Saturday: Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Staycation, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. This event repeats every day between 8/30/2014 and 9/3/2014.It is for ages 8 and up and adults. Space is limited and programs fill up fast. Registration begins 30 minutes prior to each session. First come, first served. Valid photo ID required. Alley Pond Park Adventure Center in Alley Pond Park, Queens. Harlem Green: 9th Annual Tour of Harlem Community Gardens, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Starting at 10 am with a sumptuous breakfast at the J.D. Wilson Garden on 122nd Street, and ending at 5 pm with a traditional Harlem Barbecue at the William A. Harris Garden, 153rd Street and St, Nicholas Avenue, the tour will take in over fifteen of Harlem’s green gems. Visitors will see lush oases with verdant flora and fauna, rainwater harvesting systems, solar pond aeration and lighting, vertical gardening, bee hives, gazebos, established fruit trees, abundant herbs, vegetables, extensive composting systems. Attendees are encouraged to bicycle or walk the tour. However, thanks to the NYC Parks Department, a bus will transport folks who cannot walk or use alternative transportation. Gardens included in the Tour as of this date (bus will not stop at all) are: The J.D. Wilson Garden, Our Little Green Acres, 5 Star Garden, Carrie McCracken/TRUCE garden, The New 123rd Street Community Garden, Clayton Williams Garden, the PCB William B. Harris Garden, Unity Garden-Park Association, The New 127th Street Miracle garden, The St. Luke’s Community Garden, Success Garden/Harlem Grown, The Morris Jumel Community Garden, the Convent Avenue Garden, The William A Harris Garden ** rain date: August 31st. Joseph Daniel Wilson Garden in Manhattan. Salsa Congress Dance & Music Festival, New York Hilton Midtown, Sixth Ave. at W. 53rd St. Manhattan. Dance cards fill up at a fast and furious pace there is a full schedule of workshops, performances, competitions, live music (including sets by Bronx conga king Eddie Montalvo and the Jimmy Bosch Orchestra) and DJs spinning tunes well into the early-morning hours, nycsalsacongress.com.
Sunday: Brazilian Day Festival has music, dance, food and a sea of green-and-gold-bedecked expatriates. Big-name Brazilian musicians are booked to play the festival’s main stage, which is located on East 46th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues, the heart of Little Brazil. The festival, which draws more than a million attendees, extends far beyond the district’s cozy confines, along 46th Street from Madison to Seventh Avenues and Sixth Avenue from 43rd to 56th Streets. brazilianday.com. Labor Day Dunk Tank Challenge,12:00 PM – 8:00 PM, 1301 Boardwalk West, Coney Island.
Head to the dunk tank at Place to Beach and take a shot or come get dunked, all proceeds will benefit the Greater New York Chapter of the ALS Association. Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival till September 30. It features artists from multiple eras, including the 11-year-old piano prodigy Joey Alexander, 89-year-old jazz legend Roy Haynes and plenty of performers in between. Throughout the month, jazz fans will be treated to performances of music composed by Fats Waller, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. jalc.org. Rub-a-Grub Brooklyn, 5:00 p.m. Do or Dine, 1108 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, $20, ($15 for students and seniors). BACKYARD BISTRO is a bbq with gourmet flair. Bed-Stuy gem Do or Dine boasts a menu with items like “Miso-Corny” and “Pho’rk Chop.” Flavors are played with as much as words: expreso aioli, Dr. Pepper–glazed frog legs, foie gras in a doughnut (“a Dough or Dine collaboration”). It is in this same spirit of fun that Do or Dine joins Sound Liberation Front in presenting Rub-a-Grub Brooklyn, a bash that opens with DJs Linh and Lil Tiger, and headlines with poet-DJ Rich Medina, credited with popularizing funk and afrobeat in clubs around the world, and Queen Majesty, with her salvaged reggae 45s in tow. House chef Justin Warner, winner of Food Network Star, hosts — a prelude of sorts to his show Rebel With a Culinary Cause, premiering this fall. Brooklyn Literary Walking Tour, a pub crawl and walking tour of notable literary sites in Brooklyn Heights, Henry Street Ale House, 62 Henry St. between Cranberry and Orange Streets, http://literarypubcrawl.com, 1 pm.
Monday: West Indian American Day Carnival. More than a million spectators turn out in Brooklyn to hear the sounds of reggae and calypso music, taste freshly cooked delicacies and see revelers in elaborate, colorful costumes. It’s a great chance to experience firsthand the City’s trademark diversity—and, of course, to purchase the foods, crafts, books, clothing, art, jewelry and more offered by vendors along the parade route, which officially runs along Eastern Parkway from Schenectady Avenue to Washington Avenue , though in practice goes up to Grand Army Plaza. The parade starts at 11am. wiadca.com. Flicks on the Beach: E.T., 1001 Boardwalk West, Coney Island. “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.” Settle in on the beach at West 12th Street for a great view. Pre-show entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m. and the film starts at dusk.