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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 20, 2022?

25 free events take place on Saturday, August 20 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 20 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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25 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Saturday, August 20, 2022

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many
free events nyc American Folk Quartet: "mixing ideas from jazz, new classical, and Appalachian folk"
free events nyc Jazz in the Park
free events nyc The 41st Annual Battery Dance Festival
        

Workshop | CANCELLED! Drawing in the Park


Paint in watercolor or use pastels and other drawing materials to capture the magical vistas of the Hudson River and the unique landscape of South Cove. An artist/educator will help participants of all levels with instruction and critique. Materials provided, and artists are encouraged to bring their own favorite media
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, CANCELLED! Drawing in the Park

Discussion | Insider Insights: The Japanese Kimono (online)


Met experts explore the history and modernization of the Japanese kimono. Learn about Japan’s famed weaving, dying, and embroidery techniques along with discoveries from new scientific research. With: Monika Bincsik, Diane and Arthur Abbey Associate Curator of Japanese Decorative Arts, The Met Marco Leona, David H. Koch Scientist in Charge, Scientific Research, The Met
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Discussions, August 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, Insider Insights: The Japanese Kimono (online)

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 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, 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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10:00 am
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Workshops, August 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, 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 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, 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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Fairs, August 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, Street Fair

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 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, 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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11:00 am
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Workshops, August 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, Dance Fitness

Fair | Street Fair


Jewelry. Art. Baked goods and local vintage. Home goods. Live DJs. A beloved street fair returns.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, August 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, Street Fair

Workshop | Disco Rollerskating


Roll your way into summer and dress in your best '70s/'80s-themed outfit. Free snacks and giveaways with skates and music from Skaterobics. Skates will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and require a photo ID to check out. Registration is encouraged, but not required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, August 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, Disco Rollerskating

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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12:00 pm
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Park Walks, August 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, Nature Walk

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 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, American Travelers: A Watercolor Journey Through Spain, Portugal, and Mexico: Exhibition Tour

Concert | American Folk Quartet: "mixing ideas from jazz, new classical, and Appalachian folk"


The Westerlies dig deep into the traditions and lineage of American Folk music, finding common ground between Shape Note hymns, folk anthems, and timeless spirituals. The voices of Woody Guthrie, the Golden Gate Quartet, John Prine, and Judee Sill are heard anew, alongside works by composers whose use of folk melodies transcended their time, from the sophistication of Duke Ellington to the bold imagination of Charles Ives. Band: Riley Mulherkar, Trumpet Chloe Rowlands, Trumpet Andy Clausen, Trombone Willem de Koch, Trombone
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, American Folk Quartet: "mixing ideas from jazz, new classical, and Appalachian folk"

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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1:00 pm
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Workshops, August 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, Game Nights in the Park

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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2:00 pm
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Birdwatchings, August 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, Island Bird Walk

Jazz | Jazz in the Park


For three decades, Marjorie Eliot and Parlor Entertainment have honored the past and celebrated the present with this event, which has become a cherished local tradition. Enjoy two days of classic jazz at this outdoor event.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, Jazz in the Park

Concert | American Folk Quartet: "mixing ideas from jazz, new classical, and Appalachian folk”


The Westerlies dig deep into the traditions and lineage of American Folk music, finding common ground between Shape Note hymns, folk anthems, and timeless spirituals. The voices of Woody Guthrie, the Golden Gate Quartet, John Prine, and Judee Sill are heard anew, alongside works by composers whose use of folk melodies transcended their time, from the sophistication of Duke Ellington to the bold imagination of Charles Ives. Band: Riley Mulherkar, Trumpet Chloe Rowlands, Trumpet Andy Clausen, Trombone Willem de Koch, Trombone
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Concerts, August 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, American Folk Quartet: "mixing ideas from jazz, new classical, and Appalachian folk&rdquo;

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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5:00 pm
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Dancings, August 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, Dance Party (in-person and online)

Opening Reception | Farhana Akhter: Liberi Fatali - The Guardians


This show presents the body of work inspired by the environment as an embodiment or reflection of ourselves. At once familiar yet otherworldly forms appear to be chaotic, imperfect and incomplete yet, when viewed in whole, the forms carry grace and beauty. The groupings of sculptures create a narrative that speaks to actions and emotions of embracing the unknown and unfamiliar, and the cyclic phases of existence. The draped forms and color palette are influenced by Akhter’s native Bangladeshi culture and heritage. These sculptures and paintings are embedded with organic and inorganic materials layered with iridescent shimmering paint in all colors of the spectrum. The found objects incorporated onto the surfaces are symbolic of the transformative process, which combines organic elements such as moss, dried flowers, rice, lentils, with inorganic materials such as plastic, clay, glass, crystals, stone and metal. The surfaces of the sculptures are textured with clusters of found objects embedded in acrylic polymer over molded aluminum mesh and then layered with paint.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, August 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, Farhana Akhter: Liberi Fatali - The Guardians

Dance Performance | Maroons & Suffragettes: Music and Choreography


Burnt Sugar/Danz was founded in 2002 by writer/musician/conductor Greg Tate and dancer/choreographer/filmmaker Gabri Christa as a radical melding of Christa’s profound relationship to movement and Tate’s equally rigorous approach to music. The collaboration they formed was rooted in the work of Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber, the sprawling band of virtuosos that Tate founded and co-led – a multi-generational ensemble inspired by Butch Morris’ CONDUCTION system for improvising orchestras. Burnt Sugar/Danz draws upon the cream of the crop in New York City’s music, choreographic, and dance-performance talent to create innovative, never-before-seen works, live, and in real time. Adopting Morris’ baton gestures and hand-sign vocabulary to dance, Burnt Sugar/Danz presents an alchemical blend of spontaneously composed music and choreography. This 20th-anniversary celebration, held in tribute to Tate, includes guest appearances by Harriet Tubman, the avant power trio known for its deep fusion of soul, rock, and jazz; the Resistance Revival Chorus, a collective of more than 60 women and non-binary singers; the Bardo Steppers, a deep-funk second-line procession of drums and horns led by bassist Melvin Gibbs; and DJ Reborn, a trailblazing international DJ, sound collage artist, and arts educator, also the resident DJ for Ms. Lauryn Hill’s world tour and the founder of DJs for Justice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, August 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, Maroons & Suffragettes: Music and Choreography

Dance Performance | The 41st Annual Battery Dance Festival


Boca Tuya / Omar Roman de Jesus, Los Perros del Barrio Colosal Through the exaggerated mannerisms of daytime television, the six characters of "Los Perros del Barrio Colosal" take us on a wild romp through the challenges of creative decision-making. Diving dramatically into the adventure of an imagination yet to be physicalized, they ask us to consider the far side of the moments when our ideas threaten, with disjointed urgency, to swallow us whole. 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. Julienne Doko, Lost Memories, Denmark - U.S. Premiere "Memoires Perdues" questions the notions of collective memory and progress: Do we really learn from the lessons of the past? The piece is an emotional response to this seemingly endless repetition of pain. It is a cry for the urgency of memory for our future. The choreographic vocabulary of the piece is African-contemporary drawing from Afro-Brazilian symbolism. 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. Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Face What's Facing You! Choreographed by company dancer Claude Alexander III, the piece is an honest, soul-stirring work addressing the facing of life's challenges. Compagnie Virginie Brunelle, Les Corps Avales, Canada - U.S. Premiere Against a backdrop of resilience and hope, "Les Corps Avales" explores power relations, inequalities and social upheaval. Mastering the delicate balance between expressiveness and the vigorous physicality of her choreographic language, Brunelle directs seven dancers in a portrayal of a vulnerable humanity in search of gentleness and community.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, August 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, The 41st Annual Battery Dance Festival

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 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, Encanto (2021): Non-Magical in a Magical World

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: Cynthia Sayer
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, August 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, Evening Concert in the Park

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
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Plays, August 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, As You Like It: A Musical Production of Shakespeare's Comedy
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Theater | Storytelling at its Best from Far Away

Regular Price: $51
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Cabaret | Singing Show with a Broadway Guest

Regular Price: $25
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