Here are a couple of dozen FREE and cheap things to do this last weekend of April, including Cherry Blossom festivals. 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 NYC on the Cheap.
Unless a price is noted, our weekend list is FREE, and we remind you that an event is FREE, to be sure you know. Unless otherwise noted, street fairs are 10am to 6pm.
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Ending this weekend
Thai Restaurant Week – Special prix fixe menus celebrating Songkran, the Thai New Year, at more than two dozen particpating restaurnats in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
- See Saturday schedule for Songkran Street Fair in Woodside, Queens.
Now open for the season
Hallett Nature Sanctuary – This almost-secret hideaway spot in Central Park is now open for the season. The gates to this locked-off sanctuary will be open daily this year, from 10AM to 30 minutes before sunset, with the caveat that it is closed occasionally due to inclement conditions. Wear sturdy closed shoes for the uneven walkways, and bring a camera. No dogs, bikes or strollers permitted.
Long Island Flea, Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg are open for the season. Details here.
Pier 2 Roller Rink at Brooklyn Bridge Park – Rates are $3 to skate, $6 to rent; check the website for hours and special events, including lessons. This is a covered rink, so you get fresh air, but not raindrops.
Brooklyn Bridge Park’s bouncy Squibb Park Bridge has reopened after more than two years and $2.5 million to reduce bounce. The walkway is a handy shortcut between Brooklyn Heights and the park.
Luna Park at Coney Island – Celebrate the 90th anniversary of the iconic Cyclone roller coaster all season.
Brooklyn Bazaar Night Market is back with an Asian-style night market, with international food, vendors, and entertainment.
Today through Sunday
Brooklyn Folk Festival – More than 40 performances by international musicians at this annual event in Brooklyn Heights. Bring your banjo, oud or guitar to join in music jams, or just listen and enjoy.
George Washington’s Inaugural – Celebrate the 228th anniversary of the first US President at Federal Hall. There are special events, including re-enactors in Revolutionary Era dress, from 10am to 3:30pm. FREE. Federal Hall is on Wall Street, with the larger-than-life statue of George Washington in front
SEE ALSO 5 Places to See US Presidents in NYC
Freebie Friday – FREE admission to NYC museums including MOMA. No passes or coupons needed. Just go.
Get FREE admission to more than a dozen NYC museums with the IDNYC card. Enrollment is also FREE.
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 – Grand Central Neighborhood Tour. FREE 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 and Sunday
Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival 2017 – Two days of music and dance performances, including a workshop to learn Taiko drumming, and more, at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. See our posting earlier this week for the full schedule. Note that advance ticket purchase is required.
See next page for events on Saturday and Sunday, including street fairs and guided hikes in NYC parks.