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.
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Bollywood Boulevard: A Journey Through Hindi Cinema
Performers combine classic musical numbers and live-action dance scenes with theatrical imagery to animate Bollywood’s dramatic history. Come to this Bollywood crash course to experience the excitement of the world’s largest film industry with homages to original hits from the golden age and the hottest bits from modern Hindi cinema. Damrosch Park (at Lincoln Center), W 62 St between Amsterdam and Columbus Aves (212-721-6500, lincolncenter.org). Thu 3 at 7:30pm.
Party Like its 1999: 25 Years of Single Females
It’s been 25 years since the release of Single White Female, and we haven’t looked at a red pixie cut the same way since. To celebrate, this ’90s throwback party singles out the best solo-singing ladies of the decade. Leave your psycho roommate at home, and grab your best flannel for a night of dancing to Madonna, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Alanis Morissette, Mary J. Blige, Brandy, Monica and more. The Bell House, 149 7th St, Brooklyn (718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com). Sat 5 at 10pm.
Target First Saturdays: CaribBEING in Brooklyn
Brooklyn Museum presents a night chock-full of Caribbean celebration. Jam out to RIVA & Bohio Music, Sol Nova, Young Devyn, Ting & Ting and others, or make use of the museum’s happy hour and guided tour. Be sure to catch the exclusive screenings and live Q&As for films Crown Heights and Bruk Out!, along with readings and more. 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn (718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org). Sat 5 5–10pm.
Flicks on the Beach: Get Out
If you still haven’t completed the obligatory summer task of watching a movie outside, there’s hope for you yet. Get your spook on early with this beachside showing of Jordan Peele’s comedic thriller about a young interracial couple whose first “meet the parents” weekend goes way, way wrong. You’ll think twice about going home with your date after watching this one. Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk at W 12th St, Brooklyn (718-946-1350, nycgovparks.org). Mon 7 7–10:30pm.
The Miss Manhattan Non-Fiction Reading Series
This monthly literary event shines the spotlight on an ever-changing selection of the best nonfiction writers in NYC. In this month’s edition, you’ll hear excerpts from the latest and greatest works of The Paris Review correspondent Alison Kinney, author Sarah Perry, Slate contributor and drag queen Miz Cracker and poet-cum-artist Kit Zauhar. Niagara Bar, 112 Ave A (212-420-9517, miss-manhattan-nyc.blogspot.com). Mon 7 at 7:45pm.