As always, there’s plenty to do in NYC free and cheap this frigid St. Valentines weekend, including movie screenings and exhibits. Unless a price is mentioned, these events are FREE. Dress warmly for outdoor events.
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Valentine’s Day Saturday in New York:
Fourth Annual Ice Festival in Central Park: Watch ice-carving artists from Okamoto Studio use electric chain saws, ice picks and chisels to transform more than 3,000 pounds of ice into a replica of the park’s romantic Romeo and Juliet statue. The ice carving starts at 3pm, at the Naumburg Bandshell, mid-park, between 66th and 72nd Streets. At at 7pm, the area becomes an outdoor disco, with DJs and music. Event website.
Renew your wedding vows in Times Square: Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Times Square by renewing your vows. An ordained minister will officiate, at 6pm, on the Red Steps in Duffy Square. The event is FREE, but you must register to participate. Share your Valentine’s Day photos and love stories using #LoveTimesSquare via Twitter and Instagram, @TimesSquareNYC.
Great Backyard Bird Count: Join the experts at the Queens Botanical Garden for an event that combines data-collecting with a scavenger hunt to make it fun and help keep you warm. Free, but registration is required.
African Burial Ground National Monument: The celebration of Black History Month continues with FREE film screening. Details here
Saturday to Monday:
Free entry to US National Parks and Historic Sites: Celebrate President’s Weekend with FREE entry to National Park Service sites, including the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace in Manhattan and Gateway National Seashore in Queens.
Saturday and Sunday in New York:
Fulton Stall Market at the South Street Seaport: A new farmer’s market and more. The more includes FREE Saturday morning cartoons for the kids and cooking demonstrations for the grownups. Details here.
Ending soon in New York:
Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal: This is your last chance to see the annual FREE display of miniature train, closing on Feb. 22nd. See thefor all the details.
Cubism at the Met: The spectacular Leonard Collection of Braque, Gris, Leger and Picasso at the Met Museum of Art closes on Feb. 16.
Also, check the list of best free things to do in NYC any day of the week, including weekends.