As always, there’s plenty to do in NYC free and cheap on weekends, and this first weekend of June is no exception, with street fairs, art fairs and a parade. Let’s hope the weather cooperates with all the outdoor events.
Unless a price is mentioned, events are FREE, unless you buy stuff. Street fairs are normally 10am to 5pm.
any time of year
Today in New York:
Sing for Hope Pianos: Starting today for three weeks, you’ll see colorfully decorated pianos on the streets all over town. Play, listen, dance, enjoy. Full information on this previous NYC on the Cheap posting.
Bowling Green Park Fair: Broadway and Whitehall Streets, 9am to 6pm
Saturday in New York
Murray Hill Neighborhood Festival: Park Avenue between 34th and 40th Streets.
First Avenue Festival: First Avenue, between 68th and 79th Streets
University Place Fair: University Place, between Eighth and 14th Streets
Saturday and Sunday in New York
Native American Pow Wow: Join Native Americans from across the Americas in the annual Native American Pow Wow & Festival for two days of singing, dancing, drumming, crafts and more, at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. Full details on this previous NYC on the Cheap posting.
American Crafts Festival at Lincoln Center: Affordable art and jewelry takes over the plaza. Saturday noon to 8pm, Sunday 10am to 6pm.
Special Edition NYC Comic Book Festival: Comic books and seminars about comic books. This is a ticketed event, $30 Saturday, $20 Sunday. Pier 94, 55th St and West Side Highway.
Sunday in New York
Philippine Independence Day Parade, Street Fair and Cultural Festival: Celebrate all things Philippine on Sunday. The parade marches down Madison Avenue, from 38th to 27th Streets, beginning at noon. The street fair is on Madison between 24th and 26th 10am to 6pm, and the cultural festival with music and dance is 2pm to 6pm. Event website.
38th Annual Plantathon and Crafts Fair: Broadway, between 73rd and 86th Streets
Egg Rolls & Egg Cream Festival — and Introducing Empanadas!: For years, this event has celebrated the dual cultures of the Lower East Side, Jewish and Chinese. This year adds the Puerto Rican community of this distinctly New York neighborhood. Enjoy Chinese opera, klezmer and salsa and plena music; Yiddish, Mandarin and Spanish lessons; Hebrew and Chinese scribal art, Puerto Rican mask making, mah jongg and, of course, egg rolls, egg creams and empanadas – all kosher. Noon to 4pm at the Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St off Canal St
Housing Works Open Air Fair: Block party and shopping bazaar featuring thousands of donated books, records, and CDs for $1 each; live music presented by Two Boots Americana Jamboree; food specials from the Bookstore Cafe, ice cream from Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, and discount clothing from the Soho Thrift Shop. Plus, everything you buy supports the Housing Works programs for HIV and AIDS patients and their families. Crosby Street, between Houston and Prince Streets.
NYC weekend flea markets and food fairs:
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. Full details on the Made In Brooklyn Tours website.
Vendy Plaza: Food trucks return to the famous El Marqueta area at 125th St. and Park Avenue. Details here.
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.
Also, check the list of best free things to do in NYC any day of the week, including weekends.