More than a dozen FREE and cheap things to do this Presidents Weekend 2017. The NYCOTC free and cheap weekend guide is always $25 or less so you can enjoy NYC on the cheap with no apologies and without busting your budget. Who says New York City has to be expensive? Not us.
Unless a price is noted, our weekend list is FREE, and sometimes we remind you that an event is FREE, to be sure you know.
Best FREE things to do in NYC any time of year
Holiday train show at Grand Central Terminal – See a mini version of NYC and vintage model trains, FREE. Through Sunday, Feb. 26th.
Ice Skating at Bryant Park – Through Sunday, March 5th
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Friday, Feb. 17 in NYC
Native Fashion Now – Contemporary fashions, jewelry and accessories by Native American designers and artisans. Exhibit opens today at NMAI, the National Museum of the American Indian in Lower Manhattan. FREE admission every day.
Freebie Friday – FREE admission to NYC museums including MOMA. No passes or coupons needed. Just go.
Freebie Friday: Family Fridays at MoMath – Solve puzzles, family-style, and learn how math affects everything, from music to space flight. 6:30pm, FREE. The National Museum of Mathematics is at 11 E. 26th St.
Freebie Friday – FREE Grand Central Neighborhood Tour. Every Friday at 12:30, docents from the Grand Central Partnership guide you through the history of the fabled Grand Central Terminal and some equally-fabled nearby landmarks including the Chrysler Building. There are no tickets, no reservations. Just meet at Sculpture court at 120 Park Avenue (southwest corner of East 42nd Street). Tour is 90 minutes.
Saturday, Feb. 18
New York CD and Record Collectors Expo – Browse thousands of new and lovingly used recordings of music, Broadway shows, comedy and more. $6 admission, or check the website for a $1 coupon. 10am to 6pm, at the Watson Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn), 440 West 57th St. at 10th Ave..
Family Day: George Washington’s Birthday at Morris Jumel Mansion – Colonial crafts, revolutionary chocolate and more. 11am to 1pm, FREE with museum admission. Morris Jumel Mansion is at 65 Jumel Terrace Washington Heights.
Super Sabado! Carnaval – Grab your máscaras and celebrate the Caribbean and Latin American tradition of Carnaval with music, dance, and art-making and join us for a special performance by Antibalas as part of Carnergie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series in partnership with Weill Music Institute. Agarren sus máscaras y celebren la tradición caribeña y latinoamericana del Carnaval con música, danza y creación artística + únanse a nosotros al concierto especial de Antibalas como parte de Carnergie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series en asociación con Weill Music Institute. Noon to 5pm at El Museo Del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave at 105th St.
Sunday, Feb. 19th
Losar Family Day Himalayan New Year Celebration – Kick off the year of the Fire Bird. Learn about traditional celebrations, go on a family tour of the galleries, listen to traditional music, and make auspicious, Losar and Fire Bird-themed crafts to take home. FREE, noon to 4pm at The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th St, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.
Studio Museum in Harlem – Every Sunday is FREE admission, thanks to Target Free Sundays, with family-friendly workshops. Every Sunday in February celebrates Black History Month. Studio Museum in Harlem focuses on modern and contemporary art and photography by black artists, and is open 10am to 6pm, at 144 West 125th St.
Monday, Feb. 20th
Federal Hall National Memorial – Celebrate Black History Month and George Washington’s birthday at the same time. Living historian, Keith Henley, will present a program about George Washington’s slave chef. Hercules: “Culinary Artist, Free at Last!” explored the Black chef’s reputation for culinary excellence, the status and privilege he received from George Washington, and his escape to freedom. There are two 30-minute presentations, at 11am and at 2pm, at the John Peter Zenger Gallery. FREE. Federal Hall National Memorial is at 26 Wall St.
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Enjoy your free and cheap NYC weekend.