Free NYC Adventures for People Who Think Dads are Cool [June 17-19]

Guys – the Mermaid Parade is this weekend. A bucket list item for most of you, I’m sure (or is it?)

Other than that, make some crafts with Etsy in Brooklyn, sign up for Dance Week to get some great free dance classes and get some empanadas, egg creams and egg rolls on the LES on Sunday.

Friday 6/17 Saturday 6/18 Sunday 6/19
Make sure you get your NYC Dance Week passes! Free events around NYC run through June 25th. All free classes listed here. Continued Continued
See some Modern Dance at Bryant Park from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. every Friday through July 8th. X X
Meet & Make crafts at this Etsy event in DUMBO. There are a bunch of stores in the area providing discounts on art as well. X X
The Swings starts this weekend – giant swings at Brookfield Place that play music! Ends July 7th. Continued Continued
GMA and TODAY Show concerts are up and running. Check their prospective schedules for musicians – beware you must wake up early early early in the morning. X X
Friday Fencing is back on through October! Head to Bryant Park for some lessons 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Remember to call ahead to reserve a spot. X X
Shakespeare in the Park is back on! Line up, bros. Continued Continued
Free Comedy in Alphabet City – 7:30 p.m. Every Friday night. X X
X The official Mermaid Parade at Coney Island is ON. Don your special aquatic garb, and head over to meet the rest of the weirdos involved. IT’S GONNA BE GREAT. X
X Governor’s Island is so cool. They have another immersive art experience called “Life is But a Dream.” Jump on that Ferry and GOOO. Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. through July 24. X
X Free Greenwich Village walking tours starting at 11:30 a.m. Runs through September 24th. X
X From 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., join the Renegade Brooklyn artists for a craft fair at the East River State Park. X
X Run with an expert on the Hudson every Saturday from now through the first week of August. Show up at 10:00 a.m., or earlier (to possibly win a Samsung smartwatch). Must register at above link. X
X The Hester Street Fair on the LES is back on – every Saturday through October 29th from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. It’s for those who want to shop for vintage clothes, or just binge eat on artisanal hipster foods. X
X Get your street food on at Queens Night Market. X
X Eat and shop simultaneously at all Smorgasburg/Brooklyn Flea locations! Continued
X Get some real street art at Fulton Art Fair. Continued
X X Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas – a beautiful combination, coming together on the LES. Celebrate the Chinese, Jewish and Puerto Rican communities from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Happy Weekend!



  1. Hey Mary, cool list! The Mermaid Parade is on our bucket list, but it’s not in the cards this year. Are you going? We’re definitely planning to hit the open house at the Museum at Eldridge Street (hopefully with a blog post to follow!). So many things to do, so little time! 🙂

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    • The festival should be amazing! Delicious food in what I think is the coolest part of the city! Can’t wait to read your post. Have you been to the Eldridge street museum yet? It’s an old synagogue with lots of history – I found out a lot of my friends’ ancestors were part of the original membership.

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  2. So many fun things to do this weekend and so little time! I’m planning on going to the Mermaid Parade for the first time, and hopefully the Museum at Eldridge Street on Sunday. But I haven’t been out to Governor’s Island yet this summer. Plus I have several other things I need to do. I think that cloning may be the only solution.

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