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The five best free things to do in NYC this week

Jennifer P

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 concertart exhibitcomedy 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 in NYC this week. 

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200 Women: Who Will Change the Way You See the World Pen + Brush; Various dates;  opens at noon
In this photography and video exhibit based on the book by Geoff Blackwell and Ruth Hobday, women of different backgrounds reflect on what is most important to them. Musicians, activists, actors and novelists have their portraits taken and answer a set of five interview questions in a multidisciplinary exploration of diversity and equality.

Crystals 101: A Wellness Workshop Moxy Times Square; Wed 16 at 6pm
Tap into some healing energy and learn about the holistic uses of crystals at this wellness workshop taught by Maha Rose's Sadie Kadlec. If the crystals don't do it, just sidle up to the gorgeous copper-wrapped bar for a different age-old remedy involving rocks. R.S.V.P. to to reserve a free spot. Click here for the full schedule.

Korean Street Festival 134th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves; Sat 19 at noon
Experience the best of Korea at this alfresco fete held by Democracy Prep Public Schools. Partake in cultural activities (lantern making, calligraphy demos and traditional face-painting), then peep performances by K-pop dancers and tae kwan do artists. Fill up on all the bibimbap, kimchi and bulgogi that you can stomach. 134th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves.

Dance Parade & Festival Tompkins Square Park; Sat 19 at 3pm
Ready to sashay into the weekend? The lyrics to “Dancing in the Street” never ring more true than during this boogie fest at which aerialists and dancers wow across five stages at Tompkins Square Park. Witness more than 80 styles of grooving—from ballet to break dancing—and learn how to bust a move with free lessons. Before the main event, watch 10,000 dancers stomp, twirl and gyrate from 21st St and Broadway to Avenue A. (The Parade starts at 1pm.)

HB Live Trivia Game Show Hill and Bay; Mon 21 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. This month’s themes include Geography on Apr 2, American Law on Apr 9, Music on Apr 16, Basketball on Apr 23 and Science on Apr 30.


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