There’s plenty to do cheap and free in NYC on this wonderful first weekend of Summer, including street fairs, outdoor concerts and NY Pride events. 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:
Bryant Park Summer Movies – Monday night movies include Top Gun
Today in NYC
Gay Pride Rally – The is the official kick-off to NYC Pride Week events, and one of the biggest and usually the most festive. This year the joy is tempered by the recent massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. At Hudson River Park Pier 26, West Side Hwy and N. Moore St, Tribeca, 7PM to 10PM, followed by a vigil in Sheridan Square.
- Broadway for Orlando – more than 60 Broadway stars have recorded a special version of “What the World Needs Now is Love” with all proceeds going to support victims of the Orlando massacre. It could be the most effective $1.99 you ever spent.
Swedish Midsummer Festival – Celebrate the Summer Solstice at this family-friendly celebration that includes decorating the midsummer pole, making flower wreaths, dancing to traditional fiddle music, and more, including food from NYC’s Swedish restaurants, and Swedish Carlsberg beer. This year’s festival expands to Robert F. Wagner Park and the adjoining Pier A Plaza in Battery Park. 5PM to 8PM.
Metropolitan Opera Summer Concert Series – FREE concert tonight in Brooklyn Bridge Park, at 7PM.
Movies Under the Stars: Muppets Most Wanted – The stars of Sesame Street go on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. Starts at 8PM at the Lawn area behind the track and field area in Pelham Bay Park, Bronx.
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
NYC Dyke March – It’s a protest march, not a parade, for acceptance and against discrimination. Similar Dyke March events are being held in cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, London, and Mexico City. In Bryant Park, at 5PM.
Avenue of the Americas Summer Fair – Street fair on Sixth Avenue, between 42nd St. and 56th St.
Summer Solstice Boat Party – Celebrate the Solstice with live music and good food and drink. This eventat the North Brooklyn Boat Club, and the $5 admission helps support it’s community programs on the waterways of New York City, including kayaking lessons. The party is 6PM to 1AM at North Brooklyn Boat Club/Broadway Stages Boatyard, 437 McGuinness Blvd.
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
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
Jewish Culture Street Fair – Nosh your way through midtown with tastes from the world’s best bagels, pickles and more. Part of the summer-long Kulturefest NYC, celebrating Yiddish culture. On Sixth Avenue, between 48th and 50th Streets.
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.
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.