Best Free Things to Do This Fall in NYC

nycgo.com staff

(Updated 10/02/2017)

Fall brings a host of free events to the five boroughs. You’ll find holiday parades, art exhibits, street festivals and tours of buildings usually off limits to the public—all of which you can enjoy without breaking the bank. We’ve gathered some of our favorites below; click on each to find out more.

Sep
28

Performing Arts
BAM Next Wave

Brooklyn Academy of Music serves up New York City’s most comprehensive and daring survey of avant-garde music, theater, opera and dance each fall.

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Sep
30

Arts & Culture
New York Film Festival

Organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the fall festival presents classics, a full slate of documentaries and full-length features, and other special events.

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Oct
1

Arts & Culture
Archtober

Tours, lectures, films and celebrations of NYC design and architecture.

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Oct
6

Broadway
Wicked

Broadway megahit Wicked shows us how two unlikely friends grew to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch—long before Dorothy dropped into the land of Oz.

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Oct
6

Broadway
Chicago

This quintessential Broadway experience features showstopping tunes and slinky dancing to tell its story of murder, betrayal and all that jazz. The Tony winner spawned a hit movie.

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Oct
6

Broadway
The Lion King

Based on Disney's 1994 animated classic, this Broadway adaptation adds new songs by Elton John to the familiar story, along with jaw-dropping costumes.

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Oct
6

Museums & Galleries
Activist New York

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Oct
6

Off-Broadway
Kinky Boots

Grammy Award–winner Cyndi Lauper and Tony winner Harvey Fierstein coauthored this musical comedy, based on the 2005 indie film hit.

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Oct
6

Broadway
Aladdin

Disney's Broadway adaptation of the movie brings the fantastical world of streetwise hero Aladdin, his love Princess Jasmine, his nemesis Jafar and his magical sidekick Genie to the Great White Way.

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Oct
6

Performing Arts
Target Free Thursdays

This new weekly program presents free rock, pop, classical, jazz, Latin and swing concerts,

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Oct
6

Music
BAMcafé Live

BAMcafé Live features a diverse mix of free live music and performance in BAM's Lepercq Space, a lounge and bar space in the Peter Jay Sharp Building. Recent series include the on-going residency with Black Rock Coalition (BRC). This year you can find some of the best artists from Brooklyn and beyond performing on the BAMcafé Live stage every Friday and Saturday night from October through June. The bar is open for drinks and light menu items beginning at 8pm. There is no cover charge and no drink minimum.

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Oct
6

Arts & Culture
Comic Con

A celebration of all things comic book related and inspired.

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