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35 free events take place on Friday, August 13 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 13 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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35 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Friday, August 13, 2021

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

Workshop | Pilates Workshop


Dodge YMCA hosts a socially-distanced Pilates. Enhance your control, stability, coordination, endurance, balance, strength, and flexibility. Fridays, May 7-October 29, 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 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Pilates Workshop

Fair | Food Festival: Food and Goods Vendors


Street fair with authentic foods booths, merchandise vendors, and a variety of goods for you to explore and enjoy in the city of New York!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Food Festival: Food and Goods Vendors

Workshop | Watercolor Painting


With a teaching artist..
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshops, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Watercolor Painting

Classical Music | Herbert von Karajan, The Berlin Philharmonic: Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 (virtual)


In this film from 1973, Herbert von Karajan leads the preeminent Berlin Philharmonic with soloist Alexis Weissenberg in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 live at the Berlin Philharmonie. Generally regarded as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989) was a dominant figure in European classical music from the mid-1950s until his death. By one estimate, he was the top-selling classical music recording artist of all time, having sold an estimated 200 million records. Praised by Herbert von Karajan as "one of the best pianists of our time," Alexis Weissenberg (1929-2012) was a Bulgarian-born French pianist. He had performed with the Israel Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and more. The streaming will be available until August 20.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Herbert von Karajan, The Berlin Philharmonic: Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 (virtual)

Concert | Piano Concert Outdoors


Piano concert series, showcasing ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists. Today: Brazilian/American pianist Luiz Simas is a versatile performer who feels totally at ease with both the music of his native Brazil and the American genres of jazz and ragtime. Keyboard Magazine has described his playing as "sassy, clear and vibrant," and his music as "fresh, smart and witty."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Piano Concert Outdoors

Workshop | Juggling Lessons


Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in Midtown Manhattan. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Workshops, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Juggling Lessons

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 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Famous Theater Company: Shakespeare-Inspired Performances

Concert | 3 Folk Music Acts (virtual)


Critically acclaimed performances return via Facebook Live. Featuring: 6:00 pm: Megan Burtt 6:30 pm: St. Lenox 7:00 pm: Jaimee Harris
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, 3 Folk Music Acts (virtual)

Opening Reception | Discount for Ugly People: Vivid, Popping Colors


This debut New York solo exhibition showcases a fine artist who has more than 10 years of self-taught experience. The exhibition will show a large part of his art and will incorporate his new pieces in the exhibition. He plays with the idea of creating vivid popping colors objects and subjects seen through the Artist’s narration which is marinated and embodied an unedited, playful densely yet expressive cursory dance of satirical surrealism. In this collection, he has passionately incorporated his Artist journey from the world of caricature to another level, is always recognized in any event he participates in despite language barriers. And his recent project during Covid-19, which won a documentary EMMY. This mixture of media has lead him to produce one of the pieces called “The Migrant Odyssey”, this painting is massive in size and a feast for the sights. Every nook and cranny of the surface of this painting is a thread of Migration of human and animal narrative with an outpour of captative speed with its frenzy visual conversations. Jorge, multitudes of accomplishment from a Documentary based on his life as a Venezuelan immigrant from the United States, which led him to be awarded the EMMY awards, on December 12, 2020, in its 44th edition. This documentary already has participated in 21 festivals, among which Jorge was awarded as "Best Visual Artist of the Year" by the Los Angeles Film Awards. And in 2016 Jorge Torrealba moved to the city of Miami, Florida, managing to win the award “Legacy Through Art of the World Poker Tour Miami, 2017” upon his arrival. It has also been recognized by the International Society of Cartoon Artists (ISCA) in 2019 for "The Most Innovative Technique" and "2nd place in Exceptional 3D Technique" and in 2020, with "1st Place, in Technique Exceptional". The Gallery will require free, limited timed passes for entry into One Art Space. Click “Select A Time” to reserve your passes. Passes will indicate a 1-hour entry window between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. (The Gallery will be open from 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.) While we will do our best to honor the scheduled time on your pass, entry into the Gallery will be subject to building capacity and safety. Please arrive within the 1-hour window listed on your pass. Please have your pass available (on your phone or printed) for entry. A limited of 90 passes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for every 1-hour entry window between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. We're limiting passes to ensure that there is adequate space for staff and visitors to maintain physical distancing in the gallery with occupancy limitations in mind. Visitor Guidelines: Entry for the opening reception of “Discount for Ugly People” at One Art Space needs to be booked in advance. The opening reception of “Discount for Ugly People” will be open from 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Masks are required for entry. All visitors must wear face coverings. Restrooms will not be open to the public and we ask that you plan your visit with this in mind. At all-time on the premise-please follows and respect the 6 feet social distancing guidelines. By entering One Art Space, you are confirming on wellness health checks that you’re currently not sick and have not recently in the last 14 days been in contact with someone who is currently ill with COVID-19. We look forward to your visit to the Gallery! Tags   United States Events New York Events Things to do in New York, NY   Share with friends     Location One Art Space 23 Warren Street New York, NY 10007 View Map
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Discount for Ugly People: Vivid, Popping Colors

Opening Reception | Lucid Dreams: Group Exhibition


A five-artist show featuring exploratory and whimsical paintings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Lucid Dreams: Group Exhibition

Dance Lesson | Harlem Moves Dance Workshop


The world-renowned Limón Company Dancers teach the energetic Limón Technique, accompanied by live music. No experience necessary. Class is open to all levels.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Harlem Moves Dance Workshop

Performance | Performance Art: The Interconnectedness of Life


An artist will shapeshift in and out of hoops. Stories, poetry, music, and movement will become glitterized as our culture and values are illuminated. Expect audience participation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Performance Art: The Interconnectedness of Life

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 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Critical Care, or Rehearsing for a Nurse: Street Theater

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 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, 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 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Under Woodside: A Typical Day in Queens

Workshop | Drum Circle


A weekly sunset drumming circle in the tradition of West African rhythm and dance. Drums provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Drum Circle

Workshop | Tai Chi


Explore this low-impact, meditative form of exercise. Open to all fitness levels. Fridays, June 18-October 1, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Tai Chi

Jazz | Blending Jazz, Haitian Sacred Song and Electronic Pop


One of the world's best known and most highly respected expert in the centuries old Haitian Vodou religion spotlights elements of Vodou ritual in a clear and engaging fashion that draws from personal experience, tapping into his many decades as a performer and his accomplished hand as a playwright and arts presenter. Ordained as a Houngan (Vodou priest) in his teens, his newest album is a showcase for an eclectic and innovative blend of contemporary jazz, Haitian sacred songs, Creole folk, improvisation and electronic pop. 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
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Blending Jazz, Haitian Sacred Song and Electronic Pop

Concert | Bossa Nova Quartet


Enjoy live Brazilian music, featuring the Arnaldo B Quartet. Drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Bossa Nova Quartet

Dance Performance | Dance Festival (virtual)


With companies from South Korea, Paraguay, Switzerland, Vietnam, and Australia.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Dance Festival (virtual)

Concert | Dominican-Born Guitarist and Composer


Yasser Tejeda is a guitarist, producer, arranger and composer born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic currently based in Brooklyn. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Yasser is currently focused on his group "Yasser Tejeda & Palotre" who have just released their new album Kijombo (2019). Since it's release, they have performed at Bric Jazz Festival, Afro-Latino Fest and WNYC New Sounds.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Dominican-Born Guitarist and Composer

Jazz | Jazz in the Park


A Jazzmobile presentation featuring Nubian Ball by Craig Harris (trombone), a celebration of the music of SunRa.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Jazz in the Park

Concert | Latin Music


Enjoy live salsa music with Cuarteto Guatac. This event takes place each Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Latin Music

Jazz | Young Stars of Jazz


In this performance, this collective of incredible young jazz musicians will take you on a journey through blues, swing and improvisation. Featuring: Anthony Hervey - Trumpet Alexa Tarantino - Alto saxophone Julian Lee - Tenor saxophone Isaiah J. Thompson - Piano Endea Owns - Bass Kyle Poole - Drums
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Young Stars of Jazz

Play | A Small Handful: Poet Anne Sexton's Complex Journey (virtual; streaming through August 16)


Sharing the experience of life in the extreme is the stuff of poetry. Expressed through the voice – an experiment in speech and song – we can discover something about the endurance of Anne Sexton’s complex journey. The enfleshment of her poetry through speech, song, and performance breathes life into those words, even as the poet, herself, makes an ultimate exit. Composer Gilda Lyons wrote this set of unaccompanied songs to text by Anne Sexton (1928-1974). A filmed piece, spoken by Paula Langton and sung by Kayleigh Riess. Running time is approximately 30 minutes. Anne Sexton was one of the most widely-read poets of the 20th century, publishing nine volumes of poetry before her death in 1974. She was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, the 1967 Shelley Memorial Prize, the 1962 Levinson Prize, and the Frost Fellowship to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, A Small Handful: Poet Anne Sexton's Complex Journey (virtual; streaming through August 16)

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 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Antony & Cleopatra: Shakespeare's Tragedy of Ancient Times

Concert | Grandson of a Reggae Legend


This grandson of a reggae legend has carved out a unique space for himself in the music world with an energetic blend of rock, rap, and pop and collaborations with the likes of HER, Rick Ross, and Ari Lennox. A Philly-based rapper and producer who emerged from the collectives Indigold, Liberal Art, and Third Eye Optiks kicks things off.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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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Comedy Club | Hack City Comedy Show (virtual)


A monthly stand-up comedy Zoom show produced by the hosts of Asian Not Asian Podcast, Fumi Abe & Mic Nguyen. About this event If having an Asian guy on a comedy show is unusual, then having two is just overkill. But that’s what comics Fumi Abe and Michael Nguyen are trying to do with their Hack City comedy show — overkill on the funnies. Join the two as they host one of NYC’s most diverse comedy shows, featuring comics from MTV, Comedy Central, and your Facebook feed. This show has featured rising and established comics including Emma Willmann (Late Show with Stephen Colbert), Josh Johnson (Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon), Anthony Devito (Comedy Central Half Hour) and Langston Kerman (HBO's Insecure) to name a few.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Hack City Comedy Show (virtual)

Concert | Tony-Winning Actor and Singer Brian Stokes Mitchell: Broadway Songs and More


Broadway's favorite leading man Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me, Kate; Man of La Mancha; Ragtime), whose velvet baritone has been captivating Broadway audiences since the 1990s, will perform a wide range of songs, including favorites from the American Songbook and Broadway. Accompanied by a trio of musicians. 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
8:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Tony-Winning Actor and Singer Brian Stokes Mitchell: Broadway Songs and More

Movie in a Park | Frozen II (2019): Animated Disney Sequel


Elsa the Snow Queen and her sister Anna embark on an adventure far away from the kingdom of Arendelle. They are joined by friends, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven. Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee Stars: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad
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Movie in a Parks, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Frozen II (2019): Animated Disney Sequel

Movie in a Park | In the Heights (2021): Lin-Manuel Miranda's Musical Ode to a Neighborhood


A film version of the Broadway musical in which Usnavi, a New York bodega owner, saves every penny every day as he imagines and sings about a better life. Directed by Jon M. Chu Stars: Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace
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Movie in a Parks, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, In the Heights (2021): Lin-Manuel Miranda's Musical Ode to a Neighborhood

Movie in a Park | Red Pill (2021): On the Eve of the 2020 Election


An award-winning, visually stunning, campy metaphor for all our fears and a reminder that there are worse things than death. Halloween weekend of the 2020 election, six old friends ride into red country armed with humor and naiveté. When they meet an immovable force, their plans are thwarted and their fight to win the election becomes a fight for their lives. Directed by Tonya Pinkins Stars: Rubén Blades, Catherine Curtin, Kathryn Erbe Preceded at 7pm by a talkback witrh the director and cast.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Red Pill (2021): On the Eve of the 2020 Election

Dancing | Silent Disco


Groove this summer to hot dance party sets with a different world-class DJ every time. Tonight, DJ Moma and DJ Eli "Escobar" hit the ones and twos for a one-of-a-kind Friday the 13th dance party. 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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Dancings, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Silent Disco

Comedy Club | Late Night Comedy/Variety Show


This show is an intimate and often silly storytelling experience from the perspective of an Afro-Latinx trans American.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, August 13, 2021, 08/13/2021, Late Night Comedy/Variety Show
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