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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 25, 2021?

32 free events take place on Wednesday, August 25 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 25 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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32 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Wednesday, August 25, 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, Tai Chi in Midtown

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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11:00 am
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Workshops, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, Elements of Nature Drawing

Park Walk | Battle of Brooklyn: Revolutionary War Sites of Prospect Park (virtual)


To celebrate Brooklyn Battle Week, take a virtual walk through Prospect Park and follow the battle lines of the largest engagement of the Revolutionary War. See where American forces tried unsuccessfully to stop the British advance at Battle Pass, follow the path some used to escape to join the main battle in Gowanus, and visit the many Revolutionary War monuments in the park, including Daniel Chester French’s sculpture to the Marquis de Lafayette and Stanford White’s memorial to the 1st Maryland Regiment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Park Walks, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, Battle of Brooklyn: Revolutionary War Sites of Prospect Park (virtual)

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 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, Pilates Outdoors

Author Reading | Books: Dog-Day Reads


Authors offer advice and discuss their latest books.  With: Ralph Blumenthal, The Believer: Alien Encounters, Hard Science, and the Passion of John Mack Annabelle Gurwitch, You’re Leaving When: Adventures in Downward Mobility Lucy Antek Johnson, This Was Toscanini: The Maestro, My Father, and Me Daniel Levin, Proof of Life: 20 Days on the Hunt for a Missing Person in the Middle East Magdalene Visaggio, Lost on Planet Earth 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, Books: Dog-Day Reads

Concert | Piano Concert Outdoors


Piano concert series, showcasing ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists. Today: For seven years, Frank Owens was music director for NBC TV's Showtime at the Apollo. Owens has played and conducted abroad, including the conducting A Fourth of July Celebration of American Jazz, Pop and Broadway in Moscow. Owens was resident pianist at Mortimer's for over six years, and appeared several times a year at the Hotel Carlyle's Bemelman's Bar. He appeared at the Blue Note with Ruth Brown of Broadway's Black and Blue, having arranged and conducted her album, Fine and Mellow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, 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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1:00 pm
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Dance Performances, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, Heart Shaped Rock: Dance Performance in a Park

Slide Lecture | Benjamin Britten in America: Music History About The Leading British Composer of the 20th Century (Zoom)


In April 1939, composer Benjamin Britten travelled across the Atlantic on the rather luxurious SS Ausonia to try his fortune in the US. Accompanying him was someone who had recently become a close friend, the singer Peter Pears. They began their journey as two friends with return tickets and a plan for Britten to get work in Hollywood after a brief stay on the east coast. The trip turned out almost entirely differently for them both: within a few weeks Britten and Pears became lovers, Hollywood didn't work out at all, and the short visit to the east coast lasted for nearly three years.. Learn about Britten's time in the US during the war, his great success with his compositions premiering at Carnegie Hall (Violin Concerto, Sinfonia da Requiem), his person life and more with a music historian.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:30 pm
Free
Slide Lectures, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, Benjamin Britten in America: Music History About The Leading British Composer of the 20th Century (Zoom)

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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1:30 pm
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Workshops, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, Knitting in the Park

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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4:00 pm
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Workshops, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, 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 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, Kayaking

Park Walk | Tide Deck Tour


The design of the park's Pier 26 is inspired by the Manhattan shoreline that would have existed prior to Henry Hudson's 1609 expedition. The pier includes a series of ecological communities representing this native landscape, including from a woodland forest to the rocky tidal zone and the Hudson River itself. One of the most unique of these native coastal environments is a manufactured rocky tidal marsh, the Tide Deck which is located on the western end of the Pier. The Tide Deck and its marsh plants ebb and flood with our daily tidal cycle, and features many interesting habitat enhancements including tide pools. Take a socially distant tour on the Tide Deck walkway. Staff will talk about this special environment. Please note that COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place for this event.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, Tide Deck Tour

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 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, 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
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, 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 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, 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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Workshops, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, Zumba Outdoors

City Walk | Bloomingdale Neighborhood Tour


Jim Mackin leads a mixed group of visitors to the city and resident New Yorkers on a one-of-a-kind, always interesting, walk around the historic Bloomingdale neighborhood.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, Bloomingdale Neighborhood Tour

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 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, Dance Workshop

Concert | Piano Wizard Plays Many Styles


Sheer wizardry describes this prodigious talent Blind at birth, the pianist played his first keyboard at three. He now blends classical, gospel, Latin and more into hyperkinetic improvisations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, Piano Wizard Plays Many Styles

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
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, Sunset Yoga

Workshop | 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, HIIT Class

Jazz | 7-Time Grammy Award Nominee


Here is your chance to enjoy a performance by a noted drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, conductor, producer, educator, documentary film maker, and bandleader.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021,  7-Time Grammy Award Nominee

Movie in a Park | Once Upon a Time in Queens: Documentary on the 1986 Mets, One of Baseball's Most Dominant Teams


They were one of the most dominating, infamous, magical teams of all time. A team that as much as any in memory, captured the spirit and the ethos of the time and city in which they played. Ultimately, the 1986 Mets were an unforgettable story, one told in colorful, entertaining, and unvarnished fashion in the four-part documentary series from ESPN Films. Watch the first two episodes of the series, preceded by a conversation with director Nick Davis and special guests. Doors open at 6 pm. Proof of full vaccination required; masks are required for entry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, Once Upon a Time in Queens: Documentary on the 1986 Mets, One of Baseball's Most Dominant Teams

Author Reading | Seeing Ghosts: A Memoir of Grief and Loss (virtual)


Kat Chow's intimate and haunting portrait of grief and the search for meaning as told through the prism of three generations of her Chinese American family. Kat Chow has always been unusually fixated on death. She worried constantly about her parents dying---especially her mother. A vivacious and mischievous woman, Kat's mother made a morbid joke that would haunt her for years to come: when she died, she'd like to be stuffed and displayed in Kat's future apartment in order to always watch over her.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, Seeing Ghosts: A Memoir of Grief and Loss (virtual)

Play | An Evening of Short Plays from Disabled Writers


This evening of three short play readings centers on fresh perspectives for disabled identity. This evening's show features a team of disabled writers chosen from submissions. Stage direction will be supplemented by audio description and American Sign Language captioning will be provided. 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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Plays, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, An Evening of Short Plays from Disabled Writers

Jazz | Jason Anick Acoustic Gypsy Jazz Trio


Bring your own blanket and your favorite picnic accoutrements. Seating is first-come, first-served. In case of rain, the event will be held the following evening.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, Jason Anick Acoustic Gypsy Jazz Trio

Jazz | Rejuvenating Riverfront Jazz


Listen to Kora, xalam, percussion, keyboards supported by a sax, a guitar and a violin.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, Rejuvenating Riverfront Jazz

Workshop | Writers Workshop: Creative Writing 101


A workshop geared to sharpen, polish, and improve your skills as a writer. With Cleve Lamison.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, Writers Workshop: Creative Writing 101

Author Reading | Nothing Compares 2 U: An Oral History of Prince (livestream)


Touré, author of the Prince biography I Would Die 4 U, talks about his new book, a mesmerizing oral history of the iconic musician constructed from years of interviews with dozens of people who spent time in the inner circle of the one of the 20th century's most important artists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Author Readings, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, Nothing Compares 2 U: An Oral History of Prince (livestream)

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 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park

Concert | Music, Dance, and Spoken Word in Honor of Women


On the eve of Women's Equality Day 2021, this event with music, dance, and spoken word honors of a kaleidoscope of women who inspire us all. Featuring performances and readings by Caridad "La Bruja" De La Luz, Abby Dobson, Amanda Gookin, Tendayi Kuumba, Henu Josephine Tarrant, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Imani Uzuri, and more to be announced
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, Music, Dance, and Spoken Word in Honor of Women

Concert | Piano Wizard Plays Many Styles


Sheer wizardry describes this prodigious talent Blind at birth, the pianist played his first keyboard at three. He now blends classical, gospel, Latin and more into hyperkinetic improvisations.
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Concerts, August 25, 2021, 08/25/2021, Piano Wizard Plays Many Styles
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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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