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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 12, 2019?

34 free events take place on Monday, August 12 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 today, tonight, tomorrow and 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 12 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!

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 example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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Mon, August 12, 2019
34 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on Monday, August 12, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Vocalist and Sound Artist in Residency at Carnegie Hall
free events nyc The 38th Annual Battery Dance Festival
free events nyc The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984): Kermit and Friends Head to Broadway (Outdoors)

Workshop | Pilates Workshop


Monday 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, May 6-August 26, 2019
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 am
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Workshops, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Pilates Workshop

Workshop | Morning Meditation


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 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Morning Meditation

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
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10:00 am
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Tours, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Tour | Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors


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 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors

Film | C.O.G. (2013): Young Man Goes To Oregon For Work


A cocky young man travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm. Out of his element, he finds his lifestyle and notions being picked apart by everyone who crosses his path. 88 min. Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez. Starring Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare, Corey Stoll.  The film is based on a David Sedaris short story from his book of collected essays, Naked.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Films, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, C.O.G. (2013): Young Man Goes To Oregon For Work

Tour | Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors


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 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors

Film | The Public (2018) With Alec Baldwin: An Act Of Civil Disobedience


An act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold. 120 min. Director: Emilio Estevez. Starring Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, Emilio Estevez. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:15 am
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Films, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, The Public (2018) With Alec Baldwin: An Act Of Civil Disobedience

Other | Karaoke For Adults


Great chance to sing along to your favorite songs!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 am
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Others, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Karaoke For Adults

Workshop | Italian Class


The park speaks Italian with instruction by inlingua. 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:45 am
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Workshops, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Italian Class

Author Reading | The Female Gaze: Essential Movies Made by Women


An essential movie list by women, The Female Gaze contains multiple mini-essays written by a variety of diverse female film critics, about a woman or a movie made by women that they love. With author Alicia Malone.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Author Readings, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, The Female Gaze: Essential Movies Made by Women

Concert | 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. With: Victor Lin, Kenny Barron Trained, Columbia University Instructor
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz

Concert | Vocalist and Sound Artist in Residency at Carnegie Hall


Onome is a vocalist and interdisciplinary sound artist of Nigerian heritage who incorporates improvisation into her practice as a tool to expand consciousness, creativity, and personal development. Through her audience-interactive performances, workshops and sound installations, Onome embodies joy, enchantment, and infinite possibility. She is an artist-in-residence at Carnegie Hall as a core member of the vocal improvisation lab and ensemble, Moving Star.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Vocalist and Sound Artist in Residency at Carnegie Hall

Film | Three Comrades (1938): Friendship Of Three German Soldiers After WW I


Three friends in 1920s Europe suffer through, with a little levity provided by the sole object of all three’s attention, a local tubercular girl. 98 min. Director: Frank Borzage. Starring Robert Taylor, Margaret Sullavan, Franchot Tone. Sullavan was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Three Comrades (1938): Friendship Of Three German&nbsp;Soldiers After WW I

Lesson | Resume Help


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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Lessons, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Resume Help

Workshop | Big City Fishing


Adults and kids aged 5+ learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about river science topics. They provide the rods, reels and instruction. Mondays, July 1-August 19, 2019
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Big City Fishing

Workshop | Big City Fishing


Adults and kids aged 5+ learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about river science topics. They provide the rods, reels and instruction. Mondays, July 1-August 26, 2019
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Big City Fishing

Workshop | Game Nights in the Park


Weekly Game Nights are the perfect place to learn a new game, challenge yourself with new opponents, swap strategies, and meet like-minded people. Mondays through Fridays, May 1-August 30, 2019 Mondays: Mah Jongg Tuesdays: Word Game Night Wednesdays: Catan Game Night Thursdays: Mah Jongg (3pm-5pm); Beginner Chess (5pm-7pm) Fridays: Learn a New Game Night
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Game Nights in the Park

Workshop | Ping Pong


The Push ping pong returns with DJ Mike for outdoor table tennis to suit any style, casual or competitive. Mondays, June 3-August 12, 2019.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Ping Pong

Tour | Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors


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 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors

Lesson | Writing Class


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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Lessons, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Writing Class

Dancing | Dance And Sculpt


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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Dancings, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Dance And Sculpt

Film | Greta (2018): Friendship Becomes Suddenly Disturbing


A young woman befriends a lonely widow who's harboring a dark and deadly agenda toward her. 98 min. Director: Neil Jordan. Starring Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Greta (2018): Friendship Becomes Suddenly Disturbing

Tour | Art Tour: En Plein Air


From sculptures and murals to performances and videos, the park is filled with public art. Art Assistant Curator Melanie Kress provides an insider’s view on the current En Plein Air exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Art Tour: En Plein Air

Tour | Politics of Sharing Space Walk


Artist Rafael Domenech leads a psychogeographic ramble through Astoria with discussions about the textures of the industrial urban environment and more. The walk will cover a distance of approximately 1 mile.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Politics of Sharing Space Walk

Film | Tim Burton's Beetlejuice (1988): Oscar Winning Fantasy With Alec Baldwin 


A recently-deceased husband and wife commission a bizarre demon to drive an obnoxious family out of their home. 92 min. Director: Tim Burton. Starring Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton. Beetlejuice won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Tim Burton's Beetlejuice (1988):&nbsp;Oscar Winning Fantasy With Alec Baldwin&nbsp;

Author Reading | Mostly Dead Things: New York Times Bestseller


Jessa-Lynn Morton is stunned by her father's suicide, but she steps up to manage the failing taxidermy business, while the rest of the family crumbles. Her mother gets into lewd art. Her brother Milo withdraws. And Brynn, Milo’s wife, and the only person Jessa’s ever been in love with, walks out of the scene. With money and other trouble reaching a nadir, Jessa has no choice but to learn who these people truly are, and how she fits alongside them. Kristen Arnett, winner of the 2017 Coil Book Award for her debut short fiction collection, Felt in the Jaw and columnist for Literary Hub, will be in conversation with Josh Gondelman, a writer, comedian, and producer for Desus and Mero on Showtime.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Mostly Dead Things: New York Times Bestseller

Workshop | Tai Chi on the Hudson


Take your workout to our waterfront! This exercise class returns, giving you opportunities to get fit. All are welcome to participate in this ancient Chinese system of movement for health and vitality. Mondays, June 3-September 9, 2019
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Tai Chi on the Hudson

Dance Lesson | West African Dance Class


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.  Mondays, June 3-August 26, 2019
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, West African Dance Class

Staged Reading | Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library: The Story of Hannah Arendt


Johanna Cohn Stern will go on to become one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century, and perhaps the most influential. But at the moment, no one has heard of her, or even the name she writes under, Hannah Arendt. She is merely a graduate student with one book under her belt. And her fate is unclear: she has been arrested on charges of treason – and may face the death penalty. Inspired by true events. Written by Jenny Lyn Bader.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library: The Story of Hannah Arendt

Movie in a Park | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018): Oscar-Winning Animated Superheroics (Outdoors)


Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities. Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey Stars: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld 117 min. Bring a blanket.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018): Oscar-Winning Animated Superheroics (Outdoors)

Movie in a Park | The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984): Kermit and Friends Head to Broadway (Outdoors)


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 Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz 94 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Movie in a Parks, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984): Kermit and Friends Head to Broadway (Outdoors)

Reading | Community Bookstore Readings


Curated by Community Bookstore of Park Slope, the evening will feature readings by translator Damion Searls, and others. Reading selection includes a celebration of Anniversaries by Uwe Johnson.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Community Bookstore Readings

Book Club | Monday Night Reading Group: Washington Black


In Esi Edugyan's novel, 11-year-old George Washington Black—or Wash—a field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is initially terrified when he is chosen as the manservant of his master’s brother. To his surprise, however, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning, and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Clubs, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, Monday Night Reading Group: Washington Black

Dance Performance | The 38th Annual Battery Dance Festival


Established by Battery Dance in 1982, the Battery Dance Festival is New York City's longest-running free public dance festival. Audiences are traditionally drawn from the large downtown working population, residents, families, tourists, senior citizens and dance fans from the greater NYC metropolitan area. Each year, the Festival attracts a combined audience of over 12,000 people. The Battery Dance Festival provides a unique opportunity for established and emerging dance companies to present original works of high artistic merit in a free public forum. BDF revels in the panoply of dance that New York City offers, with strong emphasis on the inclusion of diverse dance styles and an international roster of performers. American choreographers such as Robert Battle, Michelle Dorrance and Jacqulyn Buglisi have all presented their works alongside pre-eminent companies from Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and the Caribbean. This year's featured artists include a curated selection of local dance companies as well as dancers from Austria, Argentina, Ghana, France, India, Lithuania, Netherlands, and Paraguay.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, August 12, 2019, 08/12/2019, The 38th Annual Battery Dance Festival
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Performance | A unique "magic" show!

Regular Price: $60.50
CFT Member Price: $0.00

Dance Performance | Famous Dance Company

Regular Price: $42
CFT Member Price: $0.00

Performance | Tribute to an Iconic Actress and Intertainer

Regular Price: $39
CFT Member Price: $0.00
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