There’s plenty to do cheap and free in NYC on this wonderful Father’s Day weekend, including free bike rentals and street fairs. Everything on the NYCOTC cheap weekend list is $20 or less. That makes us different from all the other “what to do” lists with expensive ideas, because we’re here to help you enjoy being a NYC cheapskate with no apologies.
Unless a price is noted, our NYC cheap weekend list is FREE.
Unless otherwise noted, street fairs are 10AM to 6PM.
Let’s hope the weather cooperates for the outdoor events.
any time of year
First, what’s coming up next week:
Night at the Museums – FREE admission Tuesday to more than a dozen museums in Lower Manhattan, restaurant discounts and more.
Bryant Park Summer Movies – Monday night movies include Top Gun and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Today through Sunday in NYC
Today in NYC
“At the Movies” Screening of Fire Song & Post-Screening Discussion – A touching film about family survival after the suicide of a family member, in a remote Aboriginal community in Northern Canada, followed by a discussion with the director, Adam Garnet Jones (Cree/Métis/Danish). A discussion with Jones and two of the film’s actors, Adam Martin (Mohawk) and Harley Legarde (Ojibwe). 6PM to 9PM at the National Museum of the American Indian in Lower Manhattan. While admission is FREE, an RSVP is required to ensure space.
Green Market Summer Fridays – The popular farmer’s market turns into an biergarten for this pop-up event. If you miss it tonight, you get two more chances this season, on July 15 and August 19, 2016 4pm-8pm at the Union Square Greenmarket, 17th Street between Park & Broadway
Grand Central Food Fair – On 41st Street, between Third and Lexington Avenues.
Friday Freebies: FREE museum admission at top NYC museums.
More Friday Freebies: See this week’s list of free weekday events, including films, concerts and talks, published on Monday.
Saturday in NYC
Adventures NYC – Celebrate the great outdoors in and enjoy a day of outdoor adventure including rock climbing, kayaking, yoga, mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding, obstacle races, and outdoor gear displays. It’s all FREE, at the Central Park Bandshell Area, mid-park at 72nd St., 11AM to 4PM. Note that come activities require a waiver, especially for participants under the age of 18, and bring an official ID for activities which require you to trade it to borrow equipment.
- photo courtesy NYC Parks Dept. from last year’s Adventures NYC event.
Inti Raymi/Festival of the Sun – This is a celebration of the winter solstice throughout many Andean cultures in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. The shortest day of the year in the Andes Mountains, this event welcomes the sun, longer days, plantings and harvests to follow. Participate in an opening blessing followed by an afternoon of music and dance led by members of the Ecuadorean Kichwa Nation. FREE Family-friendly event, 1PM to 4PM at the National Museum of the American Indian in Lower Manhattan.
Coney Island Mermaid Parade – Cheer your favorite mermaids and mer-men at this annual event that features costume creativity and fun.
Avenue of the Americas Expo – Street fair on what we New Yorkers call Sixth Avenue, between 42nd and 54th Streets.
– On 28th Street, between Tenth and 11th Avenues.
Jewish Museum – FREE admission on Saturdays. On exhibit now are more than 250 items of clothing and costume designs, sketches, photographs and video that tell the story of popular fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, from his first collection in 1987 to today, from his “semi-couture” lines to his work for Target. Through Aug. 7. The Jewish Museum is at 1109 Fifth Ave.
- See the NYCOTC list of free days at top NYC museums.
Queens Night Market – Local food vendors offer the diverse tastes of our most multi-cultural borough, plus crafts vendors, music and more, at this weekly night market copied from the poplar night markets of Asia, including Taiwan and Thailand.
Saturday and Sunday in NYC
Brooklyn Makers Market – Locally made jewelry, clothing, housewares, food and drink., all much better quality than the usual street fair schlock. 11AM to 6PM both days, at 175 Brooadway in Williamsburg, across from the legendary Peter Luger steakhouse.
LIC Flea & Food – The popular outdoor weekend market is open 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:
- Saturdays: Williamsburg, East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave. (at N. 7th)
- Sundays: Prospect Park, Breeze Hill (at Lincoln Rd.)
Sunday in NYC
Happy Father’s Day – See our list of national restaurant chains offering Father’s Day Freebies and discounts.
Family Performance Festival in Central Park – Enjoy Sunday in the park with the entire family with great eco-education and multicultural performances. Formerly known as A Clearing in the Forest, it’s FREE fun and learning through music, storytelling, Park adventures, puppetry, and more. A different group performs each Sunday starting today, through Labor Day Weekend. Noon to 1:30PM at the Great Hill, West Side of Central Park at 103rd St.
Outdoor Adventure Expo – FREE expo to to meet outdoor and endurance guides, map makers, conservation non-profits and community groups. 1PM to 6PM at Hostelling International, 891 Amsterdam Ave. at 100th Street. Also, $10 and $15 ticketed events for films, talks by Nepalese Sherpa guides, and a party.
Let’s Dance – Dance lessons in Riverside Park. Learn to Salsa, Cha Cha and Bachata from master teachers from the Piel Canela Dance and Music School. Sundays in June, 6PM to 9:30PM at Pier I at 70th Street, Riverside Park. There are also Tango lessons on Thursdays, through August.
Grand Army Market – The team behind Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg is launching a new weekly market at Grand Army Plaza starting Sunday, May 1. Situated at the northern tip of Prospect Park (at the landmark arch/rotary), Grand Army Plaza has long been home to the weekly Saturday Greenmarket and is within walking distance to Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Park Slope and Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Every Sunday, 10am to 5pm, though October, with some of the most popular maker vendors from Brooklyn Flea, plus many new additions, and prepared- and packaged-food vendors.
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. 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.