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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 11, 2022?

30 free events take place on Thursday, August 11 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 11 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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30 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, August 11, 2022

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Performance | Broadway Performances in the Park


The most popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits in the park. Featuring: Dear Evan Hansen Phantom of the Opera Hadestown Chicago
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
Free
Performances, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, Broadway Performances in the Park

Park Walk | Urban Farm Tour


Take a tour of an Urban Farm to learn about how they grow produce in the heart of downtown New York City
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Park Walks, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, Urban Farm Tour

Workshop | Juggling in the Park


Jugglers use the park throughout the year to provide free classes to the public. Stop by for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Workshops, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, Juggling in the Park

Talk | Wounds into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma (online)


Jewish lineage has accrued much wisdom over the past 3,000 years and many wounds, too, after centuries of adversity. Recent studies in the fields of neuroscience and epigenetics demonstrate that our traumatic experiences stay with us and are often transmitted to future generations. As we emerge from Tisha B'Av, a time of grieving, join Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone for a talk delving into this, and exploring the journey of culling family and tribal legacies for their positive, life-giving gifts and facing the detrimental patterns we have inherited, in order to dissolve and repair them. Reb Tirzah will draw on stories and research from her award-winning book, Wounds into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma. Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, Ph.D., is an author, Jungian psychotherapist, a leader in the international Jewish Renewal Movement, and a renowned Jewish scholar and teacher.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, Wounds into Wisdom: Healing Intergenerational Jewish Trauma (online)

Performance | The Puppet Cycle: Small World Stories


Don't miss these roving puppet performances by Phantom Limb Company, which bring to life two new original short plays, and a musical number. Phantom Limb Company is the New York City-based partnership known for its distinctive storytelling, social engagement, and sophisticated visual style. Guaranteed to transport and delight, these roving puppet performances feature a team of puppets and puppeteers who will bring to life two original short plays by Dipika Guha and Jen Silverman, as well as a musical number. This family-friendly bill of marionette plays will be performed on a solar powered movable stage—a specially adapted cargo bike. Perfect for audiences of all ages. Start times: 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, The Puppet Cycle: Small World Stories

Workshop | Game Nights in the Park


Stop in during weekly game nights and socials to learn a new game, hone your skills, and meet new people
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Workshops, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, Game Nights in the Park

Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: Impact of Mass Production (in-person and online)


A conversation between artist Portia Munson and Art Omi’s chief curator Sara O’Keeffe in conjunction with Munson’s current solos exhibitions. For over three decades, Munson has created maximal installations, sculptures, paintings, and digital prints using a vast accumulation of ready-made consumer products to decipher the latent cultural codes embedded in mass-produced items. This conversation will explore Munson’s visual examination of the impact of mass production on the formation of identity and its connections to the ongoing struggle for gender equality and mounting ecological crisis.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, Artist Talk: Impact of Mass Production (in-person and online)

Workshop | Juggling in the Park


Jugglers use the park throughout the year to provide free classes to the public. Stop by for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Workshops, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, Juggling in the Park

Concert | Upbeat Dance Music


A night of upbeat dance music with two of the most exciting bands in the area, the brass band Funky Dawgs, and the Afro-Latin Jazz ensemble Uptown Royalty NYC. 5pm – Funky Dawgs 6pm – Uptown Royalty NYC Funky Dawgz are one of the most exciting acts on the live music scene today. It is impossible not to enjoy yourself during a show as they play a contagious upbeat mix of original music, jazz, hip hop, and funk, with a brass twist. “Uptown Royalty NYC” is truly a new musical phenomenon. Created by sensational seasoned stage veterans husband/wife dynamic duo Jodi Music & Ron Renaissance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Concerts, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, Upbeat Dance Music

Opening Reception | Isabel Varela: Clothes: Minded and Repurposed


Sustainable multidisciplinary artist Isabel Varela will host her second solo art exhibition, Clothes: Minded and Repurposed, exposing audiences to the dangers of waste and excess in the fashion industry and how her personal experiences helped shape her current position as a passionate environmental activist. Clothes: Minded and Repurposed is a follow up to Varela’s debut solo art exhibit, Clothes: Minded, which ran in 2018 at the Caelum Gallery in NYC. The event featured Varela’s work alongside like-minded sustainable artists, working together to captivate the reality of wasteful fashion and what we as a community can do to help improve things.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, Isabel Varela: Clothes: Minded and Repurposed

Dancing | !Arriba! Salsa Dancing


The park transforms into an open-air dance floor. New Yorkers come together to enjoy the sounds of local legends and learn from the masters, whether you're an experienced salsa dancer or just excited to learn. Featuring DJ Mickey Perez and Bulla en el Barrio, who will be performing, engaging, and celebrating life through Bullerengue music, dance, and the stories these songs tell.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Dancings, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, !Arriba! Salsa Dancing

Concert | Dance Soul Band Thats's Worked with Beyonce, SZA, and Lorde


People’s Champs is inspired by the idea that music is for everyone. The band combines a creative blend of analog and digital production, songwriting that cuts to the core of the human experience and unstoppable dance rhythms to create a truly original sound. With influences as wide-ranging as Sharon Jones, tUnE-yArDs, William Onyeabor, and Prince, critics are calling People’s Champs “A dance party waiting to happen” (Consequence of Sound) and "...somewhere between Budos Band & the Flaming Lips" (Deli Magazine). The band features experimental soul singer Starr Busby, best known for her work with Gorillaz and Esperanza Spalding. People’s Champs’ horn section works in-studio with Beyoncé Knowles and performed/arranged key parts on the Grammy Award-winning song “Love on Top.” They also tour with Boy George & Culture Club. Members of People's Champs have also performed with artists including Lorde, SZA, Moses Sumney and other notables.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, Dance Soul Band Thats's Worked with Beyonce, SZA, and Lorde

Book Discussion | Liberty’s Chain: Slavery, Abolition, and the Jay Family of New York (online)


In this lecture, David Gellman explores the contradictions of the Jay family’s attitudes toward slavery over multiple generations. Enslaved and formerly enslaved people living in Jay households experienced isolation, even as members of the Jay family took increasingly radical approaches to law, policy, politics, and advocacy, culminating in John Jay’s signing of An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery in 1799 as Governor of New York, which helped bring about the emancipation of enslaved people in New York in 1827. Gellman aims to bring new light and a fresh understanding of the Founder’s legacy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, Liberty&rsquo;s Chain: Slavery, Abolition, and the Jay Family of New York&nbsp;(online)

Book Discussion | Liberty’s Chains: Slavery, Abolition, and the Jay Family of New York


In this lecture, David Gellman explores the contradictions of the Jay family’s attitudes toward slavery over multiple generations. Enslaved and formerly enslaved people living in Jay households experienced isolation, even as members of the Jay family took increasingly radical approaches to law, policy, politics, and advocacy, culminating in John Jay’s signing of An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery in 1799 as Governor of New York, which helped bring about the emancipation of enslaved people in New York in 1827. Gellman aims to bring new light and a fresh understanding of the Founder’s legacy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, Liberty&rsquo;s Chains: Slavery, Abolition, and the Jay Family of New York

Concert | A Fresh Take on Pan-American Rhythms


Ladama has a sound hatched across continents and languages combining traditional and non-traditional instrumentation. This group of four dynamic women delivers a fresh take on Pan-American rhythms creating a unique blend of enthralling sounds, making them rising stars on the Latin Alternative music scene.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, A Fresh Take on Pan-American Rhythms

Workshop | Core Rhythm Fitness


Core Rhythm Fitness is bringing an exclusive all-in-one workout this August. In just 50 minutes your instructors will cover Pilates, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), and Grounding Meditation - all to the rhythm of a DJ engineered playlist. No experience necessary to participate. All are welcome, no matter your fitness level. Bring your own mat, towel and water bottle. You will leave feeling empowered, accomplished and sweaty. Thursdays, August 4-25, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, Core Rhythm Fitness

Workshop | TV Writing Workshop


Whether you seek to writ comedy, drama, or something in between, they'll show you how to write TV episodes that might, someday, get you good ratings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, TV Writing Workshop

Workshop | Yoga on the River


From guided meditation and refreshing yoga to high-intensity workouts and weekly run clubs, there’s something for all skill levels to enjoy this summer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performance | Grey Hey: Performance Art


"A performance whereabouts a walk" by Ali Van. The performance will be held on the rooftop. The artist writes: “Green held syringes. Unconscious sublimation. Subject object generation. Lift. Suspect varietal. Knot strengths. Life. Import truth. Familial pliés. Moving value in light of wind. An interspecific note. Waits. One oblique confession. Profession. Reflective intention. Signs. An arrival to mark another movement of colours, hand to hand. Veil long discretions. North winding decisive recall. On sudden shifts. A quiet gesture. Trees. Climax calling care to free a way engendered. Freed on foot over flowered expressions. Organ invoicing world to site mutual attention. Wand safe. Saving. A culmination of tender pathways.  Hail, rail, helloed.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, Grey Hey: Performance Art

Play | Love's Labour's Lost: Outdoor Shakespeare


Immediately after the King of Navarre and his friends make a vow to ignore women entirely and focus strictly on their book studies, the Princess of France and her entourage arrive and inspire the men’s full attention. While the noble ideal of the men seems a failure, the ladies do not fail to provide precisely the proper lesson for these passionate pupils of learning.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, Love's Labour's Lost: Outdoor Shakespeare

Dance Lesson | Bachata Dance Class


Bachata is a style of social dance from the Dominican Republic which is now danced all over the world. It is connected with bachata music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, Bachata Dance Class

Dance Performance | 5 Iconic NYC Dance Companies


Five of NYC's most iconic dance companies--Ballet Hispanico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem--share the spotlight and an outdoor stage with dancers and pieces from across the companies. Participants: One for All, World Premiere Lincoln Center Commission by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, featuring dancers from each of the five companies, is set to Manteca by Funky Lowlives/Dizzy Gillespie. Ballet Hispanico - Con Brazos Abiertos by Michelle Manzanales Michelle Manzanales explores with humility, nostalgia and humor the iconic Mexican symbols that she was reluctant to embrace as a Mexican-American child growing up in Texas. Intertwining folkloric details with a distinctly contemporary voice in dance, set to music that ranges from Julio Iglesias to rock en Espanol, Con Brazos Abiertos is a fun and frank look at a life caught between two cultures. New York City Ballet - Red Angels by Ulysses Dove A dynamically charged, abstract work, Red Angels highlights the power and athleticism of its four dancers through bold choreography, intense lighting, and a riveting score for electric violin. Created for New York City Ballet's Diamond Project in 1994, Red Angels was the first work created for NYCB by the late choreographer Ulysses Dove. An abstract work for four dancers, Red Angels is set to Richard Einhorn's "Maxwell's Demon", a solo for electric violin performed by innovative American violinist Mary Rowell. American Ballet Theatre - Children's Songs Dance by Jessica Lang A work for seven dancers, Children's Songs Dance by Jessica Lang takes its name from the music. Set to selections from Children's Songs by the late American jazz composer Chick Corea, the ballet was created on ABT Studio Company in January 2020 during a residency at The Pocantico Center in Tarrytown, New York. According to Lang, Children's Songs Dance "draws its inspiration from the transition in life between being a child and becoming an adult, with the goal of never losing the spirit of play." Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - Love Stories finale by Robert Battle Choreography: Robert Battle Music: Stevie Wonder Love Stories was Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison's dynamic collaboration with hip-hop pioneer Rennie Harris and Robert Battle. Inspired by the African concept of "Sankofa," which teaches that "we don't know where we are going unless we know where we have been," this extraordinary ballet celebrates the heritage of African-American dance and the rich legacy of Alvin Ailey. In the ballet's joyful third section choreographed by Robert Battle, which is presented as a standalone piece, the choreographer portrays a luminous future built on the lessons and legacy of the past, with a forceful push forward. Dance Theatre of Harlem - Return by Robert Garland Dance Theatre of Harlem's Resident Choreographer Robert Garland deploys his signature "post-modern urban neoclassicism" to magnify the soulful exuberance of the music of James Brown and Aretha Franklin thereby creating a ballet that is pure joy to behold.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Dance Performances, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, 5 Iconic NYC Dance Companies

Movie in a Park | Encanto (2021): Non-Magical in a Magical World


A Colombian teenage girl has to face the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers. Directors: Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Charise Castro Smith Stars: Stephanie Beatriz, María Cecilia Botero, John Leguizamo 102 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, Encanto (2021): Non-Magical in a Magical World

Discussion | Disability and Dance


 On the evening before of the performance of Inside/Out…Voices from the Disability Community, creators and performers talk about the dynamic and collaborative process of creating this theatrical work. The discussion will feature an inside glimpse in Ping Chong + Company’s approach to interweaving the history of the disability rights movement and personal narrative from performers with lived experience with disability.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, Disability and Dance

Play | As You Like It: A Musical Production of Shakespeare's Comedy


Public Works' acclaimed musical production of As You Like It brings together its diverse ensemble of both professional actors and community members from across New York. Adapted by Shaina Taub and Director of Public Works Laurie Woolery, featuring music and lyrics by Taub, this ambitious work of participatory theater has been hailed as "thrilling & terrifically vital" by The New York Times. Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind, and niece Celia are banished to the Forest of Arden. There, they discover a community of acceptance and transformational love, where all are welcomed and embraced. Laurie Woolery directs this magical adaptation of a beloved classic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Plays, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, As You Like It: A Musical Production of Shakespeare's Comedy

Movie in a Park | Soul (2020): Animated Oscar Winner


After landing the gig of a lifetime, a New York jazz pianist suddenly finds himself trapped in a strange land between Earth and the afterlife. Directors: Pete Docter, Kemp Powers Stars: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton 100 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, Soul (2020): Animated Oscar Winner

Film | Judas and the Black Messiah (2021): Oscar Winner with Daniel Kaluuya, Jesse Plemons


Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William O'Neal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Hampton. Director: Shaka King Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons 126 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, Judas and the Black Messiah (2021): Oscar Winner with Daniel Kaluuya, Jesse Plemons

Movie in a Park | Thelma & Louise (1991): Gal Pals on the Run, with Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis


Two best friends set out on an adventure, but it soon turns around to a terrifying escape from being hunted by the police, as these two girls escape for the crimes they committed. Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel 130 min. Doors open at 6pm and the movie begins at sundown (around 8:30pm).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, Thelma & Louise&nbsp;(1991): Gal Pals on the Run, with Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis

Dancing | Silent Disco


Afropunk brings their signature brand of vanguard black culture for two nights of silent disco. A multi-platform artistic brand, Afropunk showcases the most cutting-edge artists who seek to explore the spectrum of blackness in multidisciplinary ways.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, August 11, 2022, 08/11/2022, Silent Disco
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