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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on August 31, 2022?

25 free events take place on Wednesday, August 31 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 31 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 Wednesday, August 31, 2022

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Garment District: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More
free events nyc 7-Time Grammy-Nominated Jazz Percussionist and Bandleader
free events nyc The Met presents: Massenet's Manon
free events nyc Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
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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
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, August 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Workshop | Figure Al Fresco


This event offers a unique setting to observe and sketch the human figure. Each week a model will strike short and long poses for participants to draw. An artist/educator will offer constructive suggestions and critique. Drawing materials provided, and artists are encouraged to bring their own favorite media.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshops, August 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, Figure Al Fresco

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 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers

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
10:30 am
Free
Tours, August 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, Garment District: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions 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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12:30 pm
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Workshops, August 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, Juggling in the Park

Jazz | Jazz Wednesday


Jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel and guests play standards from the American Songbook. Bill Wurtzel began playing guitar at age 9, and was a radio and TV country music performer by age 12. He attended art school and had a career as an award-winning advertising creative director. He continued to play professionally and switched to music full time in 1989. Bill has played worldwide with many jazz legends, including the Count Basie Countsmen, Wild Bill Davis, Bill Doggett, Jimmy McGriff, the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band, singers Gloria Lynne and Terri Thornton, as well as Paul Simon. Bill is a director of the Jazz Foundation of America.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, Jazz Wednesday

Workshop | Knitting in the Park


Cast on al fresco with fellow enthusiasts and experts to guide your knits and purls. Swing by for free instruction from Knitty City, a yarn community and store, and knit with fellow enthusiasts. Yarn and needles are provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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Workshops, August 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, Knitting in the Park

Workshop | Elements of Nature Drawing


A community of artists of all skill levels are inspired by our surroundings to create with drawing materials, pastels and watercolors. Embolden your artwork amidst the flower-filled and seasonally evolving palette of the verdant gardens. An artist/educator will provide ideas and instruction. Materials provided, and artists are encouraged to bring their own favorite media.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Workshops, August 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, Elements of Nature Drawing

Park Walk | Tide Deck Tour


Explore the Tide Deck, a rocky tidal marsh located on the western end of a pier in the park. Learn more about this special environment and the animals that inhabit the 400-acre Estuarine Sanctuary. Start times: 5:30pm, 6pm, 6:30pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Park Walks, August 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, Tide Deck Tour

Workshop | Yoga on the Plaza


A variety of free yoga and meditation classes to make wellness and mindfulness more accessible to all. Bring your own yoga mat or blanket.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, August 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, Yoga on the Plaza

Workshop | Yoga Wednesdays


A variety of yoga and meditation classes to make wellness and mindfulness more accessible to all.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, August 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, Yoga Wednesdays

City Walk | Bloomingdale Neighborhood Tour


Local historian Jim Mackin leads a mixed group of visitors to the city and resident New Yorkers on a one-of-a-kind, always interesting, walk around the historic Bloomingdale neighborhood.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
City Walks, August 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, Bloomingdale Neighborhood Tour

Workshop | Sunset Yoga


Namaste! Unwind from the day with outdoor yoga. Immerse yourself in this meditative practice- surrounded by the Hudson’s peaceful aura. Strengthen the body and cultivate awareness in a relaxed environment as your instructor guides you through alignments and poses. All levels are welcome. Bringing your own mat is encouraged, as provided accessories are first come first serve.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, Sunset Yoga

Workshop | HIIT 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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6:30 pm
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Workshop | Yoga: Evening Salute to the Sun


End your day with Hatha yoga in a beautiful sunset setting. Suitable for all fitness levels. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your own mat. Wednesdays, July 6- Spetember 28, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, August 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, Yoga: Evening Salute to the Sun

Jazz | 7-Time Grammy-Nominated Jazz Percussionist and Bandleader


Bobby Sanabria is a 7-time Grammy nominee as a leader. He is a noted drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, conductor, producer, educator, documentary film maker, and bandleader of Puerto Rican descent born and raised in NY's South Bronx. He was the drummer for the acknowledged creator of Afro-Cuban jazz, Mario Bauza touring and recording three CD's with him, two of which were Grammy-nominated, as well as an incredible variety of artists. From Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria (with whom he started his career) Paquito D'Rivera, Yomo Toro, Candido, The Mills Brothers, Ray Barretto, Chico O'Farrill, Francisco Aguabella, Henry Threadgill, Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Daniel Ponce, Larry Harlow, Daniel Santos, Celia Cruz, Adalberto Santiago, Xiomara Portuondo, Pedrito Martinez, Roswell Rudd, Patato, David Amram, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Michael Gibbs, Charles McPherson Jon Faddis, Bob Mintzer, Phil Wilson, Randy Brecker, Charles Tolliver, M'BOOM, Michelle Shocked, Marco Rizo, and many more. In addition he has guest conducted and performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras like the WDR Big Band, The Airmen of Note, The U.S. Jazz Ambassadors, Eau Claire University Big, The University of Calgary Big Band to name just a few.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, 7-Time Grammy-Nominated Jazz Percussionist and Bandleader

Book Discussion | Nineteen Reservoirs: On Their Creation and the Promise of Water for New York City


Without the nineteen upstate reservoirs that supply its water, New York City as we know it would not exist today. Lucy Sante's book looks at the history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, August 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, Nineteen Reservoirs: On Their Creation and the Promise of Water for New York City

Dancing | Latin Dance Night


Two-step. Merengue. Disco, salsa and swing. You think you’ve got the moves, but do you? Here’s your chance to strut your stuff. Seaport Dance Nights will consist of 90-minute dance events that include a 45-minute dance lesson led by instructors from the Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine Dance Studio, followed by a 45-minutes dance party where guests can put their newly learned skills to use. Events include live music (either DJ or band). They include a diverse offering of dance instruction.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, August 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, Latin Dance Night

Jazz | Veteran Jazz Guitarist


Bill Bickford's Bigfood BILL BICKFORD, born and raised in Norwalk, CT, began to play guitar by listening to blues records a la Lightnin' Hopkins and studied with the late Linc Chamberland. He started professionally with local R&B and soul bands before moving to NYC in '77. He attended Berklee School of Music and City College of NY with full scholarships and studied arranging and composition with Mario Davidovsky, Edgar Summerlin and John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Bill freelanced with Jack McDuff, Lonnnie Smith and Larry Elgart. He first appeared on records with trumpeter JohnMcNeil on The Glass Room. Bill has toured many times internationally and has performed and recorded with dozens of artists including Joe Bowe, Mose, Allison, Donald Byrd, Maceo Parker and the JB Horns, and Jim Pepper. He can also be heard with his own trio, bassists Ed Schuller, Jack Walrath, Jim Payne, Jerry Z and with Wolfgang Schmid and Billy Cobham.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, Veteran Jazz Guitarist

Screening | The Met presents: Massenet's Manon


Soprano Lisette Oropesa stars as Massenet's beguiling heroine, who must choose between a life of luxury and the man she loves. The performance also features tenor Michael Fabiano as the impetuous Chevalier des Grieux and baritone Artur Rucinski as Lescaut. Maurizio Benini is on the podium to lead one of the most passionate scores in the French operatic repertoire. Approximate running time: 2 hours, 55 minutes
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Screenings, August 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, The Met presents: Massenet's Manon

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 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, As You Like It: A Musical Production of Shakespeare's Comedy

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 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, Encanto (2021): Non-Magical in a Magical World

Movie in a Park | The Lady Eve (1941): Love in the Cards, with Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda


A trio of classy card sharks targets a socially awkward brewery heir, until one of them falls in love with him. Director: Preston Sturges Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn 94 min. Bring a friend and a blanket, sit back, relax and enjoy the movie.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Movie in a Parks, August 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, The Lady Eve (1941): Love in the Cards, with Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda

Jazz | Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis


The renowned jazz ensemble returns with its critically-acclaimed director to this year's season. Director Wynton Marsalis's name looms large in the world of jazz, and for good reason-- the Grammy-winning trumpeter, composer, and bandleader has helped shepherd the cultural institution of jazz into a new millennium. Under his direction, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performs a vast repertoire: from rare historic compositions to Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works, including compositions and arrangements by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, and many others. Since the orchestra's founding in 1988, the group's performances have been leaving its global audiences inspired and uplifted with the full vigor, vision, and depth of America's music. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis's vast, innovative body of original work over the past decade demonstrates the orchestra composers' and arrangers' thematic ambitions, distinctive musical personalities, and unprecedented range.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
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Performance | A Blend of Christmas Carols and Colourful Dance

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Classical Music | Piano Works by Mozart, Liszt, Ravel, Mahler, and More

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