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 have a good time without paying a dime. Here are the best free parties, cultural events and things to do between now and next Wednesday.
Bric Flix: Women Behind the Lens
Celebrate Women’s History Month among talented, fierce femmes by viewing excerpts from films created by women for women. Be inspired by select works, such as Speed Sisters, a documentary about the first all-women race-car-driving team in the Middle East.BRIC House Stoop, 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn (718-683-5600, bricartsmedia.org). Wed 9 7–9pm.
Shwick Spring Market
Feeling the itch of spring flea markets? To kick things off, head to Shwick’s bazaar, featuring more than 60 creative makers who hawk everything from clothes to jewelry to art. Per usual, there is finger-licking grub to purchase to help fuel all your unique shopping endeavors. House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn (shwick.us). Sun 13 11am–6pm.
In his lifetime, Sri Chinmoy was considered the master of meditation for his ability to help others find their inner Zen by providing hauntingly beautiful tunes and live performances by his students. This plans to capture that same atmosphere, so don’t miss a chance to find inner peace in the bustling city. P.S. 20 Anna Silver Auditorium, 166 Essex St (nycmeditation.org). Tue 15 7:30–9:30pm.
Asia Week Open House Weekend
Spend your Saturday viewing artwork at dozens of renowned museums and institutions throughout the city, without spending a dime! We suggest viewing some Buddhist art—a medley of sacred images from nine centuries—showcased at the Arader Galleries, while painting lovers can squint and rub their chins at the exhibit “Masterpieces of Indian Modern Art” curated by DAG Modern. There are plenty of interesting lectures and panels to be had at sites like Christie’s and the Japanese Art Society of America through March 19. Various locations in the city (asiaweekny.com). 11am–5pm; free.
Game of Thrones (TV) Trivia
Competitions in Westeros rarely end well, but the clever folks at Trivia, AD promise a fun, treachery-free evening of trivia based on the highest-rated HBO series in history. Study up on the Targaryen family tree, fine Dornish wines and good-looking Stark sons if you and your team want to survive. Essex, 120 Essex St (212-533-9616, triviaad.com). Sun 13 8–9:30pm; free.