Take advantage of the mild winter temps by getting out and doing something different this weekend. Naturally, we’ve helped to get you started with a list of great suggestions of free events taking place across the boroughs.
13th Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival: Ring in the year of the Dragon with the Better Chinatown Society’s parade, which starts in Little Italy and goes through Chinatown. Sunday, January 29, 1:00 p.m.
Beginning Beekeeping at Wave Hill: Thriving beehives exist in community gardens, backyards and on rooftops throughout NYC. Share the joys and challenges of urban beekeeping with Bronx beekeepers Roger Repohl and Sara Katz. Learn what you need to start a hive – including equipment, start-up costs, and where to obtain bees – to help you decide if urban beekeeping is for you. Registration required, online at www.wavehill.org, by calling (718) 549-3200 x305 or at the Perkins Visitor Center. Saturday, January 28, 1:30 p.m. –4:30 p.m.
Comedy Night @ The Knit w/ Hannibal Buress: Hannibal Buress is a standup comedian from Chicago who has appeared on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, and Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. See him for free at the Knitting Factory on Sunday, January 29, 9:00 p.m. (ages 21+).
Fitness & Nutrition Boot Camp: Learn how to make smart food choices, and eat healthy at this instructional Fitness & Nutritional Boot Camp. The class will include yoga, low-impact fitness, stretching, 1 on 1 Monitoring, and much more! The best part? It’s free with an NYC Parks recreation center membership. Takes place every Saturday through 3/24/12, 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Kickoff Celebration: Paint Tom’s Fence: Head over to the Richmondtown branch of the New York Public Library to celebrate Mark Twain and Tom Sawyer in a variety of fun and crafty ways. Saturday, January 28, 1:30 p.m.
Seal Exploration: New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. From falcons and salamanders, to deer and seals, wildlife viewing opportunities exist year-round in all of our parks and beaches. Head to Orchard Beach Nature Center for some seal exploration this Saturday, January 28, 10:00 a.m.
Urban Tango Trio at the Queens Library: Three awesomely talented virtuoso musicians (Latin Grammy winner Octavio Brunetti, piano; Pedro Giraudo, bass; Machiko Ozawa, violin) capture the beauty, passion and excitement of Argentine tango in a repertoire ranging from traditional favorites to contemporary interpretations. Broadway location, Saturday, January 28, 2:00 p.m.