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

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David Goldberg

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 concertart exhibitcomedy 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.

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Movies Under the Stars: Dave Chappelle’s Block Party
In 2004, at the peak of his popularity, Dave Chappelle organized an epic block party in Clinton Hill and invited some famous friends to perform, including the Roots, Erykah Badu, the Fugees and Common. Revisit the documentary of Chappelle’s legendary rager in the neighborhood where it was filmed, and see how much the comedy landscape—and the neighborhood—has changed. Fort Greene Park, Myrtle Ave and St Edwards St, Brooklyn (718-965-8942, Fri 30 6:45–8:45pm.

Papi Juice
In celebration of the Bushwick Owners and Organizers Movement (BOOM) festival, this beloved Brooklyn dance party moves from Williamsburg to Bushwick for just one night. While Papi Juice officially celebrates queer and trans people of color, the sweaty fete has gained acolytes of all kinds for its dope hip-hop beats, stylish crowd and breakout live acts. The BOOM edition features an installation by Papi Juice flyer artist Mohammed Fayaz and DJ sets by Leonce, Joey LaBeija and more. Lot 45, 411 Troutman St, Brooklyn (347-505-9155, Fri 30 10pm–4am.

Target First Saturdays: Beyond Borders
Brooklyn Museum opens its doors for a free evening of tours and performances, with an irresistible happy hour. This month features an African electronic performance by Sol Nova, a workshop for Mexican repujado, or metal embossing, and a screening of the NYPD racial profiling doc, Profiled.Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy (718-638-5000, Sat 1 5–10pm. 

NYC Pagan Pride
Washington Square Park welcomes Pagans, Wiccans, Druids and other denominations to share rituals and celebrations at this annual fest. Join in on drum circles and workshops like “Ancient Egyptian Runes,” peruse magical jewelry and books, and try your hand at tarot at this magical community gathering. Washington Square Park, W 4th St to Waverly Pl between MacDougal St and University Pl ( Sat 1 11am–5pm.

Gilmore Girls Trivia
Need an excuse to rewatchGilmore Girlsbefore its return in November? Study up on culs de sac, fried Thanksgiving turkeys and the middling men of Rory Gilmore, because you need every bit of minutia you know to win. Gather a team of four fast-talking buddies and show off your smarts like you’re trying to impress Richard and Emily at Friday-night dinner. 513 Third Ave (212-689-0058, Tue 4 8–9:30pm.

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