Events are in Brooklyn and free unless noted.
Three consecutive Saturdays in August, nearly seven miles of streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park will be car-free for you to explore, run, bike, zip line, and more.
Saturday, Aug. 5: Nels Cline, 7:30 pm, Prospect Park Band Shell, Prospect Park West and Ninth Street. A Decade of Excellence and Jamaica 55th Jamboree, 8 pm. The D’Oro Dance Ensemble celebrates Jamaican culture through dance, storytelling, drumming, music and poetry. Kumble Theater at Long Island University, DeKalb and Flatbush Avenues. March and Vigil to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, 1:30 pm. Peace Action Bay Ridge will lead a silent march from Fourth Avenue and between 96th street to John Paul Jones Park, and Fourth Avenue and 101st Street, followed by a one-hour silent vigil. Fourth Avenue at 96th Street. Press Play Fair, 2-7 pm. A day-long exhibition of small presses, music labels, zines, and artist books. With live performances and a tape and zine exchange. Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St. between Imlay and Conover Streets. Astronomy, 8 pm to 9:30 pm. Astronomy programs feature the use of telescopes and binoculars to observe specific astronomical events. Owl’s Head Park/Bliss Park, 68th St. and Narrows Avenue. Hindu Lamp Ceremony, 4-8 pm. Decorate your own palm leaf lamp and release it in the East River as part of the traditional Aarti ceremony for peace and harmony. Presented with Brooklyn Arts Council. Main Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park Accessible. 9th Annual Stan Michels Memorial Jazz Concert, 12:30-4 pm. Join the Fort Tryon Park Trust, NYC Parks, and the Michels family in honoring the late Council Member Stan Michels at the ninth annual Memorial Jazz Concert. Enjoy live jazz by local impresario Marjorie Eliot and her ensemble underneath the majestic elms on the promenade, alongside the beautiful Heather Garden and overlooking the Hudson River. Stan Michels represented Northern Manhattan in the City Council for 24 years from 1978 through 2001. He was chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection, and his legislative record was notable for his work fighting on behalf of tenants for the expansion of the city’s recycling program, for the protection of our water supply and cleaner air, and against childhood lead poisoning, smoking in public places, and unreasonable noise. He was also a steadfast advocate for parks, allocating over $50 million for park improvements in Washington Heights, Inwood, and Harlem, including virtually every playground in his district. Stan Michels Promenade in Fort Tryon Park
Saturday and Sunday: Stoops Arts Crawl, a two-day outdoor arts experience with artists performing on stoops and storefronts. Macon Library, 361 Lewis Ave. at Macon Street. Saturday, 1-6 pm, Sunday, 2:30-7:30 pm.
Sunday, Aug. 6: Art Island Outpost, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am to 3 pm until Saturday, Sept. 30. Make art during the summer with hands-on art making workshops and art-viewing experiences. The open outdoor space of the Free Arts Island Outpost beckons you to come collaboratively create! Young artists will be inspired and challenged to explore big projects utilizing found objects and traditional mediums. This is a space to invent, adapt, and transform your relationship to art and the art making process. Hosted by the Children’s Museum of the Arts. Governors Island, New York Harbor.
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