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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 21, 2021?

37 free events take place on Saturday, August 21 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 21 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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37 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Saturday, August 21, 2021

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

Fair | Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors


Search for hidden gems as you browse antiques, vintage goods, architectural salvage and collectibles. There is also a selection of food vendors and a bar. The fair takes place rain or shine, each Sat and Sun 8 am - 5 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors

Workshop | Pilates Workshop


These classes improve flexibility and build strength, while remaining low-impact. Open to all fitness levels. Saturdays, June 19-October 2, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Workshops, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Pilates Workshop

Dance Lesson | Fan Dancing Workshop


Explore this traditional Chinese folk dance with Margaret Yuen, an instructor from the Red Silk Dancers. Tuesdays and Saturdays, July 17-August 28, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Fan Dancing Workshop

Workshop | Saturday Yoga


Classes of Vinyasa Yoga - a series of flowing poses linked to awareness of the breath - with instructor Jennifer Batson. Classes are designed for all experience levels. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat or a towel. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, class size is limited to 36 students who must remain six feet apart while practicing. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Masks are required for entry to the park but can be removed during the class session as participants are spaced at least six feet apart. Session 1: 9:30 - 10:30am Session 2: 11am - 12pm Weather permitting Saturdays, May 22 - September 18, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Saturday Yoga

Workshop | Beach Yoga


Instructor Sonia leads yoga practice combining meditation and movement. Bring sunscreen, yoga mat, water, towel, yoga blocks, and yoga strap. Saturdays. June 19, 2021-August 28, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Beach Yoga

Museums | British Decorative Arts, Design, Sculpture


Almost seven hundred works of art: British decorative arts, design, and sculpture created between 1500 and 1900. The exhibition provides a fresh perspective on the period, focusing on its bold, entrepreneurial spirit and complex history. You will find a 17th century staircase with exquisite naturalistic carvings; three magnificent historic interiors from Kirtlington Park, Croome Court, and Lansdowne House; one hundred English teapots; an array of enameled candlesticks, silver toys, necessaires, gold boxes and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, British Decorative Arts, Design, Sculpture

Workshop | Drawing in the Park


The park is a special place in spring, and what better time than Saturday mornings 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Drawing in the Park

Fair | FAD Market on the Island: Jewelry, Art, Apparel, Body Care, and More


Featuring a rotating lineup of over 30 of the city's emerging makers, designers, artists, and small businesses each month, browse one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry, art, apparel, bath and body care, tableware, home furnishings, and more. Every third weekend of the month until October 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Fairs, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, FAD Market on the Island: Jewelry, Art, Apparel, Body Care, and More

Workshop | Kayaking


Glide along the water while kayaking this summer! All levels are welcome. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. Saturdays, June 5-September 25, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Workshops, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Kayaking

Dance Lesson | Moves with Limón Dance


Experience the joy of movement and dance. Led by dancers from the world-renowned Limón Dance Company, this modern dance class is open to all levels and ages. Revel in the joy of dance! Saturdays, July 10-September 25, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Moves with Lim&oacute;n Dance

Fair | Waterfront Market: Music, Food, Antiques, Clothing, Roller Skating


The market offers food, shopping, family-friendly activities and entertainment: music, accessories, clothing, jewelry, pet supplies, beauty products, pottery and much more. Every Sat and Sun, 10 am - 5 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Waterfront Market: Music, Food, Antiques, Clothing, Roller Skating

Workshop | Dance Fitness Class


A free dance fitness class. This class is good for participants of all fitness levels. Saturdays, July 3-October 16, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Dance Fitness Class

Dance Performance | Dance Jams


Visitors watch and respond to live dance by name artists. 30-40 minutes
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Dance Jams

Museums | Jewish History: Centuries of Art


One of the largest collections of art and Jewish culture in the world, it focuses both on artifacts of Jewish history and on modern and contemporary art. Works in the collection are presented as distinctive creative expressions and as bearers of the stories of those who made, owned, used, preserved, and sometimes transformed them. The exhibition speaks of the vast range of Jewish experiences across the globe and over time, made tangible through artistic expression. It is both a mirror of Jewish identities and an inspiration for the formation of new ones. Admission each Sat is free.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Jewish History: Centuries of Art

Fair | Street Market: Food Vendors, Collectables, Decor Items and More


Shop for antiques, decor items, sustainable and vintage clothing, collectible objects and more. In addition, food vendors will offer brunch and lunch options. Each Sat 11 am - 6 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Street Market: Food Vendors, Collectables, Decor Items and More

Open Studios | Open Studios


Visit 2021 artists-in-residence at in their studios, where they will share works-in-progress as well as offer hands-on and engaging activities for attendees.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Open Studioss, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Open Studios

Workshop | Art Workshop


Roll up your sleeves and express yourself through art. All are invited to our drop-in workshops, where you can paint, draw, sculpt, and more. They’ll provide everything you need. You just need to bring your creativity.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Art Workshop

Dance Performance | Dance That Moves Around a Park


A dancer-choreographer offers vignettes that travel around the park. She explores the question, "What would it feel like to create your own island?"
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Dance That Moves Around a Park

Play | Critical Care, or Rehearsing for a Nurse: Street Theater


A play about a young lady named Rose, who is studying to be a nurse. She takes a job in a nursing home so that she will be able to pay her tuition, books, and living expenses. But COVID-19 rears its ugly head, and Rose has a big fight on her hands, to help to save her city and her own future as a pediatric nurse. In this beautiful story, the old and the new, the old and the young, all come together, to assure us that this pandemic will end, and together, we shall survive.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Critical Care, or Rehearsing for a Nurse: Street Theater

Birdwatching | Island Bird Walk


Meet the birds of Governors Island with one of their expert guides. Over 220 bird species have been spotted on the island, which provides excellent habitat all year round. Whether you’re an expert birder or a beginner, these tours will help you discover all of the bird life the island has to offer. Binoculars are available to borrow. Limited to 10. Saturdays, July 3-October 30, 2021 (except July 17)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Island Bird Walk

Poetry Reading | Outdoor Poetry and Open Mic (in-person and livestream)


Listen to poets and make your own vouce be heard.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Outdoor Poetry and Open Mic (in-person and livestream)

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. Start times: 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Performance Art Outdoors

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 21 at 3pm through the link below.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Supertall 2021!: Curator's Walkthrough

Performance | An Improvised Much Ado About Nothing


Lovingly called "Shakespeare for Sports Fans," this event allows actors to stretch their improv muscles. Actors are assigned a part and have 30 days to learn lines; at no time are they permitted to rehearse with each other. The performance is complete with a referee who calls "foul" for missed cues, flubbed lines, etc. and the audience can place bets on who they think will foul the most. It's a two-hour extravaganza where half the fun is watching the magic of theatre happen live and in-person, while hoping the actors will mess up.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, An Improvised Much Ado About Nothing

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
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4:30 pm
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Performances, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Famous Theater Company: Shakespeare-Inspired Performances

Concert | NY Philharmonic, Andrea Bocelli, Carlos Santana, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson and Many More


This historic, once-in-a-generation concert, will feature an array of music icons and contemporary artists spanning musical and entertainment genres including: Jon Batiste Andrea Bocelli Kane Brown LL COOL J Elvis Costello Lucky Daye Earth, Wind & Fire Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds Cynthia Erivo Jimmy Fallon Jennifer Hudson Wyclef Jean Journey The Killers Gayle King Don Lemon Barry Manilow The New York Philharmonic Polo G Carlos Santana Paul Simon Patti Smith Bruce Springsteen Rob Thomas Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for entry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
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Concerts, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, NY Philharmonic, Andrea Bocelli, Carlos Santana, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson and Many More

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 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Tap Dance Meets Beatbox

Concert | 3 Live Music Acts in a Trendy Neighborhood


Enjoy outdoor live music on the cobblestones from three different acts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, 3 Live Music Acts in a Trendy Neighborhood

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 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, The Count of Monte Cristo: Adaptation of Dumas' Classic Novel

Concert | Fearless Dominican-Born Singer


The Dominican-born, PR-based cult hero fearlessly combines elements of merengue, electro, boogie, punk, urbano, and metal, pairing her singular sound with lyrics that deliver a fierce message of LGBTQ and women's rights. She shares the stage tonight with self-described "Afro/Indigenous/Colombian/Canadian/punk/folklorist/traditionalist/transgressive/diva/angel" and the boundary-pushing Dominican-Italian singer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Fearless Dominican-Born Singer

Opera | Opera Stars Sing Selections from Rossini, Bizet, Puccini, and More


An evening of operatic favorites including selections from The Barber of Seville, Carmen, Rigoletto, La Boheme, and many more in an engaging and educational format.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Opera Stars Sing Selections from Rossini, Bizet, Puccini, and More

Jazz | Poetry and Jazz Outdoors


Mahogany L. Browne hosts an evening of poetry and jazz outdoors. It is the (re)imagining of your favorite city and new friends beneath the stars. Featuring: Adam Falkner, Max Michael Jacob, Vuyo Sotashe, and Shanelle Gabriel. 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 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Poetry and Jazz Outdoors

Concert | 4 Bands Rock the Stage


Once again it's time to get out and dig the scene baby. Come down and groove to the sights and sounds.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, 4 Bands Rock the Stage

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


In an unprecedented celebration of dance, five famous American dance companies share the spotlight. Program 5. 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 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Hispanico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet.

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 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park

Performance | Stories and Music from a Pulitzer Winner


This composer-lyricist-playwright made his professional theatrical debut in 2019 when his musical A Strange Loop took New York by storm, winning numerous accolades including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In this event,, the triple threat, described by Vogue as "hyper-observant and hyper-verbal... part of an extraordinary generation of ferociously talented black playwrights," will be backed by a pianist and a trio of musicians and singers, to perform an evening of stories and music guaranteed to make you feel good. 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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Performances, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Stories and Music from a Pulitzer Winner

Jazz | Latin Jazz Sounds


Seven youth ensembles, some of NYC's finest musicians, bring Latin and jazz standards to life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 21, 2021, 08/21/2021, Latin Jazz Sounds
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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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