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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 16, 2021?

18 free events take place on Monday, August 16 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 16 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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18 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Monday, August 16, 2021

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

Tour | Buenos Aires: Street Art (virtual, live stream)


Buenos Aires is one of the best places to see Street Art in South America. Located in the residential neighborhood of Colegiales, this market, built in the 1920s originally sold fruit and vegetables. It occupies an entire block and is surrounded by amazing murals. In this tour you will see the work of Argentine and international artists and you will learn about graffitis, stencils, paste-ups, and murals. Your tour guide will share with you the stories behind the different pieces as well as the techniques, styles and motivations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free
Tours, August 16, 2021, 08/16/2021, Buenos Aires: Street Art (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
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Workshops, August 16, 2021, 08/16/2021, Photography: Walking the Trails

Concert | Piano Concert Outdoors


Piano concert series, showcasing ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists. Today: Danny Mixon has worked with such legendary performers as Lionel Hampton, Joe Williams, and Frank Foster and continues to be in Frank Foster's Loud Minority Big Band and his Non-Electric Company. He was honored to have participated in the first Newport Jazz Festival at Sea on the Queen Elizabeth 2. He was also a recipient along with Max Roach for the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation Jazz Appreciation award and in December, 2002 was awarded the Harlem Unsung Heroes of Afrikan Amerikan Classical Music award.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, August 16, 2021, 08/16/2021, 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 16, 2021, 08/16/2021, Juggling Lessons

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 16, 2021, 08/16/2021, Ping Pong

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 16, 2021, 08/16/2021, Amp'd Workout

Workshop | Drawing for Peace Workshop (virtual)


Educator Yali Romagoza explores artwork featured in the museum's recent show. Learn introductory drawing techniques and participate in a reflective conversation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, August 16, 2021, 08/16/2021, Drawing for Peace Workshop (virtual)

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 16, 2021, 08/16/2021, 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 16, 2021, 08/16/2021, HIIT Class

Dance Performance | Company at the Vanguard of American Modern Dance and Tap Dancing


The Limon Dance Company, the living legacy of dance theater, will perform two repertory classics: "Air for the G String" and a Suite from "The Winged". Air for the G String: Created by Doris Humphrey in 1928, Air for the G String is a sculptural dance set to Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major. "[Air for the G String] one of the most breathtaking performances. Beauty was everywhere, in every gesture of every draped fold of the women's robes." -- The New York Times The Winged: Through movement that resembles the intricate patterns and rhythms of birds in flight, The Winged transports you to a world of nature that blends with the world of man. Choreographed by Jose Limon in 1966, the piece possesses an unmatchable sense of beauty and breath. "'The Winged' is a marvelous work, both spacious and delicate - a distillation of what it means to float, to flutter, to soar." -- The Washington Post The performance includes Music From the Sole, which will present excerpts from existing and in-progress works, exploring their identity as both a dance company and a band, embracing that tap dance is both dance and music. Their performance honors tap's jazz and improvisational roots, and features original tap music that incorporates influences from Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, funk, and house.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, August 16, 2021, 08/16/2021, Company at the Vanguard of American Modern Dance and Tap Dancing

Dance Performance | Dance Festival


Featuring "Young Voices in Dance."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Dance Performances, August 16, 2021, 08/16/2021, Dance Festival

Author Reading | Readings Under the Bridge


Featuring Elisabet Velasquez reading from her upcoming book When We Make It (due out September 2021), Joel L. Daniels, author of A Book About Things I Will Tell My Daughter, and Keomi Tarver, artistic performer, teacher, and holistic healer. The evening includes a reading, Q&A, and book signing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Author Readings, August 16, 2021, 08/16/2021, Readings Under the Bridge

Play | Iron John: An American Ghost Story (livestream)


Welcome to the little Southern town of Good, Alabama. It’s wild, woodsy, down-home…and very, very haunted. One hundred years ago, a love triangle ended in an act of racist violence that seems to repeat in every generation—until now. This dark and lyrical tale pits good old-fashioned American denial against the redemptive power of facing your truth. Lyrics by Rebecca Hart Music by Jacinth Greywoode Book by Rebecca Hart & Jacinth Greywoode
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Plays, August 16, 2021, 08/16/2021, Iron John: An American Ghost Story (livestream)

Classical Music | Music from Harry Potter, Goodfellas, The Godfather and More


Woodwind ensemble, The Quintet of the Americas, perfoms music used in TV programs and film such as Sousa's Washington Post March, Joplin's The Entertainer, and Easy Winners, all used in The Sting, a Sesame Street medley, the famous tango La Cumparsita. They will also play John Williams' music from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Gabriel's Oboe from The Mission, Tico-tico used in numerous movies and cartoons, music from Hair including Let The Sunshine In, and Aquarius, music from Goodfellas, The Godfather, and the theme by Quincy Jones for Sanford and Son. Performers: Carlos Aguilar, flute and alto flute; Matt Sullivan, oboe and English horn; Benjamin Baron, clarinet; Barbara Oldham, horn; Alex Davis, bassoon
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, August 16, 2021, 08/16/2021, Music from Harry Potter, Goodfellas, The Godfather and More

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
8:00 pm
Free
Plays, August 16, 2021, 08/16/2021, Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park

Concert | A Violinist's Spontaneous Collaborations


Slip into an unexpected musical hideout when a violinist unveils his show of informal and spontaneous collaborations that create emotional and personal connections between artists and audience, a shared path of musical discovery. Surprise programming will become a musical playground for the highest caliber artists, where super music lovers and fans can experience something unique and new 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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8:00 pm
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Concerts, August 16, 2021, 08/16/2021, A Violinist's Spontaneous Collaborations

Open Mike | Poetry Open Mic (livestream)


A poetry-specific open mic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Open Mikes, August 16, 2021, 08/16/2021, Poetry Open Mic (livestream)

Movie in a Park | Coming to America (1988): Iconic Eddie Murphy Comedy


This unforgettable '80s comedy, starring and based on a story by Eddie Murphy, follows Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy), a charming prince from Africa who migrates to Queens to find love and a queen for his throne, with the help of his friend Semmi (Arsenio Hall). After being invited by local Queens residents to attend a rally to raise money for their neighborhood, Prince Akeem encounters a possible match: Lisa McDowell (Shari Headley), the daughter of a local restaurant owner. Prince Akeem decides to take on a job at McDowell's in order to win Lisa's heart. Full of iconic moments and characters, Coming to America brings warmth and humor to the immigrant experience. Directed by John Landis Rated: R
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:15 pm
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Movie in a Parks, August 16, 2021, 08/16/2021, Coming to America (1988): Iconic Eddie Murphy Comedy
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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
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