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

One Bowling Green

new york N.Y. 10004

2125143700

Native dance features ten social and ceremonial dances illustrating a wide range of movement styles from throughout the Americas.

Brooklyn Navy Yard: Past, Present and Future

63 Flushing Avenue

Brooklyn N.Y. 11205

7189075992

The extraordinary history of the Brooklyn Navy Yard is recounted in this original exhibition that interweaves natural, cultural, social, naval and industrial narratives.