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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 7, 2021?

31 free events take place on Saturday, August 7 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 7 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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31 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Saturday, August 7, 2021

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

Festival | 2021 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival


To celebrate the Year of the Ox and NYC’s Summer of Recovery, the 2021 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York will return. The festival will feature invitational races. The colorful contestant boats will have a dragon head at the front and dragon tail at the rear. Crew members — paddlers, drummer, steering person – will power them through the water. On the nearby shore, a stage will host an all-day cultural program with live music by the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, martial arts by New York Shaolin Temple, and tales by professional storyteller Jonathan Kruk. As this is New York State’s largest multi-cultural festival, the fun will include a Caribbean steel drum performance from the CASYM Steel Orchestra and other non-Asian presentations. At other spots, sponsors and community-based organizations will staff booths to provide giveaways and interact with the public.
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:00 am
Free
Festivals, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, 2021 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

Workshop | Pilates


These classes improve flexibility and build strength, while remaining low-impact. Open to all fitness levels. Saturdays, June 19-October 2, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Workshops, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Pilates

Dance Lesson | Fan Dancing Workshop


Explore this traditional Chinese folk dance with Margaret Yuen, an instructor from the Red Silk Dancers. Tuesdays and Saturdays, July 17-August 28, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Dance Lessons, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Fan Dancing Workshop

Workshop | Saturday Yoga


Classes of Vinyasa Yoga - a series of flowing poses linked to awareness of the breath - with instructor Jennifer Batson. Classes are designed for all experience levels. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat or a towel. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, class size is limited to 36 students who must remain six feet apart while practicing. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Masks are required for entry to the park but can be removed during the class session as participants are spaced at least six feet apart. Session 1: 9:30 - 10:30am Session 2: 11am - 12pm Weather permitting Saturdays, May 22 - September 18, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Workshops, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Saturday Yoga

Workshop | Beach Yoga


Instructor Sonia leads yoga practice combining meditation and movement. Bring sunscreen, yoga mat, water, towel, yoga blocks, and yoga strap. Saturdays. June 19, 2021-August 28, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshops, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Beach Yoga

Workshop | Canoeing in the Bay


Paddling and rowing on Jamaica Bay. Sebago will host open houses for neighborhood residents and the general public. In addition to touring the grounds and meeting club members, visitors will be able to join short paddling or rowing excursions on the protected waters of the basin. Guided group outings led by trip leaders in kayaks, canoes and other rowing vessels will last approximately 30 minutes.  All minors (under 18) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardians. Participants must be 16 years old to use single occupancy kayaks. Minors of any age may board any other vessel accompanied by a parent or guardian. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Canoeing in the Bay

Workshop | Intro Class: Earth-Based Psychotherapy (virtual)


Regardless of your chosen framework of psychotherapy, this training will provide you with a basic competency in several earth-based practices that can be woven into the model(s) you presently use. These can be used for any emotional issue: Depression, trauma, anxiety, anger/resentment, fear, self worth or to enhance your positive aspects such as resilience, courage, determination, humor, creativity. With Monique Lang.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Workshops, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Intro Class: Earth-Based Psychotherapy (virtual)

Workshop | Kayaking


Glide along the water while kayaking this summer! All levels are welcome. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. Saturdays, June 5-September 25, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Kayaking

Dance Lesson | Moves with Limón Dance


Experience the joy of movement and dance. Led by dancers from the world-renowned Limón Dance Company, this modern dance class is open to all levels and ages. Revel in the joy of dance! Saturdays, July 10-September 25, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Moves with Lim&oacute;n Dance

Workshop | Dance Fitness Class


A free dance fitness class. This class is good for participants of all fitness levels. Saturdays, July 3-October 16, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshops, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Dance Fitness Class

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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11:00 am
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Workshops, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Juggling Outdoors

Poetry Reading | Poetry Outdoors


Up-and-coming poets read their work. 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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12:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Poetry Outdoors

Play | Critical Care, or Rehearsing for a Nurse: Street Theater


A play about a young lady named Rose, who is studying to be a nurse. She takes a job in a nursing home so that she will be able to pay her tuition, books, and living expenses. But COVID-19 rears its ugly head, and Rose has a big fight on her hands, to help to save her city and her own future as a pediatric nurse. In this beautiful story, the old and the new, the old and the young, all come together, to assure us that this pandemic will end, and together, we shall survive.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Critical Care, or Rehearsing for a Nurse: Street Theater

Festival | An Afternoon of Food, Music, Art and More


Through an afternoon of food, music, hands-on creative workshops, poetry, and art, you will find ways to nourish both your body and your spirit. This program is developed, organized, and led by paid youth in a skills-building and leadership development program. Featured artists include BewareLX, Luphoriccc, Jaylynn McDougald, and Myles Brando.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, An Afternoon of Food, Music, Art and More

Party | CANCELED***Uptown Bounce: Celebrating Black Music and Culture***CANCELED


THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. El Museo del Barrio, the Museum of the City of New York and The Africa Center are excited to bring back the popular summer block party, Uptown Bounce. This year, they are celebrating Black music and culture from the 1970s to present day. Featuring live music, art exhibitions on view, a marketplace with local vendors, art-making workshops, and more. Open to all ages.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Partys, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, CANCELED***Uptown Bounce: Celebrating Black Music and Culture***CANCELED

Birdwatching | Island Bird Walk


Meet the birds of Governors Island with one of their expert guides. Over 220 bird species have been spotted on the island, which provides excellent habitat all year round. Whether you’re an expert birder or a beginner, these tours will help you discover all of the bird life the island has to offer. Binoculars are available to borrow. Limited to 10. Saturdays, July 3-October 30, 2021 (except July 17)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Island Bird Walk

Jazz | Jazz Bassist and His Band


Bassist and composer Nori Naraoka performs with his group. Nori has played all over the world at various festivals, including The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, The High Sierra Music Festival in California, The Rochester Jazz Festival in New York, The Heineken Jazz Festival in Spain, The Ueda Jazz Festival in Japan, The Ingolstadt Jazz Festival in Germany, The Bourbon Street Festival in Brazil. The event will be held indoors for rain.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Jazz Bassist and His Band

Jazz | Jazz Concert in the Park with Dizzy Gillespie Big Band & The Music of Jimmy Heath


With: -- Alyson Williams, Emcee -- Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green Quartet -- Allen Harris Quintet -- Dizzy Gillespie Big Band & The Music of Jimmy Heath
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Jazz Concert in the Park with Dizzy Gillespie Big Band & The Music of Jimmy Heath

Fair | The 9th Annual Hindu Lamp Ceremony


Dance artist and educator Aeilushi Mistry will bring peace and harmony to the community as she performs the traditional Hindu Aarti ceremony. The Aarti ceremony is traditionally performed each morning and evening along India's rivers, in order to convey gratitude to mother river, reflect on community, and remember loved ones. This year's ceremony is especially important as we honor the loss many have experienced in the past year of COVID-19. They will decorate palm leaf lamps and release them along the East River to make prayers and pay our respects to loved ones. Guest artists will also present their work at this event.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, The 9th Annual Hindu Lamp Ceremony

Performance | Famous Theater Company: Shakespeare-Inspired Performances


Breaking traditional theatrical molds, this acclaimed theater company invites people to gather in public venues and play a role in creating each show. It will offer the audience an opportunity to participate in a kind of narrative that speaks to the collective and individual resilience, healing, and joy in this long-awaited moment to be together again.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:30 pm
Free
Performances, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Famous Theater Company: Shakespeare-Inspired Performances

Concert | Brandee Younger: Harp Music in Fresh New Way


Hear harp music in a fresh new way when composer, educator, and concert curator Brandee Younger plucks the strings in this performance. Classical, jazz, soul, and funk are all part of Younger's unique musical world, which includes collaborations with jazz luminaries Jack DeJohnette, Wycliffe Gordon, Charlie Haden, and Ravi Coltrane. In 2019, she performed in Quincy Jones and Steve McQueen's concert series Soundtrack of America, and her composition "Hortense" was featured in Beyonce's Netflix concert-documentary Homecoming. Her eclectic style was most recently showcased on her newest album, Force Majeure.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Concerts, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Brandee Younger: Harp Music in Fresh New Way

Opening Reception | Bushman's Poetry, Starman's Prank: Going for It on Canvas


A definitive Hwi Hahm style does not exist — at least not yet. That is because his paintings are not invested in a continuum, they are all about the feel, the excitement, the going-for-it-ness of putting brush to canvas. These are paintings he simply has to paint, interested as he is first and foremost in an image’s mystique, the power and pull they have over him. When a picture shows up in his life and demands to be painted, when it tugs at his brain and at his dexterous brush-holding
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Bushman's Poetry, Starman's Prank: Going for It on Canvas

Concert | 3 Live Music Acts in a Trendy Neighborhood


Enjoy outdoor live music on the cobblestones from three different acts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, 3 Live Music Acts in a Trendy Neighborhood

Play | The Count of Monte Cristo: Adaptation of Dumas' Classic Novel


The Count Of Monte Cristo is one of the greatest tales of betrayal, adventure, and revenge the world has ever known. When the dashing and guileless Edmond Dantes is betrayed by his best friend and wrongly imprisoned, he becomes consumed by thoughts of vengeance. After a miraculous escape, he transforms himself into the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo, insinuates himself into the French nobility, and puts his cunning plan of revenge in action. Directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith Written by Susane Lee, adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. July 29th - August 22nd, Thur through Sun at 6:30 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Plays, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, The Count of Monte Cristo: Adaptation of Dumas' Classic Novel

Play | Under Woodside: A Typical Day in Queens


What’s a typical day in Queens? A new poetic prose play ponders this question. Sunnyside resident Juliann Lavallee’s newest work, Under Woodside, uses inspiration from the 1954 Dylan Thomas poem "Under Milk Wood" to depict a single day within a few borough blocks. Directed by Bryna Kearney, Under Woodside feels like a long-awaited, post-Covid group hug. It strives to capture NYC’s flavor in a way that resonates with natives, transplants, and vacationers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Under Woodside: A Typical Day in Queens

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. Performed by New York Classical Theatre. 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
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Plays, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, King Lear -- with a Happy Ending

Dance Performance | Mexican Dance Festival


This company performs selections from its stories celebrating summer, life, and the Mexican community. Calpulli will offer a pre-show workshop with dance and music at 4pm. Then the company of musicians and dancers take the stage with the movement, costuming, and joy in a show for the entire family. Aug. 5-7, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Mexican Dance Festival

Play | Antony & Cleopatra: Shakespeare's Tragedy of Ancient Times


Shakespeare depicts tragedy after a fateful meeting that reshaped the ancient world. Just like Caesar before him, Roman general and ruler Marc Antony falls madly in love with Cleopatra, the enchanting Queen of Egypt. Power collides while passion runs amok in this exotic and intriguing tale, which ends in suicide. A Woodside-based theater company is presenting this play.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Antony & Cleopatra: Shakespeare's Tragedy of Ancient Times

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. NOTE: Tickets are available only through a digital lottery. Seats are not guaranteed. See below for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park

Film | Not Going Quietly (2021): Inspiring Documentary About A Man Who Started A Powerful Movement for Health Care Reform


A filmed exchange between a father and senator goes viral and sparks one of the most powerful movements in a generation. When 32-year-old activist and father Ady Barkan is diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; degenerative neuromuscular disease) and given four years to live, he finds himself in a deep depression, struggling to connect with his newborn son, whose presence reminds him of the future he will miss. But after a chance confrontation with Senator Jeff Flake goes viral, Ady decides to embark on a cross-country tour of America, using his final breaths to fight for healthcare justice. Ultimately, Ady discovers that collective action and speaking truth to power offers a source of hope for the future that transforms his relationship with his son and his belief in what is possible for his family. Directed by Nicholas Bruckman. The film will be preceded by Shal Ngo & James Burns' short The Box. A documentary hybrid about solitary confinement, following three people who have spent a combined nine years in solitary, one of whom co-directed the film. 8:00 PM: Doors Open 9:00 PM: Films Begin 10:50 PM: Q&A
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Films, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Not Going Quietly (2021): Inspiring Documentary About A Man Who Started A Powerful Movement for Health Care Reform

Classical Music | Mozart by Renowned Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra


All-Mozart Program: Symphony No. 1 in Eb major, K. 16 (1764) "The Jupiter Symphony", Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 (1788) The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, along with NYC student musicians, performs. Conducted by Louis Langree. Founded in 1966, the orchestra has become a cultural icon of New York City. It features musicians from diverse American orchestras, including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York City Ballet Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, among others. 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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Concerts, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Mozart by Renowned Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
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Musical | Broadway Cast in a Moving Story

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

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