There’s plenty to do in NYC free and cheap on weekends, including on this last weekend of February.. 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
Luminaries at Winter Garden – This is the last weekend for the popular interactive light show that fills the glass structure with dancing lights and patterns. Through Monday, Feb. 29th 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 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.
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
The Legacy of African-American Service: For Black History Month, See an exhibit about the influential leaders who shaped the American social, legal, and justice systems, including during the days of slavery and Jim Crow. This FREE exhibit is weekdays through the end of February at the Arsenal, the Central Park administration building, at Fifth Ave. and 67th St. Details here.
- See our Black History Month events calendar.
Winter Village at Bryant Park – It’s a sure sign of spring when the ice skating rink gets taken down. Winter Village melts away next weekend, on March 6th.
Friday and Saturday in NYC
African Burial Ground National Monument celebrates African-American History Month with FREE events this weekend. Today, a lecture and slide show at 1pm celebrates the history and legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers.Before the National Park Service was founded in 1916, “Buffalo Soldiers” protected some national parks, including Yosemite. Tomorrow, poet and performer David Mills leads a poetry workshop inspired by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the “father of black history,” beginning at 1 P.M. Events are at 290 Broadway, in the Financial District, or call 212-637-2019.
- See our Black History Month events Feb. 20-29 posting for additional events through Monday.
Today in NYC
GlobalFEST Creole Carnival – Music from the Caribbean, including Brazil (Casaurina), Haiti (Emeline Michele) and Jamaica (Brushy One String) for dancing or just listening – as the organizer says – to upend notions of Carnival without losing sight of where magic and religious fervor intersect with a madcap, no-holds-barred soiree. Tickets are $15 and $20, although we don’t know what the price difference is for. The party is at Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Event website and to purchase tickets.
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.
Sunday in NYC
Lunar New Year Lantern Festival in Sunset Park: Cultural performances, martial arts, lion’s dancing, art & crafts, calligraphy, giveaways, free popcorn, cotton candy, more. 11:30 am to 3:30pm. Sunset Park is on Eighth Avenue, between 53rd and 55th St., in Brooklyn.
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Enjoy your free and cheap NYC weekend.