Don’t scoff, jaded New Yorker—there are a lot of free things to do in NYC today. We understand: When you live in one of the most expensive cities in America, it’s hard to imagine how anything in this town could be gratis. But guess what? Every event on this list is free, and actually awesome! That’s right, we found the best concerts, free art exhibitions, comedy shows, cultural celebrations and events happening in NYC parks, so you can have the time of your life without paying a dime. Whether you’re looking for free date ideas or something to do with visiting relatives, we got you.
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The Creek and the Cave gives you eight minutes to rid yourself of some of your most ghastly memories at this cathartic storytelling event. With no prompts or judges, you can finally share your secret tales of summer camp heartbreak and music festival STDs among tipsy friends and fellow shameless storytellers.Read more
Sunnydale survivors unite! Test your knowledge of the Watchers' Council, demonology and bunnies at this trivia battle covering all 144 episodes of one of TV's most legendary series. Register a team of up to four scoobies online, slip into your leather pants and pack your holy water: you're going to have some fierce competition.Read more
Register a team of up to four plastics for this cut-throat trivia showdown, based on the definitive teen movie of the millennial generation. You’ll have to tackle questions about sweatpants on Mondays, whether butter is a carb and what Janis Ian’s wig is made of. Wear your most expensive hoop earrings, or your mathletes letterman jacket.Read more
Tradition and whimsy joyously collide during this celebratory series, which showcases performances by musical nomads around the globe. Strap on your dancing shoes and enjoy mellifluous artists such as Turkish clarinet master Hüsnü Şenlendirici, the electric Hungarian folk fiddlers of Söndörgő and a wild night of live music and belly dancing with the Brooklyn Oryantal Parti.Read more
Oktoberfest technically ends on October 16, but there are two extra weeks of suds-soaked festivities at this midtown beer hall, including keg tapping with special guests and its annual bratwurst-eating championship. In addition to the wieners, find slow-roasted pork shank, sauerkraut and soft pretzels imported from Germany. The salty snacks will complement five Hofbräu drafts, like Dunkel and Hefe Weizen all of which can be ordered two liters at a time in “Das Boot.”Read more