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The five best free things to do in NYC this week

Written by
Jennifer Picht

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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Adorama Inspire at various locations  and times
The camera experts at Adorama host photowalks, workshops, live shoots, gallery receptions, panels and more at this weeklong fest. Check out the schedule at and reserve a spot to learn new photography, video, audio and drone techniques. Pros, be sure to hit the expo in the Metropolitan Pavilion on June 29 and July 1 to try out some super cool gear.

Greetings, from Queer Mountain; Housing Work Bookstore Cafe; Wed 27 at 7pm
Micheal Foulk welcomes LGBTQ writers, performers and artists to share tales on a given theme at this well-curated storytelling night. For the "Don't Stop Me Now" Pride month edition, George Civeris, Muna Mire, David Goldberg, Jay Jurden, Shannon Matesky and Nico Tortorella share tales of self-affirmation and triumph over the demons of the closet.

POP! A Bingo Party Parklife; Wed 27 at 7pm
For bingo players with a particular predilection for pop culture, this night of catty geek revelry hosted by comedian Bobby Hankinson provides clips, trivia and drunken debates on sacred topics from the media vault. June 27 is the ’80s edition, so start binge watching MTV and Who's the Boss now to make sure you walk out with a prize. Even if you don't win, $5 well drinks all night will guarantee you have a totally rad time.

Court Yard Fridays Staten Island Borough Hall; Fri 29 at 5pm
This weekly concert series goes down just across the street from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, so residents of other boroughs have to do little more than take a quick boat ride to catch a free show. The lineup includes live techno outfit Worldtown Soundsystem, Latin-jazz vet Papo Vázquez, funky bhangra fusion band Red Baraat and acoustic jazz ensemble UTA All Stars.

Bronx Night Market Fordham Plaza; Sat 30 at 4pm
This food-centric market features Bronx-based vendors serving up tamales, soul food, latkes, ice cream, pastries, elotes and vegan creations, plus libations from the Bronx Brewery, Port Morris Distillery, Bronx Beer Hall and others. In addition to all of the delicious provisions, the market offers nifty wares from local artisans and live music performances from Bronx musicians. Come appreciate all that NYC's northernmost borough has to offer.

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