Did you know "Wednesday" is the name of a 1970's Canadian pop band? Yeah. Tell your friends. They'll think you're cool for knowing some Wednesday trivia. And if that's not enough, tell them about all the free stuff you can do on Wednesdays:
Roller Derby Practice - Wednesday Night Skate - Practice weaving in and out of tourists and traffic with this great local tradition that's been going on for years. Meet up with 50 to 100 other skaters at Union Square every Wednesday from April to October at 7:45pm (down at the south side across from Forever 21). They pick a new route every week, usually about 12 miles worth (it takes a couple hours with breaks) and then everyone goes over to Mumbles to drink, eat and mingle, skates and all.
Flowers for Everyone - New York Botanical Garden - According to every website I've seen, this garden is the "Premiere" botanical garden in the U.S. The place is ginormous and can easily take an entire day to explore. I say spring for the tram (it's narrated, relaxing, and informative). But if you want it to stay free, just meander through their seemingly endless gardens. It's free all day Wednesday, or from 10am to noon on Saturday.
Don't Feed the Monkeys - Bronx Zoo - Admission on Wednesday's is by donation, so you can get in for $1 if you want. I'm counting that as pretty much free. You can find a few quarters if you just clean your room. When you get to the zoo, grab a map and write down the times for the tiger show and the sea lions. Those are our favorites. And the lions are fun too. And the kids will love all the interactive stuff too.
Date Night! - Judson Memorial Church - On the first and third Wednesday of every month, the Judson Memorial Church puts on a free dinner and a movie. They bring home cooked meals (it's potluck if you want to bring something - they appreciate it, but it's definitely not required). Sometimes they forego the movie for live entertainment. Check the website before you go so you know what to expect. The Church/Theater is right on Washington Square in Manhattan. Dinner gets going at 7:30, entertainment starts at 8.
Classical Lunch - Midtown Concerts - Take a break from the stress and monotony of your 9-5 job with a half hour of classical music put on by ARTEK. Shows start promptly at 1:15 and run every Wednesday from September to May. They just moved venues up to a Lutheran Church at 88th and Lex. Check the website for details about upcoming performances.
Jazzy Lunch - Guitar Afternoon - If you're up around Lincoln Center for lunch, stop in at the old Folk Art Museum (across from Lincoln Center) to check out Bill Wurtzel, a ridiculously talented guitarist, for an hour of great jazz music. He performs from 2 to 3pm. 2 Lincoln Square.
You won't bring this girl home to meet your parents - Nurse Bettie - This Lower East Side Burlesque show brings in a huge crowd every Wednesday and Thursday night because not only is there no cover* but you also get your first beer for free* too. The * there is because it's only free if you know the password. You can get the password on twitter a few hours before the show, which starts around 10pm.
Do you know of something else that should be on this list? Leave it in the comments and I'll check it out and add it.
And if you think those are all pretty lame, check out these other NYC free events available every day!