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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 12, 2022?

28 free events take place on Friday, August 12 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 12 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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28 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Friday, August 12, 2022

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Editor's Picks

free events nyc Battery Park City North Neighborhood Walking Tour
free events nyc Jazz Trombonist Who Has Worked with Wynton Marsalis
free events nyc Verdi's La Traviata: An Abridged Adaptation
free events nyc Love's Labour's Lost: Outdoor Shakespeare
free events nyc 5 Iconic NYC Dance Companies
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Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
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Tours, August 12, 2022, 08/12/2022, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, August 12, 2022, 08/12/2022, Street Fair

Concert | DJ Plays Arthur Russell: Listening Session Outdoors


From 1947 to 1968, free public listening events in Bryant Park offered access to the growing record library of discs donated by record labels like Columbia and Decca. It was among the first listening events of its kind - drawing an average of 2,000 visitors to the park on weekdays. Today the "record library" contains over 700,000 recordings. In the spirit of those listening sessions, enjoy Sound Bites, a series of outdoor djed events on select Fridays throughout the summer. The series will feature DJs who will spin from the record library's vast collection and talk about their digging process. August 12, 26, Sep 16, noon - 2 pm.
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Concerts, August 12, 2022, 08/12/2022, DJ Plays Arthur Russell: Listening Session Outdoors

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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Workshops, August 12, 2022, 08/12/2022, Juggling in the Park

Film | Sing 2 (2021): Animated Musical Comedy


Theater owner Buster Moon sets his sights on producing a brand-new musical with his troupe in the glamorous Redshore City. To gain the support of a ruthless music mogul, he pitches that he'll feature Clay Calloway, a legendary but elusive rock singer as part of the show. Now, all the group needs to do is find the recluse and persuade him to perform with them. Director: Garth Jennings Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Taron Egerton, Nick Kroll, Matthew McConaughey, and Garth Jennings Wireless listening device are needed to hear the film (bring your own headphone).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, August 12, 2022, 08/12/2022, Sing 2 (2021): Animated Musical Comedy

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
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Performances, August 12, 2022, 08/12/2022, The Puppet Cycle: Small World Stories

City Walk | Battery Park City North Neighborhood Walking Tour


The third of three thematic walking tours of Battery Park City covers the north residential neighborhood, which was developed in several phases, beginning with Stuyvesant High School at the northeast edge and the esplanade and Rockefeller Park along the Hudson. A diagonal avenue lined with apartment buildings creates one face of the neighborhood, while the inner courts of the large blocks are connected by the delightful Teardrop Park. Located two blocks from ground zero, the tour will also explore the history and design of the Irish Hunger Memorial completed in 2001.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
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City Walks, August 12, 2022, 08/12/2022, Battery Park City North Neighborhood Walking Tour

Festival | Arte Pa’ Mi Gente/Arts for All Festival


The annual festival of Latin American arts and culture returns to the outdoors. The festival brings together a lineup of artists across disciplines for three days of free family celebrations. This year’s festival theme is “Archipelago of Culture,” highlighting the importance of island culture and Afro-Caribbean artistic traditions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, August 12, 2022, 08/12/2022, Arte Pa&rsquo; Mi Gente/Arts for All Festival

Dancing | Dance Party (in-person and online)


Uptown Vinyl Supreme's DJ Sunny Cheeba spins underneath the iconic marquee to get people ready for Amateur Night. Whether it's online or in person, you don't want to miss it.
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Dancings, August 12, 2022, 08/12/2022, Dance Party (in-person and online)

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
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Workshops, August 12, 2022, 08/12/2022, Game Nights in the Park

Opening Reception | 2D x 3D = Boundless, NY x LA = ∞: Group Show


2D and 3D forms are often seen as separate categories. However at their core, they use the same language that artists utilize to hold visual conversations. They are tools for communication that cannot exist without one other. A dot forms a line, and lines that create planes, create sculptures. They do not exist in isolation and instead work in collaboration to create boundless potential where anything becomes possible. The same can be said about the regional differences between NY and LA. Instead of characterizing these two cities as competitors or as separate entities, they can be seen as one unit. Together, these cities carry infinite possibilities in their ideas and creations. Through the collaboration and union of both the 2D and the 3D, we are given a boundless and infinite experience through the works of these 8 artists from NY and LA.
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Opening Receptions, August 12, 2022, 08/12/2022, 2D x 3D = Boundless, NY x LA = &infin;: Group Show

Opening Reception | Malik Tricoche: Dancing for Rain


Drawing upon a collective history of the use of dance and movement as a spiritual access point Dancing for Rain poetically juxtaposes Malik’s utilization of motion to achieve flow state while painting, not only dancing in front of the canvas but with the canvas, rotating each work 360 degrees and painting from every direction. The phrase “rain dance” refers to the ritualistic nature of human behaviors. Repeating habits make up a pattern of events and relationships that define our sense of time, reality and ultimate sense of purpose. These patterns are the guiding map connecting the lived experience of the artist to the ancient myths of the past and into the future.  
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Opening Receptions, August 12, 2022, 08/12/2022, Malik Tricoche: Dancing for Rain

Performance | Inside/Out…Voices from the Disability Community


Co-directed by Ping Chong and Sara Zatz, and created in collaboration with the performers, the heartfelt documentary theater piece Inside/Out…Voices from the Disability Community presents the first-hand experiences of seven individuals living with disabilities while also sharing history from the disability rights movement in the United States. Powerful, but also humorous and irreverent, the performance centers people with disabilities by giving prominence to their real stories, in their own words.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, August 12, 2022, 08/12/2022, Inside/Out&hellip;Voices from the Disability Community

Performance | Macbeth: Shakespeare's Story of Power and Madness


The Hudson Classical Theater Company presents Shakespeare's spooky "Scottish play." Prompted by three witches who foretell of his ascension to the throne of Scotland, Macbethand his wife murder the King Duncan, setting into motion a story of paranoia, blood, and madness in Shakespeare's classic tragedy.
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Performances, August 12, 2022, 08/12/2022, Macbeth: Shakespeare's Story of Power and Madness

Workshop | Meditation 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.
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Workshop | Sunset Jam on the River


Rhythm and grooves fill the air at this Friday evening program. Follow the lead of professional drummers as they guide you through the pulsating beats of traditional African drumming techniques and methods. Drums provided, dancing welcome!
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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.
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7:00 pm
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Plays, August 12, 2022, 08/12/2022, Love's Labour's Lost: Outdoor Shakespeare

Workshop | Game Night


Grab your friends for bingo, quiz shows, and more, with prizes for winners.
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Jazz | Jazz Trombonist Who Has Worked with Wynton Marsalis


Wycliffe Gordon is an American jazz trombonist, arranger, composer, band leader, and music educator at the collegiate-conservatory level. Gordon also sings and plays didgeridoo, trumpet, soprano trombone, tuba, and piano. His early works as a professional were with Wynton Marsalis, but in 2010 he has expanded beyond swing and has experimented with new instruments. He has also played Gospel music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, August 12, 2022, 08/12/2022, Jazz Trombonist Who Has Worked with Wynton Marsalis

Concert | Sunset Concert on the River


The sounds of summer brought right to the park with established and emerging NYC-based artists across a wide range of genres. There's no better way to kick off the weekend than with an evening of spectacular live music and signature sunsets right on the riverfront. From brass to choral, bass and more - there is something for everyone. Featuring: Underground System
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Opera | Verdi's La Traviata: An Abridged Adaptation


An abridged adaptation of Verdi's classic that inspired Moulin Rouge, with instantly recognizable tunes famously featured in Pretty Woman. Soprano Ekaterina Siurina and tenor Charles Castronovo appear with Michael Chioldi, world-renowned baritone and star of last summer's Rigoletto (a role he recently stepped into at the Metropolitan Opera for a series of critically acclaimed performances), with City Opera Music Director Maestro Constantine Orbelian at the helm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, August 12, 2022, 08/12/2022, Verdi's La Traviata: An Abridged Adaptation

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. Schedule: 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 - Club Havana by Pedro Ruiz Latin dancing at its best. The intoxicating rhythms of the conga, rumba, mambo, and cha cha are brought to life by choreographer Pedro Ruiz, himself a native of Cuba, as he imagined his very own "Club Havana." New York City Ballet - Allegro Brillante by George Balanchine George Balanchine called the exuberant Allegro Brillante "everything I know about classical ballet in thirteen minutes." One of George Balanchine's most joyous, pure dance pieces, Allegro Brillante is characterized by what Maria Tallchief -- the ballerina on whom the bravura leading role was created -- called "an expansive Russian romanticism." The ballet is set to Tschaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 3, a work that the composer created from sketches for a composition that was intended to be his Sixth Symphony, but which instead served as a single movement work which was published posthumously in 1894. Balanchine described this ballet as a concentrated essay in the extended classical vocabulary, in which a maximum amount of choreographic development is contained within a rather restricted area of time and space. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and American Ballet Theatre - Pas de Duke by Alvin Ailey (Jacquelin Harris, Ailey, and Herman Cornejo, ABT) Choreography: Alvin Ailey Music: Duke Ellington Pas de Duke is Alvin Ailey's modern dance translation of a classical pas de deux celebrating the musical genius of Duke Ellington. It was originally choreographed on two of the most renowned dancers in the world, Judith Jamison and Mikhail Baryshnikov, and presented as part of the festival "Ailey Celebrates Ellington" at Lincoln Center's New York State Theater in 1976. Ailey choreographed five sections that capture the sassy sophistication of "The Duke's" jazz music as the two soloists challenge each other toe-to-toe and line-for-line in a playful, good-natured competition. 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.
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7:30 pm
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Dance Performances, August 12, 2022, 08/12/2022, 5 Iconic NYC Dance Companies

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.
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Movie in a Park | Eternals (2021): More Marvel Superheroes


The saga of the Eternals, a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations. Director: Chloe Zhao Stars: Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie 156 min.
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8:00 pm
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Movie in a Parks, August 12, 2022, 08/12/2022, Eternals (2021): More Marvel Superheroes

Movie in a Park | Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021): Another Marvel Blockbuster


Shang-Chi, the master of weaponry-based Kung Fu, is forced to confront his past after being drawn into the Ten Rings organization. Director: Destin Daniel Cretton Stars: Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung 132 min.
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8:00 pm
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Movie in a Parks, August 12, 2022, 08/12/2022, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021): Another Marvel Blockbuster

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.
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Movie in a Parks, August 12, 2022, 08/12/2022, Soul (2020): Animated Oscar Winner

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. 
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