Living in New York City is beyond expensive. From rent to MetroCards to a cup of coffee, everything adds up quickly.

Luckily, there are tons of free events to check out in the city that never sleeps.

Here's our freebie guide to NYC.

'Erie fusion' of nostalgia (April 14 to May 26)

In his latest exhibit, artist Everett Kane blends
In his latest exhibit, artist Everett Kane blends computer graphics with photography to explore the "eerie fusion" of nostalgia, according to the Black & White Gallery. The exhibition of video and prints will be on display through May 26. 56 Bogart St., Brooklyn, 1 to 6 p.m., 718-599-8775, blackandwhitegallery.com (Credit: Everett Kane, Black & White Gallery )

Show off your rock 'n' roll singing chops at Arlene's Grocery (Mondays)

Every Monday, this downtown music venue hosts a
Every Monday, this downtown music venue hosts a rock 'n' roll karaoke night, where attendees can choose from a selection of hits to perform with a live band. Bring your friends and have a moment in the spotlight while performing your favorite rock song. Arlene's Grocery, 95 Stanton St., Manhattan, 10 p.m., arlenesegrocery.net (Credit: Getty Images / Roger Kisby / Stringer)

Poem in Your Pocket Day open mic (April 27)

Hear the talent of rising local poets at
Hear the talent of rising local poets at Bryant Park's 15th annual Poem in your Pocket Day open mic. New York City students will take the stage to perform during the daytime reading event. Bryant Park, from 40th to 42nd streets between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Manhattan, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., bryantpark.org (Credit: Angelito Jusay Photography)

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'Upon Reflection' (April 6 to May 20)

Stop by the Howard Greenberg Gallery to view
Stop by the Howard Greenberg Gallery to view its latest exhibit, "Upon Reflection: Photographs by Judy Glickman Lauder." The display features the artist's recent work showcasing self-portraits and abstractions in dreamlike and urban settings. 41 E. 57th St., Suite 1406, Manhattan, Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., howardgreenberg.com (Credit: 'Maine,' Judy Glickman Lauder, 2011)

Get some laughs at NYC Broken Comedy at Bar Matchless (Mondays)

Enjoy laughs every Monday from NYC Broken Comedy,

Enjoy laughs every Monday from NYC Broken Comedy, hosted by comedians Mike Denny, Michael Che and Nimesh Patel at Bar Matchless in Greenpoint. You may even catch a set by a familiar face, like Hannibal Buress from "Broad City." Bar Matchless, 557 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, doors open at 8:30 p.m., facebook.com/NYCBrokenComedy

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Attend a free drag show

Drag shows are a great way to enjoy

Drag shows are a great way to enjoy free (minus the tips, of course!) entertainment in the city. A wide range of drag clubs and lounges -- from Boots and Saddles in the West Village to This n' That in Williamsburg -- forgo door charges for their shows, so stop by to get your drag fix. Who knows -- maybe you'll see some of your favorite queens from TV at these spots.

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Enjoy Brooklyn Museum for free on Thursdays

Brooklyn Museum entry usually costs $16 per person,
Brooklyn Museum entry usually costs $16 per person, but on Thursdays the museum has partnered with Squarespace to give art enthusiasts four hours of free access to exhibitions, classes and more. 200 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn, 6 to 10 p.m., thursdaynightsbkm.com (Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt)

Watch local filmmakers' flicks or screen your own (third Wednesday of the month)

If you're looking for an
If you're looking for an "open mic" for filmmakers, head to "Bring Your Own Film," a monthly screening event held at Shoestring Press in Brooklyn. View short films and videos -- under 10 minutes long -- and discuss the work of local creatives in a casual environment. Want to BYOF? Be sure to head over early to submit -- the screening lineup goes fast. Shoestring Press, 663 Classon Ave., Brooklyn, third Wednesday of every month, bringyourownfilm.com (Credit: Bring Your Own Film)

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'Aladdin' screening (April 29)

The Tribeca Film Festival is bringing this free
The Tribeca Film Festival is bringing this free screening of the Disney classic, "Aladdin." Come early for a performance from Brad Kane, the singing voice of Aladdin himself. BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St., Manhattan, 10 a.m., tribecafilm.com (Credit: Disney)

Animation Nights New York (monthly)

Head to the Seaport District for this monthly
Head to the Seaport District for this monthly screening of curated animated shorts, featuring works from filmmakers from around the world. Animation Nights New York also hosts a variety of VR animation experiences at each session. Beer and wine is up for sale and be sure to bring a blanket as you lounge on the indoor grass of the screening room. 180 Maiden Lane, Manhattan, for upcoming events, visit animationnights.blogspot.com (Credit: Animation Nights New York)

Free classes at Yoga to the People

Find your flow for free at Yoga to
Find your flow for free at Yoga to the People's St. Marks' location. Join in on complimentary Power Vinyasa Flow yoga courses, with a suggested donation. Yoga mat rentals are available. 12 St. Marks Pl., Manhattan, for class times, visit yogatothepeople.com (Credit: iStock)

Visit FIT's latest exhibition, 'Black Fashion Designers' (through May 16)

The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology's
The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology's latest exhibition, "Black Fashion Designers," explores just that -- and is the first major exhibit in years to do so. Through a selection of garments, the exhibit shows the impact black designers have had on the industry through the years. See over 75 pieces from 60 designers that date back to the 1950s. 227 W. 27th St., Manhattan, Tuesday to Friday from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., fitnyc.edu/museum (Credit: Stephen Burrows, two-piece evening dress, 1973-1974, USA. Gift of Mrs. Savanna Clark)

Meet New York's cutest residents at the Bronx Zoo (Wednesdays)

The 265-acre Bronx Zoo isn't something you can
The 265-acre Bronx Zoo isn't something you can cover in one day, but it's worth a try. Zero in on the exhibits where your personal spirit animals live -- maybe it's Tiger Mountain that calls to you, or perhaps the Himalayan Highlands -- and be sure to keep an eye out for the many baby animals who reside on site. And while a donation is appreciated, Wednesdays are free of charge all day. Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, bronxzoo.com (Credit: WCS / Julie Larsen Maher)

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Catch a free comedy show at Friends & Lovers (Mondays)

Head to Crown Heights bar Friends & Lovers

Head to Crown Heights bar Friends & Lovers on Mondays to see "Side Ponytail," a free comedy show featuring hilarious performers like Brian Parise, Drew Dowdey and more. Friends & Lovers, 641 Classon Ave., Brooklyn, 7 to 9 p.m., facebook.com/sideponytailcomedy

(Credit: Roberto Tobar)

Catch free improv at UCB from your favorite comedians (Sundays)

Both Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres in New York

Both Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres in New York offer a selection of free improv comedy performances, but one show at the Chelsea location gives you the opportunity to see some of your favorite comedians for a lot less than their headlining shows. "ASSSSCAT 3000," which is performed every Sunday at 9:30 p.m. for free, has been known to host special guests (including Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch). Though tickets are complimentary, be sure to get there early -- we mean early -- as fans line up for hours before the show to snag a seat. UCB Chelsea, 307 W. 26th St., Manhattan, ucbtheatre.com

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'Zane York: Nature Morte' (March 8 to April 27)

Zane York's new exhibit, opening at the Arsenal
Zane York's new exhibit, opening at the Arsenal Gallery, puts a different spin on the traditional still life. Working off of the style of famed Dutch masters, York transforms the familiar genre and explores themes of mortality, transience and vulnerability. The exhibit opens with a reception on March 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. 830 Fifth Ave., third floor, Manhattan; Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., nycgovparks.org (Credit: Zane York)

Stroll through Chelsea's art galleries

Take yourself on a totally free art tour
Take yourself on a totally free art tour of the city by visiting Chelsea's gallery scene. Start at 25th Street and 10th Avenue and weave in and out of the streets on the West Side. Entry is free to all galleries and you don't even have to be a prospective buyer. Pro-tip: Visit Thursday nights when many galleries have openings (and free wine!). (Credit: Getty Images via Chelsea Lauren )

Get literary at the Franklin Park Reading Series (second Monday of each month)

This Crown Heights beer garden brings all the
This Crown Heights beer garden brings all the nerds to the yard the second Monday of every month. Both established and new writers will read at this acclaimed and completely free event. Enter a free lottery to win some literary swag or take advantage of $4 drafts during the event. 8 p.m., 618 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, franklinparkbrooklyn.com (Credit: Franklin Park via Facebook )

Tour the Brooklyn Brewery

OK, so the beer isn't free (unless you're
OK, so the beer isn't free (unless you're super nice to the ticket takers), but wait in line for a timed, 30-minute tour of the Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg -- it's totally free. The scent of beer is complimentary, too. 79 N. 11th St., brooklynbrewery.com (Credit: Brooklyn Brewery )

Sip some free cups at Stumptown Coffee Roasters (Tuesdays)

Stumptown hosts weekly cuppings (that's coffee industry speak
Stumptown hosts weekly cuppings (that's coffee industry speak for tastings) every Tuesday at 10 a.m. in its Greenwich Village training lab. Reservations aren't required but try and arrive 15 minutes early to secure a spot. Cuppings curate a tasting of aromas and flavors of the current Stumptown menu and you can ask any coffee questions to an expert. Stumptown Coffee Roasters, 30 W. 8th St., Manhattan, stumptowncoffee.com (Credit: Stumptown Coffee)

Make it big at QED's open mic

Head to QED Astoria for free open mic
Head to QED Astoria for free open mic nights featuring comedy, poetry, storytelling, music and more. Whether you want to sit in the audience and relax or practice your performing chops in front of a small audience, this is the space to do it. Check the calendar for free listings. QED Astoria, 27-16 23rd Ave., Queens, qedastoria.com. (Credit: QED via Facebook )

Queer Representation and the Media (May 2)

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is hosting a discussion
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is hosting a discussion of transgender representation in the media as part of the PEN America World Voices Festival. Political activist Jennifer Finney Boylan, author and boxer Thomas Page McBee and poet Eileen Myles are some of the panelists slated to participate in the talk. The event is free, with donations suggested. 126 Crosby St., Manhattan, 6 to 7:15 p.m., facebook.com/events (Credit: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe)

Celebrate local film at 'B Scene: A Night at The Movies' (May 3)

Brooklyn Free Speech is hosting a night of
Brooklyn Free Speech is hosting a night of film and TV, celebrating all things Kings Counts. Listen to movie reviews and enjoy a screening of an indie film (yet to be announced), with featured producers Ken Stevenson and Kristina Leath-Malin in attendance. 647 Fulton St., 7 to 9 p.m., eventbrite.com (Credit: Ryan Muir)

Take an art walk at Socrates Sculpture Park

This Long Island City park is home to
This Long Island City park is home to seasonal exhibitions of impressive sculptures (including this functional bench piece) from a slew of internationally renowned artists. A complimentary LIC Art Bus takes passengers between local art destinations The Noguchi Museum, SculptureCenter and MoMA PS1. 32-01 Vernon Blvd. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd, Queens, socratessculpturepark.org (Credit: Meghan Giannotta)

Outdoor movie night on Randall's Island (May 28)

Grab your picnic blanket and some friends for
Grab your picnic blanket and some friends for a complimentary outdoor screening of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" on Randall's Island. The Harry Potter spinoff will be played on a jumbo screen, featuring Manhattan views in the background. Randall's Island, Field 81, 8:30 p.m., randallsisland.org (Credit: Randall's Island)

Learn about Central Park

Sure, you've been to Central Park more times
Sure, you've been to Central Park more times than the cast of "Friends" hung out at Central Perk, but do you really know the history of Manhattan's largest green space? Learn about the secret gems (including Glen Span Arch, pictured), lesser-known folklore and your new favorite picnic spot with free tours led by the Central Park Conservancy. Tour upper Central Park, iconic movie spots and more, all for free. Check out centralparknyc.org for meeting places and times for guided tours or just download the Central Park app and guide yourself. (Credit: Nancy Borowick)

Take a self-guided tour at Pelham Bay Park

Enjoy the weather with Pelham Bay Park's Kazimiroff

Enjoy the weather with Pelham Bay Park's Kazimiroff Nature Trail, which gives hikers long and short self-guided paths. Kazimiroff Trail, Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx, nycgovparks.org

(Credit: Malcolm Pinckney, NYC Parks)