There are more than 100 FREE and cheap things to do this first weekend of May, including Jane’s Walk tours in all five borough and Bike Expo New York. 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.
Let’s hope the weather cooperates for all the outdoor events.
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Friday through Sunday
Jane’s Walk – More than 100 FREE walking tours in all five boroughs, celebrating the work of Jane Jacobs, the preservationist who made New York City and cities worldwide more liveable.
Grand Central Food Festival – Street fair on 43rd St between Third and Lexington Ave.
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
Bike Expo New York – FREE annual event that prececes the annual Five Boro Bike Tour. Meet up with more than 100 vendors, from best known brands to local innovators and start-ups. Get advice about safe cycling in the city, freebie giveawaysand more. At Basketball City, Pier 36, 299 South Stree. Saturday 10am to 8pm, Sunday 9am to 6pm.
Museums on US – The first weekend of the month is free museum admission in NYC and nationwide for holders of certain credit cards.
- New York City residents get free museum admission for one year with the IDNYC card.
Cherry Blossom Festival – Live music including traditional Taiko drumming, games, face painting, Samurai hat making and more, all inspired by Japanese culture. FREE. Noon to 4pm at Randall’s Island Park. Location: Fields 62 & 63
Celebrate the Kentucky Derby – FREE admission to Pier A for an afternoon party filled with mint juleps and classic southern food (for purchase), FREE horseheshoes and giant chess games, and the famous horse race on giant screens. Garden Party attire is encouraged. 2pm to 8pm. Pier A is at 22 Battery Place.
Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum – Free admission after 5pm, including Bang on a Can, gallery tours and more. Museum is open until 11pm on First Saturdays.
Indonesian Food Bazaar – Sample authentic dishes from 20 vendors along with cultural information about the multi-island country. 1pm to 5pm at St. James Episcopal Church, Elmhurst, Queens. $7.50 admission supports church programs, including for the local Indonesian community.
See next page for Sunday events and our list of regular weekend outdoor events.