Money tight? Need to cut corners? No problem. This column has lots of free, pay-what-you-wish and low-cost events to enjoy every single day! (Events may cancel/change. Check with venue.)
Friday, September 20
11:30 a.m.-midnight. Feast of San Gennaro. Little Italy, Mulberry Street.
1:30-2:30 p.m. Learn fencing. Bryant Park Terrace, Sixth Ave./42nd St. (212) 768-4242.
7 p.m. Author reading/Q&A/book signing. “The Life of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great: Tibet’s Most Famous Nonsectarian Buddhist Lama.” Dr. Alexander Gardner. ($10 suggested donation.) Tibet House, 22 W. 15th St. (212) 807-0563.
7-8:45 p.m. Military talk. “Violence and Sex: An Uncensored History of War.” Eugenia Kiesling. Servicemen’s Club, 283 Lexington Ave./36th St. (212) 683-4353.
7:30-8:30 p.m. Concert. “Vaya! 63.” 21-piece multiverse big band led by Bobby Sanabria. David Rubenstein Atrium, Broadway/62nd St. (212) 875-5350.
Saturday, September 21
All day. Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day. Two free tickets each for various NYC museums. Museum list and ticket download at: smithsonianmag.com.
9 a.m. German Steuben Day Parade. Fifth Ave./78th St. to 50th St.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Street fair. Eighth Ave., 14th-23rd Sts.
11 a.m.-midnight. Feast of San Gennaro. (See Sept. 20.)
1-5 p.m. Staged Shakespeare reading. “The Tragedy of Hamlet.” Riverside Library, 127 Amsterdam Ave./66th St. (212) 870-1810.
2:30 p.m. Cabaret concert. “Tribute to singer Barbara Cook.” Jenny Lynn Stewart with accompanist Wally Harper. Performing Arts Library, Amsterdam Ave. and W. 65th St. (917) 275-6975.
6-10 p.m. Uptown “Silent Disco.” Use headphones. First come; first equipped. Party for all ages. Riverside Park, Pier 1, 500 W. 70th St. (212) 870-3070.
Sunday, September 22
9-10 a.m. Hudson River nature walk. Guided by naturalist. Meet at Christopher Street Fountain, foot of Christopher Street. (212) 627-2020. Online registration recommended: hudsonriverpark.eventbrite.com
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Street fair. Washington Square North, University Place to Fifth Ave.
11 a.m.-11 p.m. Feast of San Gennaro. Last day. (See Sept. 20.)
11 a.m. Gotham Writers Workshop. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St. (212) 334-3324.
1 p.m. Presentation/reception. Commemorating the Jewish community of Vilna through poetry/music/readings/performances. Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St. Reservations: (917) 606-8290.
1-3 p.m. Make your own herbal soap. Bring home sample. 9th Street Community Garden, 703 E. 9th St. RSVP: (212) 602-5300.
12-12:30 p.m. Rowboating.1-3 hours. Brief orientation, crews organized, experienced coxswain to steer. No experience necessary. Village Community Boathouse, Pier 40, 353 West St. (212) 229-2059.
Monday, September 23
12:30 p.m. Outdoor concert. Jazz pianist Roy Eaton. (Repeated Tues., Wed., Thurs.) Bryant Park, Upper Terrace, Sixth Ave./42nd St. (212) 768-4242.
6 p.m. Fashion talk. “The Women Behind the Jewels.” Maria Aaron, Judy Gelb, Caitlin Mociun. National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South. RSVP: nationalartsclub.eventbrite.com (212) 475-3424.
6:30-8 p.m. Illustrated video lecture. “A History of Natural History Films.” Erin Chapman, Media Content Manager, Museum of Natural History. Ethical Culture Society, Two W. 64th St. (212) 874-5210.
6:30-9 p.m. Jazz jam. Play or listen. Jazz Foundation, first floor, 122 W. 48th St. (212) 245-3999.
7 p.m. Biography book talk. “Anneliese Landau’s Life in Music: Nazi Germany to Emigre California.” Dr. Lily E. Hirsch. Center for Jewish History. RSVP: 800-838-3006. (See Sept. 22.)
7 p.m. Self-defense workshop with Pop Gym. All ages. Wear comfortable clothing. Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St. at Stanton St. (212) 777-6028.
Tuesday, September 24
10:30-4:30 p.m. Uptown special guided viewing of “Sorolla: Vision of Spain Gallery.” (By appointment only.) Hispanic Society Museum, 613 W. 155th St. (Repeated Thursday.) Email reservations:
Noon. Concert. Dixieland jazz. Performing Arts Library. (See Sept. 21.)
5:30 p.m. Rowboating. (See Sept. 22.)
5:30 p.m. High Line tour. “From Freight to Flowers.” Meet at High Line, 91 Gansevoort St./Tenth Ave. (212) 500-6035.
6:30-9 p.m. Poetry reading. “Renascence: Edna St. Vincent Millay Today.” New School, 55 W. 13th St. (212) 229-5353.
Wednesday, September 25
11 a.m. Art workshop. “Elements of Nature Drawing.” All materials provided. Wagner Park, north of Battery Park, off Battery Place. (212) 267-9700.
Noon. Workshop. “Meditation: The Ultimate Peaceful Experience.” Andrew Widich, PhD. 53rd St. Library, 18 W. 53rd St. (212) 714-8400.
2 p.m. Comedy/drama film. “The Candidate” (1972). Robert Redford. Mid-Manhattan Library at Schwarzman Library, Fifth Ave. Enter at 42nd St. (212) 340-0863.
7-8:30 p.m. Live recording of podcast. Randy Cohen interviews philosopher Massimo Pigliucci. Musicians perform. Ethical Culture Society. Email to RSVP: personplacething-ethicalnyc.eventbrite.com
Thursday, September 26
1-2 p.m. Gallery guided tour. “Memory Palaces: Inside the Collection of Audrey B. Heckler.” American Folk Art Museum, Two Lincoln Square/66th St. (212) 595-9533.
1-2 p.m. Piano concert. Four-Hand Medley. Grad Center, Elebash Hall, 365 Fifth Ave./34th St. (212) 817-8590.
2 p.m. Nazi spy film. “Ministry of Fear” (1944). Ray Milland. Public Library, 112 E. 96th St. (212) 289-0908.
6-7 p.m. Panel discussion, part 1. “Art & Activism: Working Along the Lines of Activism/Artistic Expression.” National Arts Club. Email to RSVP: nationalartsclub.eventbrite.com (See Sept. 23.)
7:30 p.m. Concert. Phoenix chamber ensemble. “Songs and Trios by the Schumanns and the Mendelssohns.” ($12 seniors, $15 general.) Center for Jewish History. Tickets: (800) 838-3006. (See Sept. 22.)
7:30-8:30 p.m. Concert. Jazz band “Jazztopad.” David Rubenstein Atrium. (See Sept. 20.)