The gorgeous communal evening parade Morningside Lights kicks off at 8pm and is worth keeping the kids up past their bedtime.  Photo courtesy of the event
The gorgeous communal evening parade Morningside Lights kicks off at 8pm and is worth keeping the kids up past their bedtime. Photo courtesy of the event

Things To Do in NYC this Weekend: Free Museums, Book Fest, County Fair

This Saturday, the annual Smithsonian Museum Day means FREE ticketed admission to participating museums around NYC, including the Fire Museum, the Jewish Museum and more. Be sure to download tickets in advance. Psst: The Intrepid Museum is participating, so you might be able to sign up for the Intrepid Adventures' Flying in Style workshop for FREE! Cap off the day by watching the gorgeous Morningside Lights parade on the Upper West Side.

Other beloved annual favorites coming to NYC this weekend include the Brooklyn Book Festival's Children's Day, the BAM Animation Block Party, Carnegie Hall's Fall Family Day, and the 92 Y's annual street festival, which includes performances by Broadway superstars. For science-loving kids, the City of Science celebration at the College of Staten Island promises plenty of free, hands-on projects and activities.

Looking for an old-fashioned fall festival now that the calendar says it's officially autumn? Take your pick: This weekend the Queens County Farm Museum kicks off its annual corn maze at the Queens County Fair, and rides, bounce houses, and face painting also liven up the Brownstone School Fall Fun Fair on the Upper West. Plus, there are free pony rides and a tie-dye workshop waiting for you at the 25th Annual Common Ground Fest in Morningside Park.

Check the calendar for more, and snag an inside peek at where to find pumpkin patches and hay rides right here in NYC.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue)
New York, NY 10036

Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park , NY

BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Little Italy
Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston Streets, plus Grand and Hester Streets between Mott and Baxter Streets
New York, NY

Children's Museum of Manhattan
The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street
New York, NY

Wave Hill
West 249th Street and Independence Avenue Ecology Building
Bronx, NY

Casa Belvedere
79 Howard Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301

Various Museums in New York City
New York City , NY

Morningside Park
116th St and Morningside Ave Workshops at the Miller Theater
New York, NY

MetroTech Commons
One Metro Tech Roadway
Brooklyn, NY

The Brownstone School
80th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues
New York, NY 10024

Roosevelt Island
Four Freedoms Park
New York, NY

Astor Place
1 Astor Place
New York, NY

60 E 94th St
Brooklyn, NY 11212

The Plaza at Ashland
300 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 77
141 Flushing Avenue at the intersection of Flushing Avenue and Vanderbilt Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Morningside Park
West 121st Street and Morningside Ave. West 121st Street Picnic Area
New York, NY 10027

College of Staten Island
2800 Victory Blvd Sports & Rec Center
Staten Island, NY

Cortelyou Road
Cortelyou Road between Ocean and Coney Island Avenues
Brooklyn, NY 11226

Henry Street Settlement
265 Henry Street
New York, NY 10002

Lexington Avenue
between 79th and 94th Streets
New York, NY

Carnegie Hall
881 7th Ave Resnick Education Wing
New York, NY 10019

The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Avenue by 92nd Street
New York, NY 10128

Prospect Park
Park Circle lawn
Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon St
New York, NY 11201

East Harlem
Park Avenue b/t 125th & 118 streets
New York, NY 10035