Coney Island this week: Free concerts, film festival, Mets’ Noah Syndergaard, & soap box derby

Photo by Matt Tracy/Coney Island News

Coney Island’s beach is open for one more weekend, Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard will be making a rehab appearance with the Brooklyn Cyclones, and a full schedule of events are on deck at the Coney Island Film Festival. Plus, free music at the Ford Amphitheater and a soap box derby.

Here’s what’s going on in Coney Island this week:

Cyclones Baseball

When: Thursday

Where: MCU Park

The Cyclones have just one more game at MCU Park this season — and one of the best pitchers in baseball will be making an appearance in Coney Island. Noah Syndergaard will pitch in the season finale when the Cyclones take on the Staten Island Yankees on Thursday at 6 p.m. The first 2,000 fans will receive a 12-month calendar upon entry. There will be fireworks after the game as well. Fans can purchase a special $15 ticket to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey. Click here for tickets.

Marsha Ambrosius and Ro James [FREE EVENT]

When: Friday, 6 p.m.

Where: Ford Amphitheater

Enjoy free Friday night festivities at the Ford Amphitheater as multiple-grammy nominated star Marsha Ambrosius and R&B soul star Ro James make their way to Coney Island for a 6 p.m. show.

Coney Island Film Festival

When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Where: 1208 Surf Ave. 

The festival kicks off on Friday night with an opening night screening at 7:30 p.m. and an opening night party at 9:30 p.m. There will be 10 program screenings on Saturday six on Sunday. The event concludes with an awards ceremony on Sunday at 8 p.m. at 1216 Surf Ave. For more information, click here.

Soap Box Derby Race

When: Saturday at 12 p.m.

Where: Kaiser Park at W. 29th St. and Neptune Ave.

Here’s something you don’t see every day. The Soap Box Derby Race, sponsored by Coney Island Generation Gap, will take place at noon on Saturday, so be sure to get to the park in time if you want to participate or watch.

Coney Island Museum

When: Saturdays 12pm – 6pm and Sundays 2pm – 6pm.

Where: 1208 Surf Ave.

The museum’s post-Labor Day schedule (until June) is now in effect. Head to the Coney Island Museum to check out “Five Cents to Dreamland: A Trip to Coney Island,” an exhibit presented in conjunction with the New York Transit Museum to showcase historical collections. Plus, the museum is highlighting parts of its Permanent Collection.

Coney Island History Project

Where: 3059 West 12th St., at the entrance to Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park

The Coney Island History Project is open throughout the year for oral history interviews by appt. and on weekends for walking tours. The walking tours are $20 and reservations are required. Check out their eventbrite page for tickets.

Freddie Jackson and Angie Stone [FREE EVENT]

When:Saturday, 6 p.m.

Where:Ford Amphitheater

Angie Stone and Harlem’s Freddie Jackson will bring some of their classic hits to the Ford Amphitheather on Saturday in another free event.

Coney Island Beach

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until Sunday

Where: Coney Island Beach

It’s the final week of the 2017 beach season, so make the most of it while you can. Temperatures will be more suitable for a beach day earlier in the week. The beach season will wrap up on Sunday.

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