Metro’s Kind of Free Weekend: Dia de los Muertos, tons of art, and stand-up comedy! - Metro US

Metro’s Kind of Free Weekend: Dia de los Muertos, tons of art, and stand-up comedy!

And a happy weekend to all of you, lower middle class friends! Metro hopes your Friday night was full of candy, costumes, and fun (mostly because at least two of those are free on Halloween). In order to prevent a post-holiday slump wherein you eat all your candy and stare dejectedly at the costume choice that, in hindsight, you’re beginning to question more and more, we’ve come up with seven affordable outings just for you.

All Weekend

Dia de los Muertos

Didn’t quite get your fill of spooky festivities on Friday night? Or just feel like experiencing an awesome part of Mexican culture? Go downtown and check out Mexican Culture Without Borders’ celebration of the Day of the Dead on Saturday and Sunday. Full of vibrant costumes and decorations, food, and crafts, the event will also feature the Procession for the Innocent, or a march intended to remember victims of injustice, on Saturday. On Sunday, there will be mariachi music, poetry readings, and a special presentation by Ariles de Nueva York.

St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, 131 E 10th Street. 10:00am on Saturday, 1:00pm on Sunday

Price: Free Admission

“New Feelings”

This weekend will be the last chance to get to see this technology-inspired exhibit by acclaimed artist Antoine Catala. This show, meant to be a commentary on the relationship between young adults’ emotions and the prevalence of social media, features a central piece called Emobot. The central exhibit is a robotic student-and-teacher duo exhibiting differing degrees of emotion, all the while commentary along the likes of “I don’t understand people” accompanies the images. If Halloween has you feeling in need of a little cerebral action (or, let’s be honest, if you feel like getting a little creeped out after All Hallow’s Eve), be sure to give this (free!) show a visit.

291 Grand Street, second floor, Chinatown & Little Italy. 11:00am to 6:00 pm.

Price: Free Admission

“Classical Nudes and the Making of Queer History”

Another exhibit (we know, we know, but bear with us—this one’s cool) downtown, this one, organized by the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian art, explored the history of non-heteronormative relationships. Going all the way back to classical Greece, this exhibit traces queer artwork all the way up to modern-day.

26 Wooster St, SoHo. Noon to 6:00pm.

Price: Free Admission


Create Your Own Star

Come to Madison Square Park Saturday night and feast your eyes on a sight that very few New Yorkers get to see: a sky full of stars! Sponsored by Wix.com, a website-development company, this event is a fun, free attempt to light up NYC!

Madison Square Park. Saturday, 7:00pm.

Price: Free Admission

Stand-Up Comedy: Colin Quinn

Feel like laughing about something other than that guy who had one too many bottles of cider and made a fool of himself at the Halloween party? Especially if that guy is you? Check out Colin Quinn’s set at the Creek as he comes back to NYC from his national “Unconstitutional” tour.

10-93 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, Queens. 7:00pm.

Price: Free Admission


Scissor Sundays at the Rusty Knot

The West Village’s Rusty Knot club features a special event every Sunday, offering an eclectic set of songs spun by a rotating crowd of DJs, strong drinks (which, unfortunately, we’re guessing are not included under the night’s umbrella of “free”) and views of the sunset over the Hudson.

425 West St, West Village (Cross St: 11th). 4:00pm.

Price: Free Admission. No drink minimum, but average drink costs are around $10.

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