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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 17, 2021?

27 free events take place on Tuesday, August 17 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 17 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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27 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

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

Workshop | Tai Chi in Midtown


Learn and master this Chinese martial art for health and self-defense. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30am-8:30am through Aug 31. All ages and levels are welcome. Classes are rain or shine. Please maintain six feet of social distance and wear a mask.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 am
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Workshops, August 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, Tai Chi in Midtown

Workshop | Adult Movement Classes


Get your body moving this summer with fun, unique dance classes that promote strong and creative movement among adults of all ages and abilities. Tuesdays, July 20-September 28, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Workshops, August 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, Adult Movement Classes

Workshop | Adult Outdoor Zumba


Exercise in disguise! Featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training and a lot of fun. Participants are expected to bring their own equipment: weights, water bottle, hand towel, etc. Tuesdays, August 10-31, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Workshops, August 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, Adult Outdoor Zumba

Concert | Fiery Guitar and Virtuosic Harmonica


A Brooklyn-based guitar and harmonica player has created his own signature sound, pairing fiery guitar technique with virtuosic harmonica playing. He is influenced by folk artists such as Bob Dylan and Neil Young, Delta blues musicians such as Mississippi John Hurt, Muddy Waters, and Lightnin' Hopkins plus a hint of Hendrix-esque flavor. Noe has had the great honor of touring, performing, and recording with artists such as Nona Hendrix (Labelle), Vernon Reid (Living Color), and GRAMMY Award-Winners Javier Limon and Paula Cole. In 2017, as half of Likho Duo, he released Blues and the World Beyond. He is part of The Blues and Beyond music program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Concerts, August 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, Fiery Guitar and Virtuosic Harmonica

Tour | Pretty Alpine Village (virtual, live stream)


Stroll through the pretty Alpine village of Studor. See the green meadows, feel the pulse of village life and learn about the double hayracks. Hay-what? Hayracks are an extraordinary example of vernacular architecture and are unique to Slovenia! They are considered national icon. What do they look like and what are they used for? Find out!
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Tours, August 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, Pretty Alpine Village (virtual, live stream)

Workshop | Blitz Chess


A lunchtime program for passersby to play a quick game of chess. Actually, not just chess...Blitz chess! Blitz chess is a form of speed chess played on a clock where each opponent gets 5 minutes. It is fast, furious and fun. Tuesdays, August 17-31, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Workshops, August 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, Blitz Chess

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 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, Piano Concert Outdoors

Gallery Talk | Artists Talk: Melters on the Cusp (livestream)


Artists speak about trusting their intuition and leaning into new ideas and techniques melting glass and glazes in their phenomenal work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Gallery Talks, August 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, Artists Talk: Melters on the Cusp (livestream)

Workshop | Board Game Social


A wide selection of board games with games like Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, Catan, King of Tokyo and more. Not sure what to play? Games hosts can help you find the perfect game and players to play with.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, Board Game Social

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 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, Juggling Lessons

Workshop | Origami: Learn the Ancient Japanese Art of Paper Folding


Learn the art of creative paper folding in the Japanese tradition. All ages and skill levels are welcome, and materials are provided. Classes are taught by Gay Merrill Gross, a renowned origami teacher and author of eleven origami and paper-folding books. Through her books and workshops, Gay Merrill Gross loves to share the delight she gets from clever, playful, and practical origami designs. Tuesdays, July 6 – August 24, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Workshops, August 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, Origami: Learn the Ancient Japanese Art of Paper Folding

Dancing | Salsa Social


5:30 pm - 6:00 pm : Free Salsa Dance Class (All levels welcomed) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Free Salsa Social Come alone, bring a date, or bring the family. Tuesdays, July 20-September 29, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
Free
Dancings, August 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, Salsa Social

Poetry Reading | Poetry in the Park


Hear established and emerging poets read their poems. Featuring: Anthony Carelli Jen Hyde Miller Oberman Tom Sleigh Hosted by Jason Schneiderman
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, August 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, Poetry in the Park

Workshop | Sunset Yoga


Escape the hustle and bustle of NYC and join Abhaya Yoga for a socially-distanced sunset yoga class that integrates postures, breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation to stretch, strengthen and condition. Tuesdays, May 4-October 26, 2021 Registration opens every Tuesday at 10:00am for classes the following week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, Sunset Yoga

Dance Lesson | Batingua Arts Dance Class


Batingua Arts instructors and accompanying live musicians will make you leap from your seat and move your feet. This simultaneously traditional yet evolving African-Caribbean art celebrates cultural preservation with dance, speaking to all audiences with a variety of disciplines, from jazz and reggae to samba, spoken word and even acrobatics. These breathtaking artists will electrify with their high-energy, mesmerizing performance designed to transport you to extraordinary realms. Tuesdays, July 20-August 31, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Dance Lessons, August 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, Batingua Arts Dance Class

Workshop | Healthy on the Hudson: Yoga


Come to stretch and reset with a welcoming yoga class, adaptable to all levels of ability.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, August 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, Healthy on the Hudson: Yoga

Workshop | Moving for Life Workshop


Moving for Life is a gentle workout that begins with breathing exercises, then moves into active aerobic dancing that strengthens body awareness.  Tuesdays, August 3-September 28, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performance | Dance Festival


Featuring 6 different dance companies in a beautiful outdoor setting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, Dance Festival

Workshop | Sunset Meditation


Mindful Astoria brings the art of mindfulness meditation to Socrates. Sessions are designed for all experience levels and practices include mindful breathing and walking, gentle optional stretching, and loving-kindness meditation. Please bring a yoga mat, blanket, or cushion. A limited number of chairs are available to participants on a first come, first served basis. Weather permitting. Tuesdays, May 18-September 7, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, Sunset Meditation

Concert | Yasser Tejeda: Sensual Bachata


Dominican Republic native Yasser Tejeda, a guitarist, vocalist, and composer, will play Bachata, a sensual, danceable rhythm from his homeland.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, Yasser Tejeda: Sensual Bachata

Author Reading | Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America (virtual)


Award-winning journalist Eyal Press presents his groundbreaking, urgent new book, a report from the front lines of "dirty work"--the work that society considers essential but morally compromised. As Press shows, we are increasingly shielded and distanced from an array of morally questionable activities that other, less privileged people perform in our name. Illuminating the moving, sometimes harrowing stories of the people doing society's dirty work, and incisively examining the structures of power and complicity that shape their lives, Press reveals fundamental truths about the moral dimensions of work and the hidden costs of inequality in America.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, August 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America (virtual)

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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Plays, August 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, Iron John: An American Ghost Story (livestream)

Dance Performance | New York City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Hispanico and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater!


In an unprecedented celebration of dance, 5 famous dance companies share the spotlight for the first time: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Hispanico. Program 1. Please note: beginning 10 minutes before the show, non-ticketed guests will be invited to claim any available seats, first-come, first-served. Over 1,000 free seats per performance will be available, but they cannot guarantee admission.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Dance Performances, August 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, New York City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Hispanico and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater!

Discussion | Opera in Depth: A Discussion Exploring What Lies Beneath (virtual)


In advance of On Site Opera's upcoming production of What Lies Beneath specifically designed for the 1885 tall ship Wavertree, this is an online conversation with artists and members of the creative team about what it takes to create an opera on the main deck of a historic ship. How do composers choose which stories they tell? What is it like to produce live performances in today's climate? The discussion will be presented virtually, broadcast from onboard Wavertree, with panelists joining from various locations. A brief Q&A will follow. This event is free and open to all, regardless of whether or not you plan on going to see the opera.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Discussions, August 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, Opera in Depth: A Discussion Exploring What Lies Beneath (virtual)

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 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, 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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Concerts, August 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, A Violinist's Spontaneous Collaborations

Concert | Award-Winning Electro-Folk Duo


Personal. Raw. Real. Powerful. Funny. Charming. Harrowing. Full of Life. These are all adjectives used to describe this electro-folk duo, a married composing and performing couple whose autobiographical work has been seen and heard in New York at Ars Nova and New York Theatre Workshop, as well as nationally, internationally and on YouTube, where videos of their songs have racked up millions of views. Audiences are guaranteed to be taken on a joyful ride by this award-winning duo. 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 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, Award-Winning Electro-Folk Duo
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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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