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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 12, 2018?

31 free events take place on August 12 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 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 August 12 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 August . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

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Here is what we find especially interesting on the free events scene in the month of June: New York Philharmonics Concerts in the Parks, Metropolitran Opera Recitals, Make Music New York Day which always takes place on June 21st, Washington Square Music festival on Tuesday nights.

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 one is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm.
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31 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on August 12, 2018 are free unless otherwise noted.

Workshop | Tai Chi Workshop


Join Silvana Pizzuti to learn and practice Tai Chi, a slow-moving martial art with health benefits for all fitness levels. Every Sunday from June 3-August 12, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, Tai Chi Workshop

Tour | River Nature Walk


Learn about the park’s wildlife by joining knowledgeable naturalists on guided nature walks along the park’s esplanade. Don’t forget to take photos! Sundays, June 3-September 30, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Tours, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, River Nature Walk

Festival | The 28th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival


On the big stage, a multicultural program with professional musicians, dancers and singers will be entertaining all.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Festivals, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, The 28th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

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, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

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, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, Street Fair

Tour | Flatiron District Walking Tour


A journey through the vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the City’s most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the famous Flatiron Building. Tour guides:  Miriam Berman, historian and the author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks and New York in Words and Images, a book of New York postcards. Fred Cookinham, historian, author of The Age of Rand: Imagining an Objectivist Future World. Mike Kaback, a native New Yorker, has an unquenchable enthusiasm for everything about this city. No advance registration is required. This tour repeats every Sunday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, Flatiron District Walking Tour

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, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, Historic Greenwich Village Tour: Beats, Bohemians, and Icons from the 1950's to Today

Workshop | Big City Fishing


Adults and kids ages 5 and up learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about river science topics. Sundays, July 1-August 26, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Big City Fishing


Adults and kids ages 5 and up learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about river science topics. Sundays, July 1-September 30, 2018 (excluding Sep. 23).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Yoga in the Garden


Yoga in the garden is back. YMCA instructor Huma Masood will be leading flowing sequences of yoga poses linked together with an emphasis on breathing technique. Be sure to bring your own mat!  Sundays, July 15-August 26, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, Yoga in the Garden

Hike | Nature Exploration Hike


Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and a fun way to reduce stress. Regardless of the intensity level, it is a great way to burn calories and stay fit. Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems. On this nature hike, you can take an hour to unplug from the world and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature. Wear comfortable shoes or boots, and pack water and a light snack.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Hikes, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, Nature Exploration Hike

Workshop | Yoga Downtown


Yoga is back as a summer offering twice a week. Open for all ages. Bring your own mat or borrow one while supplies last, first come first served.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 am
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Workshops, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, Yoga Downtown

Festival | The Hot Dog Bus hands out free hot dogs


Artist Erwin Wurm has transformed a vintage Volkswagen Microbus into an overstuffed food truck serving free dogs! It's an absurd, yet approachable art experience that will encourage visitors to rethink the fundamental definitions of sculpture. Wurm's choice of the hot dog hints at the gastronomic connections between the City’s most iconic street food and his Austrian homeland, while he considers the act of eating to be an additive sculptural process in its own right.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, The Hot Dog Bus hands out free hot dogs

Concert | An Internationally Respected Master of the Blues


Born into and raised by a sharecropping family in rural Georgia, vocalist and multi- instrumentalist Bill Sims Jr. is an internationally respected master of the blues. He began playing piano at age four and by fourteen he was playing professionally in a rhythm and blues group. Sims currently lives in NYC where he mentors a new generation of blues and roots musicians.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, An Internationally Respected Master of the Blues

Workshop | Community Rowing


No experience is necessary though rowing does require some physical dexterity. Community Rowing events are free sessions that include a basic introduction to rowing for first timers (safety orientation, rowing technique, and terminology) and of course plenty of actual rowing on the Hudson River. The rows take place in five-person wooden rowboats built on site. The rows last, depending on river conditions and crew experience, between one and three hours. Please arrive on-time as the crews will be assigned before 1PM. Bring extra water, a hat, and sunscreen as you will be rowing outdoors in the hot sun. Rowing is weather dependent and will be canceled for high winds, rain, or thunderstorms. All participants must sign a waiver and be able to climb a ladder. Every Sunday from June 10-October 21, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, Community Rowing

Dance Lesson | West African Dance Class


Come alone, with a friend, or with the whole family and take a West African Dance Class led by world-renowned master drummer Yahyah Kamate. Yahyah began his training in his native Cote D'Ivoire and has choreographed and danced for such renowned companies as Fotemoban Dance Company, Djensia Group, Camodgen of N’guatta Dolikro Dance Company of Cote d’Ivoire, and Affoubenou Sakassou Dance Company of Senegal. For the past 15 years, he has worked as lead dancer and choreographer for several companies in the United States, including Kulu Mele Dance Company and The Seventh Principle. Sundays, June 24-October 14, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, West African Dance Class

Dancing | Sundae Sermon: Harlem's Dance Party Turns 10


Sundae Sermon 10 Year Anniversary - 2018 marks the 10th year of Sundae Sermon directed by DJ Stormin’ Norman (aka Norman McHugh) a celebration of community, dance and music appreciation of Disco, Funk, Soul, Old School Hip Hop, Reggae, Soulful Deep and Afro House. The all-ages, five-hour dance-a-thon will encompass live DJ sets by Stormin’ Norman with special guests DJ Cosi (the FREEDOM party,) DJ Sabine and special guests Courtney Roze on djembe drum.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Dancings, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, Sundae Sermon: Harlem's Dance Party Turns 10

Tour | Southern Park Welcome Tour


An introduction to some of the southern Park highlights, including Grand Army Plaza, the Pond, Gapstow Bridge, Wollman Rink, Chess and Checkers House, and the Dairy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, Southern Park Welcome Tour

City Walk | Pushcarts, Pickles, and Million Dollar Pastrami: The Jewish Lower East Side Tour


The Lower East Side was once the most densely populated neighborhood on the planet. This 10 stop walking tour, will visit some major historical sites of the Jewish Lower East Side, from the late 1800's all the way up until present day. Weaving stories of triumph, heartbreak, and humor together, this tour is at once informative, entertaining, and may put you in the mood for a knish or four.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
City Walks, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, Pushcarts, Pickles, and Million Dollar Pastrami: The Jewish Lower East Side Tour

Concert | Powerhouse Gospel Voices


The Anthony Morgan Gospel Ensemble features what many call the most beautiful voices in New York. A multi-talented artist in his own right, Anthony Morgan and his ensemble are known for their versatile sound ranging from gospel, jazz and pop, to R&B. These unique and highly sought after powerhouse voices bring their love of God, music, and gift of song that transcends and transforms the human spirit.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Musical | Shame or the Doomsday Machine: An Operetta for the Street -- Outdoors


Book, lyrics and direction by Crystal Field. Music composed and arranged by Joseph Vernon Banks.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Musicals, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, Shame or the Doomsday Machine: An Operetta for the Street -- Outdoors

Concert | Jerry Rivera: Grammy Award-Winning Salsa Artist, of the best-selling salseros of all time


Jerry Rivera isn’t just a Grammy Award-winning salsa artist. He’s a multi-platinum force of nature who has become one of the best-selling salseros of all time. On this mighty bill, he’s joined by the endlessly talented poet, musician, and actor La Bruja, and the famed percussionist Chembo Corniel performing in celebration of Latino USA’s 25th anniversary. This event will feature a pre-show performance of The Big Good Wolf from the CityParks PuppetMobile at 4pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, Jerry Rivera: Grammy Award-Winning Salsa Artist, of the best-selling salseros of all time

Film | Three on a Match (1932): pre-Code crime drama


Although Vivian Revere is seemingly the most successful of a trio of reunited schoolmates, she throws it away by descending into a life of debauchery and drugs. Director: Mervyn LeRoy. Starring Joan Blondell, Bette Davis, Ann Dvorak. 63 mins.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, Three on a Match (1932): pre-Code crime drama

Party | Psychic Sundays


Psychic Sundays are inclusive, relaxed afternoons of interdisciplinary readings and cosmic insights by mediums, readers and psychics from NYC’s new generation of personal guides. The future is out there. Peel the orange and see what’s inside. Each Sunday, guests are welcome to meet guest readers on a first come, first serve basis.  If mediums are all with guests, you'll be able to add your name to a waiting list and, they predict they'll be with you shortly.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Partys, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, Psychic Sundays

Play | All's Well That Ends Well: Outdoor Shakespeare


Hip to Hip Theatre Company performs Shakespeare's sparkling comedy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, All's Well That Ends Well: Outdoor Shakespeare

Jazz | Jazz in the Park with an Award-Winning Trumpeter


Come listen to jazz under the trees and watch the sun set behind the clouds with Alex Nguyen & Friends. Since arriving in NYC, trumpeter Alex Nguyen has been establishing himself for his distinctive lyrical and melodic style. The Savannah, Georgia native has garnered praise for his independent projects, including the Jazz Conceptions Orchestra, for which he arranges much of the material. Alex has appeared with such groups as the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band, the Curtis Fuller Quintet, and Celebration of Lionel Hampton; and one of his compositions “The First Year” was featured on NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron’s album The Traveler. Alex is winner of the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, Jazz in the Park with an Award-Winning Trumpeter

Play | Hamlet: Shakespeare Outdoors


Shakespeare's troubled prince in an outdoor production. Directed by George K. Wells Thursdays-Sundays; August 2-26, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | Music + Revolution: Greenwich Village in the 1960s - with José Feliciano, Maria Muldaur, Marshall Crenshaw, Melanie, and More


From the beatnik riots to the summer of love, NYC’s Greenwich Village was the epicenter of a revolutionary movement in the history of American music. A new wave of writers and performers, inspired by the folk revival of the late fifties, created introspective, socially-aware, deeply personal songs that deserve to be considered as a key part of the American Songbook alongside the pop songs being written uptown. These writers – Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin, Janis Ian, Fred Neil and Phil Ochs, to name just a few – changed the “folk” repertoire from traditional songs to songs sprung from personal, contemporary experience, as well as from the headlines. This freewheeling concert, hosted by Richard Barone, who pays tribute to that exciting era on his recent album Sorrows and Promises, celebrates the lasting legacy of that pivotal decade along with an eclectic roster of artists from then and now performing songs that still resonate today. FEATURED PERFORMERS: Richard Barone (host/MC) Jesse Colin Young (of The Youngbloods) Melanie José Feliciano Maria Muldaur Jenni Muldaur Marshall Crenshaw Jeffrey Gaines Nellie McKay David Amram Happy Traum The Kennedys Tammy Faye Starlite Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone editor) Cindy Lee Berryhill Steve Addabbo Joe McGinty Jeordie More to be announced…
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, Music + Revolution: Greenwich Village in the 1960s - with José Feliciano, Maria Muldaur, Marshall Crenshaw, Melanie, and More

Concert | Country Music in the City


With her infectious blend of Nashville country, Memphis soul, and Texas twang, Margo Price is "one of the most compelling country talents to come out of Nashville in recent memory” (Vulture). She brings unflinching honesty and vivid songcraft to nuanced portraits of men and women just trying to get by, evoking everyone from Waylon and Willie to Loretta and Dolly along the way. Price splits the night with singer-songwriter Lukas Nelson (Willie’s son) and his band. On tour with Neil Young in recent years, they’ve built a devoted following for their distinctive brand of cosmic country soul.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, Country Music in the City

Film | Edge of Seventeen (1998): Gay Teenager Copes


A teenager copes with his sexuality on the last day of school in 1984. It shows him coping with being gay and being with friends. Director: David Moreton Stars: Chris Stafford, Tina Holmes, Andersen Gabrych 109 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, Edge of Seventeen (1998): Gay Teenager Copes

Musical | Twelfth Night: A Musical Re-Imagining of Shakespeare


Professional artists and two rotating ensembles of community members from all five boroughs will perform together on the Delacorte stage in this enchanting comedy about Viola (Nikki M. James), a young heroine who washes up on the shores of Illyria, disguises herself as a man, is sent to court a countess, and falls in love with a Duke. Featuring music and lyrics by critically-acclaimed songwriter Shaina Taub, this very special Twelfth Night is a unique partnership between two Public Theater programs that exemplify The Public’s commitment to radical inclusion. Oskar Eustis, The Public’s Artistic Director, and Kwame Kwei-Armah, incoming Artistic Director of London’s Young Vic, helm this unforgettable musical about love in all its many disguises.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Musicals, August 12, 2018, 08/12/2018, Twelfth Night: A Musical Re-Imagining of Shakespeare
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