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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Dirty Thursdays: Glitterati
Break out your body glitter and most shimmery sparkle for this decked-out dance party. Think glowing makeup, rhinestones, sequins, gilded skin, iridescent hair and some serious disco-ball shine. House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn (347-469-9882, houseofyes.org). Thu 17 10pm–4am.
Outdoor Movie Screening: NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century
Andrea Mastrovito’s animation of the 1922 vampire film Nosferatu retells the thriller in contemporary New York. Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Grand Central Pkwy to Van Wyck Expwy between Roosevelt Ave and Robinson Pkwy, Queens (646-416-6940, nycgovparks.org). Thu 17 8:30–10:30pm.
Sweat Fest NYC
Infamous lifestyle brand the Sweat Party has been leading New York’s wellness scene long before the word became buzzy, focusing first on health-infused nightlife events. Now, they travel the world hosting epic fitness parties. Join them in Central Park for free workout swag and a taste of all the best local classes, from intense boot camps to holistic healing and nutrition coaching. Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, midpark from 66th to 72nd Sts (904-337-9328, thesweatparty.com). Fri 18 1–5pm.
India Day Parade
This Indian independence celebration is the largest of its kind in the world. Enjoy bites from a traditional food court as you ogle floats full of vibrant performances featuring Indian Idol stars LV Revanth Kumar, Khuda Baksh and Torsha Sarkar, along with Telugu, Tamil and Hindi cinema celebs Rana Daggubati and Tamannaah Bhatia. Parade starts at 38th St and Madison Ave; food and cultural programs between Madison and Park Aves and 24th and 26th Sts (fianynjct.org). Sun 20 11am–6pm.
Gonzalez y Gonzalez, a restaurant known for its live Latin music (and cheap drinks) throws a brunch party. Work off that frozen sangria by shaking it to a sizzling dance lesson and a performance by Sensual Movement. 129 Mercer St (212-473-8787, gygnyc.com). Sun 20 3–8pm.