Your weekend begins here, with a couple of dozen FREE and cheap things to do this fine June 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 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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Summerstage – FREE concerts in NYC parks in all five boroughs.
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.
Swedish Midsummer Dance Festival – An annual FREE family-friendly celebration of the summer solstice. Learn folk dances from Barnklubben Elsa Rix and Swedish Folk Dancers of New York. Traditional music by Paul Dahlin and fiddlers from the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. Make your own midsummer wreath, enjoy a lively parade, join us for traditional lawn games, and induldge in Swedish delicacies from Streetbird Rotisserie, Smorgas Chef, Nordic Preserves Fish & Wildlife Company, Gigino, and of course sweet treats from FIKA, The Shop @ Scandiavia House, and Sockerbit Sweet & Swedish. At Wagner Park in Lower Manhattan, 5pm to 8pm.
Good Morning America FREE summer concerts in Central Park – This week, Little Big Town
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.
Friday and Saturday
Live at SeaGlass Carousel is a two-day family-friendly music and dance festival in Battery Park. The music is by live dance bands playing swing and blues, Latin including a Mexican brass band, and more modern stuff. There’s room for dancing to the music, and also riding SeaGlass to beautiful live music. Starts 6pm Friday, 3pm Saturday.
Le Carousel Puppet Show – Take the kids to this FREE puppet show at the Brant Park carousel. 1pm
FREE Saturday admission at top NYC museums includes the Jewish Museum and the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum.
See next page for Sunday events
and our list of regular weekend outdoor events.