Time Out New York's editor Jennifer Picht rounded up events this weekend that own't cost you a dime.
Movies with a View: Selma
This week’s flicks with the fireflies special is Selma, an epic story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Director Ava DuVernay’s film is preceded by tunes from DJ Ming and Darius Clark Monroe’s short film “Dirt.” So valet your bike, gasp at the beautiful view, and enjoy an evening of free entertainment! Harbor View Lawn (in Brooklyn Bridge Park), Doughty St at the East River, Brooklyn (brooklynbridgepark.org). Thu 11 at 6 p.m.
All the Park’s a Stage: The Winter’s Tale
If rom-coms are your jam, check out the original classic of the genre, Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale, and learn just how little the ins and outs of falling in love have changed over the last 400 years. New York Classical Theatre is offering free productions of the play all week long in Brooklyn Bridge Park, so make sure to bring a date (and get ready to make ‘em swoon) with this special performance beneath the stars. Harbor View Lawn (in Brooklyn Bridge Park), Doughty St at the East River, Brooklyn (brooklynbridgepark.org). Fri 12–Sun 14 7–9 p.m.
New York History Mystery Scavenger Hunt
You don’t need much to participate in New-York Historical Society’s free scavenger hunt—just bring comfy shoes, a keen eye and an insatiable thirst for history and, well, mystery. Teams follow clues throughout the museum, answer tricky questions on their smartphones and discover amazing objects from the life of Alexander Hamilton (it’s all part of their exhibition Summer of Hamilton). While you’re hunting, you can see the largest Pablo Picasso painting in the U.S., some surprising folk art and a whimsical pigeon. So come on over and learn about the play you’ll see in a few years…when you’re done saving up for it! 170 Central Park West at 77th St (212-873-3400, nyhistory.org). Fri 12 6–8 p.m.; free.
Perseid meteor shower
Look up in the sky. Way out beyond the birds and the planes are massive celestial bodies that are way too distant to see with the naked eye. But with the help of binoculars, telescopes and local astronomers, you can observe one of the most jaw-dropping events deep in our solar system—the Perseid meteor shower. Bring a blanket, sit back, learn the wonders of the universe, and get some science dropped on you. Payson Park House (in Inwood Hill Park), Dyckman St and Payson Ave (212-628-2345, nycgovparks.org). Sat 13 8–9:30 p.m.
Alley Pond Park Adventure Course
Who says team-building and trust-falling are just for corporate field trips and schoolchildren? Certainly not the Urban Park Rangers, who put together environmentally educational recreation throughout the city. This event features outdoor fun both high in the air and down on the ground for all sneaker-wearing solo and group adventurers, so be prepared to get a little dirty. Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park), Queens (718-217-4685, nycgovparks.org). Sun 14, Aug 21, Aug 28 9:30 a.m.–noon; free with registration.