Fun Things To Do In NYC This Weekend (And FREE!)

16 Sep

WOW – there’re lots of fun and FREE things to do here this weekend, and glorious weather here in NYC to boot!

Here are just a few suggestions:

There’s the Little Red Lighthouse Festival

From their website:

Little Red Lighthouse Festival

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM on Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fort Washington Park

Join us as we shine a light on music and the arts at our annual Little Red Lighthouse Festival.

Festival highlights include:
• Lighthouse tours with the Urban Park Rangers
• Live music including a special musical performance of “Thanks to the Lighthouse”
• Guest readings of the classic children’s book, The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge.
• Fishing clinics
• Arts and Crafts
• Festival food

Take the A train to 181st St. and enter the park from the 181st St. footbridge.
Or take the 1 train to 157th St. and enter the park at W. 158th St. and Henry Hudson Parkway.
Follow the signs and pathway to the festival site.

Free shuttles available at W. 157th St. & Broadway as well as W. 181st St. & Riverside Drive.


Also on Saturday, there’s the Fall Equinox Festival going on at Pier 84

From the website:

Fall Equinox Festival

2:00 PM – 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 17, 2011

Join us for this annual festival celebrating the changing of the seasons on beautiful Pier 84 (44th Street and West Street, Manhattan).

  • Live Jazz by the Piers Lawrence Quartet
  • Live Bluegrass from the NYCity Slickers
  • FREE Arts & crafts, fishing, face painting
  • Local produce cart and much more!


And on Sunday, don’t forget the kite flying:

Midtown West Kite Flight

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM on Sunday, September 18, 2011

Rooftop parking lot of the Port Authority Bus Terminal South Wing, 40th Street and Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor
Last year, upon arrival, guests received free kites and tickets that could be redeemed for snacks like hot dogs, popcorn, smoothies and Popsicles. In addition to two areas of kite flying—one for pros, the other for amateurs—there were jugglers and stilt walkers, live music, arts and crafts, and face painting teams.


The annual San Gennaro Festival is going on in Little Italy from September 15, through Sunday, September 25, 2011.

From their website:

Indoor and outdoor dining at 35 of Little Italy’s most famous Italian restaurants. More than 300 licensed street vendors selling international foods, official Feast of San Gennaro, New York City and Little Italy souvenirs.

“One of New York City’s major cultural attractions!”
“Fun for the entire family!”
“New York City’s biggest and most famous street party!”
“A celebration of the Patron Saint of Naples!”

Italian Folk Songs
Fun for the Entire Family!
 Games    Kiddie rides
Variety of Food vendors
Outdoor dining at 35 Italian restaurants and cafes
Cannoli Eating Competition & Pasta and Pizza Eating Competitions

Saturday, September 17

2 – 4 PM: 85th Birthday Party for Little Italy’s Feast of San Gennaro

Little Italy’s Feast of San Gennaro will celebrate its 85th birthday with a gala birthday celebration that will take place between 2 and 4 PM on Grand Street between Mulberry and Mott Streets. Highlights of the party will include a performance of traditional Italian music and folk songs plus the unveiling of a large 6′ birthday cake on a 3′ base, weighing 2,000 pounds designed and created by Little Italy’s world famous Ferrara’s Bakery. 100,000 slices of the cake will be distributed to members of the public on a first-come, first-served basis on Saturday afternoon during the party.


And, this weekend (today, actually) Jane’s Carousel finally opens in DUMBO. (Disclaimer – NOT Free.)

Hubby and I ran across it a few years ago, while it was still being restored.

From the website:

Jane’s Carousel is a completely restored historic Carousel made by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company (PTC #61) in 1922. It is a classic 3-row machine with 48 exquisitely carved horses, and 2 superb chariots. The wood carvings, often attributed to John Zalar and Frank Carretta, are among the finest of their kind. In addition, the scenery panels, rounding boards, crests, center pole and platform are all original to the Carousel. It was the first Carousel to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Jane’s Carousel will be opening to the public on Friday September 16th in Brooklyn Bridge Park, in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, where it is magically set on the East River, between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. The Carousel is housed in a spectacular Pavilion designed by Pritzker Prize winning French architect Jean Nouvel. Jane’s Carousel will delight children, as well as visitors from around the world, for many generations to come.

The Carousel and the Nouvel commissioned Pavilion are a gift from the Walentas family to the people of the City of New York.”

Open 6 days
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
(closed Tuesdays)

FALL – WINTER, 2011 – 2012
November 6 – April 5
Thursday – Sunday
11:00 AM – 6:00PM

Tickets are $2.00. Children age 3 and younger and those under 42” tall may ride free if accompanied by a paying adult.
Special Introductory Discount: 12 Tickets – $20.00.
Special Group rates are available.

The Carousel is located in the DUMBO section of The Brooklyn Bridge Park, on the East River, between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. The Carousel is easily accessed from Park entrances at Dock Street or Main Street.


If you’re at Jane’s Carousel, there’s no reason not to just head up a little ways from the water to Grimaldi’s Pizzeria.

(Of course, if you go in to eat, NOT Free.)

Get there early, or plan to wait in line to get in.


19 Old Fulton Street, under the Brooklyn Bridge.


And of course, be sure to visit Coney Island before the end of September, when it will SADLY be forever changed, drastically.

Go have a cold one at Ruby’s, while you still can.

All in all, it promises to be a terrific weekend here in New York City. Get out and enjoy it!




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