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

Frantic!

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The Stand's free weekly show, hosted by Aaron Berg, presents a rotating lineup of the club's regulars each Monday.

  1. The Stand 239 Third Ave, between 19th and 20th Sts, 10003
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Mon Dec 29
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Dive Comedy

  • Free

Brooke Van Poppelen and Giulia Rozzi host this stand-up showcase in the back room of a friendly Sunset Park bar.

  1. Freddy's Bar 627 Fifth Ave, between 17th and 18th Sts, 11215
  2. Mon Dec 22
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Whiplash

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This wildly popular show, started by Leo Allen and adopted by Aparna Nancherla, has run for more than five years and been home to the best up-and-comers and biggest names in comedy.

  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 307 W 26th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Tue Dec 29
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Today's free and cheap concerts

The FlipBooKit Show

  • Free

Here at the FlipBooKit Show, the press of a button triggers a loop of charming and surreal animation—each painstakingly designed by more than 40 artists. Oh, and every book is available for purchase at Grumpy Bert’s shop and gallery.  

  1. Grumpy Bert 82 Bond St, between Atlantic Ave and State St
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Sun Dec 28
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The Brain Cloud

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Dennis Lichtman, of the lively New Orleans–style jazz band the Cangelosi Cards, leads a highly talented group of musicians into energetic Western-swing territory. A mainstay at Barbès and several other local haunts, the Cloud is one of the city's most dependably charming retro acts.

  1. Barbès 376 9th St, at Sixth Ave, 11215
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Mon Jan 26
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Today's best arts and culture

Holiday Under the Stars

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Take a break from Christmas shopping and check out Time Warner Center’s state-of-the-art holiday light display. The spectacle features a dozen 14-foot LED stars that do a colorful “dance,” flashing more than 16.7 million color mixes in time to classic yuletide tunes. You’ll be so moved, you won’t even care that you maxed out your MasterCard getting Aunt Judy that back massager she’s been wanting.

  1. Time Warner Center 10 Columbus Circle, at Broadway
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Sun Jan 4
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Barneys New York holiday windows

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  • Free

Walk by Barneys New York for a holiday view of fluffy woodland creatures and fantastical snow owls from the creative mind of writer and director Baz Luhrmann and his wife, costume designer Catherine Martin.

  1. Barneys New York 660 Madison Ave, at 61st St
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Wed Dec 31
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Henri Bendel holiday windows

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  • Free

Henri Bendel window displays are inspired by vintage landscaping this year. In one window you'll find Louise the Elephant, a plush green fellow made of shrubbery and covered in oversize silver ornaments. Other windows will feature fountains, cobblestones, scattered camellias and all-around holiday whimsy.

  1. Henri Bendel 712 Fifth Ave, at 56th St
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Thu Jan 1
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Tonight's best comedy show

Whiplash

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This wildly popular show, started by Leo Allen and adopted by Aparna Nancherla, has run for more than five years and been home to the best up-and-comers and biggest names in comedy.

  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 307 W 26th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Mon Dec 22 - Tue Dec 29
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Tonight's best nightlife

Deep Space

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Dance-music deity François K's weekly Deep Space soiree focuses on dub in all its glorious, echo-drenched forms but extends its reach to all types of underground dance music. The only dress code is "an open mind." If that's a stretch, the evening's futuristic vibes will set the tone.

  1. Cielo 18 Little W 12th St, between Ninth Ave and Washington St
  2. Mon Dec 22
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Mobile Mondays! 45s

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Start your week with funk, soul, rock, punk, new wave, pop, salsa, calypso, reggae, rhythm & blues, disco and anything else that's danceable, spun (on 45rpm vinyl) by Just Blaze, Misbehaviour, $$$ Mike, Operator EMZ, Joey Carvello, Natasha Diggs and guests. This Monday is Gene Brown's “Super Producer Live Beat Showcase” featuring DJ Scratch, Spinna, Rashad Smith, Statik Selektah, legendary producer Easy Mo Bee and special surprise guests!

  1. The Bowery Electric 327 Bowery, between 2nd and 3rd Sts
  2. Mon Dec 22
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3 comments
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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Benoit

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  1. 60 W 55th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
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Le Bernardin

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  1. 155 W 51st St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves, 10019
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Cookshop

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  1. 156 Tenth Ave, at 20th St
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Tipsy Parson

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  1. 156 Ninth Ave, between 19th and 20th Sts
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