9 Free Things to Do This Weekend in New York City (Aug. 24-25)

By Kristina Skorbach
Kristina Skorbach
Kristina Skorbach
Kristina Skorbach is a Canadian correspondent based in New York City covering entertainment news.
August 23, 2013 Updated: August 25, 2013

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend in New York City, here’s a list of nine free possibilities. This week there are events ranging from an Ecofest on Times Square, to a display of the Forbes Collection, as well as a free screening of Silver Linings Playbook, and more.

1. Ecofest
Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Times Square

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Ecofest is bringing all kinds of environmentally friendly displays of cars, fashion, food, and fun activities for children.

Location: Broadway between 45th and 47th streets.

2. Brooklyn Flea Market
Saturday, Aug. 24–Sunday, Nov. 24
Fort Greene/The Williamsburg Waterfront

Starting this Saturday, the Brooklyn Flea Market will open up for this year’s season in Fort Greene on Saturdays and at the Williamsburg waterfront on Sundays.

Location: 176 Lafayette Ave. (between Clermont and Vanderbilt Av.)

3. Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk
All day Saturday, Sunday
Coney Island

Catch some sun before autumn rolls in at Coney Island’s beachfront.

Location: Corbin Pl. to W. 37 St., Boardwalk

4. Silver Linings Playbook showing
Saturday Aug. 24, 8 p.m.
Central Park

The Central Park Conservancy Film Festival will screen the Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook this Saturday, rain or shine. Free popcorn.

Location: On the landscape between Sheep Meadow and the 72nd Street Cross Drive

5. Forbes Collection
Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Forbes Magazine Headquarters

Discover some of the authentic exhibits inside the headquarters of Forbes magazine, courtesy of the personal collection of Malcolm Forbes, including Faberge eggs, first versions of Monopoly, and some 10,000 toy soldiers.

Location: 62 Fifth Ave. at 12th St.

6. Kayaking
Saturday, Sunday 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Hudson River Park

This public boathouse offers free no-reservation 20-minute kayaking tours around the protected embayment of the Hudson River.

Location: Pier 40, near Houston St., West Village

7. Afropunk Festival
Saturday, Sunday 12 p.m.–9 p.m.
Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn

For it’s 9th consecutive year, the Afropunk festival will offer visitors free live music, art exhibits, and other installations and attractions. To skip waiting lines, RSVP: http://beta.flavorpill.com/events/afropunk-fest-2013

Location: Nassau St., Park Ave., (between Navy St. and N. Elliot Pl.)

8. Lee Konitz Quartet
Sunday 3 p.m.–7 p.m.
Tompkins Square Park

If you’d like to enjoy some jazz, show up to this free evening with prominent alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, which features other performers.

Location: Avenue B and E 7th St.

9. Central Park Tennis Clinic
Sunday 12:30 p.m.–2 p.m.
Central Park Tennis Center

Join an afternoon of free tennis instruction including prizes and a chance to watch and play with professional tennis players.

Location: enter at 96th St. and 5th Av.

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