There are dozens of FREE and cheap things to do this Mother’s Day weekend. 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.
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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.
FREE Saturday admission at top NYC museums includes the Jewish Museum and the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum.
CoffeeCon – There are conventions for comic books, wine and just about every other obsession people can have, and now there’s the world’s first consumer coffee conference. This coffee lover’s paradise features unlimited tastings from New York’s best roasters, plus classes and demos led by coffee experts. 9am to 4pm at Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Ticketed event. Discount tickets are $13.
Times Square Spring Fest Street Fair – Street fair on Broadway between 47th and 57th Streets.
Second Avenue Community Benefit Festival – Street fair on Second Ave. betweeen 66th and 86th Streets.
Anarchist Book Fair – This year’s event includes a book fair, film festival, workshops and talks, all honoring activist Emma Goldman. Everything is FREE, at Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South
See next page for Sunday events and our list of regular weekend outdoor events.