And watch (like Monday!) for my Cheap and Free NYC Summer Arts/Museum Guide, and later on for my July Summer 2011 Guide, and my Cheap and Free NYC Fourth of July Guide!
Cheap Chick Weekend Event Picks!
Friday June 24, 2011
If you wanna be my lover, hopefully you’ll wanna go to the Spice World Sing-a-long, 11 p.m., 92ndY Tribeca, 200 Hudson Street at Canal, $13 includes one beer! Buy tkts here: http://www.92y.org/Tribeca/Event/Tribeca-Spice-World-Sing-Along.aspx
A-B-C it’s easy as 1-2-3 to beat it on over to the Freedom Party’s annual tribute to Michael Jackson, 11 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, free!
Ewoks! Princess Leia in a gold bikini! Time to relive all those moments and watch Return of the Jedi, 8 p.m., Carroll Park, Court St., Smith St., Bet. Carroll St. and President St., Brooklyn, free! (be sure to bring a blanket!)
Whether it’s the shoulder-padded 80’s woman or the Joans and Peggys of the ‘60’s, 92ndY Tribeca pays homage to working girls with film clips, live performances, and comedy. Snacks will also be provided, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., 92ndY Tribeca, 200 Hudson St. at Canal, $12!
You’ll find that Sweden is more than just meatballs at the Swedish Midsummer Festival, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Robert F. Wagner Park, Battery Place bet. West and 1st Place, free!
Saturday June 25, 2011
In honor of Pride Weekend, Big Onion Walking Tours is hosting a special Before Stonewall Walking Tour! “Discover the many facets of lesbian and gay history as we trace the development of Greenwich Village. Stops could include: The Stonewall Inn, The Duplex, and sites associated with Bayard Rustin, Willa Cather, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Audre Lorde,” 1 p.m., Meet at the Northeast corner of Fifth Avenue and Washington Square North, $15!
See how much you really love cupcakes at the Cupcake Kings Cupcake Eating Contest! The winner of the 10-minute competition will receive a Cupcake Kings trophy and $100, 12 p.m., CupCake Kings, 1613 Voorhies Avenue, Brooklyn, free, but send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Cupcake Kings in the subject to register!
See the Williamsburg you never knew with Discovery Walking Tours! “Take a tour of one of Brooklyn’s most colorful neighborhoods focusing on the diversity of area, from the hipster to the Hasidic. Stops include Bedford Avenue, Peter Luger’s, the landmark Williamsburg Savings Bank, and the Williamsburg Bridge,” 4:45 p.m., call 212-465-3331 formeeting place and reservations.
Who says you can’t get a free lunch? Watch a free cooking demonstration and then sample a warm vegetable salad with curried almonds when it’s done, 12 p.m., Demos are at one of these Williams-Sonoma stores, to register and to find out the W-S locations closer to you go here, http://www.souschefseries.com, free!
Outdoor fun awaits at Adventures NYC! Today you can rock climb, get a free bike helmet, attend health and fitness clinics, do yoga, check out outdoor gear exhibits, rent bikes for free, and participate in other activities! 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Central Park, Bandshell at 72nd Street, free!
Get down with your bad self at the Barefoot Boogie Dance Party and Thai Yoga Class featuring a wide variety of music! 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Insight Meditation Center, 28 W 27th Street, 10th fl. bet Broadway and 6th Ave., $10 (discount of $5-$10 off if you volunteer to help out! Email email@example.com to sign up in advance for setup help and/or an early door shift. $5 off for 1/2 hour of your time. Get in free for one hour of volunteering!
Dinner and a slideshow come together at Slideluck! Enjoy food (maybe even a pig roast!), and a slideshow featuring local artists! Drinks are provided by Brooklyn Brewery, Perrier, and Brooklyn Republic Vodka, 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m. dinner, Kidd Yellin Gallery, 133 Imlay St, Red Hook, $15 at the door!
Devour the history of Chinatown with the walking tour From Coffeehouses to Banquet Halls with the Museum of the Chinese in the Americas, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., meet at the museum, 215 Centre St. bet Grand and Hester, $15!
Plus check out Lumen 2011, a video and light festival on Staten Island (http://www.lumenfest.org), see who breaks the mold during a Jell-O competition where artists use the jiggly medium to sculpt edible creations (http://www.gowanusstudio.org/jello), quote your favorite movies at movieoke (http://www.92y.org/Tribeca/tickets/production.aspx?pid=67651), and sing-a-long to Michael Jackson songs at Union Hall (http://www.facebook.com/secretformulany)!
Saturday and Sunday June 25 and 26, 2011
Visit the Harlem you never with Discovery Walking Tours! “A tour through one of the country’s most prominent African American neighborhoods. Stops include the Hotel Theresa, where Castro and Khrushchev met; the Apollo Theatre; Lenox Lounge, where Billie Holiday performed; Blumsteins, where an assassination attempt was made on Martin Luther King’s life in the 1950s; and sites associated with Malcolm X, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, and Langston Hughes,” 2 p.m., call 212-465-3331 for meeting place and reservation, $18!
Sunday June 26, 2011
People are just dying to get in! The New York Marble Cemetery (usually closed to the public) opens its doors today, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., 41 1/2 Second Avenue, free!
Can you say “the cheese is old and moldy” in Espanol? (bonus points if you know the movie reference! Hopefully you won’t have to say that at today’s Stinky Brooklyn Cheese Eating Contest! Aside from the fromage, there will be sandwiches, and refreshments! 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., contest at 2:30 p.m., Stinky Brooklyn, 215 Smith Street bet. Butler and Baltic Streets, free!
Bring out your rainbow colors and celebrate at NYC’s Gay Pride Parade! 6 p.m., The event runs from Fifth Ave. and 36th Street to Christopher Street, free!A post- Parade party will be held at the Spotted Pig (http://www.thespottedpig.com/) at 6 p.m.!
Take in a free organ recital at St. Patrick’s Cathedral today, 4:45 p.m., St. Patrick’s, 51st and Madison, free!For more info go here (scroll down): http://www.saintpatrickscathedral.org/calendar.php
End the weekend with a giggle or two with the NY Laughs Comedy Show, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Central Park, Mineral Springs, enter at W. 67th and 69th Street, free!
Plus all weekend long the Bicycle Film Festival cycles on (http://www.bicyclefilmfestival.com/), get those jazz hands ready at the Undead Jazz Fest (http://www.undeadjazz.com/?page_id=276), shop for crafts from around the world at the Maker’s Market at Socrates Sculpture Park (http://www.socratessculpturepark.org), and the BoCoCa Arts Festival brings together performing artists, musicians, bands, and visual artists in Brooklyn (http://www.bococaartsfestival.com)!