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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 18, 2022?

24 free events take place on Thursday, August 18 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 18 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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24 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, August 18, 2022

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Editor's Picks

free events nyc Broadway Performances in the Park
free events nyc East Village Rock Tour: Part 1
free events nyc When Harry Met Sally... (1989): Romantic Comedy with Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan
free events nyc Blazing Guitar Rock from the 80s
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Tour | Garment District: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More


Hear an unusual perspective from somebody who spent the greater portion of his life working in the GARMENT industry. You will learn how the apparel industry developed in NYC through the years, and how it came to be located in its current District. Watch the development of the industry from sweatshops in the old tenement buildings on the Lower East Side, to giant factories in China and Bangladesh. See how immigrants were the backbone of the industry and in NYC, still are. Five minute flow chart "From Fibers To Garment". Learn about Calvin, Ralph and Oscar, as well as Labor Unions and Gangsters. A Factory Visit When Available. See "The Garment Worker'' by Judith Weller, The Fashion Walk of Fame. The Giant Button and Needle artwork on Seventh Ave. And much more. Rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, August 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, Garment District: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More

Performance | Broadway Performances in the Park


The most popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits in the park. Featuring: Mr. Saturday Night Wicked Funny Girl Come From Away
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
Free
Performances, August 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, Broadway Performances in the Park

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 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, Juggling in the Park

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 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, Game Nights in the Park

Museums | European Fine Art: Vermeer, Rembrandt and More


This museum of fine art was open to the public in 1935. Its permanent collection features masterpieces by major European artists from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. Exhibitions also include sculptures, furniture, porcelain items, textiles and more. Children under 10 are not admitted.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, August 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, European Fine Art: Vermeer, Rembrandt and More

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 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, Juggling in the Park

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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, August 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, Dance Party (in-person and online)

City Walk | East Village Rock Tour: Part 1


Rock n' roll has been deeply rooted in our neighborhoods since the art form was first invented, with many of its greatest practitioners drawn here to live or perform, while others had their careers launched here. Alongside rock n' roll history is the rich history of archetecture in our neighborhoods. Discover both the history of those who impacted music, as well as the architectural history of the places where they made such an impact. From the Ramones to the Beastie Boys, and Patti Smith to Nirvana, our neighborhood is lined with the buildings that opened their doors to these icons of rock n' roll. Songs such as The Ramone's "I Just Wanna Have Something to Do" reference the precise locations in our neighborhoods. The venues that once set the stage for legendary bands may be of the past, but the buildings still stand in the present. No one tour can comprehensively cover all of the rock history in our neighborhood. Below find a detailed description for each tour so you can choose the one that most appeals to you. Follow the Village Preservation team as we guide you through the architectural history of rock n' roll and uncover the star-studded background of our streets.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
City Walks, August 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, East Village Rock Tour: Part 1

Poetry Reading | Forefathers of Hip-Hop


The Last Poets are the forefathers of hip-hop, wielding poetry’s rhythmic and political power years before the first MC picked up a mic to move a crowd dancing to breakbeats. They formed in 1968 on Malcolm X’s birthday in Harlem as just three poets and a drummer, drawing their name from South African poet “Little Willie” Kgostile, who declared his era to be the last age of poets before the complete takeover of guns. After their self-titled debut cracked the US pop charts, they were targeted—along with other political agitators—by the FBI’s COINTELPRO, but continued to influence culture at the margins, releasing more than a dozen albums and inspiring and collaborating with multiple generations of hip-hop artists. Their current lineup includes Umar Bin Hassan, Baba Don, and founding member Abiodun Oyewole. Also: The IMPACT Repertory Theatre draws from the Harlem-based program for 12-19 year olds that uses performing arts and leadership training to empower underserved New York City youth, creating a safe space for young people to explore the issues they face through current events and their own personal experience. Harlem’s Bomb Shelter is a monthly retreat for young adult poets to unplug from every day life and express their experiences, thoughts, and ideas through poetry, song, and spoken word. SummerStage alum Greg Caz, a diehard Last Poets fan and record collector, DJs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, August 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, Forefathers of Hip-Hop

Concert | Singer Blends Rock, R&B, and Folk


Kyshona is an artist ignited by untold stories, and the capacity of those stories to thread connection in every community. With the background of a licensed music therapist, the curiosity of a writer, the resolve of an activist, and the voice of a singer, Kyshona is unrelenting in her pursuit for the healing power of song. Kyshona blends roots, rock, R&B, and folk with lyrical prowess. She is both a sought after collaborative vocalist working with artists like Margo Price whom she accompanied on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Adia Victoria who features Kyshona, Price and Jason Isbell in her single “You Was Born to Die”, and a burgeoning performer in her own right whose 2020 release Listen, was voted Best Protest Album of 2020 by Nashville Scene.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, Singer Blends Rock, R&B, and Folk

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 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, Core Rhythm Fitness

Workshop | Fiction Writing Workshop


Fiction is a wonderful conjuring act. Learn the time-tested elements of fiction craft in our Fiction Writing class.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, Fiction 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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Workshops, August 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, Yoga on the River

Movie in a Park | When Harry Met Sally... (1989): Romantic Comedy with Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan


Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship. Director: Rob Reiner Stars: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher 95 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Movie in a Parks, August 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, When Harry Met Sally... (1989): Romantic Comedy with Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan

Concert | Modern Jewish Sounds Concert (in-person and online)


Where Tel Aviv meets New York City, welcome Kami Maltz for a night of beautiful music. With a smooth voice and her autoharp, Kami Maltz conjures a sensuous combination of folk and indie elements, with an added touch of cotton-candy, pop embellishments. Her fresh new band, featuring Rosemary Minkler, Adi Meyerson, and Jay Sawyer, brings to the stage some of NYC’s best musicians.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, Modern Jewish Sounds Concert (in-person and online)

Dance Lesson | Salsa Dance Class


Learns salsa dancing in the park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, August 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, Salsa Dance Class

Dance Performance | The 41st Annual Battery Dance Festival


Demi Remick & Dancers, That's Entertainment! - World Premiere "That's Entertainment!" is a rhythmically virtuosic and theatrically driven tap dance work set to the music of Judy Garland. Demi Remick & Dancers perform to nostalgic broadway show tunes, adding electric physicality and a quirky twist to classic themes of show business. Floyd McLean Jr., Cold - NYC Premiere "Cold" explores the importance of holding one another up in a world that seems like it has its cards stacked against you. The individuals in this duet are revisiting earth from another realm, navigating prejudice, hate crimes, and so much more due to how you look or identify. Battery Dance Company, Hoffman Dances "Hofmann Dances," is a trio of new dance works inspired by Hans Hofmann, one of the 20th century's most influential painters and teachers. Guest choreographers Saeed Hani, Tsai Hsi Hung, and Christopher "Unpezverde" Nunez explore Hofmann's poetic imagery, groundbreaking painting techniques and use of brilliant color. Together their three works embody Hofmann's legacy of imagination and abstract expression. TeaTime Company, Stick-Stok, Netherlands - U.S. Premiere In "Stick-Stok," TeaTime Company focuses on the blending of Circus and Dance. Utilizing juggling, contemporary dance and Chinese pole skills, the artists explore the possibilities of three custom made poles. Leaning into the simplicity of the object, they discover the combination of their disciplines in a completely new way. Fairul Zahid & Lasalle Dance Singapore, Allocentric, Singapore - World Premiere Hailing from Kuala Lumpur and now based in Singapore, award-winning choreographer Fairul Zahid explores the hierarchy of multiple social identities with music by Olafur Arnalds & Nils, with a cast of six dancers from Lasalle Dance Singapore. Tina Croll + Company, Balkan Bacchanal "Balkan Bacchanal" explores the intricate rhythms and moods found in the music from Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Romania. The dances are often rituals that range in mood from wild and playful, slow and stately, harsh and driven to gentle and almost trance-like.
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Dance Performances, August 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, The 41st Annual Battery Dance Festival

Film | Hidden Figures (2016): Black Women at NASA, with Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer


The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. Director: Theodore Melfi Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae 127 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Films, August 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, Hidden Figures (2016): Black Women at NASA, with Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer

Concert | Blazing Guitar Rock from the 80s


A night of blazing guitarists from the '80s NYC rock club scene and their bands. Guitarist and producer Ivan Julian (Richard Hell and The Voidoids, Matthew Sweet, Shriekback) turns it up with his band Ivan Julian & The Magnificent Six: Debby Schwartz, James Mastro, Judy Ann Nock, Al Maddy, Stephen Goulding, and Jared Michael Nickerson. Folk-psych combo Gods and Monsters, led by Grammy-nominated songwriter, composer and guitarist extraordinaire Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart/Jeff Buckley), hits the stage with Ernie Brooks (Modern Lovers/Arthur Russell) and Richard Dworkin (Microscopic Septet), plus an appearance by Alison Clancy and the Bongos' Richard Barone. Raleigh N.C.'s groundbreaking The Veldt rocks with shoegaze-soul authority without postmodern irony--led by twins Daniel and Danny Chavis with Martin Newman, Hayato Nakao, Alex Cox, and Dale W. Miller.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, August 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, Blazing Guitar Rock from the 80s

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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Plays, August 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, As You Like It: A Musical Production of Shakespeare's Comedy

Movie in a Park | Fire of Love (2022): Documentary on Lovers Who Died in a Volcanic Explosion


Intrepid scientists and lovers Katia and Maurice Krafft died in a volcanic explosion doing the very thing that brought them together: unraveling the mysteries of volcanoes by capturing the most explosive imagery ever recorded. Director: Sara Dosa 98 min. Movie starts at dusk.
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Movie in a Parks, August 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, Fire of Love (2022): Documentary on Lovers Who Died in a Volcanic Explosion

Movie in a Park | Jumanji (1995): Trapped in a Game with Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst


When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped in it for decades - and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. Director: Joe Johnston Stars: Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bonnie Hunt 104 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, August 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, Jumanji (1995): Trapped in a Game with Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst

Movie in a Park | The Mitchells vs the Machines (2021): Animated Adventure


A quirky, dysfunctional family's road trip is upended when they find themselves in the middle of the robot apocalypse and suddenly become humanity's unlikeliest last hope. Directors: Michael Rianda, Jeff Rowe Stars: Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph 114 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 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, The Mitchells vs the Machines (2021): Animated Adventure
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Theater | Storytelling at its Best from Far Away

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Cabaret | Singing Show with a Broadway Guest

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