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.
Bust—a kick-ass feminist magazine—returns to Brooklyn with another action-packed indie shopaganza. Apart from stellar shopping vendors, the spring edition features local stylists, spas and cosmetic companies offering new loot and free services. With beauty booty like Bobbi Brown makeovers courtesy Girlz Time Boutique and Spa, braids and coifs by Amika Styleblow and a DIY nail-art bar provided by the creators of Floss Gloss, you’ll walk out a new woman. Industry City, 233 37th St, Brooklyn (bust.com). Sat 23 11am–7pm.
There’s no better time to walk the High Line, especially now that the spring flowers and trees are in bloom. But if that’s not enough incentive, Friends of the High Line will surely draw you in with stellar entertainment, including live shows and tours. Check out performance artists from Calling All Parties as well as a cadre of poets, join an interactive variety show hosted by comedic genius Nat Towsen, and view the art exhibition, “Wanderlust,” led by Assistant Curator Melanie Kress. The High Line, Gansevoort and Washington Sts (eventbrite.com). Sat 23 noon–4pm.
Free Sculpt 45 Class
This mega popular Sculpt class is a cool-girl favorite, and the studio is being extra-cool by offering free classes just for you! The 50-minute workout targets every muscle with a range of barre moves and core work. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register, and use the code TIMEOUTNY. SOLACE New York, 38 E 32nd St (212-684-2689, crossfitsolace.com). Wed, Thu, Mon, Tue at 12:30pm; Sat at 9am.
Randall’s Island Historical Tour
You don’t have to be a New York know-it-all or a history buff to enjoy the free tours provided by Randall's Island Park Alliance. In fact, we think everyone will enjoy this stroll through Randall’s Island—because who doesn’t love taking photos of those skyline views? Apart from boosting your Instagram feed, you’ll learn about the two colossal bridges that span the park and about the man—Robert Moses—who brought together the three island’s once-separate three masses. Randalls Island Park (randallsisland.org). Fri 22 6–7pm.
Shwick Makers Market
This indoor market hosts more than 80 vendors in Bushwick at Be Electric Studios—and judging by the list of makers, it’s worth the trek if you’re coming from across the bridge. Grab awesome products, ranging from clothing to art, from local vendors. We’re loving Color Me Chad’s pigmented lipsticks in wild colors like blue-lavender, BLACKXFOX’s dainty jewelry and yummy treats like Pierre’s Spicy peanut butter cookies with chocolate ganache filling. Be Electric Studios, 1298 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn (shwick.us). Sat 23 11am–6pm.