The Best Free and Cheap Events in New York City

The Best Free and Cheap Events in New York City

Start enjoying more of New York City for less thanks to these budget-friendly parties, classes, performances, and experiences that are all $15 or less, with most events being totally free.

February 8 – 14

Free Bingo and $5 Burger Wednesdays

Katch Astoria

Take advantage of $5 burgers and play free rounds of Bingo for cash prizes each Wednesday at this lively tavern.


Valentine’s Bash at HOY

House of Yes

Whether you’re spending the night with your longtime lover or someone you just met on Tinder, you'll have fun at this crazy, sexy dance party where nothing is off limits.

$0 - $17 / RSVP

February 15 – 21

NYRR Open Run: Shore Road Park

Shore Road Park

Runners of all levels are welcome to join this fun run that will cover a maximum of three miles and provide a killer view of the Hudson River and Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge.


Brooklyn Citizens Presents: Women’s Creative Writing Day

Brooklyn Ethical Culture Soc

It's all about girl power at this event that includes a writing workshop, poetry reading, and information session for free resources. Plus, enjoy drinks and snacks!


Eat, Pour & Sip: An African Wine and Food Pairing

Schomburg center for research in black culture

Taste your way through delicious pairings at this foodie event that’s part of A Taste of Africa Week celebrating Black History Month.


Rock N Roll Bingo


It's totally free to enter this badass take on bingo where winners go home with vintage LPs.


Art in the Garden: Painting Ceramic Tiles

The Loisaida Center

Add even more color to your community garden thanks to this workshop where participants will create beautiful ceramic pieces to display.


Cosmic Yoga

Cosmic Fit Club

Your first class is free at this beginner-friendly yoga session held in a room lit up by blacklights.


February 22 – 28

NYRR Central Park Running History Tour

NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the NB Run Hub

Join New York Road Runners for a tour of NYC’s storied running history by foot as you cruise by the NYC Marathon finish line, Fred Lebow statue, and more.


The Rub

The Bell House

This monthly party will be in full swing, giving everyone an excuse to check their egos at the door, let loose, and hit the dance floor.


Harry Potter Book Trivia

The Late Late

How much do you know about the wizarding world of Harry Potter? Put your Hogwarts knowledge to the test at this magical trivia night!


Volunteer Orientation at Sean Casey Animal Rescue

Sean Casey Animal Rescue (SCAR)

Whether you're interested in walking adoptable dogs or helping to clean the shelter, swing by this bi-monthly session to learn how to get involved.


New York Career Fair

Hotel Pennsylvania

Brush up your resume, pick out your best outfit, and get ready to rock a handful of in-person interviews. You might just go home with a new job. You got this!


Bodega Cat Comedy Show

Offside Tavern

See comics from Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central, The Daily Show, and more at the latest edition of this Chelsea stand-up show.


March 1 – 7

The Slipper Room Show

The Slipper Room

Grab tickets for just $15 in advance to a late night go-go with surprise guests, adult humor, music, and more.

$15 / RSVP

Tea and Knitting

Here Now Space

Bring your yarn and latest project, and work alongside fellow knitters as you enjoy tea and chatting the afternoon away.


New Balance & JackRabbit Present: NYC Half Point to Point Training Run

JackRabbit - Brooklyn

Whether you're running the NYC United Airlines Half Marathon in a couple weeks or just want to do a long run with a few thousand people, sign up for this free 8.5 mile run.


Cardio Sculpt Workout Class

Red Hook Recreation Center

Jumpstart your Saturday with a free class that blends high-intensity cardio and strength training to give you a full body workout. Then you can feel guilt-free at brunch!


Cocktails & Conversations

Library of Distilled Spirits

Stop by this weekly event that features the written work of a leader in the booze industry along with a chance to sample a cocktail.




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.

$10 - $12 / RSVP

Comedians You Should Know

The Gutter

Give yourself a midweek break with an excuse to laugh the night away at this stand-up show featuring the best up-and-coming talent in the city.

$5 / RSVP

March 8 – 14

Women’s Health and Activism Summit

New York Hall Of Science

With this year’s theme of "Unity in Diversity," this event will put a spotlight on female-focused areas like wellness, healing, and mental health.


Wonder Women of Classical Music

Celebrate Women’s History Month with the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra's all-female ensemble who will deliver an inspiring performance.


Realism and the Shadow of the Avant-Garde

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Attend a three-part lecture series hosted by Historian and Curator Jean-Louis Cohen who will explore art and architecture in Russia from 1917 to 1937.


Women in Business & Technology Career Fair

The Watson Hotel New York

Calling all badass ladies looking for a new gig! This fair is targeting women in the fields of IT, engineering, science, marketing, sales, and more, so freshen up that resume and get ready to shine.


Free Public Coffee Tasting

Stumptown NYC Training Lab

Get your morning started with an extra-large caffeine dose at a coffee cupping session where you'll observe and taste the aromas of different brewed coffees.


Free Guided Meditation

New York Public Library - Harlem Library

Tap into the energy that lives within you at a free hourlong practice and learn how to harness its power to become more balanced.