Time Out editor Jennifer Picht showcases things to do in our area that are free or dirt cheap.
Swedish Midsummer Festival
For 20 years, Battery Park has hosted one of the world’s largest Scandinavian summer solstice celebrations outside of Sweden, with more than 3,000 guests showing up to dance around the midsummer pole. If roaring rounds of folk dancing and pro fiddling wipe you out, grab a spiced herring crêpe from Crepes du Nord or malt balls from Fika, and chill out on the grass. For the perfect keepsake, you can even make your own ceremonial flower wreath. Robert F. Wagner Park, 20 Battery Pl (212-888-3000, swedenabroad.com). Fri 24 5–8pm.
Only in Queens Summer Music Festival; Flushing Meadows-Corona Park; 1pm; free
Queens brings its A-game for this celebration featuring the best of what the borough has to offer. After refueling with bites from Sam’s Fried Ice Cream or any of the fest’s other vendors, head to the SummerStage concert at 4:30pm and get down to ’90s-tastic sets by House Party duo Kid ’n Play and smooth-moving master Ginuwine.
Stargazing at Lincoln Center
If you think you can’t spot stars in the city, prepare to get schooled. The Amateur Astronomers Association sets up its high-powered telescopes by the fountain at Lincoln Center every Friday and Saturday through the end of July, so come take a look at the planets and the moon and other celestial wonders. Gazing begins at sunset and continues until 11pm. The Fountain (at Lincoln Center), 10 Lincoln Center Plaza (aaa.org/lincolncenter). Fri, Sat 7–11pm; free.
NYC Zombie crawl
The city’s baddest night crawlers take over Brooklyn for an insane night of drinking, concerts and costume contests. Can we set them loose on SantaCon? Begins at Bar Matchless, 557 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn (212-235-5603, nyczombiecrawl.com). Sun 26 4pm–midnight; free.
NYC Pride March (nycpride.org). Sun 26 at noon; free.