9 Free Things to Do in NYC This Weekend (Oct. 12–13)

By Kristina Skorbach
Kristina Skorbach
Kristina Skorbach
Kristina Skorbach is a Canadian correspondent based in New York City covering entertainment news.
October 11, 2013 Updated: October 11, 2013

Little Red Lighthouse Festival

Saturday 12 p.m.–4 p.m.
Location: West 181 St. and Plaza Lafayette

Go and enjoy a tour of the lighthouse, readings from the children’s book The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge, fishing clinics, live entertainment, food vendors, and other activities at this annual festival. The Little Red Lighthouse is the last remaining lighthouse in Manhattan.


Morris-Jumel Mansion Culture and Arts Festival

Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Location: 65 Jumel Terrace

For the third annual Culture and Arts Festival, the mansion will feature live music, artistry, crafts, and cuisine. Performances from the Underworld Productions Opera, Storyteller Bobby Gonzalez, Organic Magnetics, and Diaspora Now.


Pier 42 Fall Festival

Saturday 12 p.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Pier 42 (between Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges)

Hourly tours of Pier 42 art installations, art activities led by Children’s Museum of the Arts, interactive Capoeira performances, kite flying competitions, gardening and park clean up activities, and food tasting from local food trucks. This is the last event at Pier 42 for the year.


Kings County Fiber Festival

Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Location: Washington Park, The Old Stone House, 336 Third Street,    bet. 4th/5th Avenues, Brooklyn

Discover a unique approach to the fiber arts at this annual festival. There will be crocheters, dyers, rug makers, felters, knitters, quilters, spinners, weavers, and designers all creating fiber art. The fiber makers will introduce visitors to traditional and contemporary approaches to fiber arts.


OHNY Weekend

Saturday and Sunday
Location: across the 5 boroughs

Open House New York is the annual celebration of the city’s architecture, public spaces, and environment. Visitors will be able to walk through historic landmarks, climb skyscrapers, hear on site talks, and visit the most sustainable buildings and more.


Autumn Crafts Festival

Saturday 11 a.m.–8:30 p.m. and Sunday 10a.m.–6:30p.m.
Location: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

This is the 24th year for the annual craft extravaganza in front of the Lincoln Center. Hundreds of exhibitors from across the nation convene to present original, handcrafted designs. Presented by the American Concern for Art and Craftsmanship.


New York Classical Players

Sunday 3 p.m.
Location: 2 East 90th St., 5th Ave

Conductor Dongmin Kim and violinist Sean Lee will perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 and Wagner’s Prelude to Tristan and Isolde as well as other pieces.


Edgar Allan Poe Cottage

Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Poe Park, Bronx

Visit one of the most celebrated American writers’ place of residence during this weekend’s free open house. This event is part of the Openhouse NY and Historic House Trust Festival.


A Conversation with General George Washington

Saturday 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Van Cortlandt Park, Broadway at West 246th Street

Visit the Van Cortlandt House Museum and chat with George Washington. Tour the museum with the General and learn about what was then Lower-Yonkers in Westchester County. His Excellency’s wife will accompany Mr. Washington to teach about the revolution and the city’s history.

Kristina Skorbach is a Canadian correspondent based in New York City covering entertainment news.