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Sun, August 14, 2022. New York is full of wonderful things to do beyond the Empire State Building, Metropolitan Museum, Ellis Island, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, etc. Go off the beaten path and find hidden treasures which cost you nothing, but are extremelly enjoyable and much less crowded then famous tourist spots.

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

DOWNTOWN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We all know that best things in life are free, but nowhere it's true more than in New York (NYC).  Take a look at those free events that our editors think are the best things to do to in New York City at this point -- August 14, 2022 and on...
Please keep in mind that all those best things to do are free unless otherwise noted.

        

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many
These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 14
10:00 am

to 7:00 pm

Free

Tours, August 14, 2022, 08/14/2022, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many
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. Rain or shine. Every Sunday at 11 am.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 14
11:00 am

Free

Tours, August 14, 2022, 08/14/2022, Historic Flatiron District Walking Tour
Concert | Hip-Hop Artists, Dancers, and Entertainers
Come enjoy this week's performance by Clean Money Music, a diverse group of hip-hop artists, dancers, and entertainers who return hip-hop music to its original roots, with social commentary, lifestyle, culture, and fun at its core. They have been featured on The Ellen Show, Nick Cannon's "Wild 'n Out," Growing Up Hip Hop New York, and many others.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 14
2:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 14, 2022, 08/14/2022, Hip-Hop Artists, Dancers, and Entertainers
Dance Performance | The 41st Annual Battery Dance Festival (in-person and online)
Dancing Wheels Company, Unconquered Warriors Nai-Ni Chen employs kung-fu fans and martial arts elements in Unconquered Warriors, her piece based on a Chinese legend about a warrior who spins a loop called the magical wheel of the wind and fire. Ballet Nepantla, Let Down and Huasteca Suite - World Premiere "Let Down" is the story of a lost love that confronts gender normative dancing, while providing representation for queer females in dance. "Huasteca Suite" is an excerpt of Ballet Nepantla's "Valentina." Linotip, Diagonal & Cain - World Premiere The duet "Diagonal" is inspired by the famous Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi, one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th-century; a moment captured in the performance from his period in the Parisian atelier, where the artist lived, created and loved. "Cain" explores the story of Cain and Abel, the first contradiction of humanity. These pieces were created in partnership with the Romanian Cultural Institute. Gaudanse, nanibu - NYC Premiere "Nanibu" investigates what it means to be royalty through imagery and movement. The choreography uses bird-like movement along with the feelings attached to colors to create the idea of a queen. Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Just Above the Surface Created as part of a residency program commissioned by Western Michigan University, this piece explores the electric connection of human interaction--the sensations that pull people together or apart. Conceptually rooted in Yin Yue's FoCo technique, which fuses movement from both Chinese folk and contemporary dance, the work communicates non-traditional narratives atop a buzzing and complex musical undercurrent by Michel Banabila, Shifted, Machinefabriek, and Metamorphoses The Vanaver Caravan, Vanaver Caravan Retrospective In celebration of The Vanaver Caravan's 50th anniversary, the troupe's dancers and musicians present excerpts from their legacy of innovative world dance and music, a percussive tapestry of pieces from their renowned repertoire inspired by American, Irish, African, French Canadian, and Balkan traditions.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 14
7:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, August 14, 2022, 08/14/2022, The 41st Annual Battery Dance Festival (in-person and online)
Play | As You Like It: A Musical Production of Shakespeare's Comedy
Public Works' acclaimed musical production of As You Like It brings together its diverse ensemble of both professional actors and community members from across New York. Adapted by Shaina Taub and Director of Public Works Laurie Woolery, featuring music and lyrics by Taub, this ambitious work of participatory theater has been hailed as "thrilling & terrifically vital" by The New York Times. Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind, and niece Celia are banished to the Forest of Arden. There, they discover a community of acceptance and transformational love, where all are welcomed and embraced. Laurie Woolery directs this magical adaptation of a beloved classic.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 14
8:00 pm

Free

Plays, August 14, 2022, 08/14/2022, As You Like It: A Musical Production of Shakespeare's Comedy

Monday, August 15, 2022

Tour | Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors
In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City - a place where history is made, not merely recorded. As a historic house museum run by the Parks Department, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 11 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Start times: 10:30am, 12pm    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Aug 15
10:30 am

to 12:30 pm

Free

Tours, August 15, 2022, 08/15/2022, Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors
Dancing | Dance Party (in-person and online)
Uptown Vinyl Supreme's DJ Sunny Cheeba spins underneath the iconic marquee to get people ready for Amateur Night. Whether it's online or in person, you don't want to miss it.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Aug 15
5:00 pm

to 7:00 pm

Free

Dancings, August 15, 2022, 08/15/2022, Dance Party (in-person and online)

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many
These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Aug 16
10:00 am

to 7:00 pm

Free

Tours, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many
Dance Lesson | Salsa Social
Come alone and make some friends, bring a date or bring the family. Come as you are, everyone is welcome and dancers of all levels are encouraged to participate.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Aug 16
5:00 pm

to 8:00 pm

Free

Dance Lessons, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, Salsa Social
Dance Performance | The 41st Annual Battery Dance Festival (in-person and online)
Christina Carminucci, The Solidarity Series IV: Free Spirits Suite - World Premiere Accompanied by a live jazz band, the fourth original work of the Solidarity Series, is dedicated to presenting tap dance and jazz music together. Linotip, Diagonal & Cain - World Premiere The duet "Diagonal" is inspired by the famous Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi, one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th-century; a moment captured in the performance from his period in the Parisian atelier, where the artist lived, created and loved. "Cain" explores the story of Cain and Abel, the first contradiction of humanity. These pieces were created in partnership with the Romanian Cultural Institute. Fairul Zahid & Lasalle Dance Singapore, Allocentric, Singapore - World Premiere Hailing from Kuala Lumpur and now based in Singapore, award-winning choreographer Fairul Zahid explores the hierarchy of multiple social identities with music by Olafur Arnalds & Nils, with a cast of six dancers from Lasalle Dance Singapore. Buglisi Dance Theatre, Threads "Threads" takes inspiration from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as narrated by people from all over the world, beginning with Eleanor Roosevelt. Buglisi's newest exploration also includes indigenous voices that expose the traumatic unraveling of our society. These human stories create intimately woven threads that make up the fabric of life. Boca Tuya / Omar Roman de Jesus, Los Perros del Barrio Colosal Through the exaggerated mannerisms of daytime television, the six characters of "Los Perros del Barrio Colosal" take us on a wild romp through the challenges of creative decision-making. Diving dramatically into the adventure of an imagination yet to be physicalized, they ask us to consider the far side of the moments when our ideas threaten, with disjointed urgency, to swallow us whole.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Aug 16
7:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, The 41st Annual Battery Dance Festival (in-person and online)
Play | As You Like It: A Musical Production of Shakespeare's Comedy
Public Works' acclaimed musical production of As You Like It brings together its diverse ensemble of both professional actors and community members from across New York. Adapted by Shaina Taub and Director of Public Works Laurie Woolery, featuring music and lyrics by Taub, this ambitious work of participatory theater has been hailed as "thrilling & terrifically vital" by The New York Times. Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind, and niece Celia are banished to the Forest of Arden. There, they discover a community of acceptance and transformational love, where all are welcomed and embraced. Laurie Woolery directs this magical adaptation of a beloved classic.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Aug 16
8:00 pm

Free

Plays, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, As You Like It: A Musical Production of Shakespeare's Comedy

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Jazz | Harlem/Havana Music Festival
Come to listen to jazz in an outdoor setting.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 17
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 17, 2022, 08/17/2022, Harlem/Havana Music Festival
Concert | A Night with Juilliard
Bring a blanket and have a picnic while listening to live classical music and jazz
   New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 17
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 17, 2022, 08/17/2022, A Night with Juilliard
Dance Performance | The 41st Annual Battery Dance Festival (in-person and online)
Xing Dance Theater, Citizen "Citizen" interrogates the labels we receive - foreigner, immigrant, gay, white, black, Asian, poor, old, young. Standing on the stage, after the dancers share their stories and expose their inner selves, what labels do you actually see? Julienne Doko, Lost Memories, Denmark - U.S. Premiere Memoires Perdues questions the notions of collective memory and progress: Do we really learn from the lessons of the past? The piece is an emotional response to this seemingly endless repetition of pain. It is a cry for the urgency of memory for our future. The choreographic vocabulary of the piece is African-contemporary drawing from Afro-Brazilian symbolism. Tati Nunez, Touch - Returned - World Premiere "Touch - Returned" explores how physical touch can create both an internal and external presence in space around you, exposing both vulnerability and humility as the dancers experience one another. Dos Proposiciones Dance Theatre, Pacto de Fuga, Spain - U.S. Premiere "Pacto de fuga" is the answer to the choreographer's concern for exploring the coexistence between contemporary dance and urban landscape. The creation process was based on the three dancers' research and immersion in a concrete public venue: a popular traditional square in Seville, Spain. Ntrinsik Movement, Kindred Spirit "Kindred Spirit" is an excerpt of a multi-disciplinary production entitled "House of Love" that reflects our culture and heritage. The dancers pay homage to the ones that came before us and celebrate the cultural rhythms instilled deep within our souls. Ballet Inc., Touche, - World Premiere Set to Debussy and Brahms, "Touche" is a contemporary ballet that investigates the idea of the female and male emotive response to difficult decisions. Alison Chase/Performance, Tsu-Ku-Tsu "Tsu-Ku-Tsu" explores the balance and order of a regal procession giving way to full-throttle pandemonium of tumbling, leaps, and rebounds. Set to a reverberating original score from famed taiko drummer Leonard Eto, the warrior rhythms echo as bodies combine and lock into striking sculptural shapes.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 17
7:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, August 17, 2022, 08/17/2022, The 41st Annual Battery Dance Festival (in-person and online)
Jazz | Big Band Jazz with Russian-Born Trumpeter
Valery Ponomarev is a Russian-born jazz trumpeter who has lived in the United States since 1973. Ponomarev became interested in jazz after hearing it on Voice of America, and felt a particular affinity for Clifford Brown. He dedicated countless hours to transcribing, studying and memorizing legendary jazz trumpet solos. In time he decided to flee the then Soviet Union and ended up joining Art Blakey's group the Jazz Messengers. After leaving, he formed his own band, Universal Language. Ponomarev tours with his tribute big band, playing both originals and music from the Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers repertoire.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 17
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 17, 2022, 08/17/2022, Big Band Jazz with Russian-Born Trumpeter
Movie in a Park | Mary Poppins (1964): 5-Time Oscar Winner with Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke
In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father. Director: Robert Stevenson Stars: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson 139 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 17
8:00 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, August 17, 2022, 08/17/2022, Mary Poppins (1964): 5-Time Oscar Winner with Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke
Movie in a Park | America's National Parks (2015): Series from National Geographic
The audience will experience North America's natural wonders with its iconic wildlife as you have never seen them before. Strong story telling let the audience discover the fascinating interactions in wild habitats they thought they were familiar with. Movie starts at dusk.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 17
8:00 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, August 17, 2022, 08/17/2022, America's National Parks (2015): Series from National Geographic

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Performance | Broadway Performances in the Park
The most popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits in the park. Featuring: Mr. Saturday Night Wicked Funny Girl Come From Away    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 18
12:30 pm

Free

Performances, August 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, Broadway Performances in the Park
City Walk | East Village Rock Tour: Part 1
Rock n' roll has been deeply rooted in our neighborhoods since the art form was first invented, with many of its greatest practitioners drawn here to live or perform, while others had their careers launched here. Alongside rock n' roll history is the rich history of archetecture in our neighborhoods. Discover both the history of those who impacted music, as well as the architectural history of the places where they made such an impact. From the Ramones to the Beastie Boys, and Patti Smith to Nirvana, our neighborhood is lined with the buildings that opened their doors to these icons of rock n' roll. Songs such as The Ramone's "I Just Wanna Have Something to Do" reference the precise locations in our neighborhoods. The venues that once set the stage for legendary bands may be of the past, but the buildings still stand in the present. No one tour can comprehensively cover all of the rock history in our neighborhood. Below find a detailed description for each tour so you can choose the one that most appeals to you. Follow the Village Preservation team as we guide you through the architectural history of rock n' roll and uncover the star-studded background of our streets.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 18
6:00 pm

Free

City Walks, August 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, East Village Rock Tour: Part 1
Movie in a Park | When Harry Met Sally... (1989): Romantic Comedy with Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan
Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship. Director: Rob Reiner Stars: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher 95 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 18
7:00 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, August 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, When Harry Met Sally... (1989): Romantic Comedy with Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan
Film | Hidden Figures (2016): Black Women at NASA, with Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer
The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. Director: Theodore Melfi Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae 127 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 18
7:30 pm

Free

Films, August 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, Hidden Figures (2016): Black Women at NASA, with Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer
Concert | Blazing Guitar Rock from the 80s
A night of blazing guitarists from the '80s NYC rock club scene and their bands. Guitarist and producer Ivan Julian (Richard Hell and The Voidoids, Matthew Sweet, Shriekback) turns it up with his band Ivan Julian & The Magnificent Six: Debby Schwartz, James Mastro, Judy Ann Nock, Al Maddy, Stephen Goulding, and Jared Michael Nickerson. Folk-psych combo Gods and Monsters, led by Grammy-nominated songwriter, composer and guitarist extraordinaire Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart/Jeff Buckley), hits the stage with Ernie Brooks (Modern Lovers/Arthur Russell) and Richard Dworkin (Microscopic Septet), plus an appearance by Alison Clancy and the Bongos' Richard Barone. Raleigh N.C.'s groundbreaking The Veldt rocks with shoegaze-soul authority without postmodern irony--led by twins Daniel and Danny Chavis with Martin Newman, Hayato Nakao, Alex Cox, and Dale W. Miller.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 18
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, August 18, 2022, 08/18/2022, Blazing Guitar Rock from the 80s

Friday, August 19, 2022

Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many
These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 19
10:00 am

to 7:00 pm

Free

Tours, August 19, 2022, 08/19/2022, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many
Dance Performance | World-Renowned Tap Dancer and Jazz Music
Omar Edwards is a celebrated tap dancer/musician has performed in over 20 countries and onto countless American stages including on Broadway in Bring in 'da Noise, Bringin in 'da Funk, the National Touring Company of Black and Blue, a seven year stint as the "Sandman", in NBC'S Showtime at the Apollo, LIve at the Hollywood Bowl with Alica Keys , a command performance at the White House with cousin Savion Glover.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 19
6:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, August 19, 2022, 08/19/2022, World-Renowned Tap Dancer and Jazz Music
Dance Performance | The 41st Annual Battery Dance Festival (in-person and online)
Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Face What's Facing You! Choreographed by company dancer Claude Alexander III, the piece is an honest, soul-stirring work addressing the facing of life's challenges. LaneCoArts, Swerve "Swerve" explores society's deviating, swerving away from the foundational principles of nature. Society in conflict is manifested first in social upheaval followed by environmental unraveling. Dos Proposiciones Dance Theatre, Pacto de Fuga, Spain - U.S. Premiere "Pacto de fuga" is the answer to the choreographer's concern for exploring the coexistence between contemporary dance and urban landscape. The creation process was based on the three dancers' research and immersion in a concrete public venue: a popular traditional square in Seville, Spain. i KADA Contemporary Dance Company, Unfolding Choreographer Ae-Soon Kim's cultural roots and life journey on three continents weave together the people, places and things encountered to compose the soul. Battery Dance Company, Hoffman Dances "Hofmann Dances," is a trio of new dance works inspired by Hans Hofmann, one of the 20th century's most influential painters and teachers. Guest choreographers Saeed Hani, Tsai Hsi Hung, and Christopher "Unpezverde" Nunez explore Hofmann's poetic imagery, groundbreaking painting techniques and use of brilliant color. Together their three works embody Hofmann's legacy of imagination and abstract expression. Compagnie Virginie Brunelle, Les Corps Avales, Canada - U.S. Premiere Against a backdrop of resilience and hope, "Les Corps Avales" explores power relations, inequalities and social upheaval. Mastering the delicate balance between expressiveness and the vigorous physicality of her choreographic language, Brunelle directs seven dancers in a portrayal of a vulnerable humanity in search of gentleness and community.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 19
7:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, August 19, 2022, 08/19/2022, The 41st Annual Battery Dance Festival (in-person and online)
Concert | "one of the most intriguing figures in music today" and "one of the greatest drummers"
The New York Times proclaims "Rafiq Bhatia is writing his own musical language," heralding him as "one of the most intriguing figures in music today." A guitarist, composer, producer, and sound artist "who refuses to be pinned to one genre, culture or instrument," Bhatia "treats his guitar, synthesizers, drum machines and electronic effects as architectural elements." Bhatia has presented his music live in dozens of performances across three continents. He has been commissioned by the Kronos Quartet, Cincinnati Symphony, Walker Art Center, Liquid Music, Newfields, The Jazz Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art, and more. Deemed "one of music's greatest drummers" by NPR, Ian Chang brings electronic music to the physical realm, exploring the relationship between human and machine and exuding an intuitive physicality, while meshing off-kilter rhythmic ideas with hypnotic textures and exploring the edges of IDM, ambient, free jazz, and much more with futuristic creative abandon.. In nine concise, largely instrumental pop songs, Chang conjures a personal cosmos: the listener feels as if we might reach out and touch jagged and tender aural sculptures.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 19
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 19, 2022, 08/19/2022, "one of the most intriguing figures in music today" and "one of the greatest drummers"
Movie in a Park | Ghostbusters (1984): Sci-Fi Comedy with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd
Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. Director: Ivan Reitman Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver 105 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 19
8:00 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, August 19, 2022, 08/19/2022, Ghostbusters (1984): Sci-Fi Comedy with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many
These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 20
10:00 am

to 7:00 pm

Free

Tours, August 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many
Open Studios | Open Studios
Connect with artists-in-residence. Visit artists in their studios, where they will share works-in-progress as well as offer hands-on and engaging activities for attendees.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 20
1:00 pm

to 5:00 pm

Free

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

Sat, Aug 20
1:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, American Folk Quartet: "mixing ideas from jazz, new classical, and Appalachian folk"
Jazz | Jazz in the Park
For three decades, Marjorie Eliot and Parlor Entertainment have honored the past and celebrated the present with this event, which has become a cherished local tradition. Enjoy two days of classic jazz at this outdoor event.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 20
2:00 pm

to 6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, Jazz in the Park
Dance Performance | The 41st Annual Battery Dance Festival
Boca Tuya / Omar Roman de Jesus, Los Perros del Barrio Colosal Through the exaggerated mannerisms of daytime television, the six characters of "Los Perros del Barrio Colosal" take us on a wild romp through the challenges of creative decision-making. Diving dramatically into the adventure of an imagination yet to be physicalized, they ask us to consider the far side of the moments when our ideas threaten, with disjointed urgency, to swallow us whole. Battery Dance Company, Hoffman Dances "Hofmann Dances," is a trio of new dance works inspired by Hans Hofmann, one of the 20th century's most influential painters and teachers. Guest choreographers Saeed Hani, Tsai Hsi Hung, and Christopher "Unpezverde" Nunez explore Hofmann's poetic imagery, groundbreaking painting techniques and use of brilliant color. Together their three works embody Hofmann's legacy of imagination and abstract expression. Julienne Doko, Lost Memories, Denmark - U.S. Premiere "Memoires Perdues" questions the notions of collective memory and progress: Do we really learn from the lessons of the past? The piece is an emotional response to this seemingly endless repetition of pain. It is a cry for the urgency of memory for our future. The choreographic vocabulary of the piece is African-contemporary drawing from Afro-Brazilian symbolism. TeaTime Company, Stick-Stok, Netherlands - U.S. Premiere In "Stick-Stok," TeaTime Company focuses on the blending of Circus and Dance. Utilizing juggling, contemporary dance and Chinese pole skills, the artists explore the possibilities of three custom made poles. Leaning into the simplicity of the object, they discover the combination of their disciplines in a completely new way. Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Face What's Facing You! Choreographed by company dancer Claude Alexander III, the piece is an honest, soul-stirring work addressing the facing of life's challenges. Compagnie Virginie Brunelle, Les Corps Avales, Canada - U.S. Premiere Against a backdrop of resilience and hope, "Les Corps Avales" explores power relations, inequalities and social upheaval. Mastering the delicate balance between expressiveness and the vigorous physicality of her choreographic language, Brunelle directs seven dancers in a portrayal of a vulnerable humanity in search of gentleness and community.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 20
6:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, August 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, The 41st Annual Battery Dance Festival
Movie in a Park | Back to the Future (1985): Sci-Fi Comedy with Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown. Director: Robert Zemeckis Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson 116 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 20
8:00 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, August 20, 2022, 08/20/2022, Back to the Future (1985): Sci-Fi Comedy with Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Park Walk | Brooklyn Waterfront Walk
Docents leads a tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park's's sustainable design, and how the park came to life. Wear comfortable shoes, as these tours traverse the beautiful park landscape! All tours meet at Pier 1 entrance and last about an hour. Sundays, May 29-October 30, 2022    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 21
10:30 am

Free

Park Walks, August 21, 2022, 08/21/2022, Brooklyn Waterfront Walk
Jazz | Jazz in the Park
For three decades, Marjorie Eliot and Parlor Entertainment have honored the past and celebrated the present with this event, which has become a cherished local tradition. Enjoy two days of classic jazz at this outdoor event.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 21
2:00 pm

to 6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 21, 2022, 08/21/2022, Jazz in the Park
Concert | Seminal New York Hip-Hop DJ and 90s Club Stars
Kool DJ Red Alert is a cornerstone of early hip-hop and NYC radio mainstay who performed with Afrika Bambataa's Universal Zulu Nation, helped popularize the "mixtape" format, and helped break Boogie Down Productions' seminal single "South Bronx." He brings his friends, including the platinum-certified 90s R&B powerhouse Case, whose hits "Touch Me, Tease Me" and "Missing You" dominated the charts and featured prominently in Eddie Murphy's The Nutty Professor and its sequel; and uptown party rocker Will Traxx, who cemented himself with club anthem, "Let Me See Some Footwork."    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 21
4:00 pm

to 7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 21, 2022, 08/21/2022, Seminal New York Hip-Hop DJ and 90s Club Stars
Opera | OperaCades
Opera on Tap brings a family-friendly, immersive opera experience with performances, games, and other Coney Island-inspired amusements.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 21
5:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 21, 2022, 08/21/2022, OperaCades

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many
These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Aug 23
10:00 am

to 7:00 pm

Free

Tours, August 23, 2022, 08/23/2022, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many
Dancing | Salsa Social
Come alone and make some friends, bring a date or bring the family. Come as you are, everyone is welcome and dancers of all levels are encouraged to participate.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Aug 23
5:00 pm

to 8:00 pm

Free

Dancings, August 23, 2022, 08/23/2022, Salsa Social
Workshop | Game Nights in the Park
Stop in during weekly game nights and socials to learn a new game, hone your skills, and meet new people
   New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Aug 23
5:00 pm

Free

Workshops, August 23, 2022, 08/23/2022, Game Nights in the Park
City Walk | Greenwich Village Walking Tour
Greenwich Village is New York City's most storied neighborhood. It has been home to the famous and infamous; and it still is! See the locations and hear the stories that for decades have attracted locals and visitors alike to this fascinating area. The tour includes The Washington Arch and Washington Square, and Lower Fifth Avenue, with its historic NeoGothic-styled churches, as well as the eclectic Jefferson Market Library and the neighborhood's charming dead-end streets.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Aug 23
6:00 pm

Free

City Walks, August 23, 2022, 08/23/2022, Greenwich Village Walking Tour
Book Discussion | Saving Freud: The Rescuers Who Brought Him to Freedom (online)
In March 1938, German soldiers crossed the border into Austria, which was absorbed into Hitler's Third Reich. Anticipating this, many Jews fled Austria. Sigmund Freud, however, stayed in his hometown of Vienna, even as prominent people who were close to him undertook a coordinated effort to persuade him to emigrate to England. Author Andrew Nagorski tells the story of how this remarkable collection of people finally succeeded in coaxing Freud to immigrate to London, where he lived the last sixteen months of his life in freedom. The program will be moderated by Sylvia Nasar, Knight Professor Emerita at Columbia Journalism School.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Aug 23
7:00 pm

Free

Book Discussions, August 23, 2022, 08/23/2022, Saving Freud: The Rescuers Who Brought Him to Freedom (online)

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

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, Aug 24
12:00 pm

to 5:00 pm

Free

Museumss, August 24, 2022, 08/24/2022, Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions
Workshop | Game Nights in the Park
Stop in during weekly game nights and socials to learn a new game, hone your skills, and meet new people
   New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 24
5:00 pm

Free

Workshops, August 24, 2022, 08/24/2022, Game Nights in the Park
Movie in a Park | La La Land (2016): Oscar-Winning Musical Ode to Los Angeles with Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone
While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future. Director: Damien Chazelle Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt 128 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 24
7:00 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, August 24, 2022, 08/24/2022, La La Land (2016): Oscar-Winning Musical Ode to Los Angeles with Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone
Jazz | Critically Praised Jazz Vocalist, Guitarist and Composer
Allan Harris is a jazz vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter from Harlem, New York. Harris has been called a protean talent. Harris is known for both his albums and his live performances. His album Convergence a collaboration with pianist Takana Miryamoto was critically praised and his album Cross That River was widely covered for its perspective on issues of ethnicity in the American western expansion. He released an album in 2016 entitled Nobody's Gonna Love You Better.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 24
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 24, 2022, 08/24/2022, Critically Praised Jazz Vocalist, Guitarist and Composer
Play | As You Like It: A Musical Production of Shakespeare's Comedy
Public Works' acclaimed musical production of As You Like It brings together its diverse ensemble of both professional actors and community members from across New York. Adapted by Shaina Taub and Director of Public Works Laurie Woolery, featuring music and lyrics by Taub, this ambitious work of participatory theater has been hailed as "thrilling & terrifically vital" by The New York Times. Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind, and niece Celia are banished to the Forest of Arden. There, they discover a community of acceptance and transformational love, where all are welcomed and embraced. Laurie Woolery directs this magical adaptation of a beloved classic.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 24
8:00 pm

Free

Plays, August 24, 2022, 08/24/2022, As You Like It: A Musical Production of Shakespeare's Comedy

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Performance | Broadway Performances in the Park
The most popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits in the park. Featuring: Six Beetlejuice A Strange Loop Moulin Rouge! The Musical    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 25
12:30 pm

Free

Performances, August 25, 2022, 08/25/2022, Broadway Performances in the Park
Dance Performance | iyouuswe III: World-Class Choreography
The Korean-born choreographer Young Soon Kim and her world-class White Wave Young Soon Kim Dance Company will perform a new production, a multi-year collaboration with pioneering composers Ki Young and Marco Cappelli, as they continue to explore the body's 3 dimensions in space. Probing the weight of human emotions, they present a vividly colored vision where movement and mise-en-scene seamlessly meld.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 25
6:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, August 25, 2022, 08/25/2022, iyouuswe III: World-Class Choreography
City Walk | East Village Rock Tour: Part 2
Rock n' roll has been deeply rooted in our neighborhoods since the art form was first invented, with many of its greatest practitioners drawn here to live or perform, while others had their careers launched here. Alongside rock n' roll history is the rich history of archetecture in our neighborhoods. We'll discover both the history of those who impacted music, as well as the architectural history of the places where they made such an impact. From the Ramones to the Beastie Boys, and Patti Smith to Nirvana, our neighborhood is lined with the buildings that opened their doors to these icons of rock n' roll. Songs such as The Ramone's "I Just Wanna Have Something to Do" reference the precise locations in our neighborhoods. The venues that once set the stage for legendary bands may be of the past, but the buildings still stand in the present. No one tour can comprehensively cover all of the rock history in our neighborhood. Below find a detailed description for each tour so you can choose the one that most appeals to you. Follow the Village Preservation team as we guide you through the architectural history of rock n' roll and uncover the star-studded background of our streets.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 25
6:00 pm

Free

City Walks, August 25, 2022, 08/25/2022, East Village Rock Tour: Part 2
Movie in a Park | Clueless (1995): Comedic Jane Austen Update
Shallow, rich and socially successful Cher is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school's pecking scale. Seeing herself as a matchmaker, Cher coaxes two teachers into dating each other. Director: Amy Heckerling Stars: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy 97 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 25
7:30 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, August 25, 2022, 08/25/2022, Clueless (1995): Comedic Jane Austen Update
Concert | Voices of 80s NYC Rock
This show spotlights some of the most influential voices of the '80s rock scene in NYC, still flexing their punk-funk, power-pop, and alt-rock sounds in the 2020s. Cynthia Sley and Pat Place, founding members of the pioneering no-wave post-punk band Bush Tetras, bring the punk-funk with R.B. Korbut and Steve Shelley. The Bongos, Richard Barone's Hoboken-based, guitar-driven power-pop quartet with Frank Giannini, James Mastro, and Rob Norris, are MTV-era hitmakers who've never stopped turning it up. Tape Hiss has been known to feature the music of composer Arthur Russell and music from their shared experiences. Band members Ernie Brooks (Modern Lovers, Arthur Russell), Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), guitarist Peter Galub, keyboardist David Nagler, and trombonist/composer Peter Zummo (Lounge Lizards, Arthur Russell) kick off this epic night of rock.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 25
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, August 25, 2022, 08/25/2022, Voices of 80s NYC Rock
Movie in a Park | Ghostbusters (1984): Sci-Fi Comedy with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd
Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service. Director: Ivan Reitman Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver 105 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 25
8:00 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, August 25, 2022, 08/25/2022, Ghostbusters (1984): Sci-Fi Comedy with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd
Movie in a Park | Summer of Soul (2021): Oscar-Winning Concert Film with Stevie Wonder, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight, and More
Over the course of six weeks during the summer of 1969, the extraordinary Harlem Cultural Festival took place at what is today Marcus Garvey Park. Performers included Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, B.B. King, Abbey Lincoln, Mahalia Jackson, and others. In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson presents this powerful and transporting documentary. Part music film, part historical record, Summer of Soul captures the creative energy and defiance of Black music and culture at a time when "revolution was in the air."    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Aug 25
8:00 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, August 25, 2022, 08/25/2022, Summer of Soul (2021): Oscar-Winning Concert Film with Stevie Wonder, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight, and More

Friday, August 26, 2022

Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many
These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 26
10:00 am

to 7:00 pm

Free

Tours, August 26, 2022, 08/26/2022, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many
Film | The Angry Birds Movie (2016): Aminated Comedy
In this hilarious animated adventure comedy, you'll finally find out why the birds are so angry. In an island paradise populated entirely by happy, flightless birds - or almost entirely, Red, a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck, and the volatile Bomb have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to these unlikely out casts to figure out what the pigs are up to. Director: Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly Starring: Danny McBride, Kate McKinnon, Tony Hale, Matthew J. McCarthy, Maddie Taylor Rating (PG) Runtime: 97 minutes. Wireless listening device are needed to hear the film (bring your own headphones).    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 26
2:00 pm

Free

Films, August 26, 2022, 08/26/2022, The Angry Birds Movie (2016): Aminated Comedy
Concert | Sunset Concert on the River
The sounds of summer brought right to the park with established and emerging NYC-based artists across a wide range of genres. There's no better way to kick off the weekend than with an evening of spectacular live music and signature sunsets right on the riverfront. From brass to choral, bass and more - there is something for everyone. Featuring: The Big Takeover    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 26
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 26, 2022, 08/26/2022, Sunset Concert on the River
Concert | Sounds of the Middle East-North Africa Region
This event features contemporary and traditional musics of the MENA (Middle East North Africa) region AJOYO is the vision of multi-reed player Yacine Boulares, a mystic brew blending African tradition, jazz and soul. AJOYO chants in the name of Tony Allen, Oum Khalsoum, Charlie Parker and Donnie Hathaway. Originally from Tunisia, Yacine Boulares has played sax, composed and arranged music for Cameroonian musicians such as former Fela Kuti drummer Jojo Kuo, the late Martino Atangana, the Haitian Kompa legends Tabou Combo, and for Placido Domingo's Encanto Del Mar. The project originated in these encounters and influences, as Boulares assembled a band that reconciles his North African and Western heritages. AJOYO celebrates life, love and justice through music: music for the heart, the mind and the body, the kind that is soulful, sophisticated and that makes people want to dance. Esraa Warda is New York's emerging dance artist and educator specializing in Algerian and Moroccan traditional dance forms. A child of the Algerian diaspora, Warda is a cultural warrior advocating for the representation and preservation of North African, women-led dance traditions and the decolonization of euro-centricity, orientalism, and patriarchy in dance. Firas Zreik is a Palestinian Kanun player, composer, arranger snd educator based in New York City. He has worked, recorded and performed with international artists from the highest caliber, such as Roger Waters, Shankar Mahadevan, Shreya Ghoshal, Simon Shaheen, Bassam Saba, Amal Murkus, Fabrizio Cassol, Amir Al-Saffar, Aynur Dogan, Raghu Dixit, Marwan Khoury, Elias Karam, Abeer Nehme and many more. Hailed by Radio France Internationale as "a Tunisian man in NY, one of the most talented jazzmen of his generation," Yacine Boulares is French-Tunisian saxophonist, composer and curator. After graduating from the Paris National Conservatory, Boulares moves to New York on a Fulbright scholarship in 2009 to attend the New School for Jazz. New York City exposed him to a myriad of different music. Soon he started touring with Fela Kuti's ex-drummer Jojo Kuo and Haitian Kompa legends Tabou Combo. In their music, he found a deep echo to his Tunisian roots.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 26
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 26, 2022, 08/26/2022, Sounds of the Middle East-North Africa Region
Jazz | The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
A Grammy-nominated American jazz singer in the vein of Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan, Jazzmeia Horn is one of the boldest voices in modern jazz. Her new album Dear Love is her third, but her first with Her Noble Force, a 15-piece ensemble that expands her sound and offers new challenges for her daring arrangements. She's joined by Calvin Booker, a multi-disciplinary dancer and DJ born and raised in Brownsville, Brooklyn. An original member of the Broadway production of FELA!.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Aug 26
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 26, 2022, 08/26/2022, The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Park Walk | Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers
Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky: an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 27
10:00 am

Free

Park Walks, August 27, 2022, 08/27/2022, Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers
Jazz | The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
Terence Blanchard isn't your average jazz musician--the world-renowned trumpet player and festival alum is also a prolific Academy Award-nominated film composer and an exciting new voice in the opera world. For his latest album Absence, his electro-acoustic quintet E-Collective joins forces with violinist David Balakrishnan's Turtle Island Quartet. Their Charlie Parker Jazz Festival performance will feature works from the Wayne Shorter tribute album, which features five compositions from the legendary saxophonist. They're joined by the jazz bassist Buster Williams, who has played with a Who's Who of jazz greats from Mary Lou Williams to Herbie Hancock, and is the subject of the JazzTimes Documentary Film of the Year, Bass to Infinity. Buster will play with his all-star quartet Something More. Vibraphonist Nikara Warren will perform her album Black Wall Street, which melds hip-hop, jazz, neo-soul, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms into an abstract sound-collage that "take pieces of black music and give it a platform to show black musical beauty." Vuyo Sotashe, a South African jazz vocalist, is making his mark in the New York jazz scene.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 27
3:00 pm

to 7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 27, 2022, 08/27/2022, The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
Classical Music | Sounds of Early Spain, France, Cyprus, Greece and Italy!
Period instrument ensemble Alba Concort presents early music from around the Mediterranean, featuring ballads of Cyprus, Ladino songs and selections from Cancionero de Uppsala, published in Venice (1556). Alba Concort specializes in early Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music from the Mediterranean to the Middle East, and modern compositions for its unique instrumentation of oud, lutes, voice and percussion, bridging the ancient to the present.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 27
6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 27, 2022, 08/27/2022, Sounds of Early Spain, France, Cyprus, Greece and Italy!
Play | As You Like It: A Musical Production of Shakespeare's Comedy
Public Works' acclaimed musical production of As You Like It brings together its diverse ensemble of both professional actors and community members from across New York. Adapted by Shaina Taub and Director of Public Works Laurie Woolery, featuring music and lyrics by Taub, this ambitious work of participatory theater has been hailed as "thrilling & terrifically vital" by The New York Times. Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind, and niece Celia are banished to the Forest of Arden. There, they discover a community of acceptance and transformational love, where all are welcomed and embraced. Laurie Woolery directs this magical adaptation of a beloved classic.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Aug 27
8:00 pm

Free

Plays, August 27, 2022, 08/27/2022, As You Like It: A Musical Production of Shakespeare's Comedy

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Jazz | Two Generations of Avante-Garde Jazz
Archie Shepp and Jason Moran are two avant-garde jazz musicians from different generations that nonetheless share a penchant for pushing the envelope. Shepp is a veteran saxophonist who has been called both a musical firebrand and a cultural radical, standing out even amongst myriad talents in the free jazz generation. Moran is pianist 37 years Shepp's junior, with an equal respect for tradition and trailblazing. Their 2021 collaboration Let My People Go is a warm and intimate collection of duets recorded live in 2017-2018, a pristine portrait of two masters at work. They'll be joined by special guest Cecile McLorin Salvant, a once-in-a-generation vocalist known for transformative performances of well-traveled standards. The bill also includes the Grammy-nominated Chilean tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, who plays with a ferocious energy and deft musicality; Bria Skonberg, a Canadian jazz trumpeter and bandleader once described by The Wall Street Journal as one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation; and Pasquale Grasso, a master be-bop guitarist known for elevating the instrument through his pianistic approach, showing the influence of Bud Powell and Art Tatum in a revolutionary hard-swinging way.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 28
3:00 pm

to 7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 28, 2022, 08/28/2022, Two Generations of Avante-Garde Jazz
Dance Performance | 14-Member Dance Troupe from Chicago
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's 14-member troupe is one of the few contemporary repertory companies to continually tour in the U.S. and abroad. HSDC brings their company to New York City, live and in-person. They'll perform highlights from Season 44: RE/CHARGE, a work that acknowledges the experiences of the past two years and forges ahead. Founded in 1977 by Lou Conte and now in its 44th year, the company is led by Artistic Director Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, a former dancer in the company.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Aug 28
8:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, August 28, 2022, 08/28/2022, 14-Member Dance Troupe from Chicago

Monday, August 29, 2022

Classical Music | "One of the Finest European Pianists" Performs Janacek, Smetana, and More
Renowned pianist Jan Bartos performs works by highly distinguished Czech composers. Program Leos Janacek (1954-1928) Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 Miloslav Kabelac (1908-1979) Eight preludes, Op. 30 Leos Janacek (1954-1928) In the Mists Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884) Dreams About the Performer The international press has described Czech pianist Jan Bartos as "one of the finest European pianists" and "an emotional and sophisticated interpreter". He has performed with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia and has appeared at Carnegie Hall and venues across Europe. About the Program Leos Janacek's 1.X.1905 was developed during the autumn of 1905, at the height of the unrest between the Czech-speaking and German-speaking communities of Brno, home of Janacek. In response to the violent death of a Czech worker, Janacek wrote a three-part piano composition, originally entitled "From the Street, October 1, 1905". Shortly, after its premiere in 1906, Janacek destroyed the final movement and then, following a private performance in Prague, the other two movements as well. It was not until the celebrations for his 70th birthday that the pianist of the premiere found the courage to play the piece to the composer once again from her personal copy. Janacek then decided to publish the work after all. Miloslav Kabelac belongs to the most distinguished Czech composers of the 20th century whose work is sometimes compared with Antonin Dvorak's and Bohuslav Martinu's. He created a distinctive style for which the auspicious melody and harmony, the ingenious polyphony and the consistent architecture of both small and large compositions are typical. In the Mists is the last of Janacek's more substantial solo piano works. It was composed in 1912, some years after Janacek had suffered the death of his daughter Olga and while his operas were still being rejected by the Prague opera houses. In the Mists bears faint traces of contact with Debussy's piano style. The first version of In the mists was completed in April 1912 and was probably revised in early 1913. The premiere and publication of the first edition was in late 1913. Ten years later, a new edition was commissioned in honor of Janacek's seventieth birthday. For his six characteristic pieces "Reves" (Dreams), composed in 1875, Smetana returned to his favorite instrument, the piano. It was the first time he had written for the instrument in almost ten years. "Reves" were written for and dedicated to Smetana's former pupils. The dedication was a means of thanking them for the benefit concert they had organized in the spring of 1875 for their teacher, who had recently lost his hearing.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Aug 29
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, August 29, 2022, 08/29/2022, "One of the Finest European Pianists" Performs Janacek, Smetana, and More

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Discussion | Examining the Afro-Latin Music Continuum
This panel discussion led by Zack O'Farrill will feature young musicians that are on the front edge of the Afro-Latin musical evolution. They will discuss how they draw upon the tradition in the creation of their own vision of contemporary improvised music. Panelists: Martin Vejerano - Colombian percussionist, clarinetist and bandleader Ahmed Alom - Cuban pianist, arranger, and educator.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Aug 30
7:00 pm

Free

Discussions, August 30, 2022, 08/30/2022, Examining the Afro-Latin Music Continuum

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

City Walk | Bloomingdale Neighborhood Tour
Local historian Jim Mackin leads a mixed group of visitors to the city and resident New Yorkers on a one-of-a-kind, always interesting, walk around the historic Bloomingdale neighborhood.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 31
6:00 pm

Free

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

Wed, Aug 31
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, 7-Time Grammy-Nominated Jazz Percussionist and Bandleader
Jazz | Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
The renowned jazz ensemble returns with its critically-acclaimed director to this year's season. Director Wynton Marsalis's name looms large in the world of jazz, and for good reason-- the Grammy-winning trumpeter, composer, and bandleader has helped shepherd the cultural institution of jazz into a new millennium. Under his direction, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performs a vast repertoire: from rare historic compositions to Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works, including compositions and arrangements by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, and many others. Since the orchestra's founding in 1988, the group's performances have been leaving its global audiences inspired and uplifted with the full vigor, vision, and depth of America's music. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis's vast, innovative body of original work over the past decade demonstrates the orchestra composers' and arrangers' thematic ambitions, distinctive musical personalities, and unprecedented range.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Aug 31
8:00 pm

Free

Concerts, August 31, 2022, 08/31/2022, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Friday, September 2, 2022

Movie in a Park | The Wiz (1978): Classic Musical Updated with Diana Ross, Michael Jackson
An adaptation of The Wizard of Oz that tries to capture the essence of the African-American experience. Director: Sidney Lumet Stars: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell 134 min. Movie starts at sunset.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Sep 2
7:00 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, September 02, 2022, 09/02/2022, The Wiz (1978): Classic Musical Updated with Diana Ross, Michael Jackson
Opera | Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor: An Abridged Adaptation
Think Romeo and Juliet, but set in Scotland. Donizetti's brilliant score is the height of drama and the pinnacle of the Bel Canto style in this abridged version starring world-renowned soprano Sarah Coburn and conducted by Constantine Orbelian.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Sep 2
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, September 02, 2022, 09/02/2022, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor: An Abridged Adaptation

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Festival | Outdoor Art Exhibit
The end of summer brings with it the Fall Show of one of New York City's longest-running and most beloved annual events. The outdoor event will feature more than 50 artists and craft artisans in all mediums. This vibrant community event features paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, glass and mixed media, all on display and on sale directly from the artists themselves.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Sep 3
12:00 pm

to 6:00 pm

Free

Festivals, September 03, 2022, 09/03/2022, Outdoor Art Exhibit

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Jazz | 2 Extraordinary Pianists
Pianist and composer Aaron Diehl mystifies listeners with his layered artistry. At once temporal and ethereal, his expression transforms the piano into an orchestral vessel in the spirit of beloved predecessors Ahmad Jamal, Erroll Garner and Jelly Roll Morton. Following three critically-acclaimed leader albums on Mack Avenue Records -- and live appearances at historic venues from Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Village Vanguard to New York Philharmonic and the Philharmonie de Paris -- the American Pianist Association's 2011 Cole Porter fellow now focuses his attention on what it means to be present within himself. His forthcoming solo record promises an expansion of that exploration in a setting at once unbound and intimate. During his kaleidoscopic quarter-century as a professional jazz musician, pianist Orrin Evans has become the model of a fiercely independent artist who pushes the envelope in all directions. Never supported by a major label, Evans has ascended to top-of-the-pyramid stature on his instrument, as affirmed by his #1-ranking as "Rising Star Pianist" in the 2018 DownBeat Critics Poll. Grammy nominations for the albums The Intangible Between and Presence, by Evans' raucous, risk-friendly Captain Black Big Band, stamp his bona fides as a bandleader and composer.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Sep 8
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, September 08, 2022, 09/08/2022, 2 Extraordinary Pianists
Film | The Velvet Queen (2021): The Elusive Snow Leopard
In the heart of the Tibetan highlands, multi-award-winning nature photographer Vincent Munier guides writer Sylvain Tesson on his quest to document the infamously elusive snow leopard. Munier introduces Tesson to the subtle art of waiting from a blind spot, tracking animals, and finding the patience to catch sight of the beasts. Through their journey, the two men ponder humankind's place amongst the magnificent creatures and glorious landscapes they encounter along the way. Directed by Marie Amiguet and Vincent Munier 92 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Sep 8
7:30 pm

Free

Films, September 08, 2022, 09/08/2022, The Velvet Queen (2021): The Elusive Snow Leopard

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Festival | Outdoor Art Exhibit
The end of summer brings with it the Fall Show of one of New York City's longest-running and most beloved annual events. The outdoor event will feature more than 50 artists and craft artisans in all mediums. This vibrant community event features paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, glass and mixed media, all on display and on sale directly from the artists themselves.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Sep 10
12:00 pm

to 6:00 pm

Free

Festivals, September 10, 2022, 09/10/2022, Outdoor Art Exhibit
Movie in a Park | Becoming Frederick Douglass (2022): A Documentary Portrait
Using Frederick Douglass' own words, this documentary film tells the story of how a man born and raised in slavery became one of the most prominent elder statesmen and powerful voices for freedom in America. Directed by Stanley Nelson 90 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Sep 10
8:30 pm

Free

Movie in a Parks, September 10, 2022, 09/10/2022, Becoming Frederick Douglass (2022): A Documentary Portrait

Monday, September 12, 2022

Concert | Brass Orchestra and Broadway Guest Celebrate Duke Ellington, John Williams and Others
For its 40th anniversary, Gramercy Brass Orchestra performs works to celebrate the 90th birthday of film composer John Williams as well as the legendary Duke Ellington, The Music Man composer Meredith Willson, Sir Arthur Sullivan, Rafael Hernandez, Arthur Prior. Highlights of the program will include guest appearances by Broadway star, vocalist and actor Matthew Hydzik and legendary NYC trumpet soloist from The Music Man orchestra, Wayne Du Maine. Special guest emcee will be Michael Schuil, voice over artist, singer and actor. Members of Gramercy Brass Orchestra has appeared with the NY Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, American Ballet Theatre, as well as many Broadway show orchestras.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Sep 12
6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, September 12, 2022, 09/12/2022, Brass Orchestra and Broadway Guest Celebrate Duke Ellington, John Williams and Others

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Book Discussion | Freedomland: Co-op City and the Story of New York (online)
Annemarie Sammartino tells Co-op City's story from the perspectives of those who built it and of the ordinary people who made their homes in this monument to imperfect liberal ideals of economic and social justice. Located on the grounds of the former Freedomland amusement park on the northeastern edge of the Bronx, Co-op City's 35 towers and 236 townhouses have been home to hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Sep 13
6:00 pm

Free

Book Discussions, September 13, 2022, 09/13/2022, Freedomland: Co-op City and the Story of New York (online)

Friday, September 16, 2022

Film | How to Draw a Bunny (2002): An Unknowable, Inconoclastic Artist
Ray Johnson was a mystery wrapped in an enigma who lived his life like a Pop Art performance piece. This enthralling documentary - edited and directed by John Walter, photographed and produced by Andrew Moore - is at once playful and haunting, an in-depth portrait of an iconoclastic artist who was fundamentally unknowable even to his closest friends.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Sep 16
6:00 pm

Free

Films, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, How to Draw a Bunny (2002): An Unknowable, Inconoclastic Artist

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Classical Music | American Symphony Orchestra: J.S. Bach, Copland and More
American Symphony Orchestra performs composers who have influenced the artistic landscape of New York and works that were inspired by our city. Program Aaron Copland (1900-1990) Quiet City (1939-1940) Louise Talma (1906-1996) Full Circle (1985) William Grant Still (1895-1978) Darker America (1924) Jacob Druckman (1928-1996) Nor Spell Nor Charm (1990) J. S. Bach (1685-1750) Suite from Orchestral Works (arr. Gustav Mahler) The American Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1962 by Leopold Stokowski, with a mission of providing great music within the means of everyone. Music Director Leon Botstein expanded that mission when he joined the ASO in 1992, creating thematic concerts that explore music from the perspective of the visual arts, literature, religion, and history, and reviving rarely-performed works that audiences would otherwise never have a chance to hear performed live. Borrow a picnic blanket or chair (on first come, first served basis) - or bring your own.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Sep 17
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, September 17, 2022, 09/17/2022, American Symphony Orchestra: J.S. Bach, Copland and More

Friday, September 23, 2022

Film | James Joyce's Ulysses: Inside a Literary Masterpiece
This BBC production reveals all the tawdry, shocking, poetic, uplifting and gloriously kaleidoscopic humanity of this literary masterpiece. With contributions from Salman Rushdie, Colm Toibin, Anne Enright, Howard Jacobson, Eimear McBride, Paul Muldoon, John McCourt, Nuala O'Connor, and many others. . Director: Adam Low 90 min. Tickets available at the desk on the day of the screening.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Sep 23
6:00 pm

Free

Films, September 23, 2022, 09/23/2022, James Joyce's Ulysses: Inside a Literary Masterpiece

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Park Walk | Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers
Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky: an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Oct 4
5:00 pm

Free

Park Walks, October 04, 2022, 10/04/2022, Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers
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