Your weekend plans begin here, with a couple of dozen FREE and cheap things to do this last weekend of July weekend, including movies, music and dance. NYCOTC weekend guide is always $20 or less so you can take bites out of the Big Apple without eating up your budget.
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Lincoln Centers Out of Doors – Three weeks of FREE concerts, dance performances and film screenings, including a film salute to Bollywood and a musical salute to rock ‘n’ roll icon Chuck Berry. There also are special programs for children, including this weekend’s Family Weekend, with a double-dutch jump rope demonstration and contest.
SEE ALSO – SummerStage FREE concerts in parks in all five boroughs all summer
Movies Under the Stars – FREE outdoor movies nearly every night of the week all summer in all five boroughs.
NYC Restaurant Week 2017 – Splurge on a fixed-price three-course meal at one of 400 top NYC restaurants participating in this annual program. Get lunch for $29 and dinner for $42. NYC Restaurant Week is through August 18th.
Hip Hop Shakespeare – Brush up your Shakespeare with these FREE family-friendly performances in parks in all five boroughs, through August 6th.
Best NYC Atlantic Ocean beaches you can get to by subway. NYC has 14 miles of Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound beaches, with lifeguards on duty daily 10am to 6pm through Labor Day. Remember to bring your sunscreen.
NYC FREE outdoor pools are a great way to beat the heat. Here’s where to cool off in all five boroughs:
- Best outdoor pools in Manhattan.
- Best outdoor pools in Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island
- Where to find sprinklers and spray showers in NYC parks
Best NYC outdoor beer gardens for a summer afternoon and evening
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.
Friday in NYC
Films on the Green – This year marks the 10th anniversary of this FREE annual outdoor French film festival produced by the French Embassy, FACE Foundation and NYC Parks. Films are in French with English subtitles, curated by Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, James Ivory, Saul Williams, Isabella Rossellini, Wanda Sykes, Laurie Anderson, Matthew Weiner, Matías Piñeiro, and Amy Hargreaves. Every Friday through Sept. 7th.
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.
Saturday in NYC
Summer Reading Games Day – Turn reading into fun and games at the New York Public Library. The first ever Summer Reading Games Day celebrates play, literacy, and games at a FREE all day event for kids and adults, including videogames, tabletop games and science games, all based on books. Plus, there’s a special program for educators. Your kids are going to play video games anyway, so they may as well learn something at the same time. 11am to 5pm, at the main branch, 42nd St. and Fifth Ave. Registration is required to ensure space.
Kids Rock – Children of all ages are welcome to FREE activities ranging from face painting, giant foosball and Connect 4® games, a popsicle stand, mini LEGO® build stations, a photo booth, and live music, all taking place throughout the iconic Rockefeller Plaza, 10am-1pm.
Festival of the Americas – Street fair with an international flair, on Sixth Ave. between 42nd and 56th Sts.
Astor Place Festival – Street fair on Astor Place, between Broadway and Lafayette Street
FREE Saturday admission at top NYC museums includes the Jewish Museum and the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum.
Friday through Sunday
The 39th annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow is NYC oldest and largest Native American party. Some 40 tribal nations are attending, including nearly 200 members performing traditional dances, storytelling, drumming, and more, including beautiful handmade crafts, even hayrides for the kids. At the Queens County Farm Museum, which also features a restored farmhouse that dates back to 1750. 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., off Exit 24 of the Grand Central Parkway in Glen Oaks. Tickets are $10 ($16 for a weekend pass) and all proceeds support the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Scholarship Fund and the Queens County Farm Museum Education Fund.
Saturday and Sunday in NYC
Shakespeare in Bryant Park – See the Bard’s Twelfth Night FREE this weekend at evening and matinee performances.
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