There’s so much happening FREE every night of the week of the summer season. These are the best NYC freebies today through Friday, including outdoor film screenings, concerts, and dances and more, to enjoy NYC on the cheap. We’ll have the weekend round-up for you on Friday.
Outdoor movies generally begin at dusk (8PM or 8:30PM), and doors generally open at 7PM or 7:30PM, but check the links for specific times, and get there early for a good seat, and bring water to keep hydrated in this terrible heat.
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Best of Central Park
Hallett Sanctuary in Central Park – This rustic, bucolic hideaway steps from the Central Park Pond has extended visiting hours for the summer from one day a week to three. Through August 31, pedestrians only (no bikes or strollers) can explore this best of New York secret spot.
- July 1 – August 31
Monday & Friday: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
- Monday, July 25th
Bryant Park Summer Film Series – Every Monday this summer, see a top film at this popular event. Tonght, it’s Three Days of the Condor, a spy thriller starring Robert Redford.
- Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Summer Dance at the National Museum of the American Indian – Drumming, storytelling and hoop dancing with Ty Defoe of the Giizhig tribe. Performances are at 11AM and 1PM NMAI is at One Bowling Green.
“The Incredibles”: Elton Street and Jamaica Avenue in Highland Park, Glendale
“Open Season: Scared Silly” (Movies Under the Stars): Scarangella Park, Gravesend
- Tuesday, July 26th
The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents Macbeth – This is another FREE Shakespeare in the park, in Mt. Morris Park in Harlem, at 8pm, and this one is a family-friendly production set in Ethiopia during the time of Haile Selassie (Ethiopia‘s regent from 1916 to 1930 and Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974). Part of the City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage festival of theater, music and dance performances in parks in all five boroughs.
Sunset Salsa – Outdoor dancing to the uptempo sounds of a popular Latin D,J at Pier 45 at Christopher St. There’s a free beginner lesson at 6:30, and the dancing starts at 7:15. Starting next week, it will be Sunset Salsa on Tuesdays, through August 16th.
Stargazing at the High Line – Every Tuesday until October 25th, take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York to see rare celestial sights. At the Diller-von Furstenberg Sundeck, on the High Line at West 14th Street
“The LEGO Movie” (Red Hook Flicks): Valentino Park and Pier, Red Hook
“When Harry Met Sally” (LOFT’s The LOL Movie Series): Solar One, on the pier at 23rd Street and FDR, Peter Cooper Village
“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (Movies Under the Stars): Tony Dapolito Recreation Center, West Village
“Maleficient” (Movies Under the Stars): Seaside Wildlife Nature Park, Great Kills
“Little Giants” (Movies Under the Stars): Elmhurst Park, Elmhurst
“Norm of the North” (Movies Under the Stars): Betsy Head Playground, Brownsville
“Mamma Mia” (Movies Under the Stars): McKinley Park, Borough Park
- Wednesday, July 27th
Uptown Bounce – Free museum admission and other family-friendly events at the Museum of the City of New York and Museo del Barrio on Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile, over four Wednesdays starting this week.
Lincoln Center Out of Doors – Three weeks of FREE outdoor dance performances and concerts. Tonight’s concert includes AFROPUNK.
“10 Things I Hate About You” (SummerScreen): McCarren Park, Williamsburg
“Dog Day Afternoon” (Summer on the Hudson): The classic Al Pacino film about a bank robbery gone bad, Pier I, Riverside Park South, Upper West Side
“The Big Short” (Hudson Riverflicks): Academy Award winner about Wall St. fraud, Pier 63 at Chelsea Piers, Chelsea
“Rivers and Tides” International Film Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park, Astoria, with a pre-screening performance at 7 p.m.
“The Shining” (HY/HK Alliance Series): Jack Nicholson and the Red Rum twins continue to terrify us in this classic horror film, Hudson Park, between West 33rd and West 36th Streets and 10th and 11th Avenues.
“The Wiz” (1978)” (Movies Under the Stars): Ease on down the road to 135th Street Lawn at St. Nicholas Park, Harlem
“Frozen” (Movies Under the Stars): Conference House Park, Tottenville
“Zootopia” (Movies Under the Stars): Concrete Plant Park, South Bronx
“Dumbo” (Movies Under the Stars): Carroll Park, Carroll Gardens
- Thursday, July 28th
Lincoln Center Out of Doors – Three weeks of free outdoor concerts and dance performances. Tonight, Tapping Through Life with the legendary Maurice Hines
Broadway in Bryant Park – Every Thursday through August 11th, enjoy stars of top Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals performing songs and dances from their shows.
“It Happened One Night” (Movies with a View): Classic Hollywood screwball comedy, starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, and an Academy Award winner, too, at Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO.
“Monsters University” (Movies Under the Stars): Police Officer Edward Byrne Park, South Ozone Park
“Annie” (Movies Under the Stars): The sun comes out tomorrow, after the movie at Thomas Jefferson Park, East Harlem
“Million Dollar Arm” (Movies Under the Stars): Walker Park, West New Brighton
“Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” (Movies Under the Stars): Poe Park, Fordham
“Inside Out” (Movies Under the Stars): Maria Hernandez Park, Bushwick
“Open Season: Scared Silly” (Movies Under the Stars): Osborn Playground, Brownsville
- Friday, July 29th
Intrepid Summer Movie Series – Scotty, beam me up to watch Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan on the flight deck. This is the original cast, with the late, great Leonard Nimoy as Dr. Spock and the ageless William Shatner as Capt. Kirk.
Sunset on the Hudson – Dance to the rythms of the Chuck Braman Jazz Band, at the water’s edge at Pier 45, at Christopher St. at 7pm.
Family Fridays at Hudson Riverflicks – Tonight, it’s Kung Fu Panda 3 creating animated mayhem. At Pier 46, at Charles Street.
Good Morning America free summer concerts in Central Park.
Today Show free summer concerts in Rockefeller Plaza. Today, the one and only Jimmy Buffett.