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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Drag queens Lady Bearica Andrews and Ariel Italic plus DJ Accident Report are collectively the Nobodies. They (who?) are pooling their nightlife currency (or lack thereof) to rock your Monday night with trash talk and screenings at 10, followed by debaucherous drag performances and dirty dance music.Read more
Mark Dommu presents a weekly Wednesday night of flamboyance and fun in a femme-positive safe space where a queer can be a queer. American Horror Story: Hotel screens at 10, live performances (anything from alt drag to experimental music or stand-up comedy) start at midnight and rotating DJs spin until 4am.Read more
Jack Dept. NYC returns for its monthly acid-house and techno party at our favorite intimate, tropical dance-floor-clad bar, Bossa Nova Civic Club. Tonight's visiting artist is Stuart "Basic Soul Unit" Li, the veteran Toronto producer who recently released his no-nonsense techno album, Under The Same Sky, on Amsterdam's renowned Dekmantel label. Support comes from Jack Dept. NYC residents John Barera and Volvox.Read more
As part of Lincoln Center's gratis Meet the Artist series, children get an insider look at the making of George Balanchine's holiday stalwart. The 45-minute show will introduce little ones to the ballet's story and music with the help of New York City Ballet dancers, musicians and teaching artists. Ages 4 and up.Read more