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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 27, 2021?

25 free events take place on Friday, August 27 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 27 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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25 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Friday, August 27, 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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8:30 am
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Workshops, August 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, Pilates Workshop

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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10:00 am
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Park Walks, August 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, Poet's Tour of a New Park

Workshop | Watercolor Painting


With a teaching artist..
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshops, August 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, Watercolor Painting

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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12:30 pm
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Concerts, August 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, Piano Concert Outdoors

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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1:00 pm
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Dance Performances, August 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, Broken Record: Dance About the Cycles of Life

Festival | Caribbean Culture Festival


Featuring acts that exemplify the islands, this is a place to enjoy in the rich heritage of the Caribbean. Enjoy a soca/calypso show with live steelpan drums, a limbo dance performance and contest, moko jumbies (stilt walkers), Carnival costumes, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Festivals, August 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, Caribbean Culture Festival

Open Mike | Jamaica Mic Drop: Spoken Word, Poetry, Music, and More


The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning will host Jamaica Mic Drop. This roughly two-hour live event will offer the public opportunities to express themselves via music, spoken word, poetry, and other forms of creativity. Plus, local vendors will pop up to sell their products. Jamaica Mic Drop will take place in the—the full block between Archer and Jamaica avenues on Parsons Boulevard—starting at 5 pm on each night. The fun, which is made possible through support from Con Edison and MetroPlus, is free, but RSVP is requested. Click here to register for the first one on June 25.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Open Mikes, August 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, Jamaica Mic Drop: Spoken Word, Poetry, Music, and More

Jazz | Jazz in a Garden


A live jazz performance by an ensemble in the neighborhood where Charlie Parker lived.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Concerts, August 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, Jazz in a Garden

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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6:00 pm
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Museumss, August 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary

Concert | Banjo Virtuoso Plays Appalachian Music


With ease and extraordinary depth, this 16-year-old banjo virtuoso performs Appalachian music focusing on Kentucky and Tennessee.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, Banjo Virtuoso Plays Appalachian Music

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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6:00 pm
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Museumss, August 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, New York City and American History

Workshop | Healthy on the Hudson: 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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6:30 pm
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Workshops, August 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, Healthy on the Hudson: Tai Chi

Dance Performance | 2 Dance Companies Perform Outdoors


One company brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through innovative dance productions, transformative dance training, and community engagement. For fifty years, they has been the leading voice intersecting artistic excellence and advocacy, and is now the largest Latinx cultural organization in the United States and one of America’s cultural treasures. The second is a non-profit organization whose mission is to use the artistic expression of dance and other integrated art forms to uplift communities through education, performance and cultural programming. The soul of their work is rooted in social justice, and spiritually connecting to one another through the arts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Dance Performances, August 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, 2 Dance Companies Perform Outdoors

Jazz | Celelbrating Charlie Parker's 100th Birthday


A tribute to the jazz great's legacy with three saxophonists supported by piano, bass and drums. Also, a quartet with a saxophonist who played with McCoy Tyner, Terrence Blanchard, Roy Hargrove, and Dizzy Gillespie.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, Celelbrating Charlie Parker's 100th Birthday

Concert | Korean-American Music Sensation


This night belongs to a Korean-American Brooklynite who rocketed to fame with her full-length 2020 debut mixtape as she takes over to headline and curate a hand-picked lineup that includes an up-and-coming singer-songwriter-instrumentalist and a prolific local writer, rapper, producer and emcee.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, Korean-American Music Sensation

Concert | Latin Music


Enjoy live Cuban traditional music mixed in with Latin jazz and salsa. This event takes place each Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, Latin Music

Concert | Outdoor Live Concert Against the Backdrop of the City Skyline


A band will play live music in the outdoor air.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, Outdoor Live Concert Against the Backdrop of the City Skyline

Concert | The Pan-Latin Tradition of Cumbia Music


The three brothers who drive this marimba-driven cumbia combo polished their chops as street musicians in Mexico City, perfecting a raucous and modern reinvention of the genre that draws from ska, rockabilly and punk. The result is a sound that straddles old and new, distinctly danceable and entirely accessible for younger audiences unfamiliar with the rich Pan-Latin tradition of cumbia music.They have since achieved success on the global music festival scene, particularly in Chile. The band will perform a set of rambunctious, high-energy songs from their recently released debut LP, named after and inspired by their late father and bandleader, Batuco. 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
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, The Pan-Latin Tradition of Cumbia 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 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park

Movie in a Park | The Opera House (2017): Oscar Nominee's Documentary On The Creation of The Met Opera


The Opera House, by Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Susan Froemke, is a documentary about the creation and 1966 opening of the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center. Drawing on rarely seen archival footage, stills, and recent interviews, it looks at an important period of the Met's history and delves into some of the untold stories of the artists, architects, and politicians who shaped the cultural life of NYC in the '50s and '60s. First-come, first-served, beginning 10 minutes before the show. Masks are strongly encouraged.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Movie in a Parks, August 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, The Opera House (2017): Oscar Nominee's Documentary On The Creation of The Met Opera

Comedy Club | Comedy Under the Stars


After a year like 2020, we could all use a laughter intervention. For nearly 15 years, this outdoor comedy shows in public spaces and parks have enriched lives and let audiences soak up free Vitamin D without a drink minimum. This is a one-of-a-kind experience that they promise will be less sweaty and awkward than your last hot yoga class. Expect stellar talent and big laughs from the unique cultural asset that is NYC's stand-up scene.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Comedy Clubs, August 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, Comedy Under the Stars

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 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, Stargazing in the Park

Concert | Banjo Virtuoso Plays Appalachian Music


With ease and extraordinary depth, this 16-year-old banjo virtuoso performs Appalachian music focusing on Kentucky and Tennessee.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:15 pm
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Concerts, August 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, Banjo Virtuoso Plays Appalachian Music

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 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, Silent Disco

Comedy Club | Late Night Comedy/Variety Show


4 comics take the stage.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 pm
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Comedy Clubs, August 27, 2021, 08/27/2021, Late Night Comedy/Variety Show
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Musical | Broadway Cast in a Moving Story

Regular Price: $59
CFT Member Price: $0.00

Classical Music | Grammy-Nominated Chorus Performs J.S. Bach

Regular Price: $30
CFT Member Price: $0.00
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