11 largely free issues to do in NYC this weekend, together with festivals, artwork social gathering

It’s a busy weekend within the boroughs! Festivals, gala’s, and extra festivals are occurring throughout city – and lots of of them are free.

From the Medieval Competition in Washington Heights, to the Ebook Competition in Brooklyn, there’s virtually an excessive amount of to select from. If the previous two years of the pandemic have dulled your love of the Massive Apple, this weekend simply may rekindle it.

Right here’s a compilation of IRL occasions that can assist you plan your weekend. And should you do enterprise out, seize your raincoat – it’s more likely to rain Saturday and Sunday.

Go medieval in Washington Heights

Two people dressed like knights fight with swords

A slice of Manhattan will remodel into the Center Ages this weekend on the annual Medieval Competition in Fort Tryon Park.

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A slice of Manhattan will remodel into the Center Ages this weekend on the annual Medieval Competition in Fort Tryon Park.


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Seize your daggers, tunics, wimples – no matter makes you social gathering prefer it’s 1499 – and head to Fort Tryon Park for the Medieval Competition, an annual custom relationship again to 1982. It took a two-year pandemic hiatus, however it’s again with gusto. This yr’s programming consists of jugglers, jesters, and reside music. Don’t miss the reside joust between knights on horseback. (You learn that proper: a reside joust in the midst of New York Metropolis.) It’s free to attend and costumed performers will promote meals, drinks, and crafts. One tip: Include money, as a result of the park doesn’t have any ATMs. Cease by Sunday, Oct. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to six:00 p.m. When you’re driving, be aware that the Henry Hudson Parkway Fort Tryon Park exit can be closed in the course of the pageant. Organizers say the occasion will happen rain or shine, until there’s thunder and lightning.

See movie pageant darlings at Lincoln Middle

The New York Movie Competition opens Friday at Lincoln Middle, and there’s rather a lot to soak up this yr, together with a handful of screenings on the Museum of the Transferring Picture in Astoria. Admittedly, there’s a low probability of scoring a number of the pageant’s hottest tickets – good luck moving into Noah Baumbach’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s “White Noise,” for instance. However you’ll nonetheless have loads of alternatives to catch wildly various movies as Claire Denis’s “Stars at Midday,” or Jafar Panahi’s “No Bears.” And, as of this writing, tickets are nonetheless obtainable for this weekend’s world premiere of “Until,” Chinonye Chukwu’s movie biography of Emmett Until and his mom, Mamie Until-Mobley. The pageant runs by way of Oct. 16; discover out about free talks and tickets right here.

Get lit on the Brooklyn Ebook Competition

Do you’re keen on books, e book readings, or e book talks? In that case, that is your jam. “Competition Day” is filled with panels and readings for each type of fan. A New York Occasions bestselling creator leads a panel explaining why TikTok drives e book gross sales. WNYC’s Alison Stewart will interview Gary Shteyngart about his “pandemic privilege” novel “Our Nation Mates” and talk about whether or not or not it’s “too quickly to chuckle.” Programming begins Sunday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m. and lasts all through the day, with most occasions going down in Downtown Brooklyn. You will discover the lineup, full calendar, and extra right here.

Head to an artwork social gathering on the Queens Museum

When you like artwork that poses provocative questions, then the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park has the present for you: “Disaster Makes a Ebook Membership.” The exhibition options work by Xaviera Simmons, a local New Yorker who employs pictures, video, portray, sound artwork, and extra to confront heated points like white supremacy and wealth stratification. There’s an opening reception for this present and one other new opening, that includes artwork by Charisse Pearlina Weston, this Sunday from 1 p.m. to five p.m., together with household art-making workshops and meals distributors from the Queens Night time Market. Ebook your free ticket to the museum right here.

Be taught to faucet dance on Governors Island

When you love faucet dancing, or have all the time needed to attempt, you’re in luck. Skilled dancers Megan Huangs and Toes Tiranoff will host two faucet dancing courses in Nolan Park on Governors Island. Organizers say you don’t want footwear or expertise to partake. They invite you to return and “make some noise” whereas tapping, clapping, and stepping to music honoring the late saxophonist Pharoah Sanders. The occasion begins Sunday, Oct. 2 at 12:30 p.m. (Don’t overlook to test the ferry schedule earlier than you go.)

Choose a pumpkin – or chuck it – in Staten Island

Okay, this one prices cash – however you do get to take residence a gourd. Head to historic Decker Farm in Staten Island, an 11-acre sprawl of fields that’s additionally a working farm. Come for the pumpkins, keep for the hayride and the Instagram photograph ops. Tickets are $9 for adults, $4 for youths ages 6-11, should you purchase on-line upfront. (You’ll pay extra on the door.) Pumpkins price additional they usually’re bought by weight. If you wish to toss your pumpkin, it’s an additional $5 for chucks. All of it occurs rain or shine, Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to five p.m.

a bridge leading to corn fields and blue skies

This is an aerial view of the corn maze in Queens. When you’re feeling sneaky, you need to use it to plan your route.

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This is an aerial view of the corn maze in Queens. When you’re feeling sneaky, you need to use it to plan your route.


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Get misplaced in a corn maze in Queens

The Queens County Farm Museum invitations you to maze your method by way of this residing labyrinth, aka the Wonderful Maize Maze. Begin your journey with a “stalk speak,” the place you’ll get suggestions and clues on tips on how to get out. It’s open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $8 for youths ages 4-11. Youngsters 3 and underneath can attend totally free.

Take a look at a youngsters’ model of “Twelfth Night time”

On this retelling of Shakespeare’s basic comedy of mistaken identification, Violet is a lioness separated from her twin brother at sea. She has to make her method amongst a world of peacocks, giraffes, and aardvarks. It’s known as “Lions in Illyria” – and it’s exhibiting on the Staten Island Museum at Cosy Harbor on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. The play is roughly an hour lengthy and is designed to be sensory-friendly. Tickets are free, and donations are welcome.

Go birding – even when you have no thought the place to begin

Saturday at 10 a.m., the Prospect Park Audubon Middle in Brooklyn affords an introductory bird-watching outing. You’ll take a stroll within the park and be taught the fundamentals of recognizing native birds. Who is aware of what can occur? Perhaps you’ll spot a mallard or a tufted titmouse! Carry binoculars when you have them and comfortable strolling footwear – you might stroll as much as 2 miles. Children underneath 12 are welcome, and have to be accompanied by an grownup.

Have fun Worldwide Raccoon Appreciation Day

Do you know that raccoons could make over 50 noises, or that they don’t have life companions? When you do, then you definitely absolutely know that Saturday, Oct. 1 is Worldwide Raccoon Appreciation Day. To mark the event, city park rangers at Travers Park in Queens will talk about “all issues raccoon” at this free occasion on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. Little ones could make a racoon-themed craft.

Say buongiorno to bocce

Hop to the courts – or relatively, the “campi” – and luxuriate in some bocce on the NYC Parks Bocce Citywide Championship Event on Sunday. Winners of September’s borough tournaments will compete to see who’s the very best within the metropolis. The competitors takes place at Midland Seashore Splash Plaza in Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Seashore in Staten Island from 9 a.m. to five p.m.

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