Your weekend begins here, with a couple of dozen FREE and cheap things to do this Father’s Day weekend, including two street fairs celebrating the contributions of immigrants to the culture and cuisine of this great melting pot called New York City, and the wacky Mermaid Parade in Coney Island.
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 usually 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.
Best NYC Atlantic Ocean beaches you can get to by subway. NYC has 14 miles of Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound beaches, with lifeguards on duty daily 10am to 6pm through Labor Day. Remember to bring your sunscreen.
- Note that NYC FREE outdoor pools open for the season on Thursday, June 29.
FREE apps on subway track work and schedulng delays – know what trains are bypassing what stations so you aren’t late for one of these free and cheap weekend events.
NYC official street closures website – know what streets are closed when for street fairs, parades, political protests and more.
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Sing for Hope – The colorfully FREE pianos are back on NYC city streets, through June 25th, for anybody to play, or sing along or dance to. The pianos will be donated to NYC schools in underserved areas, for their music programs. Two of the 90+ Sing for Hope pianos are in Brooklyn Bridge Park
River to River Festival 2017 – Ten days of FREE music and dance performances and experiential performance art, at locations in Lower Manhattan and on Governors Island, through June 25.
SEE ALSO Night at the Museums FREE admission to downtown museums, including the National September 11 Museum, on Tuesday, June 20
Everybody Tango – Every Friday in June, experience authentic Buenos Aires tango in Union Square Park, with FREE lessons, tango stories and dancing, in partnership with the dance studio Strictly Tango NYC. 6pm to 8pm on the South Plaza of Union Square Park. The series ends on June 30 with a live tango band.
SEE ALSO Midsummer Night Swing, three weeks of outdoor dancing to live bands in Lincoln Center, starting June 27.
Good Morning America FREE summer concerts in Central Park – This week, The Lumineers, next week Little Big Town
Today Show FREE summer concerts in Rockefeller Center – Today, Shania Twain
Anti-Prom: Gods and Goddesses – Again this year, the NYPL is hosting a safe and welcoming FREE alternative for teens 12-18 who were not invited to their own prom, or who want to avoid their own prom. The Anti-Prom also celebrates the LGBTQ community during NYC Pride Month. The Anti-Prom is at the NYPL Main Branch on Fifth Ave., 6:30-930pm. A student ID is required for admission, and all bags must be checked. .
DeKalb Market Hall finally opens today in Downtown Brooklyn. The city’s newest indoor food hall includes an outpost of Lower East side icons Katz’s Delicatessen and Guss’ Pickles, plus local Brooklyn favorites Arepa Lady and Pierogi Boys.
Bloomsday on Broadway – The annual event celebrates the life and work of James Joyce. This year includes a reading slam of his most famous work, Ulysses. On the Upper West Side. Ticketed event.
Films on the Green – This year marks the 10th anniversary of this FREE annual outdoor French film festival produced by the French Embassy, FACE Foundation and NYC Parks. Films are in French with English subtitles, curated by Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, James Ivory, Saul Williams, Isabella Rossellini, Wanda Sykes, Laurie Anderson, Matthew Weiner, Matías Piñeiro, and Amy Hargreaves. Every Friday through Sept. 7th.
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.
Coney Island Mermaid Parade – Always fun and always filled with colorfully costumed mermaids and mer-men, motorized floats and vintage vehicles. The parade starts at 1pm at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue to West 10th Street, and continues down Surf Ave. to Steeplechase Plaza.
Le Carousel Puppet Show – Take the kids to this FREE puppet show at the Brant Park carousel. 1pm. Another performance next Saturday, June 18, and the following Saturday, June 24.
Kids Food Festival To-Go Scavenger Hunt – Families learn the importance of balanced food choices together through this expedition that balances (forgive the pun) fun and learning. Events are throughout the day, 1030am to 4:45pm, at the Manhattan Children’s Museum, 212 W. 83rd St. on the Upper West Side. FREE with museum admission, and kids who complete the scavenger hunt get a goody bag.
FREE Saturday admission at top NYC museums includes the Jewish Museum and the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum.
See next page for Sunday events, including street fairs celebrating NYC’s immigrant population
and our list of regular weekend outdoor events.