Uplifting ride

Children enjoyed a carnival ride at the 76th annual Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy. The Feast continues through Sun., Sept. 21.

Some of the best of New York’s art, music and theater groups will be in Battery Park on Sat. – Sun., Sept. 20-21 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Ninety-nine organizations will be participating in “CultureFest” sponspored by NYC & Co and the Merrill Lynch Foundation. Among the groups giving exhibitions and performances: New York City Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, the Bronx Zoo, New York Philharmonic and New York City Opera. One stage will be devoted exclusively to children’s performances. Also for kids: colonial children’s games; camouflage face painting by staff from the Intrepid; and hands on gardening with the New York Botanical Garden. (Photo was taken at last year’s fest, held in Bryant Park.) For more information: www.nycvisit.com/culturefest or Visitor Information kiosk at southern tip of City Hall Park.

Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, 212-267-9700: FIGURE al FRESCO, Wed., 3-5 p.m., South Cove: Learn figure drawing outdoors with a clothed model and an artist/educator. Call for registration: INLINE SKATING, Fri.-Sun., various times: call for schedule of classes with experienced skating instructors; LUNCH HOUR BACKGAMMON & CHESS, Mon. & Thu., noon-1:30 p.m., the Upper Room: Enjoy these popular strategy games with experts on the games; SUNSET JAM ON THE HUDSON, Fri., 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wagner Park: Join others in a drumming circle led by a master drummer, instruments provided or bring your own; TAI CHI, Thu., 4-5 p.m., Rockefeller Park, Fri., 8:30-9:30 a.m., Esplanade Plaza: Learn the ancient Chinese Martial art with a master; VOLLEYBALL AFTER WORK, Wed., 6-7:30 p.m., Esplanade Plaza: Join other adults for a good-natured games of volleyball; WOMEN’S BASKETBALL, Mon., 6-7:30 p.m., Rockefeller Park: Join other women for after-work basketball.

Fulton Street Follies, Fulton Street from William to Water St., 212-809-4900: Sep. 5-A special NY Street fair for the local office workers & the public, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free admission.

OUR LADY OF POMPEII CHURCH, 25 Carmine St., 633-9868: Sat. & Sun.–Antique/flea market, 10 a.m.-dark.

River to river festival 2003, various downtown locations, rivertorivernyc.org: Through September-call 212-835-2789 for information on numerous events throughout the Summer downtwn.

South street seaport museum, Pier 16, 212-748-8758: MUSEUM BOOK CLUB, a new title is selected each month, call for information.