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, Sunday, and kid-friendly. 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.