Things to do in New York City this weekend

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Summergarden: On Sundays in July, The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden at the MoMA is home to free evening concerts. The gate opens at 7 p.m. and performances begin at 8. The four evenings are titled New Music for New York and includes musicians from Juilliard and Lincoln Center. Summergarden is free, but seating is first-come, first-served. The garden will close if attendance reaches capacity. Concerts are 60-90 minutes and performed outdoors. If there is rain, performances take place in the Agnes Gund Garden Lobby. The Garden Bar is open during the shows, which serves snacks and refreshments. For more information, visit

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival: In its 12th year, this festival is the largest and longest running hip-hop cultural event in Manhattan. Hosting artists have included Jay-Z, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Ghostface Killah and Busta Rhymes. The festival celebrates music, dance, film, technology, fashion, community activity and more. Running from July 13-16, each day includes different events. Visit for a full list of venues, events and times.

City of Water Day: This free family festival takes place July 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Governor’s Island on Manhattan and Maxwell Place Park in Hoboken, New Jersey. Activities include kayak races, an activity fair, free boat rides and eco-activities. Visit for more information.

Brooklyn Lobster Fest: The Hall in Brooklyn opens its doors at 6 p.m., July 16 for a lobster fest. From 6-7 p.m., enjoy drink specials for happy hour, including half off draft beers, sangria and craft cocktails. Music by Wood Wires and Whiskey kicks off at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $15, but for $35, attendees can enjoy a lobster platter as well. The menu includes a lobster roll, corn on the cob, bread and butter, a pickle and french fries. There are ala carte menu options as well. Visit for tickets.

Jerk Festival NY: On July 17, head to Roy Wilkins Park in Queens for the Sixth Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival. Enjoy music and Caribbean foods. Tickets are $30 if you buy online, while children under 12 are free. The day includes jerk delicacies, a jerk cook-off, culinary demos, cultural presentations, an area for kids and live music. Reggae Ambassadors, Third World will be performing on the main stage as will Dexta Dapswill, Tifa and Gyptian. To purchase tickets and see the full lineup and schedule, visit