All events are in Brooklyn unless noted and most are free. Trivia: August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was declared in effect. The first public zoo in the United States was opened in Philadelphia in 1874.
Saturday, August 27: For Far Rockaway events just take the Q35 Flatbush Ave bus. Sand Castle Contest (in Queens) 1-2 pm, for builders refreshments and prizes for several age categories. Bring buckets and tools. No experience necessary. Registration begins at 11 am and ends at noon, Beach 116 in Rockaway Beach, Queens. Dreamland Roller Disco Skate Party in Queens, 7-10 pm. Roller skate under the stars with Lola Star with burlesque dancers, roller derby stars, dance skaters, and colorful performers will host pop-up roller disco party at the newly renovated Roller Rink at Beach 108th Street. Skate to retro 70s, 80s, and 90s skate classics as the sun sets, the wave of the ocean crash beside you, and the salty sea air drifts through the rink. Adult skates are available for rent at $8, or you can bring your own. Beach 108th Street Roller Rink in Rockaway Beach Boardwalk, Queens. South Slope Derby funky, eco-friendly contraptions, 12-4 pm, Open Source Gallery, 306 17th St. at Sixth Avenue. Silent Disco as you don headphones and party on the pier with hundreds of all-ages revelers at this Quiet Clubbing event, featuring two live DJs of different genres. Shift DJs with the flick of a switch and sway along to the same song as your friends, or to your own tune, August 27, 5-10 pm, Pier I @ 70th St, Riverside Park, Manhattan. Scavenger Battle in honor of the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, team up with family and friends for a day of trivia, gaming, and historical fun. Including a “Brooklyn vs Britain” scavenger hunt and a Battleship Memory game, 12:30-3 pm, The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, 63 Flushing Ave at Carlton Avenue. Quiet Clubbing Festival as silent revelers will dance to nine different DJs, channeled to each dancer’s headphones. The show will also feature hula dancers, fire twirlers, dancing robots, and face painting, 4 pm–midnight, $10-$50, Coney Island Art Walls, 3050 Stillwell Ave. between Bowery Street and the Boardwalk. Bargemusic Concert, 4 pm to 5 pm Saturday’s till Sept. 24, Bargemusic, Fulton Ferry Landing, Old Fulton Street and Furman Street. Battle of Brooklyn Neighborhood Walk as you commemorate the 240th anniversary of the Revolutionary War’s largest battle by learning about the important locations it was fought in. Led by Old Stone House Board Member and Hunter College Archaeology Professor William J. Parry. Meet at the NW Park entrance, 4 pm, Grand Army Plaza, Union Street between Flatbush Avenue and Prospect Park West. Brooklyn Bike Rave, 7 pm, $50, bedazzle your bike, put on your craziest outfit, blast some party tunes and be ready for sensory overload at the Brooklyn Bike Rave, a glowtastic night ride along the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway from Greenpoint to Dumbo, Newton Barge Playground, Commercial Street at Dupont Street. Wildcat Cabaret is a sensuous and surreal night of burlesque performance and awe-inspiring circus skill. 10 pm, Williamsburg, no more information was given. Rediscover Denyse Wharf in honor of the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, walk along the beach at Denyse Wharf, where the British landed in 1776. Enjoy the wide views of the Lower Bay, meet colonial re-enactors, and learn about this important environmental site, 11 am-4 pm, Denyse Wharf, Belt Parkway Fourth Ave Overpass, Fourth Avenue at Shore Parkway. Bike East 2016 is a community biking event and festival, with bike tours, arts and crafts, vendor marketplace, and a concert performance by Dead Prez, 10 am–2 pm, Linden Park, Vermont Street between Stanley Avenue and Linden Boulevard.
Saturday and Sunday: Afropunk Festival which Ice Cube headlines and joined by rapper Tyler, the Creator, funk legend George Clinton, and hip-hop producer Flying Lotus, among many others, tickets starts at $45, 11 am-10 pm, Commodore Barry Park, Navy Street at Flushing Avenue.
Sunday: Topless Sunday in Bryant Park. (Does that mean bring a top?). My friend went one year and confirmed what I suspected that it is the cellulite parade. Brighton Beach Jubilee, featuring multiple entertainment stages, handmade crafts, and rides http://brightonbeach.com/jubilee-festival.html. Drs. Bebe and Owen Bernstein Lecture Series Presents: Women at the Frontline of Mass Violence, 1 pm. After more than 12 years of field investigation on the Holocaust by Bullets and contemporary mass crimes, Yahad-In Unum’s new exhibit aims to give voice to women victims of mass violence perpetrated in various countries and continents from WWII until today. This panel discussion includes speakers from the Yahad-In Unum Research Center, Remember the Women Institute; and Queensborough Community College, Kupferberg Holocaust Center & Archives, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, Queens. Educational Center, visit the giant aquarium filled with East River critters and the reading corner, Saturdays and Sundays, 1 pm to 5 pm until Nov. 20, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6, Atlantic Avenue at Furman Street.