Things to do this weekend for (mostly) free


Leaf peeper map of NYS

What little there is left, we have here, and we’re at peak leaf (according to the News, we owe that information to the city’s official foliage monitor, Cori Carl). Local foliage tours are here.


Free tour, discount beer, Chelsea Brewery.

Build candleholders in Roger Morris Park.

Fall harvest festival, Crotona Park.

Carnival book of dreams, Rockefeller Center.

Trinity Children’s Fall Fair.

Kew Gardens fall flea market.

Greenpoint beer festival.

University Place fall festival.

Urban stargazing in Inwood Park.


Madison Ave holiday festival.

Schoolhouse Rock Live at the Hall of Science (w/admission).

Build a kite and fly it with the DUMBO kite flying society.

Queens Interfaith Walk from a Hindu temple to a Muslim temple, sponsored by an interfaith committee of Catholics, Muslims, Hindus and Jews. Refreshments to follow.

Beta Spaces art festival, Bushwick.

Bikram Yoga for kids on Allen St ($10 suggested donation benefits the LES Girl’s Club).

Young artist’s program, Williamsburg.

Samurai sword handling demonstration at the Met (w/admission). FYI, the Kurosawa screenings start next Friday.

All weekend:

Ice Skating starts at Bryant Park with performances, and the Holiday Shops are open.

King Con graphic artist and animator convention, Brooklyn (w/admission).

USS New York tours.

Mandala, the Perfect Circle at the Rubin (w/admission).

La Perla sample sale.

Visit the Magna Carta at Fraunces Tavern ($10 adult, $5 seniors and kids).

Jane Austen at the Morgan (w/admission).

Rocket mini golf at the Hall of Science ($6 adult, $5 seniors and kids).

Guest event posting from local hero Steven Thrasher: NPR StoryCorps alumni Michael Premo and Rachel Falcone take oral history to the streets (or rather, to the cleaners) with their project “Housing is a Human Right.” The series of photographs and audio interviews is on display through the weekend at the Wash and Play Lotto Laundromat, located at 81 Lafayette in Fort Greene. It’s funded through a grant from the Laundromat Project, and admission is free (though doing a load of wash while you listen is always welcome.) Anyone interested in recording their own stories can call (888) 955-6653.