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8 Things for You To Do in Staten Island's Neighborhoods This Weekend

By Nicholas Rizzi | April 21, 2016 5:27pm
 Staten Island Arts will host a free concert celebrating traditional Irish drumming.
Staten Island Arts will host a free concert celebrating traditional Irish drumming.
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Staten Island Arts

Friday, April 22

► Spring Pop-up Market

Where: Staten Island Arts Culture Lounge, St. George Ferry Terminal, St. George
When: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Staten Island Arts continues their pop-up markets with a spring one featuring AMF Direct, Andrew Potash, CreatedByVGC: Bottle Cap Accessories, Cuzinga Mystic Jewelry, Heather Coppin, Jameson Reese, Once Upon a Hat, Patricia Salmon, Stereotype Co. and Sunset Hill Design selling their wares inside the Culture Lounge.

Saturday, April 23

► Greenbelt Earth Day Celebration

Where: Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave., Willowbrook
When: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Greenbelt Conservancy will host an Earth Day celebration where people can tour the facility, meet staff and learn about future events at the site. The day kicks off at 11 a.m. with the Heyerdahl Hill Hike through the Greenbelt to find what remains of an old estate, vineyard and orchard. At 1 p.m., staff will introduce people to their reptiles and at 2:30 p.m. educators who take people on a guided walk to find and listen to a series of haiku poems written or selected by staff and visitors.

St. George Day 2016

Where: Tompkinsville Park, Bay Street, Tompkinsville
When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 10th annual celebration of Earth Day and the St. George neighborhood returns to a section of Bay Street near Tompkinsville Park with education on green living, a free store, art, craft stations, live music performances and more. The event culminates with a parade of 10- to 15-foot dragon puppet that retells the myth of St. George and the dragon. 

New York City Chili Cook-Off

Where: Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave., Richmond Town
When: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Historic Richmond Town will host New York's official International Chili Society cook-off with more than 20 cooks from the East Coast squaring off to take the title of best chili. Aside from the judging and cash prizes, the event includes chili sampling, amusements and live entertainment. Tickets are $12.75 online, $15 at the door for adults and $6 online, $8 at the door for children.

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

Where: Alice Austen House Museum, 2 Hylan Boulevard, Rosebank
When: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Alice Austen House Museum celebrates Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day by inviting people to their ground to take pinhole photos. Photographers will also be able process their shots at the museum in a pop-up darkroom. The first exposure is free and it's $5 for the rest.

Talking Drums: Highland Drums

Where: Gazebo at Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk, 300 Father Capodanno Boulevard, South Beach
When: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Staten Island Arts kicks off their free series of concert celebrating drumming traditions of various immigrant communities in the borough with a performance focused on tradition Irish drums. The concert will have a drum salute by the Celtic Cross Pipe and Drum ensemble along with set dances and traditional Irish Seisiún music played on a flute, concertina and a Celtic drum bodhran. Attendees can RSVP online here.

Stories of Staten: Battle of the Bands

Where: Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Livingston
When: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The 5-week long series of events curated by Hip-Hop artist William "Strada" Perry and drummer Charlie Rock, "S.O.S. (Stories of Staten)," continues with a battle of bands inside Snug Harbor's Music Hall. Each band will get a chance to play their two best songs for judges Rock, Anthony Gonzales and Henry Falco and the winner will get a custom press package for their next project and studio time inside Rosebank's Moon Studios to record a demo. Tickets are $10.

Sunday, April 24

New Dorp Restaurant Crawl and Street Festival

Where: New Dorp Lane from 10th Street to New Dorp Plaza, New Dorp
When: 2 to 5 p.m.

Participants can sample food from 15 restaurants along New Dorp Lane at the second annual New Dorp Restaurant Crawl and Street festival hosted by the New Dorp Merchants Group, Councilman Steven Matteo, Borough President James Oddo and the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation. The crawl — which will close down New Dorp Lane from 10th Street to New Dorp Plaza — will also have live music, rides, games and vending from merchants on the block. Tickets are $20 and participants who pre-register online get a $5 discount.