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The best free things to do in NYC before Summer ends

Written by
David Goldberg

No matter how badly you've shredded your summer budget, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the remaining sunshine without going into debt. From festivals to outdoor movies and beyond, we've rounded up the best ways to slay your September without wasting a dime. 

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The Metropolitan Opera's 2015 Summer HD Festival: West Side Story Avery Fisher Hall (at Lincoln Center); Fri Aug 28  
The Jets and Sharks weren't wearing down coats when they danced their way through Manhattan, and you shouldn't have to either. Lay out on Lincoln Center's lawn and sing along to every word of the classic Sondheim musical. 

30 Rock Trivia Sun Aug 30 Videology Brooklyn
This year's fall sitcom schedule looks pretty bleak, so why not celebrate one of the greats while downing beers amongst fellow Lemonheads?  

Morbid Anatomy Flea Market Sun Aug 30 The Bell House Brooklyn
Pick up some fine skeletal jewelry to wear proudly at your next concert appearance, and spruce up your apartment with magnificent taxidermy, bones and ancient books. 

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit Sun Aug 30–Mon Sept 7 
Since 1931, artists and craftsmen have set up shop on Washington Square's sidewalks to sell and share their wares. Stroll through the festival and find that perfect piece that sums up your summer. 

The Lolë White Tour Wed Sept 2 Central Park Great Lawn
Embrace your inner warrior with thousands of other yogis on the Great Lawn. While you stretch in the radiant sunlight, Ingrid Michaelson and Donna De Lory will serenade you to sublime satisfaction. 

Great North River Tugboat Race and Competition Sun Sept 6 Hudson River Park, Pier 84
Take a prime seat on the water and witness the battle of the tugboats as they furiously race down the Pier. Then, bring your best Popeye game for line-tossing and a spinach-eating competition. 

West Side County Fair Sun Sept 6 Riverside Park South Pier 1
Manhattan may not have a rodeo, but the West Side County Fair does a fine job of fulfilling your carnival and cotton candy needs. Jump onto rides and get giddy in the petting zoo while bands, sideshow acts and aerialists keep the fair running. 

The Goonies Sun Sept 6 Habana Outpost Brooklyn
Hey, You Guys! Watch the childhood adventure classic and admire a young Josh Brolin while feasting on platters of queso and guacamole in Habana Outpost's enchanted yard. 

West Indian-American Carnival Parade Mon Sept 7 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
Party all the way down Eastern Parkway as one of the city's most vibrant parades unleashes colorful costumes and yummy soul food on Brooklyn. 

Brooklyn Kite Festival Sat Sept 19 Brooklyn Bridge Park  
The view of the river gets sprinkled with high-flying kites of shapes and colors you'll have to see to believe. The Park provides supplies for rookie kiddos who want to build their very first kites. 

Brooklyn Book Festival Sun Sept 20 Various Locations, Brooklyn
Check off your Fall reading list with hot new releases from in-demand authors, see panels and snag discounted deals on your favorites at this all-day book bonanza. 

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