There’s plenty to do in NYC free and cheap on weekends, including on this late February 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 Sun., 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 Sat., 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.
Between Art and Fashion – Examine the forms, colors and shapes that influence our love of art and fashion, and the intersection between them, via pieces by top designers including Christian Dior, Issey Mayake and Hermes. FREE through Dec. 28 at the National Academy School on the Upper East Side. Museum website
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 Mon., Feb. 29th. Museum website.
Heart of Hearts – Valentine’s Day might be over, but the glittering gold 10-foot hearts remain on display in Times Square until Mar. 6. Take selfies, steal a kiss, or just enjoy. Details here.
Today in NYC
Ghosts of Amistad: FREE screening of the documentary film exploring the Amistad slave ship rebellion 177 years ago, as part of Black History Month events in NYC. The film, based on Marcus Rediker’s The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom documents his journey to Sierra Leone in 2013 to recover historical accounts from the villages of those Africans who were forced onboard the Amistad vessel, and his encounter with the ruins of the slave trading factory Lomboko. Following the screening, co-producers, Dr. Philip Misevich and Dr. Konrad Tuchscerer will lead a discussion. At the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning Black Box Theater on Friday, Feb. 19th at 6:30pm. Reservations are recommended to ensure space. To reserve a seat, email [email protected] or call (718) 206-0545 x 13. Event website.
- See our Black History Month events calendar.
Today through Sunday in NYC
Nintendo NY – Go play at the new flagship store in Rockefeller Center, reopening today after renovations with a giant 15-foot gaming screen and an entire weekend’s worth of festivities. In-store events include giveaways and the chance to meet the voice of Mario, Charles Martinet. All FREE, of course, except for anything you buy. Nintendo NY is at 10 Rockefeller Plaza.
Saturday in NYC
Lunar New Year – Celebrate the Year of the Monkey today at events in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Bronx. Details here.
Jewish Museum – FREE admission on Saturdays
- See the NYCOTC list of free days at top NYC museums.
If you know about a free or cheap NYC weekend event you’d like to share with NYC on the Cheap, email us at [email protected]
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.