More than a dozen FREE and cheap things to do this first full weekend of April. 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.
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Ending This Weekend
Macy’s Annual Flower Show – Spring blooms galore, inside the World’s Largest Department Store on 34th St., with a full schedule of events including gardening and decorating seminars. The theme of this year’s show is Carnival. FREE floral arranging demonstraion events 1pm Friday and again on Saturday Through Sunday, April 9th.
Passover events – Passover 2017 begins with the First Seder on Monday. See our list of FREE talks and films this weekend and next week.
20 at 20 – Get $20 tickets for more than 20 Off-Broadway shows. Just arrive at the box office 20 minutes before curtain. The 20at20 promotion is for matinee and evening performances through Sunday, April 16th.
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.
Friday, April 7
Pier 2 Roller Rink at Brooklyn Bridge Park opens for the season today. 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.
First Fridays – The first Friday of the month is FREE admission to The Frick Collection, with FREE access to the permanent collection and special exhibition galleries, FREE talks and lectures by museum educators and curators, FREE music and dance performances, and open sketching in the Garden Court with FREE materials provided by the Frick. 6pm to 9pm. Note that children aged 10 and under are not permitted. The Frick is at Fifth Avenue and 70th Street.
- Get FREE admission to more than a dozen NYC museums with the IDNYC card. Enrollment is also FREE.
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, April 8th
New York Tartan Day Parade – Celebrrate all things Scottish at this annual parade full of bagpipes and tartan plaids. Marches up Sixth Avenue from 44th St. to 55th St., following an opening dedication ceremony in Bryant Park.
Luna Park at Coney Island Opening Day – FREE cyclone rides, FREE egg creams and more.
- Also see the current museum exhibit of contemporary fashion by Native American designers, all based on traditional cultural themes.
Easter Eggs: A Family Eggstravaganza at Cathedral Church St. John the Divine – During this popular, annual egg decorating workshop, kids can create colorful patterns on their eggs with tissue paper, glitter, glue, and paint, and build a nest for decorated eggs with twigs, feathers, and clay. Please bring two hard-boiled eggs per child. Please note that this workshop does not include an Easter egg hunt. Recommended for children ages 4 – 8 years old. $10 per child, with accompanying adult. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly suggested, for both the 10am and 2pm workshop, as space is limited. Check in at Visitor Center. The Cathedral is at Amsterdam Ave. and 112th Street.
Sixth Avenue Festival – Street fair between 8th Street and 14th Street.
Easter Egg Hunt at Carl Schurz Park – Starting at 11:10am. FREE. Carl Schurz Park is at 86th St and East End Ave.
Sunday, April 9
Record & CD Collectors Expo – Find vinyl, popular again after all these years, and more, at monthly event. $6 admission from 10am to 4pm, or get a $25 early admission pass before it opens to the public. At The Watson Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn), 440 West 57th St. between Ninth and Tenth Avenues.
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.