Your weekend plans begin here, with a couple of dozen FREE and cheap things to do this first weekend of March, including first weekend of the month FREE museum admission and special events for kids.
As always, everything NYC on the Cheap suggests is $25 or less, and most things are FREE, so you can enjoy more NYC for less money.
So much to see and do and so little time.
Let’s hope the weather cooperates with outdoor events
And if it doesn’t, here are some rainy and snowy day activities in NYC, besides re-arranging your sock drawer.
Through Sunday, Mar. 3
Athena Film Festival
The 9th annual NYC Athena Film Festival features inspiring films and documentaries produced and directed by women that tell the stories of strong, bold women leaders, both real and fictional. This year’s festival includes award-winning films The Favourite and On the Basis of Sex, about Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
- See our posting with full information including schedule and pricing.
This exhibit examines the meaning of citizenship for African Americans following the abolition of slavery, through Reconstruction and the rise of the Jim Crow era. By 1868, all persons born in the United States were citizens and equal before the law, but efforts to create an interracial democracy were contested from the start. A harsh backlash ensued, ushering in the “separate but equal” age of Jim Crow.
Marking the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment – back in the news today with all the headlines about immigration and birthright citizenship – and featuring art, artifacts, photographs and media, the exhibition highlights the central role played by African Americans in advocating for their rights and also examines the depth and breadth of opposition to black advancement. Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow is part of New-York Historical’s new initiative to dedicate rotating gallery space to covering topics of freedom, equality, and civil rights in America.
- New York Historical Society, Central Park West at 76th St., through March 3.
You have until Sunday to take a spin on the ice at The Rink, ave a drink or a bite to eat at The Lodge by Urbanspace, five more days to go to Overlook and just hang out. Then it’s melt down and mop up as the park begins preparing for spring. we roll it up and begin preparing the park for spring.
The Rink is open 8am – 10pm through Sunday, March 3, and The Lodge and Holiday Shops on the Deck close at 4pm.
Friday, March 1
Join a FREE dance party and tour of the new interactive exhibition The Power of Intention: Reinventing the (Prayer) Wheel and formally ushers in the Rubin Museum’s Year of Power.
Discover inspiration and spark personal empowerment at our biggest opening night celebration of the year! DJ Tasha Blank headlines this special K2 Friday Night event that ushers in a full year of exhibitions, talks, programs, and experiences that awaken new ways of thinking about power.
- Happy Hour in the K2 Lounge | 6:00–7:00 PM
- DJ Tasha Blank performs in the K2 Lounge | 6:00–11:00 PM
- Opening remarks for The Power of Intention from Executive Director Jorrit Britschgi and Curator Elena Pakhoutova | 6:45 PM
- Docent-led Museum tours | 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM
- After remarks and tours, join the dance party in the K2 Lounge
Rubin Museum admission is FREE every Friday night from 6pm to 10pm during K2 Friday Nights.
Saturday, March 2
Kids got cabin fever? Join Brooklyn Bridge Parents and City Point kick off March with the BKLYN Indoor Block Party. Enjoy FREE STEM activities, bouncy house, lego projects, building blocks, arts & crafts, and more. Plus, summer is coming…discover camp options and other outdoor activities.
- FREE, 11am to 4pm at City Point
Sunday, March 3
Herstory day is an intergenerational celebration of women’s history in NYC at the Museum of the City of New York. It is a day of activities for girls and the adults who love them to learn about every day and iconic women making history through archiving, activism, and art. Enjoy a special keynote presentation and pop-up library by Ola Ronke Akinmowo, founder of The Free Black Women’s Library.
There’s also a hands-on book-making workshop and a poetry-writing workshop. Look for iconic women throughout the Museum on our Herstory scavenger hunt and stop by to meet friends from Womanly Magazine.
- FREE with museum admission, 11am to 2pm. RSVP here.
Things to do in NYC every Friday
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.
Things to do in NYC every Saturday
FREE Saturday admission at top NYC museums every Saturday all year includes the Jewish Museum
Things to do in NYC every Sunday
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.
Free Exhibit in Lincoln Center
Enjoy the exuberance and brilliance of dancer, choreographer, artist and poet – and native New Yorker – Jerome Robbins in this FREE exhibit celebrating the 100th year of his birth, and his hometown, where the Bronx is up and the Battery’s down, and the people ride in a hole in the ground, as we learned in On the Town.
Jerome Robbins was an inveterate observer, seeker, and creator. In diaries, drawings, watercolors, paintings, story scenarios, poems—and, especially, in dance—he reimagined the world around him. And New York dominated that world, where he was born one-hundred years ago and where he lived his entire adult life.
Ideas of New York have long inspired artists but often the city serves as a backdrop in an artwork rather than the basis for plot, theme, and meaning. Robbins put the city at the center of his artistic imaginings. From Fancy Free—his breakout hit ballet in 1944—to the musical West Side Story on stage (1957) and screen (1961) and the ballets N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz (1958) and Glass Pieces (1983), Robbins explored the joys, struggles, grooves, routines, and aspirations of New York. And in recreating the city around him on stage, Robbins found a place for himself.
Voice of My City traces Robbins’ life and dances alongside the history of New York, inspiring viewers to see the city as both a muse and a home.
- Open through March 30th, 2019. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
You now get FREE admission to more than 30 NYC museums and cultural institutions with the new CulturePass. It’s a new perk to use with your library card from the NYPL, Brooklyn Museum or Queens Museum systems.
NYC isn’t expensive when you know where to go and what to do, and we do. And we love to share.
- Unless a price is noted, our weekend list is FREE, but we usually remind you anyway.
- Unless otherwise noted, outdoor events are rain or shine, so let’s hope for shine.
- Street fairs are 11am to 6pm, unless otherwise noted.
Getting Around NYC – 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.
2018 NYC parking calendar – Know when you have to move your car, or not.
Where to eat at LaGuardia Airport – Top NYC restaurants and cafes are replacing fast food joints.
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