No fooling, there’s plenty to do in NYC free and cheap on weekends, including on this fine first weekend of April. Nothing on the NYCOTC cheap weekend list costs more than $20. 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.
any time of year
2016 New York International Auto Show – Kick the tires, get behind the wheel of more than 1,000 shiny new cars and trucks. The biggest auto show in the USA is through Sunday, April 3rd, with exhibits and activities for kids and families. Details here.
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.
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.
Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York – Long before Silicon Valley, New York City and nearby were world headquarters for technology. IBM, AT&T, Bell Labs, Thomas Edison, Brookhaven National Laboratory and more, gave birth to the digital world, including satellite technology. This wonderful exhibit at the New York Historical Society is through Sunday, April 17th. There are more than 300 artifacts, including early computers, a futuristic picturephone from the 1950s, IBM Selectric typewriters, and vintage arcade games that grew up to be apps. All invented, designed, and coded in Silicon City, AKA New York City. Museum exhibition website.
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 Saturday, 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
International Pillow Fight Day – Join the fun in Union Square for this annual event that’s now held in dozens of cities in the USA and overseas. Details here.
Spring Break at Le Carousel – The popular Victorian-themed carousel in Bryant Park opens for the 2016 season with a FREE event for the kids, including clowns, face-painting and more. It’s 1pm to 2pm only, and while the entertainment is free, rides still cost $3. Event website.
Jewish Museum – FREE admission on Saturdays
- See the NYCOTC list of free days at top NYC museums.
Sunday in NYC
Matzah Factory at the Jewish Children’s Museum – Cut, thresh, and grind wheat into flour, and race against the clock as you make your own matzah to take home. Three sessions: 1pm, 1:45pm and 2:30pm. FREE with museum admission. Jewish Children’s Museum, 792 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn,
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Enjoy your free and cheap NYC weekend.