Whether you want a free drink, a free class or free entertainment, there’s plenty to do in New York City without having to spend a dime.  CBSNewYork has picked the best free events in New York City this summer.

Free Beer Tasting Tuesdays at Bierkraft

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191 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 230-7600
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Two words: Free beer. Every Tuesday at 7 p.m., Bierkraft hosts a beer tasting—at no charge. Each week they’ll offer 5-6 types of beer for guests to taste in sessions led by staff members and local brewers. Enjoy your drink and learn more about crafting beer for free.

Free Show Tapings

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Attend a taping of one of your favorite shows shot in New York City for no cost. Whether you like morning shows—like Today or The Early Show–late-night talk shows—like Late Show with David Letterman or Late Night with Jimmy Fallon —NYC Go gives you information on how to score free tickets to see any of the shows live.

Crafting in The Park

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Old Fulton Street and Furman Street
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Join online arts and craft community Etsy every Thursday from 4 to 8 PM for crafting in the park. The expert crafters of Etsy encourage you to bring whatever you are working on, but will also teach you how to make a homemade craft for free.

Upright Citizen’s Brigade School Nights

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307 W. 26th St.
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Host Justin Purnell welcomes the best in up-and-coming improve, stand-up and sketch comedy at Upright Citizen Brigade’s School Nights, held every Wednesday night at 11 PM. Tickets are completely free to see the comedy stars on the rise.

Explore Governors Island

governors island 5 Fun, Free Things To Do In New York City This Summer

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Governors Island, and all the art and culture it encompasses, is just a free ferry ride away all summer long. There is an abundance of art exhibits, bike paths and events for free on Governors Island. Check out CBSNewYork’s getaway guide to Governor’s Island.

  1. rose says:

    this was not helpful… at all

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