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 through Sunday in New York:
Tribeca Film Festival: The annual extravaganza of new and classic films wraps up on Sunday. There are still tickets available for some screenings and panel discussions with filmmakers , at several venues in Tribeca and the Upper West Side. Schedule and ticketing. Or, download the FREE Tribeca Film Festival app, for the schedule and to purchase tickets directly from your smartphone or tablet.
Green Festival Expo: Earth Day was earlier this week, but this 14th annual festival of eco-food, eco-travel, eco-speakers, eco-everything will help you be eco-friendly year-round. At the Javits Convention Center. Event website
Saturday in New York:
Wall to Wall Tribute to Johnny Cash: FREE seven-hour marathon of Johnny Cash music by more than a dozen bands and individual performers, at Symphony Space on the UWS. See this recent NYCOTC posting for full information.
Tribeca Family Festival: This annual street fair includes booths from local restaurants and shops, live music and dance performances, the Tribeca Studios Backlot for a behind-the-scenes filmmaking experience, demonstrations by local chefs on the Tribeca Food Feast Stage, video games in the Games for Change Public Arcade, kid-friendly projects in the Arts & Crafts pavilions, free screenings.and more, and it’s all FREE. On Greenwich St. between Hubert and Chambers, starting at 10am. Event website
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:
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.