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14 Things for You To Do in Manhattan's Neighborhoods This Weekend

By DNAinfo Staff | August 6, 2015 6:27pm | Updated on August 7, 2015 7:45pm

 See Afrika Bambaataa perform in Central Park this weekend.
See Afrika Bambaataa perform in Central Park this weekend.
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These listings were compiled by DNAinfo's Manhattan reporters: Lisha Arino, Gustavo Solis, Lindsay Armstrong, Rosa Goldensohn, Emily Frost, Danielle Tcholakian, Irene Plagianos and Shaye Weaver.


Civil War Weekend

Where: Governors Island
When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Meet Union soldiers, Confederate prisoners, officers’ wives and more at Castle Williams, the Soldiers Camp and Fort Jay during this weekend of Civil War reenactment. Watch cannon and small arms demonstrations, and listen to balladeer Linda Russell and Ranger Joe compare military and civilian music at the time of the Civil War. The re-enactment takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Friday, Aug. 7

Community Stories

Where: Hudson Guild center at 441 W. 26th St., Chelsea

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. neighborhood locals will take to the stage with their stories at an "intergenerational storytelling performance" hosted by Hudson Guild. They’ve been working with coaches from storytelling group The Moth to hone their tales. Free and open to the public.

GMA Concert Summer Series Presents Luke Bryan

Where: Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield at East 69th Street, Upper East Side

Country singer Luke Bryan will perform live on the air for "Good Morning America." Doors open at 6 a.m. Free tickets available. The concert begins at 7 a.m.

Dance Away the Night Series - Swing!

Where: Jackie Robinson Park, near Bradhurst Avenue and 148th Street in Harlem

Come to Jackie Robinson Park for a night of free swing dancing with music from a live big band. There will be free swing dance lessons for anyone who wants to learn during the first 45 minutes. People dressed in vintage clothes could win the coveted “Best Dressed” award. The night kicks off at 5 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m.

Free Outdoor Screening of "The Boxtrolls"

Where: J. Hood Wright Park in Washington Heights

Check out this animated feature about a young orphan who must battle an evil exterminator to save the group of underground cave dwellers who have helped raise him. The screening will take place in J. Hood Wright Park, which also offers views of the George Washington Bridge. The film begins at 8:30 p.m.

Free outdoor screening of "Jumanji"

Where: Pier 46 in Greenwich Village

Part of Hudson RiverFlicks’ Family Fridays, Robin Williams leads some daring kids on a wild jungle adventure in a magical boardgame. Think Indiana Jones crossed with… Robin Williams. Fun for all ages. Rated PG, free popcorn provided. The screening begins at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 8

Free Yoga

Where: Target Community Garden at 415 East 117th St. in East Harlem

Everyone is invited to come to an hour of free yoga in a local community garden. All experience levels are welcome and yoga mats will be provided during the session, which runs from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Shababa Picnic in the Park

Where: Central Park playground at East 96th and Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side

Celebrate Shabbat with the 92nd Street Y with its first Shababa picnic. Bring a blanket and enjoy a morning of singing, sunshine and nature. The picnic begins at 10:30 a.m.

New York Opera Forum Musical Recital

Where: 96th Street Library, Upper East Side

The New York Opera Forum will perform “Il Tabarro” by Giacomo Puccini and “Pagliacci” by Ruggiero Leoncavallo. The performance begins at 1 p.m.

30th Anniversary DJ Celebration Concert in Central Park

Where: Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, Upper East Side

As part of the Summer Stage concert series, DJs Afrika Bambaataa, Gilles Peterson and Quantic will perform sets in Central Park. Afrika Bambaataa is known as one of the “grandfathers” of hip hop culture. British DJs Giles Peterson and Quantic are known for their original sound and for performing around the world. The event is free and runs from 5 to 10 p.m

Sunday, Aug. 9

Oyster Restoration in Hudson River Park

Where: Pier 40, Greenwich Village

Nature lovers can help experts monitor oysters, composting and take part in the other eco-projects that keep the park, and the river, sustainable, beginning at 11 a.m.

Sail Pioneer

Where: Pier 16, at South Street and Fulton Street, Downtown

Take a two-hour sail around New York on a historic 1885 schooner. Proceeds benefit the South Street Seaport Museum. The vessel, first launched in 1885, was built as an iron-hulled sloop to carry cargo along the Delaware River and was even featured in the pilot of "Boardwalk Empire." Bring a picnic, snack, beverages or a bottle of wine to enjoy on your sail. Tickets are $38 for adults, $32 for seniors and students, $20 for kids 2-11 and $5 for children under 2. The boat sets sail at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Blues and Jazz Concert at the Harlem Meer

Where: Harlem Meer, Central Park near 110th Street and Lenox Avenue, Harlem

A free outdoor concert by the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Members of the group included musicians who performed with the greats like Duke Ellington Louis Armstrong, and Cab Calloway. The band has played concerts and jazz festivals around the world, including Scandinavia, Asia, Moscow, and Lincoln Center.

Mosaic-Making Class with Artist Jim Power

Where: 6&B Community Garden, corner of East Sixth Street and Avenue B, East Village

“Mosaic Man” Jim Power, who has decorated several light poles in the neighborhood with his distinctive tile work, will lead a free mosaic workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. at the 6&B Community Garden. Supplies will be provided.

Parlor Jazz at Marjorie Eliot’s

Where: 555 Edgecombe Ave., Studio 3F, Washington Heights

Every Sunday for more than a decade, Marjorie Eliot has hosted a jazz concert in her home on the border of Harlem and Washington Heights. The free weekly events have become legendary in the neighborhood and beyond. Eliot plays piano and often invites guest musicians to join her. The concert begins at 4 p.m. For more information, call 212-781-6595.