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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 20, 2017?

Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away! 27 free events take place on May 20 in New York City.
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Sat, May 20, 2017
27 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on May 20, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
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The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Tours, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
City Walk |
This is a 3-hour tour that begins with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of New York City for over 125 years, with spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tour then moves on to a stroll of Brooklyn Heights, America’s and New York City’s first suburb. The tour then explores the neighborhood DUMBO before ending at the Fulton Ferry landing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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City Walks, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
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Greenwich Village is among Manhattan's most desirable and expensive residential neighborhoods. It's history, however, betrays it's monied status. The Village, with it's quiet, shaded streets, lined with lovely brick and brownstone townhouses, was once the incubating ground of artistic, social and political movements that have helped shape US history. From the Beats to the Folk Movement, from workers rights to gay rights, the Village has often been the center of it all.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Tours, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
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Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Tours, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Harlem Tour
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Join a Manhattan Street Art Tour and experience the Lower East Side - SoHo, NoHo, Nolita and Little Italy. The Lower East Side of Manhattan is a playground for street artists, Soho is known to be one of NYC first permit Joint Live-Work Quarters for artists and the area received landmark designation in 1973. Noho and Nolita’s street art is either hidden in courtyards or on the more prominent street art facades. Learn about the history of the art of many famous and unknown artist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Tours, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Manhattan Street Art Tour
City Walk |
A guided walking tour of the historic and revitalized 34th Street District. Tour-goers will explore the neighborhood's rich history of commerce, transit, and architecture. This 90-minute tour is held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through May 28, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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City Walks, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Tour34: Empire to Penn
Workshop |
Veteran Donald Calliste leads a class to tone and define your core, lower back, and glutes combined with cardio exercises that will maximize your fat-burning potential.This event repeats every Saturday until September 30, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Workshops, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Butt and Gut Workshop
City Walk |
Showcasing Harlem sites associated with the Black Power and Civil Rights movements beginning in the 1960s through present day, this tour is an educational and entertaining field experience to complement our Black Power! exhibition, which explores the Black Power movement.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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City Walks, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Black Power 50 Multimedia Harlem Walking Tour
Workshop |
Join Shape Up NYC for Zumba in the park. Dance in the sun and get fit with friends. Colorful outfits are encouraged!This event repeats every Saturday until Sept. 30, 2017.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshops, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Shape Up NYC Zumba
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OMG NYC (Origami Meetup Group! New York City) is a group for people to come together and share in the beautiful art of Origami - the ancient art of folding various mediums, most commonly paper. The word comes from the combination of the Japanese verb oru (to fold) and the noun kami (paper). Other materials often folded are fabric, wire mesh, sheet metal, tissue, thin plastic, cardboard, and straws.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshops, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Origami Meetup Group
City Walk |
A guided walking tour of the historic and revitalized 34th Street District. Tour-goers will explore the neighborhood's rich history of commerce, transit, and architecture. This 90-minute tour is held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through May 28, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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City Walks, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Tour34: Empire to Penn
Staged Reading |
The Instant Shakespeare Company presents this reading.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Staged Readings, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Play Reading: As You Like It
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You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
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Arguably the world's most valuable, busiest and most crowded pieces of real estate, Midtown Manhattan is what most visitors think of when they think of New York City. Home to some of the city's most iconic architecture, from Gothic to Post-Modern and from Beaux-Arts to Art Deco (lots of Art Deco). it's not difficult to understand why. But just behind the massive facades, lie facinating histories just waiting to be unveiled.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Midtown Manhattan Tour
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New York City is a mecca for graffiti and street art, making it a very attractive playground for artists from around the world. Bushwick, in a working class district on the north side of Brooklyn adjacent to Williamsburg, has been attracting artists for some time now. The neighborhood has a fair collection of art studios and galleries, but it’s Bushwick’s industrial landscape that’s attracting the street artist. If you came looking for 1960′s Greenwich Village, you’ll find something brewing in Bushwick. Tour takes place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour
Workshop |
Speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach, Barbara Phillips, will help participants get greater clarity about what is holding them back from what they want in their lives – and learn simple strategies to move beyond perceived limitations into a life they love living.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Workshops, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Break Free from Limiting Beliefs
Film |
Documentary about pioneering Asian Aviatrix Katherine Sui Fun Cheung, a Chinese immigrant who defied racial and gender bias to become a daredevil stunt pilot during the Golden Age of Aviation in the 1930s. 40 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Documentary: Ed Moy's Aviatrix: The Katherine Sui Fun Cheung Story (2016)
Concert |
“Creativity is the hardest work there is”  — John F. Kennedy Millennium Chamber Symphony celebrates the President John F. Kennedy centennial and pays tribute to the artistic leadership of the Kennedy White House, which encouraged Americans to explore and enjoy music in its many forms on a scale larger than any presidency had done before. In doing so, they hoped to focus national attention on the role of  the arts in America and encourage the development of Washington as a cultural center. Yamaha Piano artist Alex Wu and the Millennium Chamber Symphony perform music by Aaron Copland,  Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington,  Astor Piazolla, and more. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Concerts, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Music for World Peace: Copland, Bernstein, Ellington, Piazolla
Dance Performance |
Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones this performance offers choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development.Performances are followed by discussion and a reception during which artists and audiences share perspectives about the works-in-progress.Tonight: Sam Kim Kirsten Schnittker (pictured)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Dance Works-in-Progress
Festival |
Summer on the Hudson and Kindred Arts create a family-friendly gathering of community, cultures, and music lovers of all ages. Vibe to sounds spun by a collection of North America’s renowned sound architects.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Festivals, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, The Sweet Spot Festival
Classical Music |
Program:Chris Whittaker (1986- ) *World Premiere* TBA Concerto TBA - Featuring the winner of the WHCO Young Artists Competition in partnership with Florian Leonhard Fine ViolinsFelix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 “Italian” Chris Whittaker, Conductor
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Concerts, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra performs works by Mendelssohn and more
Tour |
New York Ghost tours capture the spiritual side of the Big Apple through stories. famed explorers, native tribes, lost opportunities and political intrigue. With almost every step one takes through the West Village, one encounters the ghosts and spirits of New York City’s past. Every corner has its stories, every building has its haunted spirits.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Tours, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Ghosts of Greenwich Village Tour
7:30 pm
Regular: $15
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Concerts, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Afro-Caribbean music
7:30 pm
Regular: $45
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Concerts, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Jazz gala performance
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New York is a skyscraper city and there is no better time to view Manhattan’s icons than after the sun sets and the lights go on. Fueled by competition and a dash of audacity, New York City is still producing one of mankind’s most remarkable skyline. NOTE** THIS TOUR SPENDS MUCH TIME INDOORS OR IN SUBWAYS AND GREAT FOR ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS. Please note they do utilize the subway on this tour so you will need $5 for subway.Takes place Thursdays and Saturdays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Tours, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Midtown Manhattan Night Tour
Concert |
Brotherhood can churn out Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, R.E.M., The Beatles, Hank Williams, Sublime, Bonnie Raitt, old r+b, blues and much more. The 2 guitars, 3 voices, accordion, bass, trumpet and mandolin bring out some vibrant sounds with a great, fun vibe. Add a dash of cool originals, Brotherhood can liven any party/event, and is always happy to accommodate song requests.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 pm
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Concerts, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Brotherhood: New York City-Based, Eclectic Mix of Music and Instruments
9:30 pm
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Concerts, May 20, 2017, 05/20/2017, Brazilian rock music
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Classical Music | One of the most popular choral works of all times

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Play | A play about a human bond

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