Weekend Fun Guide

August 25 – 26, 2018

Here are some highlights of free and low-cost things to do in our parks this weekend. For more upcoming events, please visit our Events Calendar.

1. Head to the Brooklyn Chess Festival

A woman and a girl challenge each other to a chess game

Whether you’re learning to play, sharpening your skills, or looking for competition, join us on Saturday, August 25 for the Brooklyn Chess Festival! Brooklyn Chess Festival Event info

2. Join a history tour of Orchard Beach

view from the boardwalk of a crescent-shaped beach

This Saturday, join the Urban Park Rangers for a free history tour of the only beach in the Bronx! Orchard Beach tour info

3. Watch free movies under the stars

families and friends gather on a lawn and in lawn chairs to watch a movie on a mobile screen

Showing this weekend: Black Panther, Daddy’s Home 2, Marley, Zootopia, A Ballerina’s Tale, The Lion King, and more! View movie locations & showtimes

4. Chill at our Cool Pools

Guests enjoy the new lounge chairs and bright new colors at Douglass and DeGraw Pool in Brooklyn.

With cabana-style shade, new lounge chairs, and new vibrant colors, our Cool Pools are the ultimate chill spots! Our Cool Pools are open daily through Sunday, September 9 — one week after Labor Day! Find a Cool Pool near you

5. Commemorate the Battle of Brooklyn

a group of men re-enact a battle scene

This week marks the 242nd anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn. On Sunday, join the Old Stone House for a Battle of Brooklyn Reenactment, games, performances, a parade, tour, and memorial ceremony. Event info

6. Plan a beach day

Beachgoers lounge in their beach chairs at a beach where a lifeguard is on duty

Pack your beach towel, sunscreen, and some snacks for a fun and relaxing day at the beach! Our beaches are open through Sunday, September 9 — one week after Labor Day! Find a beach near you

7. Find your NYC summer house

exterior of Alice Austen House

Spend a summer day at your local historic house! Step inside, explore the grounds, and join us at fun events, from concerts to food festivals. Find your NYC Summer House (Photo: Alice Austen House)

8. Check out the Queensboro Dance Fest

dancers perform at the waterfront of a park

The Queensboro Dance Festival is heading to Fort Totten Park this Saturday! Stop by to see live performances by Queens-based dance companies. Event info

9. Check out Absent Monuments in Rufus King Park

mirror obelisks in a park

Check out this new artowrk by artist Rose DeSiano! Art info

Source: Weekend Fun : NYC Parks