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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 18, 2021?

42 free events take place on Wednesday, August 18 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 18 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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42 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Wednesday, August 18, 2021

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

Workshop | Boot Camp Workout


The Rise NYC, a community driven pop-up fitness group, hosts an early morning boot camp. Rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, push-ups, burpees, and mountain climbers ensure a mixture of cardio and strength training that will keep you coming back, and seeing results. No equipment necessary; smiles and high-fives encouraged!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Boot Camp Workout

Workshop | Tai Chi in Midtown


Learn and master this Chinese martial art for health and self-defense.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Tai Chi in Midtown

Fair | Street Market with Over 50 Vendors


Street fair with merchandise vendors and a variety of goods for you to explore and enjoy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Fairs, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Street Market with Over 50 Vendors

Workshop | Elements of Nature Drawing


The park, with its amazing gardens and views of the Hudson River and New York Bay, is the perfect setting to practice your art. Participants are expected to bring their own drawing and painting supplies, including drawing boards and containers of water if they are planning to paint. They will supply drawing paper and watercolor paper only. Wednesdays, August 11-25, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Elements of Nature Drawing

Park Walk | Park Tour


Led by park staff, this an enjoyable walking tour of park. Discover how the park successfully transformed a haven for crime and drugs into Manhattan’s Town Square . Guides are loaded with expertise on the park’s rich history, award-winning design, distinct amenities, and ongoing maintenance efforts. Weather permitting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Park Tour

Tour | Walking Tour at Major Midtown Square


Join in for an enjoyable walking tour and learn about a successfully transformation of "Needle Park" of the 1970s into Manhattan's Town Square of today. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Walking Tour at Major Midtown Square

Museums | Folk Art: Diverse and Rich


The museum's collection includes more than eight thousand works of art from four centuries and nearly every continent--from compelling portraits and dazzling quilts to powerful works by living artists in a variety of mediums. Museum is open Wednesday - Sunday, 11:30 am - 6:00 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Folk Art: Diverse and Rich

Other | Community Lunch


Join Pioneer Works for a nourishing meal of locally-grown foods, featuring local chefs engaged in building community around wellness. This month's lunch is by ediciones projects. Bring your own blanket or chair and enjoy a meal under the shade of the park's tree canopy. Meals include vegetarian options, served with a beverage and a dessert. First come, first served. Social distancing will be practiced, and this event will adhere to CDC guidelines as they are updated.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Others, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Community Lunch

Workshop | Pilates Outdoors


Join Janessa for a fun 45-minute Pilates Mat class in the great outdoors. You will strengthen, lengthen, tone and align your body while also boosting your energy, your mood, and your wellbeing. Bring your own mat.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Pilates Outdoors

Author Reading | Books: August Gems


Authors offer advice and discuss their latest books.  With: Rebecca Donner, All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days Caroline Leavitt, With or Without You Virginia Hume, Haven Point Beth Morgan, A Touch of Jen Adam Wilson, Sensation Machines
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Books: August Gems

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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Concerts, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Piano Concert Outdoors

Dance Performance | Heart Shaped Rock: Dance Performance in a Park


A trio of choreographer/dancers draws attention to the comings and goings of the people around us, the movement of the specific built and natural environment, and and the shifting histories of New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Heart Shaped Rock: Dance Performance in a Park

Workshop | Knitting in the Park


Swing by for free instruction from Knitty City, New York City’s favorite yarn community and store, and knit with fellow enthusiasts. Yarn and needles are provided. Wednesdays, June 30-August 25, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Knitting in the Park

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 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Juggling Lessons

Gallery Talk | Out Front 24/7: Walkthrough of Queens-Based Artists' Exhibition


The show includes banners made by Queens-based artists whose work reflects on life during the pandemic. During this crisis, city dwellers long for the lost ability to connect, whether with family, friends, or even with strangers. Out Front 24/7 encourages a sense of community and healing through visual art, inviting reflection, discussion, and public feedback.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Out Front 24/7: Walkthrough of Queens-Based Artists' Exhibition

Discussion | Art and Justice (livestream)


A panel discussion featuring 5 contemporary artists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Art and Justice (livestream)

Discussion | Art Justice Cohort (livestream)


Does art have any role in creating justice? This is a discussion with photographers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Art Justice Cohort (livestream)

City Walk | Battery Park City: 'Green Guidelines', Teardrop Park and More


The tour covers the north residential neighborhood of Battery Park City, built mostly after 2001 to mandatory "green guidelines." It was developed in several phases, beginning with Stuyvesant High School at the northeast edge and the esplanade and Rockefeller Park along the Hudson. A diagonal avenue lined with apartment buildings creates one face of the neighborhood, while the inner courts of the large blocks are connected by the delightful Teardrop Park, designed by experts in sustainability, soil toxicity, and waterfront infrastructure, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. Explore this small park which concentrates landscape architecture into a miniature world. Tour duration is around 60 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free
City Walks, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Battery Park City: 'Green Guidelines', Teardrop Park and More

Workshop | Board Game Social


Play one of the most popular board games in the world. They welcome players of all levels to this weekly social.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Board Game Social

Workshop | Kayaking


Glide along the water while kayaking this summer! All levels are welcome. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. Wednesdays, June 2-August 25, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Kayaking

Concert | String Quartet Plays Mozart, Gillespie, and More


Program: MOZART Allegro moderato from String Quartet in F Major, K. 590 WILLIAM BOLCOM Poltergeist from Three Rags for String Quartet JESSIE MONTGOMERY Strum MOZART Allegro from String Quartet in F Major, K. 590 WILLIAM BOLCOM Graceful Ghost and Incineratorag from Three Rags for String Quartet GILLESPIE "A Night in Tunisia" (arr. Dave Glenn and Harlem Quartet) STRAYHORN "Take the 'A' Train" (arr. Paul Chihara and Harlem Quartet) The quartet's repertoire includes cornerstones of classical music along with jazz, Latin, and contemporary works.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, String Quartet Plays Mozart, Gillespie, and More

Workshop | Fitness on the Waterfront


Your one-stop-shop for a complete body and mind workout. Barre seamlessly blends moves from ballet, Pilates, strength training, and yoga. You will be guided through a series of micro-movements and active holds, using your body weight for resistance. These small, isolated movements yield extensive results: long, lean, sculpted lines. You'll work muscles you didn't even know you have and feel them for days after. What to bring/wear: Yoga or Pilates mat, water and hand towel. Wear comfortable workout clothes - pants, leggings, or capris, and a workout tank or t-shirt. Grip socks optional, bare feet welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Fitness on the Waterfront

Workshop | Outdoor Fitness


Get fit during this outdoor workout series aimed to help you build strength, get toned, and relax. A variety of fun and challenging classes will be taught by instructors from top NYC fitness studios. Wednesdays, May 12-September 8, 2021
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Workshops, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Outdoor Fitness

Workshop | Sunset Yoga


Join a class with Thai James. Bring your own mat.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Sunset Yoga

Workshop | Zumba Outdoors


Sweat it out Wednesday evenings with free Zumba classes. Participants will be required to sign a waiver in advance of the event. Wednesdays, August 18-September 8, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | A Work-in-Progress "Concert Memoir"


In this work, a son studies his physicist mother. Together, they try to understand the story of how things flow. Performance runs 45 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, A Work-in-Progress "Concert Memoir"

Dance Lesson | Dance Workshop


A workshop led by Ballroom Basix. Lessons will encompass a variety of dance styles. Bring water.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Dance Workshop

Workshop | Sunset Yoga


Namaste! Unwind from the day with outdoor yoga. Immerse yourself in this meditative practice- surrounded by the Hudson’s peaceful aura. Strengthen the body and cultivate awareness in a relaxed environment as your instructor guides you through alignments and poses. All levels are welcome. Participants are expected to bring their own equipment: yoga mat, yoga blocks, water, etc. Wednesdays, August 11-25, 2021
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Movie in a Park | Blood Brothers: Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali (2021) Documentary


The film tells the extraordinary story behind the friendship of two of the most iconic figures of the 20th century: Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X. Few people understand the bond these men shared. The charismatic and outspoken Olympic champion who charmed the nation, and the ex con-turned intellectual revolutionary who railed against the evils of white oppression by speaking truth to power. The message they carry, still as potent and relevant today as ever before. Their bond was undoubtedly deep, their friendship real and their legacies inextricably bound. Proof of vaccination required for entry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Blood Brothers: Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali (2021) Documentary

Workshop | Healthy on the Hudson: HIIT Class


A dynamic and challenging HIIT class (adaptable to all levels of ability) on one of the park's newest piers. Wednesdays, June 16-September 29, 2021.
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Workshops, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Healthy on the Hudson: HIIT Class

Movie in a Park | Oscar Winner Spike Lee's NYC Epicenters: 9/11->2021 1/2 (2021): HBO's Epic Chronicle


NYC Epicenters: 9/11->2021 1/2 is a rich tapestry of New York City in the 21st century, weaving together the stories, memories and insights of those who were eyewitnesses to New York's greatest challenges. Lee conducted over 200 interviews for the documentary series which features first-hand accounts from residents of all walks of life, including first responders, politicians and journalists alongside Lee and his own family and friends, complemented by a treasure trove of visual imagery. The filmmaker uses his unique sensibilities to craft a multi-faceted mosaic of the city as it deals with some of the most life-changing events of the last twenty years. This provocative series is an epic chronicle of life, loss and survival that captures the flavor and heart of New York City. It explores its resilience and grit and affirming its innate ability to rebound, rebuild and endure. The four-part documentary series consists of eight chapters in total. Chapters 1 and 6 will be shown at this screening. 6:30 PM: Doors Open 7:45 PM: Introductions with director Spike Lee 8:00 PM: Screening Begins Proof of vaccination and masks are required. Children under 12 must show negative PCR test 72 hrs in advance of the event.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Movie in a Parks, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Oscar Winner Spike Lee's NYC Epicenters: 9/11->2021 1/2  (2021): HBO's Epic Chronicle

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 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Dance Festival

Jazz | Tenor Saxophon in a Park


Bill Saxton, hard bop tenor saxophonist appeared with and/or record with jazz giants, such as Roy Haynes, Jackie McLean, Clark Terry, Nancy Wilson, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Foster, Carmen, McRae, Mongo Santa Maria, Roy Ayers, Barry Harris, Tito Puente, and Charles Tolliver, to name a few. Saxton toured with the US State Department extensively in West Africa. He went on to play across Europe and into Japan and the Caribbean. The White House honored him during Black Music Month, The Harlem Jazz Museum featured his life and The Library of Music at New York's Lincoln Center housed his induction as a Jazz Legend. In Harlem he also established himself as a bandleader of world class musicians for over ten years being joined by Bobby Watson, Hilton Ruiz, Bobby Forester and John Hicks.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Tenor Saxophon in a Park

Workshop | Writers Workshop: Memoir Writing


A workshop geared to sharpen, polish, and improve your skills as a writer. With Cullen Thomas.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Writers Workshop: Memoir Writing

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 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Antony & Cleopatra: Shakespeare's Tragedy of Ancient Times

Author Reading | The Very Nice Box: An Unlikely Relationship (virtual)


Brooklyn-based co-authors Laura Blackett and Eve Gleichman team up to present their offbeat, wryly funny debut novel. Ava designs storage boxes for STÄDA, a slick Brooklyn-based furniture company; she’s hard-working, obsessive, and heartbroken from a tragedy that killed her girlfriend and upended her life. It’s been years since she’s let anyone in. But when Ava’s new boss—the young and magnetic Mat—offers Ava a ride home one afternoon, an unlikely relationship blossoms.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, The Very Nice Box: An Unlikely Relationship (virtual)

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


In an unprecedented celebration of dance, this major American dance comapnies share the stage. Program 2. Please note: This performance is open to general admission. 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
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Dance Performances, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem

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 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park

Concert | Award-Winning Electro-Folk Duo


This folk-rock duo adapts their personal stories for the stage. Videos of their songs on YouTube have racked up millions of views. 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 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Award-Winning Electro-Folk Duo

Jazz | Latin and Jazz Standards


Seven ensembles, some of NYC's finest musicians, bring Latin and jazz standards to life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
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Concerts, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Latin and Jazz Standards

Concert | Various Musicians from Bands of Bob Dylan, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Cher and More


Concert featuring musicians who have performed in bands of Jackson Browne, Bette Midler, Paul McCartney, Joe Cocker, Brooks and Dunn and more. Proof of vaccination and masks are required. There is no beverage minimum purchase required for this concert.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Various Musicians from Bands of Bob Dylan, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Cher and More

Movie in a Park | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018): Animated Superhero Adventure


Teen Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his universe, and must join with five spider-powered individuals from other dimensions to stop a threat to all realities. Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman Stars: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld
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Movie in a Parks, August 18, 2021, 08/18/2021, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018): Animated Superhero Adventure
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