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There's never a shortage of things to do in New York City. From museums to music, theater to sports, this town is crammed with culture, entertaining events and fun ways to either indulge or stay healthy.
Of course, all this entertainment comes at a price, meaning you might be shelling out more money than you'd like just to have a good time.
Thankfully, there are plenty of things to do that don't cost a dime. Ahead, our picks for five fun ways to enjoy some of the city's finest offerings, free of charge.
Tour the Brooklyn Brewery
The Brooklyn Brewery--which has been churning out their signature suds since opening in 1988--offers free tours of their Williamsburg headquarters every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tours leave every hour, and witty employees will walk you through the company's craft brewing process, demonstrating how beer goes from hops to bottles that are now served in 20 countries. When you're finished, post up at picnic tables in the converted warehouse, where beers can be had for $5.
Some 75 feet above busy Columbus Circle, celebrated Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi has installed a modern living room surrounding the upper 13 feet of the Christopher Columbus statue. In so doing, he reimagines the iconic statue in the context of a modern Manhattan living room, replete with furniture, a flat-screen television and decor inspired by American pop culture. The exhibit will remain in place through November 18 and free tickets can be reserved here.
Weekend Yoga Classes
Stylish yoga apparel purveyors Lululemon don't just hawk workout specific threads, they also spread the downward dog gospel by offering free classes. Every week, the British Columbia-based brand offers free yoga classes (not to mention gratis mats) at their store locations or at designated studios within the city. Visit Lululemon to check their local schedule.
Target Free Friday Nights at The MoMA
Every Friday night, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., The Museum of Modern Art allows you to roam its galleries free of charge. Explore exhibits on toy design and sculpture to prints by masters like Matisse and Jasper Johns. Free tickets are not available in advance.
Want to go to a live taping of Saturday Night Live but can't get a ticket? No problem: Upright Citizens Brigade features SNL vets like Amy Poehler and other big name comics performing in ASSSCAT 3000, a long-form improv showcase happening every Sunday night at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are free and can be picked up at 8:15 p.m. the night of the show. Visit UCB for details.
* Cast & line-up varies