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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Suspiria: A Unique Hybrid Screening Event
Before Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson slip on ballet flats for the 2017 remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 horror masterpiece, Suspiria, revisit the original at this immersive screening. Dobbin St in Greenpoint is illuminated in bold colors that pay homage to the movie’s vivid imagery, and the Nouveau Classical Project performs their rendition of the film’s score. If you’re going to do Halloween, might as well make it highbrow. 64 Dobbin St, Brooklyn (718-302-0400, dobbinst.com). Thu 27: performance at 7:30pm, film screens at 8:30, 10:30pm.
Free Movie in the Park: Beetlejuice
Wear black and white, and revel in the greatest ghoul comedy in history, featuring Michael Keaton as America’s favorite bio-exorcist, Winona Ryder in the role that made her an icon of teen morbidity, and Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis as a delightful deceased couple. Feel free to move and shake like you’re possessed when Catherine O’Hara starts dancing to Harry Belafonte’s “Banana Boat Song (Day O).” Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, Battery Park City, enter at River Terr and Warren St (212-267-9700, bpcparks.org). Fri 28 at 7pm.
Kickstarter Ghost Arcade
Kickstarter invites NYC game creators to show off their fun new tabletop and video games for you to try and buy. Cards Against Humanity fans can rejoice while playing the new Metagame, which raises arguments about pop culture with every flipped card. Old-school–arcade devotees will love the gentrification-smashing Treachery in Beatdown City, along with Super Russian Roulette, designed specifically for the original Nintendo system. BRIC House, 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn (718-855-7882, kickstarter.events). Sat 29 11am–7pm.
Times Square Halloween Swing Dance Flash Mob
New York’s most obsessive swing dancers gather to show off their moves in the center of the city. DJ Douglas McMillan and big band Svetlana & the Delancey Five perform ragtime and jazz jams for a crowd of revelers—many of whom look like they came out of The Great Gatsby. Whether you’re a pro at the Charleston or just want to get your feet moving, you can join the moves at this gathering for dancers of all levels. 43rd St and Broadway (svetlanajazz.com). Mon 31 7–8pm.
Village Halloween Parade
Now in it's 43rd year, march with the ghouls during NYC's infamous Halloween Parade. This year's theme is Reverie, so feel free to recreate your walking dreams in costume. Sign up via halloween-nyc.com now to volunteer to be a puppeteer or a performer in the procession; to walk in the parade, just turn up in an amazing outfit. Line up at Sixth Avenue and Canal St. The parade goes down Sixth Ave from Spring St to 16th St; 7pm; free.