A Great Big City

Free Events and Attractions in New York City

NYC flea market via AGBC on Flickr

Looking for something to do, but running short on funds? Try out any of these dozens of free events across New York City.

Event listings are maintained and verified to the best of our ability and new events are added frequently, but be sure to confirm event times and locations.

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Zoos, Botanical Gardens, and Aquariums

  • Bronx Zoo – Free admission all day on Wednesdays – Military discount for active duty and reserve members of the U.S. Military with valid Military ID presented at the admissions gate – Free admission to students of NYC colleges or NYC students attending out-of-state colleges with valid college ID – Free admission for NYC public school students on field trips – Free admission for children 2 and younger
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden – Free admission on Tuesdays all day and Saturdays from 10am to noon – Free admission for members – Free admission for children under 12 and school groups – Free admission for seniors 65+ on Fridays
  • NY Aquarium – Admission is "Pay as you wish" in the Fall, Winter, and Spring on Fridays from 3 to 3:30pm and Summer Fridays from 4 to 5pm.
  • New York Botanical Garden – Free admission all day on Wednesdays and 9am to 10am on Saturdays (does not include admission to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Special Exhibitions, Everett Children's Adventure Garden, Rock Garden, or Tram Tour) – Free admission for children 2 and younger


Museums and Galleries


Live Music and Concert Calendar


Shakespeare in the Park

Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are free, but notoriously difficult to obtain due to the number of people requesting tickets.



Free Outdoor Movies

Most city-sponsored outdoor movies will require you to bring a towel or other seating with you. Check each page for specific requirements and arrive early for best seating.


Flea Markets


Street Fairs and Food Festivals