There’s plenty to do in NYC free and cheap on weekends, including on this fine March 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
The Genius of Geoffrey Holder – FREE exhibit about the late, great choreographer, director, actor, through April 3, at the Educational Alliance on the Lower East Side. This is a recreation of a wonderful exhibit last year at the NYPL Library for the Performing Arts in Lincoln Center.
Fairy Tale Fashion – This FREE exhibit examines popular fairy tales through the lens of high fashion. The show features more than 80 garments and accessories objects placed within dramatic, fantasy-like settings. There is special emphasis on 21st-century fashions by designers including Thom Browne, Dolce and Gabbana, Tom Ford, Giles, Marchesa, Alexander McQueen and Prada. Fairy Tale Fashion is through April 16th at the Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology), Seventh Ave. at 28th St. Exhibit website
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
Friday in NYC
FREE museum admission. See the NYCOTC list.
Saturday in NYC
Better when Together: The Art of Assemblage – Special FREE admission today to the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling. Meet the Museum’s 2015-2016 Artist-in-Residence, David Shrobe and learn to assemble everyday items, such as scraps, junk, cloth, paper, and other recycled material, and transform them into a unique work of art. The museum is at 898 St. Nicholas Ave, at 155th St. For more information visit www.sugarhillmuseum.org
Jewish Museum – FREE admission on Saturdays
- See the NYCOTC list of free days at top NYC museums.
Sunday in NYC
Purim Carnival: An Upside Down Jamboree – You don’t have to be Jewish to dress in your favorite costume and dance, parade and just have fun at this annual family event at the 92nd St. Y, starting at 11am. Tickets are $12. Purchase online here.
Purim Costume Craziness with Joanie Leeds – You don’t have to be Jewish to have fun marching in a costume parade, shake grogger noisemakers or enjoy a lively concert and crafts activities. Tickets are $8, and include a museum tour. At the Museum of Jewish Heritage near Battery Park. Museum website.
Macy’s Flower Show – The theme of this year’s annual FREE extravaganza of fresh spring blooms is “America the Beautiful”, at the flagship location in Herald Square and at other Macy’s locations around the country, daily through Sunday, April 3rd. Here in NYC, the displays tell the story of America through fabulous flora indigenous to each of our nation’s regions, and each day features a special bouquet made by master florists and other events. Macy’s Flower Show website.
Coney Island Season Opening – FREE rides on Deno’s Wonder Wheel and more. Details here.
- NOTE – Because of the expected snowy weather, the Coney Island season opening has been re-scheduled for next Sunday, March 27
Easter Extravaganza Workshop – At this popular, annual egg workshop at Cathedral of St. John the Divine, children can create colorful patterns on their eggs with tissue paper, glitter, glue, and paint, and build a nest for decorated eggs with twigs, feathers, and clay. Please bring two hard-boiled eggs per child. Recommended for children ages 4 – 8 years old. $10 per child, with accompanying adult. Purchase tickets in advance for either the 10am and 2pm workshop, e or by calling (866) 811-4111. Check in at Visitor Center.
Macaron Day – Get FREE macarons at participating French pastry shops in NYC. Details here.
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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.