Saturday: Summer Hoot: Art festival in celebration of folk music, food nature and community. Local and world class performers along with family activities, vendors and hiking and camping at The Ashokan Center • 477 Beaverkill Road, 9 am – midnight, Sunday, 9:30 am – 7 pm, $30 – $40 ($75 weekend). http://homeofthehoot.com
Health and Wellness Fair: Entertainment, exhibitors, health screenings and giveaways.
Where: Cumberland Diagnostic and Treatment Center • 100 N. Portland Ave. between Aubrun Place and Park Avenue, 10 am–4 pm. SeaGlass Carousel is a huge crystal nautilus shell with 30 grand luminescent fish, takes riders on an aquatic journey. 10 am to 10 pm. Lower Manhattan, the site did not open to more details. Gilbert Gottfried tops the bill for a fundraiser benefiting theForest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps, which was born during the city’s Seventies dark spell after a Forest Hills man died during a two-hour wait for an ambulance. The comedian began performing around New York during the same period, and his live-wire irreverence is as much a product of the times as the Queens ambulance service. Deep into a strange career dotted with scene-stealing performances in mediocre movies, a collection of off-the-hook Howard Stern appearances, and a charming new podcast immersed in old showbiz yarns, Gottfried remains one of the funniest people in town. To wit: Earlier this year, on an ill-fated Celebrity Apprentice run, he presciently referred to Donald Trump as “Mein Führer.” Why Mr. Gottfried was not selected to moderate the Republican presidential primary debate is anyone’s guess. At the benefit, he will be joined by Robyn Schall, Just Plain Keith, and host Joe Mylonas. 7:00 p.m. $40-$50, Queens Theatre in the Park,14 United Nations Ave. South, New York, NY (Flushing) http://queenstheatre.org. The free, family-friendly Blues BBQ Festival highlights the work of award-winning musicians like Otis Taylor, a prolific singer, guitarist, and banjo player who recently released his fourteenth album, Hey Joe Opus/Red Meat, in his recognizable “trance blues” style. Also performing is the Memphis-born Vaneese Thomas, who has been honoring her home state’s soul and r&b traditions for decades. The Ed Palermo Big Band, a seventeen-piece outfit, rounds out the evening by putting an old-timey spin on tunes from Paul Butterfield and Mike Bloomfield. Pitmasters from some of the city’s best spots for butchery (Mighty Quinn’s, Brother Jimmy’s BBQ) are on hand to serve their signature dishes, from burnt ends to pulled pork. Healthy Eating, Healthy You Nutrition Class. Each month this class will focus on a different area of nutrition. Topics will include: portion control, managing hypertension, quick meal strategies and cutting the sugar habit at Emblemhealth Neighborhood Care, 10:30 – 11:30 am, 206-20 Linden Blvd http://www.ehnc.com/Locations/Cambria-Heights.aspx.
Mexican fashion, art, and design: Proyectos Unidos Mexicanos presents 40 designers and 19 artists showing the diversity of Mexican design at Wythe Hotel • 80 Wythe Ave., between N. 11th and N. 12th Streets, Saturday and Sunday 11 am–6 pm. Hunt for Purple-flowering Raspberries in Prospect Park with “Wildman” Steve Brill leads a foraging tour of Prospect Park. Prospect Park is full of wild foods, especially in late summer. Search with the Wildman for wild fruits, veggies, and more at Grand Army Plaza • Union Street between Flatbush Avenue and Prospect Park West, 11:45 am, $20/adult, $10/children. Foraging for Wellness — Guided Tour in Prospect Park with Coach Colette Ellis and Tim Keating as they share the mental, physical and spiritual benefits of foraging and eating local, wild plants at Prospect Park • Plaza Street West and West Drive, Noon, $25. Dance recital of tap toe, modern ballet, and flamenco at Carmine Carro Community Center • 3000 Filmore Ave, Bklyn, 1 pm, free. Charlie Parker Jazz Festival will feature Dr. Lonnie Smith an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist, Andy Bey’s whose silky baritone has become one of the finest instruments in jazz, Jeff Watts, the drummer they call “Tain, Camille Thurman, a multi-talented saxophonist, flutist, vocalist, composer and educator, and Norma Miller one of the creators of the acrobatic style of swing dancing known as the Lindy Hop.
Where: Marcus Garvey Park • W. 122nd St. and Mt. Morris Park West, New York, NY, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, free. The 10th Brooklyn Country Music Festival featuring The Defibulators, The Western Caravan Featuring Thirsty Dave, Zephaniah & The 18 Wheelers, Lil’ Mo & The Monicats, Terry Radigan, Bob Jones & Jon Sholle, Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers, Lindy Loo & Her Lucky Fellers, and The CasHank Hootenanny Jamboree at Bell House • 149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue, 3 pm, $25 ($20 in advance). http://www.thebellhouseny.com. Haiti Cultural Exchange presents: “Pwezi ak Mizik Anba Tonèl” (A night of poetry and music) at Shapeshifter Lab • 18 Whitwell Pl. 6–9 pm, $10 Suggested Donation, http://www.shapeshifterlab.com.
The 12th Annual Madonnathon, celebrate Madonna’s Birthday with a tribute show and dance party. Hosted by Cathy Cervenka, with a special appearance by renowned Madonna tribute artist Chris America. Wear your best Madonna look & win prizes, 8 pm, $15 at Brooklyn Bowl • 61 Wythe Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th Streets http://www.brooklynbowl.com. Afropunk Fest August 22–23 with Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill and Gary Clark Jr. are among the acts playing what may be the biggest-ever edition of this festival, which highlights black artists playing punk- and rock-influenced music. afropunkfest.com. Central Park Conservancy Film Festival, August 25–29. The free Central Park Conservancy Film Festival screens classics just north of the Sheep Meadow (enter at 72nd Street on either side of the park). Bring a blanket and a picnic basket, and come early to snag a good spot (gates open at 6:30pm; movies start at 8pm). The 2015 lineup comprises five classics from the year 1980: Fame, The Blues Brothers, Airplane, Raging Bull and Superman II. A DJ set begins around the time that doors open. centralparknyc.org. Natural Areas Exploration Day, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Come explore Randall’s Island’s wetlands and other natural areas. Meet at the base of the 103rd Street Footbridge in Randall’s Island Park.
Sunday: Field Day, bring the whole family for fun games of basketball, soccer, bocce, handball, volleyball at Pier 5 • Joralemon St. and Furman St., 10 am – 2 pm, free, http://www.nycgovparks.org. SummerSlam features the biggest stars of WWE in action at Barclays Center • 620 Atlantic Ave. at Pacific Street, 7:30 pm, Starting at $30, http://www.barclayscenter.com.