New York City is not only home to great cultural institutions, shops and events; it's also a place where there are plenty of things to do outside. If you're looking for ways to enjoy New York's beautiful summer weather, we've got some great suggestions for things you can do outdoors?from New York parks and outdoor cafes to flea markets, sporting events, and street fairs. Here are some of our favorite things to do in NYC this week that will get you out of the house!
Festival de las Flores - Queens Botanical Garden
Through August 25, 2013 - Flushing
Come see the Colombian floral artisans who are coming to NY for the Festival de las Flores (August 18 and August 25) as they assemble their unique creations. They will be at QBG from 10-5 on 8/16 and 8/17 before the 10 am 8/18 Queens Parade (which will be on 111th street at Flushing Meadows Park), and again at QBG from 8/20-24 before the 10 am 8/25 Manhattan parade (which will be on Central Park West and 106th street). Both parades are free to the public, and admission to QBG to view the artists beforehand is included with Garden entry fee ($4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 for students with ID and children 3-12).
Farmer's Market Fridays at QBG - Queens Botanical Garden
August 30, 2013 - Flushing
Every Friday, June 21 through November 22 from 8:30am to 4pm. Get fresh, local and seasonal produce, nuts, coffee, and nut butters from the Farmer's Market! Every Friday, June 21 to November 22, from 8:30am to 4pm on Dahlia Avenue off Main Street.
NYC Eco-House at QBG - Queens Botanical Garden
Through August 31, 2013 - Flushing
Community Environmental Center EcoHouse is a unique experience. It’s a mobile, cutting-edge and interactive exhibit that lets you see behind the walls and underneath the floor of a home. You will learn how your house or apartment really works. A 21st-century classroom for students of all ages, the Community Environmental Center EcoHouse helps you understand how to save energy, save money and protect the natural world around you.
Art Exhibit: 'Invasive Pigments' - Queens Botanical Garden
Through October 27, 2013 - Flushing
Invasive Pigments is a series of watercolor-like paintings which explores the migration and proliferation of weeds and other “unintentional” plants in tandem with human movement . Artist Ellie Irons created colors by extracting pigments from these local, invasive plants, and uses them to construct map-like portraits to illustrate the species’ movement into local ecosystems.