Saturday: Alley Pond Adventure Course Staycation 10:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. The course run by the Urban Park Rangers is an outdoor adventure that fosters trust, problem-solving, and team-building right in your own backyard. Space is limited and programs fill up fast. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis and free. Individuals and families only. Ages 8 and up. This event repeats every day between 8/30/2013 and 9/3/ (718) 217-6034. Summer on the Hudson: West Coast Swing 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. West Coast Swing combines elements of Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, Salsa, and straight up booty-shakin’, with lots of room for improvisation. It can be danced to pop, blues, rock, hip-hop, R&B, country and soul. Free lesson from 7 pm – 7:45 pm. West Harlem Piers Park at West 125 Street and the river. Manhattan. Sunday: Nocturnal Wildlife 7:00 p.m. From falcons and salamanders, to deer and seals, wildlife viewing opportunities exist year-round in all of our parks and beaches. The rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City. Belvedere Castle in Central Park. Brazil’s Independence Day: The all-day festivities, spanning 25 blocks and featuring noted Brazilian performers including singers Gusttavo Lima and Zeca Pagodinho. Headlining performances will take place on the main stage at East 46th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues. brazilianday.com.
Monday: West Indian–American Day Carnival Parade starts at 11am on Eastern Parkway wiadca.com. All weekend: New York International Salsa Congress Dance & Music Festival till Monday. Included are workshops, performances, competitions and live concerts with bands and DJs lasting well into the early morning hours. New York Hilton Midtown 1335 Sixth Ave. (W. 53rd St.) nycsalsacongress.com. Electric Zoo at Randalls Island Park till Monday. House, electro and techno fest music. madeevent.com.