This City's Seriously Glorious: 7 Absolutely Best Free Things to Do This February in NYC

February is halfway over, but that doesn't mean you can't jam out to some free events to finish off this freezing cold month, right?

No, contrary to popular belief, the summer is not the only time of year when New York City offers free activities. In fact, there are lots of free activities to get the month going in February, too.

Browsing all of NYC's free February events warms our hearts. It warms our hearts so much, it almost makes us forget that there's a dismal winter happening outside.

So check it out, NYC. There are free book openings, science nerd gatherings, comedy shows, and concerts.

There's a lot happening in this glorious city in the rest of February, that you don't have to pay a dime for. Read on to find out what they are.

1. Monday Movie Madness at The Way Station (638 Washington Avenue - Brooklyn)

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Love Broadway musicals that have been adopted to the big screen? The Way Station does too. They've even taken that love to the next level to host Monday Movie Madness throughout the month of February.

On Monday, February 22nd, they'll be hosting the last installment of this February Movie Madness, and you're right in time to catch it. 


They haven't announced what movie they're screening yet, but once they do it'll be right here.

They've also got game board night at 9 p.m., also totally free. Save your bills and get out to The Way Station for some fun, free evenings the next Monday you can.

2. Leonard Bernstein Takes Over the New York Philharmonic (10 Lincoln Center Plaza)

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Do you like Jake Gyllenhaal? Yeah, so do we. He's super chill and famous.

Well, he'll be alongside Jamie Bernstein, David Denby, and John Mauceri in the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side.

The New Yorker essayist Adam Gopnik will host the evening, and all these people will discuss the enchantingly New York story of Leonard Bernstein's ascension to fame in the New York Philharmonic.

It's happening on Tuesday, February 16th at 7:30 p.m. and it's super free. All you have to do to be within proximity of Jake Gyllenhaal is show up.

3. Bonnie McFarlane and Jim Gaffigan at The Strand (828 Broadway)

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Okay, so this event isn't necessarily free, per say, but all you have to do to get into the event is buy a copy of Bonnie McFarlane's You're Better Than Me.

Seeing as this event is the opening of McFarlane's book, you could do worse than purchsaing her book to get into the event. Plus, seeing McFarlane and Jim Gaffigan's verbal sparring is definitely worth the purchase of the book.


Okay, if you really don't want to buy the book (we don't get why?) you just have to buy a $15 gift card to The Strand to get into the event. That's practically free, too, because you'll get every dollar of that $15 back in books.

Anyway, come listen to Bonnie McFarlane discuss her new book with fellow comedian Jim Gaffigan at The Strand in the Rare Book Room on the third floor on February 23rd from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

4. Milk 'n' Cookies at Other Music (15 East 4th Street)

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Do you love the 70s glam-pop band Milk 'n' Cookies? Do you not know about that band?

Well, isn't the point of living in New York to always be discovering new artists? We think it is, and as such, we think it's necessary for you go to check out this free concert.

They're playing on Tuesday, February 16th at Other Music.

This very special live in-store performance is entirely rare, and it's also entirely free. Come check it out, why don't you? 

This is especially a good idea if you're on a date and you're in the East Village. Or, you just want to roll in with pals or solo. Either way, it's a great idea.


5. Secret Science Club at The Bell House (149 7th Street - Brooklyn)

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The Bell House is the best, and now they're proving that yet again with an amazing free event.

Are you a secret science nerd? Did you watch every second of Neil de Grasse Tyson's The Cosmos? Do you love learning about the world we live in?


If that's your situation, you definitely need to be at this event. It'll be on Tuesday, February 23rd at 8 p.m., and it's totally free.

Biological anthropologist, love-ologist, and author Helen Fisher will be there, and she'll be speaking on "The Anatomy of Love." It sounds pretty fascinating to us. If you're into this event, we have great news. It happens every month at The Bell House.

6. Show and Tell Adult Stand Up Comedy (594 Union Avenue - Brooklyn)

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Do you love comedy? Yeah, we do too. Laughing is the best.

At this Show/Tell Adult Stand up Comedy held at Over the Eight on Saturday, February 20th at 8 p.m. you'll have the chance to win $20 in cash, drink tickets, surprises, and you'll get to experience sets from the funniest comedians in NYC.

Oh yeah, all this is free. So bring something to show and tell. Bring your old collection of stamps, the shorts you stole from your ex, any object with a story.

We guarantee it'll be a night of fun. Don't believe us? Check it out for yourself. It is free, after all.

7. Chemistry at the United Citizens Brigade (153 East 3rd Street)

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This weekly show is hosted by Matteo Lane, and it's hilarious. Plus, it's free.

Free and hilarious? Sign us up, please. 


Every Tuesday at 11 p.m. the United Citizens Brigade, yes, the very same comedy school that produced Amy Poehler and Abbi Jacboson, host this hilarious Tuesday evening show at 11 p.m.

You do have to register online to get yourself into all this hilarity, so do so here. This month, it'll be on Tuesday February 16th and Tuesday February 23rd at UCB in the East Village.

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