While it may not be officially summer yet, our events calendar sure makes us feels like it is! This weekend’s lineup of family fun includes a BBQ block party, a free concert, an outdoor arts festival, an ocean-themed celebration and more. Looking for more summer fun? Be sure to check out Red Tricycle’s Ultimate Guide to NYC Summer Festivals – many are happening this weekend!



Free Elizabeth Mitchell Concert
Grammy nominee Elizabeth Mitchell has been making music for children and families since 1998 and her sounds are still as sweet and loving today. Enjoy her tunes at this free Lincoln Center concert in collaboration with the Independent Music Awards. Sat., 11 a.m. Lincoln Square. Free. All ages. Event details.


12th Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party
Go whole hog at the 12th Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in Madison Square Park where you and the family can feast on ribs, sausages and pulled pork sandwiches. All these southern specialties are cooked by expert “pitmasters” from such barbecue capitals as Texas, North Carolina and Alabama. Throughout the two-day event, live music bands will play blues and classic rock tunes to get you in the mood. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Flatiron District. Free + $9/plate, or $125 for a FastPass. All ages. Event details.


Almost Summer Celebration with Brady Rymer & the Little Band that Could
Wagner Park will be filled with an outdoor festival featuring kid rocker Brady Rymer in concert at noon. Also on tap – a Native American hoop dancer, storytelling, games and food and beverages for purchase. Bring a picnic blanket and relax. Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Battery Park. Free. All ages. Event details.


World Oceans Day Celebration at NY Aquarium
Visit the NY Aquarium this weekend for special ocean-themed events celebrating World Oceans Day. Create a recyclable craft, meet divers and learn about saving coral reefs or make a pledge to do your part for a cleaner, healthier ocean. Plus, the Aquarium is teaming up with Nickelodeon’s Bubble Guppies – meet and greet Molly and Gil, win prizes and more. Sat. & Sun.,10 a.m.-6 p.m. Coney Island. $11.95 for kids 3 and older. All ages. Event details.


New York Hall of Science’s Design Lab Opens
A new permanent collection at NYSCI opens today. Design Lab features five distinct pods that are interactive — do hands-on activities, experiments and challenges to gain an understanding of engineering and design processes. Learn about light and shadow, circuits, gravity and more. Sat., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Corona. $11/adults, $8/kids. All ages. Event details.

Governors Island

Figment Festival
Figment NYC is a free, family-friendly participatory arts event held in multiple cities each year. Every June, this traveling arts fest with its wild sculptures and fun activities lands on Governors Island, transforming it into a large-scale collaborative artwork. Go golfing on the artist-designed mini-golf course, get touchy-feeling in the interactive sculpture garden, and explore a magical treehouse. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Governors Island. Free. All ages. Event details.

How will you be celebrating the weekend?

— Julie Seguss

Image courtesy of Figment NYC