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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 2, 2021?

15 free events take place on Monday, August 2 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 2 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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15 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Monday, August 2, 2021

All events are free unless otherwise noted. ONLINE EVENTS ARE MARKED AS SUCH.

Tour | Amsterdam: Trading on Tolerance (virtual, live stream)


Amsterdam was a powerful and pragmatic trading town. International trade meant the meeting of different values and cultures. So the town often tolerated things they didn't agree with. Don't be fooled into thinking this was ultraism, it wasn't a 'celebration of diversity' by any means; it was definitely a 'putting up with differences'. When people went too far, they paid the ultimate price. The Dutch have famously tolerated prostitution (Red Light District), Catholics (Hidden Churches) and cannabis (Coffeeshops) when all those things were illegal. They rather harshly did NOT tolerate people endangering trade. Take a walk around the very old historic centre: the Old Church/Red Light District (N.B. it is illegal to show women in windows) / Zeedijk / Nieuwmarkt. The stories are interesting and the scenery is superb.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Tours, August 02, 2021, 08/02/2021, Amsterdam: Trading on Tolerance (virtual, live stream)

Workshop | Photography: Walking the Trails


Explore the beautiful trails of the park as a group and learn to take compelling photos of nature on your phone or personal camera. No photography experience necessary! This is a class intended for adults. Classes will be cancelled if forecasts predict inclement weather.   Mondays, July 19-August 16, 2021  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 am
Free
Workshops, August 02, 2021, 08/02/2021, Photography: Walking the Trails

Workshop | Juggling Outdoors


Take a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching the jugglers put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided and regularly sanitized.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
Free
Workshops, August 02, 2021, 08/02/2021, Juggling Outdoors

Concert | Piano Concert Outdoors


Piano concert series, showcasing ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists. Today: A former student of jazz legend Kenny Barron, Victor Lin is happy to have been a part of the series since it began in 2004. As both a pianist and a violinist, Victor has performed at venues throughout NYC such as The Blue Note, Flushing Town Hall, The Asia Society, and The Knickerbocker. Victor is currently an instructor at Columbia University and the director of the jazz department at The Calhoun School on the upper west side of Manhattan, where he has taught for the last 15 years.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, August 02, 2021, 08/02/2021, Piano Concert Outdoors

Book Discussion | Pulitzer Prize Winner Glenn Frankel on His Acclaimed Shooting Midnight Cowboy


The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Glenn Frankel talks about his book Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic. It reveals the history of the controversial 1969 Oscar-winning film Midnight Cowboy, which depicts the unlikely friendship between two hustlers: naive sex worker Joe Buck (Jon Voight) and ailing con man Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman). Frankel worked for many years at the Washington Post, serving as bureau chief in Southern Africa, London and Jerusalem, where he won a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. His movie books on the making of The Searchers and High Noon were bestsellers that have won critical acclaim, and he was selected as a Motion Picture Academy Film Scholar for his newest book, Shooting Midnight Cowboy. Hosted by film expert Scott Adlerberg. Books are available for purchase at the event and for signing by the author. Q&A will follow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free
Book Discussions, August 02, 2021, 08/02/2021, Pulitzer Prize Winner Glenn Frankel on His Acclaimed Shooting Midnight Cowboy

Workshop | Ping Pong


Grab a paddle and play! Equipment is provided. Mondays, July 12 – August 16, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Workshops, August 02, 2021, 08/02/2021, Ping Pong

Workshop | Physical Therapy-Based Workout


The bodyART method is a physical therapy based approach to movement training (PTBT). The objectives are injury prevention, pain reduction and sustainability for the knees, hips, shoulders, ankles, elbows and spine. You will leave class sweaty, energized, and feeling amazing. Also great for people looking to improve their cardiovascular stamina, strength, flexibility, mental focus and concentration in a holistic environment. Bring your own mat.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, August 02, 2021, 08/02/2021, Physical Therapy-Based Workout

Author Reading | Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health (virtual)


Author Leana Wen--emergency physician, former Baltimore health commissioner, CNN medical analyst, and Washington Post contributing columnist--has lived on the front lines of public health, leading the fight against the opioid epidemic, outbreaks of infectious disease, maternal and infant mortality, and COVID-19 disinformation. Here, in gripping detail, Wen lays bare the lifesaving work of public health and its innovative approach to social ills, treating gun violence as a contagious disease, for example, and racism as a threat to health.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
Free
Author Readings, August 02, 2021, 08/02/2021, Lifelines: A Doctor&rsquo;s Journey in the Fight for Public Health (virtual)

Workshop | Amp'd Workout


Start your week with Chelsea Piers Fitness! Hit the pavement and push your body to new limits in this class.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, August 02, 2021, 08/02/2021, Amp'd Workout

Workshop | Silent Disco


The Wave is a guided mindfulness-based movement and music experience that inspires mental, physical, and social well-being by inviting us to practice presence and non judgment, gratitude, and connection.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, August 02, 2021, 08/02/2021, Silent Disco

Workshop | Zumba in a Park


Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music, utilizing dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness program. This socially-distanced class features aerobic training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Sneakers are recommended. The class takes place every Monday until Oct 25, 2021. Check-in begins at 5:30 pm. Masks are required. Must sign a waiver before participating. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, August 02, 2021, 08/02/2021, Zumba in a Park

Workshop | HIIT Class


A dynamic and challenging HIIT class (adaptable to all levels of ability) on one of the park's newest piers. Mondays, June 14-September 27, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, August 02, 2021, 08/02/2021, HIIT Class

Author Reading | Summer Night Stories


This annual literature series offers evenings curated by local, independent bookstores. Featuring readings by: - Adam Wilson, author of Sensation Machines. A razor-sharp, darkly funny, and deeply human rendering of a Post-Trump America in economic free fall. - Justin Taylor, author of Riding with the Ghost. A memoir about fathers and sons, teachers and students, faith and illness, and the complicated legacy that each generation hands down to the next. - Tracy O'Neill, author of Quotients. Two people search for connection in a world of fractured identities and aliases, global finance, big data, intelligence bureaucracies, algorithmic logic, and terror. The evening includes a reading, Q&A, and book signing with the authors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Author Readings, August 02, 2021, 08/02/2021, Summer Night Stories

Author Reading | Ladyparts: A Memoir by a Bestselling Author (virtual)


Bestselling author Deborah Copaken launches her honest and unflinching new memoir. Part cautionary tale, part dystopian tragicomedy, Ladyparts is Copaken's irreverent inventory of both the female body and the body politic of womanhood in America. With her journalist's eye, her novelist's heart, and her performer's sense of timing, she provides a frontline account of one woman brought to her knees by the one-two-twelve punch of divorce, solo motherhood, lack of healthcare, unaffordable childcare, shady landlords, her father's death, college tuitions, sexual harassment, corporate indifference, ageism, sexism, and just plain old bad luck.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Author Readings, August 02, 2021, 08/02/2021, Ladyparts: A Memoir by a Bestselling Author (virtual)

Play | Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park


Set in South Harlem, amidst a vibrant and eclectic community of West African immigrants, This adaptation of The Merry Wives of Windsor is a New York story about tricks of the heart, performed in the heart of the city. A raucous spinoff featuring the Bard's most beloved comic characters, this hilarious farce tells the story of the trickster Falstaff and the wily wives who outwit him in a new celebration of Black joy, laughter, and vitality.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Plays, August 02, 2021, 08/02/2021, Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park
Complimentary Tickets

to shows, concerts ... (CFT Deals!)

Musical | Broadway Cast in a Moving Story

Regular Price: $59
CFT Member Price: $0.00

Classical Music | Grammy-Nominated Chorus Performs J.S. Bach

Regular Price: $30
CFT Member Price: $0.00
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