There’s plenty to do free and cheap in NYC on this wonderful first weekend of June, including street fairs and parades. 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
Friday in NYC
Stars in the Alley: See Broadway shows FREE today as stars from top shows perform songs and dances in Schubert Alley. Details here.
Friday Freebies: FREE museum admission at top NYC museums. See the NYCOTC list.
Saturday in NYC
ChoralFest USA – The second annual celebration of the diversity of choral music in America is a marathon all-day FREE concert event featuring choralgroups from New York City and New York State, including the John F. Kennedy High School Variety Choir from Bellmore, University at Buffalo Choir, Promise Church Children’s Choir from Flushing, Suffolk Singers of Suffolk County, Manhattan’s C4: The Choral Composer-Conductor Collective, Manhattan’s La Guardia High School Women’s Chorus, eVoco Voice Collective from Garden City, Manhattan’s Ghostlight and Lavender Light and The Canticum Novum Singers of New York City. The concert concludes with an audience sing-along of Randall Thompson’s Alleluia. In the spirit of Symphony Space’s “Wall to Wall” events, audience members may come and go as they please, subject to seating availability, throughout the day. Symphony Space is at Broadway and 94th St.
Japan Block Fair – Celebrate the culture of Japan with food, dance performances and more. Park Ave between 39th and 40th Streets
Taste of Murray Hill & Music Festival – Park Avenue between 34th Street and 40th Streets
Multicultural Festival – This is the 7th annual street fair celebrating all the cultures of NYC, with dance performances and more. Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell, 85 Bradhurst Ave
St. Nicholas Avenue Festival – St. Nicholas Avenue between 181st and 188th Streets
First Avenue Festival – First Avenue, between 68th and 79th Streets
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.
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.)
Saturday and Sunday in NYC
American Crafts Festival – More than 300 juried artists offering paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography and more. The quality of these items is several levels above the normal street fair schlock. Also, live music performances. At Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 64th St. at Columbus Ave., 10AM to 6PM both days, and again next weekend June 11/12.
Sunday in NYC
Philippine Independence Day Parade – The parade is on Madison Ave., from 38th to 26th St., starting at 11:45AM. There’s also a Philippine Street Fair and Cultural Festival on Madison, between 24th and 26th, 10AM to 6PM Street June 5, 2016 11:45am
Adorama Street Fair – Test the latest electronics, meet top NYC football and baseball stars, plus free photography seminars and more, in Chelsea.
Housing Works Open Air Fair – Everything at this street fair supports Housing Works and its programs to provide support for New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS. On Crosby Street, between Houston and Prince Streets.
23rd Annual Spring Crafts Festival – Broadway between 65th Street and 72nd Street
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.