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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.

Watch a glassblowing demo on board the GlassBarge (May 17-28)

The Corning Museum of Glass is taking a
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The Corning Museum of Glass is taking a 30-by-80-foot canal barge on a four-month journey along the Hudson River and Erie Canal. It starts at Brooklyn Bridge Park, 150 years after what was then the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company moved upstate. The GlassBarge has Corning's all-electric glassmaking equipment on board and will offer 30-minute demonstrations to visitors. (Free, Pier 5, Brooklyn Marina, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, cmog.org/GlassBarge)

FAD Market (May 19-20)

Shop for items from more than 45 independent
Photo Credit: FAD Market

Shop for items from more than 45 independent designer/makers, who will be selling their handcrafted jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, tableware and home furnishings. (Free entry, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. Brooklyn, FAD Market)

'200 Women' (May 16 - June 30)

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"200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World," is a new exhibit at Pen & Brush that features stories from women around the world that will shed light on gender equality. Among those featured: Actor Ashley Judd, bestselling authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Margaret Atwood, actor and activist Gillian Anderson, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, classical violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, conservationist Jane Goodall, and the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. (Free, noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, 29 E. 22nd St., http://www.penandbrush.org/exhibitions/200-women

Free outdoor yoga and dance classes (Saturdays in May)

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"Downtown Brooklyn Gets Physical" includes free "yinsa flow" yoga classes at 9 a.m. and rhythm/fitness dance classes at 10 and 11 a.m. for the next three Saturdays in May outside City Point. (Free, 9-11 a.m., Albee Square, 551 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, eventbrite.com)

Art 1978: The NYC Parks/New York Times Photo Project

Check out the works of eight New York
Photo Credit: The New York Times / Arsenal Gallery

Check out the works of eight New York Times photographers hired by the Parks Department in the summer and fall of 1978 during the NYC newspaper strike. Head over to the Arsenal Gallery for the opening of this new exhibit, featuring 3,000 images of NYC's parks. (Free, opening reception: Wednesday, 6-8 p.m.; open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, 830 Fifth Ave., third fl., 64th Street at Fifth Avenue, nycgovparks.org)

'Here Died Andy Warhol' (now through June 9)

An immersive installation by artist Eugenio Merino features
Photo Credit: Eugenio Merino / UNIX Gallery

An immersive installation by artist Eugenio Merino features a life-sized, hyper-realistic sculpture of Andy Warhol lying down with a black granite gravestone and a functioning souvenir shop with a self-guided tour map of Warhol's city haunts. "Here Died Andy Warhol" is meant to critique mass tourism and the city-brand. According to the artist, it is "the definitive opportunity to take a selfie with the artist and acquire those objects created to capitalize on the essence of the most famous Pop Art visionary; the sale of the artist's aura." (Free entry, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., UNIX Gallery, 532 W. 24th St., unixgallery.com)

Queens International Night Market (Saturdays)

Now in its fourth year, this food and
Photo Credit: Sharon Medina-Chavez

Now in its fourth year, this food and art market in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park features live performances, too. New bites for 2018 include Thai roasted crickets, Moldovan waffle rolls and Wenzhou-style fried chicken feet. Shop for trinkets like vintage brooches, stationery and Mexican handicrafts, too. (6 p.m. to midnight, near 47-01 111th St., Queens, queensnightmarket.ticketleap.com)

Hot Dog Bus (opens June 9)

This modified, vintage Volkswagen Microbus has been transformed
Photo Credit: Studio Erwin Wurm

This modified, vintage Volkswagen Microbus has been transformed into a bright yellow, overstuffed food truck that will be serving free hot dogs to visitors of the Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer. Artist Erwin Wurm hopes that the bus' shape will inspire them to reconsider the relationship between capitalism and consumption while they eat, which could be seen as an additional "sculptural process in its own right," according to the Public Art Fund.

Shape Up NYC fitness classes

The city offers free workouts and fitness classes
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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 nycgovparks.org to find the nearest courses.

NYC Urban Park Rangers

Acting as your ambassador to nature, urban park
Photo Credit: NYC Parks / Daniel Avila

Acting as your ambassador to nature, urban park rangers can help you get in touch with your wild side here in the concrete jungle. From hikes to survival skills, to wildlife viewing and animal tracking, they'll teach you whatever you want to know for free. There's a schedule nearly every day, so check out the NYC Parks website.

Hear some local talent at QED's open mic (Wednesday-Sunday)

Head to QED Astoria for free open mic
Photo Credit: QED via Facebook

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. (27-16 23rd Ave., qedastoria.com)

Get literary at this reading series (second Monday of each month)

This Crown Heights beer garden brings all the
Photo Credit: Franklin Park via Facebook

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 $5 drafts during the event. (8 p.m., 618 St. Johns Place, Crown Heights,franklinparkbrooklyn.com)

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

This downtown music venue hosts a rock 'n'
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Roger Kisby

This downtown music venue hosts a rock 'n' roll karaoke night weekly, 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. (95 Stanton St., Manhattan, 10 p.m., arlenesgrocery.net)

Tour the Brooklyn Brewery

OK, so the beer isn't free (unless you're
Photo Credit: Brooklyn Brewery

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)

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