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Cheap$kate: This week's best FREE events in NYC


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Kenny Chesney concert
Dust off your boots and bust out the cowboy hats: Kenny Chesney is coming to Rockefeller Center this Friday for the Toyota Concert Series on the "Today" show. Shoes and shirts required, and that should be all you need to know. And no, you don't have to dress like a cowboy. But you should. (Friday, first come, first served, FREE, "Today" show Window on the World Studio, Rockefeller Center at 49th St.,

Step to the High Line Festival
The High Line turns into a stage for NYC public school students this week, who will be performing step routines as part of the Step to the High Line Festival. So step to it and see a new step team every day this week. (Mon.-Fri., 6:30 p.m., Sat., 4 p.m., FREE, the High Line, Gansevoort St. to W. 34th St. btwn 10th and 11th aves., 212-206-9922,

The Economist Pub Quiz
The Brits sure do know a thing or two about pubs. Now The Economist magazine is proving they know a few things about pub quizzes, too. Come out on Wednesday and show everyone how much YOU know about the happenings in our world. (Wednesday, 7-10:30 p.m., FREE, McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon, 800 Second Ave., email to register)

The Mermaid Parade
The mermaids and mermen of NYC have all come out from under the sea to show off their amazingly crazy costumes at this year's Mermaid Parade on Coney Island. Venture out to celebrate the beach, the sea and the start of summer. (Saturday, assembly at 10 a.m., parade at 2 p.m., FREE, Coney Island, Surf Ave. and W. 21st St.,

Rockstar Games Presents Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic
Take Dad out on Sunday for a day of music, food, family entertainment and some competitive, high-speed bike racing for the Skyscraper Cycling Classic, NYC's only pro bike race. And bring the kids for the "Bike Bonanza," where they can improve their riding skills, get a free helmet, swap their bikes or register them through the NYPD. (Sunday, noon-6 p.m., FREE, Marcus Garvey Park, 121st St. at Fifth Ave.,

Bang on a Can marathon
Can you handle 13 straight hours of live music? The Bang on a Can marathon will kick off this year's River to River Festival at the World Financial Center Winter Garden at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Stop by for some or all of it and scope out Philip Glass, Asphalt Orchestra, Glenn Branca and many more. (Sunday, 11 a.m.-midnight, FREE, World Financial Center Winter Garden, 200 Vesey St., 212-417-7050,

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