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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 20, 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! 32 free events take place on August 20 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 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 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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Mon, August 20, 2018
32 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on August 20, 2018 are free unless otherwise noted.

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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 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Introduction to Meditation

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Morning Pilates, presented by the Pilates Initiative and Return to Life Center. Mats are provided by Balanced Body and are available to the first 30 attendees at each class. Mondays, June 25-August 27, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 am
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Workshops, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Pilates Workshop

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Balance mind, body, and spirit in this Primordial Sound Meditation led by an instructor. Work with a personal mantra, a specific sound or vibration. Take part in a regular meditation practice that lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, and strengthens the immune system.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Workshops, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Morning Meditation

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In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City - a place where history is made, not merely recorded. As a historic house museum run by the Parks Department, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 10 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Today, Gracie Mansion is occupied by the de Blasio family, which has opened its doors in the spirit of the administration's motto: one city, rising together. In keeping with that theme, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have introduced a new art installation, titled “Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie’s New York.” This tour repeats every Monday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors

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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 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

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In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City - a place where history is made, not merely recorded. As a historic house museum run by the Parks Department, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 10 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Today, Gracie Mansion is occupied by the de Blasio family, which has opened its doors in the spirit of the administration's motto: one city, rising together. In keeping with that theme, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have introduced a new art installation, titled “Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie’s New York.” This tour repeats every Monday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Tours, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors

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A jewelry making workshop, focused on beaded bracelets, led by Phyllis Tamburri.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshops, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Jewelry Making Workshop: Beaded Bracelets

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An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher. Directed by Harold Ramis. Starring Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray. 93 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Films, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Caddyshack (1980): Raunchy Comedy

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Learn a new language in these standalone beginner classes. Classes are not cumulative, so you may attend any class throughout the season without needing to play catch up. Mondays: July 2, 16, and 30 and August 20 and 27, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:45 am
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Workshops, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Brazilian Portuguese Class

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Author Thomas Doherty takes us behind the scenes at the first full-on media-political spectacle of the postwar era, a courtroom drama starring glamorous actors, colorful moguls, on-the-make congressmen, high-priced lawyers, single-minded investigators, and recalcitrant screenwriters, all recorded by newsreel cameras and broadcast over radio. Doherty explores the deep background to the hearings and details the theatrical elements of a proceeding that bridged the realms of entertainment and politics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Author Readings, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Show Trial: Hollywood, HUAC , and the Birth of the Blacklist

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. Bertha Hope is a jazz pianist, teacher, composer, and arranger.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz

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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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1:00 pm
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Tours, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

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A bored suburban housewife, seeking escape from her life, suffers amnesia after an accident, wakes up, and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan. Director: Susan Seidelman 104 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Films, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) with Madonna, Rosanna Arquette, Aidan Quinn

Park Walk |


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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2:00 pm
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Park Walks, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Heart of the Park Tour

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When a US Naval captain shows signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship, the first officer relieves him of command and faces court martial for mutiny. Director: Edward Dmytryk. 123 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, The Caine Mutiny (1954) with Humphrey Bogart: Nominated for 7 Oscars

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Need help with resume writing? Not sure how to edit it? Get one-on-one assistance with writing your resume. Please bring a hard copy of your resume or a USB flash drive to save and edit it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Talks, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Resume Help

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This hands-on class will guide you through formatting your resume in Microsoft Word. Please bring a written draft of your resume and a USB drive to save and/or print your resume.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Workshops, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Get Your Resume Right

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In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City - a place where history is made, not merely recorded. As a historic house museum run by the Parks Department, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 10 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Today, Gracie Mansion is occupied by the de Blasio family, which has opened its doors in the spirit of the administration's motto: one city, rising together. In keeping with that theme, Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray have introduced a new art installation, titled “Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie’s New York.” This tour repeats every Monday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Tours, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors

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Adults and kids ages 5 and up learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about river science topics. Mondays, July 2-August 20, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Big City Fishing

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Adults and kids ages 5 and up learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about river science topics. Mondays, July 2-August 20, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Big City Fishing

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Want to meet local writers? Commit to a writing schedule? Practice your craft through writing prompts? Read original work to get and give feedback? Then come to the biweekly meetings of the Writing Club  Writers of all genres and styles, at all levels, are welcome to participate. No sign-ups required. For adults (ages 18 and up)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:15 pm
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Workshops, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Writing club

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Move your body to the beat! Have fun while you exercise! Bring a towel or an exercise mat. Come in comfortable clothing. This workshop takes place every Monday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Dance and sculpt

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Writer-performer Ben West offers a live-demo and discussion of the research process behind his upcoming documentary musical, Show Time! The First 100 Years Of The American Musical which premieres Sept. 13. Show Time! charts the evolution of the American musical from the mid-1800s thru 1999, and features more than two dozen songs that shaped the canon. West visited more than 20 archives over four years to create the piece. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, The Research Behind Show Time! The First 100 Years Of The American Musical

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Supplement your cocktail with a new skill! This is an adult craft class to learn the basics of stamping, embroidery and more. Hosted by CraftJam. Supplies are limited. Alcoholic beverages are for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Crafts and Cocktails

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Through a series of bizarre coincidences an artist finds himself falsely accused of bank robbery and murder and is pursued by the authorities and the real killers. Director: Jacques Tourneur. Starring Aldo Ray and Anne Bancroft.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Films, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Nightfall (1956): film noir

Dance Lesson |


Get fit while having tons of fun in this dance class. All are welcome to learn the traditional dances unique to West Africa. African dances are largely participatory, with spectators being part of the performance. Every Monday from June 4-August 27, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Dance Lessons, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, West African Dance

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Truman Capote once said that Holly Golightly, the heroine of his novella Breakfast at Tiffany's, was his favorite character. She shares not only Capote's philosophy of freedom and acceptance of human irregularities, but also his fears and anxieties.  Truman Capote (1924-1984) was an American novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, playwright, and actor. Many of his short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized as literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) and the true crime novel In Cold Blood (1966). Please read the book before attending the discussion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Clubs, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's
7:00 pm
Regular: $39.50
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Musicals, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Romantic musical

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Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well. Director: Victor Fleming 102 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Oscar Winner The Wizard of Oz (1939) with Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr -- Outdoors

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A futuristic cyborg is sent to present-day L.A. to assassinate a woman, who will bear the child who will someday save humanity. Rated R. The lawn opens at 5:00 p.m., and the film begins at sunset.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
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Movie in a Parks, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, James Cameron's The Terminator (1984) with Arnold Schwarzenegger (outdoors)

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D'Ambrose Boyd has shared the stage with such luminaries as Eartha Kitt, Mickey Rooney, Brenda Braxton, Ken Page, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Frank Langella. He has been on the boards of many Broadway, off-Broadway, Regional and European theaters. Some favorite performances include: Ain't Misbehavin', Wizard of Oz, Five Guys Named Moe, A Christmas Carol, Babes in Toyland and Wall to Wall Broadway: A Century of Musical Theater. He can be heard on many cast recordings and voice-overs for Nickelodeon. Followed by the open mic. No cover and no minimum. This event takes place each Monday of August at 8 PM.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Concerts, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Fun and fabulous music
8:00 pm
Regular: $20
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Staged Readings, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Based on the life of a historical figure
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Performance | A science show!

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Play | A drama by award-winning author

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Play | Dark comedy based on a famous book

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