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Sat, July 20, 2024. New York is full of wonderful things to do beyond the Empire State Building, Metropolitan Museum, Ellis Island, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, etc. Go off the beaten path and find hidden treasures which cost you nothing, but are extremelly enjoyable and much less crowded then famous tourist spots.

Experience New York with no lines and no hassle.  Our site tells yiou all about free tours, free concerts, free movies, free theater performances, free dsicussions, etc. you can take advantage of whether you live in the city or spend just a couple of days here.

DOWNTOWN

First, go Downtown and see where New York began: visit City Hall, view the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline, walk by the fortification that was intended to prevent a British invasion in 1812, bike (or just walk) along Hudson River passing all those beautiful Battery Park City Parks with their impressive open space design and public sculptures, sit down for a pleasant meal at one of small Financial Center eateries, go inside the Palm Atrium and take a look at the 9/11 memorial from there.

Then tour New York's beautiful City Hall free of charge. New York City Hall is one of the oldest continuously used City Halls in the nation that still houses its original governmental functions. New York's City Hall is considered one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, the building was an early expression of the City's cosmopolitanism. City Hall is a designated New York City landmark, and its rotunda is a designated interior landmark as well. The tours that do not require reservations, but do require a signup, are run on Wednesdays at noon. The registration takes place on the day of the tour between 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM. You will need an advanced reservation for Thursday tours. They take place at 10 am for groups and at 10:30 am for individuals.

Your next adventure is to see the Statue of Liberty, but we do not reccomend to take the Statue of Liberty Ferry.
The best way to see the Statue of Liberty is to take a 25-minute water trip from Lower Manhattan to Staten Island by free-of-charge Staten Island Ferry. On a way there the Statue of Liberty will attract your undivided attention. On the way back (another 25 min) you will not be able to take your eyes off the stunning vistas of New York Harbor and the Manhattan skyline. The ferry runs every 30 min most part of the day. It runs more often during rush hours: 7 am - 8:45 am and between 5 pm and 6:45 pm; but the ferries are packed during rush hour trips; this is not a good time to take a leisurely ride.

Go West young woman (or man) once you are back on Manhattan Island: pass Battery Park (you may want to stop at the Castle Clinton - no connection with the President's family).

UPTOWN
Your Uptown trip should include a walk around Columbia University Campus, visit to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and mostly overlooked gem that the Riverside Church is.

Walk around Columbia University Campus
The University founded as King’s College in 1754. It's historic main campus consists of 71 buildings on 36 acres and was originally designed by the famous architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White. Low Memorial Library is our favorite building there. If you are not sure you want to go all the way uptown to see it, you may take a virtual tour at http://www.columbia.edu/acis/tour/start.html

And if you decide that Uptown does worth your time, then there are two other sites you do have to pay a visit to: Riverside Church and The Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
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52 Best Free Events, Best Free Things to Do in New York City, NYC

We all know that best things in life are free, but nowhere it's true more than in New York (NYC).  Take a look at those free events that our editors think are the best things to do to in New York City at this point -- July 20, 2024 and on...
Please keep in mind that all those best things to do are free unless otherwise noted.

        

Saturday, July 20, 2024

Film | News of the World (2020) with Tom Hanks
Five years after the end of the Civil War, Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd crosses paths with a 10-year-old girl taken by the Kiowa people. Forced to return to her aunt and uncle, Kidd agrees to escort the child across the harsh and unforgiving plains of Texas. However, the long journey soon turns into a fight for survival as the traveling companions encounter danger at every turn -- both human and natural. Director: Paul Greengrass Cast: Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel Tom Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. Known for both his comedic and dramatic roles, he is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars worldwide, and is regarded as an American cultural icon. Hanks' films have grossed more than $4.9 billion in North America and more than $9.96 billion worldwide, making him the fourth-highest-grossing actor in North America. Hanks has received six Academy Award nominations, including two consecutive wins for Best Actor for Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994).    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jul 20
2:00 pm

to 4:00 pm

Free

Films, July 20, 2024, 07/20/2024, News of the World (2020) with Tom Hanks
Concert | Award-Winning Vocalist and Bandleader in the Park
Multi-award-winning instrumentalist/vocalist/bandleader Cynthia Sayer is acclaimed by musicians, critics, and fans alike as the top 4-string banjoist in the world today. Praised for her "drive and virtuosity" by The New York Times, she tours extensively with her bands and as a guest artist across four continents.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jul 20
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 20, 2024, 07/20/2024, Award-Winning Vocalist and Bandleader in the Park
Dancing | Silent Disco - Outdoors
After two years of sold-out parties in New York and Los Angeles, Gorgeous Gorgeous is coming to Lincoln Center! Gather the group chat for a silent disco featuring all of your favorite pop hits, courtesy of DJ Louie XIV. Gorgeous Gorgeous is a pop party for (and by) queer and trans hotties, but all are welcome. Whether your favorite song is a '00s throwback or a current top-10 hit, we can (almost) guarantee you'll hear it at Gorgeous Gorgeous. See you there, gorgeous.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jul 20
7:00 pm

Free

Dancings, July 20, 2024, 07/20/2024, Silent Disco - Outdoors
Concert | Habibi Festival: Contemporary and Traditional Music from the South West Asia, North Africa (SWANA) Region in a Park
Habibi Festival will take you on a musical odyssey to sample the vibrant sounds of the South West Asia, North Africa (SWANA) region. Curated by Alex Knowlton, Yacine Boulares, and Meera Dugal, the festival will bring contemporary and traditional rhythms reimagined by artists like headliner Bab L'Bluz, a Franco-Moroccan psychedelic rock group captivating audiences from Marrakech to Baghdad to Brooklyn. The night will kick off with an ensemble led by Yacine Boulares who will be joined by guests of NYC's SWANA diaspora including Omar Offendum, Mona Miari, Felukah, Zafer Tawil, plus a DJ set by the Yalla! Party Project. Habibi Festival aims to take listeners on a journey of the sounds wafting through the airwaves and living rooms of cities spanning Marrakech to Baghdad. The festival aims to position music from this region as living, breathing, and evolving art forms - that even ancient traditions are having new lives breathed into them with contemporary artists. Doors open 6:30 pm.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jul 20
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, July 20, 2024, 07/20/2024, Habibi Festival: Contemporary and Traditional Music from the South West Asia, North Africa (SWANA) Region in a Park
Classical Music | Symphony of Choice: A Crowd-Composed Concert
In the mood for a little Beethoven or Mozart, sprinkled in with some new discoveries? The choice is yours! For our first ever "crowd-composed concert," you get to decide what you will hear. Using text-to-vote, choose from a menu of repertoire that previews the Festival Orchestra's summer season. The evening's program is in your hands!    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jul 20
7:30 pm

$5

Concerts, July 20, 2024, 07/20/2024, Symphony of Choice: A Crowd-Composed Concert

Sunday, July 21, 2024

Concert | NYC's Longest-Running Reggae Day Party
Host Ma Cherie & DJ Jam Central for an afternoon of Studio One, Lovers Rock and dancehall.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jul 21
4:00 pm

to 9:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 21, 2024, 07/21/2024, NYC's Longest-Running Reggae Day Party
Concert | Dominican Merengue Throwback Concert - - Outdoors
The Dominican Republic takes over for a throwback party showcasing different styles of merengue. Proyecto Uno formed as a traditional group on the east side of Manhattan in the late '80s, but soon started collaborating with American freestyle vocalists such as Johnny Salgado and Erik Morales, blending the genre with techno, dancehall, reggae, and hip-hop and scoring a hit in '93 with "El Tibur?n." They're joined by Milly Quezada, a.k.a. the "Queen of Merengue," a four-time Latin GRAMMY winner who has been moving bodies on the dancefloor since the '70s with her family group Los Vecinos and later as a solo artist, even branching out into bachatas.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jul 21
7:00 pm

to 10:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 21, 2024, 07/21/2024, Dominican Merengue Throwback Concert - - Outdoors
Jazz | Fun-Loving Hot Jazz and Swing Band - in the Park
Hot Toddies Jazz Band featuring Queen Esther is a fun-loving hot jazz and swing a fun-loving hot jazz and swing band from NYC. They have an eclectic mix of styles perfect for dancing, lindy hop, and good times! With the release of The Hot Toddies' 2021 debut EP, their wacky music videos for "Dunkin Bagel" and "Five O'clock Coffee" both hit over 100k views on Facebook, while the band also has several videos with over 10k views on YouTube. The group often plays as a sextet or septet, often with one or two singers, and can comfortably become a larger or smaller size ensemble as needed.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jul 21
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 21, 2024, 07/21/2024, Fun-Loving Hot Jazz and Swing Band - in the Park
Play | A Midsummer Night's Dream: Shakespeare Comedy Outdoors
The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream starring comedian Russell Peters. This production of A Midsummer Night's Dream transports audiences to the height of the Harlem Renaissance, where four young lovers, a troupe of rude mechanicals and mischievous fairies find themselves entangled in a web of romantic chaos within a mystical forest. Having sold-out arenas around the world, including MSG and Barclays Center, this performance will mark Peters' stage and Shakespearean debut.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jul 21
8:30 pm

Free

Plays, July 21, 2024, 07/21/2024, A Midsummer Night's Dream: Shakespeare Comedy Outdoors

Monday, July 22, 2024

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

Mon, Jul 22
10:00 am

to 7:00 pm

Free

Tours, July 22, 2024, 07/22/2024, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many
Book Discussion | My Affair with Art House Cinema: Essays and Reviews
Phillip Lopate fell hard for the movies as an adolescent. As he matured into an acclaimed critic and essayist, his infatuation deepened into a lifelong passion. My Affair with Art House Cinema presents Lopate's selected essays and reviews from the last quarter century, inviting readers to experience films he found exhilarating, tantalizing, and beguiling-and sometimes disappointing or frustrating-through his keen eyes.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Jul 22
12:30 pm

Free

Book Discussions, July 22, 2024, 07/22/2024, My Affair with Art House Cinema: Essays and Reviews
Jazz | Band Plays Blues, Funk, Rock & More - Outdoors
Featuring: Midnight Stroll
   New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Jul 22
6:30 pm

Free

Concerts, July 22, 2024, 07/22/2024, Band Plays Blues, Funk, Rock & More - Outdoors
Performance | Broadway on the Boardwalk
Stroll over to see Broadway stars perform on the water! When Broadway's dark, the waterfront is alive! Stop to see the greats perform. Broadway by the Boardwalk will feature theater's stars performing for free.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Jul 22
6:30 pm

Free

Performances, July 22, 2024, 07/22/2024, Broadway on the Boardwalk
Movie in a Park | Cinema Paradiso (1988): Oscar-Winning Italian Drama
A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist. Director: Giuseppe Tornatore Stars: Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale. Antonella Attili 176 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Jul 22
8:00 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, July 22, 2024, 07/22/2024, Cinema Paradiso (1988): Oscar-Winning Italian Drama
Classical Music | Piano Works by Faure, Robert Schumann, and More
Reed Tetzloff, piano. Program Faure (1845-1924), 5 Impromptus for Piano Philip Lasser (b. 1963), Sonate pour piano, "Les Hiboux Blancs" Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Carnaval, Op. 9    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Jul 22
8:00 pm

to 9:30 pm

Free

Concerts, July 22, 2024, 07/22/2024, Piano Works by Faure, Robert Schumann, and More

Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Lecture | Musical Pripetshik: Lyrics and Melodies of Traditional Yiddish Folksongs (online)
Most of the Yiddish songs we know today were created in the first half of the 20th century and distributed through commercial channels such as sheet music, concerts, radio broadcasts, records and CDs, theater stages, and more recently through songbooks produced in educational settings around the world. This discussion focuses on lesser-known songs - Eastern Yiddish musical folklore, which emerged over a period of approximately four hundred years preceding the formation of the "popular" repertoire. Although we lack transcriptions of melodies or lyrics from before the end of the 19th century, a comparative study of documentation collected from then until the middle of the 20th century reveals that older layers of this musical-poetic creativity had been preserved over long periods of time. Speaker Dr. Michael Lukin of the Jewish Music Research Centre (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) researches the traditional culture of Yiddish speakers from various perspectives: the ethnomusicological, the folkloristic, and the historical.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Jul 23
2:00 pm

Free

Lectures, July 23, 2024, 07/23/2024, Musical Pripetshik: Lyrics and Melodies of Traditional Yiddish Folksongs (online)
Park Walk | Central Park Waterfalls Photowalk
Tony Gale will be lead a beautiful walk through northern Central Park, exploring the landscape and learning how to photograph the waterfalls. Please arrive early to avoid losing the group, as they will be moving from the starting location. Gear will not be provided, but bringing a camera is optional. Come to learn or come to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Jul 23
3:00 pm

Free

Park Walks, July 23, 2024, 07/23/2024, Central Park Waterfalls Photowalk
Talk | Imagining Greenwich Village in LEGO: The Making of a First-of-its-Kind Building Set (online)
A conversation with Christopher J. Devine, the creative genius behind Village Preservation's first-of-its-kind new Greenwich Village Building Set made with genuine LEGO bricks. How does one design a building set to capture America's most legendary neighborhood? How do you recreate in miniature buildings and signage recognized throughout the world? How do you choose what to include and how to represent it, and turn that vision into a real life model ready for production and sale? Christopher is the man to show us the answer to all those questions. The creative director of Peacham, a creative agency dedicated to making history fun and cool he founded in 2023, Christopher was previously the Marketing Director at The Brooklyn Studio, an architecture firm committed to restoring and enhancing New York City's historic fabric. He also spent seven years working for Danish audio brand Bang & Olufsen, where he managed brand marketing and public relations for the North American markets. Now he's designing products and communications strategies that transform otherwise esoteric topics into exciting, relatable concerns. Christopher will walk through how the project came about, and the year-long process of designing the very much in-demand set. He'll give behind-the-scenes glimpses into how the bricks were sourced, design details on signage for Village Cigars and the Stonewall Inn were meticulously created, and how the histories behind the buildings included in the set were brought to life in the images and text that accompany it. Village Preservation Executive Director Andrew Berman will join Christopher to reveal how a project like this is realized, the hurdles it has to overcome, and the fun behind making it all work. Learn more about Peacham here.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Jul 23
6:00 pm

Free

Talks, July 23, 2024, 07/23/2024, Imagining Greenwich Village in LEGO: The Making of a First-of-its-Kind Building Set (online)
Classical Music | Works by Corelli, Handel, and J.S. Bach for Violin, Voice, Organ, and Oboe (in the Park)
Handel & Haydn Society (Jonathan Cohen, Artistic Director; Aisslinn Nosky, Director, Violin; Joelle Harvey, Soprano; Ian Watson, Organ; Debra Nagy, Oboe) Program Corelli (1653-1713), Concerto grosso in D major, Op. 6 No. 1 Handel (1685-1759), From Guilio Cesare - Piangero la sorte mia Handel (1685-1759), From Semele - Endless Pleasure Handel (1685-1759), Organ Concerto in F Major, HWV 295 J.S. Bach (1685-1750), Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C Minor, BWV 1060R Handel (1685-1759), Silete venti, HWV 242, Symphonia & Recit: Silete venti    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Jul 23
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, July 23, 2024, 07/23/2024, Works by Corelli, Handel, and J.S. Bach for Violin, Voice, Organ, and Oboe (in the Park)
Classical Music | Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony
Program: Huang Ruo City of Floating Sounds (North American premiere) Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 6 ("Pastoral") The Festival Orchestra, which pairs a premiere with a timeless classic, connected through themes of nature. The North American premiere of Huang Ruo's City of Floating Sounds invites you to connect with your surroundings and each other, beginning even before you enter the hall! Guided by a mobile app, make your way through the city towards Lincoln Center, listening to fragments of the meditative new work. The sound expands as you approach with other audience members, culminating with a live performance of the full piece by the Festival Orchestra inside the hall, conducted by Music Director Jonathon Heyward. For the second half, bask in Beethoven's "Pastoral" Symphony, inspired by his love of nature and walks in the country.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Jul 23
7:30 pm

$5

Concerts, July 23, 2024, 07/23/2024, Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony
Play | A Midsummer Night's Dream: Shakespeare Comedy Outdoors
The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream starring comedian Russell Peters. This production of A Midsummer Night's Dream transports audiences to the height of the Harlem Renaissance, where four young lovers, a troupe of rude mechanicals and mischievous fairies find themselves entangled in a web of romantic chaos within a mystical forest. Having sold-out arenas around the world, including MSG and Barclays Center, this performance will mark Peters' stage and Shakespearean debut.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Jul 23
8:30 pm

Free

Plays, July 23, 2024, 07/23/2024, A Midsummer Night's Dream: Shakespeare Comedy Outdoors

Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Tour | Garment District Tour: 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

Wed, Jul 24
10:30 am

Free

Tours, July 24, 2024, 07/24/2024, Garment District Tour: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More
Concert | Ragtime Band in the Park
Hit your stride with Terry Waldo and his Gotham City Band. The protege of the late Eubie Blake, he has produced over 40 albums and written the definitive book on ragtime, This is Ragtime - republished recently by Jazz At Lincoln Center with a new introduction by Wynton Marsalis.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jul 24
3:30 pm

to 5:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 24, 2024, 07/24/2024, Ragtime Band in the Park
Concert | Star-studded triple bill: first-ever Pakistani Grammy winner, Indian film music superstar and Tunisia's voice of the Arab Spring - Outdoors
Like many children of the diaspora, Arooj Aftab straddles the old world and the new, studied and trained in modern sounds but carrying the spirit and tradition of her ancestral home in her bones. The first-ever Pakistani artist to win a GRAMMY broke out with her 2021 album Vulture Prince, a stunning collection of minimal compositions drawing from jazz, folk, Hindustani classical, and Urdu ghazals. She's since found kindred spirits in Vijay Iyer and Shahzas Ismaily, whose unplanned, improvised performance revealed a natural chemistry that coalesced on their collaborative LP Love in Exile. Sid Sriram is an Indian Carnatic musician, producer, and star of Indian film music, whose latest LP Sidharth is a collaborative effort with Def Jam producer Ryan Olson and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon that explores intersections of Carnatic music with his R&B and indie rock influences. The third headliner is EMEL (Emel Mathlouthi), the Tunisian/American, New York City-based artist, producer, and activist whose protest song "Kelmti Horra" ("My Word is Free") became an anthem for the Tunisian Revolution and the Arab Spring. Her newest 100% woman-made album MRA (meaning 'woman' in Arabic) is a multi-genre and multilingual meld where African trap, batucada, Arabic reggaeton, hip hop, and drum n' bass rub shoulders seamlessly with vibrant melodies and empowering lyrics that seek to amplify and strengthen the voices of women worldwide.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jul 24
6:00 pm

to 10:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 24, 2024, 07/24/2024, Star-studded triple bill: first-ever Pakistani Grammy winner, Indian film music superstar and Tunisia's voice of the Arab Spring - Outdoors
Dancing | Ballroom Orchestra with Dancing - Outdoors
Multi-instrumentalist Danny Lipsitz is one of the top musical entertainers on the live performance ballroom scene. Tonight the 13-piece band--including special guests Michela Marino Lerman, Briana Swann, Alphonso Horne, and Gabe Terraciano--will flex their vast musical chops in a specially tailored ballroom set of cha cha, waltz, fox trot, quickstep, and rumba with some specialty swing and rock 'n' roll numbers mixed in! A perfect night to celebrate the release of their new record. The newcomer class at the top of the program teaches the basic steps and etiquette to dance your night away!    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jul 24
6:30 pm

Free

Dancings, July 24, 2024, 07/24/2024, Ballroom Orchestra with Dancing - Outdoors
Jazz | Veteran Jazz Drummer in the Park
Jazz Drummer Harper played in the 1980s with Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, and with Betty Carter for four years. While working with Carter he met Wycliffe Gordon, with whom Harper would collaborate repeatedly.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jul 24
7:00 pm

to 8:30 pm

Free

Concerts, July 24, 2024, 07/24/2024, Veteran Jazz Drummer in the Park
Movie in a Park | Martin Scorsese's After Hours (1985): Bad Night in New York
An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho he met that evening at a coffee shop. Director: Martin Scorsese Stars: Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom 97 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jul 24
8:00 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, July 24, 2024, 07/24/2024, Martin Scorsese's After Hours (1985): Bad Night in New York
Classical Music | Piano Works by Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin, and More
Robert Bily, piano. Program Beethoven (1770-1827), Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-Flat Major, Op. 110 Manuel de Falla (1876-1946), Danza ritual del fuego ("Ritual Fire Dance"), from El amor brujo Manuel de Falla (1876-1946), Homenaje pour le tombeau de Claude Debussy Debussy (1862-1918), Pour le piano, L. 95 Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013), Choral et variations, Mov. 3 from sonate pour piano Carl Vine (b. 1954), 5 Bagatelles Vitezslav Novak (1870-1949), Amoroso, No. 3 from Vzpominky, Op. 6 Marc-Andre Hamelin (b. 1961), Etude No. 1 in A Minor ("Triple Etude, after Chopin") Chopin (1810-1849), Scherzo No.1 in B minor, Op. 20    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jul 24
8:00 pm

to 9:30 pm

Free

Concerts, July 24, 2024, 07/24/2024, Piano Works by Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin, and More

Thursday, July 25, 2024

Musical | Broadway in the Park: Popular Shows Perform Their Biggest Hits
106.7 LITE FM host: Helen Little Broadway performances from: Chicago Moulin Rouge! The Musical The Book of Mormon The Great Gatsby The Notebook    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Jul 25
12:30 pm

Free

Musicals, July 25, 2024, 07/25/2024, Broadway in the Park: Popular Shows Perform Their Biggest Hits
Discussion | Campus Voices: Students Stand Against Antisemitism (online)
Learn from three current Jewish student leaders about their college experience and how they are standing up against antisemitism on campus. Join us for a compelling student panel discussion and learn from three members of the Hillel International Israel Leadership Network (ILN) about their college experiences and how they are standing up against antisemitism. Gain insights into their challenges, successes, and strategies for fostering inclusive and respectful campus environments. This is an opportunity to hear firsthand accounts and participate in meaningful dialogue about navigating college as a Jewish student and combating antisemitism in higher education.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Jul 25
3:00 pm

Free

Discussions, July 25, 2024, 07/25/2024, Campus Voices: Students Stand Against Antisemitism (online)
Festival | Summer Thursday: Games, Exhibitions, Music, Food
Grab a drink and experience live music, mah jongg lessons, exhibition tours, and more while enjoying incredible views of New York Harbor. Full Schedule: 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM, and 7:00 PM Mah Jongg Lessons with Linda Feinstein Learn how to play mah jongg with Manhattan Mah Jongg teacher Linda Feinstein. You will learn the basics of the game in a small group. 5:30 PM and 6:15 PM Object Tour with Grace Rosenberg, the Museum's Curatorial Research Assistant This tour will focus on two stones the donor Norbert Strauss recovered from two synagogues in Frankfurt, burned on Kristallnacht. Stored in a film can, these stones reflect the transformation of the synagogues from physical structures, to structures of memory. Contextualize these stones by reviewing the history of Kristallnacht and that of the Strauss family, including Norbert's father's attempted escape via the St. Louis. While you will focus on these stones, visitors will be referred to related objects that may be of interest, and that share very different experiences of the Holocaust. 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM Women from Nowhere: Rediscovering Lost Citizenship in 20th Century America with Caitlin Hollander Waas In this lecture, Caitlin Hollander Waas, a professional genealogist from the Kalikow Genealogy Center at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, explores a little-known chapter of American history. Focusing on cases of American women who lost their citizenship upon marriage to non-citizens, Hollander Waas delves into these little-known discriminatory laws of the early 20th century. The lecture examines the eventual legal reforms that allowed these women to regain their nationality, offering insights into genealogical research and broader implications of gender and immigration policies. 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Musical Performance by Chi Westfelt Trio Chi Westfelt Trio is a jazz group which were formed while studying together at the prestigious jazz program at The New School. The group consists of Chi Westfelt on vocals, Noam Avnon on piano, and Michael Gilbert on bass. The band explores the roots of the black American music, different kinds of world music and presents a more contemporary style within jazz. They are taking inspiration from the Great American Songbook, Brazilian songs, and bebop music. The trio is influenced by their heroes such as Carmen Mcrae, Ahmad Jamal, and Wayne Shorter among others. 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Craft Making Come make friendship bracelets and color in a Hamsa! Jewish and Russian fare will be served throughout the night.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Jul 25
5:00 pm

to 8:00 pm

Free

Festivals, July 25, 2024, 07/25/2024, Summer Thursday: Games, Exhibitions, Music, Food
Play | Shakespeare's Twelfth Night: Shipwrecked Stranger -- in the Park
This lush production pulls on the heart strings when a young woman is shipwrecked on a strange land and must disguise herself as a man to survive. It's a story of loss, identity and, finally, love hard won. There's also music and singing!    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Jul 25
6:30 pm

Free

Plays, July 25, 2024, 07/25/2024, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night: Shipwrecked Stranger -- in the Park

Friday, July 26, 2024

Film | The Terminal (2004) Directed by Steven Spielberg, Starring Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Stanley Tucci
When Viktor Navorski, an Eastern European tourist, arrives at JFK in New York, war breaks out in his country and he finds himself caught up in international politics. Because of the war, the Department of Homeland Security won't let him enter or exit the United States. He's trapped at JFK -- indefinitely. While living at the airport, Viktor falls for a flight attendant. She may have feelings for him too. But what good is love if Viktor can't leave the terminal? Director: Steven Spielberg Cast: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci, Chi McBride, Diego Luna Steven Spielberg is an American film director, writer, and producer. A major figure of the New Hollywood era and pioneer of the modern blockbuster, he is the most commercially successful director of all time. He is the recipient of various accolades, including three Academy Awards, two BAFTA Awards, and four Directors Guild of America Awards, as well as the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1995, the Kennedy Center Honor in 2006, the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2009 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015. Seven of his films have been inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant." Tom Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. Known for both his comedic and dramatic roles, he is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars worldwide, and is regarded as an American cultural icon. Hanks' films have grossed more than $4.9 billion in North America and more than $9.96 billion worldwide, making him the fourth-highest-grossing actor in North America. Hanks has received six Academy Award nominations, including two consecutive wins for Best Actor for Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994). Catherine Zeta-Jones is a Welsh actress. Recognised for her versatility, she has received various accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and a Tony Award. Stanley Tucci is an American actor. Known as a character actor, he has played a wide variety of roles ranging from menacing to sophisticated. Tucci has earned numerous accolades, including six Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards as well as nominations for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Tony Award.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Jul 26
1:00 pm

to 3:00 pm

Free

Films, July 26, 2024, 07/26/2024, The Terminal (2004) Directed by Steven Spielberg, Starring Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Stanley Tucci
Movie in a Park | Party and Movie: The 40th Anniversary of Prince's Purple Rain
2024 marks the 40th anniversary of Prince's legendary album and movie Purple Rain. Mark this momentous anniversary with a dance party tribute from 6:30 to 8:30 PM as a DJ plays Prince hits, and the film screening begins at sundown. This is an unforgettable celebration of art, culture, and community in the heart of Brooklyn's waterfront. Please bring your own picnic blanket for the lawn; lawn chairs are not allowed on the lawn. Outside food welcome, but a reminder that no glass or outside alcohol is permitted in the Park.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Jul 26
6:30 pm

to 10:30 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, July 26, 2024, 07/26/2024, Party and Movie: The 40th Anniversary of Prince's Purple Rain
Concert | Afrobeat, Jazz, and Funk by Broadway Musician (in a Park)
The London-born, Lagos-raised, and New York-based Michael Olatuja has worked with Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, AngElique Kidjo, Shakira, Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, Hugh Masekela, Terence Blanchard, Joe Lovano, and many others. He's also a major presence in the bands of Broadway, films scores of directors like Lin-Manuel Miranda, and more. In this outdoor performance, he shares selections from his acclaimed Lagos Pepper Soup album and brand-new songs that blend energetic Afrobeat, jazz, and funk into what Olatuja calls "a zesty, sonic stew that honors the ancient Xulu word umbuntu, which means, 'we are all connected.'"    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Jul 26
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 26, 2024, 07/26/2024, Afrobeat, Jazz, and Funk by Broadway Musician (in a Park)
Concert | Fefita La Grande, One of the Most Important Dominican Musicians - Outdoors
Over 70 years of creating and performing, Manuela Josefa Cabrera Taveras, better known as Fefita La Grande, has established herself as one of the most important figures in Dominican music. As a pioneer of the art of merengue t?pico, the rustic variation of merengue unique to the Dominican Republic, she is a rare female champion of the accordion, paving the way for countless other women in an otherwise male-dominated profession. Fefita has also earned considerable renown as a celebrated vocalist and phenomenally popular composer and lyricist, whose rendition of the traditional folk song "La Chiflera" is considered emblematic of t?pico's appeal. Her ability to reinvent her sound has kept Fefita's work freshly appreciated across generations, as proven by recent collaborations with stars like Milly Quezada and Krisspy. Fefita's Lincoln Center premiere on the big stage offers audiences an opportunity to witness the Queen of Merengue T?pico at her creative height.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Jul 26
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, July 26, 2024, 07/26/2024, Fefita La Grande, One of the Most Important Dominican Musicians - Outdoors
Classical Music | Internationally Known Conductor: Works by Brahms and Stravinsky
Program: Johannes Brahms Violin Concerto in D major Louis W. Ballard Incident at Wounded Knee Igor Stravinsky Pulcinella Travel through time in this thought-provoking program of intricate musical narratives, led by dynamic conductor Kazem Abdullah. Relish in Brahms's spirited Violin Concerto with the brilliant Benjamin Beilman, recipient of a 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant and featured soloist for The Avery Fisher Legacy Concert. Reflect on Indigenous histories and melodies with Incident at Wounded Knee by Quapaw-Cherokee composer Louis W. Ballard, who is largely regarded as the father of Native American composition. To cap off the evening, take pleasure in the music of Stravinsky's irresistibly playful ballet, Pulcinella, inspired by commedia dell'arte characters of Italian improvised theater. Kazem Abdullah, conductor Benjamin Beilman, violin Heather Buck, soprano Chris Lysack, tenor Edwin Jhamal Davis, bass    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Jul 26
7:30 pm

$5

Concerts, July 26, 2024, 07/26/2024, Internationally Known Conductor: Works by Brahms and Stravinsky
Dancing | Silent Disco - Outdoors
Strut your stuff under the stars as the popular Silent Disco series returns to NYC's largest outdoor dance floor with the famous ten-foot disco ball!    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Jul 26
9:00 pm

Free

Dancings, July 26, 2024, 07/26/2024, Silent Disco - Outdoors
Cabaret | Cabaret in the Park
Featuring Justin Vivian Bond.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Jul 26
10:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 26, 2024, 07/26/2024, Cabaret in the Park

Saturday, July 27, 2024

Film | Sweet Charity (1969) Directed by Bob Fosse, Starring Shirley MacLaine
Charity Hope Valentine always tries to look on the bright side of life, despite working in a rundown dance hall and contending with a seemingly endless run of bad dates. Determined to find love, Charity falls for suave actor Vittorio Vidal, but their romance is all too brief. However, when Charity finds herself stuck in an elevator with the reserved Oscar Lindquist, it turns out that she may have finally met her match. Director: Bob Fosse Cast: Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Chita Rivera, Paula Kelly, Stubby Kaye, Ricardo Montalban, Barbara Bouchet Bob Fosse was an American actor, choreographer, dancer, and film and stage director. Known for his work on stage and screen, he is arguably the most influential figure in the field of jazz dance in the twentieth century. He received numerous accolades including an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, three Primetime Emmy Awards, and 9 Tony Awards. Shirley MacLaine is an American actress and author. Known for her portrayals of quirky, strong-willed, and eccentric women, she has received numerous accolades over her eight-decade career, including an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, two BAFTA Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, two Volpi Cups, and two Silver Bears. She has been honored with the Film Society of Lincoln Center Tribute in 1995, the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1998, the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2012, and the Kennedy Center Honor in 2013.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jul 27
1:30 pm

to 4:00 pm

Free

Films, July 27, 2024, 07/27/2024, Sweet Charity (1969) Directed by Bob Fosse, Starring Shirley MacLaine
Concert | Rhapsody for This Land: The American Odyssey in Music
This concert celebrates the 100th anniversary of Gershwin's exuberant American anthem Rhapsody in Blue. Situated beneath the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, the concert features classical pianist and host of NPR's AMPLIFY Lara Downes, performing the New York City premiere of her take on Gershwin's innovative 1924 work in a radical new arrangement by the Puerto Rican composer Edmar Col?n. Considering American music through a century of immigration and transformation, Rhapsody for This Land celebrates our country's long history of hope, protest, and change. Featuring Lara Downes, Time for Three, Christian McBride, Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal, Arturo O'Farrill, Orchestra Elena & Aram Demirjian.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jul 27
6:00 pm

to 9:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 27, 2024, 07/27/2024, Rhapsody for This Land: The American Odyssey in Music

Sunday, July 28, 2024

Party | Block Party: Broadway Stars, Music, Dancing, and More
There is something for everyone. You don't want to miss this day full of performances, activities, and more! OUTSIDE: 12-1:30PM: Gather around the stage. See Theater alumni perform some of the most memorable songs from iconic musicals including HAMILTON, HAIR, FUN HOME, HELL'S KITCHEN, SUFFS, HERCULES, A CHORUS LINE, and more! Featured performers include Nikki M. James (SUFFS), Rebecca Naomi Jones (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, Public Works' AS YOU LIKE IT), Jelani Alladin (Public Works' adaptation of Disney's HERCULES), Gianna Harris (HELL'S KITCHEN), Hawley Gould & Monica Tulia Ramirez (SUFFS), Gregory Treco (HAMILTON), and members of the 2008 cast of HAIR. 2-3PM: Get ready to dance! Join in and learn special new choreography to the Broadway Cast Recording of Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" by Camille A. Brown, led by HELL'S KITCHEN dance captain, Chloe Davis. 3-4PM: Round out the day with a performance from Block Party headliner OLIVIA K & THE PARKERS. There will also be free family-friendly activities indoors and outdoors like corn hole, face painting, balloon animals, coloring, and more. INSIDE: 12PM: A screening of "Joe Papp in Five Acts" 12-4PM: Explore a curated exhibit featuring iconic costumes from pastTheater productions.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jul 28
12:00 pm

to 4:00 pm

Free

Partys, July 28, 2024, 07/28/2024, Block Party: Broadway Stars, Music, Dancing, and More
Workshop | Dance for Every Body with Urban Bush Women - Outdoors
Very well known dance company Urban Bush Women leads a movement jam/dance class embraces the idea that each individual has a unique and powerful contribution to make, and that our bodies are a powerful source of agency. UBW uses dance as both message and medium to bring together diverse audiences through innovative choreography, community collaboration and artistic leadership development, working to create a more equitable balance of power in the dance world and beyond.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jul 28
5:00 pm

Free

Workshops, July 28, 2024, 07/28/2024, Dance for Every Body with Urban Bush Women - Outdoors
Jazz | Underground Jazz
Whether it's in reference to the subterranean clubs where legendary performers have traditionally honed their chops or to the lingo of the knowingly hip in-crowd, the underground tradition in jazz is an important and lasting part of that music's history.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jul 28
6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 28, 2024, 07/28/2024, Underground Jazz
Play | Shakespeare's Twelfth Night: Shipwrecked Stranger -- in the Park
This lush production pulls on the heart strings when a young woman is shipwrecked on a strange land and must disguise herself as a man to survive. It's a story of loss, identity and, finally, love hard won. There's also music and singing! With the Hudson Classical Theater Company.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jul 28
6:30 pm

Free

Plays, July 28, 2024, 07/28/2024, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night: Shipwrecked Stranger -- in the Park
Jazz | Legendary Salsa Band in the Park
La Dimensi?n Latina, one of the most distinguished salsa bands in the history of Latin music, celebrates a momentous return to the spotlight after 20 years of absence from stages in the U.S.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jul 28
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, July 28, 2024, 07/28/2024, Legendary Salsa Band in the Park

Monday, August 12, 2024

Movie in a Park | Much Ado About Nothing: Film of the Public Theater's Shakespeare Production in Central Park
The Public's Free Shakespeare in the Park production, recorded live from The Delacorte Theater in Central Park in 2019. Tony Award winner Kenny Leon directs a bold new take on Shakespeare's cherished comedy of romantic retribution and miscommunication.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Aug 12
8:00 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, August 12, 2024, 08/12/2024, Much Ado About Nothing: Film of the Public Theater's Shakespeare Production in Central Park

Tuesday, August 13, 2024

Book Discussion | Drawn Testimony: My Four Decades as a Courtroom Sketch Artist
From America’s top courtroom sketch artist, a penetrating, compulsively readable memoir about her dramatic four-decade career. For over forty years, Jane Rosenberg has been at the heart of the news cycle, covering almost every major trial that has passed through the New York justice system as a courtroom sketch artist, including the most recent Donald Trump hush money trial. Rosenberg brings us into the dramatic high-stakes world of her craft, where art, psychology and courtroom drama collide. Over the course of her legendary career, she has had a front-row seat to some of the most iconic and notorious moments in our nation’s recent history, including cases pertaining to:    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Aug 13
6:00 pm

Free

Book Discussions, August 13, 2024, 08/13/2024, Drawn Testimony: My Four Decades as a Courtroom Sketch Artist

Wednesday, August 14, 2024

Concert | Trio Blends Brazilian, African, and Portuguese Sounds
Forr? is a rich example from northeastern Brazil of how the blending of different styles can create a musical genre that is truly for all. Featuring accordion, zabumba and triangle accompanying rhythmic vocal harmonies, Trio Arrebol explores the intersection of Indigenous Brazilian, African, Portuguese and Caribbean cultures to present a style that makes you want to dance and relax in equal measure!    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 14
3:30 pm

to 5:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 14, 2024, 08/14/2024, Trio Blends Brazilian, African, and Portuguese Sounds
Book Discussion | Antidemocratic: Inside the Far Right's 50-Year Plot to Control American Elections
David Daley's book  is a riveting yet disturbing history of the fifty-year Republican plot to hijack voting rights in America, its profound implications for the 2024 presidential election, and the crucial role that Chief Justice John Roberts has played in determining how we vote.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 14
7:00 pm

Free

Book Discussions, August 14, 2024, 08/14/2024, Antidemocratic: Inside the Far Right's 50-Year Plot to Control American Elections

Tuesday, August 20, 2024

Movie in a Park | Much Ado About Nothing: Film of the Public Theater's Shakespeare Production in Central Park
The Public's Free Shakespeare in the Park production, recorded live from The Delacorte Theater in Central Park in 2019. Tony Award winner Kenny Leon directs a bold new take on Shakespeare's cherished comedy of romantic retribution and miscommunication.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Aug 20
8:00 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, August 20, 2024, 08/20/2024, Much Ado About Nothing: Film of the Public Theater's Shakespeare Production in Central Park

Wednesday, September 11, 2024

Concert | Trio Blends Brazilian, African, and Portuguese Sounds
Forr? is a rich example from northeastern Brazil of how the blending of different styles can create a musical genre that is truly for all. Featuring accordion, zabumba and triangle accompanying rhythmic vocal harmonies, Trio Arrebol explores the intersection of Indigenous Brazilian, African, Portuguese and Caribbean cultures to present a style that makes you want to dance and relax in equal measure!    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Sep 11
3:30 pm

to 5:00 pm

Free

Concerts, September 11, 2024, 09/11/2024, Trio Blends Brazilian, African, and Portuguese Sounds
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