This first full weekend of June is packed with free and frugal family-friendly events in NYC. As always, nothing on the NYCOTC list is more than $20, because we believe you can be cheap and still have fun in the greatest city on the planet. Unless otherwide notes, these NYC events are FREE.
NOTE: Please see the separate NYCOTC posting about this weekend’s steet fairs.
Sproutfest: The annual festival for kids at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, with brussel sprouts bowling, kid-friendly garden tors and more. Saturday, Noon to 4pm, rain or shine. FREE with admission, which is $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free for kids under 12. Website
Almost Summer Celebration: A family-friendly festival in Lower Manhattan, with lawn games, crafts, nature activities and music and dance performances, including by a Native American dancer. Sunday, 11am to 2pm at Robert F. Wagner Park, on the west side of Battery Park. In case of rain, the celebration moves inside to the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Website
2nd Annual Northwest Queens Food Day: Cooking demonstrations, community food advocacy and planting workshops, composting demos, the first growNYC Greenmarket of the season, and more, including a Bike Parade. Socretes Park, Astoria, 11AM to 3PM Saturday. Big Apple BBQ Block Party, finger-licking BBQ from top pitmasters from around the USA, plus free music and grilling classes, 11am-6pm both days at Madison Square Park, 23rd between Madison and 5th Avenue. See the NYCOTC posting earlier this week for all the details.
Phenomenal Woman: Maya Angelou 1928-2014: Celebrate the life of the poet, author, musician, dancer and mentor at The Schomburg Center, with a special exhibit that includes a handwritten manuscript of her 1969 autobiography Why a Caged Bird Sings. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Lenox Avenue at 135th St. The #2 and #3 trains stop at the front door. Website
Puerto Rican Day Parade: One of NYC’s largest and most colorful parades, marches up Fifth Avenue on Sunday, from 44th to 79th Streets, starting at 11AM.
Native American Pow Wow & Festival: three days of dancing, drumming, storytelling, crafts and birds of prey at the largest Native American gathering of the year in New York City. Today through Sunday at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn. Admission is $14 for adults, free for kids under 6 and $8 for older kids and seniors, Event website.
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