Why pay full price for anything in NYC when there are so many discounts, including 2-for-1 tickets to Broadway shows during Broadway Week, now underway. But don’t limit yourself to theater discounts, when there are good deals also on NYC attractions and events. Here are our choices for the best cheap tickets of the week. Nearly all of them are family-friendly, and all $20 or less, so you can enjoy NYC on the cheap.
Travel the world this weekend without leaving Manhattan. The the 15th anniversary of this travel extravaganza features more exhibitors (550+) and more destinations (170+) than ever before, plus the chance to learn from travel experts in panel discussions, international cooking demonstrations and taste samples, and more. Hear world-renowned fashion designer Zac Posen discuss his new cookbook, discover the latest in bizarre foods with Andrew Zimmern and explore hidden treasures with Atlas Obscura‘s Joshua Foer, to name a few. Along with book signings, family activities and more, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
- Get discount tickets for $8-$15 for Saturday, Sunday or a weekend pass, Jan. 27/28 at the Javits. Walk-up price is $20 a day.
The famous 18th century tale, Gulliver’s Travels, chronicles a character immersed in a fantastical world where his sense of reality is both challenged and expanded. This acclaimed exhibit build upon this with interactive, intricate miniature scenes of the 21st century. Together, the displays span the size of a full city block in Times Square, each scene portraying a different world region, all connected by over 1,000 minute trains. The intricate, extensively detailed wonder expands worldviews and inspires creativity in all of its admirers.
- Get discount tickets for $15-$20 for dates through March 31st, nearly half the walk-up price.
Get discounts year-round on tickets for theater, concerts, harbor cruises and more, from NYCOTC discount ticket partner Goldstar.
Josephine, a Burlesque Cabaret about Josephine Baker
The singer, dancer, civil rights pioneer and sexual iconoclast was once the richest black woman on the planet, and this brilliant Off-Broadway musical play honors her legacy. Tymisha “Tush” Harris embodies the legendary artist in a “burlesque cabaret dream-play” that recounts Baker’s journey from Missouri poverty and exploitation (she was married twice before she turned 16) to Parisian high society and Martin Luther King’s March on Washington. Harris makes the audience feel Baker’s pain and pride at every turn, both through her best-known songs, including a heartbreaking rendition of “Bye Bye Blackbird” and a stirring slowed-down reinterpretation of Dylan’s “Times They Are A-Changin'” and heartfelt soliloquies.
- Get discount tickets for $10 to $19.50 for performances thorugh mid-February, instead of the $39 walk-up price.
The exhibit “David Bowie is” opens in NYC in March at the Brooklyn Museum, and tickets are already selling out. This David Bowie exhibition has been organized with unprecedented access to his personal archives, with one-of-a-kind material and music. It has been touring the world for five years, and NYC is the final stop. The exhibit explores the creative process of a brilliant artist whose innovative collaborations, reinventions and bold characterizations revolutionized the way we see music. He inspired us all to shape our own identities while challenging social traditions. If you are a fan of David Bowie, and aren’t we all, this is a “don’t miss”.