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 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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30 Rock Trivia
Gather up your team of nerds and show off how much you know about Mickey Rourke’s catamaran, Sabor de Soledad potato chips and innoventing at this event for fans who still cleave to Tina Fey’s sitcom-within-a-sitcom masterpiece. Trivia A.D. pros hold weekly games all over the city on addictions like Stranger Things, Game of Thrones and Harry Potter, so they know their pop culture. Better bring it, or you might feel the righteous lash of the Pranksmen. Stay Classy New York, 174 Rivington St (212-677-7733, triviaad.com). Wed 14 at 8pm.
It’ll soon be too chilly to watch movies outdoors, so don’t miss this chance to sit on the grass and watch one of NYC’s most iconic romances unfold. Patrick Swayze embodies a sexy phantasm trying to save soul mate Demi Moore from a nefarious, pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn. But who are we kidding? It’s all about Whoopi. Hunter’s Point South Park, Borden Ave and Center Blvd, Queens (917-282-4123, nycgovparks.org). Thu 15 7:30–9:30pm.
For its sixth year in a row, this bee fest takes over the Rockaway boardwalk for a full day of art, crafts and shopping. Shop honey-potion facial cleansers from Farmacy, chili-infused honey from Mike’s Hot Honey and handmade soaps from Andrew’s Honey. You can meet Brooklyn beekeepers, dip your fingers into the jar at the honey-tasting contest and get close to the bees at observation hives. Just bring something to clean up with: You’re about to get super sticky. Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk, 8601 Shore Front Pkwy, Queens (nychoneyweek.com). Sat 17 11am–5pm.
Discovery Day at Freshkills Park
Once the world’s biggest landfill, Freshkills Park has undergone a radical transformation since the final trash barge sailed away in 2001. Now you can frolic through 700 acres of closed trails, ponds and meadows in the massive man-made park at this preview event. Bikes are available for rent, and you can join guided tours and learn about the park’s new phases. Shuttles are available from the Staten Island Ferry. Freshkills Park, 228 Wild Ave, Staten Island (212-602-5374, freshkillspark.org). Sun 18 at 11am.
Secret Science Club
Apparently, mad scientists like to get down just as much as the rest of us, so join in on this brainiac throwdown at the Bell House, during which you can hear physicists, chemists, professors and more share lectures. Past talks have included examinations of the unknown creatures roaming NYC and other esoteric subjects. Between talks, watch live fusions of science experiments and performance art, try out custom themed cocktails, and dance to futuristic beats. The Bell House, 149 7th St, Brooklyn (718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com). Tue 20 at 8pm.