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Top Free Activities and Entertainment in New York City, NYC

All events, things to do are free unless otherwise noted. Check out our hand picked list of top free things to do in NYC today, May 30, 2016, this weekend and in the coming weeks.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Tour |
Don't have enough time to take all of the tours? Prefer to experience Manhattan with a smaller group, but a private booking is out of reach? Then consider our All-in-One New York Tour. This tour utilizes your feet and the New York City Subway to transport you from Lower Manhattan, the birthplace of New York, through Wall St and the Financial District, the World Trade Center, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, Chelsea Market and the Highline Park. Tour takes place Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, May 30
10:00 am

to 4:00 pm

Free

Tours, May 30, 2016, 05/30/2016, New York One-Day Tour
Other |
Now in its 84th year, the Outdoor Art Exhibit will hold its annual spring show. The show features exciting new and veteran exhibitors in all categories of fine arts and fine crafts, both traditional and contemporary. Oils and watercolors, pastels and acrylics, graphics, photography and sculpture make up the fine arts group. The crafts include such specialties as jewelry, ceramics, wood, fiber and. mixed media. Each exhibit consists of an individual artist or artisan showing their own original work.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, May 30
12:00 pm

to 6:00 pm

Free

Others, May 30, 2016, 05/30/2016, Outdoor Art Exhibit - Spring Show 2016
Park Walk |
The area around the High Line Park was a vital business district of New York City, supplying fresh fruits, French Cheeses and Russian caviar as well as fresh meats to City markets. The hustle and bustle of the streets induced the City to elevate the railroad trains delivering goods to the commercial buildings. When interstate truck traffic made the railway outdated, it fell into ruin, only to be regenerated as a park. Join the High Line Tours and discover New York’s most exciting new park and learn about the history of the Meatpacking District as well as Chelsea and it’s wonderful market. They’ll show you the unique architecture and cutting edge art that is a part of and surrounds the High Line, but you really should come for the awesome views. Tour takes place Mondays.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, May 30
6:00 pm

Free

Park Walks, May 30, 2016, 05/30/2016, The High Line Tour
Classical Music Concert |
Program: Brahms Symphony No. 2 Music Director Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic in a Tribute to Kurt Masur, taking place at the 25th Annual Free Memorial Day Concert, a tradition inaugurated in 1992 by the late Music Director Emeritus Kurt Masur (1927–2015) as a gift to the people of New York City. The concert will feature a performance as well as addresses from Music Director Alan Gilbert; trumpet player and Jazz at Lincoln Center artistic and managing director Wynton Marsalis, who will also perform; and baritone Thomas Hampson, who will also perform.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, May 30
8:00 pm

Free

Concerts, May 30, 2016, 05/30/2016, The New York Philharmonic's 25th Annual Memorial Day Concert

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Book Reading |
From the author of Fresh Off the Boat, now a hit ABC sitcom, comes a hilarious and fiercely original story of culture, family, love, and red-cooked pork.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, May 31
7:00 pm

Free

Book Readings, May 31, 2016, 05/31/2016, Eddie Huang reads from his book Double Cup Love: On the Trail of Family, Food, and Broken Hearts in China

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Concert |
The concert is at the coolest classical music concerts location in New York City. Program and musicians TBA.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jun 4
4:00 pm

Free

Concerts, June 04, 2016, 06/04/2016, Concert on Water: Classical Music

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Dance Lesson |
New to Argentine tango? They'll get you dancing in no time! You are not expected to know anything about tango or about partner dancing, and you don't need to bring a partner. You will learn: Basic walking, basic lead and follow, fundamental tools for navigating around the dance floor and how to lead and follow the cross.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jun 5
4:30 pm

Free

Dance Lessons, June 05, 2016, 06/05/2016, Beginner's Tango Lesson

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Concert |
Program: Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for two trumpets in C major, RV 537 Carl Nielsen: “Oriental Festival March” from Aladdin Suite Johannes Brahms: Double Concerto in A minor, op. 102    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Jun 7
8:00 pm

Free

Concerts, June 07, 2016, 06/07/2016, The Festival Orchestra performs works by Vivaldi, Brahms, Nielsen

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Classical Music Concert |
The concert is at the coolest classical music concerts location in New York City. Program and musicians TBA.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jun 11
4:00 pm

Free

Concerts, June 11, 2016, 06/11/2016, Concert on Water: Classical Music

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Classical Music Concert |
Program: Mozart Clarinet Concerto, with Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill R. Strauss Ein Heldenleben, featuring Concertmaster Frank Huang Rossini La gazza ladra Overture The New York Philharmonic’s free parks concerts have become an iconic New York summer experience since they began in 1965, transforming parks throughout the New York area into a patchwork of picnickers, and providing music lovers with an opportunity to hear the best classical music under the stars. More than 14 million listeners have been delighted by the performances since their inception.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jun 15
8:00 pm

Free

Concerts, June 15, 2016, 06/15/2016, New York Philharmonic performs Mozart, Strauss, Rossini

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Dance Lesson |
The event will include: · Introductory, beginner, and advanced tango classes · Tango music and multimedia · Special performances by students and teachers · A Q+A with staff and students · Discount class and event packages · Tango games and gifts Light refreshments will be served.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Jun 16
7:15 pm

Free

Dance Lessons, June 16, 2016, 06/16/2016, Tango Open House
Classical Music Concert |
Program: Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde Beethoven Symphony No. 3, Eroica Beethoven Fidelio Overture The New York Philharmonic’s free parks concerts have become an iconic New York summer experience since they began in 1965, transforming parks throughout the New York area into a patchwork of picnickers, and providing music lovers with an opportunity to hear the best classical music under the stars. More than 14 million listeners have been delighted by the performances since their inception.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Jun 16
8:00 pm

Free

Concerts, June 16, 2016, 06/16/2016, New York Philharmonic performs Wagner and Beethoven

Friday, June 17, 2016

Classical Music Concert |
Program: Mozart Clarinet Concerto, with Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill Beethoven Symphony No. 3, Eroica Beethoven Fidelio Overture The New York Philharmonic’s free parks concerts have become an iconic New York summer experience since they began in 1965, transforming parks throughout the New York area into a patchwork of picnickers, and providing music lovers with an opportunity to hear the best classical music under the stars. More than 14 million listeners have been delighted by the performances since their inception.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Jun 17
8:00 pm

Free

Concerts, June 17, 2016, 06/17/2016, New York Philharmonic performs Mozart and Beethoven

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Parade |
The Mermaid Parade features marching bands, drill teams, floats, antique cars and some 1,500 participants dressed in hand-made costume of mermaids, sea creatures, amusement rides and Neptunes. It is the largest art parade in the nation and the largest event of the year in Coney Island. According to tradition, King Neptune and Queen Mermaid will be wheeled in the parade in antique wicker Boardwalk Rolling Chairs that date back to 1923.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jun 18
1:00 pm

Free

Parades, June 18, 2016, 06/18/2016, 34th Annual Mermaid Parade
Classical Music Concert |
The concert is at the coolest classical music concerts location in New York City. Program and musicians TBA.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jun 18
4:00 pm

Free

Concerts, June 18, 2016, 06/18/2016, Concert on Water: Classical Music

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Film |
Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult. A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in post-apocalyptic Australia and searches for her homeland with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max. 120 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jul 6
8:30 pm

Free

Films, July 06, 2016, 07/06/2016, George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road (2015): Winner of 6 Oscars

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Theater |
Tony-winning director Daniel Sullivan returns with one of the Bard’s most rarely produced plays, Troilus and Cressida. Both warriors and lovers play hard to get in this surprisingly modern epic about the hot blood, hot thoughts and hot deeds of the ancient Greeks. In the 7th year of the Trojan War, Troilus, a young prince, pines for the affections of Cressida, a bright young woman who knows how to play it cool. Meanwhile, the heroes of the Iliad – Ajax, Ulysses, Achilles and the kings they serve - debate whether to return the dangerously beautiful captive Helen or continue to fight without end. Nations and lovers alike do battle in this funny, piercing drama about romance and revenge in a world at war.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Jul 19
8:00 pm

Free

Theaters, July 19, 2016, 07/19/2016, Shakespeare in the Park: Troilus and Cressida
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Cabaret | A tribute to French singers

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Jazz | standards and originals

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Musical | musical that will bring you back in time

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