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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 16, 2019?

27 free events take place on Friday, August 16 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 16 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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Fri, August 16, 2019
27 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on Friday, August 16, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

Concert | Aloe Blacc: California Rapper and Singer


Aloe Blacc is the singer behind the hits “I Need a Dollar" and "The Man." His latest CD is Gravity.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 16, 2019, 08/16/2019, Aloe Blacc: California Rapper and Singer

Concert | Chance the Rapper: Grammy-Winning MC


Born in Chicago, Chance the Rapper began to gain mainstream recognition in 2013, after releasing his second mixtape, Acid Rap, which gained critical praise. He then released his third mixtape, Coloring Book, in 2016, which also garnered critical acclaim. It earned him three Grammy Awards, including the award for Best Rap Album; upon winning, it became the first streaming-only album to win a Grammy Award, and peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 16, 2019, 08/16/2019, Chance the Rapper: Grammy-Winning MC

Workshop | Meditation on the Lawn


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. Fridays, May 31-August 30, 2019
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 16, 2019, 08/16/2019, Meditation on the Lawn

Workshop | Tai Chi Outdoors


Improve balance, strength and focus through gentle exercises. The sights and sounds of the river provide a serene background for the ancient flowing postures. Tai Chi results in strength and focus of body and mind. An ideal choice for participants of all ages. Instructor: Alex Hing Fridays, July 12-September 13, 2019
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 16, 2019, 08/16/2019, Tai Chi Outdoors

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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Tours, August 16, 2019, 08/16/2019, 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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Fairs, August 16, 2019, 08/16/2019, Street Fair

Tour | Governors Island Official Walking Tour


Look into the past of Governors Island and talk about its exciting transformation and future! In this one-hour walking tour, they will examine how historic preservation, innovative design and environmental stewardship make the Island what it is today - one of the most unique public spaces in New York City. Walking tours begin at the Governors Island Welcome Center at Soissons Landing and are hosted by the Friends of Governors Island. All tours are weather permitting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tour | Southern Park Welcome Tour


An introduction to some of the southern Park highlights, including Grand Army Plaza, the Pond, Gapstow Bridge, Wollman Rink, Chess and Checkers House, and the Dairy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tour | Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour


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 16, 2019, 08/16/2019, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour

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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Concerts, August 16, 2019, 08/16/2019, Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz

Film | The Wizard of Oz (1939): Two Time Oscar Winning Fantasy


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 to Kansas and help her friends as well. 102 min. Director: Victor Fleming. Starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger. The Wizard of Oz was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, but lost to Gone with the Wind, also directed by Fleming. It did win in two other categories: Best Original Song for "Over the Rainbow" and Best Original Score by Herbert Stothart.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 16, 2019, 08/16/2019, The Wizard of Oz (1939): Two Time Oscar Winning Fantasy

Concert | Pipes At One Organ Recital


Jean-Willy Kunz, organ, Conservatoire de musique, Montreal, Quebec Jean-Willy Kunz is the first organist in residence of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal. His discography includes many recordings which reflect the broad range of his musical influences: organ and orchestra with the OSM; traditional music of the Balkans for saxophones and organ; 20th-century French music for harpsichord, flute and clarinet; baroque music with Ensemble Caprice, among others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 16, 2019, 08/16/2019, Pipes At One Organ Recital

Film | Shrek Forever After (2010): Final Of The Famous Animation Series


Rumpelstiltskin tricks a mid-life crisis burdened Shrek into allowing himself to be erased from existence and cast in a dark alternate timeline where Rumpel rules supreme. Director: Mike Mitchell. Starring Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy.  Grossing a worldwide total of $752 million Shrek Forever After became the fifth-highest-grossing film of 2010.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 16, 2019, 08/16/2019, Shrek Forever After (2010): Final Of The Famous Animation Series

Film | Vera Drake (2004): Three Time Oscar Nominated Story Of An Abortionist In 1950s Britain


Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain--a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family. 125 min. Director: Mike Leigh. Starring Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent, Heather Craney. Vera Drake was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Actress, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay. It also won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 16, 2019, 08/16/2019, Vera Drake (2004): Three Time Oscar Nominated Story Of An Abortionist In 1950s Britain

Workshop | Adult Coloring Club


Come in, relax, color and meditate! All materials are provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 16, 2019, 08/16/2019, Adult Coloring Club

Workshop | Bike Safety Training With Free Daily Ride


Get free rides on Citi Bike for a day and learn about bike safety.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 16, 2019, 08/16/2019, Bike Safety Training With Free Daily Ride

Concert | Accordion Festival


The finale of Accordions Around the World is this five-hour celebration of bands with at least one accordionist. This year's festival includes the winner of Colombia’s prestigious Festival de Vallenato, Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica, and more to be announced this summer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 16, 2019, 08/16/2019, Accordion Festival

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 16, 2019, 08/16/2019, Game Nights in the Park

Concert | 3 Folk Music Arts


5:30 pm Marc Smith - Brooding acoustic Americana 6:05 pm Gawain and The Green Knight - Singer-songwriter folk duo 6:40 pm Lizzie No - Harp-tinged Americana
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism!


The new edition is a protest to the current political regime in our country. It is a response to the deportations of immigrant families, to the relentless killing of black people by police officers, and to the media outlets that describe the abuse of girls by old white men as ‘sexual encounters.’ This book, being as it is a gathering of young women of color sharing their experiences and intellectual insights, stands in defiance of what is happening in the courts, in Washington, and on the streets of our country. With: Sayeeda Copeland, Sonia Guiñansaca, Jamilah King, Sandra Kumwong, Andrea L. Pino-Silva, Almas Sayeed, Taigi Smith, Amber Taylor, Daisy Hernández, Bushra Rehman
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, August 16, 2019, 08/16/2019, Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today&rsquo;s Feminism!

Dance Lesson | Harlem Moves with Limón Dance Company


The world-renowned Limón Company Dancers teaches the energetic and ease-filled Limón Technique, accompanied by live music. No experience necessary; class is open to all levels.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, August 16, 2019, 08/16/2019, Harlem Moves with Lim&oacute;n Dance Company

Performance | Bard in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Song


Celebrate the solstice with free Bard in the Park. Bringing Shakespeare for four performances this summer, local artists present A Midsummer Night's Song.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, August 16, 2019, 08/16/2019, Bard in the Park: A Midsummer Night&rsquo;s Song

Concert | Sunset on the Hudson Concert


Experience summer at its best—with free Friday concerts set against beautiful sunsets. These New York artists will help start the weekend off right. The eclectic lineup offers music for everyone - bring your friends, a blanket and enjoy some great music in your west side backyard. Tonight: Manhattan Samba
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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
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Dance Performances, August 16, 2019, 08/16/2019, The 38th Annual Battery Dance Festival

Jazz | Trombonist Has Performed with a Who's Who of Important Jazz Figures


When Craig Harris exploded onto the jazz scene in 1976, he brought the entire history of the jazz trombone with him. From the growling gutbucket intensity of early New Orleans music through the refined, articulate improvisation of the modern era set forth by J.J. Johnson, and into the confrontational expressionism of the ’60s avant-garde, Harris handled the total vernacular the way a skilled orator utilizes the spoken word. He has performed with a veritable Who’s Who of progressive jazz’ most important figures – including Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Sam Rivers, Abdullah Ibrahim, Jaki Byard, Muhal Richard Abrams, David Murray, Henry Threadgill, Lester Bowie, The WORLD Saxophone Quartet, The Roots, RAKIM and the list goes on and on – his own projects displayed both a unique sense of concept and a total command of the sweeping expanse of musical expression.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 16, 2019, 08/16/2019, Trombonist Has Performed with a Who's Who of Important Jazz Figures

Comedy Club | An Evening of Standup Comedy


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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Movie in a Park | How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019): Animated Adventure (Outdoors)


When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn't the only Night Fury, he must seek "The Hidden World," a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first. Director: Dean DeBlois Stars: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, F. Murray Abraham 104 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, August 16, 2019, 08/16/2019, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019): Animated Adventure (Outdoors)
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Musical | Broadway Actors in a Musical Comedy

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Play | Tony Nominee in a Comedy-Drama, “Hysterically amusing"

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