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Cheap and Free NYC Weekend Event Picks, July 29-31, 2011

By Cheapchicknyc
Also Check out my July Summer Guide (, my Summer Museum Guide, ( and my Summer Movie Guide ( )for more cheap and free NYC events going on this weekend!

Friday July 29, 2011

Don’t just read all about the news, sing about it at the Newsies sing-a-long! Mmmm (Homer Simpson-like drool) young Christian Bale! 8 p.m., The Bell House, 149 7th St., bet Second and Third Aves., $8, buy tkts here:

Hide all bunny rabbits before going to see a screening of Fatal Attraction, 7:30 p.m., City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Avenue, $7 donation for flick, and $3 donation for Brooklyn Lager and $5 donation for cocktails!

If you need an evening caffeine fix take a free tour at Counter Culture Coffee NYC's La Marzocco Strada Electric Paddle espresso machine, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Counter Culture Coffee Training Center, 37 W. 26th St., free!

Saturday July 30, 2011

Celebrate Essex’s 11th birthday with free drinks during an open bar session! 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. after 12:30 drinks will still be half-price, Essex, 120 Essex Street, free!

Ar' you ready to be a pirate? You’ve come to the right place, today’s Treasure Cove Pirate Fest (described as a Red Hook Nature and Maritime Celebration) will surely rock the boat! 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., IKEA Erie Basin Park, One Beard St., Red Hook, Brooklyn, looks free, more info here:

Take a walk on the tall side with a free High Line tour that covers the length of Section One, 11 a.m., meet at Gansevoort Plaza, under the High Line at the corner of Gansevoort and Washington Streets, free!

Did video games kill the film star? Decide for yourself during Rooftop Films’ Kill Screen Videogame Film Festival, Doors open at 8 p.m., with music until the movies start at 9 p.m., Roof of Old American Can Factory, Gowanus/Slope, 232 Third St. at 3rd Ave. $10 online or at the door! Buy tkts here: (in the event of rain, the show will be rescheduled).

Did you ever raid Barry Manilow’s closet? I don't know if you have, but if can tear yourself away from the Copa, you can watch The Breakfast Club tonight, 8 p.m., Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, $7, buy tkts here:

Tour Carroll Gardens with the Municipal Arts Society! “This tour covers Carroll Gardens—a name that did not exist until the 1960s. Home to a surprisingly (some say scandalously) tiny historic district, with brownstones set uniquely behind deep front gardens, as well as some of Brooklyn’s masterpieces of Greek Revival and Romanesque Revival architecture, Carroll Gardens also has a rich social and physical history, rife with mysteries and misconceptions,” 11 a.m., meeting place provided at registration, tour is nearly full as-of press time, but there are still spots available by calling 212-935-2075, $15!

Time to “follow the yellow brick road” to Lincoln Center for a Wizard of Oz Sing-a-Long, 11:30 a.m., Film Society of Lincoln Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, 65th Street bet. Broadway and Amsterdam, $12!

The record label Mad Decent is hosting a free block party today featuring a variety of bands, Noon, South Street Seaport, 19 Fulton St. at Front Street, free!

Test your knowledge of New York’s financial history during the Race Around Wall Street! Teams of two or more will run around the financial district solving clues to win cash and museum prices, the event begins at 11 a.m., but teams are asked to arrive bet. 10:30 and 10:45 a.m., meet at the Museum of American Finance, 48 Wall Street, cost is $25 per team in advance, with limited registration on the day of the event available at $35 per team! Pre-register here:!

Plus salute the sun with some free yoga at McCarren Park (at Fieldhouse Grass from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., enjoy free "Great Jazz on the Great Lawn" in Central Park (2 p.m. to 5 p.m., enter the park at West 106th Street!), and learn everything you wanted to know about Jim Henson at the Museum of the Moving Image's lecture in conjunction with their current exhibition ( 1 p.m./$10 includes admission and lecture!

Saturday and Sunday July 30 and 31, 2011

Cool off with an indoor tour of Grand Central with Discovery Walking Tours! “Stops include Grand Central's "whispering arch"; Vanderbilt Hall; a secret apartment used as a speakeasy during the 1920s; JM Hewlett’s classic ceiling mural with its mysterious constellations painted in reverse; and Jules Coutan’s Roman group god sculpture -- a crowning masterpiece to the structure,” 11:45 a.m., call212-465-3331 for meeting place and to RSVP, $18!

Don't slam it before you attend it! Governors Island is hosting the first-ever NYC Poetry Festival! Should be a great event and will include around a 100 poets, more than 30 reading series, reps from groups like the Bowery Poetry Club, TypewriterGirls, Nuyorican Poets Café, KGB, and the Poetry Project, and vendors on-hand selling food, drinks, and crafts! 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Governors Island, directions here:, free!

Traverse the water to Governor’s Island with Discovery Walking Tours! “You will see the location of Reagan and Gorbachev’s last summit; the site of a Revolutionary War fort, a Confederate prison camp, and the homes of two Civil War heroes – both candidates for the presidency,” 1:30 p.m., Call 212-465-3331 for meeting time and registration, $18!

Sunday July 31, 2011

Find some Floo powder and a fireplace (make sure it isn’t boarded up!) and head to a Harry and the Potters Concert, 7 p.m., Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, Tkts are $10 in advance and $12 at the door! Buy them here:

It will probably be the smartest party you ever attend! Brooklyn Brainery is celebrating the anniversary of the first SAT (According to the website The 110 year, 1 month, 1 week and 1 day anniversary, to be exact) with crawfish, cheap drinks, mini classes, plus take a difficult standardized to win free classes, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Reservations are required and can be made here:, free!

Sweeten your sweet tooth with a walking tour to four Chelsea, Village, and Soho chocolate makers hosted by Walking Tours Manhattan, 11 a.m., meet at the Lulu Bake Boutique, 8th 15th and 16th, $5 donation to the Food Bank of New York for the tour and then pay-as-you-go for chocolate treats!

Plus all weekend long take in a Native American Pow-Wow at the Queens County Farm Museum (, scroll down), catch performances of the Merry Wives of Windsor (re-imagined in 80’s Brooklyn (, and Hamlet (performed in a parking lot (, it’s Animation Weekend at BAM (!

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