There are celebrations all over New York City this weekend. Here’s what’s FREE, to help you enjoy NYC on the cheap —
Avenue of the Americas Summerfest — Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., between 23rd and 33rd Streets, on Sixth Avenue, which is what nearly everybody calls Avenue of the Americas.
Times Square Block Party — Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., in the Crossroads of the World. Entertainment, food, arts and crafts vendors, and all the flashing and blinking lights that make Times Square world famous.
Fort Greene Festival — Hip Hop artist Mos Def is the headliner at this annual event celebrating the different cultures, music and foods of Fort Greene. There are musical performances by other entertainers throughout the day. In Fort Greene Park, Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. It’s free, but a $3 donation is suggested, to help support park programs.
International Immigrants Parade — This is a celebration of African, Asian, Indian and Caribbean cultures, and one of the more colorful and lesser known of all the annual parades in NYC. It marches along Sixth Avenue, from 43rd Street north to 56th Street, Saturday, beginning at noon.
NYC Pride and Harlem Pride — This is the weekend of pride, and the partying will be bigger than ever with the passage by the New York State legislature of the gay marriage bill. There are several ticketed events, including a dance and theater performances — find out about them at the NYC Pride website and the Harlem Pride website. I’m only listing the FREE events , including —
- street fair on Hudson Street, between Abingdon Square, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- parade on Fifth Avenue. Scroll down to an earlier posting for full information
- health fair with workshops, screenings and more. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. in Marcus Garvey Park, Fifth Avenue at 124th Street, and at the Harlem branch of the New York Public Library, 9 West 125th Street.