5 free events in NYC: Dance in Battery Park, comedy in Brooklyn and more

5 free events in NYC: Dance in Battery Park, comedy in Brooklyn and more

Each week, ALL ARTS rounds up a selection of free performances and presentations taking place in New York City and beyond. Find this week’s top picks below.

The 38th Annual Battery Park Dance Festival
Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park, Manhattan
Through Aug. 16; 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Founded in 1982, the Battery Park Dance Festival offers up a diverse slate of performances, staged against the scenic New York Harbor landscape. Each evening concludes with an “interactive dance experience” hosted by artists chosen from that night’s program. For the dance-inclined, there are also several free workshops, which are held through Aug. 17 at the Battery Dance Studios.

Black Woodstock 50th Anniversary
Aug. 17; Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
In the summer of 1969, legendary performers such as Nina Simone, B.B. King and Stevie Wonder took the stage for Harlem Cultural Festival at Mount Morris Park, now known as Marcus Garvey Park. In celebration of the touchstone event, SummerStage is throwing a special concert co-hosted by Talib Kweli and curated by Neal Ludevig, a founder of the Harlem Arts Festival. With music direction by Igmar Thomas, the event will feature surprise musical guests.

Leslie-Lohman Block Party
Leslie-Lohmna Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Manhattan
Aug. 17; 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Put on your dancing shoes and head down to Wooster Street for Leslie-Lohman Museum’s annual Block Party. Held in the presence of the museum’s new public art installation by JEB (Joan E. Biren), titled “Being Seen Makes a Movement Possible,” this year’s gathering coincides with the opening of the exhibition, “PACO CAO: Attribution.” Guests can expect music, art-making opportunities, food and performances.

Astronomy at Governors Island by Pioneer Works
Governors Island
Saturdays through Aug. 31; 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Pioneer Works, the Red Hook-based cultural center, has taken up residency in a historic home on Governors Island to bring a unique program of arts and science events to the public. In addition to presenting its current photography exhibition, “In Progress,” which highlights the work of photographer Betsy Kenyon, Pioneer Works is teaming up with astronomers to host solar- and stargazing for those curious about the universe and its contents.

Comedy at the Knitting Factory
Knitting Factory, Brooklyn
Every Sunday; 9:00 p.m.
In need of a laugh? Founded by comedian Hannibal Buress, the Knitting Factory’s weekly comedy show is hosted by Sydnee Washington, Marie Faustin and Aminah Imani and promises to deliver a side-splitting lineup of comics from New York and beyond.

Top Image: Danuka Ariyawansna performing at the 38th Annual Battery Park Dance Festival.