As always, there’s plenty to do in NYC free and cheap this first weekend of April, including family frendly events. Unless a price is mentioned, events are FREE. Dress for the thermometer, not for the calendar.
any time of year
Today through Sunday in New York:
New York Auto Show: Go kick the tires before this annual extravaganza of shiny new cars and trucks closes Sunday for the year. In addition to dozens of all-new models from major manufacturers, see the Porsche 919 Hybrid race car and the rocket-like Venturi electric car that will seek the world land speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats in a few months.
Take Two Indie Film Festival: Films and documentaries, including animations, from the US, France, Israel and other countries, screening downtown. Most of the screenings include talks by the filmmakers after the screening, Tickets are $15, and part of the proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. Click here for the full schedule, including video trailers.
Saturday in New York:
17th Annual Tartan Day Parade: It’s the gathering of the clan, with bagpipes, kilts and more, and one of the most important part of Scotland Week in NYC. See this previous NYCOTC posting for full information about the parade route, art exhibitions and more.
Octavia Spencer: Meet the Oscar-winning actress in Soho, as she signs copies of her latest book, “Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective: The Sweetest Heist in History”. She’s at the McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St., 11:30am to 1:30pm.
Saturday and Sunday in New York:
Smorgasburg: The popular Brooklyn foodie festival is back outdoors every weekend through fall, with more than 75 local vendors selling top quality sodas, gluten-free sodas, seafood and more. Saturdays are in in East River State Park, and Sundays in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
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:
Bloody Mary Festival: This is not your regular Sunday brunch. Sip your way through offbeat versions of the classic Bloody Mary and nibble your way through BBQ and other tastes, all from Brooklyn restaurants and mixologists. It’s a three-hour all you can taste event including live music from The Afro-latineers. 1pm to 4pm at Industry City in Sunset Park. Tickets are $50.
Twin Bracelets: FREE screening of this film from Taiwan about two friends and their very different lives after one marries a good man and the other an abusive one. 2pm at the Mid-Manhattan Library, across Fifth Avenue from the main branch with the lions out front. Tweet @midmanhattanlib
Also, check the list of best free things to do in NYC any day of the week, including weekends.