Your weekend plans begin here, with a couple of dozen FREE and cheap things to do this final weekend of September, including the gi-normous Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, the Medieval Festival in Ft. Tryon Park, Square Dancing in Bryant Park and the first weekend of the Amazing Maize Maize at the Queens County Farm Museum.
We’re exhausted already, and the weekend hasn’t even started yet!
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 Weekend
This sprawling and engaging art fair returns to Governors Island with works that take over four of the historic brick homes on Colonels Row. Nearly 100 artists are included. Each one is given a room, or a kitchen, hallway, stairwell, closet, front porch or a spot on the front lawn to do whatever they like with it.
Artworks include sculptural pieces, paintings, mixed-media stuff, animations, and conceptual installations, and many of the artists are on hand to talk about their work, even sell it to you.
- FREE, every Saturday and Sunday in September along Colonels Row, Governors Island
Starting This Weekend
Enjoy getting lost in NYC’s only corn maze. The adventure begins with a stalk talk to prepare you for the 3-acre challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles and making your way out of this interactive maze.
Feel up to the challenge? Maybe the kids will lead you out.
There’s also a Maize by Moonlight evening event in October.
- Every weekend through Oct. 26th, plus on Mon., October 14, 2019
- 11:00 am–4:30 pm (last ticket sold at 4:30)
- Advance Tickets: $10; $5 (ages 4-11), Door Tickets: $15; $8 (ages 4-11), Free for ages 3 & under
- Queens Farmhouse Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
- Click here for directions, including by MTA subway and bus and LIRR
What to do in NYC Today, Thursday
There’s been 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, and since this is the final Thursday of the month, it’s also the final Dance Around Downtown event of the year. .
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 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.