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The best free things to do in NYC today

And yes, the best free things to do in NYC today—think concerts and comedy shows—are actually worth your time

By Jennifer Picht and Time Out New York contributors
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Best free things to do in NYC today from art shows to concerts
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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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