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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 19, 2021?

38 free events take place on Thursday, August 19 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 19 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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38 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Thursday, August 19, 2021

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

Classical Music | Herbert von Karajan, The Berlin Philharmonic: Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 (virtual, streaming until Aug 20)


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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Herbert von Karajan, The Berlin Philharmonic: Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 (virtual, streaming until Aug 20)

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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Workshops, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Tai Chi in Midtown

Workshop | Park Yoga


Get your yoga on in this summer with Now Yoga. Breathe, move, and stretch. This is an open-level vinyasa class, all are welcome. Bring your own yoga mat, and they recommend a bottle of water. Thursdays, July 22-September 23, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Park Yoga

Museums | Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions


The collection of Tiffany's leaded glass includes an extraordinary array of floral and geometric lamps as well as landscape and figural windows. A unique feature of the collection is a vast, one-of-a-kind archive of original flat glass and pressed-glass "jewels" used by Tiffany Studios, which provides valuable insight into the development of the stained-glass movement in America at the turn of the twentieth century. Established in 1972, this art museum's permanent collection consists of around 10,000 items, over 6,000 of which are documents and objects related to the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs, some of which are on long-term display.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Museumss, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions

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 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Piano Concert Outdoors

Gallery Talk | American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds: Exhibition Tour (virtual)


This tour, led by senior educator Nicole Haroutunian, takes participants through the current exhibition to experience different perspectives of the works on view.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds: Exhibition Tour (virtual)

Dance Performance | Broken Record: Dance About the Cycles of Life


A New York-based choreographer shares her vision for intimate storytelling and her talent for making physically and emotionally challenging dances. In a duet, she delves into the cycles we find ourselves in.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Broken Record: Dance About the Cycles of Life

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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Workshops, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Juggling Lessons

Author Reading | 2 New Books on Business


Authors Susan McPherson (The Lost Art of Connecting: The Gather, Ask, Do Method for Building Meaningful Business Relationships) and Eliza VanCort (A Woman’s Guide to Claiming Space: Stand Tall. Raise Your Voice. Be Heard) discuss their books.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, 2 New Books on Business

Gallery Talk | Supertall 2021!: Curator's Walkthrough


The museum director will offer a gallery tour that surveys 58 supertalls worldwide and highlights a dozen recently completed towers that represent some of the most stunning new forms and innovative approaches to structural engineering around the world today. Please note: This tour is free, but you must book a timed ticket on August 19 at 3pm through the link below.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Supertall 2021!: Curator's Walkthrough

Workshop | Mah Jongg Social


Players of all skill level are welcome to play. Socials are hosted and organized, and players play the National Mah Jongg League style. Participants are welcome to borrow equipment, or bring their own Mah Jongg sets.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Mah Jongg Social

Concert | Hip-Hop, Latin Freestyle, Funk, Techno, and More


The concert will feature a lineup of hip-hop, Latin freestyle, dance, freestyle, techno, and funk artists: Big Daddy Kane, Maino, Desiigner, Elle Varner, Papoose, Stetsasonic, Judy Torres, C&C Music Factory, Special Ed, Sweet Sensation, DJ Mister Cee, and more. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for entry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Hip-Hop, Latin Freestyle, Funk, Techno, and More

Film | A Question of Survival (2021): The Holocaust in the Balkans (in-person and livestream)


A documentary film exploring the legacy of the Holocaust in the Balkans through the personal stories of three Bulgarian Jews from New York. Robert Bakish, Chaim Zemach and Misha Avramoff recollect their childhood experiences growing up in Bulgaria, their survival and immigration to America, and their struggles to make sense of their survival in the context of the larger story of the Holocaust. 55 min. Followed by a discussion with the film's director, Elka Nikolova.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Films, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, A Question of Survival (2021): The Holocaust in the Balkans (in-person and livestream)

Concert | Accordion Music: Polka, Brazilian, Colombian and More


Enjoy different music styles for this little-known instrument. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Accordion Music: Polka, Brazilian, Colombian and More

Concert | A Concert to Celebrate Late Rapper Biggie Smalls


Honoring Biggie isn't only about the man himself. It's about a culture. It's about Brooklyn. It's about hip-hop. This is an epic celebration with some of his closest friends and collaborators as well as up-and-coming homegrown artists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, A Concert to Celebrate Late Rapper Biggie Smalls

Workshop | Amp'd Workout


Hit the grass and push your body to new limits in this class that combines bodyweight strength and cardio, challenging both your energy systems and motor control. This class is open to all levels. Thursdays, May 6-October 28, 2021 Registration opens every Tuesday at 10:00am for classes the following week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Amp'd Workout

Lecture | Chinatown's Art and Activism—Then and Now (virtual)


Learn about the relationship between art and activism in Manhattan's Chinatown. Explore key themes of resistance and resilience, anti-gentrification, and the community's cohesion during the current wave of anti-Asian racism and violence. Please note: This program is prerecorded.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Chinatown's Art and Activism&mdash;Then and Now (virtual)

Dance Lesson | Learn Garifuna Dance


Of Arawak Indian and African descent, the Garifuna population was originally from the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and were exiled to Belize and Honduras in 1797. Since 2009, this dance dompany has created visibility and awareness of the Garifuna people in New York by showcasing their rich culture through music and dance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Learn Garifuna Dance

Dance Lesson | Midtown Dance: Salsa and Social Dancing


Enjoy an outdoor salsa class in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Each week, participants will learn from New York City's most eclectic salsa instructors. Then, show off your moves on the dance floor with a full hour of social dancing. Check-in begins at 5:45PM. Dance instruction begins at 6PM. Social Dancing begins at 7PM. Participants are welcome to bring their own partner, continue to dance solo, or dance with someone new. Participants will be given stickers to indicate their preferences. Thursdays, July1-August 26, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Midtown Dance: Salsa and Social Dancing

Concert | Musical Stories of Life During the Pandemic


These friends/composers/improvisors came together as a string trio. They play original music, created in 2020 and 2021, weaving together stroies of life in New York City during the pandemic. 45 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Musical Stories of Life During the Pandemic

Talk | Ships of Stone: Concrete Shipbuilding from the World Wars to Today (virtual)


Concrete may seem like an odd material for shipbuilding, but during World War I, severe shortages of steel led to this innovation. Devised by Norwegian immigrants the Fougner brothers, they built one of the first such ships in the US at their shipyard in Flushing, Queens. The technology reached its apex during World War II, when the US built over 100 ships and barges, and they were used as freighters, tankers, and even floating ice cream factories. Large-scale concrete shipbuilding is a thing of the past, but they will examine the fates of these wartime ships, and discuss many examples of concrete boatbuilding today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Ships of Stone: Concrete Shipbuilding from the World Wars to Today (virtual)

Movie in a Park | Summer of Soul (2021): Music Film with Performances by Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone and More


In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary--part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was largely forgotten-until now. Summer of Soul shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more. Proof of vaccination required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Movie in a Parks, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Summer of Soul (2021): Music Film with Performances by Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone and More

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 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, The Count of Monte Cristo: Adaptation of Dumas' Classic Novel

Author Reading | The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware (virtual)


On the stormy night of August 29, 1776, the Continental Army faced capture or annihilation after losing the Battle of Brooklyn. The fate of the Revolution rested upon the shoulders of the soldier-mariners from Marblehead, Massachusetts, who saved the army by navigating the treacherous waters of the river the Manhattan. White, Black, Hispanic, and Native American, this uniquely diverse group of soldiers set an inclusive standard the US Army would not reach again for more than 170 years. Author Patrick O’Donnell discusses how the Marbleheaders repeatedly altered the course of events during the Revolution—from forming the elite Guard that protected General Washington to ferrying Continental forces across the Delaware River on Christmas night of 1776.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware (virtual)

Workshop | Run Club


Meet to run, walk and jog along the stunning waterfront. All levels welcome. Thursdays, June 17-September 30, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Run Club

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 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Dance Festival

Classical Music | Excerpts From Operatic Masterpieces


Opera soloists perform excerpts from some of the greatest musical masterpieces.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Excerpts From Operatic Masterpieces

Concert | Rock Band with Energy


High and Mighty Brass Band has toured internationally, but has also been a part of so many unforgettable weddings and private events. They bring the energy of a live rock band with the professionalism of a wedding band.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Rock Band with Energy

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 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Twelfth Night: Shakespeare's Comedic Love Triangle

Dance Performance | Ballet Hispanico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, and Dance Theatre of Harlem in a Park


These four famous dance companies share the spotlight! Program 3. 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
Free
Dance Performances, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Ballet Hispanico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, and Dance Theatre of Harlem in a Park

Dance Performance | Captivating Dance (livestream; available through Sept. 2)


This company has enthralled dance-lovers nationwide for over 45 years with contemporary modern dance by the nation’s leading choreographers. The choreographer is celebrated for his work with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, and Dance Theatre of Harlem.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Captivating Dance (livestream; available through Sept. 2)

Workshop | Evening Zumba Workshop


Zumba instructor Lisa G leads an exercise and dance class which combines Latin and African dance steps. Thursdays, July 1-September 2, 2021
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Workshops, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Evening Zumba Workshop

Concert | "Phenomenal" (New York Times) Singer Plays Original Music


This award-winning actor-singer-songwriter will bring her own special magic, accompanied by bass and drums. Her voice was described by The Times as "a flexible instrument with unexpected reserves of power..." Please note: recommended arriving time is 20 minutes before the performance; seating of the standby guests starts 5 minutes before the start time; admission cannot be guaranteed.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
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Concerts, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, "Phenomenal" (New York Times) Singer Plays Original Music

Movie in a Park | Akeelah and the Bee (2006): The Girl Can Spell


A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee. Director: Doug Atchison Stars: Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer   Doors at 6:00 PM, movie starts at sundown
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Akeelah and the Bee (2006): The Girl Can Spell

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 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, 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 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, A Violinist's Spontaneous Collaborations

Concert | Musical Stories of Life During the Pandemic


These friends/composers/improvisors came together as a string trio. They play original music, created in 2020 and 2021, weaving together stroies of life in New York City during the pandemic. 45 minutes.
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Concerts, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Musical Stories of Life During the Pandemic

Open Mike | Thursday Night Open Mic (livestream)


A weekly online open mic. All art forms are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Open Mikes, August 19, 2021, 08/19/2021, Thursday Night Open Mic (livestream)
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