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Upcoming Weekend Activities: “Green” means more Than the Color of your Zombie Face Paint this Halloween Weekend

The month of five Saturdays and five Sundays is coming to a close. Plan now for the last weekend in October with some options below that will help reduce your carbon footprint and get you in the Halloween spirit. 

Bird Walks in Van Cortlandt Park: Focus on wildlife happenings in the park with NYC Audubon experts & the Urban Park Rangers. Saturday, October 29, 8 a.m.

Bronx River Bike Tour: Join Bronx native Mike Gupta in the six-mile long bike ride and explore the rich and conflicted history of the river, as well as old remnants of the ill fated Bronx River water system. Tickets are for purchase at the provided link. Saturday, October 29, 11 a.m. –2 p.m.

Canine Costume Carnival: Why should humans get to have all the fun? Bring your furry friend to Rockaway Freeway/ Beach 84 (in Rockaway Freeway), Queens for a costume contest in celebration of Halloween. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative costumes in large and small dog categories. Don’t have a dog? You can still go watch! Saturday, October 29, 11 a.m. –2 p.m. 

Central Park Pumpkin Festival: Join NYC Parks for Pumpkin Festival, New York City’s annual celebration of the fall harvest season in leafy Central Park! Saturday, October 29, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Central Park band shell.

Children’s Fall Festival at the Queens County Farm: Celebrate autumn with Halloween fun for all ages. Visit the Haunted House ($4), play traditional games like trinkets-in-the-haystack and sack races, or take a pony ride. Costumes encouraged! Sunday, October 30, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy Floral Park, NY 11004, Queens

East New York Farmer’s Market: Saturday, October 29, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. 

The Halloween Marathon in Van Cortlandt Park: The Halloween race course includes 50k marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k options. And guess what? It’s all free! Sunday, October 30, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Don’t flush old pills, drop them off at participating collection sites around the city. Saturday, October 29, 10 a.m. –2 p.m. 

Revenge of the Electric Car Film Screening: Tired from a long work week? You can stick with our “green” theme all while getting some much deserved R&R. Catch a screening of Revenge of the Electric Car at the Sunshine Cinema (not sold? It’s narrated by Tim Robbins!). 143 East Houston Street on the Lower East Side. To view screening times as they become available/to purchase tickets, click here.

Textile Recycling Greenmarkets: Check out the link provided for a location near you. Saturday and Sunday options are available at many of the locations.

Yoga in the Greenbelt: This one’s for you, Staten Island! Saturday, October 29, 9:30 a.m.–11 a.m.

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Upcoming Weekend Activities

Pack your calendar with all sorts of fun indoor and outdoor activities for New Yorkers of all ages this weekend! The Federal Government is off for Columbus Day on October 10, 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.

20th Anniversary of the Re-discovery of the African Burial Ground: Don’t miss the 20th anniversary commemoration at EPA’s own 290 Broadway from October 4-8. Full event listings and details can be found here.

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 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Fort Greene (176 Lafayette Ave. btw. Clermont and Vanderbilt Ave). Sunday, October 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Williamsburg (East River Waterfront (btw. North 6 and 7 St).

Columbus Day Parade: Monday, October 10, 11:30 a.m-3 p.m.

Cooking Demonstration with Community Chef Christy Cedeño (Just Food): Saturday, October 8, 1-3 p.m. at the Bushwick Farmers Market, Maria Hernandez Park, Knickerbocker Ave and Starr St, Bushwick, Subway: Jefferson St., L

Cultural Connections Workshop – Latin Layers: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum with the bright colors and vivid images of Central and South American clothing.  Make and take home a unique mola, a cloth panel by the Kuna people in Panama.  Saturday, October 8, 2:30, ages 3 and up.

Earthworks, Boat-making: Ever wonder what it would be like to get stranded on a desert island? How would you get off? Come learn about the art of boatbuilding, and compete to see who can get off the island first! Made possible by National Grid. Sunday, October 8, 1:30, ages 6 and up.

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 a.m.to 6 p.m.

Hot Pepper Festival at East New York Farms: This spice-tastic, day-long event features a Chili Pepper Eating Contest, pepper-centric cooking demos and free samples of East New York Farms hottest peppers and homemade hot sauces and salsas. Saturday, October 8, 12-3 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: Creepy hands-on fun for the entire family with spooky storytelling and puppet-making with Master Puppeteer Ralph Lee. Enjoy seasonal treats courtesy of Whole Foods Market. Monday, October 10, 10 a.m.

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 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Upcoming Weekend Activities

Fall is definitely upon us, so why not get out and enjoy the crisp air during a hike, garden tour or bird watching outing? All the events below are free, though some may require registration.

Bird watching in Brooklyn: Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind? Learn about the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home. Saturday, Oct. 1, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Bird watching in Van Cortland Park: The park’s bird walks celebrate the tradition set forth by great ornithologists. Participants will look for various species of migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics.  Saturday, Oct. 1, 8:00 a.m.

Compost in the City: Learn how to nourish your plants and cut down on household waste with urban composting. Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Fresh Kills Park Sneak Peak: The hills and creeks of the closed 2,200-acre Fresh Kills Landfill are beginning their transformation into the city’s biggest and most fascinating new park, on Staten Island’s west shore. Sunday, Oct. 2, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Garden tour of Conservatory Garden in Central Park: See 2,000 Korean chrysanthemums in full, multi-colored bloom and more with the Garden staff. Saturday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Garden tour in Fort Tyron Park: Take a tour of the “Park for All Seasons.”  Discover which plants are in bloom in each of the seasons, even in the dead of winter. Sunday, Oct. 1, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Hike in Van Cortland Park: Join the New York City Parks Department’s Urban Park Rangers for a light hike in Van Cortland Park. Saturday, Oct. 1, 1:00 p.m.

Kayaking on the Hudson River: Explore the Hudson River firsthand during a free instructional kayaking lesson at Riverside Park in Manhattan. Saturday, Oct. 1, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Raptor Fest in Prospect Park: Learn all about the majestic birds that are raptors. Hawks, falcons, owls and other birds of prey will be on hand for flight demonstrations and more! Sunday, Oct. 2, 12:00 to 3 p.m.

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Upcoming Weekend Activities

Taking advantage of the dwindling days of summer at Central Park in New York City. (EPA Photo/Kasia Broussalian)

It’s the final weekend of summer! The temperature has dropped a bit, but the sun should be out on both Saturday and Sunday. Here are some activities to get you outside.

Annual Harvest Fair – Come out to the El Flamboyan Community Garden in The Bronx for food, music and activities for kids. Co-sponsored by El Flamboyan Community Garden, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and The New York Botanical Garden. Saturday, September 17, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Brooklyn Book Festival – Come out to the largest free literary event in New York City and see some of your favorite authors, including Terry McMillan, Walter Mosley, Pete Hamill and Joyce Carol Oates. Sunday, September 18, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

EcoFest at the Intrepid – EcoFest is a free environmental festival produced by the West Side Cultural Center, where people can get information about green initiatives, find sustainable products and be entertained by people who care about the environment. Sunday, September 18, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m 

High Line at the Kitchen Block Party – Kick off the fall season with a free, family-oriented street fair featuring dozens of artist-led activities, alongside live music and dance performances. Saturday, September 17, 11 a.m. 

International Coastal Cleanup – Looking to help beautify one of New York’s outdoor treasures? Join the Riverside Park Fund to help clean the shores of the Hudson River. Saturday, September 17, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Prospect Park Walk-a-Thon 2011 – Help raise money for the Prospect Park Alliance and get a great workout in the process! Many of the park’s trees were damaged as a result of Hurricane Irene, so your walking is even more needed at this year’s event! Sunday, September 18, 9 a.m.

Youth Basketball Clinic – If you’re between the ages of 9 and 17, come out to the North Meadow Recreation Center in Central Park and polish your b-ball skills! Saturday, September 17, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

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Upcoming Weekend Activities

Take advantage of all that is going on across the five boroughs this weekend. If we’ve missed something fun, feel free to contribute details in our comments section.

17th Annual Garden Celebration at Santos White Community Garden — Come out and enjoy live music by Santos and The Romantics 4, plus delicious food prepared by the Santos White gardeners. Saturday, September 10, 12:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Free Movie Screening of Top Gun at Coney Island – Saturday, September 10, 8:00 p.m.

Greenmarkets from Grow NYC – Check out the listings for more information and a location near you in any of the five boroughs.

NYRP Club Fit – Free Yoga at two locations (Manhattan and Brooklyn). Every Saturday until September 24, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Old Brooklyn Waterworks Bike Tour – Michael Miscione, the Manhattan Borough Historian, will lead a bicycle tour of the now defunct water supply system that served the once-independent City of Brooklyn. Saturday, September 10, 10:00 a.m.

September 11 Memorial Events — To mark the 10-year anniversary of September 11, cultural institutions across New York City are providing many distinct opportunities for commemoration and reflection, from exhibitions to performances to talks. For a sampling of various offerings across the city, (as well as dates and times) check here.

Textile Recycling at McCarren Park Greenmarket — Bring clean and dry textiles like clothing, paired shoes, towels, sheets, scarves, hats, bags and belts for reuse. Saturday, September 10, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Weekend Fitness Walking Program – Saturday, September 10, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

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Upcoming Weekend Activities

Will the rain stay away this weekend? It better! There are too many reasons to get outside. Here’s a sampling.

Annual Community Family Day – Grab the kids or bring a friend and enjoy a free day of entertainment, food, music and more at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens! Saturday, August 20, 10 a.m. – 7p.m.

Astoria Park Shore Fest – Educational activities, live music, fitness programs and food-tastings with various neighborhood restaurants will make the final Astoria Park Shore Fest of the summer one not to miss. Sunday, August 21.

Bryant Park Moves with Limon Dance – Free dance classes led by former and current members of the internationally renowned modern dance company, Limon Dance. Saturday, August 20, 11 a.m. -12 p.m.

Freshwater Fishing in Clove Lakes Park – Master at the art of fishing with the help of experienced Urban Park Rangers. Open to families and children ages 8 years and older. Sunday, August 21, at 11 a.m.

Macy’s Fishing Clinics in Prospect Park – Children 15 and under will learn about the recreational sport of fishing, fishing safety, and fish-friendly techniques, while casting their lines on a spectacular summer day in the Park! Saturday, August 20, at 1 & 3 p.m.

NYC Summer Streets – Have you been out to Summer Streets this year? Don’t miss your final opportunity to experience the cornucopia of outdoor fun all along Park Ave. Saturday, August 20, 7 a.m. -1 p.m.

Parks’ Outdoor Summer Movies: E.T. – Enjoy a movie night on the lawn at J Hood Wright Park. Bring some chairs or blankets to sit back and relax while you watch a movie in the great outdoors. Saturday, August 20, at 8:15 p.m.

Feel free to add your own!

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