Free Museums and Attractions

These New York City museums are always free or free on specific days of the week.

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TV Show Tapings

It's fun—and free—to attend the tapings of popular television shows filmed in New York City.

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Free for Kids

Spend time with the family without spending a fortune.

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Free Tours

Walk this way—there's no need to pay on these sightseeing jaunts.

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Parks and Gardens

Many of the City's green spaces are free to explore. Find out more in our leafy guide to the five boroughs.

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Free in NYC

Look hard enough in New York City, and you could easily fill your calendar with free events, museum visits or family outings. Lucky for you, you don't have to scour the web to put together an inexpensive NYC itinerary. We've gathered the best of Free in NYC for you.

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May 7, 2015

Viet Thanh Nguyen Presents The Sympathizer

This remarkable debut novel by author Viet Thanh Nguyen is about a Vietnamese expat living in...
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May 9, 2015

LIC Springs!

The second annual LIC Springs! community festival runs along Vernon Boulevard between 50th Avenue and 46th...
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May 9, 2015

Kite-Making Workshop

The Socrates Sculpture Park, a unique NYC space focused on fine art, launches its summer season...
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May 9, 2015

Nuyorican Poets Café Block Party

In 2013, the Nuyorican Poets Café threw a block party to celebrate its 40th birthday&mdash...
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May 10, 2015

Japan Day @ Central Park

This celebration of Japanese culture kicks off with the 4-mile Japan Run and Kids’ Race...
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May 12, 2015

Ari Gold, The Gold Standard: Rules to Rule By

Ari Gold, patron saint of the bros from Entourage (and around the world), is promoting his...
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May 14, 2015

One Story Literary Debutantes

The Brooklyn-based literary fiction magazine hosts this reading by authors whose fiction has appeared in the...
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May 16, 2015

A Place to Bury Strangers

A Place to Bury Strangers have been fixtures on New York City's indie rock and...
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May 16, 2015

Red Bull Music Academy Festival: Brooklyn Flea Record Fair

Featuring more than 50 independent record labels, treats from Smorgasburg and music from DJs including Justin Miller,...
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May 17, 2015

BayFest

Enjoy a half-mile stroll full of live music, giveaways and kids' fun during what is being...
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May 18, 2015

Richard Foreman Filmmaker

Known for his body of avant-garde work, Foreman established the ever-provocative Ontological-Hysteric Theater in the late 196...
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May 20, 2015

Reflections from Hell: Richard Lewis' Guide on How Not to Live

Richard Lewis' darkly comic new tome is filled with the sort of satirical humor that made...
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May 21, 2015

Fleet Week Ship Tours, Staten Island and Manhattan

The fleet is coming in…and will be open for tours. Three of the US...
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May 25, 2015

Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day isn’t just an excuse for springtime sales and a three-day weekend—it is,...
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June 3, 2015

Chaka Khan at Celebrate Brooklyn!

Chaka Khan kicks off this always anticipated 2015 concert series with an opening night performance. The star...
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June 5, 2015

Times Square Swing Dance FlashBomb

Two years ago, Svetlana Shmulyian and The Delancey Five band set up an impromptu flash mob...
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June 5, 2015

4th Annual Musical Chairs in Bryant Park

Bryant Park is holding a massive game of the cutthroat elementary school game on its main...
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June 6, 2015

LIC Bike Parade

The Long Island City Bike Parade is a blend of events at Socrates Sculpture Park. Families...
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June 7, 2015

Queens Pride Parade and Festival

The 23rd annual Queens Pride Parade and Festival, held in Jackson Heights, is one of Queens...
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June 13, 2015

Brooklyn Pride LGBT 5K Run

Take a run through beautiful Prospect Park for a good cause. The 18th annual Brooklyn Pride...
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June 13, 2015

Brooklyn Pride Parade and Festival

Brooklyn Pride Week pips Manhattan’s by a fortnight, with the celebration on June 13 the...
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June 13, 2015

Bubble Battle NYC

From the playful folks who created the annual Pillow Fight in Washington Square comes Bubble Battle...
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June 14, 2015

Riverdale RiverFest

Riverdale RiverFest is an annual fete celebrating the Hudson River Greenway, a popular walking and biking...
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June 21, 2015

Make Music New York

Make Music happens twice a year—summer solstice and winter solstice. It’s all...
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June 21, 2015

Solstice in Times Square: Athleta Mind Over Madness Yoga

Find your inner Zen right in the middle of the most hectic spot in New York...
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June 23, 2015

NYC Pride Family Movie Night

Family Movie Night returns with a free outdoor screening of Disney's Finding Nemo. Following the...
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June 26, 2015

NYC Pride Rally

A month after the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, five hundred peaceful protesters gathered in Washington Square...
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June 27, 2015

Harlem Pride Celebration Day

Taking place in famed Jackie Robinson Park, the sixth annual Harlem Pride extravaganza includes artists, food,...
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June 28, 2015

PrideFest

The streets spill over with a vibrant mixture of food and craft vendors, musicians, entertainers and...
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July 11, 2015

Celebrate Brooklyn!: The New Pornographers

Neko Case, Dan Bejar, A.C. Newman and the rest of their Canadian indie-rock brethren play...
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July 11, 2015

Free Fashion on the Hudson

This all-day show, presented by Fashion Avenue News Magazine, will feature two dozen designers and 150 models...
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September 20, 2015

92Y Streetfest '15

92nd Street Y’s annual streetfest offers free dance and fitness classes, health screenings, performances and...
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Nov 13, 2014 through Jan 10, 2016

Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family

Over the last half-century, Native jewelers in the American Southwest-especially the Navajo-have used traditional materials and...
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Dec 12, 2014 through Jun 14, 2015

Maira Kalman Selects

The Carnegie Mansion’s former music room is home to a curated selection of items from...
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Dec 12, 2014 through Sep 4, 2015

Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography

The sharing of photographs didn’t start with the advent of the Internet and social media....
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Feb 10, 2015 through May 29, 2015

Sam Falls, Light Over Time

This outdoor exhibition, located in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn, features various sculptures that take the...
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Feb 10, 2015 through Aug 15, 2015

Curators' Choice: Black Life Matters

On the 90th anniversary of this specialized branch of the NYPL, the Schomburg Center exhibits an...
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Feb 12, 2015 through May 23, 2015

Prague Functionalism: Tradition and Contemporary Echoes

The US premiere of this exhibit also marks the Center for Architecture’s first major exhibit...
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Feb 26, 2015 through Sep 6, 2015

Mapping Brooklyn

Mapping Brooklyn features both historic maps and contemporary works of art that make use of mapping...
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Mar 4, 2015 through Sep 4, 2015

Sinatra: An American Icon

This year marks what would have been Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, and in celebration...
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Mar 18, 2015 through May 20, 2015

Books at Noon

This series offers the opportunity to spend one's Wednesday lunch breaks in the company of...
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Mar 19, 2015 through Jun 21, 2015

Cuba Libre!

In connection with the new re-engagement policy between the US and Cuba, the Bronx Museum celebrates...
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Mar 26, 2015 through Jul 5, 2015

When the Curtain Never Comes Down

A key theme among self-taught artists is their perception as performance artists. Among the regularly-seen elements...
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Mar 27, 2015 through Jun 30, 2015

William Meyers: Outer Boroughs

Known early in his career for his work preferring Manhattan, William Meyers spent nearly 20 years, between 1990...
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Apr 16, 2015 through Jun 4, 2015

Carnegie Kids

Carnegie Kids allows children and their parents to interact with music through free concerts, at which...
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Apr 18, 2015 through Jan 31, 2017

Cerámica de los Ancestros

Presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Latino Center, this major bilingual exhibit showcases select pieces from...
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Apr 21, 2015 through Jul 11, 2015

Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera

Tseng Kwong Chi is best known for his witty, playful, performance-based photography that captured the globalized...
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Apr 27, 2015 through May 30, 2015

Carlos Quintana: Recent Works

Cuban artist Carlos Quintana receives the gallery treatment at the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park...
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May 2, 2015 through Jun 20, 2015

Christopher Wool

Best known for his word paintings—dropping vowels in pieces like "TRBL" and "DRNK"&mdash...
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May 3, 2015 through Jun 28, 2015

Classic NYC Movies at the Palace

The United Palace Theater continues its monthly Classic NYC Movies at the Palace series with a...
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May 6 – Jun 17, 2015

Dancing in Bryant Park

The park’s Fountain Terrace will be transformed into an outdoor dance studio for this...
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May 7 – May 17, 2015

Bronx Week

Each year, all of New York comes together to give this character-rich borough its due respect....
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May 7 – Jun 20, 2015

Brancusi: Pioneer of American Minimalism

The work of famed sculptor Constantin Brancusi goes on display at this Chelsea gallery, in a...
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May 13 – May 17, 2015

LIC Arts Open Festival

The fifth annual LIC Arts Open is Queens' largest arts festival. Located just across from Midtown...
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May 14 – May 18, 2015

TOAST Art Walk

For nearly 20 years, artists in TriBeCa have thrown open their studio doors to let people into...
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May 15 – Jun 20, 2015

Drifting in Daylight: Art in Central Park

This exhibition of eight site-specific artworks throughout the north end of Central Park offers a dizzying...
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May 16 – May 17, 2015

Ninth Avenue International Food Festival

This two-day, springtime celebration is a gastronome’s dream come true. Ninth Avenue in Hell...
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May 18 – Sep 24, 2015

SummerStage

For three decades, SummerStage has been the City's preeminent outdoor concert series. A number of...
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May 18 – Jun 19, 2015

Movies @ the Library

Bring the little ones to attend this series of free movie screenings at the Brooklyn Public...
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May 27 – Aug 23, 2015

Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park is a consummate New York City institution, one that has drawn more...
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May 30 – Nov 1, 2015

FLOW.15

FLOW is an annual summer art exhibition that features works by emerging artists along the shoreline...
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Jun 1, 2015 – Jan 10, 2016

Fata Morgana

Fata Morgana, a project of Teresita Fernandez, is a 500-foot-long sculpture made of golden discs in...
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Jun 4 – Jul 25, 2015

Kim Gordon

Although details at press time are scant, this Chelsea Gallery plans to showcase the former Sonic...
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Jun 22 – Aug 24, 2015

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

Free outdoor film screenings are one of the joys of New York City summers, and the...
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Jul 22 – Aug 9, 2015

Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Performers from around the world are what make Lincoln Center's summertime Out of Doors so...
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Aug 7 – Aug 8, 2015

Jamaica Arts & Music Summer (JAMS) Festival: Under the Stars Concert

This two-day festival kicks off with the Under the Stars Concert from 6 to 10pm, which pays...
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Aug 21 – Aug 23, 2015

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

In the early '50s, Charlie Parker made his home in Alphabet City, and though Bird has...
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Oct 17 – Oct 18, 2015

Open House New York

Get a glimpse of NYC's rarely seen spaces—from boardrooms to bedrooms, crypts to...
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Jan 10 – Apr 1, 2017

Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1963

The contemporary art world can trace its roots to a period of groundbreaking experimentation in the 195...
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Free Yoga at lululemon Union Square

Every Saturday morning, lululemon Union Square—a purveyor of yoga-inspired apparel—hosts its very own free...
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Second Saturdays Staten Island

A monthly celebration of Staten Island–made art, from the classical to the avant-garde, this event...
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Target Free Thursdays

This new weekly program presents free rock, pop, classical, jazz, Latin and swing concerts, along with...
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Visit Central Park

One of New York City's most breathtaking and celebrated attractions, Central Park is a must-see...
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Visit Prospect Park

Visitors of Brooklyn shouldn’t miss Prospect Park, a beautiful green space in the middle...
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Visit Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park was once an abandoned landfill; in the 1980s, it was turned into an...
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Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum

Thanks to Target, admission to the Brooklyn Museum is free on the first Saturday of every...
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Drop-In Family Art Workshops

Drop in to the Queens Museum every Sunday with the kids for some fun and free...
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Whiplash

This free stand-up showcase is hosted by Leo Allen (who’s written for Saturday Night Live)...
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Comedy Night at the Knitting Factory

The cerebral Hannibal Buress—who’s written for Saturday Night Live and made memorable appearances on 30...
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Recycle-To-Art

Turn discarded materials into works of art at this weekly event. Each Wednesday afternoon, the Poe...
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Cinemarosa

Cinemarosa—the free LGBT film series founded by Jackson Heights filmmaker and artist Hector Canonge...
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