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 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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Dirty Thursday: Spice Up Your Life House of Yes; Thu 7 at 10pm; free
Swing it, shake it, move it, make it to this celebration of the girl groups that defined ’90s pop.
Yoga at Bryant Park; Thu 7 at 6pm; free
Why not add a little outdoor om to your workday? Local yoga instructors curated by Yoga Journal lead this series of open-air public classes, with mats available for use for the first 1,200 participants. Show up early to grab a good spot so you can find your balance in tree pose on some real greenery.
NYC Labor Day Parade at various locations; Say 9 at 10am; free
It should take you about a week to recover from your three-day party weekend, by which time you can actually honor the national holiday at this joyous parade. Whether you’re marching with actors, nurses, engineers and organizers or are just there for support, you’re certain to leave feeling proud of the city. The parade begins at Fifth Avenue and 44th St.
Party Like It’s 1999: Barbie Girls and the ’90s Best Dance Hits Edition The Bell House; 10pm; free
Experience just how fantastic life in plastic can be at this toast to the hyperpositive Eurodance imports of yore, including Aqua, Ace of Base, Vengaboys and Steps, plus stateside stars Madonna, Cher and Cyndi Lauper, courtesy of DJ Steve Reynolds.
Summer on the Hudson: West Side County Fair Riverside Park South, Pier 1; Sun 10 at 1pm; free
It's an old-style county fair equipped with cotton candy, carnival rides, classic games, and more. Make sure to catch Mariti Garrett and Bette Smith, who will be performing on the mainstage, and don't miss House of Yes with their sideshow of stiltwalkers and aerialists. If you're feeling charitable, bring clean, reusable items like clothes, books or toys to donate to the Stop & Swap with Grow NYC.