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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 13, 2022?

31 free events take place on Saturday, August 13 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 13 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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31 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Saturday, August 13, 2022

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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 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Birdwatching | Introduction to Birdwatching Walk


Whether you’re just starting out or have already joined the birding ranks, this introductory walk is for you. A member of the Brooklyn Bird Club and the Park Alliance lead an introductory walk to learn the basics of birding and search for the dozens of species that visit the Park through all seasons. All levels are welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring binoculars if you have them. Saturdays, March 26-September 17, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, August 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, Introduction to Birdwatching Walk

Workshop | Moves with Limón Dance


Move to live accompaniment and experience the joy of dance with dancers from the Limón Dance Company. Open to all levels and ages - no experience required. Saturdays, June 11-Sept. 24, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, Moves with Lim&oacute;n Dance

Park Walk | Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers


Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky: an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, August 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers

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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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 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, Street Fair

Workshop | Dance Fitness


Get and stay fit in this outdoor class. Saturdays, May 7-Sept. 24, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, Dance Fitness

Festival | AfriBembé Festival


This Pan-African festival will highlight our shared heritage through powerful musical performances that are rooted in ancestral African rhythms and traditions yet that represent the rich diversity of the diasporic cultures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, August 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, AfriBemb&eacute; Festival

Play | A Festival of Short Plays: Comedy, Drama and Musicals


Since 2013, Equity Library Theater has been presenting a festival of short plays (comedy, drama and musicals) by writers from around the globe. The company began its life in 1943 as a sort of New York City road show, with performances rotating among many theaters built during the Depression in branches of the New York Public Library. Today they present their works for all to view in person as well as virtual settings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, August 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, A Festival of Short Plays: Comedy, Drama and Musicals

Park Walk | Nature Walk


Enjoy the beautiful wooded setting of the trails through a guided meditative walk, while learning more about interesting facets of the park. Easy walking terrain. Sundays and Saturdays, July 16-Spetember 10, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, August 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, Nature Walk

City Walk | Union Square, Broadway, and SoHo Historic Walking Tour


This tour is a New York City trifecta. First, learn about the making of New York City's most notable and celebrated public squares. Then, take a stroll down New York's most famous street--learn about its origins as a Lenape trail, and how it eventually became the main artery of the most populous city in the United States. Finally, we walk through scenic SoHo, exploring both the neighborhood's recent history as well as some sordid tales from centuries past.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, August 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, Union Square, Broadway, and SoHo Historic Walking Tour

Gallery Talk | American Travelers: A Watercolor Journey Through Spain, Portugal, and Mexico: Exhibition Tour


Docent-led gallery tour of current exhibition that shares the large collection of watercolors by United States artists painted in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. Works by Hassam, Kuehne, Edwards, Peixotto, Robinson, Peets, and Petrovic are presented in conjunction with a suite of recent watercolor paintings by Timothy J. Clark. Saturdays, July 23-October 15, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, August 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, American Travelers: A Watercolor Journey Through Spain, Portugal, and Mexico: Exhibition Tour

Concert | Blues BBQ Festival


This day-long music festival invites exceptional blues artists to perform on stage. Binky Griptite hosts a Saturday filled with great food, great company and great music. Artist Line-Up: Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers Jackie Venson Walter "Wolfman" Washington Bette Smith Don Bryant
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
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Concerts, August 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, Blues BBQ Festival

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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Workshops, August 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, Game Nights in the Park

Author Reading | On The Roof- A Look Inside 'Fiddler On The Roof'


Samantha Hahn, the youngest member of the cast, tells the story of how "Yiddish Fiddler" came to be.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Author Readings, August 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, On The Roof- A Look Inside 'Fiddler On The Roof'

Birdwatching | Island Bird Walk


See the birds of the island with an expert guides. Over 220 bird species have been spotted on the island, which provides excellent habitat all year round. Whether you’re an expert birder or a beginner, these tours will help you discover all of the bird life the island has to offer. Binoculars are available to borrow. Saturdays, July 16-October 29, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, August 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, Island Bird Walk

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 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, The Puppet Cycle: Small World Stories

Jazz | Jazz Greats in the Park


Antonio Hart has been long recognized as one of the most talented instrumentalist of his generation. In recent years he has also been recognized as an important jazz educator. In his 20 years as a professional musician he has performed and recorded with many jazz greats, from Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Hargrove, Nancy Wilson, Nat Adderley, and McCoy Tyner to Dave Holland. His 1997 release, Here I Stand, Impulse records, earned Hart a 1997 Grammy nomination for 'Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.' He has also been in much demand as a guest on over 100 recordings, and seven CDs as a leader. The latest, 'All we Need' Chiaroscuro Records. Named the Chicago Tribune's 2020 person of the Year in Jazz, Tammy McCann is an internationally recognized Jazz Vocalist and is currently Artist in Residence for the Music Institute of Chicago. Her powerful, sultry, and emotionally charged voice paints pictures and tells stories by merging Classical vocal technique and Gospel esthetic with Jazz to create a sound that is completely her own.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
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Concerts, August 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, Jazz Greats in the Park

Concert | Outdoor Summer Concert


Enjoy performances by music students and faculty of one of NYC music schools in a park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, Outdoor Summer Concert

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 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, Dance Party (in-person and online)

Poetry Reading | La Casita: Poetry and Music


La Casita, a citywide, internationally inclusive festival celebrating the global oral traditions in poetry and music, is grounded in the principle that New York City is more equitably represented by presenting the rich artistic traditions of its many underserved communities.   This year, their roster of esteemed curators has assembled a stellar cast of poets and musicians hailing from across the globe, including interdisciplinary poets Jonah Mixon-Webster, Jacqueline Johnson, Franny Choi, Paul con Queso, Gabriel Ramirez, Mario Jose Pagán Morales, and Audry Funk; and music group Lucia Pulido Trio and Congolese drumming group, Mfouambila Congo Company. The evening’s host is poet and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs.
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Poetry Readings, August 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, La Casita: Poetry and Music

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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Concert | Dancehall Reggae and Hip-Hop 90s Style with Slick Rick and More


Legendary label VP Records has been a bastion of Jamaican music in New York City since its founding in 1977. Riddims and beats are the heart of the story of Dancehall reggae and Hip Hop in 1990s New York. Producers, DJs, and artists from various neighborhoods, with an appreciation of Jamaica's latest hits, expanded the sound with tracks built on the same brands of drum machines and electronic keyboards of the era. The burgeoning New York dancehall scene went on to spawn multiple careers and countless street anthems. This show presents some of the creators of those anthemic hits with performances from Slick Rick, Wayne Wonder, Shinehead, Red Fox, and Lady G. DJs Jazzy Joyce and Peter Panic will set the mood with a mix of 90s hip hop and reggae that displays the cultural mix and dancefloor appeal of the era. Hosted by DJ Ralph McDaniels of Video Music Box and New York radio legend Dahved Levy, this one promises to be a hot summer night.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, August 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, Dancehall Reggae and Hip-Hop 90s Style with Slick Rick and More

Concert | Evening Concert in the Park


A concert evening highlighted by picnics and good company as live entertainment enthusiasts gather on the north lawn to enjoy a variety of musical acts. Featuring: Jacob Varmus Quintet
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Concerts, August 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, Evening Concert in the Park

Dance Performance | Young Voices in Dance


This celebration of the next generation of choreographers includes: Sydney Burtis, The Difference "The Difference" is a tap dance work that fuses sound and movement to take you on a journey through both jazz and contemporary music. With these differing genres of music at play, the dancers hope to inspire feelings of positivity, self-worth, and community, as they can make a lasting difference in your life. Zachary Seto, Nostalgic Beings of Synesthesia - NYC Premiere "Nostalgic Beings of Synesthesia" is the continuation of constant conversations, the dialogue of speaking in a language unknown to humankind. It explores the physical experience of undulating spiritual verbal dialect through movement. Canadian choreographer Zachary Seto channels the constant flow of infinite gold light and spiraling energy that surrounds us. Camryn and Courtney Spero, Distance "Distance" investigates what it means to be part of a collective and how to reconcile the fleeting time and space we have to explore the relations within it. Set to New Order's 80s synth-pop track "Blue Monday," the juxtaposition of artificial kicks with deadpan vocals introduces questions of superficiality and authenticity in our interactions, as dancers enter and exit formation, are caught in repetition, and groove on and off the relentless beat. Kate Louissaint, Bird's Eye - World Premiere How do we process things we can't see? This piece is an exploration of sisterhood, fear, and learning when to fight versus when to surrender. It is a contemporary/modern based trio that relies heavily on the instrumentation, and the imagination of the audience. Lerato Ragontse, In Between Change "In Between Change" focuses on the beauty of technique. The piece emphasizes the importance of allowing yourself to appreciate the journey that leads to success. Through breath, the dancers showcase their elegance and strength while expressing the importance of breathing and letting things be, even if that means change. Anya Susan, In Conversation "In Conversation," created in 2020 and reworked in 2022, is a work about the reflection of the selves. With no true characterization of a 'younger' or 'older' self, it is meant to depict how the information learned throughout one's life can and will influence our future choices and responses. Without ever letting go of these identities, we learn to integrate and adapt. Reworking the piece in 2022 affirms this concept, providing a time capsule into the choreographer's then 18 year old mind that she gets to reexamine at 20. Myles King, The Last Foundry "The Last Foundry" navigates the complex relationship between power and vulnerability. While power and vulnerable struggle to coexist in society, this work highlights that they can. The choreographic process of this piece was highly collaborative with the dancers who are within the minority community and highlight the power and vulnerability that we all possess as minority people within the world. Shannon Harkins, Dreams and Nightmares of a Mutant People - NYC Premiere "Dreams and Nightmares of a Mutant People" explores escapism through character, artistry, and individual oddities. Classical ballet elements meet with expressive and enhanced movement to create an otherworldly environment.
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Dance Performances, August 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, Young Voices in Dance

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: 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." 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." Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - Cry by Alvin Ailey Choreography by Alvin Ailey Music: Alice Coltrane, Laura Nyro, Voices of East Harlem In 1971, Alvin Ailey choreographed the solo Cry as a birthday present for his mother on his stunning muse, the legendary Judith Jamison, who has taught the treasured role to subsequent generations of Ailey women. This physically and emotionally demanding tour-de-force - dedicated to "all Black women everywhere - especially our mothers" - went on to become an enduring work of American art. The ballet is made up of three parts - the first is set to Alice Coltrane's "Something about John Coltrane," the second to Laura Nyro's "Been on a Train" and the last has the Voices of East Harlem singing "Right On, Be Free." Dance Theatre of Harlem - When Love by Helen Pickett "Insistent time maps our days but when we are in love, we surrender," says choreographer Helen Pickett about When Love. Her exquisite pas de deux captures the wondrous feeling of timeless love. 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. One for All, World Premiere Lincoln Center Commission by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, commissioned by Lincoln Center and featuring dancers from each of the five companies, is set to Manteca by Funky Lowlives/Dizzy Gillespie.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Dance Performances, August 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, 5 Iconic NYC Dance Companies

Tour | Monet's Giverny - A Home and Garden (online)


Claude Monet lived and painted in Giverny from 1883 to his death in 1926. He purchased a house and property and began a vast landscaping project which included lily ponds that would become the subjects of his best-known works. He began painting the water lilies in 1899, first in vertical views with a Japanese bridge as a central feature and later in the series of large-scale paintings that was to occupy him continuously for the next 20 years. Monet gained much of his inspiration from his gardens and believed it was important to surround himself with nature and paint outdoors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, August 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, Monet's Giverny - A Home and Garden (online)

Reading | S3 Underground: Seen. Sound. Scribe.


Poet Mahogany L. Browne a continuation of her ongoing on-site residency. Underground features some of the world’s most acclaimed and most promising authors reading their works at this bar lounge of thought-provoking and politically driven spoken word poetry and wordplay, supported by a live DJ.
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Readings, August 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, S3 Underground: Seen. Sound. Scribe.

Movie in a Park | The Man on the Shore (1993): Surviving Dictatorship in Haiti


An imaginative girl escapes the horrors of living in dictator Francois Duvalier's 1960s Haiti. Director: Raoul Peck Stars: Jennifer Zubar, Toto Bissainthe, Patrick Rameau 106 min.
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Movie in a Parks, August 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, The Man on the Shore (1993): Surviving Dictatorship in Haiti

Dancing | Silent Disco


Come celebrate the life of beloved cultural icon Greg Tate with the dance music that made him get down, spun by one of his favorite party-people, DJ Reborn. This silent disco dance party will take you on a journey through the eclectic beats of soul, hip-hop, reggae, house, Latin, electronic, and Afrobeat. See you on The Oasis!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, August 13, 2022, 08/13/2022, Silent Disco
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