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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 23, 2019?

26 free events take place on Friday, August 23 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 23 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 23, 2019
26 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on Friday, August 23, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

Concert | Lizzo: Rising Pop Star


Lizzo is the rising star behind the hits “Juice" and "Truth Hurts."  Her third album is Cuz I Love You.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, Lizzo: Rising Pop Star

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 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, 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 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, 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 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, 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 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, 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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Tours, August 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, Governors Island Official Walking Tour

Tour | 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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12:00 pm
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Tours, August 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, Heart of the Park Tour

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 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, 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: Armen Donelian, International Pianist, Composer, Bandleader
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz

Film | Labyrinth (1986): Fantasy With David Bowie And Jennifer Connelly


A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King. 101 min. Director: Jim Henson. Starring David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud.  Most of the film's significant characters, apart from Bowie and Connelly, are played by puppets produced by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, Labyrinth (1986): Fantasy With David Bowie And Jennifer Connelly

Film | The Help (2011): Oscar Winning Drama With Emma Stone


An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis. 146 min. Director: Tate Taylor. Starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer. The Help received four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Actress for Davis, and Best Supporting Actress for both Chastain and Spencer, with the latter winning the award.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, The Help (2011): Oscar Winning Drama With Emma Stone

Concert | Pipes At One Organ Recital


Kevin Jones, organ, First Congregational Church, Columbus, Ohio. Kevin Jones is a well known as a performing organist and harpsichordist, and is highly sought as an accompanist and collaborative pianist, both in the United States and in England. His choral work with both adult and youth choirs is highly regarded, and his choirs at Christ Church Cathedral have twice performed by invitation at various cathedrals in England (2009 and 2012).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, Pipes At One Organ Recital

Film | Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018): Sequel With An Ensemble Cast By  J.K. Rowling


The second installment of the "Fantastic Beasts" series featuring the adventures of Magizoologist Newt Scamander. 134 min. Director: David Yates. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp.  Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was nominated for two awards at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards in the categories of Best Production Design and Best Special Visual Effects.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018): Sequel With An Ensemble Cast By&nbsp; J.K. Rowling

Film | Shakespeare in Love (1998): Seven Time Oscar Winning Drama 


A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. 123 min. Director: John Madden. Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush.  Shakespeare in Love won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Gwyneth Paltrow), Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench), and Best Original Screenplay. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, Shakespeare in Love (1998): Seven Time Oscar Winning Drama&nbsp;

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 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, Adult Coloring Club

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 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, Game Nights in the Park

Concert | 3 Folk Music Arts


5:30 pm Stephanie Manns - Folk Americana singer/songwriter 6:05 pm Project BWQ featuring Darryl Joo - Progressive singer/songwriter 6:40 pm David Nagler - Narrative singer/songwriter
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, 3 Folk Music Arts

Workshop | Sunset Jam on the Hudson


Rhythm and grooves fill the air at this Friday evening program. Follow the lead of professional drummers as they guide you through the pulsating beats of traditional African drumming techniques and methods. Drums provided, dancing welcome! Fridays, July 12-August 23, 2019 (except Aug. 16)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | French Montana: Bronx Rapper


French Montana released his mixtape debut in 2007 and in 2010, had a breakthrough with the single "Choppa Choppa Down". He released his debut studio album Excuse My French on May 21, 2013. In July 2017, Montana released his second studio album, Jungle Rules, which peaked at number three on the Billboard 200. The album was supported by the single "Unforgettable", featuring Swae Lee, which became Montana's first song as lead artist to reach the top 10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, French Montana: Bronx Rapper

Jazz | Harlem 100: An All-Star Cast of Modern Jazz Musicians


Harlem 100 is a multi-media show celebrating the landmark 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance. The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival celebration features an all-star cast of modern jazz musicians, including Mwenso and the Shakes, a multicultural New York jazz group laced with minimal irony and maximum fun led by the Sierra Leone-born Mwenso Brianna Thomas, a jazz vocalist with massive range who sings ballad standards, cabaret, Scat, and the blues, specializing in the 30s-style swing music; Vuyo Sotashe, an ascendant young South African jazz vocalist making a name for himself in the New York jazz scene and the very special guest Fred Wesley; the super-project celebration is supported by Winard Harper & his group Jeli Posse, presented by Jazzmobile, who play jazz standards and original works rooted in Caribbean rhythms and the traditions of Africa.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, August 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, Harlem 100: An All-Star Cast of Modern Jazz Musicians

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: High & Mighty Brass Band
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, Sunset on the Hudson Concert

Movie in a Park | Trolls (2016): Animated Adventure (Outdoors)


After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Directors: Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn Stars: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel 92 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, August 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, Trolls (2016): Animated Adventure (Outdoors)

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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Comedy Clubs, August 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, An Evening of Standup Comedy

Screening | Funny Face With Audrey Hepburn (1957): Four Time Oscar Nominated Musical Comedy


An impromptu fashion shoot at a book store brings about a new fashion model discovery in the shop clerk. 103 min. Director: Stanley Donen. Starring Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson. Funny Face received four Academy Award nominations for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay (Written Directly for the Screen), Best Costume Design, Best Cinematography Best Art Direction-Set Decoration.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, August 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, Funny Face With Audrey Hepburn (1957): Four Time Oscar Nominated Musical Comedy

Movie in a Park | The Greatest Showman (2017): Musical Biopic with Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron (Outdoors)


Celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Director: Michael Gracey 105 min. Bring a blanket.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, August 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, The Greatest Showman (2017): Musical Biopic with Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron (Outdoors)

Concert | From the Capoeira and Bossa Nova to Jazz


Musician and actor, Carlos Dias has led a remarkably eclectic international career. He has appeared in many of Brazil’s highest-rated novelas (soap operas) and musical productions imported from Broadway; sung pop-jazz at top New York venues; worked as an acrobatic dancer; and recorded several CDs of dance music and American standards. In his performance “The living room”, Carlos Dias as a soloist, travels through his Brazilian roots from the Capoeira and Bossa Nova to Jazz. Playing his Berimbau, the pandeiro and the guitar, he talks about his music influences.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 23, 2019, 08/23/2019, From the Capoeira and Bossa Nova to Jazz
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Musical | Broadway Actors in a Musical Comedy

Regular Price: $79
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Play | Tony Nominee in a Comedy-Drama, “Hysterically amusing"

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