When you live in the most expensive city in America, it can be hard to stick to a budget. Luckily, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for a concert, art exhibit, comedy show or even a date idea, there are plenty of places to good time without paying a dime. Here are the best free parties, cultural events and things to do between now and next Wednesday.
Brooklyn Folk Arts Day
Immerse yourself in some of Brooklyn’s most beautiful spiritual practices at this interactive presentation of rituals and ceremonies from Guyana, Ghana and India. Then grab traditional foods and join a discussion about the preservation and representation of religious life in the borough. Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St (718-222-4111, brooklynhistory.org). Wed 2 6:30–8:30pm.
John Hughes Trivia
Prove your knowledge of Jake Ryan and homemade prom dresses at this celebration of the greatest teen movies of the ’80s. Chips, dips, chains and whips not provided. Videology, 308 Bedford Ave (718-782-3468, videologybarandcinema.com). Sun 6 at 7pm.
Get down and unwind with pan-Asian tapas, two-for-one happy hour drink specials and chill jams from WKCR DJ David Ellenbogen at this weekly museum throwdown. The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W 17th St (212-620-5000, rubinmuseum.org). Fri 4 6–10pm.
“Andy Warhol: Money on the Wall”
Warhol loved to make colorful play with the American dollar sign. Explore the connections between art and cold hard cash at this exhibition of Warhol’s highly saturated silkscreens. Sotheby’s, 1334 York Ave (212-606-7000, sothebys.com). 10am–5pm. Through Fri 4.
Party like It’s 1999
During this edition 25 Years of R.E.M.’s Out of Time, DJ Steve makes you and other alt-rock devotees lose your religion to the best rock jams from the Clinton years. The Bell House, 149 7th St, Brooklyn (718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com). Sat 5 at 10pm.