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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 17, 2018?

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! 36 free events take place on August 17 in New York City.

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out August 17 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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36 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on August 17, 2018 are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many
free events nyc Oscar Winning The Young Victoria (2009): Royal Romance
free events nyc Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz
free events nyc A Wrinkle in Time (2018) with Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling
free events nyc Mix of Jazz, Latin, World Beat and more
free events nyc Perfectly Victorian: A Patient's Desire
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Concert | Cole Swindell: Country Vocalist and Songwriter


Georgia-born Cole Swindell has had a string of country hits, from "Chillin' It" to "Flatliner." His third labim, All of It, has just been released.  Attendees are advised to arrive early.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Cole Swindell: Country Vocalist and Songwriter

Workshop | Introduction to Meditation


Known benefits of a regular meditation practice include stress reduction, improved concentration, increased self-awareness and sense of happiness, improved cardiovascular and immune health, and more. This class is designed to introduce brand new beginners to the practice of mediation. Please bring a mat or blanket to sit on.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Introduction to Meditation

Workshop | Tai Chi Outdoors


Improve balance, strength and focus through gentle exercises. The sights and sounds of the river provide a serene background for the ancient flowing postures. Tai Chi results in strength and focus of body and mind. An ideal choice for participants of all ages. Instructor: Alex Hing
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Tai Chi Outdoors

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
10:00 am
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Tours, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

Lecture | Writing Your Family History


Learn the different types of family history writing styles and explore the writing manuals that will match your writing style. Explore the history of the places where your family lived, learn tips for creating a cohesive narrative, and why writing a family history is the ultimate goal of genealogy research.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Writing Your Family History

Workshop | Jewelry Making Class for Beginners


A step by step guide on how to make bracelets and necklaces with beads. All materials and tools are provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Jewelry Making Class for Beginners

Tour | Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour


Discover architecture and social history of Grand Central neighborhood; learn secrets of Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal; gaze upon hubcaps and roadsters on side of Chrysler Building; discover favorite Midtown Manhattan hangout of Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva; learn why Pershing Square isn’t really square; visit original Lincoln Memorial by Daniel Chester French. Award-winning tour led by urban historians Peter Laskowich and Madeleine Levi. This tour takes place every Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour

Jazz | Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz


Summertime, and the livin’ is easy... so swing on by for toe-tappin’ performances by New York’s finest, playing ragtime, stride, and jazz to your heart’s delight. Victor Lin is a Kenny Barron-trained Columbia University instructor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
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Concerts, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz

Film | Oscar Winning The Young Victoria (2009): Royal Romance


On the eve of her 18th birthday and succession to the British throne. Young Victoria is caught between political factions while falling in love with Prince Albert. A dramatization of Queen Victoria’s early reign. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee. Starring Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany.                                                                             105 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
Free
Films, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Oscar Winning The Young Victoria (2009): Royal Romance

Tour | Federal Reserve Bank Tour


Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international monetary gold on bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Learn why Federal Reserve has "Federal" in its name, while it's a private bank, not Federal at all. Tour times: 1:00pm, 2:00pm. This tour takes place Mondays through Fridays, except bank holidays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

Film | I Can Only Imagine (2018): It’s the song that brings ultimate hope to so many


The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe's beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness. Directors: Andrew Erwin. Stars: J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Dennis Quaid. 110 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, I Can Only Imagine (2018): It’s the song that brings ultimate hope to so many

Staged Reading | Perfectly Victorian: A Patient's Desire


A wife of an acclaimed Victorian psychiatrist befriends her husband’s newest patient and helps him live life as the woman he was destined to be.  By Bryan Adam & Matt Kelly.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:30 pm
Free
Staged Readings, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Perfectly Victorian: A Patient's Desire

Park Walk | Heart of the Park Tour


Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and ar chitectural elements the Park has to offer. Visit some of the Park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, The Lake, and Strawberry Fields.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Heart of the Park Tour

Workshop | Art Class: Infinity Card Workshop


Art Express is a monthly art program that offers a fun and collaborative environment for creative expression. Engage in thoughtful conversation and learn a variety of art making techniques. Supplies are provided. Open to adults 18 and over.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Art Class: Infinity Card Workshop

Film | Oscar Nominee Lost in America (1985): Couple on the Road


A husband and wife in their 30s decide to quit their jobs, live as free spirits and cruise America in a Winnebago. Director: Albert Brooks. Stars: Albert Brooks, Julie Hagerty, Sylvia Farrel. 91 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Oscar Nominee Lost in America (1985): Couple on the Road

Film | Hopscotch (1980): Golden Globe nominated comedy-drama


Walter Mathieu is a retired FBI agent who gets his revenge on the agency with Glenda Jackson. Directed by Ronald Neame Color.  97 mins
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Hopscotch  (1980): Golden Globe nominated comedy-drama

Film | The Nice Guys (2017): neo-noir action comedy with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling


In 1970s Los Angeles, down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March and hired enforcer Jackson Healy must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power. Director: Shane Black. 116 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, The Nice Guys (2017): neo-noir action comedy with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling

Book Club | Eldridge Cleaver's Soul on Ice


The now-classic memoir that shocked, outraged, and ultimately changed the way America looked at the civil rights movement and the black experience. By turns shocking and lyrical, unblinking and raw, the searingly honest memoirs of Eldridge Cleaver are a testament to his unique place in American history. Cleaver writes in Soul on Ice, "I'm perfectly aware that I'm in prison, that I'm a Negro, that I've been a rapist, and that I have a Higher Uneducation." What Cleaver shows the readers, on the pages of this now classic autobiography, is how much he was a man. Eldridge Cleaver wrote Soul on Ice, a best-selling collection of essays about his time in prison, and was the minister of information for the Black Panthers. Please read the book before attending the book discussion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Clubs, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Eldridge Cleaver's Soul on Ice

Film | Victoria & Abdul (2017): The Queen's New Friend


Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. Directed by Stephen Frears. Stars: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith. 111 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Victoria & Abdul (2017): The Queen's New Friend

Fair | Health, Wealth and Music Fair


Featuring speakers, musicians, magicians, dancers, vendors, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Health, Wealth and Music Fair

Film | Style Wars (1983): The Growing Hip-Hop Subculture


A documentary that exposes the rich growing subculture of hip-hop that was developing in New York City in the late '70s and early '80s, specifically focusing on graffiti art and breakdancing. Director: Tony Silver 69 min. As intermission to the screening, student performers will present Glowing Creation: A Rammellzee-Inspired Opera.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Style Wars (1983): The Growing Hip-Hop Subculture

Concert | Emerging Music Festival: New York Bands


Emerging Music Festival returns for its fourth year with rising New York-based bands performing on one of the biggest stages of their young careers. Thousands of music lovers pack the park lawn for the city’s best new music, including indie rock, soul, R&B, singer-songwriter, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Emerging Music Festival: New York Bands

Concert | 3 Folk Music Acts


5:30 pm  Niall Connolly -- Indie folk songwriter 6:05 pm  Jo Kroger -- Lyric-driven singer/songwriter 6:40 pm  Frank Bell -- Acoustic singer/songwriter
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, 3 Folk Music Acts

Opening Reception | Marvellous Boys: A Photography Retrospective


An exhibition consisting of photographs by German photographer Wilhelm von Gloeden (1856-1931). Throughout Von Gloeden’s career, he captured pastoral nudes of young men in Sicily. Upon his 1877 arrival to Taormina, he saw young men as vestiges of a Greco-Roman golden age when male homoeroticism was relatively tolerated. Inspired by the liberalism and Arcadian landscapes he saw in Sicily, Von Gloeden reappropriated classical culture through his nude sitters, accessorizing them with Greco-Roman motifs of skimpy togas, olive wreaths, and amphorae.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Marvellous Boys: A Photography Retrospective

Workshop | Harlem Flow Yoga


Afro Flow Yoga infuses electrifying dance movements of the African Diaspora, a meditative yoga sequence of gentle yet powerful stretches and the soulful rhythms of live drums.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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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Plays, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Hamlet: Shakespeare Outdoors

Dance Performance | The 37th Annual Battery Dance Festival


With: Damir Tasmagambetov Ballet Nepantla Paranoyak Crew Mophato Dance Theatre
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, The 37th Annual Battery Dance Festival

Concert | Musical Entertainment on the Waterfront


Start the weekend with musical entertainment on the waterfront! Bring your friends and a blanket to the park and listen to local artists ease you out of the week and into the weekend.  Tonight: Baby Soda - Bring your swing dancing shoes!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Musical Entertainment on the Waterfront

Comedy Club | No Name Comedy Variety Show


Comedian /actor Bob Greenberg (Saturday Night Live / Old Jews Telling Jokes) Illusionist Lee Alan Barrett (Coney Island Circus Sideshow) Gabriel Pacheco (Laughing Skull Comedy Festival)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, No Name Comedy Variety Show

Comedy Club | An Evening of Standup Comedy


A standup comedy show featuring comics who have appeared on NBC, TruTV, Comedy Central and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, An Evening of Standup Comedy

Movie in a Park | The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984): Kermit and the Gang in NYC


Kermit and his friends go to New York City to get their musical on Broadway only to find it's a more difficult task than they anticipated. Director: Frank Oz 94 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984): Kermit and the Gang in NYC

Film | Ava DuVernay's Oscar Winner Selma (2014): MLK in Alabama


A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. Stars: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth 128 min. You should arrive before 7:30 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled waters are OK, but no glass
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Ava DuVernay's Oscar Winner Selma (2014): MLK in Alabama

Film | A Wrinkle in Time (2018) with Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling


After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.    Director: Ava DuVernay   109 min. You should arrive before 7:30 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled waters are OK, but no glass.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, A Wrinkle in Time (2018) with Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling

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
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Musicals, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Twelfth Night: A Musical Re-Imagining of Shakespeare

Movie in a Park | The Karate Kid (1984): Bullied Boy Gets Even-- Outdoors


Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue. A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager. 126 min. Director: John G. Avildsen Bring a blanket!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, The Karate Kid (1984): Bullied Boy Gets Even-- Outdoors

Jazz | Mix of Jazz, Latin, World Beat and more


The NY Jazz Flutet is a unique, in-demand, cooperative group of flutists who have defined a new sound. Individually leaders of their own ensembles, the band has embraced Jazz, Latin, World Beat, and Classical Musics as versatile entities. The repertoire includes Jazz greats such as Clifford Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, and Duke Ellington as well as originals by the members.
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:00 pm
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Concerts, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Mix of Jazz, Latin, World Beat and more
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Performance | A science show!

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Play | Parody of Golden Globe winning TV show

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Classical Music | Piano works by Beethoven, J.S.Bach, Rachmaninoff and more

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