As always, there’s plenty to do in NYC free and cheap this weekend, including the Tribecca Film Festival in Manhattan and the Cherry Blossom Festival in Brooklyn. Unless a price is mentioned, events are FREE. Dress for the weather, not the calendar.
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Today in New York:
Tribeca Film Festival Drive-In: The first outdoor movie of the season, and TFF, is Disney’s ever popular Lady and the Tramp. The Drive-In is at the outdoor plaza at Brookfield Place, which used to be called World Financial Center. The movie is at 8pm, but get there early for sing-alongs, face painting, photo booths and a surprise special guest. FREE, and there are no reservations.
Today through Sunday in New York:
Tribeca Film Festival: Dozens of movie screenings, panel discussions with filmmakers, including George Lucas, and more, at several venues in Tribeca. Schedule and ticketing. Or, download the FREE Tribeca Film Festival app, for the schedule and to purchase tickets directly from your smartphone or tablet.
Saturday in New York:
Thunderbird Dance Social: The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers hold their annual event at the National Museum of the American Indian in Battery Park, with traditional dances, songs and storytelling. My personal favorite is the Hoop Dance. The evening includes inviting everybody to join a dance circle. 7-10pm. FREE. There also are free door prizes and free refreshments. The Thunderbirds are Native Americans from various tribes living in the NYC area. Find out more about them on their .
Saturday and Sunday in New York:
Sakura Matsui Cherry Blossom Festival: Two days of dances, drumming, crafts workshops and more at the annual event at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, including – of course – enjoying the blooming cherry blossoms. Full information on this previous NYCOTC posting including ticket information.
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:
Earth Day New York: Go green in Union Square for the annual FREE Earth Day celebration, with kids’ activities and entertainment, live music, displays about green travel and green cars, and more. Bring your used clothing, textiles and electronics for FREE recycling. Noon to 7pm. Event website
Videology: Join others addicted to Game of Thrones and Mad Men for weekly screenings at this combination restaurant, bar and screening room in Williamsburg. From 9pm.
Also, check the list of best free things to do in NYC any day of the week, including weekends.