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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.

Comedy at Rose Gold (Oct. 23)

This free standup show with Sam Morril, Kerry
Photo Credit: Comedy at Rose Gold

This free standup show with Sam Morril, Kerry Coddett, Dina Hashem, Patrick Hastie and Mike Lasher with hosts Caitlin Peluffo (right) and Emily Winter (left), is giving away one Fat Tire beer to every audience member. (Free, 8 p.m., 96 Morgan Ave., Bushwick, eventbrite.com)

Throwbacktober: 90s Arts & Crafts, panel (Oct. 23, 25)

Pretend like you're 10 again and create your
Photo Credit: Moxy Times Square

Pretend like you're 10 again and create your own friendship bracelets and peeler beads with Brooklyn Craft Company on Tuesday at Bar Moxy. (RSVP at rsvp@moxytimessquare.com with "arts & crafts" in the subject line, 7-9 p.m., moxy-hotels.marriott.com)

On Thursday, sit in on a panel discussion about nostalgia and the effect it has on media and fashion with NYC expert Jennifer Picht, artist @artbabygirl, fashionista Crystal Anderson and vintage clothes pro Hannah Richtman. (RSVP with "nostalgia" in the subject line to rsvp@moxytimessquare.com, 7:30-9:30 p.m., moxy-hotels.marriott.com)

Reimagine End of Life festival (through Nov. 3)

With 350 events across the city, this festival
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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 letsreimagine.org. Read more about it here.

Meatpacking Harvest Fest (Oct. 27)

It's finally fall and that means pumpkin-spiced churros,
Photo Credit: Meatpacking District

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, meatpacking-district.com)

Queens International Night Market (Saturdays)

The night market's fall season is underway. Don't
Photo Credit: Sharon Medina-Chavez

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, queensnightmarket.com)

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

This ongoing public art initiative, which explores the
Photo Credit: London's Goldsmiths University / Magnum Photo / Konstantin Sergeyev

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, facebook.com)

First Fridays at the Frick

This free access Friday at the Frick Collection
Photo Credit: Fabio Zonta via The Frick Collection

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, frick.org)

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.

Free day at the Whitney Museum (Fridays)

Pay what you want to get into the
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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., facebook.com)

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