The Weekend To-Do List: Things to do in NYC area Aug. 16-18 (some are free!)

Kimberly Dole
August 09, 2019 - 4:39 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) - The work week is dragging, the kids are nagging, the dishes are sitting in the sink, and you have had no time to think about the upcoming weekend. Make this a 'you' weekend and relax with the best food, drinks, shows and music the area has to offer. Skip surfing the internet because 1010 WINS has your weekend plans here:

East Hampton Artists and Writers Charity Softball Game 

The city's best writers and artists will be competing in the Hamptons this weekend in this annual charity softball game. Our favorite part? 1010 WINS' Juliet Papa will serve as the 1010 WINS sponsored-event's emcee! (pictured, below)  Come to see your favorite talent behind the plate. The game's star-studded hall of fame includes Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick and Kristin Davis.

And check out the poster (below) for this year's game: Like he's done for the past 20-plus years, Walter Bernard -- who has worked alongside the the famous "I Love New York" artist Milton Glaser -- designed the poster. Bernard and Glaser have a book coming out later this year, "Mag Men: Fifty Years of Making Magazines."

When: Saturday, August 17, 3:00 p.m.

Where: Herrick Park, East Hampton 

Cost: By donation

Randall's Island Outdoor Movie Night

Spend an evening under the stars at Randall's Island Outdoor Movie Night watching "Ralph Breaks the Internet", rated PG. Games and crafts will be available before the movie and free popcorn while supplies last!

Where: Randall's Island Field 81

When: Saturday, August 18, at 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Flame Con 2019

Geeks of all types are invited to attend a two-day comics, arts and entertainment expo, showcasing creators and special guests from all corners of the LGBTQ fandom. It features thoughtful discussions, exclusive performances, screenings, cosplay and more!

Where: Sheraton Times Square

When: Saturday, August 17- Sunday August 18

Cost: Prices vary


This weekend is the perfect time to fill your belly at the largest weekly open-air food market in America. Choose from 100 local vendors—Saturdays on the Williamsburg waterfront and Sundays in beautiful Prospect Park. These small vendors from all over will satisfy any foodie with items like the ramen burger, mozzarella sticks and many, many more. 

Where: Westfield World Trade Center - Oculus Plaza, East River State Park - 90 Kent Ave. (at N. 7 St.) Brooklyn, Prospect Park - East Drive at Lincoln Rd. Brooklyn

When: WTC - Friday, August 16, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Williamsburg - Saturday, August 17, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Prospect Park, Sunday, August 18, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Cost: Free  


New York Latino Film Festival 

Since its founding in 1999, the NYLFF produces culturally relevant and entertaining experiences that build audiences for Latino cinema, support the film community with professional development and foster relationships for Latino talent. Programming includes the flagship film festival in New York City, competition programs and community programs.

Where: AMC Empire 25Julia De Burgos Performance & Arts Center, Saint Nicholas Park

When: Thursday August 12 - Saturday August 17

Cost: Prices vary

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India Day Parade

The world’s largest India Day parade takes over Madison Avenue from 38th Street to 25th Street with colorful floats, (saffron, green and white), dancers in elaborate saris, musicians and Grand Marshall Suniel Shetty and more.  Let your appetite for pakoras, dosas, and more take you to the cultural festival on Madison between 25th and 27th Street.

Where: Madison Avenue

When: Saturday, August 18 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Battery Dance Festival

It is that time of the year again for the Battery Dance Festival. The largest public dance festival is returning for the 38th year in a row and is expected to bring in over 12,000 dancers and spectators. The week long celebration of dance ends Saturday and it includes dance performances from across the globe. 

Where: Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park – Battery Park City

When: Ends August 17

Cost: $10

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Bronx Night Market

Here's another notable food festival for your weekend schedule: the Bronx Night Market. This open air food fest celebrates the cuisine and culture of the Bronx and Upper Manhattan. Over 50 vendors set up to satisfy anyone's diet. Come hungry and thirsty to this one.

Where: Fordham Plaza, Bronx 

When: Saturday, August 107, 4:00 p.m.

Cost: Free 

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Rockaway Caribbean Carnival

Celebrate various cultures, arts and traditions of the Caribbean with music and dancing at the the third annual Rockaway Caribbean Carnival. The event will feature a parade of floats, steel pan bands, stilt walkers and masqueraders. There will also be live performances including Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter of "Who Let the Dogs Out",  Anslem Douglas along with Fasol Band, reggae sensation Bigga Haitian, Jamaican reggae and dancehall artist Kemar Bailey, and Foundation Band.

Where: Bay 32nd Street and Beach Channel Drive

When: Saturday, August 17 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Cost: Free


Summer Fun Festival

The Hudson Regional Hospital and the Town of Secaucus present a day of activities for people of all ages! Whether it's food trucks or Farmers Markets that tickle your fancy, live music or if you're looking to adopt a cuddly friend! The Second annual Summer Fun Festival is a great option.

Where: Hudson Regional Hospital, 55 Meadowlands Parkway, Secaucus, New Jersey

When: Sunday, August 18, 11:00 a.m. - 37:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

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New York Renaissance Faire

Travel back in time and join Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I on a grand visit to a beautiful 16th century English village. Cheer your favorite knight at the Joust Tournament. Meet Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Feast on savory sweets and tempting treats as the music of the Renaissance surrounds you. There is also a marketplace featuring over 100 Artisans offering the finest in handmade wares. 

Where: 600 Rt.17A, Tuxedo Park, NY

When: Saturday, August 17- August 18, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Cost: Prices vary

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Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper will be GMA's next summer series singer this Friday. Wake up early to hear his classic raps from Acid Rap to his newest release, The Big Day. When's the next chance you'll be able to see this concert for free? 

When: Friday, August 16, 6:00 a.m.

Where: Central Park, Fifth Ave and E 72nd St 

Cost: Free 

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