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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 5, 2020?

18 free events take place on Saturday, December 5 in New York City. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York today, tonight, tomorrow and each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out December 5 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of December . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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18 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Saturday, December 5, 2020

All events are free unless otherwise noted. ONLINE EVENTS ARE MARKED AS SUCH.

Museums | 255 Galleries and Over 2000 Artworks (virtual)


World's biggest international art fair Art/Basel presents 'OVR: Miami Beach' (Miami Art Week), featuring 255 galleries. Discover over 2000 artworks by artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louise Bourgeois, Kara Walker, Anne Imhof and many more. This Online Viewing Rooms platform is comprised of five distinct sectors: Galleries, featuring leading galleries presenting works by artists ranging from young talents to 20th-century masters; Edition, including exceptional prints and editioned works; Nova, featuring works created in the last three years; Positions, dedicated to emerging artists; and Survey, showcasing works created before 2000. 'OVR: Miami Beach' will run through Dec 6, 12 midnight.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, December 05, 2020, 12/05/2020, 255 Galleries and Over 2000 Artworks (virtual)

Broadway | 42nd Street! Starring Stage Legend Bonnie Langford (virtual)


Young Peggy Sawyer is fresh off the bus from small-town America and just another face in the chorus line on Broadway's newest show. But when the leading lady gets injured, Peggy might just have the shot at stardom she's always dreamed of.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 am
Free
Broadways, December 05, 2020, 12/05/2020, 42nd Street! Starring Stage Legend Bonnie Langford (virtual)

Staged Reading | Tennessee Williams's The Night of the Iguana with Golden Globe and Tony Winners (virtual)


In Tennessee Williams's The Night of the Iguana, a defrocked clergyman encounters inside disturbances amid outside disturbances during one stormy night at the Costa Verde Hotel in Acapulco as the world prepares for World War II. After four women of different ages and backgrounds, along with a 97-year-old poet, engage in the clergyman's spiritual struggles, their lives leap dramatically forward. And the catalytic, defrocked clergyman makes it through the night. Directed by Emily Mann. Cast: Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Dylan McDermott (Netflix's "Hollywood"), Emmy nominee and Tony winner Phylicia Rashad (Broadway's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Roberta Maxwell (Broadway's Summer and Smoke), Tony nominee Austin Pendleton (Broadway's Choir Boy), Jean Lichty (Off-Broadway's A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, The Traveling Lady), with Keith Randolph Smith (Broadway's Jitney, American Psycho), Carmen Berkeley (Off-Broadway's Our Dear Dead Drug Lord), Eliud Kauffman (Roundabout Theatre's 72 Miles to Go), Julio Macias (Netflix's "On My Block"), and others. Streaming online December 2-6.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, December 05, 2020, 12/05/2020, Tennessee Williams's The Night of the Iguana with Golden Globe and Tony Winners (virtual)

Dance Performance | The Nutcracker! (virtual)


Enjoy this timeless holiday classic. The ballet continues to capture the hearts and imaginations of all generations across the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, December 05, 2020, 12/05/2020, The Nutcracker! (virtual)

Fair | Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors (in-person)


Search for hidden gems as you browse antiques, vintage goods, architectural salvage and collectibles. There is also a selection of food vendors from Smorgasburg. Face covering is required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 am
Free
Fairs, December 05, 2020, 12/05/2020, Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors (in-person)

Fair | Flea Market in Brooklyn: Art, Jewelry, Antiques and More (outdoor market)


Shop for vintage clothing, furniture, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, art, handicrafts, and more. Visitors must wear a face covering and maintain social distance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, December 05, 2020, 12/05/2020, Flea Market in Brooklyn: Art, Jewelry, Antiques and More (outdoor market)

Fair | Indoor Market: Food Vendors, Craft Shops, Vintage (in-person)


This market offers socially-distanced experience of food and shopping: accessories, clothing, jewelry, pet supplies, beauty products, henna tatoos, pottery and much more. Every Sat and Sun, 11 am - 7 pm. Visitors must wear face coverings at all times and observe social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, December 05, 2020, 12/05/2020, Indoor Market: Food Vendors, Craft Shops, Vintage (in-person)

Park Walk | Foraging Tour: Sechuan Pepper, Ginkgo Trees, Black Nuts, American Persimmon and More (in-person)


A great abundance of edible and medicinal wild plants and mushrooms makes this park a great place for foraging in the fall: burdock, an expensive detoxifying herb sold in health food stores; the root of sassafras, which tastes like root beer, makes a great tea, as well as root beer; chickweed, which tastes like corn; the American persimmon, with a sweet fruit that gets better as it gets uglier! Nuts of the ginkgo tree will be at their peak. Pear-shaped puffballs, blewits, brick tops, enokis, oyster mushrooms, and tree ear mushrooms could pop up anywhere. The tour will last for about 4 hours. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:45 am
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Park Walks, December 05, 2020, 12/05/2020, Foraging Tour: Sechuan Pepper, Ginkgo Trees, Black Nuts, American Persimmon and More (in-person)

Fair | Holiday Market: Gifts, Crafts, Food, Drinks and More (in-person)


This holiday market offers a variety of items such as jewelry, beauty products, essential oils, colorful apparel and accessories, unique gifts as well as hot chocolate, French truffles, grilled cheese, spicy Chinese savories, classic Polish dumplings and more! Guests have to reserve a free 30-minute shopping window in advance, temperatures will be taken at the door, masks are mandatory and traffic flow will be monitored. 12 pm - 8 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec 20th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, December 05, 2020, 12/05/2020, Holiday Market: Gifts, Crafts, Food, Drinks and More (in-person)

Workshop | Learn Juggling in a Park (in-person)


Join in for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching the jugglers put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided and regularly sanitized. Participants are encouraged to: Wear face coverings at all times Maintain at least six feet of distance between fellow participants at all times Use the park's hand-washing stations to wash hands before and after juggling Refrain from juggling back-and-forth with others
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 05, 2020, 12/05/2020, Learn Juggling in a Park (in-person)

Fair | Outdoor Holiday Market: Gifts, Accessories, Sweets and More (in-person)


This artisan market offers products from local makers, artists and creators: fashion, accessories, jewelry, bath products, home goods, fine art, photo opps, pet gifts, sweets and more! Each Sat, 12 pm - 6 pm through Dec 19th. *COVID-Compliant Outdoor Setting*
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, December 05, 2020, 12/05/2020, Outdoor Holiday Market: Gifts, Accessories, Sweets and More (in-person)

Jazz | Billie Holiday Listening Party (virtual)


Join Rhonda Hamilton from WBGO—the jazz mecca The New York Times called “arguably the best jazz station in the world”— leads listeners through seminal Holiday tracks, from her early 1930s Brunswick recordings through the album many consider her masterpiece, 1959’s Lady in Satin. Reflections on Billie’s key collaborators—Lester Young, Teddy Wilson, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and others—accompany insights into one of the most extraordinary discographies in music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 05, 2020, 12/05/2020, Billie Holiday Listening Party (virtual)

Theater | Open 'Tho Shut: Pop-Up Theater Outdoors (in-person and virtual)


"Open 'Tho Shut," a weekly series of free, live walk-by performances in which acts will be staged live in the theater's set shop for audiences of socially distanced passers-by. Performance Schedule 2:00-2:10: COBU (Japanese all-women taiko drumming and dance troupe) 2:12-2:22: Matt Angel and Robert Varcony 2:24-2:44: John Grimaldi 2:46-2:56: Jonathan Fox Powers and Paige Cutrona sing real opera 2:58-3:08: I'am! Back Mama performed by Justine J Hall 3:10-3:20: Justin Rodriguez and Natasha Velez sing Earth Cry (Grito de Terra)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theaters, December 05, 2020, 12/05/2020, Open 'Tho Shut: Pop-Up Theater Outdoors (in-person and virtual)

Classical Music | Organ Christmas Music: Messiaen's La Nativite du Seigneur at a Magnificent Church (virtual)


Organist Nicolas Haigh plays Messiaen's masterful cycle. Arguably the most distinctive and progressive voice in twentieth-century French music, and certainly the most significant organist-composer since Bach, Olivier Messiaen is best known for his cycle of nine pieces entitled La Nativite du Seigneur (The Birth of the Saviour). Written in 1935, the music speaks directly of the joy, peace and wonder of Christmas.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
$5
Concerts, December 05, 2020, 12/05/2020, Organ Christmas Music: Messiaen's La Nativite du Seigneur at a Magnificent Church (virtual)

Discussion | Six Feet Apart but Still Together: Photographer Talks About His Work (virtual)


Among many other projects, Paul A. Davies, a long time resident of the Lower East Side, has recently been working on photographs of the East Village's streets during pandemic. He will show the audience his work, discuss the process and inspirations, and answer questions. "As a photographer, I am always drawn to the street as a place to capture the mood of the moment. I have never experienced a year like this one. Besides the huge impact of Covid of life on the streets, we have witnessed activities relating to the Black Lives Matter movement, the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, climate change, the Presidential Election campaigns and the associated vote drive. As well as providing the stage for activities, the streets participate, observe and comment on these societal changes through posters, murals, graffiti and signage. These are the cave paintings of our modern society. At some point the cave paintings will fade away or be covered by new ones, the plywood palaces where we sit bravely grabbing a meal or a drink will be disassembled and the small circle on the floor of the post office where we stand patiently waiting in line to buy a stamp will be a distant memory. Until then we stand six feet apart but still together" - Paul Adrian Davies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 05, 2020, 12/05/2020, Six Feet Apart but Still Together: Photographer Talks About His Work (virtual)

Play | A Christmas Carol: Radio Play Live (virtual)


SAS Performing Arts Company and Studios performs Charles Dickens immortal "A Christmas Carol", adapted by Philip Grecian. This Christmas Carol begins with a Storyteller and a troop of players, deciding how they will tell the tale. Before our eyes, the Storyteller transforms in the mean and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge while the players, narrate in their natural voices and also transform themselves, using different voices, dialects, and costume, into the various characters of this story.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, December 05, 2020, 12/05/2020, A Christmas Carol: Radio Play Live (virtual)

Performance | Cabaret: Theatre, Pop, Rock, Classical Music and More (virtual)


Cabaret show featuring Australian artists and music under the theme of 'Home'. Music Director - Benedict Braxton-Smith Associate Music Director - Lucy O'Brien Presented by Australian Theatre Festival NYC The event will be available for viewing for 24 hrs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, December 05, 2020, 12/05/2020, Cabaret: Theatre, Pop, Rock, Classical Music and More (virtual)

Classical Music | Orchestral Works by Mozart and Ravel Live (virtual)


Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Louis Langree, conductor; Awadagin Pratt, piano; Augustin Hadelich, violin Program Marianna Martines (1744-1812) Overture in C Major Mozart (1756-1791) Concerto No. 12 in A Major for Piano and Orchestra, K. 414 Ravel (1875-1937) Ma mere l'Oye ("Mother Goose"), Five Pieces for Children Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799) Rondeau from Violin Concerto No. 9 in G Major, Op. 8
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 05, 2020, 12/05/2020, Orchestral Works by Mozart and Ravel Live (virtual)
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Dance Performance | Passionate Modern Dance

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Concert | World-Renowned Soul and Funk Band

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