Club Free Time

NYC on a budget: Club Free Time


Looking for free things to do in NYC? Club Free Time is like a friend who’s got an in!

There are so many free and affordable things happening in New York City that are worth checking out, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. CFT is a web-based organization that provides info about cultural events that take place in New York City, mainly in Manhattan. You can find detailed info about free workshops, plays, films, tours, and other events listed in one place.

For a monthly subscription of $2.95, you get access to CFT’s free activities calendar, making it easy to map out your free adventures for the month. Additionally, CFT provides information about discount tickets for music events, concerts, and even Off-Broadway shows.


The event catalog covers a broad range of topics to suit anyone’s interests. Think yoga classes, writing workshops, city walks & tours, networking and professional development - CFT covers it all. Having fun and exploring all NYC has to offer doesn’t need to be expensive.

The first event we attended was a Career Development Workshop at the Science, Industry and Business Library. It was hosted by David Lees, cofounder of The Illumination Group, an executive career coaching consultancy based in NY. Fancy!


Interesting fact: CFT started as a newsletter about free cultural events in New York in 1987, and was funded by Natella Vaidman, a Russian immigrant. Since then, the organization has grown significantly and has been featured in publications like The New York Times and Wall Street Journal!

Thank you Natella, for being the catalyst for this great resource for New Yorkers on a budget.