Celebrate Israel Parade – This year’s annual parade on Fifth Avenue includes four Grand Marshals: Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem; Tiki Barber, New York Giants Running Back; Jamie Geller, Celebrity Chef; and Chaim Gozali, Mixed Martial Arts Fighter. One of NYC’s largest and most festive parades marches up Fifth Avenue from 57th St. to 74th St., 11am to 4pm. The Parade is broadcast live on FOX MY9 from Noon to 2pm, and live-streamed on the Celebrate Israel website between Noon and 3pm
Drums Along the Hudson – This is Manhattan’s only open air pow wow, a family-friendly annual gathering of Native American people and celebration of the cultures of Native Americans, with dance and drumming by the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, Drums Heyna Second Sons and Silver Cloud, Seneca Nation Allegany River Indian Dancers, traditional storytelling and more. Drums Along the Hudson also celebrates the cultures of Tibet and Africa with performances by Joy! West African Percussion and Tibetan songs and dancers. There’s also World Market Tent with handmade crafts and homemade food, and in keeping with the underlying theme of environmental awareness and education, there an Environmental Tent and a free bicycle valet for attendees who ride their bike to the park.
- Drums Along the Hudson is in Inwood Hill Park, at the northern tip of Manhattan, where Peter Minuit purchased the island from the local Lenape tribe. Ttake the 1 train to 215th Street or the A train to the last stop at 207th Street. The park entrance is at 218th Street and Indian Road, four blocks west of Broadway. By car, it is just north of the Dyckman Street exit off the Henry Hudson Parkway.
The Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade – The 31st annual event marches from 188th St. and the Grand Concourse to Van Cortlandt Park East, starting at 10am. There’s also a street party at Poe Park, Grand Concourse at 152nd St.
FREE Sunday admission at top NYC museums include Frick Museum and Morgan Library and Museum.
FREE Flatiron Walking Tour – Join professional guides on a 90-minute journey through this vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the City’s most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the famous Flatiron Building. Every Sunday at 11am, rain or shine. No advance registration is required. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
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.
Pier 2 Roller Rink at Brooklyn Bridge Park – 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.
Brooklyn Bridge Park’s bouncy Squibb Park Bridge has reopened after more than two years and $2.5 million to reduce bounce. The walkway is a handy shortcut between Brooklyn Heights and the park.
Luna Park at Coney Island – Celebrate the 90th anniversary of the iconic Cyclone roller coaster all season.
Brooklyn Bazaar Night Market is back with an Asian-style night market, with international food, vendors, and entertainment.
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.
Subscribe to a FREE daily email and also get giveaways available only to NYCOTC subscribers