12+ FREE and cheap things to do this first weekend of February 2017, including celebrating the Chinese New Year and Black History Month. The NYCOTC free and cheap weekend guide is $25 or less. Enjoy NYC on the cheap with no apologies.
Unless a price is noted, our weekend list is FREE, and sometimes we remind you that an event is FREE, to be sure you know.
Best FREE things to do in NYC any time of year
Bryant Park Winter Carnival – Ten days of FREE events ends this weekend. Enjoy ice sculpting, skating, an ice castle, silent disco and more.
Dance on Camera Film Festival – From ballet to hip-hop, documentaries about dancers, panel discussions and more. At Lincoln Center, through Feb. 7th
Holiday train show at Grand Central Terminal – See a mini version of NYC and vintage model trains, FREE. Through Sunday, Feb. 26th.
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Friday, Feb. 3 in NYC
Daily Provision – Union Square’s less-expensive casual off-spring opens today, next door to the highly regarded restaurant, serving breakfast and lunch, takeout bakery and main course items and more. with bakery items, rotisserie kitchen and more.
Freebie Friday – FREE admission to NYC museums including MOMA. No passes or coupons needed. Just go.
Freebie Friday: Family Fridays at MoMath – Solve puzzles, family-style, and learn how math affects everything, from music to space flight. 6:30pm, FREE. The National Museum of Mathematics is at 11 E. 26th St.
Freebie Friday – FREE Grand Central Neighborhood Tour. Every Friday at 12:30, docents from the Grand Central Partnership guide you through the history of the fabled Grand Central Terminal and some equally-fabled nearby landmarks including the Chrysler Building. There are no tickets, no reservations. Just meet at Sculpture court at 120 Park Avenue (southwest corner of East 42nd Street). Tour is 90 minutes.
Saturday, Feb. 4th
Apollo Open House – An afternoon of FREE events celebrating Black music and musicians, at the legendary theater in Harlem. See the recent NYCOTC posting for full information.
Celebrate Culture! Spotlight Asia: Year Of The Rooster at the Museum of Natural History – Noon to 4pm, free with museum admission
- Design a rooster shadow puppet with Chinese Theatre Works
- Color your own rooster nengajo, or New Year postcard, and have your name written in Japanese katakana characters with Japan Society.
- Try brush-painting and calligraphy with artist Sungsook Hong Setton and The Korea Society.
- Explore a Vietnamese rooster lantern display and try your hand at Dông Ho bird woodcut painting with the Institute for Vietnamese Culture and Education.
- Create rooster and other bird models (or designs with volunteers from OrigamiUSA.
Chinese New Year Family Celebration at the China Institute – New Year-themed family workshops and activities including dumpling making, storytelling, and lantern-making in the afternoon, 1pm to 4pm. In the evening, adults and families alike are welcome to a party featuring a lion dance, food, and live music, 4pm to 7pm. Note that each event is ticketed separately, at $40 for adults and $5 for kids. China Institute is at 125 East 65th St., between Park and Lexington Avenues.
FREE movie screenings at the NYPL Columbus branch. Today at 2pm, Sully, starring Tom Hanks as the “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot who made that famous landing in the Hudson River. NYPL Columbus is at Amsterdam Ave. at 82nd St.
Saturday/Sunday, Feb. 4/5
Pop Up NY Shopping atPier 94 – 400 vendors offering antiques, jewelry and watches, home decor, gift items and more. $10 per day, 10am to 7pm Saturday, until 4pm Sunday. Pier 94 is at 55th St. and the HudsonRiver.
Sunday, Feb. 5th
Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival – The biggest street party of the year, with Lion Dancers, firecrackers and more, 1pm to 4:30pm. Best viewing spot is on Allen St. between Canal and Grand Streets.
Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rooster at Met Museum – Origami workshops, puppetry,music and dance performances and more, including curated gallery tours, 11am to 5pm. FREE with museum admission. The Met Museum is at Fifth Ave. and 82nd St.
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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.