There’s always lots going on in NYC during the week, and this week, starting with Columbus Day today, is no different. Here are the top FREE and cheap events to put on your calendar. As always, nothing on NYCOTC is more than $25, so you can enjoy The Big Apple without taking big bites out of your budget.
Two events coming up this weekend are worth noting, and worth getting discount tickets for now before they sell-out:
Eat, drink and be merry for a good cause at the first Jameson Love Thy Neighborhood Brewery Fest. All proceeds support the New York Restoration Project, the non-profit charity that plants trees and flowers in NYC parks, gardens and sidewalks.
- Use the code NYCOTC to get $20 tickets. That’s a $10 discount off the full $30 general admission price.
Wake up, smell the coffee, and get discount tickets to The New York Coffee Festival 2017, celebrating our growing interest in specialty coffees. Sample brews, get tips from world-class baristas, nibble on street food, sip coffee-based cocktails, and more, all to the tune of live music.
- Discount tickets are $19 a day, or $50 for a three-day pass. Or, you could pay the walk-up prices of $24 and $75, but why would you do that.
Tuesday to Sunday
HONK NYC – The 11th annual street band festival is Tuesday, Oct. 10 through Sunday, Oct. 15, with daily performances in Manhattan, Brooklyn Staten Island, and Jersey City, including a family-friendly parade on the Lower East Side. Most events are FREE, but some are ticketed, $10 to $12 online. See the full schedule here.
Celebrating Fall on the High Line – Each Tuesday in October, take a guided walk with High Line horticulturists to learn how landscape designers and gardeners work together to create and maintain a natural garden, and find out more about the plants and flowers of autumn. FREE, 9am to 10 am and again at 5pm-6pm. Meet below the High Line at the Gansevoort St. stairs.
- Also every Tuesday in October – $5 movie admission at AMC Theatres
Voices of a People’s History of the United States – Lincoln Center commemorates Howard Zinn’s seminal book, A People’s History of the United States, with a special FREE evening of music and spoken word performances illuminating the extraordinary history of ordinary people in the book: the dissenters and activists of the past and present who built the movements that made the United States what it is today, ending slavery and Jim Crow, protesting war and the genocide of Native Americans, creating unions and the eight-hour workday, advancing women’s rights and gay liberation, and struggling to right the wrongs of the day. Musicians, actors, and spoken word performers, including Staceyann Chin, Brian Jones, Ani Cordero, Michael Ealy, Gaby Hoffmann, Geoffrey Arend, and activist Linda Sarsour, and co-editors Anthony Arnove, coeditor with Howard Zinn. 7:30pm, Thursday, Oct. 12, at the David Rubenstein Atrium. There are no reservations or tickets, so get there by 7:15pm for a seat.
Rethinking China – Madeleine O’Dea, author of The Phoenix Years: Art, Resistance, and the Making of Modern China, discusses riveting story of China’s rise from economic ruin to global giant, including its emerging artistic avant-garde art as part of the Chinese people’s ongoing struggle for freedom of expression. Also participating is Alexa Olesen, a former foreign correspondent for The Associated Press in Beijing who also has written for ARTnews. $10 for non-members at The China Institute, 40 Rector St., Thursday, Oct. 12, 6:30pm to 8pm.