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.
Tainted Love Dance Party
Passionate fans of the ’80s can shake their rumps and overly teased hair to the true gems of the era, like Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” and Throbbing Gristle’s “Hot on the Heels of Love.” From new wave to postpunk, glam rock and beyond, join DJ Jane Elizabeth as she tears the Bell House down with old-school but beloved CBGB-esque jams. The Bell House, 149 7th St Brooklyn (718-643-6510, thebellyhouseny.com). Thu 24 at 9pm.
The Bullshit Olympics
Put a pin in your pretense and rejoice in ridiculing the self-serious. Videology will showcase unbearable student films, existentialist essays and any other exhaustively serious works from recent years. Alice Roth and Ken Greller host the ego-deflating gathering. Videology, 308 Bedford Ave (718-782-3468, videologybrandcinema.com). Thu 24 at 7pm.
SingleCut Beersmiths free brewery tour + tasting
Calling all beer lovers! When your taste buds beg for an IPA that packs a punch in flavor and hops, head to SingleCut Beersmiths to try its year-round offerings, which includes six quality beers and ales as well as new seasonal brews. In case you didn’t know, SingleCut offers free brewery tours every Friday at 7pm as well as Saturday and Sunday at 4pm, followed by sample-size pours of what’s on tap. Trust us—you’ll leave with a buzz. 19-33 37th St, Queens (718-606-0788, singlecutbeer.com), Fri at 7pm; Sat, Sun at 4pm.
Pop-up Coloring Bar
Find some mental bliss in Union Square with the help of the Real Art Therapists of New York. Head to Strand’s Rare Book room to check out the group’s new book of therapeutic, relaxing coloring pages and the artists who made them. Try your hand at the colored pencil set and let the good vibes wash over you. Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (212-473-1452, strandbooks.com). Sat 26 11am–5pm.
The Office Trivia
Think you know everything about the quirky characters of Dunder Mifflin? Test your knowledge on beet farming, premium-paper quality and how to be the world’s best boss during Trivia, AD’s next round of pop-culture questions for a chance win cool prizes like free booze! Just make sure to ask the Dwight Schrute (a.k.a. assistant to the regional manager) in your friend group to register your all-star team in advance. Slattery’s Midtown Pub, 8 E 36th St (212-683-6444, triviaad.com). Mon 28 8–9:30pm.