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.
The Real Housewives Symposium
Comedians Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen—and founders of the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum—created a free art exhibit called “The Olsen Twins Hiding from the Paparazzi,” but it’s not just the childhood stars-cum-fashion-designers they’re obsessed with—they love The Real Housewives, too. Join a discussion on all things Lisa Vanderpump, and chat about juicy conspiracy theories with fans of the show. The Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum, 563 Grand St (thnk1994.com). Fri 29 at 7pm.
Cocktail Party and Fragrance Bar with Fun Factory
The Sex shop Babeland is celebrating its exclusive release of Fun Factory’s spring-inspired Calice vibrator, which is shaped like a flower. Continuing with the floral theme, the event allows you to create an alluring, fresh scent courtesy of Scenterprises. While you play perfumer, learn some juicy sex tips, sip champagne and gorge on Jacques Torres chocolates. Pro tip: Arrive early—the first 15 guests receive a free swag bag filled with goodies. Babeland Soho, 43 Mercer St (212-966-2120, babeland.com/events). Thu 28 at 7pm.
Hamilton: An American Trivia
If you scored a ticket to the hottest show in town—Hamilton: An American Musical—this round of trivia should be a cakewalk, as the questions focus entirely on the cast album, facts about Lin-Manuel Miranda and other tidbits. Prepare your troops for a cabinet meeting, during which you’ll choose one person to register your team (of up to four people) and lead it into victory to win prizes like free booze! Slattery’s Midtown Pub, 8 E 36th St (212-683-6444, triviaad.com). Wed 27 8–9:30pm.
Ever wish you could listen and enjoy the great talents who perform on the subway without rushing to your next destination? The Living Room W New York Times Square, a recently remodeled bar and lounge, is making your dream a reality. Every Monday night, the venue invites raw talents such as subway musicians Najah Lewis, Chris Zurich and Drew Angus to provide free entertainment while you chill out and sip specialty cocktails. Living Room, 1567 Broadway (212-930-7444, wnewyorktimessquare.com). Opening Mon 2 6–9pm.
World Tai Chi Day
Tai chi experts and first-timers gather to perform a mass demonstration of the martial art, which, in addition to its self-defense benefits, is said to relieve stress. Instructors will also give free qigong, neigong and push-hands classes. Bryant Park, 40th to 42nd Sts between Fifth and Sixth Aves (bryantpark.org). Sat 30 11am–2pm; free.