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20 Free and Cheap End of Summer Thrills

By / July 9, 2018
   
   

With summer coming to an end after magical weeks filled with festivals, beach trips, and fancy rooftop drinks, we can all stand to save a little money for the fun that fall has in store. But don’t worry, we can still keep the good times coming for the rest of the season thanks to these (mostly) free events.

The Wizard of Oz: Free Screening in Prospect Park

Long Meadow

Get lost in the land of Oz at this free screening that begins with a live performance from the Highline Chamber Ensemble’s jazz trio who will be playing songs from the movie's soundtrack.

FREE / RSVP

Margarita Happy Hour at Babeland

Babeland SoHo

A free marg isn't the only thing you'll get at this buzzy event. You'll also learn some hot new tips to keep things steamy in the bedroom all summer long.

FREE / RSVP
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FAD Market: Midsummer Pop-up

City Point Shopping Center

Browse the offerings from a rotation of 55 independent makers who will be showcasing their art, jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, tableware, and home furnishings.

FREE / RSVP
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Tainted Love: 80s Dance Party

The Bell House

Dance your face off at the July edition of this monthly 80s extravaganza that will have you belting out the decade’s biggest hits across new wave, glam rock, and old school rap.

Free / RSVP

The Dark Knight: 10th Anniversary Screening

SVA Theatre

It's already been a decade since the iconic film starring Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger was released. Relive the magic at this free screening, where you're welcome to bring your own snacks.

FREE / RSVP

Coney Island Brewery Presents: Cotton Candy Festival & Can Release

Coney Island Brewery

It's all about everyone's favorite sugar summer treat at this event that features a limited release of the brewery's Cotton Candy Kölsch plus other free fun and giveaways!

FREE / RSVP

IronStrength on the Intrepid

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Take part in one of the season’s coolest workouts with 30 minutes of bootcamp exercises followed by 30 minutes of sunset yoga. Afterward enjoy freebies from Vita Coco, KIND Snacks, and Rhone.

FREE / RSVP

Parks and Recreation Trivia

Stone Creek Bar and Lounge

Treat yo' self to a fun night out, showing off all of your knowledge about Leslie Knope, Ron Swanson, and the rest of the Pawnee gang.

FREE / RSVP

lululemon Presents: Community Bike Ride

lululemon Williamsburg

Join lululemon ambassador Marc Daigle for a bike ride from lululemon Williamsburg to Prospect Park and back. The ride lasts 60 to 90 minutes and includes a full loop around Prospect Park.

FREE / RSVP

Cookie Open House at Michel et Augustin’s Banana Farm

The Banana Farm - Michel et Augustin

Enjoy a free hour of cookie tasting and fun baking lessons at the Michel et Augustin's baking headquarters in Gowanus.

FREE / RSVP

Punderdome

Littlefield

The brainchild of NYC comedian Jo Firestone, this competition comedy show features the punniest of puns from regular New Yorkers who sign up for a chance to impress the audience with their cleverness.

$0 - $10 / RSVP

Mindful Pints: Sunset Yoga on the Beach

Coney Island Brewery

Enjoy a mid-week break from the daily grind with an hour-long yoga class on the beach, followed by a pint at Coney Island Brewery. Sounds like the perfect combo to get your zen on!

$5 / RSVP

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Presents: Gary Clark Jr.

Prospect Park Bandshell

See this guitar-playing extraordinaire command the stage as he belts out his unique brand of blues in the heart of Brooklyn.

FREE / RSVP

Free Stand Up at Niagara

Niagara Bar

Laugh the night away at a free comedy show that features some of the best talent featured on the Tonight Show, Comedy Central, and Conan. Plus, you never know what special guests might show up!

FREE / RSVP

Meditation on the High Line

On the High Line at 22nd St.

Kick off the day by focusing on your breath, high above the city's streets.

FREE / RSVP
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Tasting at Ten

Counter Culture Coffee New York Training Center

Get your morning caffeine boost for free when you swing by this tasting that features a different coffee and brewing method each week.

FREE / RSVP

NYRR Open Run at Astoria Park

Astoria Park

You could spend your Saturday sleeping in. Or, you could get up and join this fun run like a total baller. We encourage you to choose the latter!

FREE / RSVP
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42nd Annual Brighton Jubilee

Brighton Beach

Get in one final beach trip before Labor Day, and cap off the day at Brighton Beach’s signature street festival of the summer, where 125,000 people are expected to attend.

FREE / RSVP

Brooklyn Book Festival: Festival Day & Literary Marketplace

Brooklyn Borough Hall and Vicinity

New York City's biggest free literary event is back again in downtown Brooklyn! There'll be no shortage of goodies at this fest, with a marketplace for book lovers of all kinds.

FREE / RSVP

Kayak Tour at Freshkills Park

Freshkills Park

Freshkills Park may not be open to the public yet, but at this exclusive event, you can explore the park via kayak on a two-mile tour. All equipment will be provided, so just show up ready for fun!

FREE / RSVP

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Melanie is a Jersey girl who now calls Brooklyn home. She’s written for Fuse TV, MTV News, Interview Magazine and more, and enjoys creating content that informs, inspires and entertains people. She’s passionate about music, running, cheese and dachshunds, and her husband fully accepts her love affair with NYC.

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8 Comments

  1. Mike Felber

    Very nice, but this article dated July 9th said “with summer coming to an end”. Summer starts 6/21 every year, so 7/9 is still early summer! Even if you use the informal (really Spring) designation of after Memorial Day as summer, 7/9 is before the mid point. Nothing before August can be called “coming to an end”. Better to write something like “with summer coming to an end next month” or “late summer starting next month”. Please do not rush our preciousssssss summer!

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