Lower East Side – Howl is a two-day festival of art, music and dance in Tomkins Square Park. Howl out loud with local performers including Bowery Bombshells and poetry readings on Saturday, and an all-day children’s carnival on Sunday. The full schedule is on the Howl Festival website. Tompkins Square Park is at Ninth Street and Avenue B.
Brooklyn Bridge Park – join professional and amateur astronomers from around the Tri-State area for a free evening of urban stargazing aroundthe Brooklyn Bridge and the twinkling canvas of the night sky. Bring your telescope if you have one, or use one of the dozens being provided. Also enjoy conversations with leading astronomers and live music to celebrate the astrological event “The Dance of the Planets”. There’s also the opportunity for a twilight sail aboard the Schooner Mystic Whaler. Starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, at Pier 1.
South Street Seaport – Brooklyn’s popular Smorgasburg is now open at the South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan, giving a boost to local businesses still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Click here for the full details on a previous NYCOTC posting
Harlem – Harlem Healthy Soul Festival is a street fair focusing on the various community health resources available to live active and healthy lives, including music, entertainment and activities for the kids. Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday on 126th Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.
Washington Heights and Inwood – Hike the Heights is an annual festival of guided walks through NYC parks in Upper Manhattan. Take your pick of a half-dozen parks, including Central Park’s northern edge, and two parks in Inwood, where I grew up. Event website.