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New York is full of wonderful things to do beyond the must see and must do New York attractions such as the Empire State Building, Metropolitan Museum, Ellis Island, Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick's Cathedral. There are many more places to visit and places to see if you visit New York for more than several days, or if you live here!  

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 you all about free tours, free concerts, free movies, free theater performances, free lessons (tai chi, yoga, drawing, dancing, foreign languages, ets), etc you can take advantage of whether you live in the city or spend just a couple of days here.
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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).  Free shows, free concerts, free movies, free tours, free poetry readings, free lessons of any kind: yoga, tai chi, tango, dancing, drawing, photography,  and much much more happen all over the city every day of the year. 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 25, 2021 and on...   Please keep in mind that all those best things to do are free unless otherwise noted.

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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Fair | Flea Market in Brooklyn: Art, Jewelry, Antiques and More
Shop for vintage clothing, furniture, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, art, handicrafts, and more. Every Sun 10 am - 5 pm, 40-50 vendors. Visitors must wear a face covering and maintain social distance.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jul 25
10:00 am

to 5:00 pm

Free

Fairs, July 25, 2021, 07/25/2021, Flea Market in Brooklyn: Art, Jewelry, Antiques and More
Tour | Historic Flatiron District Walking Tour
Join a professional guide on a 90-minute journey through this vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the City’s most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse, and the famous Flatiron Building. Every Sunday.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jul 25
11:00 am

Free

Tours, July 25, 2021, 07/25/2021, Historic Flatiron District Walking Tour
Festival | 8th Annual BodyPainting Day
30+ artists painting 50+ nude models, of all shapes and sizes, for 4 hours in broad daylight in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jul 25
12:00 pm

to 4:00 pm

Free

Festivals, July 25, 2021, 07/25/2021, 8th Annual BodyPainting Day
Festival | Guelaguetza Festival: Celebrating Mexican Culture and Heritage
La Guelaguetza originated in Oaxaca City, Mexico, where every summer people gather to celebrate traditional dances, music, and culture. Each Oaxacan region offers a unique contribution to the festivities - like the much-loved "Dance of the Pineapple." Ballet Folkorico Mexicano de Nueva York has been sharing their passion for Mexican cultural heritage and tradition with New Yorkers for over 35 years.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jul 25
2:00 pm

to 5:00 pm

Free

Festivals, July 25, 2021, 07/25/2021, Guelaguetza Festival: Celebrating Mexican Culture and Heritage
Jazz | Jazz Trio with 'the best jazz guitarist Japan has ever produced' - All About Jazz
Jazz guitarist/composer Nobuki Takamen's music draws influence from Paul Simon, James Taylor, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton. He has performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Blue Note NY, Blues Alley, Smalls Jazz Club, Iridium Jazz Club, and many more. The event will be held indoors for rain.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jul 25
6:00 pm

to 9:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 25, 2021, 07/25/2021, Jazz Trio with 'the best jazz guitarist Japan has ever produced' - All About Jazz
Play | Twelfth Night: One of Shakespeare's Most Celebrated Comedies
Shipwrecked in the alluring country of Illyria, twins Viola and Sebastian each believe the other dead and embark on parallel adventures of mistaken identity and self-discovery. Every Sat, Sun at 6 pm until Aug 1.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jul 25
6:00 pm

Free

Plays, July 25, 2021, 07/25/2021, Twelfth Night: One of Shakespeare's Most Celebrated Comedies

Monday, July 26, 2021

Concert | A Yiddish Renaissance: A Virtual Concert Celebration (virtual; streaming thru July 30)
Celebrating the revival of Yiddish in culture, the arts, and learning across the globe. Presented by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Jul 26
2:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 26, 2021, 07/26/2021, A Yiddish Renaissance: A Virtual Concert Celebration (virtual; streaming thru July 30)
Play | Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaption in the Park
Set in South Harlem, amidst a vibrant and eclectic community of West African immigrants, This adaptation of The Merry Wives of Windsor is a New York story about tricks of the heart, performed in the heart of the city. A raucous spinoff featuring the Bard's most beloved comic characters, this hilarious farce tells the story of the trickster Falstaff and the wily wives who outwit him in a new celebration of Black joy, laughter, and vitality. NOTE: Tickets are available only through a digital lottery. Seats are not guaranteed. See below for details.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Jul 26
8:00 pm

Free

Plays, July 26, 2021, 07/26/2021, Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaption in the Park

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Tour | Garment District: Fashion, Immigrants, Child Labor, Triangle Factory Fire, Gangsters
Walk the streets of the Garment District with your tour guide Mike Kaback. Topics included: - Your guide's personal experiences in the fashion industry/district over the last half century: changes in fashion through the years; - Immigrants and the growth of the NYC apparel industry: factories and workers; visit into several factories over the years; - The Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire of 1911: unions and gangsters; - How the Garment District of today relocated to its current location: Fashion Ave and The Fashion Walk of Fame; - A look into the future of the garment industry.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Jul 27
10:00 am

Free

Tours, July 27, 2021, 07/27/2021, Garment District: Fashion, Immigrants, Child Labor, Triangle Factory Fire, Gangsters
Discussion | Andy Warhol: A Conversation (virtual)
Join a lively conversation with Warhol biographer Blake Gopnik and art museum curators Kenneth Brummel, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Gregor Muir, Tate Modern, as they discuss this 20th Century icon. Spanning all four decades of the artist's career, the blockbuster Andy Warhol was exhibited at the Tate in early 2020 and will be featured at the Art Gallery of Ontario this summer. The conversation will explore some of the exhibition's themes, which include a reconsideration of the personal, social and political backdrop that influenced Warhol's groundbreaking art. Addressing topics such as consumerism, canonical art history, the artist's Catholic faith and the activities of New York City's countercultural underground, Warhol's vast body of work both reflected and fueled the intense cultural transformations that occurred across the globe in the second half of the twentieth century.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Jul 27
1:00 pm

Free

Discussions, July 27, 2021, 07/27/2021, Andy Warhol: A Conversation (virtual)
Dance Lesson | Batingua Arts Dance Class
Batingua Arts instructors and accompanying live musicians will make you leap from your seat and move your feet. This simultaneously traditional yet evolving African-Caribbean art celebrates cultural preservation with dance, speaking to all audiences with a variety of disciplines, from jazz and reggae to samba, spoken word and even acrobatics. These breathtaking artists will electrify with their high-energy, mesmerizing performance designed to transport you to extraordinary realms. Tuesdays, July 20-August 31, 2021    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Jul 27
6:30 pm

Free

Dance Lessons, July 27, 2021, 07/27/2021, Batingua Arts Dance Class
Jazz | The George Gee Big Band: Swing and Jazz
The Queens-based George Gee Big Band will mix swing and jazz. Audience members will surely want to dance to this four-decade-old group that has a weekly gig at Swing 46 in Times Square    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Jul 27
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 27, 2021, 07/27/2021, The George Gee Big Band: Swing and Jazz
Play | King Lear -- with a Happy Ending
This version of King Lear by William Shakespeare will employ Nahum Tate's 1681 "happy ending." The original source material for King Lear wasn't a tragedy! Tate's adaptation--which lets our well-meaning royal live and let live--was performed almost exclusively until the 1840s. Performed by New York Classical Theatre. For your safety, the in-person performances will have limited attendance based on the NYC Department of Parks & Rec guidelines.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Jul 27
7:00 pm

Free

Plays, July 27, 2021, 07/27/2021, King Lear -- with a Happy Ending
Dancing | Outdoor Dance Party with Grammy-Winning Saxophonist Michael Thomas
This program is making people twist and shout. Queens Theatre is currently facilitating outdoor dance parties/concerts on its brand new summer stage. Queensboro Dance Festival troupes perform and give lessons at 7:30 pm before the musical portion takes over and the public moves and grooves. There's a different vibe every week. Tonight, Sheep Meadow Dance Theater, chrisbelldances, and Gotham Dance Theater will do their things. Then, Grammy-winning saxophonist Michael Thomas and his Quintet will keep the joint jumping.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Jul 27
7:30 pm

Free

Dancings, July 27, 2021, 07/27/2021, Outdoor Dance Party with Grammy-Winning Saxophonist Michael Thomas

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Museums | Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions
The collection of Tiffany's leaded glass includes an extraordinary array of floral and geometric lamps as well as landscape and figural windows. A unique feature of the collection is a vast, one-of-a-kind archive of original flat glass and pressed-glass "jewels" used by Tiffany Studios, which provides valuable insight into the development of the stained-glass movement in America at the turn of the twentieth century. Established in 1972, this art museum's permanent collection consists of around 10,000 items, over 6,000 of which are documents and objects related to the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs, some of which are on long-term display.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jul 28
12:00 pm

to 5:00 pm

Free

Museumss, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions
Open Studios | 2021 Summer Open House: A Day of Live Rehearsals and Studio Presentations
Take part in conversations about international contemporary art with arts professionals from around the world. Summer Open House will include live rehearsals by Maja Bekan of Hold It Together (We Have Each Other), involving five performance collaborators who have adopted the identities of PARTISAN, SPY, POLITICIAN, (House)WORKER, and ARTIST/KILLJOY. During two periods of performance in the first floor project space, they will engage in unscripted discussion and activity, inviting visitors to join them if they so choose. Performers include Pon-Pon Yeh, Mandy Morrison, Juliana Cope, Daniela Chaparro, and Susan Hapgood. The exhibition Alban Muja: Family Album has been extended through July 30, 2021, and will be on view during Summer Open House. Artists and curators from 24 countries in residence will open their studios to the public. Schedule: 3-9pm: Resident studios open to the public 5-6pm: Live rehearsal with Maja Bekan in the Project Space 7-8pm: Live rehearsal with Maja Bekan in the Project Space    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jul 28
3:00 pm

to 9:00 pm

Free

Open Studioss, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, 2021 Summer Open House: A Day of Live Rehearsals and Studio Presentations
Concert | From Swing to R&B to 80's Pop Hits
Join a rotating cast of musicians curated by ArBuzz and Sharla, as they play everything from swing to R&B to 80's pop hits. Take a seat in the courtyard and enjoy the show. Food and drinks are available for purchase.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jul 28
6:00 pm

to 9:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, From Swing to R&B to 80's Pop Hits
Classical Music | Ensemble Connect: Baroque to Cutting Edge
The brilliant musicians of Ensemble Connect bring thrilling virtuosity and energy to everything they perform. Their command of a vast range of repertoire that spans the Baroque era to cutting-edge works by leading composers of today makes each performance a fascinating journey of musical discovery. Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and passionate advocates for their communities, these forward-looking musicians are part of a two-year fellowship that aims to redefine what it means to be a musician in the 21st century. The themes of the Ensemble Connect's performances at the park are inspired by nature, designed to complement world-renowned artist Maya Lin's Ghost Forest, a public art commission currently on view in the Park's Oval lawn. Wednesdays, July 7-August 11, 2021    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jul 28
6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Ensemble Connect: Baroque to Cutting Edge
Jazz | Jazz at the Pier: Steve Blum and the Molecular Organ Trio
This seasonal favorite combines smooth tunes with beautiful evenings on the Park's green piers for an entire summer of rejuvenating riverfront jazz.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jul 28
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Jazz at the Pier: Steve Blum and the Molecular Organ Trio
Play | The Two Noble Kinsmen: Shakespeare's Final Play
The Two Noble Kinsmen is a play by John Fletcher and William Shakespeare that was reprinted in a second folio edition of Beaumont and Fletcher's plays in 1679. Its story is taken from "The Knight's Tale" by Chaucer. It is generally accepted to be The Bard's final play before he retired to Stratford-Upon-Avon and died three years later--a collaboration of an older playwright with one whose career had only begun. The play is a tragicomedy in the manner of Fletcher. Chairs are provided on a first come, first served basis and audience members are welcome to bring their own.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jul 28
7:00 pm

Free

Plays, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, The Two Noble Kinsmen: Shakespeare's Final Play
Concert | Piazzolla, Albeniz, Ginastera and More (virtual)
Argentinian pianist Rosa Antonelli is a champion of classical Latin-American and Spanish music. In this recorded performance Ms. Antonelli will perform Piazzolla's El mundo de los dos, Imperial Tango, Milonga del angel, Libertango and Adios Nonino, Angel Lasala's Preludios Nacionales: No. 4, Romancero, Albeniz' Suite Espanola: Granada and Ginastera's Estancia: Danza del trigo.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jul 28
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Piazzolla, Albeniz, Ginastera and More (virtual)
Movie in a Park | Sleep (2020): German Psychological Thriller
Dreams and reality collide in this ambitious, unsettling psychological thriller that tackles the horrors of Germany's past using folklore and fairytale imagery. Director-writer Michael Venus describes his feature debut as "an antithesis of the German Heimatfilm." A flight attendant suffers a breakdown after experiencing demonic nightmares. Her resourceful daughter visits the village of Stainbach where her comatose mother lies hospitalized, and gradually unearths their sinister family history as well as an assembly of Nazi sympathizers. "A delirious and delicious supernatural mystery with a creepy patriarchal cult wrapper." - Alissa Simon (I Love Splatter) for KINO! Germany Now Directed by Michael Venus | Germany | 100 mins. In German with English subtitles.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jul 28
8:00 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Sleep (2020): German Psychological Thriller
Film | Vengo (2000): Family Drama Against Flamenco Backdrop (virtual)
After his brother murders a member of a rival gypsy clan and goes into hiding, Caco becomes the de facto figurehead of his "family" and protector of his handicapped nephew. As tensions mount between the two clans, threats of revenge against Caco's nephew for the crimes of his father are played out against a backdrop of rapturous flamenco music and dance performances. A majestic ode to the artistry of flamenco featuring famous flamenco dancer Antonio Canales. Director: Tony Gatlif With: Antonio Canales, Orestes Villasan Rodriguez, Antonio Dechent In Spanish and French with English subtitles    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jul 28
8:30 pm

Free

Films, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Vengo (2000): Family Drama Against Flamenco Backdrop (virtual)

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Jazz | Grammy Winner Arturo O’Farrill and his Latin Jazz Group
Grammy-award winner Arturo O’Farrill and his ensemble of fiery musicians continue to innovate, elevating Afro-Latin jazz to new heights. Programs subject to change. In case of rain, the performance may be cancelled.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Jul 29
12:30 pm

to 1:30 pm

Free

Concerts, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Grammy Winner Arturo O&rsquo;Farrill and his Latin Jazz Group
Concert | Fabulous Five: Popular Favorites from the Beatles, Broadway, Coldplay, Sting, Lady Gaga and More
Performers: Victoria Paterson, violin Hiroko Taguchi, violin Philip Payton, viola Peter Sachon, cello Clara Warnaar, cajon    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Jul 29
5:00 pm

to 7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Fabulous Five: Popular Favorites from the Beatles, Broadway, Coldplay, Sting, Lady Gaga and More
Concert | Japanese Contemporary and Traditional Music: Bamboo Flutes, Taiko Drums and More
Various styles of Japanese contemporary and traditional music, with a focus on the shinobue bamboo flutes and Japanese percussion. The event will be held indoors for rain.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Jul 29
6:00 pm

to 9:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Japanese Contemporary and Traditional Music: Bamboo Flutes, Taiko Drums and More
Dance Performance | Isadora on the Beach: Works of Isadora Duncan
Dances by Isadora, directed by Catherine Gallant, will present a live performance of works by Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) adapted for the beach environment. Duncan grew up by the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco and was fascinated by the movement of waves as she began to imagine her vision of dance as an authentic response to nature. Dances by Isadora reconstructs and reimagines Duncan's dances for both traditional and alternative venues, bringing this work of breath and spirit to life for new audiences. Among the works to be presented is "Grand March" or "Slow March," which was created in 1914 during Isadora's year at Bellevue outside Paris following the tragic deaths of her children in 1913. Originally set to the music of Franz Schubert, it has been reimagined with "Lyric for Strings" by African American composer George Walker. The program will also include "Water Study," "Tanagra Figures" and "Narcissus," all adapted for the shifting texture of sand, wind, and sky. Ensemble includes Natalia Brillante, Eleanor Bunker, Marie Carstens, Abra Cohen, Jessie King, Loretta Thomas Costumes by Ivana Drazic Audience members should bring their own seating. Running time is approximately 30 minutes.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Jul 29
6:30 pm

Free

Dance Performances, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Isadora on the Beach: Works of Isadora Duncan
Play | The Count of Monte Cristo: Adaptation of Dumas' Classic Novel
The Count Of Monte Cristo is one of the greatest tales of betrayal, adventure, and revenge the world has ever known. When the dashing and guileless Edmond Dantes is betrayed by his best friend and wrongly imprisoned, he becomes consumed by thoughts of vengeance. After a miraculous escape, he transforms himself into the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo, insinuates himself into the French nobility, and puts his cunning plan of revenge in action. Directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith Written by Susane Lee, adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. July 29th - August 22nd, Thur through Sun at 6:30 pm.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Jul 29
6:30 pm

Pay what you...

Plays, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, The Count of Monte Cristo: Adaptation of Dumas' Classic Novel
Author Reading | Orgy: A Novel of New York Connections (virtual)
Acclaimed author Kaitlyn Greenidge's latest work is a sexy and wildly engaging story that maps New York City as a place shaped by human appetite, rebellion, and a need to connect that breaks the rules and explodes differences between races and genders.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Jul 29
7:00 pm

Free

Author Readings, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Orgy: A Novel of New York Connections (virtual)
Play | Seize the King: A Modern Retelling of Shakespeare's Richard III
Carl Cofield is directing Will Power's Seize the King, an explosive and timely modern reinterpretation of Shakespeare's Richard III. With his country's throne empty, Richard knocks down threats to his ascension, fueling his insatiable ambition and paranoia.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Jul 29
8:30 pm

Free

Plays, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Seize the King: A Modern Retelling of Shakespeare's Richard III

Friday, July 30, 2021

Classical Music | One of The Greatest Pianists of All Time Arthur Rubinstein: Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 (virtual)
World-renowned pianist Arthur Rubinstein performs Chopin's Second Piano Concerto, one of only a handful of works he wrote that included orchestral forces alongside the keyboard. Andre Previn conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in this 1975 film recorded in London's Fairfield Halls.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Jul 30
12:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 30, 2021, 07/30/2021, One of The Greatest Pianists of All Time Arthur Rubinstein: Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 (virtual)
Classical Music | The Met's Balcony Bar from Home Featuring ETHEL and Friends in Concert (virtual)
Fix yourself a drink and experience The Met's Balcony Bar from home with ETHEL, one of the most acclaimed string quartets in the contemporary classical field. With an eye on tradition and an ear to the future, ETHEL is a leading force in concert music's reengagement with musical vernaculars, fusing diverse traditions into a vibrant sound. Expect familiar classical tunes mixed with a fair share of the group's signature cutting-edge repertoire. Featuring Julia Crafton, singer-songwriter. ETHEL is Ralph Farris (viola), Kip Jones (violin), Dorothy Lawson (cello), and Corin Lee (violin).    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Jul 30
5:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 30, 2021, 07/30/2021, The Met's Balcony Bar from Home Featuring ETHEL and Friends in Concert (virtual)
Play | Twelfth Night: One of Shakespeare's Most Celebrated Comedies
Shipwrecked in the alluring country of Illyria, twins Viola and Sebastian each believe the other dead and embark on parallel adventures of mistaken identity and self-discovery. Every Thur and Fr at 6 pm until Jul 30.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Jul 30
6:00 pm

Free

Plays, July 30, 2021, 07/30/2021, Twelfth Night: One of Shakespeare's Most Celebrated Comedies
Concert | Adrienne Warren and Friends: Tony-Award Winning Singer
Adrienne Warren made her Broadway debut in the 2012 musical Bring It On, and in 2016 received a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical nomination for her performance in Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. She is most known and widely praised for her role as Tina Turner, in the West End production of Tina and the same role in the Broadway production, for which she received a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical nomination in 2020 The park will observe all New York City and New York State guidelines immediate to the time of the performance.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Jul 30
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 30, 2021, 07/30/2021, Adrienne Warren and Friends: Tony-Award Winning Singer
Jazz | Jazz in the Park
A Jazzmobile presentation featuring the drums-led Phil Young Experience.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Jul 30
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 30, 2021, 07/30/2021, Jazz in the Park
Play | King Lear -- with a Happy Ending
This version of King Lear by William Shakespeare will employ Nahum Tate's 1681 "happy ending." The original source material for King Lear wasn't a tragedy! Tate's adaptation--which lets our well-meaning royal live and let live--was performed almost exclusively until the 1840s. Performed by New York Classical Theatre. For your safety, the in-person performances will have limited attendance based on the NYC Department of Parks & Rec guidelines.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Jul 30
7:00 pm

Free

Plays, July 30, 2021, 07/30/2021, King Lear -- with a Happy Ending
Movie in a Park | Little Women (2019): New Adaptation of Alcott's Classic Novel
Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters - four young women, each determined to live life on her own terms. Directed by Greta Gerwig. With Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Jul 30
8:30 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, July 30, 2021, 07/30/2021, Little Women (2019): New Adaptation of Alcott's Classic Novel
Movie in a Park | Marcel Camus' Black Orpheus (1959): Greek Myth Set During Rio's Carnival
A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. This is Marcel Camus' best known film, which won the Palme d'Or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival and the 1960 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Orpheus was a musician, poet and prophet in Greek mythology. His parents were the king of Thrace Oeagrus and the muse Calliope. He was considered the best musician and poet of all, and he perfected the lyre. It was the god Apollo who taught Orpheus how to play the lyre when he was an adolescent. Orpheus joined the expedition of the Argonauts, saving them from the music of the Sirens by playing his own, more powerful music. On his return, he married Eurydice, who was soon killed by a snakebite. Overcome with grief, Orpheus ventured himself to the land of the dead to attempt to bring Eurydice back to life. Director: Marcel Camus Stars: Breno Mello. Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira In French with English subtitles    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Jul 30
8:30 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, July 30, 2021, 07/30/2021, Marcel Camus' Black Orpheus (1959): Greek Myth Set During Rio's Carnival

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Film | The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002): Historical Adventure (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)
The Count Of Monte Cristo is the greatest tale of betrayal, adventure, and revenge the world has ever known. When the dashing and guileless Edmond Dantes (Jim Caviezel) is betrayed by his best friend (Guy Pearce) and wrongly imprisoned, he becomes consumed by thoughts of vengeance. After a miraculous escape, he transforms himself into the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo, insinuates himself into the French nobility, and puts his cunning plan of revenge in action. This swashbuckling thriller will have you sitting on the edge of your seat until the last ounce of revenge is exacted. Directed by Kevin Reynolds    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jul 31
12:00 am

to 11:59 pm

Free

Films, July 31, 2021, 07/31/2021, The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002): Historical Adventure (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)
Workshop | Kayaking
Glide along the water while kayaking this summer! All levels are welcome. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. Saturdays, June 5-September 25, 2021    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jul 31
10:00 am

Free

Workshops, July 31, 2021, 07/31/2021, Kayaking
Performance | The Public Theater Mobile Unit's Summer of Joy: 3 Performances
The Public Theater announces today that the theater's acclaimed Mobile Unit returns this summer. In partnership with New York City's Department of Transportation, Mobile Unit's Summer of Joy will break traditional theatrical molds and invite people to gather in public venues and play a role in creating each show. It will offer New Yorkers the opportunity to participate in a kind of narrative that speaks to our collective and individual resilience, healing, and joy in this long-awaited moment to be together again. Featuring: SHAKESPEARE: CALL AND RESPONSE Conceived and Directed by Patricia McGregor. Text by William Shakespeare. Rooted in the vibrant interplay between performers and audience, this is an hour-long celebration of text, music, dance, and improvisation with a live crowd. Built for the plazas and outdoor venues able to host performances following the confinement of the pandemic, the piece centers on four actors who transform into a variety of roles based on feedback from the audience and is anchored by an iambic-spitting MC and DJ duo. MALIK WORK'S VERSES @ WORK Presented by The Public Theater. Created and Performed by Malik Work. Directed by Vernice Miller Actor-writer-emcee Malik Work bares his soul and shares his story through the lens of NYC history in his original play which connects the world of hip-hop and jazz, as well as the early millennium nightlife of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. THE NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE'S STAGE FOR HEALING AND RESILIENCE Co-Produced by The Public Theater and National Black Theatre This invites audiences into a space of reflection and meditation, as well as actively giving voice to their own experiences, through National Black Theatre's Stage for Healing and Resilience. The community stage features artists from Mobile Unit's community partners sharing their own narratives of resilience and hope in spoken word, poem    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jul 31
4:30 pm

Free

Performances, July 31, 2021, 07/31/2021, The Public Theater Mobile Unit's Summer of Joy: 3 Performances
Play | The Count of Monte Cristo: Adaptation of Dumas' Classic Novel
The Count Of Monte Cristo is one of the greatest tales of betrayal, adventure, and revenge the world has ever known. When the dashing and guileless Edmond Dantes is betrayed by his best friend and wrongly imprisoned, he becomes consumed by thoughts of vengeance. After a miraculous escape, he transforms himself into the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo, insinuates himself into the French nobility, and puts his cunning plan of revenge in action. Directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith Written by Susane Lee, adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. July 29th - August 22nd, Thur through Sun at 6:30 pm.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jul 31
6:30 pm

Pay what you...

Plays, July 31, 2021, 07/31/2021, The Count of Monte Cristo: Adaptation of Dumas' Classic Novel
Movie in a Park | Moana (2016): Animated Disney Adventure
In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right. Directed by Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall. With Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jul 31
8:30 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, July 31, 2021, 07/31/2021, Moana (2016): Animated Disney Adventure

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Tour | Historic Flatiron District Walking Tour
Join a professional guide on a 90-minute journey through this vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the City's most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse, and the famous Flatiron Building. Every Sunday.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 1
11:00 am

Free

Tours, August 01, 2021, 08/01/2021, Historic Flatiron District Walking Tour
Performance | The Public Theater Mobile Unit's Summer of Joy: 3 Performances
The Public Theater announces today that the theater's acclaimed Mobile Unit returns this summer. In partnership with New York City's Department of Transportation, Mobile Unit's Summer of Joy will break traditional theatrical molds and invite people to gather in public venues and play a role in creating each show. It will offer New Yorkers the opportunity to participate in a kind of narrative that speaks to our collective and individual resilience, healing, and joy in this long-awaited moment to be together again. Featuring: SHAKESPEARE: CALL AND RESPONSE Conceived and Directed by Patricia McGregor. Text by William Shakespeare. Rooted in the vibrant interplay between performers and audience, this is an hour-long celebration of text, music, dance, and improvisation with a live crowd. Built for the plazas and outdoor venues able to host performances following the confinement of the pandemic, the piece centers on four actors who transform into a variety of roles based on feedback from the audience and is anchored by an iambic-spitting MC and DJ duo. MALIK WORK'S VERSES @ WORK Presented by The Public Theater. Created and Performed by Malik Work. Directed by Vernice Miller Actor-writer-emcee Malik Work bares his soul and shares his story through the lens of NYC history in his original play which connects the world of hip-hop and jazz, as well as the early millennium nightlife of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. THE NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE'S STAGE FOR HEALING AND RESILIENCE Co-Produced by The Public Theater and National Black Theatre This invites audiences into a space of reflection and meditation, as well as actively giving voice to their own experiences, through National Black Theatre's Stage for Healing and Resilience. The community stage features artists from Mobile Unit's community partners sharing their own narratives of resilience and hope in spoken word, poem    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 1
4:30 pm

Free

Performances, August 01, 2021, 08/01/2021, The Public Theater Mobile Unit's Summer of Joy: 3 Performances
Jazz | Jazz Organist and Her Quartet: From Funky Boogaloo to Be-bop to Blues
Jazz organist Akiko Tsuruga’s style is light and can shift from playing funky boogaloo to be-bop to blues. She has performed Carnegie Hall, Dizzy’s Club, The Village Vanguard.  The event will be held indoors for rain.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 1
5:00 pm

to 8:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 01, 2021, 08/01/2021, Jazz Organist and Her Quartet: From Funky Boogaloo to Be-bop to Blues
Play | The Count of Monte Cristo: Adaptation of Dumas' Classic Novel
The Count Of Monte Cristo is one of the greatest tales of betrayal, adventure, and revenge the world has ever known. When the dashing and guileless Edmond Dantes is betrayed by his best friend and wrongly imprisoned, he becomes consumed by thoughts of vengeance. After a miraculous escape, he transforms himself into the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo, insinuates himself into the French nobility, and puts his cunning plan of revenge in action. Directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith Written by Susane Lee, adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. July 29th - August 22nd, Thur through Sun at 6:30 pm.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 1
6:30 pm

Pay what you...

Plays, August 01, 2021, 08/01/2021, The Count of Monte Cristo: Adaptation of Dumas' Classic Novel
Play | King Lear -- with a Happy Ending
This version of King Lear by William Shakespeare will employ Nahum Tate's 1681 "happy ending." The original source material for King Lear wasn't a tragedy! Tate's adaptation--which lets our well-meaning royal live and let live--was performed almost exclusively until the 1840s. Performed by New York Classical Theatre. For your safety, the in-person performances will have limited attendance based on the NYC Department of Parks & Rec guidelines.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 1
7:00 pm

Free

Plays, August 01, 2021, 08/01/2021, King Lear -- with a Happy Ending

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Classical Music | Chamber Ensemble Performs Mozart and More
ECCO: East Coast Chamber Orchestra Program Mozart (1756-91) Piano Concerto No.14 in E-flat major, K449 (1784) Hanna Benn (b. 1988) Where Springs Not Fail (2016) Osvaldo Golijov (b. 1960) Last Round (1996) Mozart (1756-91) Piano Concerto No.12 in A major, K.414 (1782)    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Aug 3
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, August 03, 2021, 08/03/2021, Chamber Ensemble Performs Mozart and More

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Festival | 2021 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
To celebrate the Year of the Ox and NYC’s Summer of Recovery, the 2021 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York will return. The festival will feature invitational races. The colorful contestant boats will have a dragon head at the front and dragon tail at the rear. Crew members — paddlers, drummer, steering person – will power them through the water. On the nearby shore, a stage will host an all-day cultural program with live music by the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, martial arts by New York Shaolin Temple, and tales by professional storyteller Jonathan Kruk. As this is New York State’s largest multi-cultural festival, the fun will include a Caribbean steel drum performance from the CASYM Steel Orchestra and other non-Asian presentations. At other spots, sponsors and community-based organizations will staff booths to provide giveaways and interact with the public.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 7
9:00 am

to 4:00 pm

Free

Festivals, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, 2021 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
Film | Not Going Quietly (2021): Inspiring Documentary About A Man Who Started A Powerful Movement for Health Care Reform
A filmed exchange between a father and senator goes viral and sparks one of the most powerful movements in a generation. When 32-year-old activist and father Ady Barkan is diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; degenerative neuromuscular disease) and given four years to live, he finds himself in a deep depression, struggling to connect with his newborn son, whose presence reminds him of the future he will miss. But after a chance confrontation with Senator Jeff Flake goes viral, Ady decides to embark on a cross-country tour of America, using his final breaths to fight for healthcare justice. Ultimately, Ady discovers that collective action and speaking truth to power offers a source of hope for the future that transforms his relationship with his son and his belief in what is possible for his family. Directed by Nicholas Bruckman. The film will be preceded by Shal Ngo & James Burns' short The Box. A documentary hybrid about solitary confinement, following three people who have spent a combined nine years in solitary, one of whom co-directed the film. 8:00 PM: Doors Open 9:00 PM: Films Begin 10:50 PM: Q&A    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 7
8:00 pm

to 11:00 pm

Free

Films, August 07, 2021, 08/07/2021, Not Going Quietly (2021): Inspiring Documentary About A Man Who Started A Powerful Movement for Health Care Reform

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Author Reading | Broadway, Writing, and Show Biz, with 4-Time Tony Nominee Tovah Feldshuh
Authors offer advice and discuss their latest books. With Tovah Feldshuh, Lilyville: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I've Played Jen Silverman, We Play Ourselves    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 11
12:30 pm

Free

Author Readings, August 11, 2021, 08/11/2021, Broadway, Writing, and Show Biz, with 4-Time Tony Nominee Tovah Feldshuh
Movie in a Park | Dirty Dancing (1987): A Classic with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey
Baby (Jennifer Grey) is one listless summer away from the Peace Corps. Hoping to enjoy her youth while it lasts, she's disappointed when her summer plans deposit her at a sleepy resort in the Catskills with her parents. Her luck turns around, however, when the resort's dance instructor, Johnny (Patrick Swayze), enlists Baby as his new partner, and the two fall in love. Baby's father forbids her from seeing Johnny, but she's determined to help him perform the last big dance of the summer. Lawn opens at 6 pm. Seating is first-come, first-served. Bring your own blanket and your favorite picnic accoutrements. In case of rain, the event will be held the following evening.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 11
8:00 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, August 11, 2021, 08/11/2021, Dirty Dancing (1987): A Classic with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Screening | International Dance Film Festival (virtual)
With: Introdans (The Netherlands) Dance Troupe Braveman (South Korea) Chilaquiles Rojos Colectivo (Mexico) Nantea Dance Company (Tanzania) Boca Tuya / Omar Roman De Jesus (Puerto Rico/NYC)    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 12
7:00 pm

Free

Screenings, August 12, 2021, 08/12/2021, International Dance Film Festival (virtual)

Monday, August 16, 2021

Author Reading | Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter (virtual)
New York Times editors Veronica Chambers and Jennifer Harlan launch their powerful new book. From the founders of the movement—Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi—to the watershed moments that challenged people to take action, this book tells the story of how a hashtag became a movement. It follows the activists and organizers on their journeys, examines some of the ways that protest has been fundamental to American history, and shows how marches, rallies, and demonstrations can be vital tools for making meaningful change. In this essential history, Chambers and Harlan explore Black Lives Matter through striking photographs, in-depth reporting, stunning visual timelines and graphics, and compelling quotes.      New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Aug 16
6:00 pm

Free

Author Readings, August 16, 2021, 08/16/2021, Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter&nbsp;(virtual)

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Author Reading | Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America (virtual)
Award-winning journalist Eyal Press presents his groundbreaking, urgent new book, a report from the front lines of "dirty work"—the work that society considers essential but morally compromised. As Press shows, we are increasingly shielded and distanced from an array of morally questionable activities that other, less privileged people perform in our name. Illuminating the moving, sometimes harrowing stories of the people doing society’s dirty work, and incisively examining the structures of power and complicity that shape their lives, Press reveals fundamental truths about the moral dimensions of work and the hidden costs of inequality in America.      New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Aug 17
7:30 pm

Free

Author Readings, August 17, 2021, 08/17/2021, Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America (virtual)

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Parade | The 39th Annual Mermaid Parade
The Mermaid Parade is back! The Mermaid Parade is the largest art parade in the nation. A celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside, it showcases over 1,500 creative individuals from all over the five boroughs and beyond, opening the summer with incredible art, entrepreneurial spirit and community pride.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Sep 12
1:00 pm

Free

Parades, September 12, 2021, 09/12/2021, The 39th Annual Mermaid Parade

Monday, September 27, 2021

Movie in a Park | Indiana Jones: Adventure with Harrison Ford
Enjoy a classic movie on the lawn. Lawn opens at 6 pm. Seating is first-come, first-served. Bring your own blanket and your favorite picnic accoutrements. In case of rain, the event will be held the following evening.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Sep 27
8:00 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, September 27, 2021, 09/27/2021, Indiana Jones: Adventure with Harrison Ford

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Movie in a Park | Back to the Future: Sci-Fi with Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd
Enjoy a classic movie on the lawn. Lawn opens at 6 pm. Seating is first-come, first-served. Bring your own blanket and your favorite picnic accoutrements. In case of rain, the event will be held the following evening.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Oct 6
8:00 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, October 06, 2021, 10/06/2021, Back to the Future: Sci-Fi with Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd
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