As the World Turns

Free things to do this weekend, July 9 and 10

Peter McCarthy
f.a.d. weekend / Fashion, Art & Design
f.a.d. weekend / Fashion, Art & Design
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It's New York City, and once again Roosevelt Islanders have a richness of things to do this weekend. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Kick off Saturday with food, music and shopping at the 14th Annual Arab-American and North African Street Festival on Great Jones Street between Broadway and Lafayette in Greenwich Village. The fun starts at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. Take the F to Broadway Lafayette, take a one minute walk down East Houston, then left on Lafayette.
  • Feeling a little more ambitious? Also on Saturday, head out to Governors Island for Come Out and Play Family Day. It's a day full of games that connect with a fun story about time travel. Click here for additional details. Starting at 11:00 a.m. and sending everyone home exhausted but happy at 4:00 p.m. To catch the ferry at the Battery Maritime Building, 10 South Street, to Governors Island, take the 4 or 5 to Bowling Green or the R to Whitehall Street. Early birds get the ferry for free until 11:30 a.m. Adult fares are only $2.00 and kids under 13 ride free.
  • Closer to home, on Sunday from Noon to 5:00 p.m. celebrate Bastille Day and all things French on 60th Street between Fifth and Lexington this festive street fete is New York's largest celebration of French Independence Day and our historic national friendship. Easy trip. Hop the Tram and walk straight down 60th until you are immersed in French culture and fun.
  • Culture vultures enjoy a free concert in the Sculpture Garden at MOMA at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. This weeks Summergarden Concert is Julliard Music School event, featuring New Music for Mixed Ensembles. Take the F to 57th Street and turn left for MOMA's 54th Street Entrance.
  • All weekend, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. get the ultimate unique shopping experience at f.a.d. weekend, at The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn. It's "a roving fashion, art and design indoor makers’ market & flea" filled with fashion, art and design you won't find at Macy's, all original, all sold direct by makers. Take the F to Bergen Street in Brooklyn. Shopping heaven is one minute away.

Or you can always take it very easy and enjoy Labyrinth, courtesy of RIOC, a free outdoor movie at Firefighters Field, activities starting at 7:00 on Saturday.

Enjoy. Monday will come soon enough, but any of these free events can keep it a distance for a while.