Weekend events

Saturday:  Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 10:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
This event repeats every day between 8/10/2013 and 8/11/2013.
Over 120 dragon boat teams.  Sunday, an opening parade, and youth, women’s, sponsors, media, and charity races. Moreover, an impressive arts and entertainment program will showcase some of the best multicultural artists in New York, including the Shaolin Temple Warrior Monks demonstrating Kung Fu, the Drum Spirit of China, and as well as other performers who will perform traditional music and dance from China, Mexico and Peru. Booths located around the main stage area will host folk art and craft demonstrations. And, of course, a food court will serve a culturally diverse menu. Mets-Willets Point subway station in Flushing Meadows Corona Park Queens, Special buses will operate between the Shea Stadium subway station and the Flushing Meadow Park festival site from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. hkdbf-ny.org Soap Box Derby: Kids race their DIY creations. 17th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues (646) 279–3969 contact@opensourcegallery.org http://open-source-gallery.org
Japanese House tour Prospect Park. Space is limited, so register early. Registration required. 131 Buckingham Rd. 131tour@gmail.com 11 am, $15
Broccoli City presents music, games, and food, with a live art performance by PaperFrank. RSVP required. Brooklyn’s Aloft Hotel Rooftop Lounge • 228 Duffield St. between Willoughy and Fulton streets • prefix@broccolicity.com http://theprefixbk.splashthat.com 3–8 pm
Science on The River 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Families can see live Hudson River critters up close, learn about local citizen science projects, bird watch, go fishing, experience urban geocaching, learn about the impacts of sea level rise, build hanging planters, test the Hudson’s water quality, watch the filtering power of oysters, make recycled crafts, test gravity, plant seeds, see how NYC’s sewer system works, learn about the secrets of ladybugs, meet local birds of prey, and dance to the Anna Banana Band at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Pier 46 at Charles Street. Swing & square dancing. Brooklyn Contra throws a dance party. Camp Friendship • 339 Eighth St. between Fifth and Sixth Avenues brooklyncontra@gmail.com http://brooklyncontra.wordpress.com 7:30 pm, $12-$15.  “Brute Force” Documentary about the legendary Apple Records recording artist, followed by a performance by the musician himself. Freddy’s Bar • 627 Fifth Ave. between 17th and 18th Streets • (718) 768-0131 http://www.freddysbar.com , 8 pm.                                                            Sunday: Williamsburg Flea: Explore goods and food from more than 150 vendors. East River State Park • 90 Kent Ave. at N. Seventh Street http://www.brooklynflea.com Sundays, 10 am–5 pm until Sunday, Nov. 24.  Album Tracks: Subway Record Covers: exhibition celebrates album artwork that features the New York City subway and elevated system. New York Transit Museum • Boerum Place at Schermerhorn Street • (718) 694-1600 http://www.mta.info/mta/museum  Tuesdays – Fridays, 10 am–4 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am–5 pm starting Saturday, Aug. 10, $7 ($5 children and seniors). Smorgasburg (DUMBO) indulge in food from more than 100 vendors at this all-food market. Tobacco Warehouse • 30 Water St. between New Dock and Old Dock Streets http://www.brooklynflea.com Sundays, 11 am–6 pm until Sunday, Nov. 24. “Scapes” Exhibition of landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, and dreamscapes by more than 200 artists. Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition • 499 Van Brunt St., near Reed Street• (718) 596-2506 • bwacinfo@aol.com  http://www.bwac.org Saturdays and Sundays, 1–6 pm until Sunday, Aug. 18. Improv comedy, Freddy’s Bar • 627 Fifth Ave. between 17th and 18th Streets • (718) 768-0131 http://www.freddysbar.com 7 pm.  Fringe Festival – August 9 to 25 for 17 days, Fringe Fest will include more than 1,000 distinct stage performances—including absurdist comedies, social commentaries and hip-hop musicals—with participating theater companies from down the street and around the globe. Choose a show—or two—that floats your boat, or buy a multiday pass to get the full experience. fringenyc.org.

 

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