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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on April 20, 2019?

30 free events take place on Saturday, April 20 in New York City. 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 today, tonight, tomorrow and 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!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out April 20 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of April . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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Sat, April 20, 2019
30 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on Saturday, April 20, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Union Square, Broadway, and SoHo Historic Walking Tour
free events nyc Against Wind and Tide: A Cuban Odyssey (1981): Oscar Nominated Documentary On Cuban Refugees
free events nyc Green Book (2018): Three Time Oscar Winning Biographical Drama
free events nyc New Voices of Drama Festival: Pony Up / Plain Brown Box
free events nyc Mendelssohn, with Words and Without
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Tour | 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

Hike | Nature Photography Hike


Bring your camera and join photographer Michael Palma as you capture the sunset at the park! The park's pristine view of the Palisades and Hudson River makes the park the perfect setting for outdoor photography. Palma will discuss nature photography strategies for dealing with difficult lighting situations, lens and zoom choice for perspective control, and composition, using the New York City scenic landmark and its many vistas. Participants must bring their own camera.  Tripods are optional but would be helpful.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Hikes, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, Nature Photography Hike

Park Walk | Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers


Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky. Guided 75-minute walking tours led by knowledgeable volunteer guides will offer you an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape. Every Saturday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers

Birdwatching | Spring Bird Walk


Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.  To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring field guides and binoculars or ask an Urban Park Ranger to borrow a pair.    
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, Spring Bird Walk

Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, Street Fair

City Walk | Saunter Stretch Walk


Start tuning up for the epic 32-mile walk, The Great Saunter. Walk the second part of the route, about 11 miles, 4 hours. Pack a lunch and water.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, Saunter Stretch Walk

Festival | 15th Annual Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival


This event features live drum performances (Taiko), a traditional Japanese chorus, a Japanese folk dance, and a tea ceremony.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, 15th Annual Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival

Festival | Earth Day Celebration


The first event of the season to celebrate the resilience of our planet and learn about ways to live more sustainably! There will be a variety of engaging activities for youth and adults of all ages. There will be: pizza-making with a solar-powered oven, recycled container planting, natural tie-dyeing, and much more. Stop by for green tips and tricks to implement more eco-friendly habits, and pick up some local produce as well!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, Earth Day Celebration

Concert | Spanish Guitar


Enjoy some tunes played on a Spanish guitar by a trained musician.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, Spanish Guitar

City Walk | Union Square, Broadway, and SoHo Historic Walking Tour


Learn about the making of New York City's most notable and celebrated public squares. Then, take a stroll down New York's most famous street--learn about its origins as a Lenape trail, and how it eventually became the main artery of the most populous city in the United States. Finally, we walk through scenic SoHo, exploring both the neighborhood's recent history as well as some sordid tales from centuries past.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
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City Walks, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, Union Square, Broadway, and SoHo Historic Walking Tour

Film | Against Wind and Tide: A Cuban Odyssey (1981): Oscar Nominated Documentary On Cuban Refugees


The film chronicles the Mariel boatlift in 1980 and follows a year in the life of Cuban refugees. 60 min. Director: Jim Burroughs. Starring Jim Burroughs. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Films, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, Against Wind and Tide: A Cuban Odyssey (1981): Oscar Nominated Documentary On Cuban Refugees

Workshop | Art Workshop For Women: Origami Collage


Explore your creative side with these art workshop led by teaching artists from the Association of Women Artists. Origami is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. In modern usage, the word "origami" is used as an inclusive term for all folding practices, regardless of their culture of origin.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, Art Workshop For Women: Origami Collage

Film | First Man (2018): Story Of The First Person To Walk On The Moon Starring Ryan Gosling


A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969. 141 min. Director: Damien Chazelle. Starring Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke. First Man received four Academy Award nominations for Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Production Design, and Best Visual Effects at the 91st Academy Awards. It is based on the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen. First Man grossed $44.9 million in the United States and Canada, and $55.6 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $100.5 million, against a production budget of $59 million.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, First Man (2018): Story Of The First Person To Walk On The Moon Starring Ryan Gosling

Film | Green Book (2018): Three Time Oscar Winning Biographical Drama


A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. 130 min. Director: Peter Farrelly. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini.  Green Book won the National Board of Review award for the best film of 2018, and was also chosen as one of the top 10 films of the year by the American Film Institute. The film received numerous accolades and nominations, and at the 91st Academy Awards won Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, Green Book (2018): Three Time Oscar Winning Biographical Drama

Film | Green Book (2018): Three Time Oscar Winning Biographical Drama


A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. 130 min. Director: Peter Farrelly. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini. Green Book won the National Board of Review award for the best film of 2018, and was also chosen as one of the top 10 films of the year by the American Film Institute. The film received numerous accolades and nominations, and at the 91st Academy Awards won Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Films, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, Green Book (2018): Three Time Oscar Winning Biographical Drama

Film | The Good Lie (2014): Sudanese Refugees In Kansas City


A group of Sudanese refugees, given the chance to resettle in the U.S., arrive in Kansas City, Missouri, where their encounter with an employment agency counselor forever changes all of their lives. 110 min. Director: Philippe Falardeau. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, The Good Lie (2014): Sudanese Refugees In Kansas City

Film | Vertigo (1958): Two Time Oscar Nominated Psychological Thriller By Alfred Hitchcock


A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman. 128 min. Director: Alfred Hitchcock. Starring James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes. Vertigo has two Academy Award nominations for Best Art Dircetion and Best Sound. The movie replaced Citizen Kane (1941) as the greatest film ever made, in the 2012 British Film Institute's Sight & Sound critics' poll. It has appeared repeatedly in polls of the best films by the American Film Institute, including a 2007 ranking as the ninth-greatest American movie of all time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, Vertigo (1958): Two Time Oscar Nominated Psychological Thriller By Alfred Hitchcock

City Walk | Historic Greenwich Village Tour: Beats, Bohemians, and Icons from the 1950's to Today


Bob Dylan, Richard Pryor, Edgar Allen Poe, Jane Jacobs, James Baldwin, Jack Kerouac, Dave Attell, Patti Smith, Joan Baez, and Truman Capote are just a few of the thousands of accomplished artists, writers, radicals, and performers who made their way through Greenwich Village. This tour, primarily focusing on the 1950s onward, visits the hangouts that have defined legendary people and the spirit of this iconic neighborhood.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, Historic Greenwich Village Tour: Beats, Bohemians, and Icons from the 1950's to Today

Workshop | How to Start a Business


The Small Business Administration (SBA) has helped thousands of startups get off the ground and grow with advice and with the necessary information and resources they need.  In this program, Man-Li Lin, an Economic Development Specialist with the SBA, will present how to start your own business and explain the resources that the SBA can provide to assist you.  In this workshop you will learn: Ten Steps to Start Your Business Business Structure Regulations and Tax Employers’ Responsibility Franchise and Home-based Business SBA’s Guaranty loans, Business Education SBA’s Government Contracting Assistance Grants for R&A
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, How to Start a Business

Classical Music | Nordic Reflections


The Geller-Anderson Violin-Piano Duo returns with Mozart’s A-Major Sonata, Romance in D by Szymanowski, Grieg’s Sonata No. 2 in G Major, Schumann’s great Violin Sonata in a minor, and Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, Nordic Reflections

Screening | Queer Black Films: Looking for Langston and Two Films by Hayat Hyatt


An intergenerational pairing of film and video works explores black queer inheritance and desire through Isaac Julien’s Looking for Langston and two films by Hayat Hyatt. Isaac Julien’s Looking for Langston (1989) is a lyrical meditation on Langston Hughes and other black queer figures from the Harlem Renaissance. Filmmaker Hayat Hyatt will also present two of his films: Villanelle (2015), which blends documentary, poetry, and found footage to delve into the history of the AIDS crisis and its impact on black gay men living in New York City; and Structures of Feeling: Other Countries (2019). Hyatt, a video artist, filmmaker, and writer who was born in Detroit, Michigan and is now based in New York City, will join the screening.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, Queer Black Films: Looking for Langston and Two Films by Hayat Hyatt

Workshop | Writing workshop


Looking for a space to share your writing and receive feedback from other writers? Then this new writing workshop which is open to writers of all levels waits for you! And for those who are shy, each person's work will be shared in an anonymous manner. Participants can bring any work that they'd like to share. All forms of writing are accepted (i.e. screenplay, nonfiction, poetry, fiction, etc) and at all stages (first draft, final draft, anything in between). All work will be collected at the beginning of the session and then redistributed anonymously, to be read aloud and discussed amongst the group. Depending on the size of the group, how much work each person can share will be decided (to begin, it is suggested to bring no more than 500 words).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, Writing workshop

Play | New Voices of Drama Festival: Pony Up / Plain Brown Box


The second pair of plays in the School of Drama's New Voices Festival will be Pony Up, written by Mallory Weiss and directed by Andrés López-Alicea; and Plain Brown Box, written by Conlan Carter and directed by Sarah Young
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:30 pm
Free
Plays, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, New Voices of Drama Festival: Pony Up / Plain Brown Box

Classical Music | Afternoon Organ Meditations


Diverse programs of music celebrating the great repertoire of the organ. Takes place every Saturday and Sunday from September 9, 2018 to May 26, 2019.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, Afternoon Organ Meditations

Classical Music | Concert At The Coolest Classical Music Concerts Location In NYC


Classical music on a boat with an intimate and romantic setting and beautiful view of New York City. Followed by a Q & A session with the musicians. Program and musicians TBA. Doors open at 3:45 pm.
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, Concert At The Coolest Classical Music Concerts Location In NYC

Staged Reading | Short Plays To Nourish The Mind And Soul


Spoken Word in Real Life Written by Johndca Spencer Directed by Cesi Davidson.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, Short Plays To Nourish The Mind And Soul

Author Reading | New York's Legal Landmarks: A Guide to Legal Edifices, Institutions, Lore, History, and Curiosities on the City’s Streets


New York’s Legal Landmarks takes you on a tour of Gotham through the eyes of a history-loving New York City lawyer. You’ll visit courthouses past and present that were sites of sensational trials (both actual and in film), locations that figured in the nation’s constitutional history, law firms where great Americans practiced law and the homes, schools and final resting places of Supreme Court Justices. Whether you want to stroll down the Lower East Side’s Attorney Street or re-open the cold case of Judge Crater’s disappearance, New York’s Legal Landmarks is the guidebook for you. With Robert Pigott.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, New York's Legal Landmarks: A Guide to Legal Edifices, Institutions, Lore, History, and Curiosities on the City&rsquo;s Streets

Author Reading | Extratransmission: A Poetic Critique of Nationalism, Patriarchy and Gender


A poetic critique of nationalism, patriarchy and gender embedded in an explosive and unapologetic trauma narrative. It begins with an exhaustive loud, and unapologetic section on killing bros, the perpetrators of patriarchy before entering a narrative of how traumatic brain injury occurs to bodies in modern warfare. The text labors over how memory constructs our identity, our constant experience and how that can be destroyed in one of many empty military moments. With author Andrea Abi-Karam.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, Extratransmission: A Poetic Critique of Nationalism, Patriarchy and Gender

Classical Music | Mendelssohn, with Words and Without


The New York Classical Players present Korean virtuoso pianist Hie-Yon Choi in concert. This is a recital brimming with Mendelssohn’s most exuberant piano compositions, including the beloved Songs Without Words Op. 19, plus the adventurous “Scottish Sonata,” along with other exhilarating show pieces.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, Mendelssohn, with Words and Without

Dance Performance | Visual Artist And Musician


Performance by Bonaventure and Hannah Black Hannah Black is a conceptual visual artist and writer. Her work spans video, text and performance and draws on communist, feminist, and afropessimist theory, autobiographical fragments, and pop music Hannah Black’s video installation, Beginning, End, None, takes the cell, the building block of all living organisms, as its starting point. Questioning the classic analogy of the cell as “factory,” Black explores the ideological aura of this comparison, which implicitly naturalizes the factory and commodifies the cell. Using found, personal, and laboratory footage, Black explores the leakiness of metaphoric and real transmissions between concepts of biology and society. Swedish-Congolese musician Bonaventure (Soraya Lutangu) makes abrasive, experimental dance music that confronts institutional racism and oppression. She uses music as an identity research tool along with practical and speculative initiatives to connect her African and European roots and investigate human boundaries.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, April 20, 2019, 04/20/2019, Visual Artist And Musician
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