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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 8, 2021?

25 free events take place on Sunday, August 8 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 8 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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25 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Sunday, August 8, 2021

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

Film | Blood Diamond (2006): Five Oscar Nominations, Starring DiCaprio (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


DiCaprio stars as Danny Archer, a mercenary smuggler searching for a priceless diamond amid the chaos of Sierra Leone's civil war; Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator), as a desperate father searching for his lost son; and Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind), as a reporter searching for the truth behind the trade in 'conflict diamonds.' Forced to confront the brutal human cost of the diamond trade, Archer changes his search for financial reward to a quest for redemption. Directed by Edward Zwick.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 am
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Films, August 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, Blood Diamond (2006): Five Oscar Nominations, Starring DiCaprio (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Performance | The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Presents Flatbed Follies


New York City’s acclaimed variety arts ensemble, the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, presents Flatbed Follies, bringing performing arts to neighborhoods that have minimal arts programming and those areas hit hardest by COVID. Performances will take place upon an innovative series of parade float stages featuring circus artists from all five boroughs. There will even be a calliope wagon providing authentic circus music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 am
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Performances, August 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Presents Flatbed Follies

Tour | Germany's Munster: A Glance of a Medieval Town (virtual, live-stream)


Starting at the heart of Munster Cathedral square, join your guide to travel around the centre of the city and surrounding area of Cathedral. The highlights of the city will be discovered through cobbled stones of Munsters streets.
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:45 am
Free
Tours, August 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, Germany's Munster: A Glance of a Medieval Town (virtual, live-stream)

Fair | Outdoor Bazaar: Food, Antiques, Artists, Designers, Craft-Makers


From the hand made to the hand-picked, find every Sunday all one-of-a-kind art, fashion, vintage, collectibles, jewelry, antiques, global treasures and furniture you can't find anywhere else. A wide array of artisanal and international treats make the shopping excursion complete. Come hungry and support over 80 of local independent merchants. Masks are required. Reduced capacity.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, August 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, Outdoor Bazaar: Food, Antiques, Artists, Designers, Craft-Makers

Workshop | Sunday Yoga


Classes of Vinyasa Yoga – a series of flowing poses linked to awareness of the breath – with instructor Yojaida Estrella. Classes are designed for all experience levels. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat or a towel. Sundays, July 25-September 19, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, Sunday Yoga

Workshop | Vinyasa Yoga


Connect with the earth and the skies above in this all-level Vinyasa Yoga class in Brooklyn Bridge Park. This class will help all yogi's build towards peak poses and postures and grow your foundational knowledge of the practice of yoga. Sundays, May 9-October 24, 2021. Advanced registration is required. Registration opens every Tuesday at 10:00am for classes the following week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, Vinyasa Yoga

Fair | Waterfront Market: Music, Food, Antiques, Clothing, Roller Skating


The market offers food, shopping, family-friendly activities and entertainment: music, accessories, clothing, jewelry, pet supplies, beauty products, pottery and much more. Every Sat and Sun, 10 am - 5 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, August 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, Waterfront Market: Music, Food, Antiques, Clothing, Roller Skating

Fair | Pop-Up Market: One-of-a-Kind, Handmade Items


The market offers one-of-a-kind, handmade items from local artisans. This weekly event features more than twenty vendors offering artwork, jewelry, fashion, home and apothecary goods, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, August 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, Pop-Up Market: One-of-a-Kind, Handmade Items

Tour | Waterfront Walk: Guided Park Tour


Conservancy docents lead a walking tour traversing the Park's beautiful landscape. Learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, how the Park came to life, and its sustainable design.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free
Tours, August 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, Waterfront Walk: Guided Park Tour

Tour | Historic Flatiron District Walking Tour


Join a professional guide on a 90-minute journey through this vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the City's most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse, and the famous Flatiron Building. Every Sunday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free
Tours, August 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, Historic Flatiron District Walking Tour

Workshop | Learn Classical Indian Dance


A family-friendly class series led by various Queens-based dance groups. Learn classical Indian dance's beauty and expressiveness of arm and hand movements, as well as rhythmic steps and storytelling with teacher Antara Saha. This event is weather dependent.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, Learn Classical Indian Dance

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 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, Juggling Outdoors

Open Studios | Open Studios


This event reflects the artists' interdisciplinary art, music, science, and technology programming. Discover what residents are working on through open studios, make your own solar bot, catch DJs in the garden, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Open Studioss, August 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, Open Studios

Workshop | Lunchtime Meditation (livestream)


Connect with your core self. Step away from your hectic day to quiet your mind and nourish your soul with a thirty-minute meditation experience. Learn simple Kundalini Yoga breathing techniques and meditations that reduce stress, increase your focus, balance your emotions and magnify your presence. This session takes place in a chair and will include: -- simple physical warm ups -- breathing techniques -- deep relaxation -- meditation Feel refreshed and re-energized. Beginners and experienced meditators welcome. No change of clothes or yoga mat needed. Wednesdays, September 8 – December 15, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, Lunchtime Meditation (livestream)

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 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, Critical Care, or Rehearsing for a Nurse: Street Theater

Opening Reception | Transient Grounds: 15 Artists on the Immigrant Experience


An exhibition that houses the histories embedded and preserved by immigrant, first-generation, and borderland artists whose work counters the gradual forces of cultural erosion. The works unravel experiences and psychologies of hybridity, double-consciousness, memory, and belonging. They reclaim identities against the historic and persisting realities of colonialism, militance, and environmental crises of the Island and the United States at large. The exhibition of these fifteen artists’ work is not organized by region, but rather through common themes of their experiences: cultural synchronicity, double consciousness, terrestrial memory, inherited trauma, and reshaped distance.           Getting to Nolan Park 3 Minutes from Soissons Landing 7 Minutes from Yankee Pier 1 Minutes from Soissons Landing 5 Minutes from Yankee Pier Aug 8—Sep 11, 2021 Nolan Park - Building 6B Hours Saturday 12:00 PM — 5:00 PM Sunday 12:00 PM — 5:00 PM  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, August 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, Transient Grounds: 15 Artists on the Immigrant Experience

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
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2:00 pm
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Performances, August 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, Famous Theater Company: Shakespeare-Inspired Performances

Concert | Live Music Sunday


Lay out on the grass and enjoy live music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, August 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, Live Music Sunday

Play | Twelfth Night: Shakespeare's Comedic Love Triangle


Love flows freely in the Kingdom of Illyria — and confusion runs rampant – after a society woman lands ashore in a shipwreck. Shakespeare’s play follows a comedic love triangle full of mistaken identity and unrequited love, as nobles and servants navigate twisted, gender-bending paths. A Woodside-based theater company is presenting this play.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, August 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, Twelfth Night: Shakespeare's Comedic Love Triangle

Jazz | CANCELLED!! Trumpet Player and His Band CANCELLED!!


Known for his mellow and enticing tones on the trumpet and flugelhorn, Ryo Sasaki leads the Jazz Park Rangers. The event will be held indoors for rain.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, CANCELLED!! Trumpet Player and His Band CANCELLED!!

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
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Plays, August 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, The Count of Monte Cristo: Adaptation of Dumas' Classic Novel

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 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, King Lear -- with a Happy Ending

Classical Music | Met Opera Singers: Beloved Arias and Duets


Enjoy an enchanting program of arias and duets from some of opera's most beloved works. First come, first served. Doors open at 5 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, Met Opera Singers: Beloved Arias and Duets

Film | Raya and The Last Dragon (2021): Disney's Fantasy Adventure


Raya and the Last Dragon travels to the fantasy world of Kumandra, where humans and dragons lived together in harmony long ago. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it's up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people. However, along her journey, she'll learn that it'll take more than a dragon to save the world--it's going to take trust and teamwork as well. Proof of vaccination and masks required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, Raya and The Last Dragon (2021): Disney's Fantasy Adventure

Concert | An Internationally Inclusive Music and Spoken Word Festival


A stellar cast of artists hailing from across the globe, including interdisciplinary musical performers, spoken word poets, and a Senegalese kora player and vocalist. The evening's host is theatermaker and hip-hop artist Baba Israel. 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 08, 2021, 08/08/2021, An Internationally Inclusive Music and Spoken Word Festival
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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

Regular Price: $30
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