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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 between now and next Wednesday.

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Thursgays at the Graham: Rupaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party The Graham; Thu 31 at 8pm; free
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.

Astor Blaster Silent Disco Astor Place Cube; Fri 1 at 6pm; free
At this free outdoor silent dance party you don wireless headphones (provided on a first come, first serve basis) and get down to three live DJs. If top 40 hits, throwback jams or hip hop and reggae tunes don't do it for you, pop on your own headset and dance to the beat of your own drum. After the music stops, the party continues with specials at local bars.

Backyard Listening with DJ SoulBrother#4 Nowadays; Sat 2 8pm; free
Head to Ridgewood to kick back in the lush outdoor space of one of the nabe's newest hotspots. DJ SoulBrother#4 lays down the groove, the bar serves up tasty cocktails like spicy margaritas and spiked lemonade, Caribbean eats are for sale at the food truck and there's ping pong and bocce ball for the competitively inclined. Who knows, you may even find yourself grabbing a ticket and heading indoors for a late-night techno party with Lost Soul Enterprises.

Target First Saturdays Brooklyn LGBT Pride Brooklyn Museum; Sat 2 at 3pm; free
The Brooklyn Museum's monthly free party goes queer for Brooklyn Pride. Items on the agenda include a performance from the NYC Gay Men's Chorus, a dance party with Brooklyn Boihood and DJ Rimarkable, a drink and draw session with DapperQ and a screening of the Vice documentary My House, plus community talks and poetry readings. Show up at 5pm to grab a free ticket to design your own pride notebook inspired by the museum's David Bowie Is and Radical Women exhibits.

Bushwick Collective Block Party; Sat 2 at 11am; free
A chunk of Brooklyn’s top-notch outdoor artists stage a Bushwick street takeover, fully armed with food trucks, live jammin’ and Instagram-worthy graffiti to celebrate the nabe’s trendy art scene. Watch spray-can masters create new masterpieces in real time, while music makers like Ja Rule and DJ Evil Dee provide the backdrop tunes.

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