There are dozens of FREE and cheap things to do this Memorial Day holiday weekend, including Fleet Week New York, street fairs, concerts and parades. The NYCOTC free and cheap weekend guide is always $20 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.
Let’s hope the weather cooperates for all the outdoor events.
Your weekend begins here.
Let’s start with Fleet Week New York, the annual celebration of the US Sea Services, with FREE concerts by US Navy Band members, and FREE public tours of vising ships.
SEE the full Fleet Week schedule here
SEE the Fleet Week schedule of events at the Intrepid Museum, including Friday’s FREE showing of the movie Top Gun on the top deck.
NYC official street closures website – know what streets are closed when for street fairs, parades, political protests and more.
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Good Morning America FREE summer concerts in Central Park – Today, Miley Cyrus
Today Show FREE summer concerts in Rockefeller Center – Today, Florida Georgia Line
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.
Friday through Monday
Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit – This sprawling annual fair turns the streets of the Village into something resembling the West Bank,of Paris. Hundreds of carefully selected artists show and sell paintings, mixed media, sculptures, jewelry and more. The exact location of artists is on the website. Warning: the website opens with loud tinkle music, so either mute or lower the volume to avoid tinkling on your neighbors. Hours are Noon to 6pm all three days, and the art fair is back again next weekend, Friday to Sunday.
Head to the beach – NYC beaches open for the season today, with lifeguards on duty daily 10am to 6pm. Remember to bring your sunscreen. NYC has Atlantic Ocean beaches and bay beaches, FREE admission, of course. See the NYCOTC list of beaches you can get to by subway.
- Note that NYC FREE outdoor pools open for the season on Thursday, June 29.
FREE Saturday admission at top NYC museums includes the Jewish Museum and the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum.
Midtown West Spring Fair – Street fair on Eighth Ave., between 42nd and 50th Streets.
West 4th Street Festival – Street fair on West 4th Street, between Sixth Ave. and Macdougal St.
152nd Street Cultural Festival and Puerto Rican Day Parade Street – Street fair and parade at 152nd St. and Jackson Avenue, Bronx, focusing on the food, music and culture of Puerto Rico and the contributions of Puerto Ricans to New York City. Family-friendly event with live musical performances, dancing, comedy, celebrity appearances and a children’s pavilion with storytelling, face painting, arts & crafts more. All FREE, 11am to 5pm, Bronx.
- Note that this popular festival n the Bronx is sponsored by corporate partners including by AT&T, JetBlue and Goya Foods, all of which have pulled out of the larger Puerto Rican Day Parade in Manhattan next weekend over the controversy of naming a convicted terrorist as grand marshal.
Fleet Week Singles Event – Mix and mingle with our visiting men and women in uniform at this singles party at a sports bar in Midtown, with music and dancing. Service men and women in uniform drink free 8 to 9pm, plus complimentary appetizers and drink specials all evening. Admission is $25 from the party promoter, so we are making an exception from our $20-or-less rule, because our men and women in uniform are exceptional people, and they get 50% off in uniform, or with an active military ID. 8pm to Midnight at Hudson Station, 440 Ninth Ave. at 34th St.
See next page for Sunday events and our list of regular weekend outdoor events.