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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Live Brazilian Music Samba Samba Kitchen & Bar; Wed 30 at 8:30pm; free
Take a trip to Brazil via Hell's Kitchen every Wednesday nights for dinner and Sunday afternoons for brunch at Samba Kitchen & Bar's live samba music with no cover charge. Enjoy a selection of handcrafted drinks and bites as you move to the rhythms of Brazilian music. With Jackie Ribas on vocals, Negah Santos on percussion and Wesley Amorim on guitar, you'll be transported to Rio in no time.
Movies Under the Stars: Moonlight Clove Lakes Park Playground; Wed 30 at 8pm; free
Head to the playground for this free screening of last year's arresting Oscar champion, starring Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae, Trevante Rhodes and Naomi Scott.
Confidential Delilah; Thu 31 at 8pm; free
Serve a spy look worthy of Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde and enter this seductive live game, in which you’ll have to identify a person of interest among a group of mysterious strangers. Upon entering, you receive a complimentary drink and hors d’oeuvres, along with a dossier detailing your mission. It’ll take all your moxie to find your target in the crowd, but the potential to win $100 and a bottle of champagne makes it all worthwhile. This flirtatious arena comes from Never Sleep Alone’s Dr. Alex Schiller and her Masquerade on the Town partner, Alfredo Guenzani, so you can count on high-glamour theatrics and many chances to lock eyes with curious new mates.
Summer in the Square: Dueling DJs Union Square; Thu 31 at 5pm; free
Fancy yourself the next Simon Cowell? At this weekly showdown, some of the city’s best musical talent—violinists, DJs, dancers, beatboxers and beyond—face off, and you choose the winner. This week features local DJs Tom Macari and B. Mills squaring off with their turntables to prove who’s the best mixer in the game.
SIP. SHOP. EAT! At The Collective Market 106 N 3rd; Friday 1 noon; free to attend, drink tickets for purchase
New Yorkers in Williamsburg will get the chance to SIP. SHOP. EAT! at Collective Market this Labor Day weekend! Shop artisanal handmade jewelry, fashion, home decor, vintage, and collectibles by local NYC artists and designers. RSVP for this event for a chance to win two free drink tickets.
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