It’s another busy summer weekend for FREE events, so you can enjoy NYC on the cheap on this second weekend of August. Because NYCOTC believes you can be cheap and still have fun in the greatest city in the world. Unless mentioned otherwise, street fairs are 10 AM to 5 PM.
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival: Races of colorful hand-made dragon-shaped boats, plus Chinese entertainment and food, on the lake in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Saturday and Sunday. See the full NYCOTC posting earlier this week.
Free in NYC on Saturday:
SummerStreets: This is the second of three car-free Saturdays in Manhattan, with free family-friendly events sprinkled between the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park. See the full NYCOTC posting for all the details.
Coney Island History Day: See artifacts and more from the early days of the world’s most famous amusement park, including the chance to get inside the Astroland Rocket, which has been sealed up for 40 years. See the full NYCOTC posting earlier this week.
USS Baylander: FREE tours of this retired vessel that saw service in Vietnam and then became a training ship. Tours are Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day weekend, at Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Baylander website.
University Place Festival: Street fair on University Place between Waverly Place and 14th St.
Times Square Summer Fair: Street fair with a Broadway show theme, 45th Street between Fifth and Seventh Avenues
Free in NYC on Sunday:
33rd Annual Dominican Day Parade: Great music and colorful costumes with a Caribbean beat. Starts at 11 AM, marching up Sixth Avenue from 37th to 52nd Streets. Parade website.
Third Avenue Fair: On Third Avenue, btween 23rd and 34th Streets.
Ecofest: Times Square goes green, with displays about energy conservation, healthy eating and more. On Broadway, between 42nd and 44th Streets.
Sunday Swing at the Savoy: The Harlem Swing Dance Society presents an afternoon of swing dancing where it all began. Dancable tunes 3-5 PM at the Savoy Plaque, Lenox Ave. between 140th and 141st Streets, where the legendary Savoy Ballroom used to be. Event website
Have fun and be a NYC cheapskate with NYC on the Cheap.