The are so many FREE and frugal things to do this last weekend before Halloween. The NYCOTC free and cheap weekend guide is $20 or less. That makes us different from other lists with expensive ideas, because we’re here to help you enjoy NYC on the cheap with no apologies.
Unless a price is noted, our weekend list is FREE.
Unless otherwise noted, street fairs are 10AM to 6PM.
Let’s hope the weather cooperates for the outdoor events, including street fairs and parades.
any time of year
Already Underway in NYC
Blood Manor – Our favorite haunted house returns for the Halloween season, where adults only can scare yourself silly. Get discount tickets now for your choice of dates.
Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink – This legendary rink is now open for the season, the first real sign of winter. This is the rink’s 40th Anniversary, so expect special events throughout the ice skating season. Get there now, before Thanksgiving, when the Holiday tourist crowds take over Rockefeller Center
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Friday in NYC
Midtown East Fall Block Party – On 40th St. between Third and Lexington Avenues
Saturday in NYC
Bookfest @ Bank Street – 9am to 4pm
Bank Street College of Education, 610 West 112th Street
USO Avenue of the Americas Autumnfest – On Sixth Avenue, between 42nd and 56th Streets
West Village Eats – 11am-3pm
Grove Street, next to P.S. 3 between Hudson and Bedford St
Porktoberfest October 22, 2016 12pm-4pm
Solar One, East River at 23rd St
Halloween Night Bazaar – There will be gifts, food, and alcohol at this artisan market in Ridgewood, Queens, with more than 40 independent and local artisan vendors. The German Gottscheer Hall is serving beer and specialty cocktails for this occasion. Admission is FREE. Food and drink is not. 5pm to 11pm at Gottscheer Hall, 657 Fairview Ave. Ridgewood.
– Asian-style night market, with international food, entertainment and artists, Saturday nights in October. At Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, 6pm to Midnight.
Saturday and Sunday in NYC
Halloween Harvest – Every weekend through Oct. 30th, enjoy “spooktacular fun” at Luna Park in Coney Island with face painting and trick-or-treating, spooky karaoke, a pumpkin patch and more.
LIC Flea & Food – The popular outdoor weekend market is focusing on the fall harvest, 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.
- Note that LIC Flea & Food closes for the season next weekend.
Smorgasburg – The popular food and crafts market in Brooklyn is 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
Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Oktoberfest & Children’s Jamboree – 1pm-4pm –
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 47th St between First and Second Avenues
West 4th Street Festival – Street fair on West 4th St., beween Sixth Ave. and LaGuardia Place
The Lower East Cider Fest – Drink up at this annual event, noon to 4pm, on Orchard St., between Houston and Delancey Streets.
Grand Army Market – The team behind Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg has opened this weekly market at Grand Army Plaza. 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. family-friendly outdoor food market features live music and tastings of local craft food and drinks 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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Enjoy your free and cheap NYC weekend.