Get ready for old-school fun at the 12th Annual Street Games at Thomas Jefferson Park in East Harlem. Photo courtesy of NYC Parks
Get ready for old-school fun at the 12th Annual Street Games at Thomas Jefferson Park in East Harlem. Photo courtesy of NYC Parks

Weekend Fun: Car-Free Earth Day, Arbor Day, and Festivals Galore

National Arbor Day is April 26, so naturally this weekend includes lots of tree-themed outings. For starters, the massive Brooklyn Botanic Garden Sakura Matsuri festival takes place all weekend, celebrating those fleeting cherry blossoms and Japanese culture. More tree hugging can be accomplished at Wave Hill's Arbor weekend, at The Evergreens Cemetery, and at the Queens Botanical Arbor Fest. While you're in Queens, stop by the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck for a snack.

All that, plus Car Free Earth Day is back in Manhattan and Brooklyn on Saturday, and every borough is hosting festivals galore, including this weekend's Street Games in Harlem, the Puppetry Arts Fest in Park Slope, the free NYFEST (about all things soccer) in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Prospect Park's Earth Day fest, the Jack and Jill School Spring Fair in Stuyvesant Town, and Staten Island's How To Festival, to name just a few. And something more to chew on: the Brooklyn Public Library celebrates the Very Hungry Caterpillar's 50th anniversary on Sunday.

Check out our Spring Fun Guide, the best upcoming family festivals this season, events for the pre-K and toddler crowd, and more outdoor fun like the May 1 opening of Governors Island, or maybe a little mini golf (did you know there are now 14 miniature golf courses in NYC—at least one in each borough?)! And don't forget the calendar, which gets fatter every day as summer approaches!


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

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
990 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Ave
New York, NY 10128

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

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Avenue
Astoria, NY 11106

Brooklyn Bridge Park
Pier 5 Sports Fields
Brooklyn, NY

The Shops at SkyView Center
4024 College Point Blvd Flushing
Queens, NY 11354

Old Stone House Park
4th Street at 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Thomas Jefferson Park
114th Street & First Avenue
New York, NY 10029

Manhattan's West Side
Broadway and Times Square to Union Square
New York, NY

Albee Square
Fulton Street and Bond Street
Brooklyn, NY

General Grant National Memorial
122nd St and Riverside Drive (Grant's Tomb)
New York, NY 10027

Fort Washington Collegiate Church
729 West 181st Street
New York, NY 10033

Wyckoff House Museum
5816 Clarendon Road
Brooklyn, NY 11203

Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor
1000 Richmond Terrace Building A
Staten Island, NY 10301

Carnegie Hall
57th Street and Seventh Avenue
, 10019

Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main Street
Flushing, NY

Tompkinsville Park
Bay St., Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10301

Brooklyn Central Library - Main Lobby
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Prospect Park Audubon Center - ONLINE
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Rockefeller Plaza
49th Street 50th Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues
Manhattan, NY

Gotham Comedy Club
208 W. 23rd Street
New York, NY

The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York, NY 10128

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Road Pelham Bay Park
Bronx, NY 10464
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