There’s so much to do cheap and free in NYC on this wonderful July 4th weekend, including the fabulous Macy’s July 4th fireworks. 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
Today in NYC
Bryant Park Juggling – You can watch, or you can learn from one of the jugglers. Or both. Noon to 1PM
Visit Hallett Sanctuary in Central Park – This rustic spot near 59th and Fifth is open to the public occasionally. Today is one of those occasions, 2PM to 5PM.
Totally Public Karaoke – Bring your courage and your voice for karaoke in the park. Part of the Summer on the Hudson collection of outdoor events, Pier I, Riverside Park South at 70th St, 6PM to 10PM.
Big Band Concert at SeaGlass Carousel – Enjoy the up-tempo sounds of the Gordon Webster Septet playing favorites from the Big Band era. There may be swing dancing in the aisles. 8PM to 10PM at the SeaGlass Carousel in Battery Park.
- 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.
Friday Freebies: FREE museum admission at top NYC museums.
Coney Island Friday Night Fireworks – Why wait until Monday? On the Boardwalk at 10th St., at 9:30.
More Friday Freebies: See this week’s list of free weekday events, including films, concerts and talks, published on Monday.
Saturday in NYC
Hester Street Fair Independence Day Celebration BBQ – The weekly street fair goes red, white, blue and BBQ today, 11AM to6PM. BBQ platters are $10, and $3 beers from sponsor Tiger Beer to wash it down.
Freedom Dance Party – All types of music to dance to and enjoy, part of the SummerStage schedule of more than 100 FREE concerts and dance parties in all five boroughs each summer. Doors open at 6PM, and the show starts at 7PM. At SummerStage in Central Park.
Broadway Festival – Street fair in Union Square, Broadway, between 17th and 23rd Streets.
Pride on Astor Fair – On Astor Place, between Broadway and Lafayette St.
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
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
Vendy Plaza – The best food trucks in NYC are parked under the MetroNorth train tracks, at Park Ave. and 116th St., every Sunday through Labor Day weekend. There’s also a beer garden and crafts vendors.
Sunday and Monday, July 4th in NYC
South Street Seaport Freedom Festival – Two days of concerts on two stages, leading up to the Macy’s July 4th Fireworks.
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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.