Here’s a fun summer challenge – step out of your comfort zone this weekend and try something totally new. You can learn how to tie-dye using onion skins, stop by the first ever curated art show for dogs, or maybe you’d rather zipline through the streets of Manhattan at this annual fair. Not your speed? Scroll on for more options!

photo by: Michael Palma Mir

Various Locations

Citi Summer Streets
A water park, zipline, an obstacle course, and so much more await at this year’s Summer Streets presented by Citi. With various “rest stops” along the nearly seven miles of NYC’s streets that are opened for people to play, run, walk and bike, you can choose your own adventure! Sat. Event Details.

Downtown

36th Annual Battery Dance Festival
The Battery Dance Festival provides a unique opportunity for outstanding dancers and choreographers to present original works of high artistic merit at NYC’s longest-running free public dance festival. Sun. Event Details.

dOGUMENTA Art Installation
Not by or about dogs, dOGUMENTA is a curated art show for dogs. The exhibition is the first in America to ask artists to address the canine community’s concerns, interests and worldview and to make artwork catering to a four-legged sensibility. Fri.–Sun. Event Details.

All of a Kind Family Walking Tour
Celebrating Sydney Taylor’s beloved story of childhood in the old Lower East Side, families will get to follow in the footsteps of sisters Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte and Gertie. Visitors will experience the places where the children played, prayed and bought their pickles and candy. Sun. Event Details.

Midtown

Natural Tie-Dyeing Workshop
Barrie Cohen of Beezie Textiles returns to the Museum to teach the traditional Japanese techniques of Shibori tie-dyeing with indigo, using onion skins and cochineal as additional sources of color. Sat. Event Details.

Author Meet and Greet at American Girl Place
Inspire your child’s imagination by introducing him or her to the authors who brought American Girl’s newest characters to life! Fans will have a chance to meet Teresa E. Harris, who wrote “Gabriela” and “Gabriela Speaks Out,” and Jen Calonita, who penned “The Real Z.” Be sure to bring your books for autographs! Sat. Event Details.

Uptown

Sweet Spot Pop and Shop

The Sweet Spot Festival, in partnership with the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling and Broadway Housing Communities, celebrates local vendors with a full-day of outdoor fun, music, interactive art making workshops, local vintage vendors, fresh produce, and more! Sat. Event Details.

Super Sleuths: Discovering New Foods with Your Senses
This one of a kind cooking class will be taught by board certified pediatricians who are experts on nutrition, as well as the Candle Cafe team. Your 3-5 year old will learn the importance of healthy eating and exploring new foods with their senses. Sun. Event Details.

Brooklyn

Coney Island’s 1st Annual Music Festival
The Alliance for Coney Island welcomes all foodies and music lovers for the ultimate summer event! Expect food vendors, games, music, and more. Sat. Event Details.

Queens

27th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
The 27th anniversary HKDBF NY 2017 features events for the entire family, with an opening day parade at noon on Saturday and the US Dragon Boat Open Championship Race on Sunday. Sat.­–Sun. Event Details.

 

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve done this summer? Tell us about it in the comments!

— Jesseca Stenson