There’s plenty to do in NYC free and cheap on weekends, including on this fine 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. Let’s hope the weather cooperates for the outdoor events.
any time of year
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
New York Tartan Day Parade – Celebrate all things Scottish at this grand parade on Fifth Avenue. Details here on the parade and other Scotland Week events.
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 Opens This Weekend for the Season – Rain, Rain go away for LIC Flea & Food has its opening day! The popular outdoor weekend market will be 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.
Sunday in NYC
Greek Independence Day Parade – Celebrate the 195th anniversary of Hellenic independence at this parade marching up Fifth Avenue, from 64th to 79th Street, starting at 1:45pm. Parade website.
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,
Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda – This special ceremony is organized by genocide survivors and members of the Rwandese disapora in New York, held annually at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan. The ceremony brings communities together to remember the atrocities of the past and look to the future. FREE, but pre-registration is required. Ceremony is at 3pm. Register here.
Love Rally in Washington Square Park – The rally will showcase speakers from interfaith and secular leaders, musical groups, spoken word poetry, a love meditation, short plays, and readings by middle school students in order to bring together diverse communities and celebrate common humanity. This event was originally scheduled for Valentine’s Day, but postponed to Sunday. From 1pm to 3pm. Event website.
Fulton Stall Outdoor Market – This popular outdoor food market returns 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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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.