Things to do this weekend for (mostly) free

Saturday only

Steuben Day Parade and "Oktoberfest", Manhattan

Little Red LIghthouse Festival - LIghthouse tours, live music, hayrides and, of course, a reading of the book - Fort Washington Park, Manhattan

Sandcastle contest, Rockaway Beach

Union Square Tour

Chess lessons, Bryant Park

Free Saturdays at the Jewish Museum, UES

Stargazing (telescopes provided) at Inwood Park

Sunday only

Mexican Day Parade, Manhattan

Bronx Native American Festival, Pelham Bay Park

More free kayaking, this time on Staten Island (also: Manhattan and Queens)

Free tree giveaway for home and property owners and community groups from the Million Trees NYC program, Brooklyn (pdf)

Miniature Golf among the rockets by the Hall of Science in Flushing Meadow Park

All weekend

the Great Irish Fair - the usual fairground activities and two days of irish bands and step dancersConey Island

New Island Festival - Last weekend of free performances (and some you buy tickets for), dutch food and imaginary urban archaeology, a free ferry ride away on Governor's Island

Queens County Fair - hayrides, scarecrow building, ag contests, a corn maze, and fried food at the Queens County Farm Museum (admission charged)

the legendary Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy

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