Free & Cheap NYC Events April

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NYC is finally warming up, and we’ve got lots of fun things to do on sunny spring days. Our list of NYC’s best April events has everything from film fests to tent fort concerts. See our top April picks below, and check the calendar in the sidebar for more events this month.

Our Top April NYC Event Picks

4/8 2016 Brooklyn Folk Festival (Through Sunday, April 10)

4/8 2016 Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show & Sale (Through Saturday, April 9)

4/8 Albert & David Maysles ('Grey Gardens') Documentary Film Retrospective (Through Thursday, April 21)

4/8 Art of the Real Documentary Film Festival 2016 (Through Thursday, April 21)

4/8 Japanese Musical Film Festival 2016 (Through Saturday, April 23)

4/9 Free Classes at Yoga Journal Live! 2016 (Through Sunday, April 10)

4/9 2016 Opening Weekend of LIC Flea & Food (Through Sunday, April 10)

4/9 Concerts & Meditation Inside a Fort at Flux Factory (Through Sunday, April 10)

4/9 The Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair & Fine Press Book Fair 2016

4/9 Meet Chloe The Mini Frenchie + Free Shake Shack

4/9 Drunk TED Talks: Guilty Pleasures with Meredith Graves

4/9 Goddess Party at Secret Project Robot

4/10 'Hey! Ho! Let's Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk' (Through Sunday, July 31)

4/10 Free Knife Skills Class + Free Knife Sharpening

4/10 NYC Siblings Scavenger Hunt

4/10 'Modern Ruin: A World's Fair Pavilion' Screening + Director Q&A

4/11 2016 Thai Restaurant Week (Through Sunday, April 17)

4/11 New York Chamber Orchestra & Choral Music Concert at Carnegie Hall

4/12 Free Admission to the Museum of American Finance (Through Saturday, April 30)

4/12 Gwyneth Paltrow

4/12 David Duchovny

4/13 2016 Tribeca Film Festival (Through Sunday, April 24)

4/13 American Tap Dance Foundation Presents Global Contemporary Works (Through Sunday, April 17)

4/13 Cheap Miami City Ballet Performances at Lincoln Center (Through Sunday, April 17)

4/13 Badass Board Game Battle

4/13 Race & Diversity on Broadway + Performances

4/14 Marie Osmond & 'Music Is Medicine'

4/14 Foodie Talk + Free Beer & Tastings at Essex Street Market

4/15 2016 New York Green Festival (Through Sunday, April 17)

4/15 Artexpo New York 2016 (Through Sunday, April 17)

4/16 Explore NYC's Unusual Attractions During Obscura Day 2016

4/16 Fix Up City Parks During NY Cares Day Spring 2016

4/16 Record Store Day 2016—Deals, Performances & More

4/17 Brooklyn Mac and Cheeze Takedown 2016

4/17 Earth Day New York 2016 in Union Square

4/18 Broadway Hackathon 2016

4/19 Chris Guillebeau ('$100 Startup') Talks About His New Book on Finding Your Calling

4/19 Green Jobs and Social Justice: A Panel Discussion with Leaders in the Field

4/20 Book Launch Party for 'How to Smoke Pot (Properly)'

4/21 'Footprints in New York: Tracing The Lives Of Four Centuries Of New Yorkers'

4/22 Daffodil Celebration & Wine Weekend at NYBG (Through Saturday, April 23)

4/23 NYC Hot Sauce Expo 2016 + Bloody Mary Mix Down

4/23 Spring 2016 Bust Craftacular + Free Spa Treatments, Nail Art & More

4/23 St. George Day 2016 Arts Festival & Parade

4/23 'Going Green' NYC Scavenger Hunt

4/24 19th Century Extravaganza 2016

4/25 Secret Science Club with Primatologist Frans de Waal

4/26 Ari Seth Cohen & Simon Doonan

4/27 Goth 101: A History of the Postpunk and Goth Subculture, 1978 – 1992

4/27 'The Bargain Bin Sale of a Lifetime' QVC Parody + Free Drinks

4/28 Bad Film Fest 2016 (Through Saturday, April 30)

4/29 Housing Affordability & Climate Change

4/30 Enjoy Cherry Blossoms & Japanese Performances During Sakura Matsuri 2016 at BBG (Through Sunday, May 1)

4/30 Blessing of the Bikes 2016

Ongoing Events

ID Pop Up Shop 2016 (Through Sunday, April 10)

2016 Rent the Runway Sample Sale (Through Sunday, April 10)

2016 Comedy in Dance Festival (Through Sunday, April 10)

'Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact' (Through Sunday, April 10)

KINO!2016 German Film Festival (Through Thursday, April 14)

Havana Film Festival New York 2016 (Through Friday, April 15)

Mandala Sand Painting & Multiphonic Chanting (Through Friday, April 15)

'Fairy Tale Fashion' in Dramatic Settings at FIT (Through Saturday, April 16)

Patti Smith Reads from 'M Train' in a Gallery of Her Photographs (Through Saturday, April 16)

NYBG's Orchid Show 2016 (Through Sunday, April 17)

Jeppe Hein's Interactive Art in Brooklyn Bridge Park (Through Sunday, April 17)

'Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York' (Through Sunday, April 17)

'Workwear/Abiti da Lavoro' Examines Work Attire as a Fashion Genre (Through Monday, April 18)

'American Soil' Earth Day Collage on Display (Through Friday, April 22)

Mentor Project 2016: Obie-Winning New Play Festival (Through Saturday, April 23)

2016 Pipeline Festival of New American Theatre (Through Saturday, April 23)

'Beauty and the Beast' Musical (Through Tuesday, April 26)

'CODED_COUTURE' Showcases the Future of Fashion (Through Saturday, April 30)

Free NYC Party Cruises (Through Saturday, April 30)

'Full House! The Musical' (Through Saturday, April 30)

'Grand Canal: Recent Photographs Along the Gowanus' (Through Sunday, May 1)

'Denim: Fashion's Final Frontier' (Through Saturday, May 7)

See Alison O'Daniel's Immersive Installation at Knockdown Center (Through Sunday, May 8)

The Whitney Opens Its Floor Plan for Amazing Views & Innovative Works (Through Saturday, May 14)

' Affordable Housing in New York: The People, Places, and Policies That Transformed a City' (Through Sunday, May 15)

'Warhol by the Book' Captures the Artist's Lifelong Fascination with Publishing (Through Sunday, May 15)

'Printing Women: Three Centuries of Female Printmakers, 1570–1900' (Through Friday, May 27)

'New York New Design' (Through Saturday, May 28)

'Flavor: Making It and Faking It' at the Museum of Food & Drink (Through Tuesday, May 31)

'SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS' Sensual Camping Ground at MoSex (Through Spring 2016)

'Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition' (Through Wednesday, June 1)

'In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11' (Through Sunday, June 12)

Imagine a Peaceful World at Yoko Ono's 3/11 Installation (Through Sunday, June 12)

Edvard Munch & Expressionism at Neue Galerie (Through Monday, June 13)

Alex Katz at the Met (Through Sunday, June 26)

'harlem is…A State of Mind' (Through Thursday, June 30)

Celebrate the Chinese Lunar Year of the Monkey at the Met (Through Sunday, July 24)

'Transit Etiquette or: How I Learned to Stop Spitting and Step Aside in 25 Languages' (Through Tuesday, July 26)

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge's 'Try to Altar Everything' Explores the Power of Devotion, Expression & Community (Through Monday, August 1)

'Pixar: The Design of Story' (Through Sunday, August 7)

'Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History' Chronicles the Designer's Creative Projects (Through Sunday, August 7)

Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial 2016 (Through Sunday, August 21)

Staten Island Unlimited 2016 Photography Triennial (Through Wednesday, August 31)

Free Stargazing on the High Line (Tuesdays Through October 25)

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