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New York is full of wonderful things to do beyond the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Metropolitan Museum, Ellis Island, Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick's Cathedral. 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.
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121  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 121  events that our editors think are the best things to do to in New York City.
Please keep in mind that all those best things to do are free unless otherwise noted. 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Film |
Follows the Soviet dictator's last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death. Director: Armando Lannucci Starring Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend. 106 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 16
2:00 pm

Free

Films, August 16, 2018, 08/16/2018, The Death of Stalin (2018): a comedy of terrors
Film |
A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him. Starring  Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell. 85 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 16
4:00 pm

Free

Films, August 16, 2018, 08/16/2018, Fred Zinnemann's High Noon (1952): Classic Western Won 4 Oscars
Staged Reading |
An unexpected relative's arrival during the wedding weekend unleashes an emotional maelstrom for the bride and groom. By Brad Forenza.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 16
5:00 pm

Free

Staged Readings, August 16, 2018, 08/16/2018, The Rehearsal: Wedding Weekend Friction
Jazz |
With Michael Marcus, an American jazz clarinetist/multi-woodwind player. He also plays A clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, Tarogato, as well as tenor, baritone, bass, C melody, straight alto (Stritch) and Saxello saxophones. He is also a composer and arranger.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 16
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 16, 2018, 08/16/2018, Jazz on the Pier
Concert |
Using unconventional techniques, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jorge Glem draws a seemingly limitless array of sounds from the cuatro, a four-stringed Venezuelan folk instrument. Glem, who has shared the stage with artists like Paquito D’Rivera, Jordan Rudess, Rubén Blades, Carlos Vives, and Calle 13, is an unwavering champion of the instrument both on stage and through his #4CuatroMusic movement on social media. Experience the full power of Glem’s cuatro revolution at this show.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 16
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, August 16, 2018, 08/16/2018, Grammy-Nominated Player of the Cuatro, a Venezuelan Folk Instrument
Film |
An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm-raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmers' retaliation. Director: Wes Anderson 87 min. You should arrive before 7:30 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled waters are OK, but no glass.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 16
8:00 pm

Free

Films, August 16, 2018, 08/16/2018, Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009): Animated Adventure with George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray

Friday, August 17, 2018

Tour |
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

Fri, Aug 17
10:00 am

to 7:00 pm

Free

Tours, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many
Jazz |
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy... so swing on by for toe-tappin’ performances by New York’s finest, playing ragtime, stride, and jazz to your heart’s delight. Victor Lin is a Kenny Barron-trained Columbia University instructor.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 17
12:30 pm

Free

Concerts, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz
Film |
On the eve of her 18th birthday and succession to the British throne. Young Victoria is caught between political factions while falling in love with Prince Albert. A dramatization of Queen Victoria’s early reign. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee. Starring Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany.                                                                             105 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 17
12:30 pm

to 2:30 pm

Free

Films, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Oscar Winning The Young Victoria (2009): Royal Romance
Staged Reading |
A wife of an acclaimed Victorian psychiatrist befriends her husband’s newest patient and helps him live life as the woman he was destined to be.  By Bryan Adam & Matt Kelly.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 17
1:30 pm

Free

Staged Readings, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Perfectly Victorian: A Patient's Desire
Film |
After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.    Director: Ava DuVernay   109 min. You should arrive before 7:30 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled waters are OK, but no glass.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 17
8:00 pm

Free

Films, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, A Wrinkle in Time (2018) with Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling
Jazz |
The NY Jazz Flutet is a unique, in-demand, cooperative group of flutists who have defined a new sound. Individually leaders of their own ensembles, the band has embraced Jazz, Latin, World Beat, and Classical Musics as versatile entities. The repertoire includes Jazz greats such as Clifford Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, and Duke Ellington as well as originals by the members.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 17
9:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 17, 2018, 08/17/2018, Mix of Jazz, Latin, World Beat and more

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Tour |
Walk along boardwalk from Beach 116 St. towards Far Rockaway. Flat terrain, moderate pace about 4-5 hours, approximate distance 7.5 miles. Rain cancels. After lunch, walk back to subway station at Beach 44th street where walk will end. Drop off points with access to subway along walk route. Bring lunch, water, and bathing suit. Please allow ample time to get to Rockaway Beach due to MTA weekend subway changes,. Must call to determine walk status.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 18
11:00 am

$3

Tours, August 18, 2018, 08/18/2018, Rockaway Park Beach-to-Far Rockaway Walk
Classical Music |
Collaborative Arts Ensemble performs works by Southern United States composers, traditional pieces and more. Program Traditional Shenandoah                                                                 Samuel Barber (1910-1981) Excursions, Op. 20, No. 1  Henry Mancini (1924-1994) Moon River                                                                    Paul Schoenfield (b. 1947) Four Souvenirs: For Violin and Piano                        Charles Ives (1874-1954) Memories                                                                       Johnny Cash (1932-2003) Orange Blossom Special                                              Aaron Copland (1900-1990) The Boatman’s Dance from Old American Songs          Stephen Foster (1826-1884) Beautiful Dreamer                                                             Traditional (Arr. MaMuse) Hallelujah                                                                            Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981) Georgia on my Mind                                                          Stephen Foster (1826-1864) Hard Times Come Again No More About the Performers Collaborative Arts Ensemble was founded in 2017 as a way to promote social understanding in the world. This fall, CAE will become the ensemble-in-residence at Blessed Sacrament Church. The members are: Thomas West, baritone; Jocelyn Zhu, violin; Matthew Maimone, piano.                          New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 18
1:00 pm

to 3:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 18, 2018, 08/18/2018, Works by American composers: Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Charles Ives   and more
Film |
In August 2015, three American tourists subdue a terrorist aboard a Thalys train headed to Paris. This docudrama chronicles their lifelong friendship and the numerous choices that prepared them to act quickly in the face of sudden danger. With Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer. 94 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 18
1:00 pm

Free

Films, August 18, 2018, 08/18/2018, Clint Eastwood's The 15:17 to Paris (2018): biographical drama
Screening |
From one of China's most nuanced cinematic voices comes a charming tale set into motion by a disastrous encounter: A mysterious woman Ling Ling crashes into delivery man Dabing. While in custody, Ling Ling asks Dabing to go to her home and feed her fish; while there, Dabing discovers an astonishing diary. In its pages he reads stories of a little girl's passion for the movies, which re-ignites his own longing for the days when the cinema enchanted China's masses. Directed by Jiang Xiao. 96 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 18
2:00 pm

Free

Screenings, August 18, 2018, 08/18/2018, Exploring Chinese Cinema: Electric Shadows (2004)
Classical Music |
Cellist Louise Dubin and pianist Spencer Myer will perform works by Debussy (1862-1918), Koechlin (1867-1950), Franchomme (1808-1884), Mendelssohn (1809-1847), Chopin (1810 - 1849), Martinu (1890-1959), Glazunov (1865-1936), and Liszt (1811-1886).  Described as an "artist of refined taste and musicianship" by The Strad Magazine cellist Louise Dubin’s performances take her throughout the US and Europe. Recent appearances include her cello recitals at the American Cathedral in Paris, her VioloncellenSeine 2016 performances at Salle Gaveau and CRR in Paris and more. She has also appeared as soloist at Bargemusic, Caramoor and Piccolo Spoleto among others. Lauded for "superb playing" and "poised, alert musicianship" by the Boston Globe, and labeled "definitely a man to watch" by London's The Independent, pianist Spencer Myer has performed with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Arizona’s Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and Colorado’s Grand Junction and more.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 18
2:30 pm

Free

Concerts, August 18, 2018, 08/18/2018, Works by Chopin, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Debussy and more
Workshop |
Hone your observational skills while recording the bustle in one of New York City’s most iconic locations. You may work in any medium you choose, including graphite, charcoal, pastel or pen and ink. Please keep in mind you’ll be drawing on the go. Hardcover sketchbooks or drawing boards are recommended.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 18
6:00 pm

Free

Workshops, August 18, 2018, 08/18/2018, Drawing in the Park

Sunday, August 19, 2018

City Walk |
Proceed along the shore through Coney Island and Brighton Beach, then Manhattan Beach. Then go over the foot bridge to Sheepshead Bay, at which point you'll head east along the bay, then toward west toward the subway. Bring water and a snack. About two hours. Will cancel in event of heavy rain, but if it’s drizzing, the hike will go on.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 19
11:30 am

$3

City Walks, August 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay Walk
Musical |
Book, lyrics and direction by Crystal Field. Music composed and arranged by Joseph Vernon Banks.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 19
2:00 pm

Free

Musicals, August 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, Shame or the Doomsday Machine: An Operetta for the Street -- Outdoors
Concert |
CASYM Steel Orchestra (Caribbean American Sports & Cultural Youth Movement) performs a repertoire of music that includes the soca and calypso of their Caribbean roots, classical, soul, pop, jazz and more. CASYM has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean, and at venues such as the Apollo Theater, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. They have performed with jazz and calypso legends like Lionel Hampton, the Mighty Sparrow, and David Rudder. The orchestra is comprised of 90 Members, ages 7 to  21.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 19
2:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, Legendary Steel Pan Orchestra
Concert |
This year, the talented wordsmith Rapsody was the only woman nominated for a Best Rap Album Grammy. But she’s hardly a newcomer; Rapsody’s been shaking up hip-hop for over a decade, and claimed the only guest verse on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, on “Complexion.” Fans can expect cuts from the Grammy-nominated album Laila’s Wisdom, where she tackles gnarled topics not limited to beauty standards and breakups, with the singular finesse that only a true star can do.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 19
5:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, Rapsody: Grammy Award-Winning Hip-Hop Artist
Jazz |
Come listen to jazz under the trees and watch the sun set behind the clouds with Alex Nguyen & Friends. Since arriving in NYC, trumpeter Alex Nguyen has been establishing himself for his distinctive lyrical and melodic style. The Savannah, Georgia native has garnered praise for his independent projects, including the Jazz Conceptions Orchestra, for which he arranges much of the material. Alex has appeared with such groups as the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band, the Curtis Fuller Quintet, and Celebration of Lionel Hampton; and one of his compositions “The First Year” was featured on NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron’s album The Traveler. Alex is winner of the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 19
6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, Jazz in the Park with an Award-Winning Trumpeter
Film |
Follows a group of tenacious Hasidic women who are shattering the glass ceiling in their Hasidic Brooklyn neighborhood by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in NYC. Director: Paula Eiselt 90 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 19
7:00 pm

Free

Films, August 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, 93Queen (2018): Documentary on Hasidic Women
Movie in a Park |
Join space adventurers Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Groot (Vin Diesel), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) as they save the universe while being closely pursued by bounty hunters and the powerful villain, Ronan (Lee Pace). Directed by James Gunn.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 19
8:00 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, August 19, 2018, 08/19/2018, Oscar-nominated Guardians of the Galaxy (2014):  third-highest-grossing film of 2014 with Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper (outdoors)

Monday, August 20, 2018

Film |
A bored suburban housewife, seeking escape from her life, suffers amnesia after an accident, wakes up, and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan. Director: Susan Seidelman 104 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Aug 20
1:00 pm

Free

Films, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) with Madonna, Rosanna Arquette, Aidan Quinn
Movie in a Park |
A futuristic cyborg is sent to present-day L.A. to assassinate a woman, who will bear the child who will someday save humanity. Rated R. The lawn opens at 5:00 p.m., and the film begins at sunset.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Aug 20
8:00 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, August 20, 2018, 08/20/2018, James Cameron's The Terminator (1984) with Arnold Schwarzenegger (outdoors)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Workshop |
A morning class provided by the Tai Chi Chuan Center and led by teachers and students who train at CK Chu Tai Chi under the direction of Master Hyland Harris.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Aug 21
7:30 am

Free

Workshops, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, Tai Chi in the Park
Opening Reception |
At the beginning of 1968, the so-called rebuilding process began in Czechoslovakia. It was based on the utterly misconceived idea that the regime established and maintained by brutal methods can be democratized and humanized by moderate reforms. If successful, it would probably lead to the loss of the power monopoly of the Communist Party, the re-acquisition of full political sovereignty of Czechoslovakia, and, in its consequence, to the collapse of the Soviet bloc. An army of half-a-million soldiers of five Soviet bloc states - the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary and the German Democratic Republic - invaded the country with heavy military equipment including tanks. People were horrified and took to the streets to protest the occupants. The exhibition includes photographs by Vladimír Lammer, Libuše Kyndrová, Dagmar Hochová, Miloň Novotný, Jiří Všetečka, Miroslav Martinovský, Václav Toužimský, Jaromír Čejka, Bohumil Dobrovolský, Jiří Stivín, Gustav Aulehla, and Jan Reich, among others.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Aug 21
7:00 pm

to 10:00 pm

Free

Opening Receptions, August 21, 2018, 08/21/2018, August 21, 1968: Photographs of the Crushing of the Prague Spring

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Concert |
12 accordionists perform music from throughout the world at weekly accordion picnics. Experience the wide range of this often overlooked and little-known instrument. The park provides picnic blankets to borrow and beer and wine are available for purchase.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 22
5:30 pm

to 7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, August 22, 2018, 08/22/2018, Accordions Around the World
Movie in a Park |
The street cats of Istanbul: hundreds of thousands of them roam Turkey’s megacity freely, wandering in and out of people’s lives, an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Filmmaker Ceyda Torun and her nimble cinematographer Charlie Wuppermann train their prowling, cat’s eye-level cameras on the stories of seven such felines — Sari, Bengü, Aslan Parçasi, Psikopat, Deniz, Gamsiz, and Duman— stalking these peripatetic creatures through streets, alleyways, deserted basements, and rooftops. Director: Ceyda Torun 79 min. Pre-screening performance at 7PM, film begins at sundown.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 22
7:00 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, August 22, 2018, 08/22/2018, Kedi (2016): The Street Cats of Istanbul -- Outdoors
Movie in a Park |
Ohad Naharin, artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, is regarded as one of the most important choreographers in the world. Following him during a critical turning point in his personal life, this spirited and insightful documentary will introduce a man with great artistic integrity and extraordinary vision. Filmed over a period of eight years, director Tomer Heymann mixes intimate rehearsals with unseen footage and breathtaking dance sequences. The evening will begin with a performance by the electrifyingly uncompromising contemporary company GALLIM. The company, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, is led by former Batsheva Ensemble member, Andrea Miller, who was recently named the 2018 Artist in Residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the first choreographer to ever hold that distinction.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 22
8:00 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, August 22, 2018, 08/22/2018, Mr. Gaga: Documentary on World-Renowned Choreographer and Dance Performance (outdoors)
Movie in a Park |
A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years. 164 min. Director: Denis Villeneuve    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 22
8:30 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, August 22, 2018, 08/22/2018, Blade Runner 2049 (2017) with Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford -- Outdoors

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Tour |
On May 24, 1883, journalist Montgomery Schuyler said "It so happens that the work which is likely to be our most durable monument, and to convey some knowledge of us to the most remote posterity, is a work of bare utility; not a shrine, not a fortress, not a palace, but a bridge." This tour will tell the story of the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge, and examine its ever-present historical, technological, and cultural impact.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 23
6:00 pm

to 8:00 pm

Free

Tours, August 23, 2018, 08/23/2018, Sunset Brooklyn Bridge Tour

Friday, August 24, 2018

City Walk |
Bob Dylan, Richard Pryor, Edgar Allen Poe, Jane Jacobs, James Baldwin, Jack Kerouac, Dave Attell, Patti Smith, Joan Baez, and Truman Capote are just a few of the thousands of accomplished artists, writers, radicals, and performers who made their way through Greenwich Village. This tour, primarily focusing on the 1950s onward, visits the hangouts that have defined legendary people and the spirit of this iconic neighborhood.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 24
6:00 pm

to 8:00 pm

Free

City Walks, August 24, 2018, 08/24/2018, Historic Greenwich Village Tour: Beats, Bohemians, and Icons from the 1950's to Today
Play |
A Gangs of New York-styled Macbeth, set in the mid-1800s when early settlers fought for turf in the infamous Five Points area.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 24
7:00 pm

Free

Plays, August 24, 2018, 08/24/2018, Macbeth: Street Gang Twist on Shakespeare
Screening |
The most popular of 13 films created by the legendary Marx Brothers, A Night at the Opera endures as one of the funniest comedies to ever appear on the silver screen. The straightforward plot—which follows the brothers as they try to launch the career of an aspiring Italian tenor—allows ample opportunity for their trademark hijinks, from the witty banter of the Contract Scene to the film’s raucous finale backstage at a performance of Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Directed by Sam Wood. 93 min. *Met's Summer HD Festival features ten thrilling performances from the Met’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 24
8:00 pm

to 9:40 pm

Free

Screenings, August 24, 2018, 08/24/2018, The Met presents: A Night at the Opera  with the legendary Marx Brothers
Movie in a Park |
Stars: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt. Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer. 105 min. Directors: Lee Unkrich Bring a blanket!    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 24
8:30 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, August 24, 2018, 08/24/2018, 2-Time Oscar Winner Coco (2017): Animated Comedy Adventure -- Outdoors

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Staged Reading |
The Shakespeare readings are set up to make Shakespeare accessible. The readings are usually without rehearsal, but they are on-your-feet Instant staged readings where the actors move around as much as they feel comfortable.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 25
1:00 pm

Free

Staged Readings, August 25, 2018, 08/25/2018, Shakespeare for Everyone
Jazz |
Monty Alexander was named the fifth greatest jazz pianist ever in “The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time,” and it’s not hard to see why. The storied, Kingston-born musician cut his teeth playing boogie-woogie, folk, and calypso tunes, and melded them into a rich jazz tradition. He’ll be performing at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival alongside Grammy-nominated vocalist Catherine Russell, piano wunderkind Matthew Whitaker, and trumpeter Keyon Harrold, who was dubbed “the future of the trumpet” by Wynton Marsalis.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 25
3:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 25, 2018, 08/25/2018, The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
Classical Music |
Classical music on a boat with an intimate and romantic setting and beautiful view of New York City. Program and musicians TBA. Doors open at 3:45 pm.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 25
4:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 25, 2018, 08/25/2018, Concert at the coolest classical music concerts location in NYC
Play |
A Gangs of New York-styled Macbeth, set in the mid-1800s when early settlers fought for turf in the infamous Five Points area.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 25
7:00 pm

Free

Plays, August 25, 2018, 08/25/2018, Macbeth: Street Gang Twist on Shakespeare
Film |
A feature documentary on African American ballerina Misty Copeland that examines her prodigious rise, her potentially career-ending injury alongside themes of race and body image in the elite ballet world. Director: Nelson George 85 min. You should arrive before 7:30 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled waters are OK, but no glass.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 25
8:00 pm

Free

Films, August 25, 2018, 08/25/2018, A Ballerina's Tale: (2015): Documentary on Dancer Misty Copeland
Screening |
A pair of exuberant artists, tenor Vittorio Grigolo and soprano Diana Damrau, delight as opera’s iconic star-crossed lovers. Charles-François Gounod (1818 – 1893) is a French composer, best known for his Ave Maria, based on a work by Bach, as well as his opera Faust. Another opera by Gounod occasionally still performed is Roméo et Juliette. Gounod died on October 18, 1893, after a final revision of his twelve operas. His funeral took place ten days later at the Church of the Madeleine, with Camille Saint-Saëns playing the organ and Gabriel Fauré conducting. Vittorio Grigolo began singing by the age of four. When he was nine years old he accompanied his mother to have her eyes tested and, hearing someone singing from another room, he spontaneously began his own rendition of "Ave Maria". The singer, the optician's father, was so impressed that he insisted Grigolo have an audition for the Sistine Chapel Choir as soon as possible. Young Vittorio was chosen to become part of Sistine Chapel Choir as a soloist. At age 13 he played the Pastorello in a performance of Tosca at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, where he shared the stage with Luciano Pavarotti and was given the nickname 'Il Pavarottino' (small Pavarotti). When 18, Vittorio joined the Vienna Opera Company. He became the youngest man to perform in Milan's La Scala at age 23. He also raced Pre-3000 Formula cars for a while until an accident limited his opportunities in this field. Diana Damrau was born in 1971 in Günzburg, Bavaria, Germany, and began her operatic studies with Carmen Hanganu (de) at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg. During her studies, she developed an edema on a vocal fold. After consulting with several doctors, she decided to undergo an alternative therapy without surgery. She is now particularly associated with works of Mozart, Strauss and the Italian bel canto repertory. Damrau is a Kammersängerin of the Bavarian State Opera.  *Met's Summer HD Festival features ten thrilling performances from the Met’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 25
8:00 pm

to 10:30 pm

Free

Screenings, August 25, 2018, 08/25/2018, The Met presents: Gounod's Roméo et Juliette

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Jazz |
Hailed as one of the greatest alto saxophonists since Cannonball Adderley, Gary Bartz has made a name for himself in the jazz community. Performing alongside his quartet, Bartz will be in concert at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Audiences attending the show are in for a treat, as they’ll also hear longtime gospel, blues, and jazz pianist Amina Claudine Myers, the boundary-breaking trio The Bad Plus, and "Unheard," a piece honoring Charlie Parker featuring musicians Immanuel Wilkins, Joel Ross, and Adam O’Farrill.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 26
3:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
Classical Music |
Organist Stefan Donner has performed all over Europe, Turkey, Israel, in the United States and in Australia. Stefan is currently working as an organist at St. Peter’s Church in Vienna, Austria.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 26
3:15 pm

to 3:45 pm

Free

Concerts, August 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, Concert organist from Vienna
Jazz |
Rarely do two figures of such prominence get to perform together; however, Eddie Palmieri, the New York pioneer of Latin jazz and salsa music, will join Tony Vega, the culture-shifting salsa bandleader and singer, for a very special night. Being the first artist to win a Grammy Award for best Latin Recording in 1975, Palmieri is regarded as one of the most iconic Puerto Rican artists to emerge from the New York scene.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 26
6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, Latin Jazz with Grammy Winner Eddie Palmieri
Film |
A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park. 88 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 26
7:00 pm

Free

Films, August 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, Michael Crichton's Westworld (1973): Futuristic Thriller with Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin
Performance |
Enter into a new kind of gallery to witness the Tao Line. The curiosity of the sculpture might just pull you in; the struggles faced within it will make you stay. Inside the Tao, audience will be met with the basis of human activity: greed, ego, partnership and community. Watch as four characters struggle to decipher what is real and what is simply a warped perception of reality.  Also in this Program: Special performances by Artists in Residence The Lost Boys (Boyadjis & Zepezauer) Nicki Miller (Only Child Aerial Theater) Heather Meyer ABCirque Productions/ Tao Line. Doors open at 6:30 PM.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 26
7:00 pm

Free

Performances, August 26, 2018, 08/26/2018, Inside the Tao: aerialist, gymnasts, stilt walkers, and more

Monday, August 27, 2018

Screening |
Soprano Nina Stemme delivers a shattering performance as the deranged title princess lusting for vengeance, in Patrice Chéreau’s acclaimed production *Met's Summer HD Festival features ten thrilling performances from the Met’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Aug 27
8:00 pm

to 10:00 pm

Free

Screenings, August 27, 2018, 08/27/2018, The Met presents: R. Strauss' Elektra: intense one-act opera

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Opera |
The Crucible is an English-language opera written by Robert Ward based on the play by Arthur Miller abvout the Salem witch trials. It won both the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Music and the New York Music Critics Circle Citation. The libretto was lightly adapted from Miller's text by Bernard Stambler.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Aug 28
6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 28, 2018, 08/28/2018, New York City Opera performs a one-hour adaptation of The Crucible
Performance |
Howard Zinn's book A People’s History of the United States brings to life the extraordinary history of ordinary people who built the movements that made the United States what it is today, ending slavery, protesting war, creating unions, advancing women’s rights and LGBTQ liberation, and struggling to right wrongs of the day. This program will feature live readings, dialogue, and celebration with very special guests. By giving public expression to rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past—and present—the program seeks to educate and inspire a new generation working for social justice. Featuring Staceyann Chin, Rachel Dratch, Michael Ealy, Laura Gomez, Celisse Henderson, Viggo Mortensen and more.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Aug 28
8:00 pm

Free

Performances, August 28, 2018, 08/28/2018, Voices of A People's History: American Rebels, Dissenters and Visionaries -- with Actors Viggo Mortensen, Rachel Dratch and More
Screening |
Bartlett Sher’s madcap take on this classic bel canto comedy stars baritone Christopher Maltman in the title role, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the clever Rosina, and tenor Lawrence Brownlee as the ardent Count Almaviva. *Met's Summer HD Festival features ten thrilling performances from the Met’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Aug 28
8:00 pm

to 10:30 pm

Free

Screenings, August 28, 2018, 08/28/2018, The Met presents: Rossini's The Barber of Seville

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Film |
An Episcopal priest falls for a free-living artist. 116 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 29
2:00 pm

Free

Films, August 29, 2018, 08/29/2018, Vincente Minnelli's Oscar winning The Sandpiper (1965) with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
Concert |
12 accordionists perform music from throughout the world at weekly accordion picnics. Experience the wide range of this often overlooked and little-known instrument. The park provides picnic blankets to borrow and beer and wine are available for purchase.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 29
5:30 pm

to 7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, August 29, 2018, 08/29/2018, Accordions Around the World
Screening |
A series of short films about Jazz through the ages. Black and Tan (1929, dir. Dudley Murphy) Soundies #1 (1940s, dir. none listed) Harlem Wednesday (1959, dirs. John Hubley and Faith Elliot) Dizzy Gillespie (1964, dir. Les Blank).    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 29
6:30 pm

Free

Screenings, August 29, 2018, 08/29/2018, Jazz Shorts from Swing to Bop
Screening |
Berg’s riveting 20th-century masterpiece bursts to life in William Kentridge’s stunning production, with soprano Marlis Petersen as the alluring yet elusive title character. *Met's Summer HD Festival features ten thrilling performances from the Met’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 29
7:30 pm

to 10:30 pm

Free

Screenings, August 29, 2018, 08/29/2018, The Met presents: Berg's Lulu

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Film |
A deceitful woman plays with the lives of her husband, his crime lord boss, and his right-hand man. Director: Charles Vidor. Starring: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia & Steven Geray. 110 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 30
11:00 am

to 12:45 pm

Free

Films, August 30, 2018, 08/30/2018, Gilda (1946): a classic film noir with Rita Hayworth
Film |
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen. Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore. 117 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 30
2:00 pm

Free

Films, August 30, 2018, 08/30/2018, The Big Lebowski (1998): Cult Favorite
Film |
Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, a biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply. Director: Alex Garland. 115 mins.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 30
4:00 pm

Free

Films, August 30, 2018, 08/30/2018, Natalie Portman in Annihilation (2018): Sci-Fi Psychological Horror
Lesson |
Treat yourself to some special time to nourish your body, mind and spirit. Empower your life by learning a simple meditation technique that can be used daily for greater peace, energy, and well-being. The group meets outside the library. Please bring a mat, a blanket, or a chair.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 30
5:00 pm

Free

Lessons, August 30, 2018, 08/30/2018, Create a Healthy Lifestyle through Meditation
Screening |
Mary Zimmerman’s fantastical production features soprano Kristine Opolais as the melancholy water nymph at the center of Dvořák’s dark fairy tale. *Met's Summer HD Festival features ten thrilling performances from the Met’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 30
7:45 pm

to 10:30 pm

Free

Screenings, August 30, 2018, 08/30/2018, The Met presents: Dvořák's Rusalka

Friday, August 31, 2018

Concert |
Alesso has worked with artists including Tove Lo, Ryan Tedder, Hailee Steinfeld, Calvin Harris, Usher, and David Guetta. He has performed at numerous music festivals, including Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Creamfields, and Tomorrowland. His album is Forever. Attendees are advised to arrive early.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 31
7:00 am

Free

Concerts, August 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, Alesso: Swedish DJ, Producer and Musician
Film |
In Agatha Christie's most twisted tale, a spy-turned-private-detective is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather's murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets. Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner. Stars: Max Irons, Stefanie Martini, Glenn Close. 115 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 31
1:00 pm

to 3:15 pm

Free

Films, August 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, Crooked House (2017): Agatha Christie Mystery starring Glenn Close
Play |
A Gangs of New York-styled Macbeth, set in the mid-1800s when early settlers fought for turf in the infamous Five Points area.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 31
7:00 pm

Free

Plays, August 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, Macbeth: Street Gang Twist on Shakespeare
Film |
Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance. 106 min. Movie begins at sunset, weather permitting.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 31
7:00 pm

Free

Films, August 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (2017): 3-Time Oscar Winner
Screening |
Donizetti’s bubbly comedy about a spunky landowner, a hapless peasant, and the dubious love potion that may or may not bring them together stars soprano Pretty Yende and tenor Matthew Polenzani. *Met's Summer HD Festival features ten thrilling performances from the Met’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 31
8:00 pm

to 10:10 pm

Free

Screenings, August 31, 2018, 08/31/2018, The Met presents: Donizetti's L’Elisir d’Amore

Saturday, September 1, 2018

City Walk |
Bob Dylan, Richard Pryor, Edgar Allen Poe, Jane Jacobs, James Baldwin, Jack Kerouac, Dave Attell, Patti Smith, Joan Baez, and Truman Capote are just a few of the thousands of accomplished artists, writers, radicals, and performers who made their way through Greenwich Village. This tour, primarily focusing on the 1950s onward, visits the hangouts that have defined legendary people and the spirit of this iconic neighborhood.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Sep 1
11:00 am

to 1:00 pm

Free

City Walks, September 01, 2018, 09/01/2018, Historic Greenwich Village Tour: Beats, Bohemians, and Icons from the 1950's to Today
Fair |
Enjoy looking at (and maybe buying some) oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, mixed media, graphics, photography, sculpture, and crafts including fabric, jewelry, glass, wood, and ceramics. This event takes place Sat, September 1st Sun, September 2nd Mon, September 3rd Sat, September 8th Sun., September 9th    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Sep 1
12:00 pm

to 6:00 pm

Free

Fairs, September 01, 2018, 09/01/2018, Outdoor Art Exhibit
Festival |
The New York City Unicycle Festival brings together recreational riders, world-class performers, mountain and off-road unicycle enthusiasts, mono-wheel vehicle inventors, and thousands of people who have not ridden in umpteen years, along with circus enthusiasts, extreme sports viewers, and anyone seeking an unusual sight–even for NYC! All ages and abilities welcome. Activities include races, competitions, exhibitions, and a variety of unicycle sports including basketball, hockey and sumo. For fans of extreme riding, the Hell on Wheel trials course challenges riders throughout the day. World-famous riders display their skills, and members of the public have the opportunity to try one-wheel riding. DJ Sky King keeps the one-wheel tempo rocking.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Sep 1
12:00 pm

to 5:00 pm

Free

Festivals, September 01, 2018, 09/01/2018, NYC Unicycle Festival

Sunday, September 2, 2018

City Walk |
The Lower East Side was once the most densely populated neighborhood on the planet. This 10 stop walking tour, will visit some major historical sites of the Jewish Lower East Side, from the late 1800's all the way up until present day. Weaving stories of triumph, heartbreak, and humor together, this tour is at once informative, entertaining, and may put you in the mood for a knish or four.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Sep 2
11:00 am

to 1:00 pm

Free

City Walks, September 02, 2018, 09/02/2018, Pushcarts, Pickles, and Million Dollar Pastrami: The Jewish Lower East Side Tour
Fair |
Enjoy looking at (and maybe buying some) oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, mixed media, graphics, photography, sculpture, and crafts including fabric, jewelry, glass, wood, and ceramics. This event takes place Sat, September 1st Sun, September 2nd Mon, September 3rd Sat, September 8th Sun., September 9th    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Sep 2
12:00 pm

to 6:00 pm

Free

Fairs, September 02, 2018, 09/02/2018, Outdoor Art Exhibit
Festival |
The New York City Unicycle Festival brings together recreational riders, world-class performers, mountain and off-road unicycle enthusiasts, mono-wheel vehicle inventors, and thousands of people who have not ridden in umpteen years, along with circus enthusiasts, extreme sports viewers, and anyone seeking an unusual sight–even for NYC! All ages and abilities welcome. Activities include races, competitions, exhibitions, and a variety of unicycle sports including basketball, hockey and sumo. For fans of extreme riding, the Hell on Wheel trials course challenges riders throughout the day. World-famous riders display their skills, and members of the public have the opportunity to try one-wheel riding. DJ Sky King keeps the one-wheel tempo rocking.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Sep 2
12:00 pm

to 5:00 pm

Free

Festivals, September 02, 2018, 09/02/2018, NYC Unicycle Festival

Monday, September 3, 2018

Fair |
Enjoy looking at (and maybe buying some) oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, mixed media, graphics, photography, sculpture, and crafts including fabric, jewelry, glass, wood, and ceramics. This event takes place Sat, September 1st Sun, September 2nd Mon, September 3rd Sat, September 8th Sun., September 9th    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Sep 3
12:00 pm

to 6:00 pm

Free

Fairs, September 03, 2018, 09/03/2018, Outdoor Art Exhibit
City Walk |
Bob Dylan, Richard Pryor, Edgar Allen Poe, Jane Jacobs, James Baldwin, Jack Kerouac, Dave Attell, Patti Smith, Joan Baez, and Truman Capote are just a few of the thousands of accomplished artists, writers, radicals, and performers who made their way through Greenwich Village. This tour, primarily focusing on the 1950s onward, visits the hangouts that have defined legendary people and the spirit of this iconic neighborhood.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Sep 3
2:00 pm

to 4:00 pm

Free

City Walks, September 03, 2018, 09/03/2018, Historic Greenwich Village Tour: Beats, Bohemians, and Icons from the 1950's to Today

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Workshop |
Focusing on the people, plants, and architecture of the park, this introductory course also covers basic camera handling, composition, light, and subject matter. Bring your own camera! The best camera in the world is the one that’s with you and for most people that camera is their iPhone. In this rapid-fire crash course you’ll learn how to become a better iPhone photographer by understanding the fundamental principles of photography, learning the ins and outs of the iPhone’s camera, it’s advantages as well as it’s limitations. They’ll discuss the difference between “good light” and “bad light,” framing and composition as well as tips and tricks you can put to work immediately to create better images. Instructor: Clint Weldon, Brooklyn-based portrait photographer, actor and director. He is an instructor at the International Center of Photography and a co-founder of the Global 48 Hour Guerrilla Film Challenge.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Sep 4
5:30 pm

Free

Workshops, September 04, 2018, 09/04/2018, iPhone Photography Crash Course
Play |
With book, original lyrics, and direction by Lee Breuer and original music, adapted lyrics, and music direction by Bob Telson, the iconic musical returns to New York City for the first time since 2004 to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the original production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and to honor visionary director Lee Breuer for his lifetime of excellence and historic collaboration with The Public Theater. September 4-9, 2018.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Sep 4
8:00 pm

Free

Plays, September 04, 2018, 09/04/2018, The Gospel at Colonus: A Groundbreaking Retelling of Sophocles’s Classic

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Concert |
12 accordionists perform music from throughout the world at weekly accordion picnics. Experience the wide range of this often overlooked and little-known instrument. The park provides picnic blankets to borrow and beer and wine are available for purchase.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Sep 5
5:30 pm

to 7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, September 05, 2018, 09/05/2018, Accordions Around the World
Play |
With book, original lyrics, and direction by Lee Breuer and original music, adapted lyrics, and music direction by Bob Telson, the iconic musical returns to New York City for the first time since 2004 to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the original production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and to honor visionary director Lee Breuer for his lifetime of excellence and historic collaboration with The Public Theater. September 4-9, 2018.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Sep 5
8:00 pm

Free

Plays, September 05, 2018, 09/05/2018, The Gospel at Colonus: A Groundbreaking Retelling of Sophocles’s Classic

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Jazz |
Shanghai Mermaid creates an intoxicating mix of hot jazz and live performance that transports guests to the 1920s and 1930s. Created by Juliette Campbell in 2007, Shanghai Mermaid started as an underground, time-traveling speakeasy in a basement in DUMBO, which is now in its 11th year, and is credited with helping to kick off the current hot jazz, vintage, and immersive party scenes.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Sep 6
6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, September 06, 2018, 09/06/2018, Jazz from the 20s and 30s
Play |
With book, original lyrics, and direction by Lee Breuer and original music, adapted lyrics, and music direction by Bob Telson, the iconic musical returns to New York City for the first time since 2004 to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the original production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and to honor visionary director Lee Breuer for his lifetime of excellence and historic collaboration with The Public Theater. September 4-9, 2018.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Sep 6
8:00 pm

Free

Plays, September 06, 2018, 09/06/2018, The Gospel at Colonus: A Groundbreaking Retelling of Sophocles’s Classic

Friday, September 7, 2018

Play |
With book, original lyrics, and direction by Lee Breuer and original music, adapted lyrics, and music direction by Bob Telson, the iconic musical returns to New York City for the first time since 2004 to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the original production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and to honor visionary director Lee Breuer for his lifetime of excellence and historic collaboration with The Public Theater. September 4-9, 2018.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Sep 7
8:00 pm

Free

Plays, September 07, 2018, 09/07/2018, The Gospel at Colonus: A Groundbreaking Retelling of Sophocles’s Classic

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Fair |
Enjoy looking at (and maybe buying some) oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, mixed media, graphics, photography, sculpture, and crafts including fabric, jewelry, glass, wood, and ceramics. This event takes place Sat, September 1st Sun, September 2nd Mon, September 3rd Sat, September 8th Sun., September 9th    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Sep 8
12:00 pm

to 6:00 pm

Free

Fairs, September 08, 2018, 09/08/2018, Outdoor Art Exhibit
Play |
With book, original lyrics, and direction by Lee Breuer and original music, adapted lyrics, and music direction by Bob Telson, the iconic musical returns to New York City for the first time since 2004 to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the original production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and to honor visionary director Lee Breuer for his lifetime of excellence and historic collaboration with The Public Theater. September 4-9, 2018.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Sep 8
8:00 pm

Free

Plays, September 08, 2018, 09/08/2018, The Gospel at Colonus: A Groundbreaking Retelling of Sophocles’s Classic

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Fair |
Enjoy looking at (and maybe buying some) oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, mixed media, graphics, photography, sculpture, and crafts including fabric, jewelry, glass, wood, and ceramics. This event takes place Sat, September 1st Sun, September 2nd Mon, September 3rd Sat, September 8th Sun., September 9th    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Sep 9
12:00 pm

to 6:00 pm

Free

Fairs, September 09, 2018, 09/09/2018, Outdoor Art Exhibit
Movie in a Park |
Watch this sci-fi adventure as Jyn, the daughter of Galen Erso an Imperial scientist, joins the Rebel Alliance in a daring plot to steal the Death Star plans. Directed by Gareth Edwards. Starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, and Forest Whitaker.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Sep 9
7:30 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, September 09, 2018, 09/09/2018, Oscar nominated Rogue One (2016):  one of the highest-grossing films of all-time (outdoors)
Play |
With book, original lyrics, and direction by Lee Breuer and original music, adapted lyrics, and music direction by Bob Telson, the iconic musical returns to New York City for the first time since 2004 to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the original production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and to honor visionary director Lee Breuer for his lifetime of excellence and historic collaboration with The Public Theater. September 4-9, 2018.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Sep 9
8:00 pm

Free

Plays, September 09, 2018, 09/09/2018, The Gospel at Colonus: A Groundbreaking Retelling of Sophocles’s Classic

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Jazz |
The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; Dick Waldburger on bass; Ernie Lumer on clarinet; and Bill Wurtzel on guitar. Doors open at 11:45 am.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Sep 11
12:00 pm

Free

Concerts, September 11, 2018, 09/11/2018, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen
Workshop |
Focusing on the people, plants, and architecture of the park, this introductory course also covers basic camera handling, composition, light, and subject matter. Bring your own camera. Taught by award-winning and internationally exhibited photographer Lynn Saville, this 90-minute photography workshop introduces students to the fundamentals of taking photographs at twilight. Learn techniques for capturing the contrasts of light and shadow, color and movement in the darkening streets, lighted signs and urban parks of New York City. She will discuss specific techniques for observing the urban scene, for focusing and exposing to create beautiful photographs in the shifting light at twilight.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Sep 11
5:30 pm

Free

Workshops, September 11, 2018, 09/11/2018, Twilight Photography

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Concert |
12 accordionists perform music from throughout the world at weekly accordion picnics. Experience the wide range of this often overlooked and little-known instrument. The park provides picnic blankets to borrow and beer and wine are available for purchase.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Sep 12
5:30 pm

to 7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Accordions Around the World
Concert |
Richard Holbrook hosts and performs along with singer Shana Farr and pianist Darryl Kojak. They are joined by musical theater historian Robert Kimball, singer-actress Margot Moser, and annotator Amy Asch to discuss Asch's book The Complete Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner, the definitive reference of some of the most beloved songs in Broadway and Hollywood history.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Sep 12
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, Alan Jay Lerner: A Centennial Celebration with Music and Discussion
Film |
In the wake of trauma and abuse, three Hasidic Jews face ostracism, anxiety and danger as they attempt to leave their ultra-Orthodox community. Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady A special screening of the Netflix Original documentary followed by a Q&A with the film's cinematographer, Jenni Morello. The documentary will be preceded by the short film series Dreamed, about DACA immigrants navigating the current political climate, created by Raúl Paz-Pastrana.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Sep 12
7:30 pm

Free

Films, September 12, 2018, 09/12/2018, One of Us (2017): Ostracism in the Hasidic Community

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Author Reading |
Never has the incomparable Jules Feiffer been more eerily prophetic than in this stunning finale to his best-selling Kill My Mother trilogy.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Sep 13
7:00 pm

Free

Author Readings, September 13, 2018, 09/13/2018, The Ghost Script: A Graphic Novel by Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cartoonist Jules Feiffer
Concert |
A member of Guatemalan hip-hop group Bacteria Soundsystem Crew and founder of the first Mayan rap group, Bayan Ajpu, Doctor Nativo’s solo work explores themes of Mayan spirituality, social justice, and folk wisdom. He brings his thrilling musical blend of reggae, cumbia, hip-hop, and Mayan traditional music for a show celebrating the release of his debut solo album, Guatemaya.      New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Sep 13
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, September 13, 2018, 09/13/2018, Guatemalan Hip-Hop Meets Traditional Mayan Music
Film |
Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. Director: Michael Gracey 105 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Sep 13
7:30 pm

Free

Films, September 13, 2018, 09/13/2018, The Greatest Showman (2017): Oscar-Nominated Musical with Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams

Friday, September 14, 2018

Concert |
The Oklahoma-born American Idol alum has earned seven Grammy Awards, 10 Billboard Music Awards, 14 ACM Awards, 12 American Music Awards, 8 CMA Awards, and a Guinness World Record. Her latest CD is Cry Pretty. Attendees are advised to arrive early.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Sep 14
7:00 am

Free

Concerts, September 14, 2018, 09/14/2018, Carrie Underwood: Grammy-Winning Country Superstar
Concert |
The five-hour Friday finale of Accordions Around the World. Experience meloies you love or the ones you have never heard before and the wide range of this often-overlooked and little-known instrument.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Sep 14
5:00 pm

to 10:00 pm

Free

Concerts, September 14, 2018, 09/14/2018, Accordions Around the World Festival

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Staged Reading |
Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part II focus on Prince Hal's journey toward kingship, and his ultimate rejection of Falstaff. However, unlike Part One, Hal's and Falstaff's stories are almost entirely separate, as the two characters meet only twice and very briefly. The tone of much of the play is elegiac, focusing on Falstaff's age and his closeness to death, which parallels that of the increasingly sick king. The Instant Shakespeare readings are set up to make Shakespeare accessible. The readings are usually without rehearsal, but they are on-your-feet Instant staged readings where the actors move around as much as they feel comfortable.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Sep 15
1:00 pm

to 3:00 pm

Free

Staged Readings, September 15, 2018, 09/15/2018, Shakespeare for Everyone: Henry IV, Part II
Film |
After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Director: Carlos Saldanha 118 min. Following the film, the director, Carlos Saldanha, and two of its artists/animators, Mark Adams and Ricky Renna, will participate in a Q&A. The film will be preceded by the world premiere of the animated short Tasteful by Morr Meroz.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Sep 15
2:00 pm

Free

Films, September 15, 2018, 09/15/2018, Ferdinand (2017): Oscar-Nominated Animated Adventure in 3D
Film |
SpongeBob SquarePants takes leave from the town of Bikini Bottom in order to track down King Neptune's stolen crown. Directors: Stephen Hillenburg, Mark Osborne 87 min. Followed by a Q&A with SpongeBob co-creator Derek Drymon, who served as executive producer and co-writer on the film (in addition to co-writing the SpongeBob theme song!). The film will be preceded by the new animated short film Frog Dog Log by Jared D. Weiss.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Sep 15
5:30 pm

Free

Films, September 15, 2018, 09/15/2018, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004): Also, Meet SpongeBob's Co-Creator
Film |
T'Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T'Challa's father's mistake. Director: Ryan Coogler. Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o. Following the film, there will be a special Q&A with Black Panther comic book artist and author Shawn Martinbrough, as well as two of the film's visual effects artists, Ruel Smith and Wendi Harris Wu. The film will be preceded by the world premiere of the short film Mario and The Powerglove, by Joseph Petrick.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Sep 15
8:00 pm

Free

Films, September 15, 2018, 09/15/2018, Black Panther (2018): Blockbuster of the Year in 3D

Monday, September 17, 2018

Opera |
Rossini's sparkling music animates the hijinks of Figaro, opera's most famous barber.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Sep 17
6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, September 17, 2018, 09/17/2018, New York City Opera performs a one-hour adaptation of Rossini's The Barber of Seville

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Jazz |
The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; Dick Waldburger on bass; Ernie Lumer on clarinet; and Bill Wurtzel on guitar. Doors open at 11:45 am.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Sep 18
12:00 pm

Free

Concerts, September 18, 2018, 09/18/2018, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Film |
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh. A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy. Directors John Frankenheimer. 126 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Sep 19
2:00 pm

Free

Films, September 19, 2018, 09/19/2018, Oscar-Nominated The Manchurian Candidate (1962): Brainswashed Assassin

Friday, September 21, 2018

Concert |
Latin Grammy Award–winning trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Charlie Sepulveda and his stellar band, The Turnaround,  have played alongside Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Hilton Ruiz, Steve Turre, Dave Valentin, Danilo Pérez, Jon Secada, and Paul Simon, Sepulveda has released 12 albums as a bandleader, including 2017’s Mr. EP: A Tribute to Eddie Palmieri. Tonight, he draws on Afro-Caribbean rhythms, jazz, and salsa in all its forms for a night that’s guaranteed to keep people moving.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Sep 21
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, September 21, 2018, 09/21/2018, Melding Afro-Caribbean Rhythms, Jazz, and Salsa

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Jazz |
The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; Dick Waldburger on bass; Ernie Lumer on clarinet; and Bill Wurtzel on guitar. Doors open at 11:45 am.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Sep 25
12:00 pm

Free

Concerts, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen
Workshop |
Focusing on the people, plants, and architecture of the park, this introductory course also covers basic camera handling, composition, light, and subject matter. Bring your own camera. From Beaux Arts to glass towers, the architecture around the park reflects a rich procession from early NYC Deco skyscrapers to crystalline prisms such as the Bank of America tower. Working with New York-based architecture and landscape photographer Jade Doskow, students will learn about the history of the buildings around the park and then move onto a series of exercises in shooting architecture, making pictures both abstract and formal, focusing on the light upon the cityscape and the intertwining of the landscaping of the park with the structures around it. Students should bring their camera, lenses, tripod and or iPhone.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Sep 25
5:30 pm

Free

Workshops, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, Prisms in the Sky: The Architecture Around the Park
Discussion |
What makes a book review compelling? Is there still a strong correlation between good reviews and book sales? A lively panel discussion brings together some of New York’s most influential reviewers and editors, including Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review, and Jonathan Segura, executive editor at Publishers Weekly. Panelists discuss the work they do, and the responsibilities they feel to their readers, and to writers.     New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Sep 25
8:00 pm

Free

Discussions, September 25, 2018, 09/25/2018, The Book Review Section: An Insider's View

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Concert |
Angelique Kidjo, the Grammy Award-winning Beninese songwriter, has been touring the world in anticipation of her release of Remain in Light, a cover album of the Talking Heads’ 1980 album. Along with the Resistance Revival Chorus, who performed with Kidjo at the Women’s March on Washington, this dazzling show will take place in the artist’s adopted home of New York.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Sep 27
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, September 27, 2018, 09/27/2018, Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo performs from her album Remain in Light
Author Reading |
An urgent call to arms by Mary Robinson, one of the most important voices in the international fight against climate change, sharing inspiring stories and offering vital lessons for the path forward.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Sep 27
7:00 pm

Free

Author Readings, September 27, 2018, 09/27/2018, Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Jazz |
The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; Dick Waldburger on bass; Ernie Lumer on clarinet; and Bill Wurtzel on guitar. Doors open at 11:45 am.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Oct 2
12:00 pm

Free

Concerts, October 02, 2018, 10/02/2018, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Jazz |
The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; Dick Waldburger on bass; Ernie Lumer on clarinet; and Bill Wurtzel on guitar. Doors open at 11:45 am.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Oct 9
12:00 pm

Free

Concerts, October 09, 2018, 10/09/2018, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Jazz |
The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; Dick Waldburger on bass; Ernie Lumer on clarinet; and Bill Wurtzel on guitar. Doors open at 11:45 am.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Oct 16
12:00 pm

Free

Concerts, October 16, 2018, 10/16/2018, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Jazz |
The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; Dick Waldburger on bass; Ernie Lumer on clarinet; and Bill Wurtzel on guitar. Doors open at 11:45 am.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Oct 23
12:00 pm

Free

Concerts, October 23, 2018, 10/23/2018, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Staged Reading |
The Shakespeare readings are set up to make Shakespeare accessible. The readings are usually without rehearsal, but they are on-your-feet Instant staged readings where the actors move around as much as they feel comfortable.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Oct 27
1:00 pm

Free

Staged Readings, October 27, 2018, 10/27/2018, Shakespeare for Everyone

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Festival |
Bring the whole family and celebrate Halloween in the park. Enjoy pumpkin carving, Halloween crafts, spooky stories, a costume parade, and most of all the Conservancy’s signature Pumpkin Flotilla, which sets sail across the water at twilight.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Oct 28
4:00 pm

to 7:00 pm

Free

Festivals, October 28, 2018, 10/28/2018, Halloween Pumpkin Flotilla

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Jazz |
The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; Dick Waldburger on bass; Ernie Lumer on clarinet; and Bill Wurtzel on guitar. Doors open at 11:45 am.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Oct 30
12:00 pm

Free

Concerts, October 30, 2018, 10/30/2018, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Jazz |
The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; Dick Waldburger on bass; Ernie Lumer on clarinet; and Bill Wurtzel on guitar. Doors open at 11:45 am.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Nov 6
12:00 pm

Free

Concerts, November 06, 2018, 11/06/2018, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Jazz |
The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; Dick Waldburger on bass; Ernie Lumer on clarinet; and Bill Wurtzel on guitar. Doors open at 11:45 am.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Nov 13
12:00 pm

Free

Concerts, November 13, 2018, 11/13/2018, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Jazz |
The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; Dick Waldburger on bass; Ernie Lumer on clarinet; and Bill Wurtzel on guitar. Doors open at 11:45 am.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Nov 20
12:00 pm

Free

Concerts, November 20, 2018, 11/20/2018, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Jazz |
The Gotham Jazzmen bring their take on Dixieland Jazz. The band features: Ed Bonoff on drums; James Collier on trombone; Lee Lorenz on cornet; Pete Sokolow on piano; Dick Waldburger on bass; Ernie Lumer on clarinet; and Bill Wurtzel on guitar. Doors open at 11:45 am.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Nov 27
12:00 pm

Free

Concerts, November 27, 2018, 11/27/2018, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen
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