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Weekend wish list: Little Red Lighthouse Festival, banned books, bubble tea, and more

The Little Red Lighthouse in Washington Heights

A spectacular fall weekend is coming up, so be sure to take advantage. Grab a banned book at the library, craft a customized bubble tea, then get outside at one of these events. Hope to see you there!​​

Saturday, September 29, noon-4pm

Yes, getting to the Little Red Lighthouse–on the banks of the Hudson right beneath the George Washington Bridge–can be a challenge. But you're in luck this Saturday because it's the annual Little Red Lighthouse Festival, and the organizers are providing a shuttle from 181st Street and Fort Washington Avenue from 11am until the end of the event.

Ends Saturday, September 29

Did you know it's Banned Books Week, an annual celebration that shines a light on titles that have at some point been removed from libraries, classrooms and more? Hamilton Grange Public Library is a terrific spot to learn about the weeklong event–here's why you should still care–and check out a banned book for some thought-provoking weekend reading.

Saturday, September 29, 11am-3pm

Bring the kids for an afternoon of scavenger hunts, honey tastings and more at this fair organized by Harlem Grown, which teaches children about urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition via urban farms built on abandoned Harlem lots. Or stop by and learn how you can become a volunteer.

Open every day from 10:30am-9:30pm

A new bubble tea spot opened up a block down from Asian superstore H Mart this summer, and if you've been to Taiwan, Hong Kong, or elsewhere in the region, you know it's a big one: Gong Cha has more than 1,500 locations. Customize by choosing your drink (tea, coffee, etc), topping (including foam, jelly, and tapioca pearls), sugar level (there are five in all), and amount of ice–the perfect post-grocery-shopping treat.

Sunday, September 30, 11:30am-6pm

Will you be one of the 60,000 attendees (period costume optional) heading to Fort Tryon Park this weekend to watch jousting, juggling and jesting?

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