Free Things To Do In NYC This Weekend

Wondering what free events, free shows, free art exhibitions or free tours are happening in NYC this weekend? Also this week there will be many great events and tours that are completely free. Here I have put together the most important activities that will thrill visitors and New Yorkers alike. 

My tip: Here you find even more free things to do in NYC (looong read!).

Best Free Things To Do In NYC This Weekend

These are my recommendations for Friday, Saturday and Sunday – enjoy!

  1. 01

    Do a FREE Brooklyn Brewery tour every Sunday

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    One of the city’s most iconic breweries, the Brooklyn Brewery has been a staple of the craft beer scene for over 30 years. Located in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, this brewery is known for its innovative and flavorful beers, as well as its welcoming and communal atmosphere.

    What sets Brooklyn Brewery apart is its commitment to quality and consistency. They use only the finest ingredients and follow traditional brewing techniques to create some of the most delicious and well-respected beers in the city. If you’re lucky enough to stop in, check out the flagship Brooklyn Lager, it’s a balanced and flavorful brew that’s perfect for any occasion. And if you want a unique flavor experience, opt for the beloved Sorachi Ace Saison, which features hints of lemongrass and a crisp, refreshing finish.

    When?

    • Sundays – hourly 1:00 – 6:00 PM
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    The Jewish Museum is FREE on Satrudays

    Museum in Upper East Side
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    The Jewish Museum is more than 100 years old and contains an impressive collection of art and religious exhibits from the past 4,000 years. With 27,000 exhibits, the museum’s significance is the most unique in the United States for the Jewish community and people of all cultural backgrounds.

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    Queens Botanical Garden is FREE on Sundays

    Park in Flushing
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    The Queens Botanical Garden is a wonderful place to escape especially in May when everything is in bloom. During the colder months from November to March, you do not have to pay any entrance fee. Many gardens here display a collection of roses, bees, and herbs. There’s even an art gallery as well.

    When?

    • Sundays, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
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    Walk the wintry Brooklyn Bridge

    Building in Dumbo
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    The Brooklyn Bridge is an official landmark of the city, which you should not miss even in winter. Make sure to walk across the impressive bridge and enjoy the unique view across the East River to Brooklyn in the clear winter air. And while you’re on the bridge, take a stroll to Brooklyn Bridge Park.

    GET A WARMING COFFEE AND ENJOY THE SPECTACULAR VIEWS!

    Due to the cold wind, it can get really icy on the Brooklyn Bridge in winter. The best time to try your luck on some warming sunshine is around noon on the bridge.

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    Bryant Park Winter Village

    Christmas Market in Midtown Manhattan
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    Starting in October (and running through March), it is time once again for the best winter market in New York City to open its doors. The Winter Village in Bryant Park is not only the largest Christmas market in the city but also by far the nicest on account of its adjacent ice rink and places to shop and eat. This along with its amazing location among all the skyscrapers makes for an amazing Christmas experience. 

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    Take the Staten Island Ferry for FREE Skyline Views

    Cruise in Staten Island
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    One of New York’s most popular tourist attractions is the Staten Island Ferry, which commutes between the southern tip of Manhattan and Staten Island. The crossing is free of charge! The 5 mile journey takes about 20-25 minutes and offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the skyscrapers and the Statue of Liberty.

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    Central Park in Winter

    Park in Midtown Manhattan
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    Central Park should not be missing from any Things to Do in New York in winter! The green lung of the city turns into a true winter wonderland during the cold season. It is therefore also a popular destination for New Yorkers. Stroll through the park under snow-covered trees and let yourself be enchanted by the play of lights on the frozen water surfaces in the evening.

    Walking through Central Park in the cold is magical! If there’s snow, it’s even more amazing.

    If you want to be more adventurous, start in Harlem and walk down Central Park towards Midtown. Too often we catch ourselves starting on Fifth Avenue at the Plaza Hotel in Central Park. There is so much more to explore than just that part of Central Park.

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    Union Square Greenmarket

    Food Market in Gramercy
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    The Union Square Greenmarket in Manhattan is home to numerous local vendors where you can purchase fresh produce, meats, and seafood.

    When?

    • Fridays & Saturdays – 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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    Do the FREE High Line Tour: From Freight to Flowers

    Walking Tour in West Village
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    The High Line Park takes you along the old tracks of the elevated railway to the Meatpacking District. Thanks to the initiative „Friends of the High Line“ the park exists at all because originally the construction was supposed to be torn down. And the best thing? They offer free tours!

    When?

    • November – April: Saturdays, 12:00 PM
    • May – October: Saturdays, 10:00 AM
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    FREE Admission to the Whitney Museum on Friday

    Museum in Meatpacking District
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    Newly opened in 2015, the Whitney Museum in New York shines in a whole new light. The Whitney Museum has one of the most spectacular collections of contemporary art that focuses on American art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Edward Hopper, Jackson Pollock, and Robert Rauschenberg are just a few of the names whose paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, and installations are part of the exhibits at the Whitney Museum. More than 21,000 works of art are permanently showcased here. The museum is located in The Meatpacking District in Manhattan.

    When?

    • every Friday, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
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    Enjoy free entry to El Museo del Barrio

    Museum in Upper East Side
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    El Museo del Barrio NYC is right at the north end of the Museum Mile and exhibits everything to do with art and culture from Latin America. After its expensive renovation in 2009, the museum is better than ever and offers its visitors a collection of over 6500 artifacts, as well as many permanent and special exhibitions alike.

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    Take a picture of the Charging Bull

    Other Attraction in Financial District
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    The Charging Bull of Wall Street was created by the 1998 artist Arturo Di Modica. The 3,200 kilogram “bronze statue” symbolizes the optimism and strength of the people after the stock market crash of 1986 (in English: Charging Bull). For his work Arturo Di Modica has received the famous “Ellis Island Medal of Honor”.

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    Visit the famous Grand Central Terminal

    Other Attraction in Midtown Manhattan
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    Grand Central Station is probably the most famous commuter station in the world. Every single day, thousands of locals and tourists walk through this busy and fast-paced terminal. This New York City commuter rail terminal has been featured in numerous movies and TV shows and is an iconic location within the city. Tourists that visit NYC make sure that Grand Central is part of their itinerary.

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    Enjoy FREE Skyline Views at Pier 57 Rooftop

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    Right next to the beautiful Little Island is the Pier 57 Rooftop NYC. As the name suggests, you can go up to the roof of this huge pier and enjoy a sensational view of the city skyline.

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    Tudor City Bridge gives you a beautiful View of 42nd Street & Chrysler Building

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    The Tudor City Bridge is a small bridge over 42nd Street and it is just a short walk away from Grand Central Terminal. The bridge itself is not that exciting, but the view over 42nd Street to the west including the Chrysler Building is even more beautiful. Definitely a great photo opportunity – and completely free.

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