This week is packed with free fun in the Ridge!
On Friday, start your sweltering weekend with some al fresco activities! First, race to Third Avenue for the final Summer Stroll of the season. The pedestrian-only walkway will stretch along the avenue from 80th to 90th streets, and will last from 6 pm until 10:30 pm. During that time, you take in live tunes and enjoy outdoor dining deals.
Once you have strolled the length of the street party, dash down to Narrows Botanical Gardens (Shore Road between Bay Ridge Avenue and 72nd Street), where you can catch a free screening of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” under the stars. The romantic comedy begins at sunset — around 8 pm.
On Saturday night, get the party started by dancing down to the Greenhouse Café (7717 Third Ave. between 77th and 78th streets), where the Uncle Jack quartet will take the stage at 10 pm to perform hits from the 1950s through today, including tunes by Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, the Beatles, and bands that starts with other letters of the alphabet.
Sunday morning, you artistic types can head to the Owl’s Head (479 74th St. between Fourth and Fifth avenues) for a free, two-hour informal meet-and-greet with other Ridge creatives beginning at noon. The Bay Ridge Artist Cawfee Tawks take place at the Owl’s Head every Sunday in August, but you won’t be a starving artist if you attend: free coffee and bagels are on offer every week.
The musically inclined can take a mid-week music break on Wednesday night at the Brooklyn Firefly (7003 Third Ave. at Ovington Avenue), which will host an open music jam from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Bring your own instrument.
If you can only carry a tune in a bucket, head to Lock Yard (9221 Fifth Ave. between 92nd and 94th streets) instead for its weekly trivia contest and 16 taps of craft beer. You can saddle up to the bar on Wednesday at 8 pm.