Your weekend plans begin here, with a couple of dozen FREE and cheap things to do this post-holiday weekend, including movies, music and dance. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Midsummer Night Swing – three weeks of outdoor dancing to live bands in Lincoln Center
NYC Summerstage – FREE concerts and dance performances nearly every night of the week all summer in parks in all five boroughs.
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.
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.
Hell’s Kitchen Community Summer Festival – Street fair, 10am-6pm on Eighth Ave. between 42nd and 57th St.
Washington Square Fair – On Waverly Place, between McDougal and Fifth Avenue
FREE Saturday admission at top NYC museums includes the Jewish Museum and the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum.
Saturday and Sunday
INSITU Dance Festival -The fireworks continue this weekend with a FREE multi-stage dance festival at four waterfront parks in Long Island City, with 24 dance companies performing works by NYC choreographers inspired by the city landscape and skyline. This unusual dance festival transforms Hunters Point South Park, Gantry Plaza State Park, Queensbridge Park and Socrates Sculpture Park into a giant stage, as dancers maneuver through playgrounds, walkways, appear in hidden corners and dance on piers, staircases and shoreline, even on local busses.
See next page for Sunday events, including street fairs