Things to do in New York today

The day's best things to do in New York—including free and cheap activities, concerts, screenings, shows, parties and more. It's your social emergency savior.

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Free things to do today

Live from Outer Space

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The endearingly histrionic John F. O'Donnell joins understated absurdists Ben Kronberg and Erik Bergstrom to host this weekly night of stand-up.

  1. The Cobra Club 6 Wyckoff Ave, between Jefferson and Troutman Sts, 11237
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Fri Dec 26
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Diarrhea Planet + Hop Along + Desert Sharks + Banker$

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The brilliantly hooky, riotously fun Nashville punk sextet Diarrhea Planet—whose I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams was one of the finest records of last year, and whose new EP, Aliens in the Outfield, continues the hot streak—hits Brooklyn in the company of urgent Philly pop-punk combo Hop Along.

  1. Brooklyn Night Bazaar 165 Banker St, at Norman Ave, 11222
  2. Fri Oct 31
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Room 69: The Hotel Chantelle Way

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Busy burlesque babe Calamity Chang is the host of this Friday-night parade of pulchritude on Hotel Chantelle's street-level floor, with resident performers Aurora Black, Mr. Gorgeous, Rosie Cheeks and guests strutting their stuff as you tipple your cocktail.

  1. Hotel Chantelle 92 Ludlow St, between Broome and Delancey Sts, 10022
  2. Fri Oct 31
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Today's best food and drink events

Cider Week NYC

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To celebrate the season of spiked apple spirits, 50 restaurants and retailers around the city will host cider-pairing classes and tap takeovers spotlighting upstate cideries including Bellweather, Bad Seed and Harvest Moon. Be among the first to sample New York’s first urban cidery, Descendant Cider, during a free party at Queens Kickshaw on Oct 24. Throughout the week, stop into shops like PJ Wine and Astor Wine & Spirits for free tastings, Murray’s Cheese Bar for $25 three-course lunches (cheese-and-cider flights, pear-cider sorbet), and pick from prix-fixe menus matched with local and international hard ciders at Marlow & Sons, Gramercy Tavern and the NoMad.

  1. Various locations
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sun Nov 2
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NYC Craft Beer Festival

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This suds shindig offers unlimited two-ounce pours of more than 150 brews from 75 breweries across the country, such as Harpoon, Kona and Rogue. Booze-sopping snacks include Tater-Tot nachos from the Stand and Gouda-bacon sandwiches from Morris Grilled Cheese. Hops-heads can attend expert-led seminars that highlight home-brewing techniques and introduce up-and-coming microbrewers from New England and the Mid-Atlantic.

  1. 69th Regiment Armory 68 Lexington Ave, between 25th and 26th Sts, 10010
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sat Nov 1
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Today's free and cheap concerts

Diarrhea Planet + Hop Along + Desert Sharks + Banker$

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  • Free

The brilliantly hooky, riotously fun Nashville punk sextet Diarrhea Planet—whose I'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams was one of the finest records of last year, and whose new EP, Aliens in the Outfield, continues the hot streak—hits Brooklyn in the company of urgent Philly pop-punk combo Hop Along.

  1. Brooklyn Night Bazaar 165 Banker St, at Norman Ave, 11222
  2. Fri Oct 31
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Today's best arts and culture

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden

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Halloween junkies can get their spooky fix in this scary patch of the Children’s Adventure Garden filled with frightening spirits lurking in between the gourds. Weekend programming includes parades, where kids can get some extra mileage out of their costumes. Older visitors can enjoy sessions such as a pumpkin-carving demo with Ray Villafane (Oct 19, 20).

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Fri Oct 31
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Stevie Nicks’s 24-Karat Gold Photo Exhibit

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You probably know Stevie Nicks as the legendary, raspy-voiced singer-songwriter, but Stevie Nicks, the seasoned photographer? Perhaps not. Well, for a very limited time, you can see her exhibition, "24-Karat Gold," a group of images she took between 1975 through 1987. (It's titled the same as her new album, 24-Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault.) The short showcase begins at Openhouse Gallery Fri 10 and Sat 11, then moves to Morrison Hotel Gallery Sun 12–Oct 31.

  1. Morrison Hotel Gallery 116 Prince St, between Greene and Wooster Sts, second floor
  2. Fri Oct 31
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"Exposed: A History of Lingerie"

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Whatever your interest in ladies’ undergarments, you’ll see more than 70 iterations from throughout history at the Museum at FIT’s new exhibit. From a circa-1770 whalebone corset to Rudi Gernreich’s wireless “no-bra bra” of the ’60s, the exhibit looks at how form and function have shifted over time, as well as how nightgowns and other silhouette-framing pieces (like the Juel Park couture favored by Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor) have inspired formal wear and everyday clothes alike.

  1. The Museum at FIT Seventh Ave, at 27th St
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Sat Nov 15
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Tonight's best comedy show

Live from Outer Space

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  • Free

The endearingly histrionic John F. O'Donnell joins understated absurdists Ben Kronberg and Erik Bergstrom to host this weekly night of stand-up.

  1. The Cobra Club 6 Wyckoff Ave, between Jefferson and Troutman Sts, 11237
  2. Fri Oct 31 - Fri Dec 26
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Tonight's best nightlife

The Freedom Party NYC: Halloween Jam

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Classic monster jams—ahem—party jams abound at the Freedom Party, as DJs Marc Smooth, Cosi and Herbert Holler spin soul music from the ’70s through the present day (everything from R&B and house to Afrobeat and dancehall) for the city's longest-running Friday-night dance party. Expect to hear some classic Halloween-themed cuts mixed in. (We predict all hell will break loose when the guys inevitably drop "Thriller.") R.S.V.P to freedomdanceparty.com for reduced admission.

  1. Santos Party House 96 Lafayette St, at Walker St
  2. Fri Oct 31
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Webster Hell

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The official NYC Halloween Parade afterparty returns to Webster Hall, and as always, it looks to be a pretty massive affair. The event consumes all four floors of the club and kicks off with—what else?—a virgin sacrifice. Of course, there is the requisite costume contest, but here, the lucky winner walks home with a whopping $5,000. Yes, you read that right. It's time to break out the sewing machine and paper-mache, because with stakes this high, Party City probably ain't going to cut it.

  1. Webster Hall 125 E 11th St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Fri Oct 31
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Dark Disco: Tiki Disco

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MeanRed hosts the gents of Tiki Disco—Eli Escobar, Andy Pry and Lloydski—for a special Halloween edition of its popular Dark Disco soiree. Expect the usual eclectic, top-notch set of dance tunes from the beloved Tiki Disco crew, with a few spooky jams thrown in for good measure.

  1. 88 Palace 88 East Broadway , between Forsyth and Market Sts
  2. Fri Oct 31
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Kerry A
Kerry A

I have a complaint: I'm an avid reader of the "Undateable" section in Time Out, where Time Out sets up two strangers on a date. Well, last week's article featured a boy who wrote extremely cruel things about his date. I understand you want people to be honest, but I can hardly support someone ripping their date to shreds publicly.

Melodie D
Melodie D

Calle 13 is doing a signing today at 6pm at El Barrio Music Center in Harlem!

Arlene
Arlene

So many different kinds of events. Not your usual touristy stuff , and free. Love this site.

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