frequently designs for the August Strindberg Repertory Theatre, and exhibits her artwork throughout the U.S.
  • Michael Patrick Hearn has remained one of the most respected contemporary writers about children’s literature since the publication of The Annotated Wizard of Oz right after college. His many other books include The Annotated Christmas Carol, The Annotated Huckleberry Finn, The Victorian Fairy Tale Book; Myth, Magic and Mystery; and Tommy Ungerer Chronicler of the Absurd. He has created numerous exhibitions including the Tomi Ungerer show at The Eric Carle Museum. He has lectured all over the United States and Europe. He is often interviewed by the media and including byBBC4 and TCM. His latest book is The Annotated Edgar Allan Poe, available soon.
  • James Armstrong has had his plays performed by such theaters as The Attic Ensemble (The Four Doctors Huxley), the Abingdon Theatre Company (Foggy Bottom), Playwrights Forum (The Metric System), Sundog Theatre (Meucci's Message), and Detroit Rep (Capital). He has also adapted for the stage several 19th-century works, including A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland, and Moby-Dick. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and you can keep up with him at www.armstrongplays.com.
  • Dave Kopka engages in books, story boarding, comics, and pre-production work, but is fascinated with exploring a wide spectrum of illustration and being a creative force in visual narrative. Site and contact: davekopka.com, illustration@davekopka.com
  • Nancy Doniger has created many illustrations for the New York Times and appear in print and on the web for publishers and companies worldwide. Her most recent book is Lemonade: and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word, written by Bob Raczka for Roaring Brook Press. Site and contact: www.nancydoniger.com
  • Carol (Klio) Burrell is a comics illustrator and native New Yorker. Site and contact: http://spqrblues.com/IV/
  • Charlie Vázquez, is director of the Bronx Writers Center and author, whose work includes San Juan Noir, an anthology by Akashic Books.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Central Park Tour: Southern Welcome Tour

Date: July 7, 2017

Join Central Park Conservancy guides for an introduction to some of the southern park highlights, including Grand Army Plaza, the pond, Gapstow Bridge, Wollman Rink, Chess & Checkers House, and the Dairy.

The tour route involves moderate inclines and some stairs. The tour starts inside the park at 61st Street and Fifth Avenue. For weather cancellation, ticket and other policies, please review Central Park's Conservancy's policies carefully. Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For more information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-6564

Location: Inside the Park at Fifth Avenue and 61st Street (in Central Park)


NYRR Open Run: Inwood Hill Park

Date: July 8, 2017

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: Isham Street and Seaman Avenue (in Inwood Hill Park)


High Line Art Tour: Mutations

Date: July 10, 2017

From sculptures and murals to performances and videos, the High Line is filled with public art. Join High Line Art Assistant Curator Melanie Kress for an insider's view on High Line Art's current Mutations exhibition.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 7:15 pm

Contact phone: (212) 206-9922

Location: High Line (in The High Line)


Zumba with Dodge YMCA

Date: July 9, 2017

Dodge YMCA fitness instructor Alma Bonilla’s Zumba classes are so much fun you’ll forget that you’re burning calories!

ZUMBA is a fusion of Latin and International music, utilizing dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness program. The routines feature aerobic training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body.

A few notes:
- Registration begins at 4:00 p.m. before each class.
- Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
- All participants must sign a waiver each afternoon before participating.

Start time: 4:30 pm

End time: 5:30 am

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 2 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


Free Community Rowing at Pier 40

Date: July 9, 2017

Join the Village Community Boathouse for Community Rowing in traditional Whitehall gigs, captained by experienced New York Harbor coxswains (captains).

The Village Community Boathouse offers free community rowing on Sundays starting at noon and on Tuesdays starting 5:30 p.m., through November 12, 2017.

Community rowing is free and open to all; no experience or reservations necessary.

Please note: It is very important that you arrive between noon and 12:30 p.m., as the Village Community Boathouse pair their boats, coxswains, and rowers by 12:30. Boats leave right after for the afternoon. In some cases, the Villiage Community Boathouse will have additional boats leaving at a later time but the chances to get out on a boat then are much slimmer. Please check the Villiage Community Boathouse's social media feeds on Facebook or Twitter for possible last-minute changes due to weather or other circumstances. Or, call (212) 229-2059.

About Free Community Rowing
The Community Rows are free sessions that include a basic introduction to rowing for first timers (safety orientation, rowing technique, and terminology) and of course plenty of actual rowing on the Hudson River. The rows take place in five-person wooden rowboats that Village Community Boathouse builds onsite. The rows last, depending on river conditions and rower level experience, between one and three hours.Most of these rows have mixed crews with those that have never been on the river before and some old hands. Visit the Village Community Boathouse's website for more information and photos!

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 229-2059

Location: Pier 40


The Connective Project

Date: July 9, 2017

In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Brooklyn’s Backyard, Prospect Park Alliance is bringing together artists, Brooklyn notables, and the public to create a site-specific art installation, which celebrates the special meaning Prospect Park has in the lives of millions of community members from across the borough and beyond.

Funded in part by Bloomberg Philanthropies and NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: The Rose Garden


Paper Arts and Crafts

Date: July 8, 2017

Make beautiful, fun things out of paper to give as a gift or keep for yourself

Monthly Paper Arts and Crafts Projects

  • July: Paper Beads Bracelet
  • August: Paper Picture Frame
  • September: Cardboard Collage Art

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


Paddling 101 (Basic)

Date: July 8, 2017

Few experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City. Learn to paddle with the Rangers and then use your new skills to explore the shores and learn about life at the lake. This program is perfect for beginners; for ages 8 years and older only.

To register, please visit nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register. Registration opens on Wednesday, June 28.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 548-0912

Location: Van Cortlandt Park


Pop-Up Pool Free Swim

Date: July 8, 2017

Take in the sunshine and cool water at the Pier 2 Pop-Up Pool! The 30'x50' pool includes a sandy beach and play area with refreshing food and drinks from Lizzmonade.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 2 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


Kayak Staten Island

Date: July 2, 2017

Join Kayak Staten Island for free public kayaking off the shore at a new location on Page Avenue in Tottenville.

Boats and life jackets will be provided for a short paddle. Launch help and paddling tips are given by experienced kayakers at the shore and on the water. Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet.

Children aged 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult. High winds or lightning cancels the event.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Page Avenue Beach


The Fence

Date: June 30, 2017

Photo District News and United Photo Industries' THE FENCE returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park for the sixth straight year. THE FENCE is a large-scale traveling photography exhibition reaching over 4 million visitors annually through open-air exhibitions in seven cities across the United States. Since its inception, THE FENCE has consistenty attracted exceptional work by talented photographers from around the world, providing them with a truly public platform and unexpected career opportunities. This year's installation will explore the themes of Home, Streets, People, Creatures, Nature, Play, and Food. Find THE FENCE throughout the park.

Start time: 0:00 am

End time: 11:59 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park


Socrates Farmers Market

Date: July 1, 2017

This market serves the Long Island City and Astoria communities with local fruits and vegetables from Nolasco Farm and Williams Fruit Farm. Shoppers can also enjoy fresh-brewed coffee from vendor Henley Coffee and buy organic condiments from Hellgate Farm.

Cash transactions preferred
WIC & FMNP Checks accepted at individual farm stands

PLUS: Bring your compost to the park to be collected by The NYC Compost Project with BIG Reuse – Seven days a week drop-off in the green bin next to the bathroom facilities.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 956-1819

Location: Socrates Sculpture Park


Firecracker Twilight 2 Mile Run

Date: July 5, 2017

The Firecracker Twilight 2 Mile Run is an out and back course every Wednesday beginning June 14th until August 30th. Race start is at 8:00pm. The start and finish is at Freedom Circle, (Father Capodanno Blvd. & Seaview Avenue). For more information, contact Vincent.stasi@parks.nyc.gov. Same day race entry only, no pre-registration required.

Start time: 8:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: 718-351-7923

Location: Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex (in Ocean Breeze Park)


Competitive Rowing Camp

Date: July 6, 2017

For experienced* high school rowers, ages 14 to 18, this summer-long competitive camp meets five days a week, Mondays through Fridays, from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., on the historic Harlem River.

Athletes train with experienced coaches from a variety of competitive collegiate rowing programs. Rowing is a great way to distinguish your child’s college resume, and our seasoned coaches are always available as a resource to discuss rowing at a higher level. We work on enhancing rowing skills and technique in both sweep and sculling boats.

Along with rigorous training, participants compete in select regattas throughout the summer season. For those who are considering rowing at the collegiate level, this camp is the perfect addition to develop their talent.

*Previous rowing experience is defined as at least 10 months of previous rowing experience and/or race experience in at least four high school-level regattas. All participants are selected for this program at our coaches discretion.

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 9:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 433-3075

Location: Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse


Yoga In The Garden

Date: July 5, 2017

Join free yoga classes in the garden every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., from May 17 through September 6, 2017.

The classes are taught by a certified yoga instructor.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 453-9490 ext. 302

Location: Kosciuszko Garden Learning Center


Bryant Park Public Tours

Date: July 5, 2017

Join us for an enjoyable walking tour of Bryant Park, and discover how Bryant Park Corporation successfully transformed "Needle Park" of the 1970s into Manhattan's Town Square of today.

Our guides are loaded with expertise on the park's rich history, award-winning design, distinct amenities, and ongoing maintenance efforts.

Registration is required. Click here to register with Eventbrite.

Please arrive at the Fountain by 10:55 a.m. to check-in with the guide. The tour will depart promptly at 11 a.m.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain (in Bryant Park)


Free African Dance Workout

Date: July 5, 2017

Shake the stress away each Wednesday evening with our free fitness dance class, featuring moves from across the continent. No dance experience required.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 333-2552

Location: Target Brooklyn Garden


Citi Summer in the Square

Date: July 6, 2017

Join us for an incredible lineup of over 135 free events, including fitness classes, family-friendly activities and shows, live music, and dance performances all in Union Square Park.

Every Thursday, find morning and evening yoga and cardio classes, live dueling performances, lunchtime jazz music in the West Side seating area, and a full day of kids activities in the South Plaza, including sing-a-long story time, animals with Art Farm, princess appearances, kids yoga and live shows.

Highlights for Thursday, July 6 include:

  • Pop Up Yoga and Cardio Sweat Party teaching fitness at 7L00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. on the South Plaza
  • Rolie Polie Guacamole as the kids’ 11:00 a.m. performance on the Main Stage
  • The Beatbox House battling on the dueling performance stage at 5:00 p.m.
  • Three evening fitness classes with New York Health & Racquet Club, starting at 5:30 p.m.

See citisummerinthesquare.nyc for the full lineup, and more!

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 460-1200

Location: North Plaza (in Union Square Park),South Plaza (in Union Square Park),West Side Seating Area (in Union Square Park)


Summer on the Hudson: Senior Movement

Date: July 6, 2017

Dances for a Variable Population master teacher Naomi Goldberg Haas and intergenerational company members lead a dance workshop focusing on seniors of all ages and abilities. Celebrate moving in strong and creative ways.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: Pier I (in Riverside Park South)


Barefoot Dancing

Date: July 6, 2017

Kick off your shoes and dance on the lush, green Van Cortlandt House Museum Lawn.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 430-1890

Location: Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)


Films on the Green: LA CEREMONIE by Chabrol, selected by Matthew Weiner

Date: July 7, 2017

Matthew Weiner's Pick for #FilmsOnTheGreen

LA CEREMONIE
Directed by Claude Chabrol
With Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Bonnaire, Jacqueline Bisset
1995 | Crime-Drama | 1h52 | France | Janus Films

When Catherine Lelievre hires rigid, taciturn Sophie, she thinks she has found the perfect housekeeper for her family’s remote mansion in Brittany. But, detached and automated, Sophie displays odd behavior that becomes inexplicably disturbing. When she becomes friends with the impertinent, outspoken busybody Jeanne who runs the post office, the tension between Sophie and her employers increases.

Films in French with English subtitles
Music by WNYU Radio DJ prior to the screening!

#FilmsontheGreen | Free French films in NYC Parks

Start time: 8:30 pm

End time: 10:30 pm

Contact phone: 212-439-1425

Location: Old Bandshell Lawn (in Tompkins Square Park)


Movies Under the Stars: Spider-Man

Date: July 7, 2017

Join NYC Parks and the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment for a free film.

Peter Parker is a nerdy high-schooler who is transformed into a web-spinning vigilante when he is bitten by a genetically altered spider. At first, Peter uses his superpowers for material gain, but a tragic event leads him to a life of fighting crime.

Know Before You Go
You should arrive before 7:30 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled water is OK, but no glass. Reservations are not taken; space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All are welcome!

Start time: 8:30 pm

End time: 10:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 393-7370

Location: O'Donohue Park (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk)


The Connective Project

Date: July 8, 2017

In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Brooklyn’s Backyard, Prospect Park Alliance is bringing together artists, Brooklyn notables, and the public to create a site-specific art installation, which celebrates the special meaning Prospect Park has in the lives of millions of community members from across the borough and beyond.

Funded in part by Bloomberg Philanthropies and NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: The Rose Garden


HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival: Sabrina

Date: July 10, 2017

Enjoy classic films under the stars on the big screen. Bring a blanket and sit on the lawn to enjoy great food, friends, and a classic Warner Brothers cartoon before each film.

The lawn opens at 5:00 p.m. for blankets and picnicking. Films begin at sunset (typically between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.). All packages, bags, briefcases, backpacks, etc. subject to inspection.

Sabrina
Bosley Crowther of the New York Times called this Billy Wilder winner “the most delightful comedy-romance in years.” The contemporary fairy tale finds the poor chauffeur’s daughter (Audrey Hepburn) pursued by the two sons (Humphrey Bogart, William Holden) of her father’s rich Long Island employer. This is after she returns elegantly from a couple of years in Paris where she has learned to make an omelet and to wear gorgeous clothes. Edith Head won an Oscar for the costumes, though an unaccredited Givenchy designed Audrey’s chic outfits. (1954) 113 MIN. (NR) (PARAMOUNT)

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time: 11:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bryant Park Lawn (in Bryant Park)


The Great Miguelino at Fantasy Forest

Date: July 9, 2017

Every Sunday, Fantasy Forest Amusement Park offers free kid-friendly entertainment. The performances are at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

About The Great Miguelino
Miguelino’s tricks will leave some guests in awe while making other guests laugh. Volunteers from the audience will be chosen to help him with his spectacular magic tricks. They don’t call him “The Great Miguelino” for nothing.

About Fantasy Forest
Fantasy Forest Amusement Park is located next to the Queens Zoo in the Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Fantasy Forest is home to The Flushing Meadows Carousel, The Corona Cobra Coaster, and other fun attractions and games.

Please note: Although the entertainment is free, there is a fee to ride the carousel, ride other attractions, and purchase items from the concession stand.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 4:45 pm

Contact phone: (718) 788-2676

Location: Fantasy Forest Amusement Park (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)


Yoga in The Battery

Date: July 9, 2017

Join Tejal Yoga and The Battery Conservancy for weekly yoga practice on The Battery Woodland lawn, newly reopened after two years of rejuvenation. With views of the Fountain, the blooming Bosque, and majestic Lady Liberty, it might be the most beautiful place to practice in the city!

Classes take place on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

RSVP is required. Donations are welcome.

Start time: 11:30 am

End time: 0:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 344-3491

Location: Woodland Lawn (in The Battery)


NYRR Open Run: Cunningham Park

Date: July 9, 2017

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: Main Park House (in Cunningham Park)


Gallery Tour

Date: July 8, 2017

Wave Hill’s Curatorial Fellow will lead a tour of current exhibitions in Glyndor Gallery. The group show, Outcasts: Women in the Wilderness, explores how women have been treated and portrayed as outcasts in history, myth and biblical legend. In the Sunroom Project Space, Sonya Blesofsky’s sculptural installation is inspired by the history of Glyndor House, while Sindy Butz’sincludes enlarged photographs and videos of her performing with Wave Hill fireplaces.

Free with admission to the grounds.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Glyndor Gallery (in Wave Hill)


Freshwater Fishing

Date: July 8, 2017

Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home.

Our experienced Rangers teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of our waterways on every fishing program. You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp or chain pickerel. Whether you choose to grab a simple bamboo pole at a quiet lake or join more advanced saltwater programs, we have a program that fits your skill level.

All equipment is provided; this program is recommended for ages 8 years and older. Participation is first-come, first-served.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 628-2345

Location: The Pool (in Central Park)


Kayaking

Date: July 8, 2017

Paddle on a sit-on-top kayak in the East River. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present.

photo by Etienne Frossard, courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 2 Dock (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


Bootcamp in the Park!

Date: July 3, 2017

Join HY/HK Alliance for a free Bootcamp fitness class with Ruel Davis!

Start time: 7:00 am

End time: 8:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 239-1619

Location: Hudson Park Fountains (in Hudson Park)


Pop-Up Pool Free Swim

Date: July 1, 2017

Take in the sunshine and cool water at the Pier 2 Pop-Up Pool! The 30'x50' pool includes a sandy beach and play area with refreshing food and drinks from Lizzmonade.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 2 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


Basketball Clinic

Date: July 2, 2017

Join Big and Little Skills Academy for dynamic youth basketball clinics on Pier 2. Each program will include yoga to enhance flexibility, or flag football for agility training. Recommended for ages 8 to 17 years old.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 2 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival: The Muppets Take Manhattan

Date: July 3, 2017

Enjoy classic films under the stars on the big screen. Bring a blanket and sit on the lawn to enjoy great food, friends, and a classic Warner Brothers cartoon before each film.

The lawn opens at 5:00 p.m. for blankets and picnicking. Films begin at sunset (typically between 8:00 p.m. and 9:0 0p.m.). All packages, bags, briefcases, backpacks, etc. are subject to inspection. Food items for sale curated by Hester Street Fair on the Fountain Terrace.

The Muppets Take Manhattan
Hey gang! Let’s put on a show! Ambitious Kermit, Miss Piggy, and their Muppet friends bring their college musical (“Manhattan Melodies”) to the Big Apple. Getting a producer interested and mounting the show on the Great White Way is not so easy as anticipated. Lots of guest stars (Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers, Art Carney, Dabney Coleman, James Coco, Gregory Hines, Brooke Shields, Ed Koch, etc.) show up along the way before the troupe’s Broadway dream comes true. Directed by Frank Oz, voiced by Jim Henson, Oz and crew. (1984) 94 MIN. (G) (SONY)

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time: 11:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bryant Park Lawn (in Bryant Park)


Meditation

Date: July 4, 2017

Start your Tuesdays off right. Rise above the city streets and begin your day focused, centered, and connected with nature. Join the Integral Yoga Institute, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, and other guests for guided meditations. Open to people of all ages and experience levels.

Meditation is subject to cancellation due to weather. Check @highlinenyc on Twitter for updates.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 9:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 206-9922

Location: On the High Line at 22nd St. (in The High Line)


Pop-Up Pool Free Swim

Date: July 4, 2017

Take in the sunshine and cool water at the Pier 2 Pop-Up Pool! The 30'x50' pool includes a sandy beach and play area with refreshing food and drinks from Lizzmonade.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 2 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


Painting Nature with the Art Student's League

Date: July 4, 2017

Bring your child for a fun afternoon of painting the scenery around them, with the help of Art Student's League's Pedro Rodriguez. It's a cool activity for a hot day.

Supplies will be provided!

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 430-1890

Location: Woodlawn Playground (in Van Cortlandt Park)


Summer on the Hudson: Pilates in the Park

Date: July 4, 2017

Join Melissa Ricci, CPT, PMA from Base Fitness® for a multi-level class that tones and balances your muscles, aligns your body, and strengthens your core!

Bring your own mat.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: The Plaza at 66th Street (in Riverside Park South)


Sunrise Tai Chi

Date: July 5, 2017

Start your day out right; come enjoy Sunrise Tai Chi classes with certified Tai Chi Instructor Robert Martinez on the beautiful David Rockefeller Linden Terrace.

These classes are suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water.

Please check the Fort Tryon Park's Facebook Page for weather/air advisory cancellations.

Start time: 6:30 am

End time: 7:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Linden Terrace (in Fort Tryon Park)


Special Express Arts 2

Date: July 6, 2017

This art workshop engages special needs adults through art for self expression.

Due to limited space, please call to schedule your group's visit. Groups are schediled for every two weeks.

Everyone should bring their own small, clean rocks, ready for painting.

Themes
May: Painting Cardboard Coaster
June: Painting on Rocks-Nature

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)


NYC Parks Wheelchair Softball

Date: July 6, 2017

We’re looking forward to another successful and exciting season of wheelchair softball! Come out and learn the game--all you have to do is show up! Just bring your sports chair, or we can provide one for you if you're looking to play! Volunteers are welcome to join and assist with the game activities.

Start time: 5:30 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (631) 374-2337

Location: Victory Field (in Forest Park)


Arsenal Gallery Exhibit: Plant Patterns

Date: July 7, 2017

Plant Patterns features the work of Adam Frezza & Terri Chiao, Adrienne Elise Tarver, Karin Haas, Liesl Pfeffer, and Nick Wildermuth. The artists use plants’ impressive natural characteristics as a means to explore various themes in their graphic works. Domestic and wild flora have provided artists with inspiration for centuries. The diversity and multitude of plant colors, shapes, and repetitive forms, which evolved to lure pollinators, caution predators, and promote regeneration, are naturally appealing to artists’ sensibilities.

Curated by Jennifer Lantzas, Deputy Director of Public Art, NYC Parks

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-8163

Location: Arsenal (in Central Park)


Free Community Rowing at Van Cortlandt Park Lake

Date: July 7, 2017

Join Village Community Boathouse's special new public rowing program on Van Cortlandt Park Lake in the Bronx!

This is a great chance to explore a beautiful park, learn to use the sculling boat, and introduce others to the joy of rowing. Community rowing is free and open to all; no experience or reservations necessary.

Check the Village Community Boathouse's social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter for possible last-minute changes due to weather or other circumstances. Or, visit their website at VCB.NYC. Email mailinglist@vcb.nyc to join the mailing list for updates.

For specifics on the Van Cortlandt Park lake row, please email VCPark@vcb.nyc.

Volunteers
We always apprecite volunteers. Those kind enough to help with the setup, please go to the container in the parking lot south of the lake. Volunteers should meet at 4:00 p.m.

About Free Community Rowing
The Community Rows are free sessions that include a basic introduction to rowing for first timers (safety orientation, rowing technique, and terminology) and of course plenty of actual rowing on the Hudson River. The rows take place in five-person wooden rowboats that Village Community Boathouse builds onsite. The rows last, depending on river conditions and rower level experience, between one and three hours.Most of these rows have mixed crews with those that have never been on the river before and some old hands. Visit the Village Community Boathouse's website for more information and photos!

Start time: 4:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 229-2059

Location: South end of lake (in Van Cortlandt Park)


Green Team

Date: July 8, 2017

The Green Team provides essential horticultural care to Brooklyn Bridge Park, including planting, mulching, and removing invasive plants. The Green Team is a wonderful opportunity to learn about gardening, enjoying nature, and making the park look its best.

All volunteers must fill out a waiver onsite and submit it before any activity begins. Volunteers 18 years old or younger should submit their waiver signed by a parent or guardian; volunteers 16 years old or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No experience necessary.

New volunteers, please complete this form to RSVP.

Registered volunteers, please log-in to your volunteer profile to schedule yourself.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 1 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)


Bryant Park Language Classes

Date: July 10, 2017

Bryant Park speaks Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, and French with instruction by inlingua. Learn a new language in these standalone beginner classes. Classes are not cumulative, so you may attend any class throughout the season without needing to play catch up.

Please note: Pre-registration is required, and opens one week before each class date. Please email inlinguainBryantPark@inlingua.com to reserve a spot. 20 student capacity per class. Attendance is limited to one class for each language offered. We are able to accept drop-ins on the day of class if it is not full.

Start time: 11:45 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bryant Park


Tending to a Growing Garden

Date: July 9, 2017

Visitors of all ages can come help Prospect Park Alliance take care of the potato plot, herb gardens, and berry patches at Lefferts Historic House by pulling weeds and helping to water the plants.

Bring a hat and a bottle of water, and we will provide the tools and gloves!

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)


Sunday Tai Chi

Date: July 9, 2017

Led by certified instructors from the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA, these classes offer the opportunity to learn Taoist Tai Chi, improve one’s health, relax, and exercise in an outdoor setting among changing exhibitions of contemporary sculpture.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 956-1819

Location: Socrates Sculpture Park


NYRR Open Run: Crotona Park

Date: July 9, 2017

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: East path, north of tennis courts on Crotona Avenue (in Crotona Park)


Central Park Tour: Heart of the Park

Date: July 8, 2017

Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and architectural elements the park has to offer. Visit some of the park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, the lake, and Strawberry Fields.

The tour route involves a few stairs. The tour starts in front of the Samuel F. B. Morse statue (inside the Park at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue), and ends at 72nd Street and Central Park West.

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review the Central Park Conservancy's policies carefully.

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For more information, please review these Frequently Asked Questions.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-6564

Location: East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue (in Central Park)


Sitting Volleyball Tournament

Date: July 8, 2017

Back by popular demand, join us for our next Sitting Volleyball Tournament! Sitting Volleyball is an adapted sport where the game of volleyball is played on a smaller court with a lower net and all players must sit on the floor.

This event is free and open to the community. For this tournament, players with and without physical impairments can play together in this integrative sport.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: 718-351-7923

Location: Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex (in Ocean Breeze Park)


Tending to a Growing Garden

Date: July 1, 2017

Visitors of all ages can come help Prospect Park Alliance take care of the potato plot, herb gardens, and berry patches at Lefferts Historic House by pulling weeds and helping to water the plants.

Bring a hat and a bottle of water, and we will provide the tools and gloves!

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)


Kayaking

Date: July 1, 2017

Paddle on a sit-on-top kayak in the East River. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present.

photo by Etienne Frossard, courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Park

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 2 Dock (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)