• Free Family Events This Weekend! (April 13-15)

    The best weekend events are free!

    By New York Family

    Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could will kick off Lincoln Center’s Big Umbrella Festival this Saturday! Photo by Randee Dadonna via lincolncenter.org.

    Have an amazing weekend without opening your wallet! For even more activity inspiration, check out our Weekend Planner.

    Friday, April 13

    Look + Listen Festival
    BRIC House
    All Ages
    Visual art combines with music at this free, drop-in event. Check their website for a full list of performers and performances. Reservations are required.

    Beginning Saturday, April 14

    Big Umbrella Festival
    Various times
    Lincoln Center
    All Ages
    The Big Umbrella Festival is the world’s first month-long festival dedicated to arts programs for children on the Autism spectrum and their families, launching during Autism Awareness Month this year. Big Umbrella’s core objective is to enrich the lives of children on the autism spectrum through inclusive art that engages, educates, and inspires. Check Lincoln Center’s website for more details. Please note: While most festival events are free, some events require the purchase of a ticket.

    Saturday, April 14

    Saturday Morning Show: Suzi Shelton
    Brookfield Place
    All Ages
    Suzi Shelton, an award-winning singer and songwriter who has been playing for over 15 years, will perform on Saturday, April 14 for children and parents during Brookfield Place’s Saturday Morning Show.

    Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could
    Lincoln Center
    All Ages
    Kickoff the Lincoln Center’s Big Umbrella Festival with relaxed musical performances by Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could, a whimsical Americana mashup, and Actionplay Chorus, a group of young performers on the autism spectrum that perform their own original music. Seating is first-come, first-served, so be sure to arrive early. When the venue reaches capacity, a standby line will form outdoors.

    Sunday, April 15

    Earth Day New York
    Union Square
    All Ages
    Kick off Earth Day with the annual festival in Union Square that offers easy ways to make more sustainable and environmentally conscious choices in your everyday life. Highlights include exhibitors, such as green lifestyle products and services, live performances, talks, entertainment, activities for the whole family, a clothing and electronics recycling collection, as well as local food and beverage vendors. Also, witness the world debut of GoGo Cardboard Balance Bike by I.G. Cardboard Technologies and experience the interactive booth from Korean beauty brand, Innisfree, as they feature their new biodegradable sheet masks.

    World Dance Passport
    United Palace
    All Ages
    This free dance event celebrates cultural diversity and features Kathak, Bharata Natyam, Odissi, Polynesian, and Dancing Crane Georgian Dance Theater. Make sure to RSVP by phone or email ahead of time.

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