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The 16 Best Free Things to Do This July in NYC

Published On 06/30/2015 Published On 06/30/2015
Summer on the Hudson

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Jul 1 Wed

See Jurassic Park. For free. On a pier. The show starts at 8:30pm, but you can show up as early as 6:30pm to grab a seat (it tends to fill up pretty quick). Bring your dog for extra coolness points.

Pier I - Riverside Park South

See Jurassic Park. For free. On a pier. Pier I - Riverside Park South The show starts at 8:30pm, but you can show up as early as 6:30pm to grab a seat (it tends to fill up pretty quick). Bring your dog for extra coolness points.

Bitforms Gallery, New York

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Jul 2-3

Play with 450 motorized penguins Daniel Rozin’s Penguins Mirror is probably going to be the coolest piece of art you’ll get to interact with all summer. It features 450 motorized stuffed toy penguins that move around in response to their audience. Hanging out with Sir Smoke-A-Lot from Half Baked beforehand strongly recommended.

131 Allen St

Play with 450 motorized penguins 131 Allen St Daniel Rozin’s Penguins Mirror is probably going to be the coolest piece of art you’ll get to interact with all summer. It features 450 motorized stuffed toy penguins that move around in response to their audience. Hanging out with Sir Smoke-A-Lot from Half Baked beforehand strongly recommended.

 Nathan’s Hot Dogs

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Jul 4 Sat

Witness the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Be one of 40,000ish lucky (?) people who get to watch a human being choke down 40+ hot dogs in under two minutes.

Coney Island

Witness the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Coney Island Be one of 40,000ish lucky (?) people who get to watch a human being choke down 40+ hot dogs in under two minutes.

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Ron Kolm

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Jul 8 Wed

Get all cultured and stuff at the Poor Mouth Theatre writers open mic Spit some verse or just check out the people who actually know what they’re doing. Featured reading by New York poet Ron Kolm.

445 W 238th St, Riverdale, Bronx

Get all cultured and stuff at the Poor Mouth Theatre writers open mic 445 W 238th St, Riverdale, Bronx Spit some verse or just check out the people who actually know what they’re doing. Featured reading by New York poet Ron Kolm.

Flickr/Chris Blakeley

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Jul 12 Sun

Celebrate Bastille Day with... can-can dancers? While Bastille Day is technically on the 14th, you can get a sampling of revolutionary spirit on the 12th this year. Entertainment (including a car show and fencing demonstration) all day, can-can dancers at 1:30 pm.

Corner of 60th St and Park Ave

Celebrate Bastille Day with... can-can dancers? Corner of 60th St and Park Ave While Bastille Day is technically on the 14th, you can get a sampling of revolutionary spirit on the 12th this year. Entertainment (including a car show and fencing demonstration) all day, can-can dancers at 1:30 pm.

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Jul 14 Tue

Attend something called Party and Bullsh!t Justin Peele hosts a free night entitled “Party and Bullsh!t” that features comedians and musicians. Starts at 8pm.

10-93 Jackson Ave, Queens

Attend something called Party and Bullsh!t 10-93 Jackson Ave, Queens Justin Peele hosts a free night entitled “Party and Bullsh!t” that features comedians and musicians. Starts at 8pm.

Chelsea Wine Vault

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Jul 15 Wed

Drink some free wine Chelsea Wine Vault gives out free wine and spirit tastings nearly every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, but on the 15th, you can try half of its 10 monthly wine club bottles, which you can also purchase (if you want to join) for 20-40% off.

Chelsea Wine Vault

Drink some free wine Chelsea Wine Vault Chelsea Wine Vault gives out free wine and spirit tastings nearly every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, but on the 15th, you can try half of its 10 monthly wine club bottles, which you can also purchase (if you want to join) for 20-40% off.

Flickr/gigi_nyc

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Jul 18 Sat

Go on a TOTALLY FREE boat tour For a city that’s surrounded by water, most of us don’t get to spend much time on it. Change that on City of Water Day. Registration opens a few days in advance for free boat tours around the city.

Multiple locations

Go on a TOTALLY FREE boat tour Multiple locations For a city that’s surrounded by water, most of us don’t get to spend much time on it. Change that on City of Water Day. Registration opens a few days in advance for free boat tours around the city.

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Jul 21 Tue

Listen to music from inside your body Try on what XTH is calling “the world’s first biowearable musical instrument,” a biotechnology that analyzes your body and produces music that is supposedly personalized for you. Cool?

596 Broadway

Listen to music from inside your body 596 Broadway Try on what XTH is calling “the world’s first biowearable musical instrument,” a biotechnology that analyzes your body and produces music that is supposedly personalized for you. Cool?

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Jul 23 Thu

Listen to allllll the free music at Hudson RiverRocks Scottish indie band We Were Promised Jetpacks joins Boston-based indie outfit Krill for a free evening on Pier 84.

Pier 84

Listen to allllll the free music at Hudson RiverRocks Pier 84 Scottish indie band We Were Promised Jetpacks joins Boston-based indie outfit Krill for a free evening on Pier 84.

Flickr/Patrick Shyu

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Jul 24 Fri

Get in on a free Nicki Minaj concert Hit up a Nicki Minaj show before work. Part of the Good Morning America series, the show is from 7-9am, but show up at 6am to get a spot close to the SUPER BASS action.

Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield

Get in on a free Nicki Minaj concert Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield Hit up a Nicki Minaj show before work. Part of the Good Morning America series, the show is from 7-9am, but show up at 6am to get a spot close to the SUPER BASS action.

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Jul 25 Sat

Soak the crap outta people at the city's largest water gun fight Grab your water gat and hit up this all-out water brawl, which's expected to draw 1,000s of people. Starts at 2pm.

The Great Lawn in Central Park (79th-85th Streets)

Soak the crap outta people at the city's largest water gun fight The Great Lawn in Central Park (79th-85th Streets) Grab your water gat and hit up this all-out water brawl, which's expected to draw 1,000s of people. Starts at 2pm.

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Jul 27 Mon

See Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom on a 40ft inflatable screen If there was ever a good reason to train ride out to Coney Island, it would be this one: watching Indiana Jones on a 40ft inflatable screen with your feet in the sand.

1001 Boardwalk West, Coney Island

See Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom on a 40ft inflatable screen 1001 Boardwalk West, Coney Island If there was ever a good reason to train ride out to Coney Island, it would be this one: watching Indiana Jones on a 40ft inflatable screen with your feet in the sand.

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Jul 29 Wed

Play FIFA, win stuff Think you’re a FIFA champion? Show up at Alligator Lounge around 7:30pm for the chance to enter for free and potentially win prizes. Plus: free pizza with every beer you buy.

600 Metropolitan Ave

Play FIFA, win stuff 600 Metropolitan Ave Think you’re a FIFA champion? Show up at Alligator Lounge around 7:30pm for the chance to enter for free and potentially win prizes. Plus: free pizza with every beer you buy.

Calamity Chang

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Jul 30 Thu

Take in a burlesque show How have you never been to this?? Calamity Chang hosts cover-free sexy burlesque at vintage-style pin-up bar Nurse Bettie. Do it.

106 Norfolk St

Take in a burlesque show 106 Norfolk St How have you never been to this?? Calamity Chang hosts cover-free sexy burlesque at vintage-style pin-up bar Nurse Bettie. Do it.

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