Free Things to do in Williamsburg

On a Budget? Five Free Activities in Williamsburg

Even if you don't have a huge hunk of cash to spend on a swanky meal or a night sipping fancy cocktails, there's a great deal of fun to be had in Williamsburg that's totally FREE. Most of the action takes place around McCarren Park, but whether you're into alcohol, music, or art, these ideas won't cost you a dime. 

Edited by Alison Lowenstein 

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See a Movie in McCarren Park in the Summer

Film Series at Summer Screen
Summer Screen

The free summer movies in McCarren Park used to be shown at McCarren Park Pool until the city decided it wanted to reopen the pool as an actual swimming facility (it had, for years, been used as a concert venue). The movies now take place near the basketball/tennis/whatever you'd like to name them courts on the Southwest corner of the park. You will be sitting on pavement so bring lots of pillows or even chairs to protect your bum. Local food sellers and Brooklyn Brewery offer up drink and food. Movies shown are usually campy or nostalgic. It's a fantastic summer evening.

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Take a Free Tour of the Brooklyn Brewery

Japanese Beer Company Kirin Takes Stake In Brooklyn Brewery
BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 12: A sign advertising Brooklyn Brewery beer hangs outside a bar on October 12, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Kirin Holdings Co. of Japan agreed to take a 24.5% stake in Brooklyn Brewery, in what amounts to one of the first investments by a Japanese company in a U.S. craft brewer. Getty Images/ Adam Berry
Address
79 N 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
Phone
+1 718-486-7422

Hours: Tours on Saturday at 1 p.m. every hour until 5 p.m., Tours on Sunday at 1 p.m. every hour until 4 p.m.

On Saturdays and on Sundays the Brooklyn Brewery offers free tours. Opened in 1988, this beer brand has now expanded its horizons well outside of New York. (Apparently, you can even get it in Hong Kong). If you're at all interested in beer it's worth going, especially if you're also a fan of free tastings. Stick around afterward for more drinking, or buy some brew to take home.

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Wine Tasting at UVA Wines and Spirits

UVA Wine and Spirits
UVA Wine and Spirits
Address
199 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211-3236, USA
Phone
+1 718-963-3939

Hours: 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 12 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

Check UVA's website for upcoming tastings, usually organized by region or type of wine. These events are free, but you'll probably find it difficult to leave this store without a bottle or two under your arm. The staff is friendly and helpful, and their selection has a great range from affordable to pricey.

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Catch a Free Show at Pete's Candy Store

Pete's Candy Store
Pete's Candy Store
Address
709 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211-1312, USA
Phone
+1 718-302-3770

Hours: 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday

Besides being a great bar, Pete's Candy Store boasts a backyard garden and free live music every single night of the week. Check their website for details on the band, or just wander in whenever you want. Music generally starts around 9 p.m., and afterwards the musicians sell their CDs and chat with their audience.