5 Free Events Happening This Weekend in New York City: Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and More

5 Free Events Happening This Weekend in New York City: Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and More

It may be the last full month of summer, but there are still scores of free arts and cultural events in New York City this weekend, many of which allow attendees to take advantage of the warm weather. Here are our budget-friendly event picks for the second weekend of August:

Lincoln Center Out of Doors
West Side Story” Reimagined
August 10; 7: 30 p.m.
Damrosch Park, Manhattan
The Grammy-nominated Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band will play the musical score from “West Side Story.” Local poets La Bruja and Rich Villar will kick off the celebration with a spoken word piece. Seating is first come, first serve.

Tribeca Drive-In: Dinner and a Movie
“Coming to America”
August 10; sundown
Oculus Plaza, Manhattan
There’s no shortage of free, outdoor movies playing in New York City during the summer, but our pick this week is for the 1988 hit film “Coming to America.” The movie, which stars Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall and other comedians, is rated R, but there are other family-friendly films on the event roster. Save money on food by bringing your own treats and snacks.

Carnegie Hall Citywide Night
August 10; 5-10 p.m.
Bryant Park, Manhattan
Enjoy music from all over the world as Carnegie Hall comes to Bryant Park for a night of music and dancing. Guests for this weekend’s show include Les Grands Hurleurs, Jordan Officer, Ismael & The Radiant Select, among others. If you can’t make it to this weekend’s celebration, keep an eye out for upcoming Carnegie Hall Citywide Nights.

28th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
August 11; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Meadow Lake, Queens
Martial arts demonstrations, arts and crafts and storytelling abound at this cultural celebration, which originates from the annual Zhongxiao Festival in China. Attendees can watch more than 200 teams compete in the U.S. Dragon Boat Open Championship race and see the winner crowned at around 5 p.m. The event is free, although international cuisine will be for sale.

Sundae Sermon
St. Nicholas Park, Manhattan
August 12; 1-5 p.m.
The long-running Sundae Sermon returns for a 10th anniversary celebration this weekend. Attendees are invited to dance to an eclectic mix of music, including reggae, funk, hip-hop and Afro house remixes. According to the event website, the goal of the outdoor concert is to strengthen community ties and celebrate diversity and social awareness.

Top Image: The Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band will perform "West Side Story Reimagined" at Damrosch Park on Friday evening. Courtesy of Sarah Escarraz