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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 31, 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! 21 free events take place on August 31 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 31 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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Fri, August 31, 2018
21 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on August 31, 2018 are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Alesso: Swedish DJ, Producer and Musician
free events nyc Macbeth: Street Gang Twist on Shakespeare
free events nyc The Met presents: Donizetti's L’Elisir d’Amore
free events nyc Crooked House (2017): Agatha Christie Mystery starring Glenn Close
free events nyc Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (2017): 3-Time Oscar Winner
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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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7:00 am
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Festivals, August 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, Tennis Open Festival

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Alesso has worked with artists including Tove Lo, Ryan Tedder, Hailee Steinfeld, Calvin Harris, Usher, and David Guetta. He has performed at numerous music festivals, including Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Creamfields, and Tomorrowland. His album is Forever. Attendees are advised to arrive early.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 am
Free
Concerts, August 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, Alesso: Swedish DJ, Producer and Musician

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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 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, Introduction to Meditation

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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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10:00 am
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Tours, August 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

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Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Fairs, August 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, Street Fair

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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 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour

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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. Frank Owens is a pianist, arranger, composer, and musical director.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, 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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Tours, August 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

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In Agatha Christie's most twisted tale, a spy-turned-private-detective is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather's murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets. Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner. Stars: Max Irons, Stefanie Martini, Glenn Close. 115 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Films, August 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, Crooked House (2017): Agatha Christie Mystery starring Glenn Close

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Starring Mary Tyler Moore, Timothy Hutton, Donald Sutherland, Judd Hirsch, Elizabeth McGovern. Story of an upper-middle-class family struggling to grapple with the death of the oldest son in a boating accident. Based on the novel by Judith Guest. 124 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, August 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, Robert Redford's Ordinary People (1980): Winner of 4 Oscars

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The film follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail  to convince his billionaire grandfather to pay the ransom.  Starring Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg. 132 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, August 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World (2017): a crime thriller

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As a huge electrical storm sweeps towards Texas, lineman Beau is haunted by memories of his brother's death by lightning years earlier. Bailey, the niece Beau helped raise, has a secret she needs to share with her boyfriend, Duncan. But he and Beau's brave team are racing to replace miles of power cables before the tempest strikes.   Director: David Hackl. 97 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, August 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, Life on the Line (2016): disaster drama with John Travolta

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Underground Horns is a Brooklyn-based brass band. AllAboutJazz called their 2009 debut record Funk Monk “kick-ass dance music…that brushes up against psychedelia…with shots of funky brass juice.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, Underground Horns: Afro-Funk-Latin-New Orleans Grooves

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Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance. 106 min. Movie begins at sunset, weather permitting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Films, August 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (2017): 3-Time Oscar Winner

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A Gangs of New York-styled Macbeth, set in the mid-1800s when early settlers fought for turf in the infamous Five Points area.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Plays, August 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, Macbeth: Street Gang Twist on Shakespeare

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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 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, An Evening of Standup Comedy

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Garden gnomes, Gnomeo & Juliet, recruit renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments. Director: John Stevenson 86 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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Movie in a Parks, August 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, Sherlock Gnomes (2018): Animated Adventure with Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine
8:00 pm
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Concerts, August 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, Tribute to famous pop singers

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Donizetti’s bubbly comedy about a spunky landowner, a hapless peasant, and the dubious love potion that may or may not bring them together stars soprano Pretty Yende and tenor Matthew Polenzani. *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
8:00 pm
Free
Screenings, August 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, The Met presents: Donizetti's L’Elisir d’Amore

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T'Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T'Challa's father's mistake.  Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o Director: Ryan Coogler 134 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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8:00 pm
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Films, August 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, Black Panther (2018): Blockbuster of the Year
9:00 pm
Regular: $25
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Comedy Clubs, August 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, Stand up comedy
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