Take advantage of free and discounted events

When in New York City (especially when it’s your first time and you’re from the Midwest), there’s an infinite amount of things to do. But many of them come with a price. That money adds up faster than imaginable, so keep your bank account safe by taking advantage of opportunities for free and discounted events.

Check out these eight ways students in our NYAP class saved some money. But this is just a selection — if you look around, you’ll find many more.


Matt Nathanson concert. (Image by Bailey Williams)

Event: Tickets to a sold out Matt Nathanson concert
How?: I entered “The Houselist” contest on The Bowery’s website.
What was it like?: It wasn’t my taste in music, but it was awesome to get free tickets to a show at such an interesting and influential concert venue.

– Bailey Williams, The College of Wooster ’17


Event: “Rocky Horror Picture Show” 40th anniversary screening with the stars of the movie present
How?: I saw it on a Daily email called The Skint, which tells you free and cheap things to do in the city.
What was it like?: Barry Bostwick took off his pants, so it was a good night.

– Alison Howard, DePauw University ’16


Event: Tickets to see Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show”
How?: Follow @fallontix, and they tweet the time and date tickets will be up for grabs. They’re free, and you just have to claim tickets to a show taping or practice monologue.
What was it like?: It was the happiest I’ve ever been in my whole life.

– Cecelia Albon, Ohio Wesleyan University ’17


Midsummer Night's Dream
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” performance. (Image by Alison Howard)

Event: The Pearl Theatre Company’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
How?: We purchased discount tickets at the TKTS booth in Times Square.
What was it like?: The actors took a nontraditional approach to the play, using pop culture references and a sand stage.

– Alison Howard, DePauw University ’16


Event: “Daddy Long Legs” musical ticket for $20
How?: 20at20 is an Off Broadway promotion that has participating shows offer $20 tickets 20 minutes before curtain for 20 days.
What was it like?: The show was well executed, the set was phenomenal, and I saved somewhere around $40 — no complaints here.

– Daniel Brount, Ball State University ’16


Waka Flocka
Waka Flocka Flame concert. (Image by Bailey Williams)

Event: Free Waka Flocka Flame concert
How?: I offered to volunteer because it happened at my internship.
What was it like?: Kind of hectic, but he stuck around after the show to talk to aspiring Brooklyn artists and fans.

– Bailey Williams, The College of Wooster ’17


Event: Discounted play and musical tickets with TodayTix
How?: Download the app and look through the list of available shows.
What was it like?: With TodayTix, you don’t really know where you’ll be sitting. For “Hand To God” I sat in the front row, but for “Sylvia” I sat in the rear mezzanine.

– Allison Gobel, Ball State University ’16

Old Times
“Old Times” Broadway performance. (Image by Alison Howard)

Event: “Old Times” Broadway performance starting Clive Owen
How?: Originally HipTix, but that got sold out so we purchased rush tickets at the theatre.
What was it like?: The play itself was pretty symbolic and enigmatic, but the acting and the execution of it was fantastic.

– Alison Howard, DePauw University ’16


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