- Brooklyn Pride – This combo parade ad street fair is the traditional kick-off to to Pride Month in NYC. On Saturday. The street fair, with entertainment and foods, is onFifth Avenue, between Third and Ninth Streets, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by the parade at 7:30, along Fifth Avenue from Douglas Street to Ninth Street. Brooklyn Pride website
- The Hare Krishna Parade and Festival – also Saturday. The parade begins at noon, marching down Fifth Avenue, from 45th Street to Washington Square Park, site of the festival.
- Puerto Rican Day Parade – Sunday. This is the 56th annual parade celebrating Puerto Rican music, culture and food. On fifth Avenue, from 44th Street north to 79th Street, starting at 11 a.m.
Street fairs and festivals –
American Crafts Festival – This is the annual show of really good arts and crafts by professional artisans, not the schlocky stuff that dominates most street fairs. The show is sponsored by the American Concern for Art and Craftsmanship, and it’s in two locations within Lincoln Center – in Damrosch Park, at 62nd St. between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, and Hearrst Plaza, 64th Street and Columbus. The crafts fair is both Saturday and Sunday, Saturday noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Event website And if you miss this weekend, there’s a replay next weekend.
Harlem River Festival – Guided hikes, kayaking, fishing, arts and crafts and more, in Sherman Creek Park at the northern tip of Manhattan (where I grew up). This park used to be a landfill dump, cleaned up by the New York Restoration Group, started by Bette Midler, which sponsors this festival. Sherman Creek Park is at the foot of Dyckman Street and the Harlem River, along the Harlem River Drive that we kids used to call The Speedway because cars did. The festival is rain or shine, on Saturday, so let’s hope for shine. Event website
Big Apple Block Party – This annual festival of BBQ and music benefits the Madison Square Conservancy. The music is free, but the food and drink are pricey for a block party – $9 a plate and up to $9 for beverages – although you’ll be sampling BBQ from some of the top pitmasters in NYC and as far away as North Carolina and Texas. Event website
Whatever you do this weekend, I hope you enjoy NYC on the cheap.