You have one last summer weekend before the kids head back to school and there’s plenty of festivals, activities and excitement to fill every minute until the backpacks need to be filled for the first day. Sample food and see performances at the West Side County Fair or Red Hook’s Pig Island. Get the whole family’s bikes ready for back to school at the Brooklyn Bike Jumble. See The Pop Ups concert at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Or go rowing in Prospect Park’s lake. And don’t forget, Sunday is Grandparents Day. The New York Historical Society has special activities to celebrate.



Grandparents Day Activity
Head to the New York Historical Society with the whole family this Grandparents Day. Drop-in to create poetry together using old newspapers, documents and advertisements as inspiration or search for objects in a family-themed museum scavenger hunt. Sun., 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Upper West Side. Free with museum admission. All ages. Event details.

West Side County Fair
Manhattan has its own county fair and all the magic that comes with it – carnival rides, games, live bands, sideshow performers, aerialists, reptile shows, a greenmarket and hands-on environmental education activities for the whole family. Celebrate the changing of the seasons at this 11th annual festival. Sun., 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Upper West Side. Free. All agesEvent details.


The Pop Ups Jewish New Year Concert
Rock into the Jewish New Year with a concert from Grammy-nominated local kids’ band The Pop Ups. See the concert at 2:00 pm and kids create crafts before and afterwards. Sun., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Battery Park. Free. $10 adults, $7 children 10 and under. Event details.


Pig Island
Pig Island is taking over the Red Hook waterfront, home to the event’s beer provider Sixpoint Craft Ales. Sample pig-themed eats from 25+ amazing local chefs and local farmers. You’ll see cooking demos, taste wine, beer and food (of course). Plus, a variety of bands will keep you entertained all day with live music. While adult tickets are pricey, they include food and beer (+ a ferry ride from Lower Manhattan) – non-alcoholic beverages for the kiddos (who get in free!) will be sold as well. Sat., 11:30 am – 4:30 pm. Red Hook. $75 for adults, kids under age 12 free. All agesEvent details.

Go Rowing in Prospect Park
There are only a few days a year that you can go rowing in Prospect Park. Today is one of them thanks to the Village Community Boathouse and the Prospect Park Alliance. Make a day of it – pack a picnic and enjoy it on land after your row around the lake. Sat., 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Park Slope. Free. All agesEvent details.

Fall Brooklyn Bike Jumble
Get your family ready to ride at this cycling event. Park Slope’s Washington Park will be filled with vendors selling used bikes and new and used bike accessories. Plus, there will be other fun-filled events to enjoy. Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Park Slope. Free. All ages. Event details.

What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?

— Julie Seguss

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