Things to do this weekend for (mostly) free


Leaf peeper map of NYS (the Catskills reach peak leaf)

The big news this weekend is openhousenewyork weekend, which opens up sites around New York for tours and events, all free. The upside: all free. The downside: a lot of the events are already filled up. You can find programs that are still available Saturday here, Sunday here, and kid-friendly here. Standouts include Angels with Accordians (dance performance and music) at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, making costumes for the kids at Morris-Jumel Mansion, and tours of the Central Park Arsenal, the High Bridge Water Tower, and the Little Red Lighthouse.


Pumpkin picking, McCarren Park

Julie Andrews reads and signs her latest book at Books of Wonder

Oktoberfest at Sunnyside Park in Queens

Make Halloween Masks and gimme bags at Kate’s Paperie

Chess lessons in Bryant Park

Corn Maze by Moonlight, Queens Farm Museum (admission charges)

Stargazing in Inwood Park (telescopes and astronomers available)


Citywide Bocce Finals, Pelham Bay Park

Free kayaking in Manhattan and Queens, free canoeing in the Bronx

Diwali, dancing and food at the Queens Botanical Garden with the Hindu Temple Society of North America

Tours for Fours at MOMA – free for four year olds and their companion adult

All Weekend

NYC Yarn Crawl Weekend Open house at 14 local yarn stores

Catapult Month at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadow Park: explanations and thing-hurling. Also at the Hall: Schoolhouse Rock Live, free with museum admission


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