There are several free activities and events this weekend. The Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street (corner of Clinton) is offering free museum admission both Saturday and Sunday from noon until 5:00 p.m., and free tours of its historic building (see photo of library) starting at 3:00 p.m. both days.
For parents, parents to be, or aspiring parents, Roulette will present “Sleepless in Brooklyn: A Night of Storytelling with Parents, Writers and Performers” at 509 Atlantic Avenue (between Nevins Street and Third Avenue) on Saturday evening from 7:30 to 9:00; doors open at 7:00. Among the speakers will be Amy Sohn, author of the recently published Motherland, a sequel to Prospect Park West, and David Mandl of The Brooklyn Rail. “Local bites and libations” will be provided. Admission is free, but you must RSVP here first.
Don’t forget the book signing event Sunday morning from 8:00 to 10:00 at the Marriott, presented by the Jane Austen Society of North America.
Bargemusic, moored to the Fulton Ferry Pier at the foot of Old Fulton Street, has a concert in the Masterworks series on Sunday, starting at 2:00 p.m., featuring works by Arensky, Schoenberg, and Brahms on violin, viola, and cello. Admission is $40 ($35 seniors, $20 students). You may reserve seats by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org and pay at the door with cash or check, or you may buy tix in advance at the box office.
Pet owners are invited to the 5:00 p.m. Sunday service at Grace Church, 254 Hicks Street (between Grace Court and Joralemon Street) for the annual blessing of the animals in honor of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.