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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Free parties and club nights in NYC
Sharegroove's Steve ShakeWell curates this outdoor postwork Thursday Williamsburg gathering filled with Balearic sleaze, mellow vibes and summer harmonies, no matter the weather. Past guests have included Toby Tobias, Waxist and Phenomenal Handclap Band's Sean Marquand, while this summer’s guests include Takaya Nagase, Sanky, Brian Blackout, Christine Renee and Balearic Social's Andy Pye from the U.K. Come, snack on some food, enjoy drink specials til 7pm and vibe out.Read more
Fixed's JDH and Dave P have been supplying killer house, techno, discofied material and more, bringing to town a bevy of world-class DJs. The parties, thrown every couple of weeks, have survived for the past 11 years—a feat in and of itself—by moving from club to club and borough to borough. It's now one of NYC's oldest clubland institutions, which is pretty amazing considering it rarely hits the same actual institution. Check them out at Le Bain for a special all-night-long set.Read more
Looking for a California-backyard-party vibe, complete with carne asada and élotes on the grill? Well, then head to Str8 West Coastin’, where you’ll find expert selectors Still Life, Eleven and Dopeshoes playing only West Coast treats from the likes of Dre, Snoop, Cube, E-40 and Too Short on the third Saturday of any summer month. This year’s guest DJs include Dstrukt, Meka and Dirtyfinger. Past summers have also featured appearances from top-notch swag like W-shaped foam hands (for Westsiiiiide), beer coozies, California-shaped temporary tattoos and, of course, hologram Tupac! The summer’s best-kept secret! R.S.V.P. here.Read more