Things to Do Editor for Time Out New York Jennifer Picht has ideas to keep you and your family entertained this weekend.
City of Water Day
During this ninth annual celebration of the New York and New Jersey waterfront, Governors Island hosts a slew of fun activities, games and educational booths including a cardboard kayak race and boat tours. Main hubs on Governors Island and Hoboken’s Maxwell Place Park (waterfrontalliance.org). Sat 1-4pm; free.
Freddy’s Bar Doggy Fashion Show
All the most fashion forward Fidos will be strutting their stuff on the red carpet when Brooklyn’s Fifth Avenue closes down for this third annual event. Dog owners are encouraged to bring their furry friends dressed in elaborate costumes, decked out in bedazzled collars or just as they are. In addition to the cat—ahem, dog—walk there will be beer specials and jokes by the event’s emcees Mike Drucker and Jess Dweck (comedy writers for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon). Freddy’s Bar, 627 Fifth Ave, Brooklyn (freddysbar.com). Sat 6pm; free.
Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World Festival
This annual fest celebrates American musical icon Armstrong with tunes and treats in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park. Catch live performances from Dr. John, Soulive and Kermit Ruffins, plus a number of killer local acts. Flushing Meadows–Corona Park (718-760-6565, armstrongswonderfulworld.com). Sat 1–8pm; free with online registration.
Rubin Museum of Art Block Party
The Rubin throws itself a true stormer of a party based on its exhibit “Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual.” This celebration of meteorological proportions lauds the art, culture, nature and ideas of Nepal through music, dance, Himalayan street food, family yoga, Nepali-dress demonstrations and good old-fashioned henna tattoos. Other highlights include a photo booth and art activities like DIY bird rattles. BYO prayer flags. 150 W 17th St (212-620-5000, rubinmuseum.org). Sun 17 1–4pm.
Governors Island Storytelling Fest
This island has endured tons of wild rumors: Walt Disney served time on the island’s prison (false); almost every “historical plaque” there contains factual errors (ugh, true); there’s a secret escape tunnel that stretches out to Brooklyn (oh, come on!). But one actual fact is that on Sundays in Nolan Park, the island now has its very own storytelling festival with a rotating cast of world-renowned tellers of tales, complete with music and even the occasional puppet show. Nolan Park lawn, next to building 10B (govisland.com/events). Sun 1–3pm. Through Sept.