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The five best free things to do in NYC over the next seven days

Jennifer P

When you live in NYC, it can be hard to stick to a budget. Luckily, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for a concertart exhibitcomedy 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.

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Live Country Music Wednesdays Johnny Utah’s; Wed 17 at 7pm
Get down at an old-school honky-tonk at Johnny Utah’s every Wednesday night, featuring covers and new music from the charming country performer Ben O’Connor. To make the night more interesting, try your hand at the mechanical bull, or order dangerous drinks like the Dixie Tea and Texas Mule. Plus, sample the bar’s beloved baby back ribs.

Women x Women Art Fair Tictail Market; Fri 19 at noon
Tictail and Absolut Art team up for this rad Lower East Side tour, which displays the work of female artists on local businesses. Though self-led tours of the pieces are available for visitors of TicTail, you can head to guided tours on May 20–21 to learn more about the creators. 

Sacred Sites Open House Weekend at various locations; Sat 20 at 9am 
Even if you’re not a godly guy or gal, New York Landmarks Conservancy offers a great chance to take a peek at the art and architecture of houses of worship across all five boroughs with its annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend. This year’s 40-plus structures are organized around the theme “Stained Glass: Windows On This World and the Next.” Visit spots like the Woodlawn Cemetery, St. James Church, Bialystoker Synagogue and other participating sites over the two-day celebration. Locations and times vary. 

Birding Bonanza Randalls Island Park; Sat 20 at 10am
Randalls Island welcomes you to join NYC’s hard-core bird-watching community in this tour through the park’s 20 acres of wetlands, marshes and forests. Get to know more than 150 species of birds—including the black-capped chickadees, Canada geese and yellow warblers—on guided walks from NYC Audubon Society and Park Alliance experts. Binoculars and bird guides are provided, so all you need to do is look to the trees. 

Girls Trivia Poco Bar; Tue 23 at 8pm
Hannah may have left Greenpoint behind, but that doesn’t mean we’re ready to say goodbye to the show of the generation (or at least, of a generation). Test your knowledge of the Michaels Sisters, Patrick Wilson, Jamba Jeans and Iowa Writers’ Workshop at Poco Bar’s send-off to the provocative series.


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