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 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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Hey you guys! Relive the adventures of Mikey, Mouth, Stef, Data and Chunk at this outdoor showing of everyone’s favorite treasure-hunt flick, courtesy of local community organization the Uprising. Purchase a $39 ticket for access to VIP lounge chairs (proceeds support the Uprising’s Unexpected Hero Fund), or bring your own blankets and chairs and enjoy the film free of charge.Hudson Park, 544 W 35th St (uprisingnyc.org). Wed 20 at 8:30pm; free–$39.
“SPF16: NYC Pools and Beaches in Contemporary Photography”
Did you know that New York City is home to 55 outdoor pools and more than 14 miles of beaches? We did, but only thanks to Arsenal Gallery’s very informative description for its newest installation highlighting the city’s best warm-weather amenities. Some of the shutterbugs featured include Juliana Beasley, Damion Berger and Rona Chang. Arsenal Gallery (in Central Park), 830 Fifth Ave, third floor (212-360-8163, nycgovparks.org). Wed–Fri, Mon, Tue 9am–5pm. Through Aug 26.
Up Late on the High Line
Enjoy the High Line after hours with dancers, musicians, participatory performances and a “world of hidden surprises.” See visual artist Jordan Eagles, producers and performers from club nights Jackie 60 and MOTHER, the mysterious glowing dancers of Ox Prowl, live video art and “electronic flute melodies” from Yael Modiano and Ursula Scherrer, and a spontaneous flashlight symphony from Merche Blasco. Okay, we’re intrigued. The High Line, Gansevoort St to W 18th St (212-206-9922, thehighline.org). Thu 21 10pm–midnight; with R.S.V.P. free.
An Evening with Darlene Love
Darlene Love is one of the biggest names of the girl-group era and ’60s pop music in general: She’s collaborated with Elvis, Sinatra, Sonny and Cher and has survived working with producer Phil Spector. Now, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee returns to New York to celebrate her 75th birthday in the sunshine of Lincoln Center for its annual outdoor summer concert program, Out of Doors. Damrosch Park (at Lincoln Center), W 62nd St between Amsterdam and Columbus Aves (212-875-5456, lcoutofdoors.org). Sat 23 at 7:30pm.
Coney Island Talent Show
Pull up to the Coney Island Boardwalk between 10th and 12th Streets for this all-ages talent show hosted by burlesque performer the World Famous *BOB*, where prizes are given to not only the best entertainers, but also the best dressed. Coney Island Boardwalk, 37 Boardwalk West (coneyislandtalentshow.com). Sat 23 4–8pm; free.