As always, there’s plenty to do in NYC free and cheap on weekends, and this first after the July 4th biggie is no exception, with street fairs, art fairs and more. Let’s hope the weather cooperates with all the outdoor events, including the NYC Pride Week 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 and tomorrow in NYC
Midsummer Night Swing: The annual three-week outdoor dance event to live bands wraps up with two evening dances and one special FREE afternoon event for kids.at this annual outdoor dance festival in Lincoln Center. See this recent NYCOTC posting for full details.
Today through Sunday in NYC:
El Galeon in South Street Seaport: Ahoy mates! This is your last chance to visit a replica of a 16th century Spanish sailing ship before she sails to her next port of call. See this recent NYCOTC posting for full details.
Empire State Tattoo Expo: This is a ticketed event, with displays and seminars by top tattoo artists, performances by burlesque artists and more. Presented by Ink Magazine, at the New York Hilton Midtown, Sixth Avenue between 53rd and 54th St
Today in NYC:
Bowling Green Park Fair: Broadway and Whitehall Streets, 9am to 6pm.
Saturday in NYC:
Niblo’s Pleasure Garden: Party like it’s 1865 at a recreated Victorian burlesque show, with fire eaters, contortionists and more. This annual celebration of William Niblo, the top entertainment producer of bygone days, is at Green-Wood Cemetery, where he now resides. See this recent NYCOTC posting for full details.
NY City Fest: Join Luis Palau, Mandisa, Mariano Rivera and friends this annual celebration, and a FREE concert, 4pm to 10pm. Central Park Great Lawn, Mid-Park from 79th to 85th St
Kayaking in Brooklyn: Get out on the water for a FREE paddle. You’ll get instruction, a lifevest and a bon voyage. Every Saturday, 10AM to 3PM from Pier 2. Website info.
Times Square Summer Festival: Block party with a theatrical theme. On Broadway between 47th and 57th Streets.
Fourth Avenue Festival: Street fair on Fourth Avenue, between 9th and 14 Streets.
Saturday and Sunday in NYC:
Vintage Bus Bash at Governors Island: The New York Transit Museum’s fleet of vintage buses from the 1940s and 1950s heads to Governors Island for this popular annual summer event. See iconic “fishbowl” style windshields, that old-fashioned two-tone green color scheme, Jackie Gleason’s famed bus driver appearance in The Honeymooners, and the first air-conditioned bus in the country. For more information visit mta.info/museum or the Governors Island event website, or both.
Sunday in NYC:
Bastille Day on East 60th Street: The annual block party features French food, wine, Can Can dancers, and more. See this recent NYCOTC posting for full details.
Bastille Day in Lower Manhattan: FREE music performances, storytelling by Posman Books, French lessons by Bilingual Birdies, and ballet lessons and performances by New York Theater Ballet at the Winter Garden, now part of what’s been renamed as Brookfield Place. Find the full schedule of Bastille Day events here.
Chinatown Festival: Street fair on Lafayette Street between Canal and Leonard 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 are back at 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.
Enjoy your free and cheap NYC weekend.