The best things in life are free, including many performances and activities in New York City. Whether you crave live music, a screen larger than your television or group activities, there is always something, somewhere, that invites you to join in at little-to-no cost.

In addition to these wallet-friendly events, check out the NYC-ARTS list of Free Museum Days.

    Free Events: NYC on a Budget

    The best things in life are free, including many performances and activities in New York City. Whether you crave live music, a screen larger than your television or group activities, there is always something, somewhere that invites you to join in at little-to-no cost.

    Free Museum Days or Pay What You Wish

    Many of the city’s attractions offer free entry or pay-what-you-wish options, be it for a select day of the month or evening hours every week. Use the no-cost or low-cost admittance to take a chance on the unknown or return to a favorite art work, exhibit or gallery again and again.

    David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

    Across from the Lincoln Center campus, this visitors' center offers staffed information desks, day-of discount tickets to Lincoln Center events, public seating and free concerts on Thursdays at 8:30 pm, and at 11 am on the first Saturday of the month.

    Public Art in New York City

    Time spent outdoors with works of public art encourages new ideas, conversations and a welcomed flourish to an otherwise ordinary route. Take a detour on your next commute to visit one of these nearby pieces.

Circle of Dance

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