Get Sprung: 10 Free Feel Good Outdoor Events in NYC

Feel Good Events in NYC 2011

Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Spring Fling | Pier 1 | Saturday, April 23 | Free |
Why go: Support the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy while snacking on delicious Ditch Plains grub. Educate your children through activities with the New York Transit Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Wildlife Theater Company, and others.

Prospect Heights Craft Fair | Prospect Heights | Sunday, April 24 | Free admission |
Why go: Great rafffle prizes, one-of-a-kind items like stationary, clothing, jewelry, and more. Proceeds will benefit the arts program at the public elementary school, PS9. Plus, you are supporting local artisans and craft makers.

Socrates Sculpture Park’s 9th Kite Making Workshop | Saturday, April 30 | Free |
Why go:
Enjoy an eco-friendly, hands-on activity with your kids by building kites out of recycled materials and making them soar above Vista, the park’s newest art exhibit.

2011 Lexington Craft Fair | Jackson Heights | Sunday, May 1 | Free admission |
Why go: Find fabulous hand-crafted items from local artisans and munch on gourmet fare from some of NYC’s top food trucks. Proceeds will benefit the Lexington Foundation, which supports the Lexington School for the Deaf, the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center, Lexington Vocational Services, and the Lexington Center for Mental Health

Stone Barns Center Farm Market | Westchester | Starts Friday, May 6 | Free Admission |
Why go: Shop the very freshly picked produce, eggs, and pastured meats and support this working, non-profit farm and education center set on an 80-acre former Rockefeller estate in Pocantico Hills.

Downtown Boathouse Kayaking | Locations city-wide | Starts Saturday, May 14 | Free |
Why go: Just by showing up and enjoying the rivers by kayak you are supporting this special NYC establishment and 501(c)3 non-profit. The multiple boathouse locations are always happy for the extra help if you’re interested in volunteering.

6th Annual Brooklyn Bike Jumble | Park Slope | Saturday, May 14 | Free admission |
Why go: This bi-annual cycling flea market helps NYC’s bike culture grow, which is something worth supporting, don’t you think? If you can’t make the jumble, Recycle-A-Bicycle has several similar events coming up throughout the boroughs in May and June.

Health and Wellness Street Fair | Gowanus | Saturday, May 14 | Free |
Why go:
This is the feel good event of the season. Get face time with nutritionists, yoga instructors, acupuncturists, Chinese Medicine professionals, and remember to take notes during seminars and demos. Half the day is devoted to kids programming so don’t leave the little ones at home.

Brooklyn Craft Central’s Shop the Archway | Dumbo | Saturday, May 21 | Free admission |
Why go:
Bask in the stunning water-perched space and support some of the over 55 NY-based vendors while you nosh on locally-sourced food and shop for unique items.

Bike and Roll’s Free Bike Fridays | Governors Island | Fridays, June 11-October 8 | Free |
Why go: You get to borrow a bike for free for an hour while exploring Governors Island. The ferry to get there is free too.