Your weekend plans begin here, with a couple of dozen FREE and cheap things to do this weekend, including the start of Climate Week NYC events, the re-opening of the Apple Fifth Avenue store and it’s iconic glass cube, and the Steuben Day Parade celebrating German-American friendship.
It’s also your last chance for $20 tickets to Off-Broadway shows, the San Gennaro festival in Little Italy and the annual Photoville FREE photo exhibit and seminars in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
There’s so much to see and do in NYC and never enough time to see and do it all.
All events are FREE and family-friendly, unless otherwise noted.
The NYC on the Cheap motto is get more NYC for less money.
Let’s hope the weather cooperates with outdoor events, but if it doesn’t, here are some rainy day activities in NYC, besides re-arranging your sock drawer.
Know Before You Go
Last Chance – Ending This Weekend20at20
See the best Off-Broadway shows for just $20 for 20 days, Sept. 3 to 22.
The annual 20at20 promotion celebrates Off-Broadway shows, including such long-running favorites as Gazillion Bubble Show, Blue Man Group, and Jersey Boys, and newcomers including Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish with English super-titles, Sistas the Musical, a new Frankenstein musical, The Exes, a comedy about divorce, a musical spoof of Star Wars, and more.
Just show up at the box office 20 minutes before curtain to claim your $20 tickets.
- 20at20 is for matinee and evening performances through Sunday, Sept. 22.
Photoville NYC, the annual FREE photography festival returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park next week, with photos and mixed-media works by hundreds of 600 visual artists, plus dozens of seminars and and workshops, outdoor projection shows and more.
The 8th annual Photoville installation is Sept. 12-22 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, with nearly 100 exhibitions housed in and around a collection of 50+ repurposed shipping containers.
There’s also an outdoor beer garden.
- FREE, Sept. 12-22 at Brooklyn Bridge Park
In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson
This exhibit honors the 100th birthday of a NYC legend, baseball legend and civil rights hero.
In 1947 Jackie Robinson made history when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first African American in Major League Baseball. In honor of the centennial of Robinson’s birth
In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson features some 30 images of Robinson and the Dodgers taken for Look magazine, many of them not seen before publicly.
The exhibition also features memorabilia and rare footage of the Robinson family, as well as the published magazines, which provide a window into the media’s portrayal of this groundbreaking figure through the lens of the day’s popular picture press.
This exhibition is a co-presentation of the Museum of the City of New York and the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
- Through Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Museum of the City of New York
Little Italy’s Feast of San Gennaro salutes the patron saint of Naples throughout the festival’s 11-day run with food, games, food, live music, food, games, and food, including meatball-eating and zeppole-eating contests, singing contests and cooking demonstrations.
Local restaurants set up street booths along Mulberry street offering pizza, sausage and peppers, cannoli, fried dough, and torrone, a honey nougat candy usually flecked with almonds.
The religious focus of the event is the a customary procession of the statue of San Gennaro.
Click here for the official website with the official schedule of events
- Sept. 12-22, Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston Streets.
What to do in NYC Today, Thursday
There’s FREE outdoor swing dancing every Thursday in September at MetroTech Commons to some of the best swing bands in town, plus DJ music and lessons. Bring a partner or not, since there will be members of the NYC swing dance community on hand to dance with. Or, just tap those two left feet and enjoy the music.
September 19th – Charles Turner & Uptown Swing
DJ Brian Ferdman // MC Dandy Wellington // lesson by Nathan & Gaby
September 25th – Eyal Vilner Big Band w. Queen Esther
DJ Ryan Swift from Frim Fram // MC Dandy Wellington // lesson by Evita Arce
- FREE, 5pm to 8pm Thursdays on Wiloghby Plaza, at the corner of Wiloghby and Pearl Streets.