Your weekend begins here, with a couple of dozen FREE and cheap things to do this second weekend of June, including street fairs, concerts and parades.
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.
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Good Morning America FREE summer concerts in Central Park – This week, The Chainsmokers (next week The Lumineers)
Today Show FREE summer concerts in Rockefeller Center – Today, Halsey (next week Shania Twain)
Latin Dance Festival at Bryant Park – The final outdoor dance event for 2017 features with Bachata, Merengue, and Salsa with Melvin Elias, Willie Alvarez and his All Star Band featuring Ray Bayona. This is a FREE family-friendly event, starting a 5pm.
SEE ALSO Midsummer Night Swing, outdoor dancing to live bands in Lincoln Center, starting later this month.
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.
Brooklyn Pride Parade – Celebrate the LGBT community during NYC Pride Month at this family-friendly evening parade. 7:30pm, starting at Lincoln Place , to 9th St and Fifth Ave.
Le Carousel Puppet Show – Take the kids to this FREE puppet show at the Brant Park carousel. 1pm. Another performancenext Saturday, June 1, and the following Saturday, June 24.
FREE Saturday admission at top NYC museums includes the Jewish Museum and the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum.
Saturday and Sunday
15th Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party – Breathing in the aromas of 15 of the nation’s top pitasters is FREE, and so is the entertainment daily from noon to 5:30m. But tastes of beef brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and sausages from Texas, the Carolinas, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, California, and New York is not. Expect long lines and not much space to sit down and enjoy your food, unless you opt for the $125 VIP ticket for line-skipping privieleges and guaranteed seating. But you are getting greasy for charity, since proceeds from this annual event in Madison Square Park benefit the Madison Sqare Park Conservancy. To date, the event has raised $1.4 million for the park. 11am to 5pm both daysFor more information on the event, including street closures and parking restrictions, click here.
Green Festival – Help save the planet while having some fun! Join the Green Festival Marketplace for their sixth year for a weekend brimming with over 250 exhibitors, more than 50 inspirational speakers, area nonprofits and a local food court with delicious vegan and vegetarian food. Find out all the latest information about making your home or apartment greener, living a healthier lifestyle and creating less waste. Appropriately, it’s all happening in an environmentally friendly space: the LEED-certified Javits Center in New York City.
Merciful Delusions – See six one act plays by Tennessee Williams for FREE. If you pay the suggested donation of $15, it works out to $2.50 per act, still a great cheap deal. The plays are directed by Tony Award Nominee Lorraine Serabian, and include The Case of the Crushed Petunias, The Lady of Larkspur Lotion, and Moony’s Kid Don’t Cry. Performances are at HB Playwights Theater, 124 Ban Street in the West Village, at 2pm both days.
41st Annual American Crafts Festival at Lincoln Center – Beautiful collectible and wearable artwork including mixed media, sculptures, jewelry and more at this juried invitation-only events. Columbus Ave. at 64th St.. Saturday Noon to 9pm, Sunday 10am to 7pm.
19th Annual Staten Island Irish Fair – Celebrate all things Celtic at this annual fair, local & international artists playing traditional Irish & pub music live on 2 stages, including the u2 tribute band Unforgettable Fire. Traditional Bagpipe bands include local faavorites The Richmond County Pipes & Drums, The Staten Island Pipes & Drums and The Celtic Cross Pipes & Drums. Local Irish dance schools including O’Malley Irish Dance Academy will be performing jigs and reels. Plus a Land of the Leprechauns children’s area, and more. On the grounds of Mount Loretto on Hylan Blvd. Get directions here.
See next page for Sunday events and our list of regular weekend outdoor events.