9 Free Things to Do This Long Weekend in NYC (Aug. 31-Sept. 2)

By Kristina Skorbach
Kristina Skorbach
Kristina Skorbach
Kristina Skorbach is a Canadian correspondent based in New York City covering entertainment news.
August 31, 2013 Updated: August 31, 2013

This long weekend take advantage of the free activities around the city without breaking the bank. (The bank will be closed on Monday, by the way.)

Whether you choose to power up in the morning with outdoor exercises at Fort Tryon Park, learn how to juggle, or watch a screening of an opera at the Lincoln Center, make sure to enjoy your Labor Day weekend.

1. Morning Fitness at Fort Tryon Park
Saturday 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan

A refreshing exercise outdoors that consists of an hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening will get anyone powered up on a Saturday morning.

Location: Heather Garden, Cabrini Boulevard & Ft. Washington Ave.

2. Carol Bove, “Caterpillar” display
Saturday 2 p.m.
High Line Park

This reservations-only art exhibition will be open to the public on the old Rail Yards that are now an elevated park known as the High Line. (Make your reservation at carolbovecaterpillar.eventbrite.com)

Location: 34th St. between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves.

3. Central Park Dance Skaters
Sunday 2:45 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
Central Park

Bring out your roller blades and get rolling around Central Park to the sounds of DJs spinning some seriously upbeat tracks. All ages are welcome to participate.

Location: Enter park at East or West 72nd St. and follow signs to Skaters Road

4. Verdi’s Aida screening
Monday 8 p.m.
Josie Robertson Plaza

Enjoy a memorable Metropolitan Opera production based on Verdi’s Egyptian masterpiece Aida under the stars at the Josie Robertson Plaza. This presentation is part of the Summer Live in HD series.

Location: 10 Lincoln Center Plaza

5. Hester Street Fair
Saturday 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
Hester St.

Browse the vendor displays of a busy marketplace in the Lower East Side where you can find vintage clothing, jewelry, crafts, home supplies, and of course, food!

Location: corner of Hester St. and Essex St.

6. Juggling Lessons
Monday 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
Bryant Park

You can join the juggling team with free juggling lessons at Bryant Park this Monday. All skill levels are welcome.

Location: 42nd Street Plaza

7. Smorgasburg
Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.
The Williamsburg Waterfront

This huge Brooklyn flea and food market introduces the best of food and drink in Williamsburg’s East River State Park or in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Location: 90 Kent Av. at N. 7 St. or 30 Water St.

8. NYC Unicycle Festival
Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Governors Island

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus hosts three days of one-wheeled races, games and exhibitions. Join New York’s legendary King Charles Troupe for team activities on a unicycle, including hockey, basketball, and sumo wrestling. Beginner lessons also offered.

Location: Governors Island

9. See/Change
Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.
South Street Seaport

It’s an all summer program of events aimed at revitalizing the South Street Seaport. Check out the outdoor yoga on Saturdays or the two-story pop-up mall that has all kinds of vendors, a bakery and a bar.

Location: 19 Fulton St. at Front St.

Kristina Skorbach
Kristina Skorbach
Kristina Skorbach is a Canadian correspondent based in New York City covering entertainment news.