The Weekend To-Do List: Things to do in NYC area Aug. 23-25 (some are free!)

Kimberly Dole
August 20, 2019 - 5:59 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The summer is coming to an end and you have had no time to think about making the most of 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:

Weekend Under The Stars

Action, sci-fi, and comedy-- the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation has movie screenings for all film buffs. Films such as "Aquaman," "Adventureland" and "Trolls" will screen both outdoors and indoors at different locations around the city. The best part is that it's totally free!

Where: Manhattan: John Jay Park, Hudson River Park's Pier 46 Brooklyn: 50 Kent Pop-Up Park (in Bushwick Inlet Park),

When: Friday, Aug. 23 - Sunday Aug. 25, times vary

Cost: Free

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Coney Island Friday Night Fireworks

Light up your Friday night at Coney Island with a free spectacular fireworks show. Alliance for Coney Island will light up the skyline weather permitting every Friday through August 30! Bring a blanket to catch the show on the beach, but visitors are welcomed anywhere in the Amusement District down to the beach and boardwalk. Come for the fireworks and stay for the rides.

Where: Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk (Between West 10th Street and West 15th Street)

When: Friday Aug. 23

Cost: Free

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U.S. Open Fan Week

The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center opens its doors to kick off a week of free events in Queens. Fan Week is a great time to get up close to some of your favorite players, as the majority of the top talents are on the grounds practicing for the big show to come. Fans can experience and enjoy a wide variety of entertainment and food around the grounds including the US Open Qualifying Tournament, in which 128 men and 128 women compete for the final 16 slots in each of the men’s and women’s draw. There is also a Kids' Zone and live music and a happy hour each day for the more casual fans. 

Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Queens

When: Until Sunday Aug. 25

Cost: Free

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The annual Brooklyn summer music festival always brings some great vibes to Fort Greene. This year must-see acts include Jill Scott, FKA Twigs and Santigold. The 2019 “We See You,” theme is a declaration that highlights the festival’s commitment to the idea that “There is power in acknowledgment, a recognition and acceptance that begins with seeing.” Those wanting to attend the fest will also have the opportunity earn a ticket through the Afropunk Army's earned ticket program. Fans can perform community work in exchange for a general admission ticket.  

Where: Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn

When: Saturday Aug. 24 - Sunday Aug. 25

Cost: $70 - $275

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Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival

You don't have to get on a flight to get a taste of the Caribbean. You can choose from over 30 food vendors at the annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in Queens. Fill your belly with some delicious jerked gastronomy while taking in the sounds of Reggae and Soca music. Chef demonstrations, live music by artists like Capleton and Shenseea and a kids zone that will guarantee a good time for any age. 

Where: Roy Wilkins Park, Queens

When: Aug. 25, 12:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Cost: $39

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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, Aug. 16, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Williamsburg - Saturday, Aug. 17, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Prospect Park, Sunday, Aug. 18, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Cost: Free  


The Annual Brighton Beach Jubilee Festival

Brighton Beach's Annual Jubilee Festival returns on Saturday. The Brooklyn tradition celebrates diversity and is actually also a fundraiser. The multi-block festival features multiple entertainment stages and blocks of merchandise and informational booths, as well as kiddie rides and delicious food. The Jubilee now attracts more than 125,000 people every year since it first was established 43 years ago, and is dedicated to bridging the communication gap through the international language of music.

Where: Along Brighton Beach Avenue (from Corbin Place to Coney Island Avenue)

When: Saturday, Aug. 24

Cost: Free

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Blues BBQ Festival

Hudson River Park’s beloved Blues BBQ Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this season! Join the party and enjoy some delicious barbecue from local New York City favorites while listening to some fun tunes. Some of the restaurants participating include: Blue Smoke, Butcher Bar, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, and Mighty Quinn's Barbeque. Blues BBQ will also be featuring seasonal brews from Sixpoint.

Where: Hudson River Park at Pier 97

When: Aug. 24 at 2:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

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Harlem Week 2019

This event has grown tremendously from Harlem Day to Harlem week, but that's probably because there are so many things to do in this amazing neighborhood. You can choose from a 5K, an outdoor film, late night jazz or a delicious brunch. All the best that Harlem has to offer is at your fingertips.

Where: Various locations

When: Aug. 23 - August 25 , times vary

Cost: Free

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The 14th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party

Jazz Age Lawn Party, the world’s original and largest prohibition era-inspired gathering is now celebrating its 14th year. Every year the event attracts thousands and has consistently been considered one of the year's most memorable events. The Jazz Age Lawn Party is your chance to travel back in time and relive the Gatsby era.

Where: Governor's Island - Colonels Row

When: Aug. 24 -Aug. 25 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Prices vary

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