Free NYC events, festivals and activities

By staff

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.

See 'blu Marble' (through March)

A projected, live image of Earth by Sebastian Errazuriz will be on view at 159 Ludlow St. as an homage to the original "Blue Marble" photo that was taken on Apollo 17. The company, blu, is its sponsor. It will be up 24/7 for the next month.

Trivia Tuesday at Brookfield Place (March 19)

Brookfield Place's Trivia Tuesday gathers teams at Hudson Eats for rounds of trivia with prizes. (Free, 6 to 8 p.m., 230 Vesey St.,

Astronomy Night with NASA (March 22)

Astronomy Night at the Intrepid Museum is back, starting with a talk by NASA engineer Todd Barber and astro-biologist Laurie Barge from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who will talk about the search for water and life on Europa, one of Jupiter's moons. RSVP to save your spot. (Free, 7:30 p.m., West 46th Street at Pier 86,


Check out living flora displays at Macy's (March 24-April 7)

The annual Macy's Flower Show utilizes the retail space of the classic department store to display flora curated from around the globe. Titled "Journey to Paradisios," this year's exhibition is inspired by science-fiction. (Free, Macy's Herald Square, 151 W. 34th St., Manhattan,

Take a free tour of Brooklyn Brewery

On Saturday and Sunday, the Brooklyn Brewery offers free tours every half hour from 1 to 6 p.m. Tickets are released on the day of the tour only, so check its website before you hop over. (79 N. 11th St., Williamsburg,

Meet the neighbors at Queens County Farm Museum

This isn't the countryside but it will feel like it. The 47-acre Queens County Farm Museum sits squarely within city limits and is the longest continuously farmed site in New York, which still includes the restored Adriance Farmhouse that was first built as a Dutch farmhouse in 1772. Visitors to the farm can hang out with the many animals on the property, including chickens, goats, sheep, pigs and cows, as well as purchase vegetables from the farm stand. Yarn culled from resident alpacas and Cotswold sheep is also for sale. (Free, 10 a.m. to  5 p.m., 73-50, Little Neck Pkwy.,

Visit the residents at Green-Wood Cemetery

Sprawling across 478 hilly acres in Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn, this cemetery is one of New York's hidden treasures. Established in 1838, its roster of "residents" reads like a "Who's Who" of great New Yorkers -- political machine leader William "Boss" Tweed, composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein and communications pioneer Samuel F.B. Morse are all buried at this National Historic Landmark. (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 to March 31; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 1 to Sept. 30; 500 25th St.,

Search out public art

Now that hibernation is behind you, get out and find the city's amazing collection of public art, from "Tilted Head" at Central Park to The Vessel, which is a climbable sculpture at Hudson Yards, and others you can find out about here.

'The Value of Sanctuary' (Feb. 14 - June 30)

A multi-disciplinary exhibition at St. John the Divine that explores the current political conversation about borders and identity, "The Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls," opens on Thursday and will remain on view through June. Modern artists like Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo and Andrew Mroczek, Alexandra Bel, Jules de Balincourt, Alicia Eggert, Nona Faustine, For Freedoms, Jenny Holzer, Juliana Huxtable, ICY and SOT, Baseera Khan, Eiko Otake, Eva Petrič, Kiki Smith and more. (Free, 6 to 9 p.m., 1047 Amsterdam Ave., Harlem,

Commemorate the Stonewall Riots at NYPL

In June 1969, riots broke out around The Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village -- the starting point of the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement. The New York Public Library is marking the 50th anniversary with "Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50," an exhibition offering a look at photography from the time, as well as other related media and images. In the photo: A Gay Liberation Front march on Times Square, 1969. (Free, New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 476 Fifth Ave.,

'Exhibitionism' retrospective at the Museum at FIT (through April 20)

The Museum at FIT has pulled more than 80 ensembles from 33 of its most influential exhibitions over its history (of more than 200 exhibits in total) to curate its newest showcase -- "Exhibitionism: 50 Years of the Museum at FIT." While 33 exhibits are far too many to name here, the best from the museum's "Fairy Tale Fashion," "Black Fashion Designers," "Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: "Gothic: Dark Glamour," "Japan Fashion Now," "A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk," and much more are represented. (Free, noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Seventh Avenue at 27th Street,

Free Flatiron Tour (every Sunday)

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) hosts free, 90-minute walking tours of the Flatiron District by professional guides each Sunday. You'll stop by the famous Flatiron building, the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower and more. (Free, 11 a.m., meet at the tip of the Flatiron building at 23rd Street,

'Drag Race All Star' viewing party (Sundays)

If you're a "Drag Race" fan, head to Loverboy Bar NYC in the East Village for a weekly viewing party hosted by Siren Starlite, Jacob Shoemaker and the creative collective Witch House. (8 p.m., 127 Avenue C,

Learn how NYC inspired a dance icon (through March 30)

The Tony- and Academy Award-winning Jerome Robbins may have influenced the art of dance, but his work shows his style was heavily shaped by New York City. The exhibit, "Voice of My City: Jerome Robbins and New York," takes a look at how the sounds, sights and personality of the Big Apple are either vaguely or clearly present in the man's creations. (Free, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza,

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.,