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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 31, 2021?

22 free events take place on Tuesday, August 31 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 31 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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22 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Tuesday, August 31, 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. 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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7:30 am
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Workshops, August 31, 2021, 08/31/2021, Tai Chi in Midtown

Workshop | Adult Movement Classes


Get your body moving this summer with fun, unique dance classes that promote strong and creative movement among adults of all ages and abilities. Tuesdays, July 20-September 28, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Workshops, August 31, 2021, 08/31/2021, Adult Movement Classes

Workshop | Adult Outdoor Zumba


Exercise in disguise! Featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training and a lot of fun. Participants are expected to bring their own equipment: weights, water bottle, hand towel, etc. Tuesdays, August 10-31, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Workshops, August 31, 2021, 08/31/2021, Adult Outdoor Zumba

Concert | Broadway, Pop, Film Hits on Strings!


String quartet and cajon perform pop, Broadway, TV, film and other hits.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 31, 2021, 08/31/2021, Broadway, Pop, Film Hits on Strings!

Concert | Celebrating Dominican Roots


This guitarist, vocalist, composer and producer writes new music to preserve and celebrate Dominican roots. Yasser gives traditional folkloric music a new spin with jazz, rock, and Caribbean rhythms in a "frenzied celebration of ancestral union" (Billboard). A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Yasser has released two commercial albums Kijombo (2019) which received six awards from Dominican Republic's Indie awards.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Concerts, August 31, 2021, 08/31/2021, Celebrating Dominican Roots

Workshop | Blitz Chess


A lunchtime program for passersby to play a quick game of chess. Actually, not just chess...Blitz chess! Blitz chess is a form of speed chess played on a clock where each opponent gets 5 minutes. It is fast, furious and fun. Tuesdays, August 17-31, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Workshops, August 31, 2021, 08/31/2021, Blitz Chess

Concert | Piano Concert Outdoors


Piano concert series, showcasing ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists. Today: Isaac has performed and/or recorded with Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Louis Bellson, Leon Thomas, Frank Foster, David Murray, James Spaulding, Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The New York City Ballet, The Sultans of Swing and The Donald Byrd Dance Company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, August 31, 2021, 08/31/2021, Piano Concert Outdoors

Workshop | Board Game Social


A wide selection of board games with games like Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, Catan, King of Tokyo and more. Not sure what to play? Games hosts can help you find the perfect game and players to play with.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshops, August 31, 2021, 08/31/2021, Board Game Social

Symposium | The Lives of Images (livestream)


This multi-day symposium to take up some key issues addressed in the first two volumes of the book The Lives of Images. It explores the roles, histories, and contemporary uses of reproducible images in relation to specific grounding themes. To speak of the reproducible image in this moment is to address not only photographs, film, and videos, but screen prints and billboards; GIFs, memes, and emojis—a wide array of technically mediated scripto-visual forms that together constitute and remake both our visual landscape and image economies. The Lives of Images aims to gather together recent and contemporary scholarship that helps to animate and inform a rich dialogue on the role of the image in contemporary culture. Both the series and the symposium will engage theorists, scholars, and artists whose practices move fluidly between a focus on still and moving images. Symposium discussions will range across an array of uses of reproducible images that include, but regularly extend beyond, traditional fine art. August 31-September 2, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Symposiums, August 31, 2021, 08/31/2021, The Lives of Images (livestream)

Author Reading | All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler (livestream)


Born and raised in Milwaukee, Mildred Harnack was twenty-six when she enrolled in a PhD program in Germany and witnessed the meteoric rise of the Nazi party. In 1932, she began holding secret meetings in her apartment—a small band of political activists that by 1940 had grown into the largest underground resistance group in Berlin. She recruited working-class Germans into the resistance, helped Jews escape, plotted acts of sabotage, and collaborated in writing leaflets that denounced Hitler and called for revolution. When the first shots of the Second World War were fired, she became a spy, couriering top-secret intelligence to the Allies. On the eve of her escape to Sweden, she was ambushed by the Gestapo. Hear about Harnack's life and legacy with her great-great-niece Rebecca Donner, author of the newly released book. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Author Readings, August 31, 2021, 08/31/2021, All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler (livestream)

Dancing | Salsa Social


Aksana Almaguer is excited to bring Salsa to the park. 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm : Free Salsa Dance Class (All levels welcomed) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Free Salsa Social Come alone, bring a date, or bring the family. Tuesdays, July 20-September 29, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Dancings, August 31, 2021, 08/31/2021, Salsa Social

Workshop | Sunset Yoga


Escape the hustle and bustle of NYC and join Abhaya Yoga for a socially-distanced sunset yoga class that integrates postures, breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation to stretch, strengthen and condition. Tuesdays, May 4-October 26, 2021 Registration opens every Tuesday at 10:00am for classes the following week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, August 31, 2021, 08/31/2021, Sunset Yoga

Dance Lesson | Batingua Arts Dance Class


Batingua Arts instructors and accompanying live musicians will make you leap from your seat and move your feet. This simultaneously traditional yet evolving African-Caribbean art celebrates cultural preservation with dance, speaking to all audiences with a variety of disciplines, from jazz and reggae to samba, spoken word and even acrobatics. These breathtaking artists will electrify with their high-energy, mesmerizing performance designed to transport you to extraordinary realms. Tuesdays, July 20-August 31, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Dance Lessons, August 31, 2021, 08/31/2021, Batingua Arts Dance Class

Workshop | Healthy on the Hudson: Yoga


Come to stretch and reset with a welcoming yoga class, adaptable to all levels of ability.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, August 31, 2021, 08/31/2021, Healthy on the Hudson: Yoga

Workshop | Moving for Life Workshop


Moving for Life is a gentle workout that begins with breathing exercises, then moves into active aerobic dancing that strengthens body awareness.  Tuesdays, August 3-September 28, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Sunset Meditation


Mindful Astoria brings the art of mindfulness meditation to Socrates. Sessions are designed for all experience levels and practices include mindful breathing and walking, gentle optional stretching, and loving-kindness meditation. Please bring a yoga mat, blanket, or cushion. A limited number of chairs are available to participants on a first come, first served basis. Weather permitting. Tuesdays, May 18-September 7, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | Tolstoy Together: 85 Days of War and Peace (virtual)


When author Yiyun Li invited people to read War and Peace together at the start of the pandemic, thousands around the globe joined for an 85-day journey through Tolstoy's epic novel. They read together, debated favorite characters, discussed Tolstoy's craft lessons and concealed structure, found resonances between the novel and our own world. Tolstoy Together, based on this experiment, is a book about the art of reading.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Author Readings, August 31, 2021, 08/31/2021, Tolstoy Together: 85 Days of War and Peace (virtual)

Opera | Screening of Wagner's Der Fliegende Hollander: Opera Masterpiece in a Park


Richard Wagner's operas had a revolutionary influence on the course of Western music. By introducing the concept of the leitmotif (musical theme associated with a character, object, or event) Wagner brought the art form to a new level. Today, leitmotifs are commonly used in film scores, one of the most famous being the music for Darth Vader in Star Wars by John Williams. Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman), Wagner's first masterpiece, is based on European maritime legend about a ship's captain condemned to sail forever, seeking redemption through the love of a faithful woman. The opera premiered at the Royal Opera House in Dresden in 1843. In March of last year, the Metropolitan Opera was forced to cancel the remainder of the season due to the Covid-19 pandemic, only days before a scheduled transmission of Francois Girard's production of Wagner's Der Fliegende Hollander. Fortunately, as part of regular preparations for an HD broadcast, the preceding performance of the opera was recorded as a camera rehearsal. In this high-definition "scratch taping," conductor Valery Gergiev is on the podium for Wagner's eerie ghost story. Bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin delivers a commanding performance in the title role, opposite soprano Anja Kampe in her Met debut as Senta. First-come, first-seated, starting one hour before the concert. All guests (aged 12+) are required to provide proof of full vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of the event. All guests (aged 2+) must wear a face covering.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, August 31, 2021, 08/31/2021, Screening of Wagner's Der Fliegende Hollander: Opera Masterpiece in a Park

Discussion | 3 Music Directors in Conversation (livestream)


Music directors who have collaborated with the Mark Morris Dance Group get together to discuss their experiences.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, August 31, 2021, 08/31/2021, 3 Music Directors in Conversation (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 31, 2021, 08/31/2021, Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park

Discussion | A Reunion of the Cast of Fosse (livestream)


Ruthie Fierberg hosts Doug Besterman, Andy Blankenbuehler, Marc Calamia, Parker Esse, Mary Ann Lamb, Lainie Sakakura and Sergio Trujillo in a remembrance if the 1999 musical.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, August 31, 2021, 08/31/2021, A Reunion of the Cast of Fosse (livestream)

Movie in a Park | Spike Lee's Inside Man (2006): Cop Drama with Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster


A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation. Director: Spike Lee Stars: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster   Bring a blanket and sit on the lawn. Movie starts at sunset.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, August 31, 2021, 08/31/2021, Spike Lee's Inside Man (2006): Cop Drama with Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster
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Dance Performance | Passionate Modern Dance

Regular Price: $79.50
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Cabaret | The Golden Era of 1920s

Regular Price: $24
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Comedy Club | Stand Up Comedy

Regular Price: $25
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