The Weekend: Don’t Waste What We Have Left of Warm Weather

The U.S. Open is one of the top 5 affordable yet fun things to do as the summer season comes to a close.

Before you get too swamped with homework, tests and studying for this semester, don’t forget to enjoy the few long and warm days we have left this summer. Here are some budget friendly events to do this weekend to enjoy the outdoors before the temperature drops.

U.S. Open

Flushing Meadows – Corona Park, Flushing, NY

If you still haven’t had the chance to check out a tennis match at the U.S. Open, do not fret! There is still time to catch a game before they end on Sept. 11. Prices vary but if you buy tickets at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center next to the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, tickets are as low as $25. While in Queens, you can also visit the Unisphere, a 120-foot globe designed for the 1964-65 World’s Fair, in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.


Dumbo Flea

Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza at Anchorage Pl and Pearl St, Brooklyn

Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The weather is perfect to head down to Brooklyn and search for retro goods that will have your friends asking, “Where did you get that?” The flea is popular among native Brooklyn residents and vendors selling clothes, jewelry and home decor. It’s the ideal place to find some last minute decorations for your new dorm or apartment.

Free Kayaking

Pier 26 The Downtown Boathouse

Hop on the ACE train to Canal Street or walk along the Hudson River to enjoy a beautiful morning or afternoon kayaking beside the New York skyline. Best of all, the event is free of charge. Hours are Saturday or Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Grab a friend or enjoy a solo ride before it closes on Sept. 15.

Brooklyn Book Festival

Brooklyn Borough Hall 209 Joralemon St Brooklyn, NY 11209
All authors and bibliophiles should head to Brooklyn for one of New York’s largest free literary events. The festival will include panel discussions with special guests like Steve Buscemi, R.L. Stine and Ann Patchett. There will be showcases of themed readings and products from publishers, independent bookstores and nonprofit organizations. Take the F train towards Coney Island and get off at Jay St—MetroTech. Events will last from Sept. 12 through Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine.

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  1. Great piece! Really made me reconsider my plans for this weekend. I’ll be going kayaking today and I’m really looking forward to it, nice job Miss Anna!


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