Where: Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, Harlem
When: Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m.
Check out a free jazz concert from one of Harlem’s most famous local celebrities. Marjorie Eliot has been featured in the New York Times, BBC and NPR for her parlor jazz shows, in which she invites strangers into her living room for intimate jazz shows.
Friday, Aug. 18
Where: Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center, 530 W. 166th St., Washington Heights
When: Noon to 5 p.m.
Meet, mingle and promote your work to other authors, writers and publishers in the Second Edition of LETRAS, the Latino self-published book fair. The event is organized by Wendy Angulo Productions, Aponte-Gonzalez Production and a collaboration with the Dominican Writers Association and Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center.
Where: Broadway Boulevard, between West 34th and 35th streets, Midtown
When: 1 to 3 p.m.
The 34th Street Partnership is offering free juggling lessons on Broadway Boulevard nearly every day this summer. Jugglers at any skill level are welcome to attend, and equipment is provided.
Where: The Lawn at Bryant Park, Midtown
When: 6 to 10 p.m.
Listen to the sounds of rising New York-based bands, including Landlady, Mall the Horse, Luke Elliot and 79.5, for free as part of the park's third annual Emerging Music Festival.
Saturday, Aug. 19
Where: Pier 97, at West 57th Street past the West Side Highway, Hell’s Kitchen
When: 2 p.m.
Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ Festival is back for its 18th year, with food from restaurants including Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and Mighty Quinn’s BBQ and blues performances. The event is free and open to the public.
Where: Hester and Essex Streets, Lower East Side
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Come browse beloved local businesses that got their start at the Hester Street Fair, including Peetie’s Pie, Osaka Grub, and more.
Sunday, Aug. 20
Where: Prismatic Park, Madison Square Park, Flatiron
When: noon to 4 p.m.
Joshua Bennett's last performance of his "Poets House" artist residency is taking place at Madison Square Park's Prismatic Park. He will perform poetry among Josiah McElheny's prismatic glass and painted wood structures.
Where: Fields 62 and 63 at Randall’s Island
When: 2 p.m.
A free tour of the the island park’s plant and wildlife. A local horticulture expert will be on hand to teach you about all of the flowers and insects who live on the island.
Where: The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, 110th Street inside Central Park, East Harlem
When: 2 to 4 p.m.
See a free performance by Dr. Mambo and the Experience Ensemble, a Caribbean jazz band.
These listings were compiled by DNAinfo's Manhattan reporters Allegra Hobbs, Carolina Pichardo, Maya Rajamani, Gustavo Solis, and Shaye Weaver.