Your weekend plans begin here, with a couple of dozen FREE and cheap things to do this first full weekend of June, including free museum admission, several parades celebrating Puerto Rico, including the big one on Fifth Avenue, and more.
Nearly everything we suggest is FREE and family-friendly, so you can enjoy more NYC for less money.
That’s 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, including street fairs and parades.
But if it doesn’t, here are some rainy day activities in NYC, besides re-arranging your sock drawer.
Unless otherwise noted, street fairs are 10am to 6pm.
Know before you go:
This is the last weekend to go to the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) before it closes next Saturday, June 15, for four months of renovation, which will add thousands of square feet, allowing for better traffic flow along with he ability to display more pieces from its permanent collection.
When the museum reopens in October, it will also have extended hours. General admission will begin at 10am, and members will have their own new dedicated entrance and early admission.
MoMA PS1 in Queens, will maintain its regular schedule, noon to 6pm, Thursday through Monday
- MOMA is on West 53rd St., between Fifth and Sixth Aves.
- Read more of how MOMA will evolve in this article by NY Times arts critic Roberta Smith
What to do in NYC Today, Friday
Hudson River Dance Festival
The fifth annual Hudson River Dance Festival concludes tonight with a FREE outdoor performance by NYC dancer companies, including dancers from the world-famous Ballet Hispanico, against the backdrop of the Hudson River Sunset.
Fidi Friday Pop-Up Street Food Event
- Liberty Street between Church St and Broadway
161st Street Friday Fair
- Grand Concourse to Walton Ave, Bronx
Today through Sunday
The theme of the Fourth Annual Staten Island Food Truck Festival is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, with live entertainment, DJ music, food trucks and local vendors. There’s also a Beer Garden, for 21+ only with ID.
- Friday 5pm to 10pm, Sat. & Sun. 1pm to 1opm
- Staten Island Mall, 2655 Richmond Ave
- $5 admission. Military and veterans admitted free with ID, children to age 12 also free
Things to do in NYC on Saturday
Get back to your roots (pun intended) with a FREE afternoon of music, dance, performance, food, and activities from Hellgate Farm, The Connected Chef, Queens Action Council (QuAC), Big Reuse, Queens Beekeepers Guild, Inc., Mindful Astoria, and Smiling Hogshead Ranch. Move, dance, and explore the weedy borderlands of Socrates with the Environmental Performance Agency (EPA),
There’s also an intera series of site-specific activations that “walk between the worlds” and illuminate our connection to nature with performance artists: Chris Carlone, Stacy Lynn Smith, Hector Canonge, Mare Hieronimus, and Marina Zelenovic.
Queens Public Library‘s Bookcycle will be onsite with books, the Natural Sciences Dept of LaGuardia Community College will be facilitating solarscope (sun) viewing, and Salt Tree Art will be collecting seed stories from visitors that highlight the connections between plants and Queens residents. Visitors will also be invited to plant and take home selected seeds that have played a key role in shaping the borough’s history.
On stage, 2019 Socrates Artist Fellow Tecumseh Ceaser of the Matinecock clan, First Nation of Queens and Long Island, joins his father Chief Reggie Ceaser and Africa Forest dance brings us the music of Africa now .
- Noon to 4pm at Socrates Sculpture Park, Astoria
Albanian Parade June 8, 2019 8am-12pm
- 8am to Noon, Begins at 43rd St and 6th Avenue
Broadway Street Fair Festival
- Broadway between 14th St and Waverly
First Avenue Spring Festival Street Fair
- First Avenue from 68th to 79th St
Things to do Saturday and Sunday
This is a special, juried show of paintings, multi-media, sculpures, jewelry and more by NYC artists, now called “makers”. This is absolutely not the schlock you find at most street fairs.
With more than 175 vendors, this is one of NYC’s top crafts markets to visit if you are looking for a graduation gift, wedding gift, housewarming gift, or something to decorate your own humble abode, closet or jewelry box.
- Saturday 10am to 7pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm
- Free admission, Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center
Parades in NYC This Weekend
- 11am, Greenpoint Avenue and 41st St, Queens
Yemeni American Day Parade June 8, 2019 11am
- 11am, White Plains and Rhinelander Ave, Bronx
- *Ratha Yatra Hare Krishna Parade Begins at 45th and Fifth Ave 11am-2pm
- *Hare Krishna Festival Washington Square Park W. 4th St and Sixth Ave 12pm-7pm https://www.eventbrite.com
Parades on Sunday
- 5pm to 9pm, 59th St and 5th Ave to 43rd St and 5th Ave
Puerto Rican Day Parade
The 62nd annual Puerto Rican Day Parade celebrates the 3.5 million citizens of Puerto Rico and more than 5 million people of Puerto Rican descent living in the United States, according to parade organizers.
he theme for this year’s parade is “One People, Many Voices,” celebrating Puerto Rican art, culture and history. Singer and actor Ricky Martin will lead the parade as the grand marshal. Honorees include MLB hall of famer Edgar Martínez, Grammy-winning musician José Feliciano, singer-songwriter La India and actress MJ Rodríguez.
It’s always one of the largest and most festive parades of the year in NYC, marching up Fifth Avenue from 43rd St. to 79th St., 11am to 5pm.
Things to do in NYC on Sunday
Music and dancing all afternoon
- 2pm to 7pm at West 15th St on the Boardwalk, Brooklyn
Need more things to do in NYC?
My new book is full of them. 100 Things to be exact.
100 Things to Do in New York City Before You Die is a great guide to discovering the quirky treasures of NYC, or re-discovering some of the most famous spots in the world.
Available online and in bookstores now.
Now Open for the Season
Fifteen historic houses in Nolan Park are now open with a stunning array of free programs spanning art, culture, science, history and technology that continue through the season. On Saturday, see opening day events like a visiting artist talk at West Harlem Art Fund, augmented reality art at Swale, and environmental freestyling at House of Solutions, plus new programs from MoCADA, Pioneer Works and more.
The New Art Dealers Alliance returns to the Island for NADA House, an exhibition spanning three houses on Colonels Row featuring work by 45 artists from NADA’s international network of galleries and nonprofits. More info here.
Fabulous food and beverage vendors include newcomers like Neapolitan Express and Perros Y Vainas and returning favorites like Little Eva’s and Taco Vista. Also returning are bike rentals from Blazing Saddles and Citi Bike and the thrilling zip line and other fun activities at Adventures at Governors Island.
- Governor Island is open daily through Oct. 31.
- Check the ferry schedule here
NYC beaches are open for the season through Labor Day Weekend, with lifeguards, food kiosks and fun in the sun, sand and surf.
There are 14 miles of public beaches within the NYC boundaries.
Lifeguards are on duty 10am to 6pm daily, and for the third year in a row, free sunscreen is available at sunscreen stations similar to stations for hand sanitizer.
Here is our guide to the best beaches in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island you can get to by subway.