Your weekend plans begin here, with a couple of dozen FREE and cheap things to do this mid-July weekend, including movies, music and dance. The NYCOTC free and cheap weekend guide is always $20 or less so you can take bites out of the Big Apple without busting your budget.
New York City doesn’t have to be expensive when you know where to go and what to do, and we do.
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.
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NYC in the 70s Film Festival – Just about the only good thing about the 70s in NYC were the great films about the time, including Midnight Cowboy, Serpico, French Connection and Network. Those films and more are gathered up in a special film festival through the end of July, with additional screenings added for the most popular films.
Friday through Sunday
Come out and Play Festival – This annual FREE event features after-dark games for grown-ups, including video games and party games, and a Family Day with kid-friendly events around the theme of time travel. Events are in Brooklyn and on Governors Island.
Unless otherwise noted, street fairs are 10am to 6pm.
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.
NYC FREE outdoor pools are now open for the season. Here’s where to cool off in all five boroughs:
- Best outdoor pools in Manhattan.
- Best outdoor pools in Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island
- Where to find sprinklers and spray showers in NYC parks
Best NYC outdoor beer gardens for a summer afternoon and evening
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.
Movies Under the Stars – FREE outdoor movies nearly every night of the week all summer in all five boroughs.
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.
Summer Saturday 2017 – Celebrate all things folk at the American Folk Museum at an all-day FREE event with live music, artist demonstrations, gallery tours and more. Famlily-friendly. 11am to 6pm. American Folk Museum is at 2 Lincoln Square.
Times Square Summer Fair – On Broadway, between 47th and 57th Sts.
60th Street Festival – On 60th St. between Fifth and Madison Aves.
FREE Saturday admission at top NYC museums includes the Jewish Museum and the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum.
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