The best free parties and club nights in New York City

Discover the best free parties and weekly club nights in NYC that won’t break the bank, from sponsored rap shows to underground house gigs

It’s no secret that Gotham has a rich history of legendary clubs and parties that transformed the city into a destination spot for creatures of the night. The steady influx of new clubs in New York has only added to this appeal from across the world. And for the financially responsible party animals out there (they do exist), you’re in luck! Believe it or not, experiencing the best parties in New York City isn’t always synonymous with breaking the bank. Check out these free parties and soirees, specializing in everything from house to punk.

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Indie Slash: A Synth-Pop Dance Party

Critics' pick

Resident DJs Danny White and Rok One traverse the wide world of synthisized pop music and vocal electronic dance from the past three decades, including new wave, Italo, electro, industrial and nu-disco. Past guests include Justin Strauss and Acute Records boss Dan Selzer. In this installment they welcome Let’s Play House's Drew Heffron.

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Tandem, Bushwick Friday January 30 2015 Free

Music Video Night

Critics' pick

Every first Monday of the month, Bossa Nova Civic Club's professional juicer/bartender/VJ/DJ Chris Video hosts Music Video Night—complete with happy hour sets, movie screenings and live DJ sets. But wait! Make sure to stick around late for your nightcap; Chris Video runs the music video request line from 1-4am to satisfy everyone's latest YouTube wishes.

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Monday February 2 2015 - Tuesday February 3 2015 Free

Escort Service present Civic Duty

Critics' pick

Escort Service present Civic Duty is a biweekly party promising dark club music and drink specials—at no charge.

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Friday February 6 2015 - Saturday February 7 2015 Free

Escort Service present Civic Duty

Critics' pick

Escort Service present Civic Duty is a biweekly party promising dark club music and drink specials—at no charge.

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Friday February 20 2015 - Saturday February 21 2015 Free

Music Video Night

Critics' pick

Every first Monday of the month, Bossa Nova Civic Club's professional juicer/bartender/VJ/DJ Chris Video hosts Music Video Night—complete with happy hour sets, movie screenings and live DJ sets. But wait! Make sure to stick around late for your nightcap; Chris Video runs the music video request line from 1-4am to satisfy everyone's latest YouTube wishes.

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Monday March 2 2015 - Tuesday March 3 2015 Free

Music Video Night

Critics' pick

Every first Monday of the month, Bossa Nova Civic Club's professional juicer/bartender/VJ/DJ Chris Video hosts Music Video Night—complete with happy hour sets, movie screenings and live DJ sets. But wait! Make sure to stick around late for your nightcap; Chris Video runs the music video request line from 1-4am to satisfy everyone's latest YouTube wishes.

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Monday April 6 2015 - Tuesday April 7 2015 Free

Music Video Night

Critics' pick

Every first Monday of the month, Bossa Nova Civic Club's professional juicer/bartender/VJ/DJ Chris Video hosts Music Video Night—complete with happy hour sets, movie screenings and live DJ sets. But wait! Make sure to stick around late for your nightcap; Chris Video runs the music video request line from 1-4am to satisfy everyone's latest YouTube wishes.

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Monday May 4 2015 - Tuesday May 5 2015 Free

Dance Parade

Critics' pick

Sat May 21 1pm–7pm. At this annual procession, which features more than 70 styles of dance, thousands of moving and grooving marchers make their way through lower Manhattan to Tompkins Square Park, where a post-parade festival will include performances, lessons and a dance party. The parade starts at 21st Street between Fifth Avenue and Park Avenue South. All ages.

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Various locations Saturday May 16 2015 Free

Music Video Night

Critics' pick

Every first Monday of the month, Bossa Nova Civic Club's professional juicer/bartender/VJ/DJ Chris Video hosts Music Video Night—complete with happy hour sets, movie screenings and live DJ sets. But wait! Make sure to stick around late for your nightcap; Chris Video runs the music video request line from 1-4am to satisfy everyone's latest YouTube wishes.

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Monday June 1 2015 - Tuesday June 2 2015 Free

Music Video Night

Critics' pick

Every first Monday of the month, Bossa Nova Civic Club's professional juicer/bartender/VJ/DJ Chris Video hosts Music Video Night—complete with happy hour sets, movie screenings and live DJ sets. But wait! Make sure to stick around late for your nightcap; Chris Video runs the music video request line from 1-4am to satisfy everyone's latest YouTube wishes.

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Monday July 6 2015 - Tuesday July 7 2015 Free

Music Video Night

Critics' pick

Every first Monday of the month, Bossa Nova Civic Club's professional juicer/bartender/VJ/DJ Chris Video hosts Music Video Night—complete with happy hour sets, movie screenings and live DJ sets. But wait! Make sure to stick around late for your nightcap; Chris Video runs the music video request line from 1-4am to satisfy everyone's latest YouTube wishes.

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Monday August 3 2015 - Tuesday August 4 2015 Free

Music Video Night

Critics' pick

Every first Monday of the month, Bossa Nova Civic Club's professional juicer/bartender/VJ/DJ Chris Video hosts Music Video Night—complete with happy hour sets, movie screenings and live DJ sets. But wait! Make sure to stick around late for your nightcap; Chris Video runs the music video request line from 1-4am to satisfy everyone's latest YouTube wishes.

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Monday September 7 2015 - Tuesday September 8 2015 Free

Music Video Night

Critics' pick

Every first Monday of the month, Bossa Nova Civic Club's professional juicer/bartender/VJ/DJ Chris Video hosts Music Video Night—complete with happy hour sets, movie screenings and live DJ sets. But wait! Make sure to stick around late for your nightcap; Chris Video runs the music video request line from 1-4am to satisfy everyone's latest YouTube wishes.

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Monday October 5 2015 - Tuesday October 6 2015 Free

Music Video Night

Critics' pick

Every first Monday of the month, Bossa Nova Civic Club's professional juicer/bartender/VJ/DJ Chris Video hosts Music Video Night—complete with happy hour sets, movie screenings and live DJ sets. But wait! Make sure to stick around late for your nightcap; Chris Video runs the music video request line from 1-4am to satisfy everyone's latest YouTube wishes.

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Monday November 2 2015 - Tuesday November 3 2015 Free

Music Video Night

Critics' pick

Every first Monday of the month, Bossa Nova Civic Club's professional juicer/bartender/VJ/DJ Chris Video hosts Music Video Night—complete with happy hour sets, movie screenings and live DJ sets. But wait! Make sure to stick around late for your nightcap; Chris Video runs the music video request line from 1-4am to satisfy everyone's latest YouTube wishes.

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Monday December 7 2015 - Tuesday December 8 2015 Free

Music Video Night

Critics' pick

Every first Monday of the month, Bossa Nova Civic Club's professional juicer/bartender/VJ/DJ Chris Video hosts Music Video Night—complete with happy hour sets, movie screenings and live DJ sets. But wait! Make sure to stick around late for your nightcap; Chris Video runs the music video request line from 1-4am to satisfy everyone's latest YouTube wishes.

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Monday January 4 2016 - Tuesday January 5 2016 Free
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