There’s plenty to do in NYC free and cheap on weekends, including on this three-day combo Valentine’s and President’s holiday weekend. Only FREE and cheap (under $20) events are on the NYCOTC list. That makes us different from all the other “what to do in NYC on the weekend” lists with expensive tickets.
Unless a price is noted, what we are telling you about is FREE. Please dress warmly for the frigid temperatures.
any time of year
Superheres of Gotham – Batman, Superman and other super comic book heroes either lived in NYC or were created in NYC. See a super exhibit about them at the NY Historical Society on the Upper West Side, through Feb. 21st. Details here.
Passport Delivery Bureau – This unusual gallery exhibit demonstrates the effect of climate change in Antarctica via artworks made of recycled materials. Through Feb. 20th at Jane Lombard Gallery, 518 West 19th St., in Chelsea. Visitors also can sign up for a “global passport” indicating your commitment to world peace and fighting climate change. Exhibit website.
Luminaries at Winter Garden – The popular interactive light show that fills the glass structure with dancing lights and patterns, has been extended through the end of February. Details here.
Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals – This exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage focuses on the non-Jews who also were victims of the Holocaust. Closes Feb. 29th. Museum website.
Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central – daily through February. Details here
Saturday in NYC
Central Park Ice Festival – Ice carving demos, a silent disco and more. Details here.
- UPDATE – This event has been CANCELLED because of extreme cold weather and high winds.
Chinese New Year Family Festival – Dancing in the streets, firecrackers and more. In Chinatown. Details here
Jewish Museum – FREE admission on Saturdays
- See the NYCOTC list of free days at top NYC museums.
Sunday in NYC
Times Square Love-In – Renew your vows, get married, watch others renew their vows or get married, or just snuggle together at this annual Valentine’s Day event. Event website.
- Heart of Hearts – Ten-foot-tall glittering golden hearts for kissing and photo ops. Details here
Anytime in NYC
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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.