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.
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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 18th
Bryant Park Summer Film Series – Every Monday this summer, see a top film at this popular event. Tonight, it’s The Omen. Who’s your devil?
- 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.
- Tuesday, July 19th
“Purple Rain” (Red Hook Flicks): Valentino Park and Pier, Red Hook.
“The Book of Life” (Summer Movie Nights): Bathgate Community Garden, Tremont
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” (Movies Under the Stars): Herbert Von King Cultural Arts Center, Bedford-Stuyvesant
“Bad News Bears” (Movies Under the Stars): Dyker Playground, Dyker Beach Park
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
- Wednesday, July 20th
Lincoln Center Out of Doors – Three weeks of FREE outdoor dances and concerts start today, with the legendary Patti Smith opening the series, at the Damrosh Park bandshell.
Game On – Long before Pokemon Go, we played shuffleboard and hopscotch in the street. The Downtown Alliance turns Coenties Slip into an outdoor game center starting at 5PM today, and again next Wednesday and the first Wednesday in August. FREE giveaways, too.
Big Hit Wednesdays Hudson Riverflicks Tonight it’s “Trainwreck” at Pier 63 at Chelsea Piers, Chelsea
“The Fast and the Furious” (SummerScreen): McCarren Park, Williamsburg
“Arthur” (Summer on the Hudson): Pier I, Riverside Park South, Upper West Side.
“Tomorrowland” (FMCP Movie Night): Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Park, Corona
“Sonita”: International Film Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park, Astoria, with a pre-screening performance at 7 p.m.;
“The Goonies” (HY/HK Alliance Series): Hudson Park, between West 33rd and West 36th streets and 10th and 11th avenues.
“E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” (Arts, Culture & Fun): ARROW Field House, Astoria. Always phone home.
“Portrait of Jennie” (Movies Under the Stars): Washington Square Park, West Village
“Rear Window” (Movies Under the Stars): Greenbelt Recreation Center in Blood Root Valley. Classic Hitchcock. Classic James Stewart.
“42” (Movies Under the Stars): Lawn East of Memorial Grove, Van Cortlandt Park
“Creed” (Movies Under the Stars): Linden Park, East New York
“Charlotte’s Web” (Movies Under the Stars): Carroll Park, Carroll Gardens
- Thursday, July 21st
Grease Sing-along Special – Go back to Rydell High School and sing along with John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and the rest of the gang at this special one-night program. Be there or be square, at Hudson Riverflicks, Clinton Cove at 55th St. Free popcorn, too.
Live at the Archway: The band Blue Vipers of Brooklyn bring its brand of jazz, swing and blues to this FREE summer concert series. The evening begins at 6PM with a FREE swing dance class by Paolo & Laurentina. Paolo also is the force behind Swing Remix, mostly monthly swing dances to live bands at JCC. The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge is a public plaza on Water Street between Adams Street and Anchorage Place in DUMBO. How to get there.
Fast: Reimagining Traffic in New York City – Join former NYC Traffic Commissioner Samuel Schwartz, also known as “Gridlock Sam,” and Scott Dodd, the executive editor of the environmental news publication Grist, discussing how traffic works and how it can be improved to make the city safer and healthier. This event is one of three in a free series about the hidden environmental and health costs of powering New York City. At The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. at 103rd St., at 6:30PM., East Harlem
When: 6:30 p.m.
Join City Traffic Commissioner Samuel Schwartz, “Gridlock Sam,” and Scott Dodd, the executive editor of Grist, an environmental news publication, for a discussion on how traffic works and how it can be improved to make the city safer and healthier. This event is one of three in a free series about the hidden environmental and health costs of powering New York City.
- Friday, July 22nd
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 Shaun the Sheep creating animated mayhem. At Pier 46, at Charles Street.
Good Morning America free summer concerts in Central Park. Today, it’s SIA
Today Show free summer concerts in Rockefeller Plaza. Today, it’s Meghan Trainor.