It can be pretty expensive living in a major city--you can't seem to leave the house without money haemorrhaging from your pockets. Big cities, however, also tend to throw on a few night events that you can attend without necessarily draining the bank account.
What's the best way to enjoy a night out without spending money?
I like the domain concerts and Village bizarre - bring your own picnic for the domain and it's totally free, or eat before you go and you don't need to spend a cent at Village Bizarre. Free theatre and quirky fun.
Nighttime walks might not be the most exciting night out, but it's a great way to beat the heat and you'll be surprised how soothing and enjoyable they can be. My wife and I used to live in Edmonton, a city of more than a million people. Each night we used to drive to an older neighborhood called Glenora to go for a walk. Once 11pm or midnight hit, Glenora would be a ghost town, not a soul in sight. Because it is an older neighborhood, there are lots of mature trees and beautifully unique homes. It was the one thing I really appreciated about the city. I'm sure every city has a peaceful place like this, and they are very much worth exploring.
Eat first at home. Go with friends. Stroll the streets . There are places you can hang out for free. Sometimes there is a show in the park. Also check the local paper to see what events you can attend for free.
Sample ice cream for free.