More than a dozen FREE and cheap things to do this first weekend of March 2017. The 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.
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.
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We Were Strangers Too – The Valentine Heart sculpture in Times Square changes every year. The 2017 theme is about the immigrants from many nations who have made NYC great. FREE, through Sunday, March 5th.
Ice Skating at Bryant Park – Through Sunday, March 5th. Skating is FREE. Skate rentals and lockers are not.
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ReelAbilities Film Festival – Touching and inspiring films and documentaries about coping with Alzheimers, Autism, Down Syndrome and Adaptive Sports athletes. Multiple screenings in all five boroughs. Daily, through March 8th.
Friday, March 3rd in NYC
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. Today is “Mathematical Mysteriesof a US $1 Bill”, including what it has to do with radar and clothing. 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 4th in NYC
Everyday Archives: Black Power! – Join experts from the Schomburg Center branch of the NYPL for help organizing personal and family papers, documents, manuscripts, photographs related to the Black Power experience. 2PM at the Countee Cullen Library, 104 West 136th St. FREE. Registration required to ensure space.
Sunday, March 5th in NYC
First Sundays at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden – This is the final event of this special family-friendly winter series, with garden tours and a special chocolate event.
Winter Nature Walk | 11 a.m.–Noon
Explore the new Water Garden with naturalist Brad Klein and observe the birds, mammals, and insects that remain active in winter.
Chase Away the Winter Blues Outdoor Tour | Noon–1 p.m.
Admire petite, colorful, and sturdy early-spring blooms that are undeterred by March frosts and snows.
Conservatory Seasonal Highlights | 1–1:45 p.m.
Tour the exotic flora of tropical, desert, and Mediterranean climates.
The Tropical Kitchen | 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Explore food plants in the Tropical Pavilion, including cacao, allspice, coffee, vanilla, cardamom, and macadamia.
Wild Chocolate | 4–6:30 p.m.
Learn about wild cacao with Raaka Founder and Head Chocolatier, and enjoy a micro-batch chocolate and hard cider happy hour.
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.