Free and Cheap NYC Events, Saturday August 29th, 2020, Coronavirus Edition

Editor’s Note: As the pandemic drags on, even as some things improve, the Cheap Chick knows that life is still difficult for many New Yorkers. In the movie “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” Albus Dumbledore says, “…Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light.” New Yorkers, remember to turn on the light in your lives in whatever way works best for you during these troubled times.

Guides to the reopening of The Met and MOMA.

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Lots of great stuff from last week and the Cheap Chick’s original Covid coverage.

And now on to this week:

The Great Outdoors
The South Street Seaport Museum’s “tall ship Wavertree will welcome back visitors for FREE on select days in September.” Make timed reservations for 5, 6, 12, 19, 26, 2020, between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jump Start Your Career
“LinkedIn for Job Seekers,” Thursday, September 3, 2020, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. “Learn strategies on how to utilize your LinkedIn account in your job search, including customizing your LinkedIn profile, finding LinkedIn groups to join, performing basic and advanced job searches, and more.” Register here.

Take Heart in Art
The International Center of Photography has plenty of exhibits and programming available through their “ICP From Anywhere” portal.

Take a free “Summer Zoom Art Class” on Wednesday September 2nd, 2020, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Classes are hosted by Hunters Point Parks Conservancy and Donna Levinstone Art. For more info and to register go here.

MOMA PS1 is hosting a virtual Warm Up on Saturday September 5th, 2020.

Book Some Time for Fun
Join the Center for Fiction’s “International Launch Party! The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante” on Tuesday September 1, 2020. The event includes a panel discussion, trivia, and author reading. For more info and to buy a tkt, go here.

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day Saturday August 29th, 2020. For more info on the festivities (in-store + online, go here. Here is a list from Afar of “Independent Bookstores in New York City That We Love.”

The Brooklyn Book Festival (BKBF) has been posting author interviews online. Find them here. (scroll down)

The Sound of Music
“American Composers Orchestra (ACO) announces Volume 3 of ‘Connecting ACO Community,’ featuring seven commissions to be premiered live online on Sundays at 5 p.m. ET between August 2 and October 4, 2020, for a ticketed audience on ACO’s YouTube Channel. For lots more info + to buy tkts ($5 per performance + festival passes available) go here.

The Meatpacking District presents “Saturday Sets – a new series where notable musicians will spend their evenings making music in the district. Make your reservations timed with the music! (TODAY’S SESSION CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER) Continues every Saturday, locations to be announced each week (excluding Labor Day) 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.” For more info/scheduling/reservations go here.

The last virtual Summer on the Hudson Concert will be on Thursday September 3rd, 2020, @ 7:30 p.m., featuring Zach Comtois. Watch on their Facebook Live page here.

The Play’s the Thing
Discovery Walking Tours invites you to enjoy two versions of “Hello Dolly!”: One starring Carol Channing and the other starring Bernadette Peters.

Lights, Camera, Action
“We’re bringing Seaport Cinema to The Greens on The Rooftop at Pier 17. Join us on select Tuesdays and Wednesdays @ 7 p.m. starting September 1, 2020, at The Greens for dinner and a movie. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, you must have a reservation to attend. Reservations are limited so sign up early.” For more info + to make reservations, go here.

Seamore’s @ Brookfield Place is hosting Wednesday night movies @ 8:30 p.m. on the patio. For a schedule go here and go to to reserve a table.

The New York Asian Film Festival is virtual this year, running August 28th to September 12th, 2020.

Tribeca Talks, a program of the Tribeca Film Festival, are “a series of intimate, festival-style Q&As with the creators and stars behind movies and TV shows you’re loving right now — and the ones you’ll be binge-watching in the future.” These talks are available here.

The first ever virtual Sunnyside Shorts Int’l. Film Festival will run from September 26th to October 10th, 2020. For more info and to buy tkts, go here.

Get Sporty
Ping Pong Happy Hours with The Push, MetroTech Commons: Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m (starting 9/8). Register here.

Learn ribbon dancing in Bryant Park.

Still time to participate in the Brookfield Tennis Open 2020.

Go kayaking in Brooklyn Bridge Park through October 14th, 2020.

No Pain, No Gain
Work out virtually on Mondays @ 6:30 p.m. with “Healthy on the Hudson” through September 28th, 2020. Access sessions on their Facebook page.

Exercise with “BK Burn with Chelsea Piers Fitness, The Plaza at 300 Ashland: Mondays at 5:30 p.m. (starting 9/14). Register here.

Early morning Tai Chi in Bryant Park has been extended until September 29th, 2020.

Zumba with Dodge YMCA, MetroTech Commons: Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. (starting 9/9) Register here.

I Love a Parade
The 2020 Mermaid Parade’s TAIL-A-THON is happening Saturday August 29th, 2020 @ 1 p.m.

Strain the Brain
The Museum of the City of New York is hosting The Ultimate (Virtual) NYC Trivia Night: Summer Edition on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, @ 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Registration is required and a donation is suggested. For more info and to register go here.

Brookfield Place’s virtual Trivia Tuesdays have been extended through December 29th, 2020.

Be a Virtual Tourist
Take a virtual tour of Jackson Heights.

The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy has hosted a number of virtual tours/talks. You can access past events (on right hand side, sift thru postponed/canceled programming) by making a $6 donation here. “Please choose your donation amount and under where you enter a dollar amount, it will say ‘Add special instructions to the LESJC.’ Be sure to specify which Zoom talk you want to purchase, and we will send you the link.”

Check out the abandoned City Hall subway station.

Join “Lighting the Way: Staten Island’s National Lighthouse Museum” free virtual program @ 12:30 p.m on Monday, August 31, 2020. For more info and to book a tkt, go here.

Francis Morrone: Willa Cather’s Greenwich Village,Wednesday Sep 2, 2020 6:00 p.m. , “A native of Virginia, the great novelist Willa Cather grew up on the Nebraska prairies before moving to Greenwich Village in 1906. Between 1906 and 1932 she lived at four different Village addresses with her partner Edith Lewis. Join historian Francis Morrone to explore and celebrate Cather’s life and the unique community and sense of place that shaped it.” For more info and register go here,

Follow this NYC guide to “Famous Sites in the History of Women’s Rights.”

History’s Mysteries
WWII 75th Anniversary, From Arizona to Missouri: Bookends of World War II virtual program, @ 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. For more info and to buy tkts, go here.

Learn about that mysterious Japanese house in Brooklyn.

Discover “The Remains of the 17th Century Lovelace Tavern in NYC’s Financial District.”

Read the storied history of NYC’s Tiffany & Co. (Inspired by TC)

NYC Staycations
My friends @ NYCgo, have created these NYC Staycation Guides for Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and The Bronx.

You are What You Eat
Learn about the “The Top 13 Oldest Restaurants in NYC” (originally published in 2019.)

Send Chinatown Love is hosting a Food Crawl in Chinatown September 1-30th, 2020, that includes rewards and giveaways.

Shop ‘Til you Drop
Support Chinatown merchants with Pearl River Mart’s special collection highlighting the neighborhood’s unique offerings. Most money will mainly go to businesses, but the rest of the profits will go toward charity programs.


Whew! Please note that all of the information posted was true @ the time of publication. All listings/news are subject to change.

The Cheap Chick is constantly updating this page, so please keep checking back for updates and new content re cheap and free NYC-focused distractions during the coronavirus crisis.

Also please feel free to share the cheap and free ways you’re spending time in isolation or if you’re an org offering online programming, please reach out to the Cheap Chick so she can post it online and/or tweet about it.

And be sure to follow her on Twitter via @cheapchicknyc for more cheap and free NYC info and happenings.

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