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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Thursgays at the Graham: Rupaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party The Graham; Thu 10 at 8pm
Watch RuPaul's Drag Race among family at the Graham's always-lit viewing party, hosted by drag darling Sassy Frass and special guests, with DJ Tr(Otter) keeping the night going, drink specials and plenty of free popcorn.
It’s Blooming: Floral Pop-Up and Workshop with the Wild Bunch Moxy Times Square; May 11 at 10am; free with R.S.V.P.
Attend a workshop led by the founder of floral design company The Wild Bunch to learn how to make a botanical masterpiece—or just leave it to the professionals and pick up an already-made arrangement or bouquet from this daylong pop-up shop at Bar Moxy. Reserve a spot in the workshop by emailing RSVP@MoxyTimesSquare.com.
LIC Springs! At various locations; Sat 12 at noon
Spend the afternoon taking in live performances, playing games, sampling local eats from restaurants and participating in art-making workshops and fitness classes at the Long Island City Partnership's annual spring block party. Vernon Boulevard between 50th Ave & 46th Ave.
Japan Day Central Park; Sun 13 at 8am
Make the most of a sunny afternoon in Central Park at the annual Japan Day, an all-day celebration of Japanese culture that unfolds under trees in full bloom. The party starts with a 5K run at 8am. If that's a little early for you, hit the activity tents and live stage, which get going at 9:30am. Past events have offered Kabuki-style face painting, Japanese taiko drumming, lessons in calligraphy and origami, karate and musical performances and, of course, mouthwatering ramen, okonomiyaki and other traditional Japanese bites. Gotta try ’em all!
HB Live Trivia Game Show Hill and Bay; Mon 14 at 7:30pm
Get your HQ addiction out IRL at this killer trivia competition at which Scott Dobrydney grills you through 20 questions—and sudden eliminations—with each week’s winners getting $50 off their tab.