Make the Most of Summer

Make sure that you have made the most of this summer! As the end of the season approaches, check out some of these fun, free, and eco-friendly events this weekend.  There are all sorts of things for you to do – from drumming circles on the Hudson to a summer concert series in Jersey City, we’ve got you covered. Some of the events have been reoccurring all season long but for some, this will be the last weekend the event is available! You won’t want to miss this line-up. Be sure to use our ‘Welcome to the Weekend’ #WTWEPA hashtag on twitter so we can share your adventures!

Friday – August 14, 2015

Sunset Jam on the Hudson
Wagner Park
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Grab your friends this Friday night for the ultimate jam session. This drumming circle is led by master drummers that will bring you rhythms from Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. At the event you’ll be taught traditional drumming patterns. Once you get the hang of it you’ll be invited to contribute your own rhythmic patterns. Instruments are provided but you may also bring your own. You won’t want to miss this!

*This event repeats 8/21 and 8/28. Catch it before the summer ends!

RiverFlicks in Hudson River Park
Hudson River Park
Pier 46 Cross at Charles Street
8:30 p.m.

Bring the kids to this free showing of Paddington Bear. Watch a movie guilt free knowing you’re all still spending part of your weekend outside. Be sure to catch this week’s showing as next Friday, August 21 will be the last of movies shown in the Hudson River Park for the summer!

Greenspace NYC Civic Art Lab
456B Nostrand Avenue
6 – 9:30 p.m.

Check out this presentation that gives an in-depth look at issues regarding social justice and sustainability. Topics like climate change, inequality, and social rest in regards to sustainability will be discussed. Stop by for a very intriguing conversation and presentation.

Saturday – August 15, 2015

Natural Dyes and Herb Sachets
Castle Clinton in Battery Park
10 a.m. – noon

Join our friends at the Batter Conservancy for their free workshop this Saturday! You’ll learn how to take your kitchen scraps and transform them into dyes using natural ingredients. Afterwards, you can dye your own herb sachet and once it’s done drying you can fill it with a blend of custom herbs. RSVPs are appreciated. Send an email to

GreenThumb Workshop: Container Gardening
Hornaday Community Garden
Mohegan Ave and Crotona Parkway
11 a.m.2 p.m.

Learn how to make the most of your window boxes or containers this Saturday at the GreenThumb Workshop on container gardening. They’ll share how to properly design your contained garden, which soil mixtures are most effective, and tips for keeping your gardens growing all year ‘round.

Paper Shredding Event
Rochdale Village Mall #2
165-65 137th Avenue
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (or until truck is filled)

Do you have a bunch of random, useless, old bundles of paperwork floating around your apartment? Head over to Jamaica Queens to properly and responsibly shred any documents with personal or sensitive information. There is a limit of three boxes per household and this event is free.

Sunday – August 16, 2015

Ecofest 27th Anniversary
Times Square
Broadway and 42nd-44th Street
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

This eco-friendly festival promises to be the largest environmental celebration event in New York City! Be sure to spend your Sunday outdoors at this day-long, free festival, which features an eco-friendly fashion show, a showcase of green products, and workshops on sustainability and energy efficiency!

Summerfest Concert Series
Jersey City, NJ
Liberty State Park
North Field (Near 9/11 Memorial)
5 – 7 p.m.

Finish off your weekend on the waterfront Liberty State Park. There are only two more Sunday’s after the 16th where free concerts will be occurring! Bring your family and friends to Jersey City for a live performance by the Cintron Band.

Family Affair: Summer on the Streets
Bronx Museum
1040 Grand Concourse
noon – 4 p.m.

Enjoy family-friendly art activities all day on the Grand Concourse this Sunday!  Join the Bronx Museum and its partners for the last ‘Boogie on the Boulevard’ of the year, which includes car-free streets and chances to enhance your artistic creativity.

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