You don’t need to dish out big bucks to enjoy New York City. As the great weather rolls in for the summer so does an influx of free public events across the boroughs.
We’ve got shows that won’t cost you a dime, art showcases that don’t ask a fee and educational festivals that’ll stimulate your mind for free. Make sure to check out the links for more details like RSVP deadlines or conditions! We hope you make it out to some of these great happenings because fun doesn’t have to be another bill.
(Washington Square Park, Manhattan @ 6 PM)
It’s an all night long affair in Washington Square park thanks to this combo of rhythm and relaxation. Dancers are invited out for a free dance lesson with a professional Tango dancer from Strictly Tango NYC Dance School, just make sure to bring your shoes. Invite your favorite dancing partner or find one by mingling to Tango hits. Cool down with a free movie screening of The Tango Lesson after busting out moves. Packing a picnic along with a blanket or chair is encouraged for maximum enjoyment.
(Surf and Stillwell Avenue, Brooklyn @ 10:45 AM)
The 2019 International Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is returning to Coney Island. The tradition which was started in 1916 has convinced crowds to return every summer and watch seasoned eaters down record-setting amounts of the signature frank from Nathan’s Famous. The eating contest tests the quantity consumed as well as the speed contestants can do so at. The showdown will take place at their original location of Surf and Stillwell avenues in Brooklyn.
(Great Jones Street, Manhattan @ 10 AM)
This month’s Arab American Festival is offering a day of entertainment, education, and fun to the publi.c. The street festival is the largest of its kind. Entertainment will include food, live musical performances from Middle Eastern and North African musicians and other vendors. The celebration of culture will take place in rain or shine although the forecast promises a sunny day. Sling is sponsoring the event and setting up a screen to stream the Croatia-Russia match, guaranteeing plenty to investigate and enjoy.
(195 East 3rd Street, Manhattan @ varied showtimes)
The Fresh Fruit Festival celebrates LGBTQAI+ performers, dancers, artists and more at The Wild Project Theatre for their 17th season. Visitors can expect to see a variety of shows that range from plays and solo performances to musicals. There are different projects featured so check out their site for specific information such as those staring, genre and ticket availability.
(2 Lincoln Square, Manhattan @ 2 PM)
Due to sponsorship by Joyce B. Cowen, Jazz + Wednesdays at the American Folk Art Museum are totally free music events that allow the public to enjoy live professional performances at no cost. Guitarist Bill Wurtzel, playing since age 9, will play classics from the American Songbook with a guest musician. 2018 marked Wurtzel’s 9th year performing the short concert series at the AFAM, thanks to its popularity.
(Broadway and West 46th Street @ 1 PM)
The free Tap It Out event is wrapping up the Tap City Series in New York. It is open to the public and allows those that wish to experience the style and beat possible in organized tap dancing performance to enjoy a high-quality show at no cost. Viewers of the event can expect a choreographed routine from hundreds of dancers resulting in a crisp acapella experience.
(Pier 16 and 17, Manhattan @ 10 AM)
Thanks to sponsors like Con Edison, Port Nyc, Boxed Water, and many others, the City Of Water Day event will offer water sports to the public at no cost. Although there will be numerous locations throughout the boroughs participating, the South Street Seaport Museum will hold the headquarters festival at Pier 17 and 16. Spectators can watch the kayak race take place, take a ride on one of the free ferry tours on tugboats, food vendors, live music and family-friendly activities.
(60th Street and 5th Avenue @ 12 PM)
FIAF has maintained the Bastille Day tradition for over 20 years, bringing New York the largest celebration of French culture. It commemorates the arrival of the modern French nation and it’s cuisine, music, art and more. New Yorkers can revel in the sights, tastes, and essence of France from a distance. There will also be events to partake in, including a screening of C’est La Vie at FIAF Florence Gould Hall.
(163rd Street and Southern Blvd, Bronx @12 PM)
In an explosion of sights, sounds, tastes, and emotion the Carnaval De La Cultura’s Bronx event allows visitors a peak of Latin history. The celebration is totally free and is a great opportunity to purchase handmade goods, authentic foods or participate in mingling and traditional dancing. It is a family-friendly event with open arms to everyone. The festival has numerous dates and locations throughout the year that brings out crowds of excited foodies and culture lovers.
(The Granite Prospect, Brooklyn @ 7 PM)