“Green” Weekend Activities: March 16-18 | NYC

Whether you choose to spend St. Patty’s day outdoors partaking in the festivities, or indoors catching a show or making free art, this promises to be a great weekend filled with a diverse range of new things to try!

31st Annual Making Brooklyn Bloom: Kick off the spring gardening season at Brooklyn Botanic Garden with this daylong conference exploring the many ways we can cultivate and celebrate sustainable innovation in the face of environmental degradation, climate change, and making do with less. This free event features exhibits and workshops on the cutting edge of sustainable urban gardening—from growing food on roofs and windowsills to reducing your garden’s carbon footprint. No preregistration is required, but you must arrive at 10 a.m. to register for the day’s workshops. Saturday, March 17, 10:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m.

Adult Art Workshop — Botanical Paper Making: Join Greenbelt resident artist Kathy Trimarco for a relaxing afternoon of the ancient art of papermaking using a variety of botanical accents. Participants will learn how to make several sheets of paper and create a decorative date book cover embellished with pressed leaf specimens. Saturday, March 17, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Generation to Generation—BombaYo: Head to the BronxWorks Heights Senior Center at 200 West Tremont Avenue for an intergenerational community project designed for preserving cultural traditions through song, drums and dance. Sunday, March 18, 10:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Greening from the Ground Up: Pratt Center for Community Development in partnership with Brooklyn Community Foundation, LISC NYC and State Farm is pleased to present this free event, featuring EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck as the keynote speaker. Registration is required. Friday, March 16, 9:30 a.m. –4:00 p.m.

NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade: Go green – literally – at the St. Patty’s Day Parade. The parade marches north on Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street all the way up past the American Irish Historical Society at 83rd and the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 83rd Street to 86th Street. March 17, 11:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m.

SPRING ALIVE! – Dixon Place: A world premiere interactive theatrical experience starring Broadway performer and recording artist Spring Groove. SPRING ALIVE! uniquely combines the Folk, Pop, Ecstatic and Meditative Mantra music genres into an entertaining and humorous journey as Spring travels the globe in search of everything from glowsticks to gurus. Sunday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day Eco-Crafts: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in an alternative way by bringing your children to learn about conservation through eco-crafts. Urban Park Rangers offers this program to encourage children to let their imaginations run wild in a safe and supportive atmosphere. All supplies will be provided, and the event is free of charge. Saturday, March 17, at 1:00 p.m.

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