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 concert, art exhibit, comedy 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.
RECOMMENDED: Free things to do in NYC guide
ORI Moonlight Market
Vamp up your style with locally made wearable pieces and art, enjoy drinks and bites, and witness daring live aerial performances and live music by the Beat Kitty and Anna Morgan at this inventive market. Lot 45, 411 Troutman St, Brooklyn (lot45bushwick.com). Thu 20 6pm–midnight.
R&B Festival at MetroTech 2017
You just can’t beat summer in NYC. Where else can you catch a free outdoor performance from the likes of John Hammond, Sinkane, Tank and the Bangas and Preservation Hall Jazz Band on your lunch break? Take full advantage, New Yorkers: BAM’s midday music series goes down every Thursday. This week’s edition features Afrobeat outfit Sinkane. MetroTech Commons, 1 Metrotech Center North, Suite 1003 (downtownbrooklyn.com). Thu 20 at noon.
Movies Under the Stars: Jaws
You’re gonna need a bigger blanket. What better place to watch a shark attack than along the waterfront? Bring a hand to squeeze for this classic summer thriller. It’s an ideal pregame to the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Cedar Grove Beach Parking Lot, 2-28 Cedar Grove Ave, Staten Island (nycgovparks.org). Fri 21 8:30–10:30pm.
The Lord of the Rings Trivia
You shall not pass! That is, unless you really know your J. R. R. Tolkien. Brush up on your middle-earth knowledge (be certain you can tell your Mordor from your Gondor and your Ents from your Elves). The winner gets $50 off their tab, so rewatch the extended editions to prepare. Hill and Bay, 581 Second Ave (hillandbay.com, 212-245-5554). Mon 24 at 8pm.
Coney Island Fireworks
Don’t bother with Orlando. Coney Island serves free, sensational fireworks every Friday night through September 1st. Grab a frank and get yourself a comfortable spot on the boardwalk to celebrate the end of the work-week every week. Coney Island Boardwalk (coneyisland.com). Fri 21 at 9:30pm.