Weekend music, LEGO & bike events Downtown

Summer Streets bike festival returns one last Saturday this summer on Aug. 15. Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess
Summer Streets bike festival returns one last Saturday this summer on Aug. 15. Downtown Express photo by Milo Hess

FiDi Families and Play-Well TEKnologies are presenting a free LEGO workshop for children on Fri., Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 206 Front St. With access to more than 20,000 LEGO pieces, kids will work together to create bridges, skyscrapers and motorized LEGO cars.

The workshop is just one of many different events happening Downtown over the next two weekends.

Dancewave’s advanced summer dance intensive class will be holding a free performance showcase on Aug. 14 starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Arts Center on Governors Island. The showcase is open to the public and is a celebration of the hard work put in by the dancers. Ferries leave from the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan.

Enjoy live music every Friday at the Fulton Stall Market, located at 207A Front St. starting at 7 p.m. Christine and the Lemon Twigs will be performing Aug. 14, and drinks can be purchased at the New Market Bar on-site. The Cheerleader band will perform the following Friday.

The Battery Dance festival kicks off Sat., Aug. 15 in Wagner Park at the southern tip of Battery Park City starting at 6:30 p.m. Now in its 34th year, this free event includes dance companies from around the world.

The Summer Streets celebration concludes Aug. 15, inviting New Yorkers of all ages to play, run, walk and bike on car-free streets from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Summer Streets opens almost seven miles on Lafayette St. and Park Ave. to bikers and walkers, connecting the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park. A number of free activities will be offered at each of the five rest stops along the route.

Rest stops Downtown include ones in Soho and Foley Square. There will be yoga, Pilates and jazz fitness classes at Spring and Lafayette Sts. Slide down a 270-foot waterslide at Foley Square, or relax in a lounge chair underneath palm trees.

Hudson River Park Trust’s Big City Fishing continues this summer every Sunday at Pier 25 near N. Moore St. in Tribeca from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This free program is offered to adults and children five years or older who want to learn both how to fish and about the Hudson River environment. Rods, reels, bait and instruction are provided.

The annual Hudson River Park Blues BBQ Festival will be returning for its 16th season on Sat., Aug. 22 starting at 2 p.m. Located at Pier 26 in Tribeca, this festival combines blues musicians with some of the city’s best known barbeque restaurants.

Otis Taylor Band, Jarekus Singleton and Vaneese Thomas are performing this year. This event is free and will take place rain or shine.

Thirty-two teams will be vying for the title of 2015 Lawn Bocce Champion at Colonel’s Row on Governors Island Aug. 22 starting at noon.

— Mia Rupani