Your weekend plans begin here, with a couple of dozen FREE and cheap things to do this mid-April weekend that includes Easter Egg hunts, a new museum exhibition about music icon Leonard Cohen, the first of NYC’s cherry blossom festivals, NYC Record Store Day, and the annual Hot Sauce Expo.
And now that the weather is nice, it’s Street Fair season, too.
Everything we suggest is $25 or less, and most are FREE and family-friendly, so you can enjoy more NYC for less money.
That just happens to be the NYC on the Cheap motto – get more NYC for less money.
There’s so much to see and do in NYC and never enough time to see and do it all.
Let’s hope the weather cooperates with outdoor events.
And if it doesn’t, here are some rainy day activities in NYC, besides re-arranging your sock drawer.
Know before you go:
Exhibits Opening Today
Hallelujah! A special exhibition about music icon Leonard Cohen opens today at the Jewish Museum with his music and poetry, plus artwork by artists inspired by his life, work and legacy.
Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything, was organized by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC), Cohen’s hometown, before he died, and received his personal approval. There are kiosks to hear his music, and more.
- The Jewish Museum is at Fifth Ave. and 92nd St.
- Admission is FREE on Saturday.
See thousands of white origami doves, folded by people of all ages, races and faiths, in a special art installation designed to illustrate the issue of mass incarceration, and what “release” means to those in prison or newly released. Some of the doves have been created by New York City school children.
The doves soar over the nave of The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest on the Upper East Side, and it’s FREE to experience. There’s also a contemplative light and sound show for the first month of installation.
Visitors can create additional doves and to write their thoughts on the folded doves, specifically related to their ideas on what the theme of “release” means to them—release from burdens, pain, addiction or any other adversity each individual would like to overcome.
NYC on the Cheap publisher/editor Evelyn Kanter got a preview last night, and I can tell you that it’s both artistic and spiritual. The sound and light show is mesmerizing.
- FREE at Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest is at 1085 Fifth Ave. at 90th St.
Today, Fri., April 12th
Hooked on Game of Thrones? Explore the ways that the intersection of politics, religion, and art have shaped the history of the world and play into the fictional world of the popular TV series. The tour at the Rubin Museum features highlights from current exhibition Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism and makes connections between the ideas, characters, and storylines in the series.
“The Faith and the Crown are the two pillars that hold up this world. One collapses, so does the other.” Cersei Lannister (Season 5. Episode 3)
- 7pm, FREE with admission at the Rubin Museum
- Repeated at 6pm, Wednesday, April 17.