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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 26, 2018?

30 free events take place on August 26 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 26 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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30 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on August 26, 2018 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
free events nyc Concert organist from Vienna
free events nyc Latin Jazz with Grammy Winner Eddie Palmieri
free events nyc Inside the Tao: aerialist, gymnasts, stilt walkers, and more
free events nyc Michael Crichton's Westworld (1973): Futuristic Thriller with Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin
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Festival | Tennis Open Festival


Watch tennis stars on the court for the 3rd annual Tennis Open!  Cheer on teams as they compete against each other, with a winner crowned on Thursday night. Tennis clinics for both kids and adults will be available throughout the week. August 25-31, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, August 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, Tennis Open Festival

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 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, River Nature Walk

Workshop | Deep Yoga and Journaling


Sharyn Hahn lead you through some warm-up poses and a vinyasa flow as well as several short meditations, creative visualization, and intention-setting writing or sketching activities. You will leave feeling more flexible, relaxed, energized, with a mantra that you can carry with you throughout the week. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one, and they do have some if you need to borrow one for the class. Also bring a journal and something to write with. You will be writing a few times during the class, and if you prefer to sketch or want to do both, that is fine. Wear comfortable clothing, and feel free to bring a warm or cool drink to keep you hydrated (with a secure lid). All levels are welcome. If you have never done yoga you will be able to participate as well.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, Deep Yoga and Journaling

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 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, 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.
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Park Walk | Waterfront Walks: Guided Park Tour


Docents lead a tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park's sustainable design, and how the park came to life. Wear comfortable shoes, these tours traverse the beautiful park landscape. All tours last about an hour. Every 4th Sunday of the month from June 24-September 30, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, August 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, Waterfront Walks: Guided Park Tour

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 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, Flatiron District Walking Tour

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
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City Walks, August 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, Union Square, Broadway, and SoHo Historic 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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Workshops, August 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, Big City Fishing

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 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, Yoga in the Garden

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 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, 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 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, The Hot Dog Bus hands out free hot dogs

Festival | 2nd Annual Lower East Side United Festival


This festival is geared towards providing the community with information and access to free resources available throughout the Lower East Side.  Includes: free book bags and back-to-school haircuts, raffles, giveaways, along with fun activities such as face painting, balloon twisters, basketball skills and drills, live performances from community orgs and much more. Free check-ups and information on health insurance will also be administered via medical trucks and practitioners that will be in attendance. Free information tables include, but are not limited to: After school programs, tenant educational information, immigration information, health and wellness,  financial literacy, daycare sites, religious based community programs, volunteer opportunities, senior centers, shelters, and much more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, August 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, 2nd Annual Lower East Side United 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 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, 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 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, West African Dance Class

Workshop | SunGaze Sundays


The Amateur Astronomers Association and solargazing return with solar telescopes specifically designed to safely look at the sun and see sunspots and prominences under a summer sky.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, SunGaze Sundays

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 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, Heart of the Park Tour

City Walk | Stories from Little Italy


Between 1880-1924, over 4 million Italians immigrated to the United States. Many settled in the neighborhood in downtown Manhattan, where Italian-Americans began to establish a unique culture that mixed the traditions of the old country with the ebbs and flows of their new home. This two hour walking tour visits the churches, restaurants, and infamous locales that have made Little Italy one of America's most enduring and celebrated neighborhoods.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, August 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, Stories from Little Italy

Concert | Swing, Jazz and Blues Dance Band


Get your dance shoes on and be ready to Lindy hop with the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band. Members of the band have played with the jazz giants Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, and many more. They are considered the originators of jump blues and swing music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, Swing, Jazz and Blues Dance Band

Jazz | The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival


Hailed as one of the greatest alto saxophonists since Cannonball Adderley, Gary Bartz has made a name for himself in the jazz community. Performing alongside his quartet, Bartz will be in concert at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Audiences attending the show are in for a treat, as they’ll also hear longtime gospel, blues, and jazz pianist Amina Claudine Myers, the boundary-breaking trio The Bad Plus, and "Unheard," a piece honoring Charlie Parker featuring musicians Immanuel Wilkins, Joel Ross, and Adam O’Farrill.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
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Concerts, August 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Classical Music | Concert organist from Vienna


Organist Stefan Donner has performed all over Europe, Turkey, Israel, in the United States and in Australia. Stefan is currently working as an organist at St. Peter’s Church in Vienna, Austria.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:15 pm
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Concerts, August 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, Concert organist from Vienna

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 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, Psychic Sundays

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 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, Jazz in the Park with an Award-Winning Trumpeter

Jazz | Latin Jazz with Grammy Winner Eddie Palmieri


Rarely do two figures of such prominence get to perform together; however, Eddie Palmieri, the New York pioneer of Latin jazz and salsa music, will join Tony Vega, the culture-shifting salsa bandleader and singer, for a very special night. Being the first artist to win a Grammy Award for best Latin Recording in 1975, Palmieri is regarded as one of the most iconic Puerto Rican artists to emerge from the New York scene.
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6:00 pm
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Concerts, August 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, Latin Jazz with Grammy Winner Eddie Palmieri

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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Film | Michael Crichton's Westworld (1973): Futuristic Thriller with Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin


A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park. 88 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Films, August 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, Michael Crichton's Westworld (1973): Futuristic Thriller with Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin

Performance | Inside the Tao: aerialist, gymnasts, stilt walkers, and more


Enter into a new kind of gallery to witness the Tao Line. The curiosity of the sculpture might just pull you in; the struggles faced within it will make you stay. Inside the Tao, audience will be met with the basis of human activity: greed, ego, partnership and community. Watch as four characters struggle to decipher what is real and what is simply a warped perception of reality.  Also in this Program: Special performances by Artists in Residence The Lost Boys (Boyadjis & Zepezauer) Nicki Miller (Only Child Aerial Theater) Heather Meyer ABCirque Productions/ Tao Line. Doors open at 6:30 PM.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Performances, August 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, Inside the Tao: aerialist, gymnasts, stilt walkers, and more

Screening | The Met presents: Bellini's Norma


Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the commanding title role, alongside mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and tenor Joseph Calleja, in Sir David McVicar’s fiery staging. *Met's Summer HD Festival features ten thrilling performances from the Met’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, August 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, The Met presents: Bellini's Norma
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