Sustainable Holiday Weekend Activities

There’s no excuse to stay put this weekend. The Federal Government is off for Columbus Day on October 8, so you will note that we’ve included some events for Monday as well. If we’ve left something fun out, let us know in the comments section.

Boo at the Zoo: Enjoy family and kids’ activities, including magic shows, scary stories, costume parades, a hay maze, pumpkin painting and more. Saturdays and Sundays at the Bronx Zoo for the month of October.

Brooklyn Flea: The Flea features hundreds of top vendors of antique and repurposed furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques, as well as a tightly curated selection of jewelry, art, and crafts by local artisans and designers, plus delicious fresh food. Saturday, October 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Fort Greene (176 Lafayette Ave. btw. Clermont and Vanderbilt Ave). Sunday, October 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Williamsburg (East River Waterfront (btw. North 6 and 7 St).

Columbus Day Parade: Monday, October 8, 11:30 a.m-3 p.m.

Hester Street Fair: Located at the corner of Hester and Essex Street, the fair celebrates the culture and rich history of the Lower East Side neighborhood. Open every Saturday from 10 6 p.m.

NYC Greenmarkets: Check out this full listing of daily Greenmarkets for a location near you!

The Spooktacular Pumpkin Party at The New York Botanical Garden: Dance with master puppeteer Ralph Lee’s costumed creatures and meet the largest bat in the world, the Gigantic Flying Fox of Malaysia, in the Haunted Pumpkin Garden. Spooky storytelling and live performances by Fisher Price’s Little People Live! are also in the mix at this Halloween bash. Ages 5 and up. Saturday, Sunday and Monday (see schedule for times).

Volunteer with Added Value at Red Hook Community Farm: Fall is an incredible time to come out to the farm and work side by side with your neighbors, youth leaders and urban farm corps members. Sow seeds, harvest produce, build our youth garden and enjoy the local and regional produce at the Red Hook Farmers’ Market. Saturday, October 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.