It’s a three-day weekend, and there are plenty of ways to enjoy Columbus Day Weekend in NYC and nearby, from museum workshops to corn maizes and pumpkin and apple picking, the Columbus Day Parade, and celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day.
Here are free and cheap things to see do this weekend, some family-friendly and others for adults only, NYC and the Tri-State area.
As always – nothing on the NYCOTC list is more than $25, and most things are FREE, so you can get more NYC for less money.
Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day
Enjoy traditional Native American dance performances and storytelling, craft booths and more at this annual FREE event at Icahn Stadium on Randalls Island. Special guests artists include Nahko Bear,Robert Maribal, Raye Zarago, Peace Poets and Bethany Yarrow, and a special Sunrise Ceremony at 7am.
- Sunday, 1am to 6pm and Monday, 7am to 4pm
- More information on www.redhawkcouncil.org
Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day with a special all-day program on Monday that includes story-telling by local Native American groups, create a cornhusk doll, and more. 11am to 4pm, plus special guided tours of the current exhibit on the history of the Taíno peoples Christopher Columbus encountered on the island Guanahaní on October 12, 1492.
Explore the exhibition, Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean | Taíno: herencia e identidad indígena en el Caribe and meet with Jorge Estévez (Taíno) as he addresses common questions and myths associated with Columbus Day.
- Admission to NMAI is FREE any day of the week, including on Columbus Day.
Celebrate the vast historic and contemporary voices of Native American groups of the Northeast region, including the Lenape and the Manhatta, with Tony Enos, 2018 Native American Music Award Nominee, who hosts a musical celebration of Native American past, present, and future! Bring your family for stories, music, exploration of objects like wampum, animal fur and hides, and create a cornhusk doll to take home. At the Museum of the City of New York, Monday, 11am to 3pm.
- FREE with museum admission.
Celebrate all things Italian at this annual parade celebrating the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus in 1492. The parade is on Monday on Fifth Avenue, from 44th to 72nd St., starting at 11am, on Monday, October 8
Archeology Mondays – This regular Monday after-school program for kids is a unique simulated archaeological dig that highlights replicas from ancient to modern times in a hands-on experience. Kids can collect stamps in a special passport each visit, and receive a gift after three digs. 3pm to 5pm
Columbus Day Drop-In Art Workshop – Also for kids, to discover striking portraits on view and create self-portraits or portraits of family members using a variety of painting materials. 1pm to 4pm.
Gallery Tours – There are FREE docent-guided daily for adults (included with admission) of the museum’s two current exhibits, on Chagall and other Avant-Garde artists during the 1918 Russian Revolution, and Scenes from the Collection.
The Jewish Museum offers FREE admission on Saturdays, year-round, and FREE admission year-round for children and teens to age 18.
See the NYCOTC list of FREE admission days and times at other NYC museums.
- Columbus Day Festival – Broadway between Liberty and Battery Place
108th Street Fall Festival – 108th St from 64th Avenue to 64th Rd, Queens
- Bedford Eats Street Fair – Bedford Ave between N. 3rd and N. 12th St
Columbus Day Weekend Events in Queens
Enjoy a pumpkin patch and a corn maize, plus more family-friendly activities. Weekends and Columbus Day through the end of October, 11am to 4:30pm.
Tickets are $10 / adult; $5 / child (ages 4-11); children 3 and under are FREE. There also are Moonlight Maze tours on Oct. 13 and Oct. 20. 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
FREE Pumpkin Patch
Columbus Day Events in Bronx
Watch hawks, falcons, and owls sharpen their hunting skills during an exciting outdoor flight demonstration, 1pm.
- $8; $4 students and seniors; $2 children ages 6-18; free for children younger than 6. 649 W. 249th St.
- Check the website for information about the FREE shuttle from the Subway and from MetroNorth.
Columbus Day Activities in Staten Island
Animal presentations, sensory exploration activities, a scavenger hunt, and a special designated quiet area for breaks. 9am to noon.
Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Bergen Counties events courtesy NY Metro Parents:
The Whaling Museum & Education Center, 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
Be inspired by the giant champions of the sea and create superhero-themed crafts at help-yourself stations, Noon to 3pm.
$6; $5 children ages 4-18; free for children younger than 4. 631-367-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org.
Workshops for Children: Ravenous Raptors
Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport
Learn all about raptors, for ages 5-8, 10am to Noon. .
$20. 631-854-5579. vanderbiltmuseum.org
Sept. 17- Oct. 31, Monday-Friday, 3-5pm; Saturday, Sunday, and Columbus Day, 10am-4pm
Secor Farms, 85 Airmont Ave., Mahwah
Enjoy a scenic ride then explore the corn maze, pick a pumpkin, and relax under the rustic pergola.
$4; free for children younger than 1. 201-529-2595. secorfarms.com.
Tales & Tunes
Sept. 24- Dec. 10 , Mondays, 11am and 7pm; Tuesdays, 11:30am
Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, Main Library, 10 W. Ramapo , Garnerville
FREE, Enjoy stories, fingerplays, songs, and bubbles!