There ain't no such thing as a free lunch, but that doesn't mean that nothing is for free.
Especially this month in New York City.
And ever since your rent went up in January, you could definitely use some free stuff in your life.
There are tons of free events happening in April, even some that allow you to take advantage of the warmer weather (you know, once that actually happens).
So why not kick off Spring 2016 with these 7 free events in NYC this month?
1. Rainbow Book Fair (John Jay College - 524 West 59th Street)
The 8th annual Rainbow Book Fair is the gathering of 100 publishers, writers, poets, and booksellers of gay and lesbian literature.
You'll be able to interact with authors and fellow book lovers, attend readings, and pick up some sweet swag along the way.
The event is totally free and will be held this year at John Jay College on April 9th.
2. Greek Independence Parade (5th Avenue, between 64th & 79th Streets)
In celebration of the 195th anniversary of Hellenic Independence, the annual Greek Independence Parade will be held this month in NYC.
Whether you're Greek or not, this event is an opportunity to celebrate and learn about Greek culture. You can expect tons of traditional costumes, music, and of course, blue and white flags as far as the eye can see.
The parade takes place on Sunday, April 10th beginning at 1:45 pm, and is completely free of charge.
3. Earth Day (Union Square North Plaza - East 17th Street & Park Avenue)
What better way to celebrate Earth Day 2016 than with tons of free events happening in Union Square on April 17th?
You can look forward to interactive displays, performances, activities for kids, and lots of exhibitors.
You'll also be able to learn more about #carfreenyc, an Earth Day Initiative that strives towards greener modes of transportation in NYC.
4. Tech Day (Pier 94 - 711 12th Avenue)
If you're interested in technology and media, you should definitely take advantage of the annual Tech Day exhibition at Pier 94, the largest startup event in the U.S.
You'll have the opportunity to meet industry executives, get a sneak peek of new product innovations, and even pitch your ideas at Shark Tank's NY open casting call.
Over 400 exhibitors will be there on April 21st, including companies like Intel, MasterCard, and Uber.
Register here to attend!
5. 9/11 Memorial Run (Pier 26)
If you're looking for some fun outdoor events in NYC, register for the annual 5k run held in commemoration of 9/11.
Not only is it a chance to enjoy the beautiful spring weather, it's also a great way to feel connected to the community in remembrance of one of the most important days in the city's history.
Along with registration, you'll receive a bag & t-shirt, 25% off admission to the 9/11 Museum, movie tickets, and meal specials-- all free of charge.
The event takes place on April 24th at Pier 26.
6. Disposable Film Festival (Videology - 308 Bedford Avenue)
This festival premieres films captured on low-tech devices such as cell phones, DSLRs, and point-and-shoot cameras.
In addition to watching the films, you'll also get to meet some of the filmmakers. The events usually draw quite a crowd, so be sure to get there early if you want to get a seat.
This super unique event is going down on April 27th in Williamsburg.
7. Street Games Day (Thomas Jefferson Park - 114th Street & 1st Avenue)
Relive the glory days of your childhood summers with this annual celebration in Harlem on April 30th.
Rain or shine, the event aims to introduce classic street games such as double dutch, street hockey, and stickball to today's generation of kids.
In addition to the games, there will also be live entertainment, food vendors, and the chance to win prizes.[Feature Image Courtesy 911Memorial.org]