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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 20, 2021?

33 free events take place on Friday, August 20 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 20 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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33 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Friday, August 20, 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 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, Pilates Workshop

Fair | Food Block Party!


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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10:00 am
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Fairs, August 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, Food Block Party!

Park Walk | Poet's Tour of a New Park


A poet leads a tour of the park while performing original text that questions our attention to places like it. This event takes 50 minutes and moves throughout the park. Start times: 10am, 11:30am, 1pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, August 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, Poet's Tour of a New Park

Museums | Historic 1885 Ship, Exhibition and More


Visit this historic iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1885, now the largest wrought iron sailing vessel afloat. Guests will visit the open-air portions of the ship. Access to the main deck and quarter deck. Learn how people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo sailing vessel, from the captain to the ship's officers, cooks, and crew. Then visit the cargo hold and stand atop the viewing platform and enjoy the view as you look out across New York Harbor and the Brooklyn Bridge. In addition, enjoy an outdoor exhibition and letterpress printing demonstration.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, August 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, Historic 1885 Ship, Exhibition and More

Workshop | Watercolor Painting


With a teaching artist..
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, Watercolor Painting

Tour | Philadelphia: Murals and Mosaics (virtual, live stream)


The Bella Vista neighborhood is a beautiful enclave of South Philadelphia that boasts the historic and delightful Italian Market, one of the oldest and largest open-air markets in America. While this is what makes Bella Vista well-known, another aspect of this community is starting to get the international recognition it deserves: the incredible public art. Larger-than-life murals and mind-bending mosaics combine to weave a dazzling tapestry throughout this diverse neighborhood.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
Free
Tours, August 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, Philadelphia: Murals and Mosaics (virtual, live stream)

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 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, 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 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, Juggling Lessons

Concert | Pop, Folk, Jazz, R&B and More


A band will give a free community concert showcasing a variety of well-known pop, folk, jazz, country, soft rock, and R&B music. The band is a New York City group of eight friends and music lovers who are inspired to bring entertainment and joy to communities.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:30 pm
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Concerts, August 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, Pop, Folk, Jazz, R&B and More

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: George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars, DJ Hurricane, DJ Wiz, Yo-Yo, Havoc with Infamous Mobb Deep, Too $hort, EPMD. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for entry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, August 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, Hip-Hop, Latin Freestyle, Funk, Techno, and More

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 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, Famous Theater Company: Shakespeare-Inspired Performances

Poetry Reading | 2 Poets Read Their Work


These poets offer insightful examinations of Asian identity and the legacy of colonization.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Poetry Readings, August 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, 2 Poets Read Their Work

Museums | Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary


Discover art that traverses Asia's diverse cultures, regions, and narratives. The Museum's special exhibitions celebrate art forms that range from ancient to contemporary, including photography and multimedia, while its permanent collection galleries are focused primarily on art from the Himalayan region. Admission is free every Friday from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. (reservations open two weeks in advance).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, August 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary

Museums | New York City and American History


Founded in 1804, this American history museum holds an extensive collection of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of New York and the United States. It presents exhibitions on a variety of topics and periods in American history, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Slavery in New York, The Hudson River School, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and much more. Pay-as-you-wish admission available on Fridays, 6 pm - 8 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, August 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, New York City and American History

Dance Performance | Tap Dance Meets Beatbox


Tap dance and beatbox are on display by a NYC-based award-winning dancer and a champion beatboxer. This surprising, playful and percussive performance may even involve audience participation. 45 minutes
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, Tap Dance Meets Beatbox

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 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, The Count of Monte Cristo: Adaptation of Dumas' Classic Novel

Movie in a Park | New York Shorts: Celebrate New Yorkers' Perseverance


In celebration of New York City’s collective perseverance, enjoy a selection of short films that embody the collective fighting spirit of the city's everyday heroes and showcases its communal courage and camaraderie. You’ll witness a young woman wrestling an impossibly stubborn mattress into a walk-up apartment; one family adapting to the unexpected darkness of a sudden blackout and another family maintaining solidarity across a great divide; and people across the five boroughs coming together to share food and comfort, defiantly resisting the alienating solitude of the pandemic. In times of crisis, these New Yorkers, like so many of you, found ways to make the greatest city on Earth into an even better place. Films: - How To with John Wilson: How to Cook the Perfect Risotto John Wilson | 2020 | US | 30 mins. - I Know What Pandemic Means (Sé Lo Que Es Pandemia) Frisly Soberanis | US | 15 mins. - In Sudden Darkness Tayler Montague | 2020 | US | 13 mins. - Last Stop For Lost Property Vicente Cueto | 2020 | US | 13 mins. - Moving Adinah Dancyger | 2019 | US | 8 mins. - 3,000 Miles (三千哩) Sean Wang, Breton Vivian | 2017 | US | 5 mins. Proof of vaccination required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, August 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, New York Shorts: Celebrate New Yorkers' Perseverance

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 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, Tai Chi

Concert | Blues BBQ Festival (livestream)


Get ready for a spirited night of exciting performances and special guests. Listen to blues legends from wherever you are with this virtual version of the festival. They will be rocking with the best, and looking back at 22 years of blues music in the park, featuring new acts and old favorites.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, Blues BBQ Festival (livestream)

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 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, Bossa Nova Quartet

Dance Performance | Dance Festival


Featuring 7 different dance companies in a beautiful outdoor setting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Dance Performances, August 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, Dance Festival

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 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, Latin Music

Jazz | Well-known Vocalist and Her Quintet


Antoinette Montague has performed with notable musicians in jazz and blues such as Benny Powell, Stanhope, Wycliffe Gordon, Bobby Sanabria, Christopher McBride, Winard Harper, to mention a few, and at the most notable New York jazz places like Birdland, Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club-Cola, and the Blue Note. You will enjoy the concert, that's for sure!
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, Well-known Vocalist and Her Quintet

Dance Performance | World-Renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company and More


EMERGE125 will present three alluring and engaging pieces, all choreographed by Tiffany Rea-Fisher. "Spirit Celestial" is Rea-Fisher's physical response to Sarah Yomen's beautiful visual work. "Emerged Nation: is composed of three movements: "Tilted Arc," "Emerged Nation," and "Kinetic Kinship." Paul Taylor Dance Company has traveled the globe many times over, bringing Paul Taylor's ever-burgeoning repertoire to theaters and venues of every size and description in cultural capitals, on college campuses and in rural communities - and often to places modern dance had never been seen before. The Taylor Company has performed in more than 500 cities in 64 countries, representing the United States at arts festivals in more than 40 countries and touring extensively under the aegis of the U.S. Department of State. First-come, first-served seating (areas for "vaccinated and tested" and "distanced"). All CDC guidelines will be followed.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, World-Renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company and More

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


In an unprecedented celebration of dance, these most famous American dance companies share the spotlight. Program 4. 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 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Hispanico

Concert | Sex-Positive Brooklyn Rapper


A fiercely sex-positive, toxic masculinity-skewering Brooklyn rapper rose to fame on her first mixtape and the follow-up studio album debut. A Jamaican-born musician, producer, and DJ whose monthly queer club nights in Brooklyn turned into a record label focused on black electronic music artists, will spin throughout the evening, and a rapper with funk-soul leanings, will infuse the early set with his high-energy performance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, Sex-Positive Brooklyn Rapper

Concert | "Phenomenal" Singer Plays Original Music


A "phenomenal" (New York Times) award-winning actor-singer-songwriter will bring her own special magic, accompanied by bass and drums, to perform a concert of her acclaimed original music, accompanying herself on the looper. Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in the Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 production of her musical In the Green, her voice was described by The Times as "a flexible instrument with unexpected reserves of power...Behind her playful adventurousness lies a well of passion." 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 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, "Phenomenal" Singer Plays Original Music

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 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, 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 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, A Violinist's Spontaneous Collaborations

Performance | Performance Art Outdoors


A multidisciplinary artist duo grapples with questions of being, interdependence, and coexistence. Performer, audience, machines, nature, and urbanity mix in a poetic concotion of life and environmental ethics. 35 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, August 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, Performance Art Outdoors

Workshop | Stargazing in the Park


See the stars, planets, and the moon across the New York sky through high-powered telescopes. Weather permitting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, Stargazing in the Park

Dancing | Silent Disco


Groove this summer to hot dance party sets with a different world-class DJ every time. Tonight, DJ Ushka brings the beats, deejaying from the perspective of a dancer, blending a wide range of club music from soca to dancehall, hip hop to south asian rhythms, baltimore/jersey club to baile funk, vogue cuts to kuduro, azonto to afrobeats and more. 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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9:00 pm
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Dancings, August 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, Silent Disco

Comedy Club | Late Night Comedy/Variety Show


A comic familair to watchers of HBO's High Maintenance promises an evening of quick wit and musical surprises.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 pm
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Comedy Clubs, August 20, 2021, 08/20/2021, Late Night Comedy/Variety Show
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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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