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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 19, 2018?

31 free events take place on August 19 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 19 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 19, 2018 are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Legendary Steel Pan Orchestra
free events nyc Shame or the Doomsday Machine: An Operetta for the Street -- Outdoors
free events nyc Jazz in the Park with an Award-Winning Trumpeter
free events nyc Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay Walk
free events nyc India Day Parade with Bollywood stars!
free events nyc Rapsody: Grammy Award-Winning Hip-Hop Artist
free events nyc 93Queen (2018): Documentary on Hasidic Women
free events nyc Oscar-nominated Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): third-highest-grossing film of 2014 with Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper (outdoors)
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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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Tours, August 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, River Nature Walk

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
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Tours, August 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, 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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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 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, Street Fair

Party | Summer play day for families!


Ball pit, bounce slide house, kiddie rave, a circus play area, craft tables, splash zone. Kids under 3 are free.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Partys, August 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, Summer play day for families!

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 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, Flatiron District Walking Tour

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 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, Yoga in the Garden

City Walk | Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay Walk


Proceed along the shore through Coney Island and Brighton Beach, then Manhattan Beach. Then go over the foot bridge to Sheepshead Bay, at which point you'll head east along the bay, then toward west toward the subway. Bring water and a snack. About two hours. Will cancel in event of heavy rain, but if it’s drizzing, the hike will go on.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:30 am
$3
City Walks, August 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay Walk

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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Workshops, August 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, 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 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, The Hot Dog Bus hands out free hot dogs

Festival | Black Love Fest NY 2018


Black Love Fest NY is an art festival that includes of music performances, DJs sets, art installations, and artmaking workshops led by The Black School in promoting a cultural movement for Black love.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Jazz | 2018 Jazz Festival


Enjoy the great outdoors in a beautiful park with two days of classic jazz, brought to you by local icon Marjorie Eliot and Parlor Entertainment. A neighborhood tradition for over 25 years!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, 2018 Jazz Festival

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 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, 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 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, West African Dance Class

Parade | India Day Parade with Bollywood stars!


This is the 38th world's largest India Day Parade! Performances, food, merchandise booths, give aways and more!
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Parades, August 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, India Day Parade with Bollywood stars!

Concert | Legendary Steel Pan Orchestra


CASYM Steel Orchestra (Caribbean American Sports & Cultural Youth Movement) performs a repertoire of music that includes the soca and calypso of their Caribbean roots, classical, soul, pop, jazz and more. CASYM has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean, and at venues such as the Apollo Theater, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. They have performed with jazz and calypso legends like Lionel Hampton, the Mighty Sparrow, and David Rudder. The orchestra is comprised of 90 Members, ages 7 to  21.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, Legendary Steel Pan Orchestra

Film | Mae West films: She Done Him Wrong (1933) and Belle of the Nineties (1934)


She Done Him Wrong: In the Gay Nineties, a seductive nightclub singer contends with several suitors, including a jealous escaped convict and a handsome temperance league member. Director: Lowell Sherman. 66 min. Belle of the Nineties: Ruby Carter, the American Beauty queen of the night club-sporting world, shifts her operations from St. Louis to New Orleans, mostly to get away from prizefighter Tiger Kid. Director: Leo McCarey. 75 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, Mae West films: She Done Him Wrong (1933) and Belle of the Nineties (1934)

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
2:00 pm
Free
Musicals, August 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, Shame or the Doomsday Machine: An Operetta for the Street -- Outdoors

Classical Music | Works by J.S. Bach and others


Organist Francisco Amaya's concert career focuses on disseminating Spanish organ music. He has appeared in Catedral de León, San Sebastián, Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla, AFNOM (London), Helsinki (Finland) and more. As a chamber musician, he has appeared alongside several instrumentalists and singers such as Martín Baeza, Benjamín Moreno, Jose Mª Ortí and Reinhold Friedrich among others. Program Juan Bautista José Cabanilles (1644-1712) Xàcara Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Toccata & Fugue in D Minor “Dorian”, BWV 538 Hilarión Eslava (1807-1878) Offertory on the Hymn “Ave Maris Stella”
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Concerts, August 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, Works by J.S. Bach and others

Concert | Rapsody: Grammy Award-Winning Hip-Hop Artist


This year, the talented wordsmith Rapsody was the only woman nominated for a Best Rap Album Grammy. But she’s hardly a newcomer; Rapsody’s been shaking up hip-hop for over a decade, and claimed the only guest verse on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, on “Complexion.” Fans can expect cuts from the Grammy-nominated album Laila’s Wisdom, where she tackles gnarled topics not limited to beauty standards and breakups, with the singular finesse that only a true star can do.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, Rapsody: Grammy Award-Winning Hip-Hop Artist

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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Play | King Lear: Outdoor Shakespeare


Hip to Hip Theatre Company performs Shakespeare's epic tragedy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, August 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, King Lear: 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
6:00 pm
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Concerts, August 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, Jazz in the Park with an Award-Winning Trumpeter

Party | Summer play day for adults!


Featuring ball pit, open aerial and acro jam time, bounce house slide, 'smores, food & drink, a silent auction, local vendors, and dancing all night long!
   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.
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Concert | New Sounds in Electronica and Pop


Two of the most genre-defying multi-instrumentalists of the internet generation, Mura Masa and Jessy Lanza, comprise a double bill that can’t be missed. Mura Masa is a beatmaker and singer whose approach has sparked collaborations with some of the most talented minds in music, including A$AP Rocky and Charli XCX. The imaginative Canadian artist and producer, Jessy Lanza crafts stirring electronic pop music that’s as irresistible as it is nervy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, New Sounds in Electronica and Pop

Film | 93Queen (2018): Documentary on Hasidic Women


Follows a group of tenacious Hasidic women who are shattering the glass ceiling in their Hasidic Brooklyn neighborhood by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in NYC. Director: Paula Eiselt 90 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Films, August 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, 93Queen (2018): Documentary on Hasidic Women

Movie in a Park | Oscar-nominated Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): third-highest-grossing film of 2014 with Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper (outdoors)


Join space adventurers Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Groot (Vin Diesel), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) as they save the universe while being closely pursued by bounty hunters and the powerful villain, Ronan (Lee Pace). Directed by James Gunn.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Movie in a Parks, August 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, Oscar-nominated Guardians of the Galaxy (2014):  third-highest-grossing film of 2014 with Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper (outdoors)

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 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, Twelfth Night: A Musical Re-Imagining of Shakespeare
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