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.

Apr
20

Broadway
Wicked

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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Apr
20

Broadway
The Phantom of the Opera

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most famous creation, based on a popular French novel, is the longest-running musical on Broadway.

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Apr
20

Off-Broadway
Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys tells the story of '60s musical sensation The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi.

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Apr
20

Broadway
Chicago

This quintessential Broadway experience features show-stopping tunes, slinky dancing and a story of murder, betrayal, revenge, friendship, fame and all that jazz.

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Apr
20

Broadway
The Lion King

More than 90 million people around the world have seen this popular Disney musical, based on the animated movie of the same name.

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Apr
20

Off-Broadway
Sistas

The women of a family gather in their recently departed matriarch’s attic to sort through her belongings, and end up telling the story of the black female experience in America

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Apr
20

Museums & Galleries
Activist New York

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Apr
20

Tours
Sex and the City Tavern Tour

Missing Carrie & Co? Now that the long-awaited film has debuted, put on those Manolo Blahniks and come with a thirst for Cosmopolitans and nostalgia for the show. Trace their footsteps on a tour of sites associated with the program, with stops at several of their frequented bars. $15 For times, dates and reservations: 212-465-3331

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Apr
20

Performing Arts
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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Apr
20

Outdoors & Recreation
Visit Prospect Park

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Apr
20

Arts & Culture
Story Museum

Join this special story and activity time at Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island's living history museum. Toddlers and kids up to age 5 are invited to the hour-long Story Museum, which takes place every Thursday morning. Please call 718-351-1611 ext. 280 to reserve a spot. For more information, visit http://historicrichmondtown.org/visit/events/event-info

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Apr
20

Museums & Galleries
New American Wing Galleries

Twenty-five new and expanded galleries provide visitors with a rich history of American art from the eighteenth through the early twentieth century. The museum's collection of American paintings are displayed together for the first time including works by John Singleton Copley, Thomas Eakins and Winslow Homer. The centerpiece of the new installation is Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze's 1851 painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware".

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