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30 Free Things To Do in NYC This August

Between weekend brunches, music fests, and rooftop drinks, your wallet's already taken a beating this summer. So, we're here to help you save your dollars—and make summer extra fun in the city—with all of these totally FREE August events.

By / August 1, 2016

August 1 – 7

Solar One Screening: Pretty In Pink

Solar One

Celebrate Pretty In Pink’s 30th anniversary by watching Molly Ringwald be awesome in the John Hughes classic—for free!

Free / RSVP

Clueless Trivia

Tavern on Third

Have something better to do than roll with your homies and show off your Clueless knowledge? As if! Head to a night of trivia to battle through five rounds of questions for bragging rights.

Free / RSVP

SummerScreen: The Royal Tenenbaums

Aug 3, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

McCarren Park

Grab your friends, pack a blanket, and head to McCarren Park for a free screening of the Wes Anderson cult classic.

Free / RSVP

The Power of LinkedIn: Networking Seminar

New York Public Library - Grand Central Library

We all know that networking is the name of the job finding game, but can you be sure that you’re networking correctly? Come on down to a free seminar to learn the latest secrets to schmoozing.

Free / RSVP
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Science of Music Hackathon

Work with fellow musicians and engineers to create a music project from scratch and get your piece in good enough shape to perform your work in just eight hours.

Free / RSVP

Farm Day at Red Hook Community Farm

Red Hook Community Farm

Get a dose of country life here in the city by volunteering at the Red Hook Community Farm. The family-friendly day will have you watering, weeding, and helping to make the community garden thrive.

Free / RSVP
Open book

Queens Book Festival

Citi Field

This giant book fest encourages New Yorkers of all ages to come out and celebrate their love of reading with panel discussions, book signings, activities, entertainment, and more—all for free!

Free / RSVP

Park to Park Bike Ride in Staten Island

The New Springville Greenway

Bring your own bike (and helmet!) and pedal your way through nearly 6 miles of nature. You'll ride through both Greenbelt’s Multipurpose Trail and Freshkills Park’s New Springville Greenway.

Free / RSVP

August 8 – 14

Frantic! Comedy Show Hosted By Aaron Berg

The Stand Restaurant & Comedy Club

Laugh til it hurts at this free comedy show hosted by comedian and actor Aaron Berg. You never know who might be performing, with guys like Louis CK and Jim Gaffigan making past appearances.

Free / RSVP

BRIC Presents: Summer Art Social


You’re invited to experience BRIC’s main event of the summer where you’ll enjoy an evening of performances, a tour of the current exhibition, art-making, snacks, and more.

Free / RSVP

New York Job Fair

Free / RSVP

Holiday Inn

If you’re in the market for a new job, get your best business swag and resume ready. You’ll have the chance to meet with tons of hiring managers, and maybe be offered a new gig on the spot.

Free / RSVP

Ironstrength Class for Runners in Central Park

East Meadow, Central Park

If running is your jam, sign up for this strengthening class! You'll focus on injury prevention and performance enhancement, plus a Q&A will follow the class, so have your fitness questions ready.

Free / RSVP

Baeble Music’s Bands + Brews at Industry City

Industry City - Courtyard 3/4

Enjoy a night of free music from Handsome Ghost and Drowners at one of the city's best new hotspots for catching a show.

Free / RSVP

Free Comedy Show at Karma


A free comedy show? Yep. We’re not kidding. Six comedians hit the stage at Karma for one hilarious evening.

Free / RSVP

f.a.d. Makers’ Market & Flea

The Invisible Dog Art Center

Score some sweet finds at this pop-up indoor makers’ market in Cobble Hill.

Free / RSVP

August 15 – 21

Brooklyn on Screen: The Warriors

Brooklyn Historical Society

Celebrate some of Brooklyn’s finest cameos with a screening of the 1979 cult classic The Warriors, a thriller about New York City street gangs engaging in a turf war.

Free / RSVP

The Fly: A Free 30th Anniversary 35mm Screening

SVA Theatre

See the sci-fi classic, featuring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis, at this free milestone event.

Free / RSVP

Free Yoga at Bryant Park

Upper Terrace, Bryant Park

Perfect your downward dog under the trees at Bryant Park with this free yoga session, presented by Athleta and taught by instructors from Yoga Journal.

Free / RSVP
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Babeland Presents: Lobster Roll Party with Luke’s Lobster

Babeland Brooklyn

Give your summer some sizzle thanks to Babeland & Luke’s Lobster! They're giving out free lobster roll samples, along with some steamy bedroom tips.

Free / RSVP

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Nature Walking Tour

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

Take in more wildlife than you ever thought possible in Queens! Expect to see geese, ducks, herons, opossums, raccoons, and even snapping turtles on this expedition.

Free / RSVP

Hester Street Fair Presents: Pet Day

Hester Street Fair

The Hester Street Fair is open every Saturday, but if you’re looking to bring your cat, dog, parrot, or whatever other (legal) animal you have as a pet, they’re all invited to join this weekend!

Free / RSVP

Far True Fest

Governors Island

Immerse yourself in a world of music and art at this daylong festival, featuring 20 bands and artists spanning a range of genres. Early bird tickets are on sale for free right now, so grab them ASAP!

Free / RSVP

MCA Day NYC 2016: Celebrating the Life of Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch


Fight for your right to party with fellow Beastie Boys fans as you celebrate the life of the late and great Adam "MCA" Yauch through music, art, and community.

Free / RSVP

26th Annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest

Coney Island Boardwalk

Grab the whole family and head to Coney Island for mind-blowing sand-sculpting action at this epic contest.

Free / RSVP

August 22 – 28

Central Park Conservancy Film Festival 2016

Marcus Garvey Park Ampitheatre, 124th Street & Fifth Avenue

The Central Park’s Conservancy Film Fest is back with six nights of free screenings, each taking place in New York City.

Free / RSVP
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Free Meditation on the High Line

The High Line, The Seating Steps at West 22nd Street

Start your day by finding your zen, high above the city's streets. This free class is for every experience level, so don't be shy if you're a first timer.

Free / RSVP

Brooklyn Comedy Festival Presents: Vow of Celibacy Book Party + Comedy Show


Celebrate comedian Erin Judge's book release with a night of hilarious performances from Erin herself, along with Aparna Nancherla, Myq Kaplan, Phoebe Robinson, and others.

Free / RSVP

Indonesian Street Festival

east 68th street

Take in the sights, tastes, and sounds of Indonesian culture at this daylong celebration that includes street vendors, performances, and activities for all ages.

Free / RSVP

The 240th Commemoration of the Battle of Brooklyn

Green-Wood Cemetery is hosting a family-friendly day that includes a trolley tour through the grounds, a parade, cannon fire, re-enactments, and more.

Free / RSVP

August 29 – 31

Cocktail Tasting: Gin Classics

Columbia Wine Co

Columbia Wine Co invites you to try some of their best summer cocktail concoctions, all made with gin.

Free / RSVP

CHICSTUDIOS NYC Presents: Rockstar Red Carpet Open House

Chic Studios NYC - School of Makeup Artistry

If you’re interested in attending school for makeup, check out CHIC’s open house that includes a makeup demo, a tour of the school, enrollment information, and refreshments.

Free / RSVP


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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