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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 4, 2021?

29 free events take place on Wednesday, August 4 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 4 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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29 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Wednesday, August 4, 2021

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

Workshop | Boot Camp Workout


The Rise NYC, a community driven pop-up fitness group, hosts an early morning boot camp. Rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, push-ups, burpees, and mountain climbers ensure a mixture of cardio and strength training that will keep you coming back, and seeing results. No equipment necessary; smiles and high-fives encouraged!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 am
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Workshops, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, Boot Camp Workout

Workshop | Tai Chi in Midtown


Learn and master this Chinese martial art for health and self-defense.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 am
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Workshops, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, Tai Chi in Midtown

Tour | Walking Tour at Major Midtown Square


Join in for an enjoyable walking tour and learn about a successfully transformation of "Needle Park" of the 1970s into Manhattan's Town Square of today. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Tours, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, Walking Tour at Major Midtown Square

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
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Workshops, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, Juggling Outdoors

Lecture | Today’s Hanji: Current Perspectives from Korea (virtual)


Hanji is Korean paper, and has a nearly milennia-old history of supporting creative, government, military, household, and ritual purposes. In this lecture, you will learn about the techniques behind making hanji alongside stories from the current landscape of papermakers who still labor in obscurity to produce a variety of fine paper that persists today. Lecturer Aimee Lee is an artist who makes paper, writes, and advocates for Korean papermaking practices.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, Today&rsquo;s Hanji: Current Perspectives from Korea (virtual)

Author Reading | Memoir Writers


Authors offer advice and discuss their latest books.  With: Jennifer Murphy, First Responder: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Love on New York City’s Frontlines Michelle Orange, Pure Flame: A Legacy Susie Petruccelli, Raised a Warrior: A Memoir of Soccer, Grit, and Leveling the Playing Field Ben Philippe, Sure, I’ll Be Your Black Friend: Notes from the Other Side of the Fist Bump Rob Sedgwick, Bob Goes to Jail: A Memoir
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Author Readings, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, Memoir Writers

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 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, Piano Concert Outdoors

Workshop | Knitting in the Park


Swing by for free instruction from Knitty City, New York City’s favorite yarn community and store, and knit with fellow enthusiasts. Yarn and needles are provided. Wednesdays, June 30-August 25, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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Workshops, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, Knitting in the Park

Opening Reception | Landline: New Photographs


An opportunity to exhibit two new photographic works by Emile Rubino. Here they are in dialogue with a 1976 lithograph by the German artist Konrad Klapheck. Rubino, a young French photographer, who studied in Vancouver and New York and now lives in Brussels, works the semantic "in-between" of a medium that often presents in a much more declarative register. Rubino's two photographs exhibited here, of a mouth pressed in a hard kiss on the surface of an iPhone, and of a bulb style cable release twixt the artist's butt cheeks, together suggest relations between the body and its tools; and between means of knowing (through imaging, bodily investigation, erotic encounter, etc.) and those of digestion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, Landline: New Photographs

Tour | Battery Park City: 'Green Guidelines', Teardrop Park and More


The tour covers the north residential neighborhood of Battery Park City, built mostly after 2001 to mandatory "green guidelines." It was developed in several phases, beginning with Stuyvesant High School at the northeast edge and the esplanade and Rockefeller Park along the Hudson. A diagonal avenue lined with apartment buildings creates one face of the neighborhood, while the inner courts of the large blocks are connected by the delightful Teardrop Park, designed by experts in sustainability, soil toxicity, and waterfront infrastructure, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. Explore this small park which concentrates landscape architecture into a miniature world. Tour duration is around 60 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free
Tours, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, Battery Park City: 'Green Guidelines', Teardrop Park and More

Workshop | Kayaking


Glide along the water while kayaking this summer! All levels are welcome. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. Wednesdays, June 2-August 25, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, Kayaking

Workshop | Fitness on the Waterfront


Your one-stop-shop for a complete body and mind workout. Barre seamlessly blends moves from ballet, Pilates, strength training, and yoga. You will be guided through a series of micro-movements and active holds, using your body weight for resistance. These small, isolated movements yield extensive results: long, lean, sculpted lines. You'll work muscles you didn't even know you have and feel them for days after. What to bring/wear: Yoga or Pilates mat, water and hand towel. Wear comfortable workout clothes - pants, leggings, or capris, and a workout tank or t-shirt. Grip socks optional, bare feet welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, Fitness on the Waterfront

Workshop | Outdoor Fitness


Get fit during this outdoor workout series aimed to help you build strength, get toned, and relax. A variety of fun and challenging classes will be taught by instructors from top NYC fitness studios. Wednesdays, May 12-September 8, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, Outdoor Fitness

Workshop | Sunset Yoga


Join a class with Thai James. Bring your own mat.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, Sunset Yoga

Classical Music | Classical Music: Baroque to Cutting Edge


These brilliant musicians bring thrilling virtuosity and energy to everything they perform. Their command of a vast range of repertoire that spans the Baroque era to cutting-edge works by leading composers of today makes each performance a fascinating journey of musical discovery. Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and passionate advocates for their communities, these forward-looking musicians are part of a two-year fellowship that aims to redefine what it means to be a musician in the 21st century. Wednesdays through August 11, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, Classical Music: Baroque to Cutting Edge

Dance Lesson | Dance Workshop


A workshop led by Ballroom Basix. Lessons will encompass a variety of dance styles. Bring water.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, Dance Workshop

Workshop | HIIT Class


A dynamic and challenging HIIT class (adaptable to all levels of ability) on one of the park's newest piers. Wednesdays, June 16-September 29, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, HIIT Class

Play | Becoming Othello: A One-Woman "Living Memoir"


Classically trained actress and playwright Debra Ann Byrd's one-woman "living memoir" and musical play explores her upbringing as a young girl raised in Spanish Harlem and the painstaking process of expressing that sometimes troubled personal history through her acclaimed gender-switched performance as the Moor of Venice. Byrd's life as a single mother and as an artist provide her with the grounding and depth necessary to inhabit Othello, but it is the willing bravery to share her unseen truths that most resonates with her audiences. In this new adaptation of the play, she mines the Shakespearean tradition to showcase the struggle, triumph and excellence of the uptown Black experience. Please note: They recommend arriving 20 minutes before the performance, and will begin seating standby guests 5 minutes before start time. While they'll do their best to accommodate as many guests as possible, they cannot guarantee admission.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, Becoming Othello: A One-Woman "Living Memoir"

Play | King Lear -- with a Happy Ending


This version of King Lear by William Shakespeare will employ Nahum Tate's 1681 "happy ending." The original source material for King Lear wasn't a tragedy! Tate's adaptation--which lets our well-meaning royal live and let live--was performed almost exclusively until the 1840s. For your safety, the in-person performances will have limited attendance based on the NYC Department of Parks & Rec guidelines.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Plays, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, King Lear -- with a Happy Ending

Author Reading | The Contemporary American Essay: The Blossoming of Creative Nonfiction (Zoom)


Writer and editor Phillip Lopate launches his new essay anthology. The first decades of the twenty-first century have witnessed a blossoming of creative nonfiction. In this extraordinary collection, Phillip Lopate gathers essays by forty-seven of America's best contemporary writers, mingling long-established eminences with newer voices and making room for a wide variety of perspectives and styles. The Contemporary American Essay is a monument to a remarkably adaptable form and a treat for anyone who loves fantastic writing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, The Contemporary American Essay: The Blossoming of Creative Nonfiction (Zoom)

Tour | Garment District History Tour: Fashion, Immigrants, Child Labor, Triangle Factory Fire, Gangsters (Zoom)


"Walk" the streets of the Garment District with your tour guide Mike Kaback. Topics included: - Your guide's personal experiences in the fashion industry/district over the last half century: changes in fashion through the years; - Immigrants and the growth of the NYC apparel industry: factories and workers; visit into several factories over the years; - The Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire of 1911: unions and gangsters; - How the Garment District of today relocated to its current location: Fashion Ave and The Fashion Walk of Fame; - A look into the future of the garment industry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, Garment District History Tour: Fashion, Immigrants, Child Labor, Triangle Factory Fire, Gangsters (Zoom)

Jazz | Jazz in a Park


With trumpeter-brother Philip, Winard Harper co-led the Harper Brothers, one of the most successfulartistically and popularity-wisestraight-ahead, jazz bands from 1988 through to its 1993 dissolution. Like Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers before them, the Harper Brothers were a great incubator of talent. Now, through his ensemble Jeli Posse, Winard Harper develops and mentors many young jazz musicians who have gone on to successful careers including Jazzmeia Horn, Josh Evans and Bruce Williams. Jeli Posse appears regularly all over the United States from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to Yoshi's, the legendary West Coast jazz club and their most recent CD hit number one on the JazzWeek charts within weeks of its release.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, Jazz in a Park

Workshop | Writers Workshop: Fiction Writing


A workshop geared to sharpen, polish, and improve your skills as a writer. With Susan Breen.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Park | Homeroom (2021): Documentary by Emmy-Winning Director 


Homeroom follows a group of Oakland High School seniors in the tumultuous 2020 school year. The documentary is the final chapter in a trilogy of films by Emmy winner Peter Nicks—including The Waiting Room (2012) and The Force (2017)—examining the relationship between health care, criminal justice, and education in Oakland, CA over the past decade. Oakland is a rich microcosm of American Life and Homeroom highlights how Oakland High is no exception. Displaced by gentrification in the Bay Area, constricted by fear of deportation, and intimidated by police, they have a firsthand education in systemic injustice. At centerstage is Denilson Garibo, one of two Student Directors on the Board of Education representing the students in Oakland. His role places him between two worlds, bringing the concerns of his peers to the ears of adults who are often pursuing different priorities. In a year derailed by the pandemic and rocked by the national trauma of the police killings of George Floyd and so many others, Homeroom celebrates the tenacity of today’s youth and their determination to make change. 7:45 PM: Doors Open 9:00 PM: Film Begins 10:30 PM: Q&A with director Peter Nicks In the event of rain, the show will be rescheduled.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, Homeroom (2021): Documentary by Emmy-Winning Director&nbsp;

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
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Tour | Mexico City: Paseo de la Reforma (virtual, live stream)


With a length of approximately 14.7 km, Reforma is the most important and emblematic avenue in Mexico City, along its route there are essential monuments of the capital of Mexico such as the Angel of Independence. On this trip the guide will walk a small part of this avenue while telling you its history and monuments that decorate it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Tours, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, Mexico City: Paseo de la Reforma (virtual, live stream)

Concert | The Trinidadian Calypso King


Light a candle and hold it up as the Trinidadian Calypso King and inimitable vocalist and storyteller Mighty Sparrow brings the Caribbean island fire for a career-spanning set of songs. Mighty Sparrow's legacy spans nearly the entire history of recordings, from 78s to digital downloads, and his standing in 20th century music ranks alongside the greats of his generation. The preeminent calypsonian's first performance in America since 2019 will include a selection of his greatest hits from a songwriting catalogue of over 600 tracks and more than 80 albums, including such Carnival classics as "Jean and Dinah," "Sparrow Dead," and "Mr. Walker." For calypso fans both young and old, this promises to be the summer's must-see concert.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, The Trinidadian Calypso King

Movie in a Park | Ghostbusters (1984): Sci-Fi Comedy with Bill Murray


Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. Director: Ivan Reitman Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, August 04, 2021, 08/04/2021, Ghostbusters (1984): Sci-Fi Comedy with Bill Murray

Comedy Club | Comedy Show with Janeane Garofalo and Others


This week's show features: Janeane Garofalo (Wet Hot American Summer) Corinne Fisher (Guys We F**ked) Reg Thomas (MTV) Giulia Rozzi (Chelsea Lately) Tanael Joachim (Comedy Cellar)
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Musical | Broadway Cast in a Moving Story

Regular Price: $59
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Classical Music | Grammy-Nominated Chorus Performs J.S. Bach

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