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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Movies Under the Stars: Singin’ in the Rain
Head to a Lower East Side baseball field for a splendid, wide-open screening of a musical classic. Delight in the outsize grandeur of old Hollywood at this screening of the 1952 favorite, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and the gone-too-soon Debbie Reynolds. Corlears Hook Park, baseball field, FDR Dr between Cherry and Jackson Sts (212-639-9675, nycgovparks.org). Thu 27 8:30–11:30pm.
Queens Museum honors its borough at this music and film fest held under the Unisphere. This week features Egyptian-music and -dance ensemble Zikrayat and a screening of the Sudanese documentary The Longest Kiss. Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Grand Central Pkwy to Van Wyck Expwy between Roosevelt Ave and Robinson Pkway, Queens (718-592-9700, queensmuseum.org). Thu 27 through Aug 17 7–10pm.
Coney Island Fireworks
Don’t bother with Orlando. Coney Island serves free, sensational fireworks every Friday night through September 1st. Grab a frank and get yourself a comfortable spot on the boardwalk to celebrate the end of the work-week every week. Coney Island Boardwalk (718-449-8836, coneyisland.com). Fri 28 at 9:30pm.
New York City Poetry Festival
This two-day spoken-word marathon boasts more than 300 poets, including Aja Monet, Patrick Phillips, Sapphire, Deborah Landau and Daniel Borzutzky. If you fancy yourself the next great laureate, be sure to check out the open mic, and enjoy food trucks, a film fest and plenty of vendors hawking books and gifts for the literary fan. Governors Island (newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com). Sat 29, 30 11am–6pm.
Grand Bazaar NYC
Spend a Sunday afternoon browsing the wares of local artists, designers and vintage dealers at this weekly market. It’s a great place to pick up limited-edition art, handmade jewelry, unique home furnishings and tasty artisanal treats. Plus 100 percent of the net revenue is donated to four neighborhood public schools.100 West 77th St (grandbazaarnyc.org). Sun 30 at 10am.