Your weekend begins here, with a couple of dozen FREE and cheap things to do this first weekend of June, including street fairs, concerts and parades, including the Celebrate Israel parade, the Drums Along the Hudson celebration of Native American culture, and an ice cream festival in Bryant Park.
The NYCOTC free and cheap weekend guide is always $20 or less so you can enjoy NYC on the cheap with no apologies and without busting your budget.
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Unless a price is noted, our weekend list is FREE, and we usually remind you that an event is FREE, to be sure you know. Unless otherwise noted, street fairs are 10am to 6pm.
Let’s hope the weather cooperates for all the outdoor events.
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.
- Note that NYC FREE outdoor pools open for the season on Thursday, June 29.
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Good Morning America FREE summer concerts in Central Park – This week, Fifth Harmony
Today Show FREE summer concerts in Rockefeller Center – Today, Thomas Rhett
Broadway Stars in the Alley – Performers from top Broadway musicals serenade passersby in Shubert Alley, at 1pm
Library After Hours – FREE evening event at the NYPL’s iconic main branch on Fifth Avenue, with special guided tours, a DJ, food, drinks and more, 7pm to 9pm. Celebrate the library’s newest exhibition, Viewpoints: Latin America in Photographs. More than 100 images from the 1860s to the present explore our perceptions what shaped what both foreigners and locals have had of the geography, people, and rich culture of Latin America.
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.
Friday through Sunday
Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit – This sprawling annual fair turns the streets of the Village into something resembling the West Bank,of Paris. Hundreds of carefully selected artists show and sell paintings, mixed media, sculptures, jewelry and more. The exact location of artists is on the website. Warning: the website opens with loud tinkle music, so either mute or lower the volume to avoid tinkling on your neighbors. Hours are Noon to 6pm all three days on this second of two weekend for this outdoor art fair.
Satuday and Sunday
Ice Cream Festival in Bryant Park – Get unlimited scoops, and feel good about it, since you are eating for charity. 100% of the Scooper Bowl New York proceeds supports the Jimmy Fund cancer charities for kids. Ticketed event.
It’s My Park Day – Join the Union Square Partnership 10 AM – 1 PM to celebrate our park and make Union Square bloom. FREE family-friendly events include a children’s activities including a planting area, face painting, refreshments and more.
Harmony Program–New York Philharmonic All Stars — FREE concert by an ensemble of middle and high school students from under-served New York City neighborhoods selected by audition for a three-month mentorship with New York Philharmonic musicians. Support these talented young musicians by attending, who perform with the Philharmonic mentors they’ve been working with directly as part of the Harmony Program. 4:30 pm at the David Rubenstein Atrium in Lincoln Center. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
FREE Saturday admission at top NYC museums includes the Jewish Museum and the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum.
Saturday Street Fairs and Block Parties
- Murray Hill Street Fair – On Park Avenue between 34th and 40th St., 11am to 6pm
- Multicultural Festival: Masquerade!! – Celebrate the cultures of Harlem with music and dance performances, food and activities for the kids. Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell, 85 Bradhurst Ave., 11am to 6pm.
- First Avenue Festival – On First Avenue, beteen 68th and 79th Streets
- St. Nicholas Avenue Festival – On St. Nicholas Avenue, between 181st and 188th Streets
- The Bushwick Collective Block Party – Troutman Street at St. Nicholas Avenue, Brooklyn, 11am to 7pm
- Go Green! Greenpoint Festival – Street fair includes green exhibitors, school sustainability challenges, fitness workshops, dance performances, educational & scientific displays concerning our environment, a Greencycle Swap, volunteer park clean ups, artand a carefully curated eco-market.focusing on the environment. McCarren Park, Entrance at Bedford and Lorimer, Brooklyn, Noon to 5pm
See next page for Sunday events and our list of regular weekend outdoor events.