As always, there’s plenty to do in NYC free and cheap on weekends, and this mid-July weekend 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
Saturday in NYC:
Come Out & Play Festival: Field Day and Family Day – Governors Island, 11 AM to 4 PM, FREE, offers games designed specifically for families and children of all ages, including a new area designed specifically for pre-schoolers. All the games connect together with a fun story line about Time Travel complete with an official Time Travel Agency, games throughout time, a growing timeline, and imminent threats to the space-time continuum. http://www.comeoutandplay.org/new-york-city-2015/
Afro Cuban Dance Workshop and Performance – noon to 2pm at Madison Square Park, join host Dia de Reyes, for a FREE Afro Cuban dance workshop and performance organized by Cuban-American artist Teresita Fernández, Cuban-born performer and scholar Yesenia Selier, and Global Rhythms, a cultural enterprise devoted to Cuban dance, music, and cultural education. The performance coincides with the annual July celebration of Carnaval de Santiago de Cuba, one of the largest carnivals in Cuba.
Sixth Avenue Festival – Street fair on Sixth Avenue between 14th and 23rd Streets.
Amsterdam Avenue Fair -Street fair on Amsterdam Ave. between 96th and 106th St
City of Water Day – Celebrate the H2O that surrounds New York City at events in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island and on Governors Island. See this recent NYCOTC posting for all the details: https://www.nyconthecheap.com/2015/07/nyc-city-of-water-day-free-events-2/
Sunday in NYC
Rio do Brazil Block Party – On Little Brazil, 46th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues
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.