As always, there’s plenty to do in NYC free and cheap this first weekend of spring. Unless a price is mentioned, these events are FREE, and there’s nothing more than $25. Dress for the thermometer, not for the calendar.
any time of year
Today in New York
Macaron Day 2015: FREE French pastries at participating patisseries.
Also, welcome spring with FREE Italian ices at Ritas.
Your last chance to see:
Helena Rubenstein: Beauty is Power: Before there was Estee Lauder or Bobbie Brown, Helena Rubenstein ruled the world of beauty and was a product, marketing genius, business pioneer, and renowned art collector. This is the final weekend to see this marvelous exhibit at the Jewish Museum, which is FREE to visit on Saturdays. I loved the fascinating snippets of old, black-and-white TV commercials, the jaw-dropping displays of Helena Rubenstein’s diamonds and pearls, and her impressive collection of African art.
Today through Sunday in New York:
Queens World Film Festival: 100+ films from around the world, including documentaries and animated shorts, at several locations in Queens. See the full list here.
Architectural Digest Home Design Show: Be inspired by the latest in furniture, accessories, lighting, art, and kitchen, bath and building products from more than 400 leading design brands at this annual home decorating fair, plus lectures by top designers, daily book signings and more. Get half-price admission tickets here for $15, which includes a one-year subscription to Architectural Digest magazine. Depending on how you do the math, that makes either the magazine or the show ticket FREE. The show is at Pier 94, at 55th St. and the Hudson River.
Roger Vivier Sample Sale: Fine leather shoes, handbags and accessories at up to 70% off original retail. Sale is at 317 West 33rd Street, 10-7 today, 9-6:30 Saturday and Sunday.
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.
Sunday in New York:
Wedding Crashers: The seventh annual Brooklyn wedding fair is for modern lovers in search of off-beat locations, themes, food and favors for their nuptials, including having your wedding catered by a popular NYC food truck. The wedding show is 11:30am-3pm, in Gowanus. Tickets are $25-$35 and are on sale here. The price includes unlimited tastings and free-flowing bubbly.
Modern Jewish Cooking: Recipes and Customs for Today’s Kitchen: Get ready for Passover with this illustrated lecture by popular food writers Leah Koenig and Gabrielle Gershenson, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park. The $15 ticket includes sampling some of the recipes. Get tickets here.
Also, check the list of best free things to do in NYC any day of the week, including weekends.