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14 Things To Do In Manhattan Neighborhoods This Weekend

By DNAinfo Staff | August 20, 2015 6:29pm | Updated on August 21, 2015 8:04pm

 The long-anticipated SeaGlass Carousel is opening to the public on Aug. 20.
The long-anticipated SeaGlass Carousel is opening to the public on Aug. 20.
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These listings were compiled by DNAinfo's Manhattan reporters: Lisha Arino, Lindsay Armstrong, Emily Frost, Gwynne Hogan, Irene Plagianos, Gustavo Solis, Danielle Tcholakian and Shaye Weaver.

All Weekend

► The New York International Fringe Festival

Where: Various locations
When: Aug. 14 through 30

Catch more than 200 shows from emerging theater troupes and dance companies from around the world when FringeNYC returns this weekend. Productions range in topics and genres, including drama, comedy and satire. Tickets are $18 per show, with discount passes available for multiple shows.

► SeaGlass Carousel

Where: The Battery, near Castle Clinton, Downtown
When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The long-awaited under-sea-themed carousel, made with giant, swirling fiberglass fish, opens for this first time this week. Be one of the first people to hop on the 3 ½ minute ride. Tickets are $5.

► Eat Fancy Ice Cream Sandwiches on a Rooftop

Where: 63rd West 38th Street on the roof of the Refinery Hotel, Midtown
When: Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Ovenly Cookies and OddFellows ice cream teamed up to let you create your own magically elegant ice cream sandwich on a rooftop in the Garment District. Choose between oat currant and chocolate chip cookies, buttermilk honey blueberry or vanilla bean ice cream, then garnish your creation with chocolate pearls, chocolate shavings, crushed butter cookies or pistachio for a decadent $5 treat.

Friday, August 21

► Free Sunset Jam on the Hudson

Where: Wagner Park, Battery Park City

When: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Join a drum circle led by master drummers. Instruments provided free of charge or bring your own.

► B&H Dairy Kosher Restaurant Reopening Party

Where: 127 Second Ave., East Village
When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Celebrate the reopening of the East Village institution — which was closed for nearly five months after the Second Avenue gas explosion — with cakes, coffee and challah bread. The standing room-only event will include a visit from Florence Bergson Goldberg, whose parents originally opened the restaurant 73 years ago.

► Summer String Fest Showcase Performance

Where: Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 W. 67th St., Upper West Side
When: 3 p.m.

The Kaufman Music Center’s Summer String Fest features violinists, violists and cellists from the Lucy Moses School, who will play alongside the Harlem Quartet in this free concert.

Saturday, August 22

► Hudson River Park Blues BBQ

Where: Pier 26, Tribeca
When: 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., rain or shine.

A free blues concert, along with a slate of BBQ vendors, will take over Pier 26 with hours of music, drinks and food along the Hudson. This year, musicians including the Otis Taylor Band, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens and Vaneese Thomas, and food is provided by Mighty Quinn's, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Brother Jimmy's BBQ and Butcher Bar.

► Pasta-Making Class at Ristorante Morini

Where: 1167 Madison Ave. at 86th Street, Upper East Side
When: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Get a tour of the Morini kitchen and learn how to make different shapes of pasta with chef Gordon Finn. Following that, a three-course meal, with a selection of wines and two of the pastas prepared for the class will follow. $75 per person.

► Sizzling Summer Disco Dance

Where: 92nd Street Y on Lexington Avenue
When: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Learn how to dance the hustle and do some West Coast swing. A free hustle lesson will begin at 8 p.m. with Lori Brizzi. Open dancing begins at 9 p.m. Admission tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

► Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Where: Marcus Garvey Park near West 122nd Street and Mount Morris Park West, Harlem
When: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Check out a free jazz concert honoring the legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker. The festival will feature six different performers including seasoned jazz veterans who have played with Parker and talented up-and-comers.

Sunday, August 23

► Big City Fishing on Pier 46

Where: Pier 46, Hudson River Park at Charles Street, West Village
When: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Join in on some free fishing for New Yorkers as young as five years old, with rods, reels, bait and help provided. Instructors are available to those who want to learn more about the river’s ecology and the various species that swim in the Hudson, or you can fish on your own and relax. Catch and release only — state regulators warn that eating fish and crabs from the Hudson can be harmful to your health. Note: Participants age 16 and older have to register with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation before dropping a line off Hudson River Park.

► Inwood Canoe Club Open House

Where: Red Boathouse, just South of Dyckman Street on the Hudson River, Washington Heights
When: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Take in great views of the George Washington Bridge on a guided kayak or canoe tour of the Hudson River. This free event is open to anyone who knows how to swim, even to those without prior paddling experience.

► Yoga at the Morris-Jumel Mansion

Where: Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, Washington Heights
When: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

This open-level Vinyasa class is taught by registered yoga teacher Chelsea Best. She describes the class as “a meditative Vinyasa Flow class style designed to awaken the spirit and bring the body and mind back to a place of peace,” all for a suggested donation of $5.

► Big Outdoor Site-Specific Stuff Sneak Preview

Where: Elizabeth Street Garden, Elizabeth Street between Prince and Spring, Nolita
When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

En Garde Arts, an organization that prides itself on doing "unconventional theatrical productions," will take over Hudson River Park in October with Big Outdoor Site-Specific Stuff, an array of musicial and theatrical performances by some of the city's up-and-coming writers, directors, composers and visual artists. This weekend you can get a free BOSSS sneak preview at Elizabeth Street Garden.