All events are in Brooklyn unless noted and most are free. Saturday, May 21: Hudson River Park Games with music, interactive photo booth to share, 8 am-7pm, Pier 26: N. Moore St. at the Hudson River in Tribeca, Manhattan, Health & Wellness Zone, timed obstacle, Team Pentathlon championships at 3 pm, BarkBox Dogstacle Course for doggies, Kids Zone, Mainstage Fitness with top trainers, instructors and gyms are bringing their classes, Yoga, hudsonriverparkgames.org. Taste of Tribeca, Tickets are $55 the day of the event and other specials between Duane Street between Greenwich and Hudson, 11:30 am to 3 pm, https://tasteoftribeca.com/restaurants/.
Go dancing at the Sweet Spot Festival, 3–9 pm, a gathering of community, cultures, and music lovers of all ages, featuring Reggae, Soulful House, Disco, and Afro-Beat, On the Pier in West Harlem Piers, West 125 Street, Manhattan. Highbridge’s Spring Fling Bash, 11 am–3 pm, face painting, kite making, a chalk area, a rock climbing wall, tug-of-war, sack races, and family kickball, Highbridge Recreation, Center in Highbridge Park, 2301 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan. The Airbnb Brooklyn Half, the largest half-marathon in the country, is an iconic 13.1-mile journey through Brooklyn. Start near the Brooklyn Museum and run past the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and around Grand Army Plaza before entering Prospect Park. After a loop around the park, exit from the southwest corner onto Ocean Parkway and cruise toward world-famous Coney Island for a triumphant finish on the boardwalk.
Event hashtag: #AirbnbBKHalf-use it in your tweets, Instagrams, and Facebook posts. MCU Park after the race to celebrate your accomplishment and enjoy some food, music, and festivities with fellow runners and friends at the Airbnb Brooklyn Half After-Party.
7 am, (double check the times, as that may be for volunteers) Begins at Brooklyn Museum. Ends at Coney Island Boardwalk. Family Day with BRIC’s Teaching Artists for adventure in art-making, tours of the student exhibition, movie screenings, and hands-on activities, BRIC Arts Media House, 647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place, 12 to 3 pm. Jamaica Bay Ecology Sunset Cruise, 5–8 pm, cruise into the backwater marshes of Jamaica Bay. Learn about the history and ecology and wildlife of this 13,000 acre preserve and see nesting osprey, terns, egrets, herons and oyster catchers, $55 includes narrated tour plus wine & cheese, drink, fruit, and snacks. Leader: Don Riepe. Call (718) 474- 0896; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve. The Full Flower Moon and Woodcock Walk, 6:30-8:30 pm, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy a sunset and then watch the full flower moon rise over the first urban national park. If conditions are right, see the elaborate courtship display ritual of the elusive American woodcock. Roode Hoek, Wide Open, and Recycle, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition Annual Spring Pier Show see last weekend for details.
Saturday/Sunday: Freedom Riders 1961 portraits of the activists who took part in the 1961 civil rights movement, communicating the hope and fight for social and economic change that continues today, Saturdays and Sundays, Noon–7 pm until Saturday, June 25, Richard Beavers Gallery, 408 Marcus Garvey Blvd between Macon and Halsey Streets. Decade of Dance, Parade features dancers from around the world, in a multi-cultural, rhythmic display of art, movement and color. Starts at 21st Street and Broadway, Manhattan and ends at the Grandstand at 8th St. and University near NYU, festival begins at 3 pm in the park, Tompkins Square Park, 500 E. 10th Street, 1 to 3 pm and 3 pm to 7 pm, http://danceparade.org. Fleece Festival, sheep get their annual haircut, 11 am to 4 pm, Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Ave. at Ocean Avenue, free with admission to the zoo. Films in the park https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/film.
Sunday, May 22: Walk for Autism with the Shorefront Y raise awareness and funds, 11 am, call for rates, (718) 646-1444, Coney Island Boardwalk, West 10th Street between Luna Park and the Aquarium. Commit to be Fit, 12–4 pm, races, games, obstacle courses, fitness demonstrations, Baisley Park Extension in Baisley Pond Park, Queens. Horseshoe Crab Walk, 9 am–12 pm. Meet at the Jamaica Bay Refuge visitor center and carpool to a nearby shoreline site to see the horseshoe crabs come ashore to mate and lay eggs. Hundreds of shorebirds will be there. Leaders: Mickey Cohen, Don Riepe. Call (718) 474- 0896; E-mail:email@example.com to reserve. Learn about horseshoe crabs, 1–2:30 pm, Plumb Beach parking lot, Belt Parkway East exit 9B but one can walk there from Knapp Street and Emmons Avenue.
Past the weekend: Kings County Fair till May 30, rides, food, entertainment, and games. MegaPasses $25 include admission and unlimited ride wristband good on any one day of the fair Aviator Sports and Events Center, located at Floyd Bennett Field Easily accessible by public transportation via the Q35 bus line. http://nycarnivals.com/2016/kings-county-fair-2016-brooklyn-ny/.