Free NYC events, festivals and activities

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.

Garment District at Arts Festival (Oct. 18-20)

For three days, artists and designers in the Garment District will open their studios, perform and create for the public. The festival will kick off with a party on Thursday with ZAZ10TS at 10 Times Square with several installations, performances, outdoor screen video art and more. On Saturday, 13 crafters will offer activities and displays on Broadway (between 39th and 40th streets). There will be fun installations along Broadway, too, and inside the Kaufman Arcade building, the Staybridge Hotel and the Medialia Gallery nearby. (Free,

Bowie tribute at Brookfield Place (Oct. 18-19)

The Star Man's "Berlin Trilogy" is getting a special spotlight by indie rockers at Brookfield Place this week. You'll hear special covers of 1979's "Lodger," 1978's "Heroes," and 1977's "Low" from artists like members of Deerhoof, Xiu Xiu, Shearwater, Dirty Projectors, Battle Trance, and the Wordless Music Orchestra. (Free, 7:30 p.m., the Winter Garden, 230 Vesey St.,

Making Art and Music with Lars Ulrich (Oct. 19)

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich will sit down for a discussion with Dimitri Scheblanov and Jesper Carlsen, who co-founded HERRING & HERRING photography, about their collaborative work together, the process of creating art and more. (Free, 7 p.m., Cooper Union, 7 East Seventh St., )


Reimagine End of Life festival (through Nov. 3)

With 350 events across the city, this festival includes comedy shows, film screenings, discussions, including one with cartoonist Roz Chast and another about racial disparities at the end of life, art exhibitions, live music with artists like Brad Corrigan and Chadwick Stokes of Dispatch, dance, spiritual events like yoga, a blessing of the animals, a Day of the Dead festival and more. It even has obituary writing lessons and end-of-life planning info sessions. The full schedule can be found at Read more about it here.

Meatpacking Harvest Fest (Oct. 27)

It's finally fall and that means pumpkin-spiced churros, Mexican hot chocolate, homemade breads and jams and shopping for scarves and hats at the Meatpacking District's Harvest Fest. This year's event has tons of vendors and activities like a dog blessing ceremony, a costume contest, VR stations, arts and crafts, dance classes and more. (Free, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 14th Street Park,

Queens International Night Market (Saturdays)

The night market's fall season is underway. Don't miss art vendors such as Queens Threat, Unicorn of Doom, Arty Bean, Love is a Rainbow. If you're hungry, check out Tswirl, Taste of Ukraine, Karl's Balls and more. (6 p.m. to midnight, near 47-01 111th St., Queens,

'City to Sea: Coney Island' (Sept. 13-Oct. 25)

This ongoing public art initiative, which explores the relationship between beach resorts and cities, is opening an exhibit featuring Coney Island. The collection is a collaboration between artists and local residents of Coney Island, who worked together to share the neighborhood's stories through photography and other media. From the amusement parks to the recovery from superstorm Sandy, the "people's playground" is an open book. There will also be community conversations throughout the exhibition. (Free, Walls-Ortiz Gallery, The Triangle Building ,2230 Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem,

First Fridays at the Frick

This free access Friday at the Frick Collection gives you freedom to roam its galleries and check out its exhibitions. There's also gallery talks, live music and open sketching in the Garden Court. (Free, 6 to 9 p.m., 1 E. 70th St., Upper East Side,

Shape Up NYC fitness classes

The city offers free workouts and fitness classes across five boroughs, including yoga, pilates, Zumba, dance, aerobics, sculpting, boot camps and more. Why pay for a class you can get for free? Check on to find the nearest courses.

Free day at the Whitney Museum (Fridays)

Pay what you want to get into the Whitney on Friday evenings. The museum has 63,000 square feet of exhibition space and has about 15,000 pieces of work by artists like Willem de Kooning, Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe and others. (7 to 10 p.m., 99 Gansevoort St.,