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Cheap and Free NYC Events, Aug 3-5, 2012

By Cheapchicknyc
Friday August 3, 2012
Savor the tastes of New York! And no I’m not talking about pizza, I’m talking wine from the state vineyards. Sample flavors from wineries in the Finger Lake Region and North Fork, Long Island today.5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wine Heaven, 333 3rd Avenue (bet 24th and 25th St), cost: free!
Watch out for those dinosaurs when Jurassic Park screens on the Intrepid tonight as part of their Summer Movie Series! Movie starts at dusk on Intrepid, directions here. cost: free!
Today is also the free Target Passport Fridays: West Indies program at the Queens Museum of Art as a celebration for the 50th anniversary of independence for Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago  the Rural Route Film Festival starts tonight (and continues thru the w/e-see Saturday’s picks for a special MOMI event), and Rooftop Films screens Inocente for free in Brooklyn tonight!
Saturday August 4, 2012
The Museum of the Moving Image takes you on a trip to the farm tonight with their Rural Route Film Festival! Tonight’s screening tells the story of a city couple who buy a dairy farm. Producer Rudd Simon (The The Royal Tenenbaums) will be on-hand for a Q&A after the screening. 5 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave. (at 36th St.), cost: (inc w/museum admission-$12)!
If you like creepy, crawly things then you’ll want to hit the Birds, Bugs, Bees (how alliterative!) at Brooklyn Bridge Park today! Julie Feinstein, collections manager at the American Museum of Natural History and author of Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, for a guided tour of Pier 1 focusing on these creatures! 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., cost: free! (But you must RSVP to the event here!
Enjoy a down-home Southern brunch and a movie this morning with a screening of that 70’s country classic Smokey and the Bandit! 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg Brooklyn, cost: $16!
Today is also First Free Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum , Bank of America card holders get free admission to a variety of NYC museums inc. the Met, Whitney and New-York Historical Society, the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival kicks off tonight (runs thru Aug 12) with a free screening of the Segal flick Out for Justice tonight (reserve tkts here), Find a new place to park your butt for the Parked! 2012 Food Truck Festival , watch the movie Patron Saints with Rooftop Films tonight at the Gowanus Can Factory! pLUS I hear that there is lots going on  with  Summer Streets today as well!
Saturday and Sunday August 4 and 5, 2012
Happy Birthday, Mr. President indeed! Join Discovery Walking Tours as they explore Marilyn Monroe’s New York on the 50th Anniversary of her death. “Stops include sites associated with her work at the Actors Studio, her marriage to Arthur Miller; four of her Manhattan homes; the site of her famed subway grate pose; and where she serenaded JFK only three months before her death – her last night in Sat: 2 p.m., Sun.: 2:30 p.m., call 212-465-3331 for reservations and meeting place, cost: $22!
Get already discounted books, movies, music, and more for 30 percent off at Housing Works Bookstore’s sale today! Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby Street, cost: Pay-for–what-you-buy!
Dragons and boats oh my! Check them both out at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival! Flushing Meadows Park, Festivities start at 10:30 a.m. Sat, and 10:00 a.m. Sunday, Directions here!  cost: free!
Sunday August 5, 2012
Fancy yourself the next Stan Lee? Aspiring comics of all ages can give it a go today with artist and educator Michel Levesque at WORD’s Comics Jam! Today all attendees work together to create one monster comic! Supplies will be provided, but you can bring items that you think will add to the day’s activity. 3 p.m., WORD Bookstore, 126 Franklin St., cost: free!
Feast on vegan goodies during a four course meal delivered directly to your door including desserts! Pre-order before 9 a.m. on Sundays by sending a text to 917-628-3926 in order to get a delivery on Sunday evening. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., cost: $12!
Meet Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as they discuss their upcoming flick Hope Springs today! Apple Store Soho, 72 Greene Street, 72 Greene Street, 4 p.m., cost: free!
Take a free historical walking tour of the LES today sponsored by the LES Business Improvement District, and learn about the neighborhood from its immigrant roots to today. 11 a.m., meet in front of Katz’s Deli, 205 E. Houston St., cost: free! (no reservations required)
Go on a different sort of walking tour organized by the Museum at Eldridge Street (one that cost and includes noshing)! Sample egg creams, bialys from Kossar’s, pickles and rugelach as well as learning about the neighborhood’s historic sites, meet at the Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, cost:$25 (inc food) call 212.219.0302x5 for reservations or RSVP via EventBrite here!
Also Fast Times at Ridgemont High screens for free tonight at Habana Outpost!

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