Your weekend plans begin here, with more than a dozen FREE and cheap things to do this three day Veterans Weekend. The NYCOTC weekend guide is $20 or less so you can take bites out of the Big Apple without eating up your budget, plus a few occasional splurges worth the money
NYC isn’t 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 anyway, to be sure you know. Unless otherwise noted, street fairs are 10am to 6pm.
Canstruction 2017 – See gravity-defying artworks built out of cans at this annual competition, after which the cans of food will be donated to feed NYC poor and homeless. FREE, at the Winter Garden glass atrium in Lower Manhattan, through November 15.
The Butterfly Conservatory – Warm yourself in the beauty and color of thousands of butterflies, flittering around you in this annual winter treat at the American Museum of Natural History. FREE with admission.
Holiday Bazaar at Bryant Park – The shops are selling Thanksgiving merchandise and Christmas items.
Holiday Express: Toys and Trains – Watch vintage trains zip around the lobby of the New York Historical Society, threading their way around equally vintage toys and games. The popular annual display is open through Feb. 25th.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Seriously, you can now have a full breakfast at the iconic Fifth Avenue store, at the new Blue Box Cafe, decorated in the same shade as the famous Tiffany blue gift boxes, on the newly-renovated fourth floor. At $29, it’s just over our $20 benchmark, but every once in a while you have to splurge, and the splurge is even bigger if you opt for lunch ($39) or afternoon tea ($49). And shame on you if you don’t know Tiffany’s is at the corner of 57th and Fifth.
Christmas Spectacular with the Radio City Rockettes – The annual holiday extravaganza opens today. Get $49 discount tickets for your choice of dates, instead of the regular $75 price.
Saturday, Veterans Day
Freebies and Deals for Military and Veterans – Thank you for your service. See what national restaurant chains and retailers are offering for active and retired US military, on NYCOTC sister site ecoXplorer.
Veterans Day Ceremony at the Intrepid – Pay tribute to service members past and present, including former crew members of the USS Intrepid, at the museum’s annual ceremony, which includes the laying of a wreath on the Hudson River. FREE at 3:30pm, at Pier 86 (46th St. )
Today Through Sunday
My First Film Festival 2 – This is a special Lincoln Center Film Society program for kids and teens, with FREE popcorn at every screening. This weekend-long event includes sneak previews of major new works, under-the-radar titles from around the world, classic favs such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, adventures, cartoon showcases, cherished anime features, as well as free educational screenings of films that promote cultural awareness and diversity. Tickets are $7 for kids, and $14 for the adults who accompany them.
Saturday and Sunday
Mini Maker Faire -Calling all tech enthusiasts, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science club members, authors, artists, students, entrepreneurs, crafter, and makers of any kind for the 3rd annual Mini Maker Faire at select Barnes & Noble locations. The chain has partnered with Maker Media, creators of Make: Magazine an the popular annual Maker Faire to host this all-ages celebration of the maker movement, Noon to 4pm both days at select Barnes & Noble stores in NYC and nationwide. FREE, of course. To find a list of participating stores, click here.
Know before you go
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.
NYC parking calendar – know when you have to move your car, or not.
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Let’s hope the weather cooperates for outdoor events. If not –
Every Friday in NYC
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.
Every Saturday in NYC
FREE Saturday admission at top NYC museums every Saturday all year includes the Jewish Museum and the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum.
Every Sunday in NYC
FREE Sunday admission at top NYC museums including Morgan Library and Museum.
FREE Flatiron Walking Tour – Join professional guides on a 90-minute journey through this vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the City’s most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the famous Flatiron Building. Every Sunday at 11am, rain or shine. No advance registration is required. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Every weekend in NYC
Smorgasburg in Manhattan – Smorg Square, at 76 Varick St. (at Canal St.) on the border of Soho, Tribeca, and Hudson Square, is back every Friday-Sunday through Christmas, with a rotating lineup of food vendors curated from the Brooklyn markets, with 20+ vendors every Friday-Sunday and seating for 120. Plus, 60 world-class vintage, furniture, and handmade vendors at Brooklyn Flea’s new year-round indoor location directly across the street, at 100 Avenue of the Americas (at Watts St.).
Long Island Flea, Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg are open for the season. Details here.
Pier 2 Roller Rink at Brooklyn Bridge Park – Rates are $3 to skate, $6 to rent; check the website for hours and special events, including lessons. This is a covered rink, so you get fresh air, but not raindrops.Heights and the park.
Brooklyn Bazaar Night Market offers an Asian-style night market, with international food, vendors, and entertainment.
Also, check the list of best free things to do in NYC any day of the week, including weekends.
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