More than a dozen FREE and cheap things to do this mid-March weekend. NYCOTC free and cheap weekend guide is always $25 or less so you can enjoy NYC on the cheap with no apologies and without busting your budget. Who says New York City has to be expensive? Not us.
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Friday, March 10th in NYC
Japan Week – A Zen garden, cultural and technology exhibits, food samples and more. FREE, in Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal
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, March 11th in NYC
The Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair and Fine Press Book Fair – Rare books, fine books and more. Buy and trade. Expert appraisers on hand to evaluate your old and rare books. 10am to 5pm, Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, Lexington Ave. at 66th St. Admission is $15, children 13 and under free.
The Beauty of Ballet – Ever thought about what it takes to be a ballet dancer? The School of American Ballet tells you about the physics and demands of dancing, and shows you via demonstrations of gravity-defying pirouettes and other moves in this FREE family-friendly lecture/demonstration. 2PM at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts.
The sixth annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival of short films for kids and ‘tweens. FREE, at the main branch of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue (the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building) in the Bartos Forum. 3pm -5pm. Part of the KidsLIVE series of programs. Make your free reservation here.
Saturday and Sunday, March 11th and 12th
Holi Celebration: The Festival of Colors – Join the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in celebration of Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors. Holi is celebrated all over India as the beginning of spring. On this day, people hug and wish each other ‘Happy Holi’. Jam to music with Ragakids as they sings songs of celebration in English, Bengali, and Hindi, plus storytelling, and arts and crafts workshops. 10AM to 4PM both days, $11 per person includes museum admission.
Sunday, March 12th in NYC
Family Purim Carnival – Come dressed in your favorite costume to 92Y’s annual extravaganza of games, creative crafts, a gymnastics GymMaze for kids to age eight, music performances and more, celebrating Purim, with FREE cotton candy for all attendees. 1PM to 4PM, tickets are $12 for adults. On the schedule:
- Mishloach Manot Creation Making Station ( S102/103) – create your very own mishloach manot box filled with goodies to share.
- Life Size Game Station (S251) – play life sized candy land, checkers, korn whole, roll our giant dice , or create your own giant game in in our life size game station.
- Queen Ester’s Candy Jewelry Making Station ( S256) – Create your own jewels to get ready for the ball
- Hamentashen Creating Station( S254) – Make your own hamentashen to take home and bake
- Gragger Making Station ( S104) – Boo Hamen in style with your very own gragger
- Mask Making Station (S252) – Create your own mask covered with feather, gem stones and glitter.
The sixth annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival of short films for kids and tweens repeats in Brooklyn, also FREE. At the Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library (10 Grand Army Plaza) in the Dweck Auditorium. 2pm-4 m. Make your free reservation here.
NYC Food Truck Fest, organized by Grand Bazaar NYC the weekly curated market on the Upper West Side, featuring one dozen gourmet food trucks in addition to the market’s regular 100+ artists, designers, craft makers, and independent antique and vintage dealers. Co-hosted by the New York Food Truck Association. As always, 100% of Grand Bazaar NYC’s profits are donated to four local public school, benefiting more than 4,000 children. Food trucks include:
The Empanada Sonata
Gorilla Cheese NYC
Sweet Chilli NYC
Big D’s Grub Truck
Yankee Doodle Dandy
Crepe Crew & Crepe Truck
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.