What's Up in the Park?

I just got my weekend update from the Park's Department . I'm only listing the stuff I want to do, there is plenty more in all boroughs. Check out their website.

Met Summer Concert: Live in Prospect Park

Friday, Jun 20, 2008

8:00 p.m., by the ball fields in the Long Meadow

The Met's summertime tradition of free outdoor performances returns with a special one-night only event in Prospect Park. Celebrate the start of summer with two of opera's biggest stars - Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna- singing popular arias and duets. Ion Marin conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus in the operatic event of the summer, sponsored by Bank of America.

River To River Festival: BPC Parks' Swedish Midsummer Festival

Friday, Jun 20, 2008

5:00 p.m.

Manhattan

Reviving its decade-old music festival, the Battery will be transformed into a musical haven, showcasing multi-genre guitar-oriented performances--from jazz, classical, and flamenco to old fashioned rhythm & blues--local guitarists will display their talents for the general public.
Price: Free
Location:
Wagner Park

7th Annual Summer Solstice Celebration

Saturday, Jun 21, 2008
5:00 p.m.
Queens
Bring your friends and family to Socrates Sculpture Park to welcome the summer and celebrate the longest day of the year! Participate in art workshops with artists from Materials for the Arts, The Noguchi Museum, The Queens Museum of Art, and Socrates Sculpture Park; have fun with Free Style Arts Association; get your face painted by Agostino Arts and Transformation! Face Painting; participate in a special solstice ritual performed by Urban Shaman Mama Donna; join free103point9 and Electronic Arts Intermix for Cinema On Air; watch a performance by My Barbarian; sample foods from local restaurants; have a picnic and enjoy the view as the sun sets over the Manhattan skyline!

Location: Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City (32-01 Vernon Boulevard)

Explore the Marsh Hike

Sunday, Jun 22, 2008
10:00 a.m.
Brooklyn
Discover the beauty and rich diversity of this unique ecosystem as we discuss the importance of protecting the plants and wildlife that call the marsh home.

Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center, Marine Park (East 33rd Street and Avenue U)

Scandia Symphony Concerts in Fort Tryon Park

Sunday, Jun 22, 2008
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Manhattan
Bring your blanket to Billing's Lawn, overlooking the Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades, and experience the music and culture of Scandinavia performed by the musicians of the New York Scandia Symphony and guests.
For three Sundays in June, Scandia Symphony will provide entrancing music in a spectacular setting - and all for free!

Celebrate Brooklyn: Salif Keita & Haale

Sunday, Jun 22, 2008
6:00 p.m.
Brooklyn

Celebrate Brooklyn presents Salif Keita & Haale.

Known as the “Golden Voice of Africa”, KEITA blends the traditional griot music of his own Mali with sounds from Guinea, the Ivory Coast, and Senegal, along with influences from Cuba, Spain, and Portugal. “Keita’s voice leaps out of every song with tender urgency.” (NY Times) Persian rock goddess HAALE’s enchanting vocals soar over her band’s amplified rumble, which serves “as a reminder of the extent to which rock bands like the Doors and the Velvet Underground turned to the East for their hypnotic efforts.” (NY Times)

***Celebrate Brooklyn is one of New York City's longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals.Location: Bandshell, Prospect Park

Astronomy Club

Sunday, Jun 22, 2008
7:30 p.m.
Queens
Join us for this monthly gathering of star gazers, as we explore the heavens with our Dobsonian telescope. All ages welcomed.

Location: Fort Totten Ranger Park. Enter the park at fort entrance, north of intersection of 212 Street and Cross Island Parkway.