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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TODAY - Sunday, Sep 22, 2019

  • Hudson River Nature Walks
    FREE Travel & Outdoor
    Hudson River Nature Walks
    September 22 @ 9am - 10am

    Christopher Street Fountain, Christopher St. & West St., New York, NY, 10014

    Learn about Hudson River Park’s wildlife by joining knowledgeable naturalists on guided nature walks along the Park’s esplanade. Hudson River Park is home to ...
  • BREATHE. A dialogue with Nature by Denise-Lira Ratinoff
    FREE Performing & Visual Arts
    Breathe. A Dialogue With Nature By Denise-Lira Ratinoff
    September 22 @ 9am - 5:45pm

    Convene, 101 Park Ave, New York, NY, 10178

    Breathe is an audiovisual experience that touches upon the very origins of all that is essential: nature. It conveys the Pulse of the Planet, an active, living ...
  • CARIBBEAN BRUNCH SUNDAYS AT SOHO PARK #TEAMINNO
    FREE Music
    Caribbean Brunch Sundays At Soho Park #Teaminno
    September 22 @ 10am - 10pm

    SoHo Park, 832 8th Avenue, New York, NY, 10019

    WELCOME TO CARRIBEAN BRUNCH SUNDAYS AT SOHO PARK Brunch & Day Party @ SOHO PARK RIGHT BY TIMES SQUARE 832 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019 2 Bottles for $450 Before ...

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TOMORROW - Monday, Sep 23, 2019

  • Union Square Greenmarket Mondays
    FREE Travel & Outdoors
    Union Square Greenmarket Mondays
    September 23 @ 8am - 6pm. Weekly

    17th Street and Union Square West, New York, New York 10003

    Open Mondays year-round on North and West sides of Union Square Park - the world-famous Union Square Greenmarket began with just a few farmers in 1976, has ...
  • Showcase 2019 - New York - The Old Globe & USD Shiley Graduate Acting Program
    FREE Performing & Visual Arts
    Showcase 2019 - New York - The Old Globe & Usd Shiley Graduate Acting Program
    September 23 @ 1pm - 2pm

    Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizons, 416 W 42nd St, New York, NY, 10036

    Introducing the incredibly talented class of 2019! Please join us for a post-showcase reception. *Running time is 45 minutes.
  • Sweet Mondays Free afterwork Mixer & Games Night
    FREE Food & Drink
    Sweet Mondays Free Afterwork Mixer & Games Night
    September 23 - September 24 @ 3pm - 2am

    Sweet Brooklyn Bar, 608 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11216

    Hey everybody It’s Monday!!!....GAME ON AT SWEETBK BAR ....Come early catch our (2 For 1 HAPPY HOUR )3pm-10pm ....Lets Eat Sip and party ...watch the Big Games ...

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019

  • Taco N Tequila Tuesday!
    FREE Food & Drink
    Taco N Tequila Tuesday!
    September 24 - September 25 @ 1pm - 1am

    Wicked Willy's, 149 Bleecker Street, New York, NY, 10012

    Join us for a Tuesday fiesta! Leave work and head to Wicked willy's for $4 tequila shots, $5 Margaritas and $2 Tacos all night long. We ask questions with ...
  • Taco Tuesday - Harlem Edition
    FREE Music
    Taco Tuesday - Harlem Edition
    September 24 - September 25 @ 3pm - 12am

    La Avenida, 2247 1st Avenue, New York, NY, 10029

    Need to satisfy your craving for Mexican food? Never fear, because every Tuesday this spring and summer The Alumni Group is bringing you the hottest Taco ...
  • SheDecides Open House
    FREE Performing & Visual Arts
    Shedecides Open House
    September 24 @ 3pm - 5pm

    211 E 46th St, 211 East 46th Street, New York, NY, 10017

    Join us at The Lebanese American University in New York for a celebratory, inspiring and creative event with SheDecides.

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019

  • Union Square Greenmarket Wednesdays
    FREE Travel & Outdoors
    Union Square Greenmarket Wednesdays
    September 25 @ 8am - 6pm. Weekly

    17th Street and Union Square West, New York, New York 10003

    Open Wednesdays year-round on North and West sides of Union Square Park - the world-famous Union Square Greenmarket. Cooking demonstrations take place at the ...
  • Bryant Park Public Tours
    FREE Travel & Outdoor
    Bryant Park Public Tours
    September 25 @ 11am - 12pm

    Fountain at 41st and 6th, 41 West 40th Street, New York, NY, 10018

    Join us for an enjoyable walking tour of Bryant Park, and discover how Bryant Park Corporation successfully transformed “Needle Park” of the 1970s into ...
  • Wine Down Wednesday
    FREE Food & Drink
    Wine Down Wednesday
    September 25 @ 12pm - 11:30pm

    Amity Hall, 80 West 3rd Street, New York, NY, 10012

    Every Wednesday we offer our customers a great discount on our bottles of Wine. $20 bottles all day. Great to share with friends and get over that midweek hump.

Thursday, Sep 26, 2019

  • Hudson Yards Farmers Market
    FREE Food & Drink
    Hudson Yards Farmers Market
    September 26 @ 8:30am - 4pm

    Down to Earth Hudson Yards Farmers Market, Hudson Boulevard East, New York, NY, 10001

    The Hudson Yards Farmers Market brings the best of New York State food to Hudson Boulevard Park on Thursdays from 8:30am to 4pm. Look for our local farms and ...
  • Film Screening: For a Few Dollars More (1965)
    FREE Film, Media & Entertainment
    Film Screening: For A Few Dollars More (1965)
    September 26 @ 2pm - 4pm

    Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy Street, New York, NY, 10014

    Clint Eastwood is the "Man With No Name," in this classic Spaghetti Western.
  • Throwback Thursday's
    FREE Food & Drink
    Throwback Thursday's
    September 26 @ 4pm - 10pm

    5th&Mad, 7 East 36th Street, New York, NY, 10016

    Join us every Thursday Starting September 5th for 5th&Mad's THROWBACK THURSDAY'S! All Day Happy Hour until 7pm including $6 beers, $7 wines and $8 well ...

Friday, Sep 27, 2019

  • Union Square Greenmarket Fridays
    FREE Travel & Outdoors
    Union Square Greenmarket Fridays
    September 27 @ 8am - 6pm. Weekly

    17th Street and Union Square West, New York, New York 10003

    Open Fridays year-round on North and West sides of Union Square Park. Located in one of New York City's great public spaces, the atmosphere at Union Square on ...
  • Queens Botanical Garden Farmers Market
    FREE Food & Drink
    Queens Botanical Garden Farmers Market
    September 27 @ 8:30am - 4pm

    Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Outside the Garden on Dahlia at Main Street, Queens, NY, 11355

    The Queens Botanical Garden Farmers Market brings fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables from a small farm to the corner of Main Street and Dahlia Avenue ...
  • Stop Food Waste NYC
    FREE Food & Drink
    Stop Food Waste Nyc
    September 27 @ 12pm - 4pm

    Javits Center, 429 11th Avenue, Event Space - 1D, New York, NY, 10001

    Stop Food Waste - NYC is an interactive teaching market with vendors, speakers and partners with a focus on teaching our guests what they can do to make a ...

More Free Things To Do in NYC Every Day

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.



Free Admissions for Students in NYC

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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