Are You Living, Visiting or Retiring in New York City? Low Cost and Free Tickets : Two Great Resources
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Are You Living, Visiting or Retiring in New York City? Low Cost and Free Tickets : Two Great Resources

You can enjoy discounted and free events in New York City if you join Club Free Time and Goldstar. Club Free Time and Goldstar offer you the opportunity to go to events you might otherwise be able to afford.

I live in New York City, and when I retired from teaching recently I found that I finally had more time to enjoy all the many wonderful free and sometimes-costly events in New York City.  I began to look for free and discounted events and while searching found more than I expected.  I want to share two great resources that have helped me enjoy New York City more at a low cost or free- Club Free Time and Goldstar. 

I first joined Club Free Time for a month for $2.95 rather than commit to their one-year membership for $19.95 because I wasn’t sure that they offered what I’d like or would want to go to, however, I began to attend events both free and at minimal cost, and I soon joined for the year.  Some events are Off Off Broadway.  I’ve attended one Broadway play that was offered when the play first opened, and before it became very popular.  I had a front mezzanine seat Originally priced at $127 and I paid $4.50.  I know that sounds impossible, but that’s Club Free Time.  I’ve gone to events at Lincoln Center for around the same price.

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http://www.clubfreetime.com/free-events-things-to-do-in-new-york-city.asp

Pros:

  • Frequent E mails to alert members of their offerings
  • Easy to use web site with a menu outlining events in museums, fairs/festivals, walk/tours, hikes, talks
  • Details totally free events in the New York City libraries, churches, universities
  • Low annual fee for membership (in addition to weekly, monthly and quarterly membership.)
  • Adventurous and unusual plays and music events Off, Off Broadway and off the beaten path.
  • Most events offered are under $5.00!!
  • Great seats to events

Cons:

  • Events only available for New York City
  • Very few Broadway shows
  • No sports events
  • Relatively small selection
  • Sometimes you have short notice to buy tickets before their allocation runs out.
  • You won’t know in advance where in the theaters your seats are

Goldstar is very similar to Club Free time in many ways except their membership is free.  They have a wider variety of events.  They are more of a discount ticket broker, and unlike Club Free Time, I’ve never been offered a Broadway show for under $5.00 as I was with Club Free Time.  For instance, Goldstar has been offering Spiderman tickets in the Flying Circle for $97.50 total.  On Ticketmaster, tickets for this show in the Flying Circle  are $314 total. 

https://www.goldstar.com/shows/514140/checkout/new

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http://www.goldstar.com/new-york/events

Pros:

  • Free membership
  • Easy to use site
  • Frequent e-mail alerts
  • Offers sports events and boating events
  • In addition to New York, offers events in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orange County, Philadelphia, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Washington, D.C.
  • Broadway and Off Broadway Shows

Cons: 

  • Tickets offered for the same events as Club Free Time are more expensive at GoldStar.
  • You are not told where your seats are.

Both Club Free Time and Goldstar are worth joining.  They both offer great discounts.  It’s a matter of what you want to see, how adventurous you are willing to be to try new venues and how much you want to spend.

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I would add Event Me (http://www.eventme.com) to the list. They don't focus on free or discounted events, but their weekly events calendar (via email) is personalized to your preferences and should offer a more "interesting" selection of events than services where everybody looks at the same long list.

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