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There are few places better than New York City to enjoy live entertanment. The world’s best performers appear at the city’s many entertainment venues.
Music lovers will find performances of all types of genres at the city’s concert halls, clubs, and even in parks and on city sidewalks. No matter what type of music you enjoy, you’re likely to find it in NYC.
New York City is, of course, known for live theater. Spectacular Broadway musicals fill that largest of the theaters and smaller off-Broadway productions can be found in small theaters scattered around the city. Free outdoor productions can also be found during the warm months.
The city is also home to several world-class dance companies, including the New York City Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, and the Alvin Aliley American Dance Theater.
For a good laugh, visit one of New York City’s many comedy clubs. You might manage to catch a show by a well-known comedian or catch a rising star. Comedy club shows are relatively inexpensive compared to other entertainment in the city.
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Free Mid-Day Concerts at Columbia University Columbia University presents a program of free noontime musical performances at the university's Faculty House building. The concerts feature Columbia University students and music associates. Most are solo instrumentalist...read more
Jazz Wednesdays Enjoy free live jazz at the American Folk Art Museum Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.. The museum is always free to visit. Stop by on a Wednesday afternoon and you'll get the extra benefit of some free live music. The American Craft Museum The...read more
Free Saturday Bargemusic Concerts Bargemusic presents free family-friendly "Music in Motion" chamber music performances on Saturday afternoons. Bargemusic performs on a barge located at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The performance space on the barge is enclosed and has...read more
Free Thursday Night Bomb Shelter Comedy at Gaf West The Gaf West Street View. Use arrows and compass to scroll. Every Thursday at 8:00 p.m., Hell's Kitchen bar Gaf West presents the Bomb Shelter Comedy Show. There's no admission fee, no cover charge, and no...read more
NYU Steinhardt's calendar of events provides plenty of opportunity to enjoy free performances. The school's Department of Music and Performing Arts holds a number of concerts and theater performances throughout the year, many of which are free and open to the public....read more
There are two Upright Citizens Brigade theaters in New York City, one in Chelsea and one in the East Village. Both host free weekly comedy shows. The UCB theaters were founded by a Chicago-based group of comedians (Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Robers, and Matt Walsh)...read more
Free Performances at Julliard Julliard is one of the finest and best-known performing arts schools in the country, featuring programs in music, dance, and drama. The school is located on the upper west side of Manhattan, in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts...read more
Free Performances Lincoln Center hosts free performances at their David Rubenstein Atrium (located on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets). There are usually several free events each week. The free performances feature a variety acts, from local artists to national...read more
The Time's Arrow Festival is Trinity Church Wall Street's annual festival of January concerts. The 2017 Festival takes place January 1st - 12th and celebrates the 250th anniversary of the opening of St. Paul's Chapel, the oldest church building in Manhattan. The...read more