curated by Sara Maher

The City might be running out of affordable places to live and eat, but there are still some entertainment options that are easy on the wallet.  Take advantage of these summer-event savings (even if you just put that money toward your A/C bill).

Budget Baseball

Can’t score affordable tickets to the Mets or Yankees?  The Brooklyn Cyclones kick off their season June 20.  Tickets start at only $10, and you get a lot of bang for your buck; each game has a theme, with giveaways, contests, and activities.  Some nights even have post-game fireworks.

F downtown to Coney Island/Stillwell Av and walk west on Surf Av to MCU Park.  Home games from Sat Jun 20-Mon Sep 7; start time varies.  Tickets $10-17.  Full home schedule and tickets at

Low-Cost Concerts

Celebrate the first day of summer with a free concert!  Make Music New York organizes over 1,000 concerts in public spaces across the five boroughs, featuring everything from popular acts to high school marching bands.  There are two performances on Roosevelt Island:  Jazzmobile Presents Winard Harper and the Jelli Posse and Mass Appeal Theremin, which is open to any theremin player who wishes to participate.  Other F train acts include pop-performing seniors the Show Stoppers; spontaneous musical theatre with Pop-up Musicals; and a Sousapalooza!

Sun Jun 21 at various locations and times.  Island events at Four Freedoms Park: Jazzmobile Presents from 2:30-4:30 and Mass Appeal from 4:30-6.  Free.  Full schedule at

No-Yen Yoga

The most crowded/hated/feared intersection in (at least) the City shuts down on the Solstice for a day of peace and tranquility.  No, really.  All you have to do is unroll your mat on that asphalt and then – gulp – sit down on it.  If you want your yoga experience to be a little less trod-upon (but no less free!), check out Shape Up NYC for a list of free fitness classes offered across the boroughs.

Solstice in Times Square Yoga: F downtown to 47-50th Sts and walk west on 47th St to Times Square.  Sun Jun 21 7-7:30.  Free, but advance registration is required.  Schedule and registration at  Shape Up NYC schedule and locations at

Price-Less Pride

NYC Pride’s annual March is the largest pride celebration in the world, and has become an annual civil rights demonstration.  That doesn’t mean there isn’t fun to be had!  The parade is miles of glitter, rainbows, dancing, performances, and impressive costumes, culminating in a block party.  Most importantly, one of this year’s Grand Marshals is Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen)!

F downtown to 34th, 23rd, or 14th and walk west to Fifth Av, or downtown to West 4th St and walk north to Sixth Av.  After-party at end of parade route (Greenwich and Christopher Sts). Sun Jun 28 starting at 12noon.  Free.  Route and information at

Cheapskate Cinema

The French Institute Alliance Française CinéSalon presents the work of screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, presented chronologically to span 50 years of French filmmaking.  Most films include guest speakers, ranging from film critics to fashion designers, as well as a free wine reception following the screening.  If you don’t particularly enjoy reading subtitles, his latest film, Birth, showing July 28, is in English and it stars Nicole Kidman and Lauren Bacall.

F downtown to 63rd/Lex and walk southwest to 55 E 59th.  Tuesdays in June and July at 7:30pm.  Non-member tickets $13 and students $7.  Schedule at

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