Things to do this weekend for (mostly) free


Leaf peeper map of New York State


Korean festival and parade — Dance, taekwondo, food, music and cooking lessons.

Chile Pepper Fiesta, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens — Music, chile-chocolate cooking, Qigong lessons, and hot stuff samples. Free with admission to the Gardens ($8 adults, $4 students, seniors, and kids over 12. Kids under 12 free).

Colonial Day, Fort Greene Park — Hands-on games, cooking and butter churning.

Garden walking tours overlooking the Hudson in Fort Tryon Park.

Family Day at the Whitney — A day of Georgia O’Keefe for $10/family.

Tibetan Festival, Staten Island.

Czech Street Festival — Music, raffles, and serious street food.

Archery lessons — Equipment provided.

Autumn Moon Harvest Festival, Chinese Scholar’s Garden, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island.

Wall Street walking tour.

Astonomy lecture at the Inwood Public Library (with NASA swag), and stargazing in Inwood Park (telescope and astronomer provided).

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Light the Night Walk, Staten Island.


Medieval Festival, Fort Tryon Park. Performers, craft vendors, medievalish food, live chess, jousting, the Society for Creative Anachronisms, and every year’s greatest roaming costume parade on the grounds of our local medieval monastery. Like a Ren Faire, only earlier.

Blessing of the animals and St Francis Day fair at the Cathedral of St John the Divine. Tickets distributed first come first served. There’s also a secular pet parade and festival at Pier 84.

Atlantic Antic street fair — 10 blocks of street food on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.

EcoFest, Central Park.

Bronx Museum Open House and Street Fair — Music, dancing, local food vendors, activities for kids and free admission to the museum.

International Pickle Day Street Festival, LES.

They Might Be Giants, under the blue whale at the Museum of Natural History — free with museum admission.

Apple Festival and pick your own pumpkin at the Queens County Farm Museum.

Rockaway Fall Festival Pumpkins, ponies and hay rides at the beach.

All Weekend:

Catapult Month events at the NY Hall of Science, Queens: explanations and thing-hurling.