Because Tax Day, April 15, falls on a Friday this year, you have until Monday, April 18th to file your 2015 taxes, so you can enjoy what’s free and cheap in NYC this weekend. Everything on the NYCOTC cheap weekend list is $20 or less. 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. Let’s hope the weather cooperates for the outdoor events.
any time of year
National Park Week – Celebrate the 100th birthday of our National Park Service with FREE admission April 16-24 to national parks and historic and memorial sites. In New York City, NPS sites include the Statue of Liberty, Grant’s Tomb and Gateway National Wildlife Area in Queens. By the way, the National Park Service was created by Teddy Roosevelt, the only US President born in New York City, and a lifelong environmentalist.
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
LOOT: MAD About Jewelry – The Museum of Arts and Design’s annual exhibition and sale features the work of 44 jewelers from 17 countries. Since its launch, LOOT has become a premier pop-up shop for contemporary art jewelry for the rare opportunity to learn about jewelers’ processes, materials and concepts, and purchase works directly from their makers. Do your bling thing through Saturday, April 16 at the museum in Columbus Circle. Exhibit website
Sidney Poitier Retrospective – Binge watch great films by a great award-winning actor. Through Sunday, April 17th at the Museum of the Moving Image, 35th Ave. at 37th St., Astoria, Queens. Museum 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
Open Mic Night for Teens – This special FREE event is for teen poets, vocalists, comics, or storytellers aged 13 to 18. Open Mic Night at the Schomburg Centeris hosted by the Schomburg Junior Scholars and Teen Curators. It’s 6pm to 9pm, and while it’s FREE, registration is required to ensure space and time at the open mic. Kick off the weekend on April 15 with this special evening for teens to share spoken word poetry, music, and more!
FREE museum admission. See the NYCOTC list.
Saturday in NYC
Jewish Museum – FREE admission on Saturdays
- See the NYCOTC list of free days at top NYC museums.
Saturday and Sunday in NYC
LIC Flea & Food – The popular outdoor weekend market is back for the season, open 11AM-6PM both days with favorite vendors returning and new vendors added. Grab a beer from the only All Queens Beer Garden and enjoy the Manhattan skyline. Located at 5-25 46th Avenue in Long Island City at the corner of 46th Avenue and 5th Street. LIC Flea & Foods website.
Smorgasburg – The popular food and crafts market in Brooklyn is back for the season, open 11am to 6pm both days. Note that Smogasburg has two locations:
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.
- See more Passover 2016 events in NYC
Fulton Stall Outdoor Market – This popular outdoor food market is back for the season with live music and tastings of local craft food and drinks. This family-friendly seasonal market has become a community institution throughout the spring and summer, connecting New Yorkers with fresh and healthy produce from within a 250-mile radius of New York City.This celebration is also an opportunity to experience the Seaport District’s art installation, featuring portraits of over 100 farmers and chefs living and working in the Hudson Valley. South Street Seaport district at the corner of Fulton and Water Streets and inside Fulton Stall Market at 207A Front St., 11 AM – 5 PM
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Enjoy your free and cheap NYC weekend.