A Great Big City

Free Events and Attractions in New York City

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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.

  • A tribute to Prince and 'Purple Rain' – April 29, 2016 from 5pm to 10pm – The Lawn in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
  • May the Fourth Be With You: 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' – May 4, 2016 from 7:30pm to 10pm – Owl's Head Park in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
  • 'Minions' – May 6, 2016 from 7pm to 9pm – Maurice Park in Frank Principe Park in Maspeth, Queens
  • '42': The Jackie Robinson Story – May 6, 2016 from 7pm to 9pm – Clinton Playground in Crotona Park, the Bronx
  • 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' – May 7, 2016 from 8pm to 10pm – George U. Harvey Park Hockey Rink, Queens
  • 'Los Punks: We Are All We Have' – May 26, 2016 at 7pm – House of Vans at 25 Franklin St. in Greenpoint Brooklyn – RSVP for free tickets
  • 'Jurassic World' – May 28, 2016 from 7pm to 9pm – The Crotona Park Amphitheater in Crotona Park, the Bronx
  • 'The Fits' – May 31, 2016 at 7:30pm – The Elevated Acre at 55 Water Street, Financial District, Manhattan – RSVP for free tickets
  • 'T-Rex' – June 3, 2016 from 7pm to 9pm – Tony Dapolito Recreation Center in West Village, Manhattan – Free with RSVP
  • 'Breathless' – June 7, 2016 at 8:30pm – Central Park Cedar Hill at Fifth Ave & 79th Street
  • Sundance Short Films – June 10, 2016 at 8pm – Metrotech Commons, 5 MetroTech Center, Downtown Brooklyn
  • 'The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe' – June 10, 2016 at 8:30pm – Washington Square Park
  • Territory: Short Films About Turf Wars – June 11, 2016 at 8pm – Firefighter's Field on Roosevelt Island, 405 Main Street
  • Ties That Bind: Short Films About Families – June 15, 2016 at 8pm – Metrotech Commons, 5 MetroTech Center, Downtown Brooklyn
  • 'Splash' – June 16, 2016 – Hunters Point Park in South Long Island City along the East River
  • 'Air of Paris' – June 17, 2016 at 8:30pm – Washington Square Park
  • 'The Walk' – July 6, 2016 from 6:30pm to 11pm – Pier I in Riverside Park South at West 70th Street, Manhattan
  • 'Basquiat' – July 13, 2016 from 6:30pm to 11pm – Pier I in Riverside Park South at West 70th Street, Manhattan
  • 'Spiderman' – July 14, 2016 – Hunters Point Park in South Long Island City along the East River
  • 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' – June 20, 2016 from 5pm to 11pm – Bryant Park, Midtown Manhattan
  • Dangerous Docs – June 24, 2016 at 8pm – Metrotech Commons, 5 MetroTech Center, Downtown Brooklyn
  • 'Subway' – June 24, 2016 at 8:30pm – Transmitter Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
  • 'Living Stars' – June 25, 2016 at 8pm – Solar One, FDR Drive and 23rd Street along the East River
  • 'East of Eden' – June 27, 2016 from 5pm to 11pm – Bryant Park, Midtown Manhattan
  • '400 Blows' – July 1, 2016 at 8:30pm – Transmitter Park in Greenpoint Brooklyn
  • 'Top Gun' – July 4, 2016 from 5pm to 11pm – Bryant Park, Midtown Manhattan
  • 'Scream' – July 6, 2016 at 6pm – McCarren Park in Williamsburg Brooklyn
  • 'The African Queen' – July 6, 2016 at 7pm – Socrates Sculpture Park at 32-01 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City
  • 'The Walk' – July 6, 2016 at dusk – Riverside Park Pier I at West 70th, Manhattan
  • 'Mad Max: Fury Road' – July 6, 2016 at dusk – Pier 63 at Chelsea Piers
  • 'Singin' in the Rain' – July 7, 2016 at 6pm – Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • 'Minions' – July 8, 2016 at 8:30pm – Pier 46 at the Hudson River
  • 'April and the Extraordinary World' – July 8, 2016 at 8:30pm – Riverside Park Pier I at West 70th, Manhattan
  • 'The Palm Beach Story' – July 11, 2016 from 5pm to 11pm – Bryant Park, Midtown Manhattan
  • 'Harold and Kumar go to White Castle' – July 13, 2016 at 6pm – McCarren Park in Williamsburg Brooklyn
  • 'L'Atalante' – July 13, 2016 at 7pm – Socrates Sculpture Park at 32-01 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City
  • 'Basquiat' – July 13, 2016 at dusk – Riverside Park Pier I at West 70th, Manhattan
  • 'Jurassic World' – July 13, 2016 at dusk – Pier 63 at Chelsea Piers
  • 'Harold and Kumar go to White Castle' – July 14, 2016 at 6pm – Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • 'The Peanuts Movie' – July 15, 2016 at 8:30pm – Pier 46 at the Hudson River
  • 'Un Flic' – July 15, 2016 at 8:30pm – Riverside Park Pier I at West 70th, Manhattan
  • 'The Omen' – July 18, 2016 from 5pm to 11pm – Bryant Park, Midtown Manhattan
  • 'The Fast and the Furious' – July 20, 2016 at 6pm – McCarren Park in Williamsburg Brooklyn
  • 'Arthur' – July 20, 2016 from 6:30pm to 11pm – Pier I in Riverside Park South at West 70th Street, Manhattan
  • 'Sonita' – July 20, 2016 at 7:30pm – Socrates Sculpture Park at 32-01 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City
  • 'Trainwreck' – July 20, 2016 at dusk – Pier 63 at Chelsea Piers
  • 'Purple Rain' – July 21, 2016 at 6pm – Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • 'Shaun the Sheep' – July 22, 2016 at 8:30pm – Pier 46 at the Hudson River
  • 'Cleo from 5 to 7' – July 22, 2016 at 8:30pm – Tompkins Square Park
  • 'Three Days of the Condor' – July 25, 2016 from 5pm to 11pm – Bryant Park, Midtown Manhattan
  • 'The Incredibles' – July 25, 2016 from 7:30pm to 9pm – Elton Street and Jamaica Avenue in Highland Park, Queens
  • '10 Things I Hate About You' – July 27, 2016 at 6pm – McCarren Park in Williamsburg Brooklyn
  • 'Dog Day Afternoon' – July 27, 2016 from 6:30pm to 11pm – Pier I in Riverside Park South at West 70th Street, Manhattan
  • 'Rivers and Tides' – July 27, 2016 at 7pm – Socrates Sculpture Park at 32-01 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City
  • 'The Big Short' – July 27, 2016 at dusk – Pier 63 at Chelsea Piers
  • 'It Happened One Night' – July 28, 2016 at 6pm – Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Animation Block Party – July 28, 2016 at 8pm – Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St. in Lower Manhattan along the Hudson River
  • 'Kung Fu Panda 3' – July 29, 2016 at 8:30pm – Pier 46 at the Hudson River
  • 'Boyfriends and Girlfriends' – July 29, 2016 at 8:30pm – Tompkins Square Park
  • 'In Pursuit of Silence' – July 30, 2016 at 8pm – Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St. in Lower Manhattan along the Hudson River
  • 'Harvey' – August 1, 2016 from 5pm to 11pm – Bryant Park, Midtown Manhattan
  • 'The Royal Tenenbaums' – August 3, 2016 at 6pm – McCarren Park in Williamsburg Brooklyn
  • 'The Royal Tenenbaums' – August 3, 2016 from 6:30pm to 11pm – Pier I in Riverside Park South at West 70th Street, Manhattan
  • 'Girl Asleep' – August 3, 2016 at 7:30pm – Socrates Sculpture Park at 32-01 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City
  • 'Creed' – August 3, 2016 at dusk – Pier 63 at Chelsea Piers
  • 'American Graffiti' – August 4, 2016 at 6pm – Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • 'Penguins of Madagascar' – August 5, 2016 at 8:30pm – Pier 46 at the Hudson River
  • 'High Plains Drifter' – August 8, 2016 from 5pm to 11pm – Bryant Park, Midtown Manhattan
  • [Audience Pick] – August 10, 2016 at 6pm – McCarren Park in Williamsburg Brooklyn
  • Audience votes: 'Mary and Max', 'Carol', or 'The Warriors' – August 10, 2016 from 6:30pm to 11pm – Pier I in Riverside Park South at West 70th Street, Manhattan
  • 'Suzhou River' – August 10, 2016 at 7pm – Socrates Sculpture Park at 32-01 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City
  • 'The Strange Love of Martha Ivers' – August 10, 2016 from 8pm to 10pm – Target Brooklyn Community Garden at 933 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn
  • 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Park 2' – August 10, 2016 at dusk – Pier 63 at Chelsea Piers
  • 'August Rush' – August 11, 2016 – Hunters Point Park in South Long Island City along the East River
  • 'Selma' – August 11, 2016 at 6pm – Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • 'Goosebumps' – August 12, 2016 at 8:30pm – Pier 46 at the Hudson River
  • Cinema Ramble at Storm King Art Center – August 13, 2016 at 8pm – Storm King Art Center at 1 Museum Road, New Windsor, NY – Special round-trip bus service leaves Port Authority at 6:15pm
  • 'The Big Chill' – August 15, 2016 from 5pm to 11pm – Bryant Park, Midtown Manhattan
  • 'Aguirre, The Wrath of God' – August 17, 2016 at 7pm – Socrates Sculpture Park at 32-01 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City
  • 'Aunte Mame' – August 17, 2016 from 6:30pm to 11pm – Pier I in Riverside Park South at West 70th Street, Manhattan
  • 'Young Man with a Horn' – August 17, 2016 from 8pm to 10:30pm – Target Brooklyn Community Garden at 933 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn
  • 'The Martian' – August 17, 2016 at dusk – Pier 63 at Chelsea Piers
  • 'A League of Their Own' – August 18, 2016 at 6pm – Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • 'The Princess Bride' – August 19, 2016 at 8:30pm – Pier 46 at the Hudson River
  • 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan' – August 22, 2016 from 5pm to 11pm – Bryant Park, Midtown Manhattan
  • 'Embrace of the Serpent' – August 24, 2016 at 7pm – Socrates Sculpture Park at 32-01 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City
  • 'Buck and the Preacher' – August 24, 2016 from 8pm to 10:30pm – Jane Bailey Memorial Garden in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
  • [Audience Votes] – August 25, 2016 at 6pm – Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • 'Zootopia' – August 25, 2016 – Hunters Point Park in South Long Island City along the East River
  • 'Paris Blues' – August 31, 2016 from 8pm to 10:30pm – Jane Bailey Memorial Garden in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
  • 'Girlhood' – September 8, 2016 at 7:30pm – Columbia University Rotunda, Low Memorial Library
  • 'Ghost' – September 15, 2016 – Hunters Point Park in South Long Island City along the East River

Flea Markets


Street Fairs and Food Festivals

Pop-Up New York 2016 events

  • Lincoln Center Eats – April 24 – Columbus Ave at 66th
  • Midweek Munchie, Downtown Brooklyn at St. Francis College – April 27 – Remsen St. at Clinton St.
  • Chelsea Eats – April 30 – Eighth Ave at 14th Street
  • Midweek Munchie, Long Island City at Citicorp – Court Square, 45th Ave at Jackson Ave
  • PopUpNY at Taste East Village – May 7 – Second Ave at 6th Street
  • Foodie Friday, Midtown East at Citicorp – May 13 – East 54th Street at Lexington Ave
  • Central Park Eats – May 14 – 60th Street at Fifth Ave
  • PopUpNY, Park Slope – May 15 – Fifth Ave at Union Street, Brooklyn
  • Meatpacking MKT – May 21 – Ninth Ave at 14th Street
  • PopUpNY, Upper East Eats – May 22 – Third Ave at 72nd Street
  • Midweek Munchie, Long Island City at Citicorp – June 2 – Court Square at Jackson Ave
  • Foodie Friday, Midtown East – June 3 – 52nd Street at Lexington Ave
  • Foodie Friday, Bryant Park – June 10 – 40th Street at Sixth Ave
  • Bleecker Bites – June 11 – Bleecker Street at Christopher Street
  • Forest Hills Feast – June 12 – Austin Street at Continental Ave, Queens
  • Foodie Friday, Midtown East at Citicorp – June 17 – 54th Street at Lexington Ave
  • PopUpNY, Park Slope – June 19 – Seventh Ave at 1st Street, Brooklyn
  • World Trade Financial Feast – July 24 – Liberty Street at Broadway
  • Meatpacking MKT – August 28 – Hudson Street at 13th Street
  • Washington Square Eats – September 3 – Washington Square North at University Place
  • PopUpNY, Astoria Eats – September 5 – 30th Ave at 34th Street, Queens
  • Midweek Munchie, Long Island City at Citicorp – September 8 – Court Square at Jackson Ave, Queens
  • PopUpNY, Hell's Kitchen – September 10 – Ninth Ave at 44th Street
  • PopUpNY, Upper East Eats – September 11 – Third Ave at 72nd Street
  • Foodie Friday, Midtown East – September 16 – 52nd at Lexington
  • Bleecker Bites – September 17 – Bleecker Street at Seventh Ave
  • PopUpNY, Upper East Side – September 18 – Lexington Ave at 87th Street
  • Foodie Friday, Bryant Park – September 23 – 41st Street at Broadway
  • Chelsea Eats – September 24 – Eighth Ave at 14th Street
  • PopUpNY, Taste East Village – October 1 – Third Ave at 6th Street
  • Meatpacking MKT – October 2 – 13th Street at Eighth Ave
  • Midweek Munchie, Tribeca at Citicorp – October 4 – Beach Street at Greenwich Street
  • Midweek Munchie, Long Island City at Citicorp – October 6 – Court Square at Jackson Ave, Queens
  • Union Square Eats – October 8 – University Place at 14th Street
  • Williamsburg Eats – October 10 – Bedford Ave at North 3rd Street, Brooklyn