Cheap is good, free is better, as we tell you often here on NYC on the Cheap. Take advantage of one or more of these FREE things to do this week, including FREE museum admission, outdoor concerts and outdoor dancing under the stars, because NYC doesn’t have to be expensive when you know where to find freebies, and we do.
Here’s where to be a NYC cheapskate this mid-June week:
SummerStage FREE concerts in NYC parks. This week includes:
- Elvis Costello and the Imposters, and Yiddish Soul featuring the Klezmatics and the Maccabeats
- Metropolitan Opera Outdoor Summer Concert Series
- New York Philharmonic Outdoor Summer Concert Series
The 39th Annual Museum Mile Festival turns one mile of Fifth Avenue from 82nd St. to 105th Streets into New York City’s biggest block party, with FREE museum admission, music, food, activities for the kids, and more. The FREE museum admission is to ten world-class museums that give Museum Mile its name, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Jewish Museum, Museum of the City of New York and the Guggenheim Museum.
- Night at the Museums is next Tuesday, when museums downtown offer FREE admission, including the National September 11 Museum.
Summer on the Hudson: Everybody Tango! – Every Thursday in June, enjoy Argentine Tango with a FREE introductory lesson, music, and dancing in the open air led by Strictly Tango NYC. Lessons at 6:45pm and at 7:45pm, dancing until 10pm. West Harlem Piers Park at 125th St.
Sunset Swing – FREE swing dancing to a live band at Hudson River Park’s Pier 45. The Baby Soda Jazz returns for another summer of toe-tapping music and dance. There’s a FREE lesson at 6:30pm by instructors from Dance Manhattan. Dancing is 7:15 to 9:30pm. Pier 45 is at Christopher Street. The band is back next Monday, June 19, and again on Tuesday, June 27.
SEE ALSO Midsummer Night Swing outdoor dancing to live bands in Lincoln Center in June/July
47 Meters Down – FREE preview screening in Midtown of this action thriller about Great White sharks vs. humans, to the lucky winners of our ticket giveaway.
BINGO! Bryant Park transforms Fountain Terrace into a giant outdoor bingo parlor. This is the second of three consecutive sessions that include DJ Flip Bundlez providing music that will set the mood perfectly. The games begin at 7pm and last about 90 minutes. Last year’s sessions were a huge success, drawing more than 1,500 players over three evenings. Everyone’s welcome, but you’ll want to pre-register at Eventbrite to ensue your spot and expedite the check-in process. Just click on the date you want to attend: June 15, and June 22.
MOCA Shop Talk is a new FREE program series that highlights Asian American artists, makers, and small business owners featured in the gift shop at MOCA, short for Museum of Chinese in America, about the joys and challenges of starting your own business. Chat with local Chinatown native Cynthia Koo of Wonton In A Million, who turned her love of dimsum into to thousands with her punny greeting cards, stickers, washi tape. There will be FREE drinks, nibbles, and a raffle for some great prizes. 6:30pm to 8:30pm. FREE, but registration is requested to ensure space. MOCA is at 215 Centre Street in Chinatown.
Live at the Archway – Family-friendly concerts and dance performances every Thursday through August, at 6:30pm, under the archway on the Brooklyn side of the Manhattan Bridge. This week: Popgun Presents Rodes Rollins, plus a DJ set with DJ DuctTape.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Shakespeare in Bryant Park – See a FREE performance of the comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor. Additional performances Saturday and Sunday.
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.
Check back on Thursday for the free and cheap weekend calendar.
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