5 Ways to Find Free Pop-Ups & Events (NYC)

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Free Olivia Burton Dream Bus Pop-Up I found from Facebook. I also got a free pink hot chocolate at the event.

Pop-ups are short term retail stores and temporary art installations and are very popular in New York City.  Some of my favorite pop-ups that I go to are workouts, wellness panels, and photography walks/sessions. Please see below for my recommendations on Instagram accounts, newsletter subscriptions, and websites to use for finding cheap and free events in NYC.

  1. Instagram

My top favorite Instagram accounts to follow for pop-ups and events, include queenoffreeba, fomofeed, artworldnyc, and popupgirlsnyc. Queenoffreeba has daily morning Instagram stories about free events. Both fomofeed and artworldnyc have eye catching posts about pop ups and often feature pop ups on their feed prior to the public event launch. Popupgirlsnyc may even feature your post if you tag them on Instagram.

Free Canon Pop-Up where I learned photography tips and shot photos with a DSLR for free.

2. Newsletters

My favorite newsletters to find events include the Skint (daily), and the Joy List (weekly). The Skint is a daily newsletter about fun and free cheap things to do in New York, which include ongoing events, such as poetry readings, outdoor movies, and comedy shows.The Joy List features events that you can go alone and meet new friends, which include potlucks, game nights, and dance clubs.

Free Weekly Summer Kayaking I found from the Skint.

3. Goldstar

Goldstar is great for finding complimentary tickets, concert tickets, theater tickets, and under $10 tickets, and can be also used in 26 cities across the United States. I have found great discounts on tickets that I would normally pay full price from the venue and Ticketmaster.

4. Eventbrite

My favorite part about Eventbrite is that I can use the “free” filter and that I can search by keywords. My favorite keywords to use are pop-up, clothing swap, panel, and wellness.

Monthly free 1st Thursday cookie and baking class at Michel et Augustin I found on Eventbrite.

5. Facebook

On Facebook I use the events section, and I filter results by New York, New York or I can choose a city to see events in the area. In addition, I can also put the city in the search keyword as well, such as Pop-up New York, Clothing Swap New York, Panel New York, and Wellness New York. Some of my favorite Facebook Event pages are FOMO New York – Free Events, Epic Events NYC, Awesome Events – NYC, The NYC Daily Event List, and Free Events in New York City.

NYC: 3 Day Weekend Budget Itinerary & Meal Plan

Image by Jo Wiggijo from Pixabay

New York is known as one of the world’s most expensive cities, but it does not mean that you cannot be on a fun budget here. One of the amazing things about New York is that there are free events and discounted museum days. Please see below for my itinerary I would follow for a fun budget weekend.

My 3 Day Weekend Itinerary Guide


Morning: Financial District

  • Cost: Free
  • Highlights: Charging Bull, Fearless Girl, New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
  • Train: 2/3/4/5 train to Wall Street
  • Address: (NYSE) 1 Wall St, New York, NY 10005
Wall Street is the financial center of the United States. Image by Predrag Kezic from Pixabay

Afternoon: Chelsea & High Line

  • Cost: Free
  • Highlights: Walk around Chelsea and the High Line (elevated park)
  • Train: Take the 1 or C train to 23rd Street
  • Address: The park runs from Gansevoort Street – three blocks below 14th Street, in the Meatpacking District – through Chelsea to the northern edge of the West Side Yard on 34th Street

Evening: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

  • Cost: Free Friday only from 4-8pm
  • Highlights: Vincent Van Gogh – “The Starry Night”, Pablo Picasso – “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon,” Monet – Water Lilies
  • Train: E/M train to 5th Avenue/ 53rd St
  • Address: 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019
Vincent Van Gogh – “The Starry Night.” Image by Eric Perlin from Pixabay


Morning: Statue of Liberty (via Staten Island Ferry)

  • Cost: Free
  • Highlights: The Staten Island Ferry takes you right past the statue for free
  • Train: 4/5 train to Bowling Green

Afternoon: Central Park

  • Cost: Free
  • Highlights: Take a stroll walking throughout the park, the pond and Gapstow Bridge, and Sheep’s Meadow
  • Train: N/R/W train to 5th/59th St
Central Park is one of the most famous parks in the world. Image by David Mark from Pixabay

Evening: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

  • Cost: Pay only what you wish Saturday from 5:45pm-7:45pm
  • Highlights: Édouard Manet –“Before the Mirror,” Pablo Picasso –  “Woman with Yellow Hair”, Pierre Bonnard – “Dining Room on the Garden”
  • Train: 4/5/6 train to 86th St
  • Address: 1071 5th ˀAve, New York, NY 10128


Morning: Brooklyn Bridge

  • Cost: Free
  • Highlights: Take photos of the iconic bridge and get spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Brooklyn Heights, and DUMBO
  • Train: 2/3 train to Clark Street
  • Address: Take the Henry Street exit. Walk left on Henry Street. Go left on Cadman Plaza West/Old Fulton Street and walk downhill to the entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park, located at the bottom of the hill, at the waterfront
Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. Image by Foundry Co from Pixabay

Afternoon: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met)

  • Cost: $25 (pay what you wish for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut residents)
  • Highlights: Jacques Louis David – “The Death of Socrates” , Raphael – Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints, Marble statue of Aphrodite
  • Train: 4/5/6 train to 86th St
  • Address: 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

Evening: Times Square

  • Cost: Free
  • Highlights: Shopping, people watching and being amazed by the billboards
  • Train: 1/2/3/7/S to Times Square – 42 Street Station 
Times Square and the lights. Image by Foundry Co from Pixabay

Meal Plan


Parmesan Garlic Cauliflower

Image by Couleur from Pixabay


Aspargus Carbonara


Sweet Potato Skillet

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay


Chicken Enchilada Skillet


Sweet Potato Chicken Kale Skillet

Image by LEEROY Agency from Pixabay


Chicken with White Wine, Leek, Spinach and Arugula Pan Sauce


Creamy Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Mozzarella

Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay

Welcome to My Blog!

Thank you for stopping by! After traveling to 34 countries in 7 years, I finally decided to start my blog.

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My blog’s focus will be on budget travel and meal planning. In each travel blog post, I plan to give a sample itinerary and meal plan. The meal plan makes it easier for travelers to save money and plan meals ahead of time.

My blog is also focused on money tips. I plan to write about ways I save money on everyday things. I save money on everyday things to make more budget for travel.

Be sure to stop by often to read about my adventures and how I save money on things.

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