9 Free Things to Do in NYC This Weekend (Oct. 5–6)
NEW YORK—This weekend, New York City offers the ultimate, free-for-all Craftravaganza with arts and crafts events taking place at Lincoln Center, on Columbus Avenue, and on Roosevelt Island. And if you’re not feeling artsy you can check out the Czech Street Festival or the Korean Festival that promise to go hard on the culture but easy on the wallet.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
32nd St. between 5th Ave and Broadway
Experience the authentic Korean culture in the heart of New York City’s Korea Town. Enjoy spicy Korean dishes, watch traditional Korean performing arts, and meet with famous Korean entertainers including TV stars and musicians. The event will also feature a two-hour parade starting at 42nd St. and Broadway at noon that will include floats, marching bands, traditional dances, and a martial arts exhibition.
My Dog Loves Central Park Fair
Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park
This on-leash event is open to all dog owners and dog lovers who wish to come out and enjoy a day in the park while learning about responsible stewardship. Training tips, demonstrations by experts, Canine Good Citizen testing, micro-chipping, games, contests and more, all slated to entertain precious pooches and their owners.
Moo at the Zoo
Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo is hosting an educational event that will demonstrate how homemade butter is made. Visitors will also be able to try their hand at milking a cow. The barnyard crew will have fun-filled family activities scheduled throughout the day.
Read NYC Community Festival
Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park
The annual event attracts thousands of New Yorkers in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of reading. Street performances, live music, dance lessons, reading circles, and spelling games will be central to the event. Parents will also find all kinds of resources for helping their kids succeed in reading.
Autumn Crafts Festival
Saturday 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
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.
Autumn Crafts on Columbus
Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Columbus Av. between 77th and 81st Streets
Over 100 artisans will exhibit and sell their work in this annual art-show event. Passersby will be able to browse through select works like blown glass ornaments, ceramics, jewelry, paintings, sculpture, and children’s toys. The event is situated on the sidewalk across from the American Museum of Natural History.
Czech Street Festival
Saturday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
73rd St. between 1st and 2nd Avenues
In celebration of the Czech Independence Day, New Yorkers are invited in the 15th celebration of Czech culture. The event will feature live music, food and souvenir vendors, workshops, and a Staropramen Party in the evening. Staropramen is one of the biggest beer breweries in the Czech Republic.
Fall for Arts Festival
Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Roosevelt Island, Southpoint Park
The Fall for Arts Festival promises music, art, food, and fun. This festival also continues the tradition of selecting participants to paint large outdoor murals which will then be featured in the Motorgate Gallery. The theme for this year’s event is “A Mystical Island.”
Brooklyn Heights Tour at Sunset
Sunday 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: north side of Brooklyn Borough Hall
Brooklyn Heights, with its quaint, tree-lined streets, has been named one of New York City’s most historic, beautiful, and architecturally diverse neighborhoods. This two-hour walking tour will take you past the Brooklyn Bridge and the Ferry District, movie and TV locations, Brooklyn Historical Society, the homes of Truman Capote, other literary figures, and more.