NYC is the greatest city in the world - the glitz and glamour leave us in awe, but we still can’t bring ourselves to pay double digits for a concert or show. There’s no reason to panic, because there are still hundreds of fun free events and free things to do in New York. We’ve put together NYC Free Events Calendar with the best Free Things To Do in NYC: free concerts (classical, jazz, pop, rock, opera), comedy shows, free art exhibitions (museum, galleries), free and cheap party and nightlife activities to do right now, today, tomorrow, every week day and on the weekend - in all NYC boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens & the Bronx.
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17th Street and Union Square West, New York, New York 10003
Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th Street, New York, New York 11249
Astor Wines & Spirits, 399 Lafayette Street, New York, New York 10003
Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th Street, New York, New York 11249
Besides many free events listed in our Free Events Calendar in NYC above, here are some more on-going Free NYC Events every day :
Visit Grand Central Terminal
This iconic hub is a U.S. National Historic Landmark that welcomes more than 20 million visitors annually.
42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan - grandcentralterminal.com/
Grand Central Terminal is a great first stop on any visit to New York City due to its stunning architecture and picture-worthy features. This is a great spot to do an amateur photo shoot in the city. The dining concourse at Grand Central offers a perfect taste of eclectic NYC.
See a Taping of Your Favorite Late-Night Show
A free taping of the “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” at Rockefeller Center.
Rockefeller Center - nbc.com/the-tonight-show/blog/how-to-get-tickets-to-the-tonight-show-starring-jimmy-fallon/113111
People who plan a month in advance can score complimentary tickets to attend a live taping of “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” at NBC’s studio at Rockefeller Center. Each taping lasts for about 90 minutes. Nobody below the age of 16 is permitted to attend a taping.
Attend a Free Wine Tasting
Astor Wines & Spirits routinely offers no-cost wine tastings.
399 Lafayette Street in New York, NY - astorwines.com/TastingEvents.aspx
Astor Wines & Spirits offers complimentary wine tastings on weeknights and occasional weekends. Finding out when you can enjoy some no-cost wine is as easy as checking the company's website to look for upcoming events. Tastings take place between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weeknights.
Visit St. Patrick's Cathedral
This neo-Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral has been considered one of New York City’s most prominent landmarks ever since it was built in 1878.
5th Avenue in New York, NY - saintpatrickscathedral.org/
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a must-see spot for people making architectural pilgrimages in the city. What’s more, believers can attend daily mass and light candles at shrines throughout the cathedral. This church has hosted Pope Francis and served as the wedding location for members of prominent American dynasties like the Kennedy family.
Tour the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
This 52-acre garden offers a touch of green in the Big Apple and features 14,000 varieties of plants.
990 Washington Ave in Brooklyn, NY - bbg.org/visit/hours
Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers zero-fee admission on Friday mornings between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. from March to November. Guests can enjoy specialty gardens, plant collections and an art gallery. This is one of the best things to do if you're looking for a break from the concrete jungle that is New York.
Attend Broadway in Bryant Park
This summer series offers the public a chance to see Broadway performances outdoors.
Bryant Park - bryantpark.org/programs/broadway-in-bryant-park
Broadway in Bryant is a no-charge series that happens on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. during the summer. Each performance lasts for approximately one hour. Cast members from current and future Broadway musicals take to the stage inside the park to entertain viewers.
Visit the Bronx Zoo
The zoo offers no-cost admission on Wednesdays.
2300 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx, New York - https://bronxzoo.com/
This world-class zoo offer no-cost admission on Wednesdays. Attractions include a children's zoo, a gorilla forest, a baboon reserve, an aquatic bird house and so much more. The zoo also features rides and a 4-D theater.
Attend Stargazing on the High Line
A chance to gaze at the stars from inside beautiful High Line park.
On the High Line at Little West 12th Street - thehighline.org/activities/stargazing
Stargazing on the High Line is a great nighttime activity that offers a peek at the stars in the shadow of Manhattan’s glittering lights. The Amateur Astronomers Association of New York sets up telescopes for the public to use each Tuesday night from April through October. The event begins at dusk and ends 30 minutes before High Line closes.
Play on Brighton Beach
A public beach in Brooklyn with a boardwalk.
Off of Beach Avenue in Brooklyn
Brighton Beach is a great place to enjoy a bit of quiet paradise in the City That Never Sleeps. Visitors can enjoy some swimming and views of the Atlantic Ocean. Brighton Beach Avenue is lined with lively restaurants and markets.
Attend a Movie Trivia Night
Win complimentary drinks and have fun while answering movie-themed trivia questions.
40 Bogart Street in Brooklyn, NY - syndicatedbk.com
Enjoy a trivia night at a popular bar in Bushwick called Syndicated Bar. This lively and social event happens every other Tuesday at 8 p.m. Participants can score drinks and tickets for the movie theater located inside the bar.
Besides many free events listed in our Free Events Calendar in NYC above, here are Free Things To Do for Students in NYC:
MoMa – Free Admission
Students currently enrolled full-time at the following schools receive one free admission per MoMA visit with valid college ID at the information desk. Free admission is not available to part-time students, continuing education students, alumni, or staff. The following students receive one free admission: Columbia University in the City of New York, Cooper Union, CUNY/SUNY Schools, The New School, Pratt Institute, School of Visual Arts, The Juilliard School, The New School, New York University. https://www.moma.org/visit/discounts#free-admission
Bronx Zoo – Complementary General Admission
The Bronx Zoo offers complementary General Admission to NYC undergraduate college students. Eligible students must either be: a) attending a NYC college (must show a valid college ID from an institution within the 5 boroughs of New York City; b) NYC resident, attending non-NYC college (must show valid college ID and proof of NYC residency). https://bronxzoo.com/visitor-info/faqs
The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters - Suggested Admission
For New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut students, admissions is pay as you wish. These tickets may be purchased onsite at a Museum ticket counter with valid Student ID. Who is considered a New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut student? Any enrolled student with an ID who attends school or resides in the states listed above. Suggested admission tickets include exhibitions and same-day entry at The Met Fifth Avenue (https://www.metmuseum.org/visit/met-fifth-avenue), The Met Breuer (https://www.metmuseum.org/visit/met-breuer), and The Met Cloisters (https://www.metmuseum.org/visit/met-cloisters).
El Museo del Barrio - Free Admission
Free Admissions affiliates: New York University, City University of New York, Columbia University. http://www.elmuseo.org/directions/
NY Hall of Science - Free general admission
Get free general admission to the NY Hall of Science on Fridays, 2 – 5 pm and Sundays, 10 – 11 am. https://nysci.org/visit/admission/
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