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 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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Good Riddance Day
Rid yourself of 2016’s baggage at the tenth annual Good Riddance Day, inspired by the Latin American tradition of burning dolls that represent issues from the year before. Bring the things you want to forget to Times Square—the Times Square Alliance will provide shredders, dumpsters and sledgehammers. Goodbye to all that!
Oh My Science Presents a Serious Religious Ceremony
Audiences actually learn quite a bit during Dan Silver's twisted, hysterical "Oh My Science" lectures on psychology, animal biology and ecology. For this irreverent installment, the UCB comedian switches gears to deliver a sermon on meditation, morality and more. Expect to lift your voice in song—and laughter.
K2 Friday Nights
The Rubin Museum of Art goes all out for its Friday-night celebrations. At 6pm, Café Serai becomes the K2 Lounge where you can enjoy Pan-Asian tapas and a drink while jamming to sets from Brooklyn Raga Massive with Román Díaz (Friday 30). After the party, head to the cabaret cinema for screenings and talks on revered gems like the upsetting Animal Farm (Friday 30).
New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Prospect Park
Bundle up for a free, low-key New Year’s Eve with hot beverages and fireworks sparkling over Park Slope. Live music starts at around 11pm at Grand Army Plaza, where you can also snag a free cup of hot cocoa. At midnight, fireworks will go off at Long Meadow; the best vantage points are at Grand Army Plaza, inside the park on West Drive and along Prospect Park West between Grand Army Plaza and 9th Street.
One Brooklyn New Year’s Eve
Most people associate fireworks with the Fourth of July. But New Year’s Eve? Most definitely. This December 31 celebrate the new year in Coney Island at One Brooklyn New Year's Eve, a family-friendly event that will include free ice skating at the Abe Stark Rink, free rides such as Deno’s Wonder Wheel and the Thunderbolt, and extra hours of operation at the New York Aquarium. Kicking off at 10pm at Steeplechase Plaza will be sideshow performances, live music plus a DJ stand followed by a digital “burst” of color at midnight from the Parachute Jump and fireworks to cap the night and usher in 2017. Let’s put 2016 behind us with positive vibes and a full-on extravaganza for all ages.