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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on July 8, 2021?

23 free events take place on Thursday, July 8 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 July 8 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 July . 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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23 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Thursday, July 8, 2021

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

Workshop | Tai Chi in Midtown


Learn and master this Chinese martial art for health and self-defense. All ages and levels are welcome. Classes are rain or shine. Please maintain six feet of social distance and wear a mask.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 am
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Workshops, July 08, 2021, 07/08/2021, Tai Chi in Midtown

Opening Reception | Pieces of a Man: Androgynous Bodies in a Boschian Landscape


A solo exhibition of monumental black ink and spray paint works on canvas and paper by William Downs. Utilizing his own well-developed visual language in which androgynous moving bodies fluidly interact within a Boschian landscape, Downs composes scenes which evoke compassion, vulnerability, darkness, and light.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, July 08, 2021, 07/08/2021, Pieces of a Man: Androgynous Bodies in a Boschian Landscape

Classical Music | Chamber Music


Students from Third Street's Summer Chamber Music Workshop will perform a variety of chamber music selections, from classical to contemporary. Programs subject to change. In case of rain, the performance may be cancelled.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, July 08, 2021, 07/08/2021, Chamber Music

Gallery Talk | Huguette Caland and the Art of Fashion (virtual)


A conversation with The Slowdown's Executive Editor Tiffany Jow, American designer Emily Bode and Lebanese designer Cynthia Merhej. Presented in conjunction with our current exhibition Huguette Caland: Tête-à-Tête, this conversation will explore the expressive potential of fashion—from garments that tell stories and communicate personal narratives, to perennial wardrobes that test and reinterpret stereotypically conventional modes of dress. Inspired by Caland’s own approach to fashion as a way of moving through the world and defining her body on her own terms, Jow, Bode, and Merhej will take the artist’s wardrobe of irreverent caftans as a starting point.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Gallery Talks, July 08, 2021, 07/08/2021, Huguette Caland and the Art of Fashion (virtual)

Opening Reception | 2020 Paris Photo-Aperture PhotoBook Awards: Group Exhibition


The Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, founded in 2012 to celebrate the photobook’s contributions to the evolving narrative of photography, comprise three major categories: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year. This exhibition includes the thirty-five books shortlisted for the awards in 2020.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, July 08, 2021, 07/08/2021, 2020 Paris Photo-Aperture PhotoBook Awards: Group Exhibition

Concert | Bach, Bartok, Broadway, The Beatles and More on Strings!


String trio Lumiere performs musical selections from Bach, Bartok, Broadway to the Beatles!
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Concerts, July 08, 2021, 07/08/2021, Bach, Bartok, Broadway, The Beatles and More on Strings!

Discussion | The History of American Jewish Summer Camps (virtual)


Every summer, millions of young Americans pack their bags and go to sleep-away camp for weeks or months at a time. Among them are hundreds of thousands of Jewish campers and counselors. Whether they know it or not, they are participating in a 100-year-old American Jewish tradition, following in the footsteps of the pioneers who first embraced camping in the early 20th century as a way of escaping the city, preserving tradition, and forging a Jewish identity.  This program explores the fascinating history of Jewish summer camps, moderated by Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism. Rabbi Jacobs will be in conversation with Dr. Gary P. Zola, the Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and editor of the 2006 anthology A Place of Our Own: The Rise of Reform Jewish Camping (co-edited by Michael M. Lorge), and Dr. Jenna Weissman Joselit, the Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies & Professor of History at George Washington University and curator of the 1994 exhibition A Worthy Use of Summer: Jewish Summer Camping in America.   Virtual Admission with $10 Donation $10.00 Virtual Admission $0.00    
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Discussions, July 08, 2021, 07/08/2021, The History of American Jewish Summer Camps (virtual)

Workshop | Crossfit Workout


End your Thursday with a little sweat. The class is open to all levels. Masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, July 08, 2021, 07/08/2021, Crossfit Workout

Workshop | Amp'd Workout


Hit the grass and push your body to new limits in this class that combines bodyweight strength and cardio, challenging both your energy systems and motor control. This class is open to all levels. Thursdays, May 6-October 28, 2021 Registration opens every Tuesday at 10:00am for classes the following week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, July 08, 2021, 07/08/2021, Amp'd Workout

Book Discussion | From Sarah to Sydney: The Story Behind Sydney Taylor's Biography (virtual)


The untold life story of All-of-a-Kind Family author Sydney Taylor, highlighting her dramatic influence on American children's literature. When Professor June Cummins taught a course at San Diego State on Jewish children's literature in the late 1990s, she was surprised to find so little information about Sydney Taylor, author of the beloved All-of-a-Kind series. The more she discovered about Taylor's family, childhood on the Lower East Side, artistic endeavors with Lee Strasberg and Martha Graham, decades of work at Cejwin Camps, and success as an author, the more she felt Taylor's story needed to be told. Her research took her from university archives to the home of Taylor's daughter, who generously made a treasure trove of material available to her. Cummins and her friend Dr. Alexandra Dunietz completed the book together. Dr. Dunietz will speak about their collaboration and the recently published book it led to: From Sarah to Sydney: The Woman Behind All-of-a-Kind Family.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Book Discussions, July 08, 2021, 07/08/2021, From Sarah to Sydney: The Story Behind Sydney Taylor's Biography (virtual)

Dance Lesson | Midtown Dance: Salsa and Social Dancing


Enjoy an outdoor salsa class in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Each week, participants will learn from New York City’s most eclectic salsa instructors. Then, show off your moves on the dance floor with a full hour of social dancing. Check-in begins at 5:45PM. Dance instruction begins at 6PM. Social Dancing begins at 7PM. Participants are welcome to bring their own partner, continue to dance solo, or dance with someone new. Participants will be given stickers to indicate their preferences. Thursdays, July1-August 26, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, July 08, 2021, 07/08/2021, Midtown Dance: Salsa and Social Dancing

Gallery Talk | Narrative Materiality: An Artist Talk (virtual)


On the occasion of the Whitney Museum's Dawoud Bey: An American Project, Dawoud Bey speaks in dialogue with Torkwase Dyson about the intersections of their practices as visual artists and their shared concerns with materiality and narrative. The conversation is moderated by Elisabeth Sherman, assistant curator.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, July 08, 2021, 07/08/2021, Narrative Materiality: An Artist Talk (virtual)

Concert | Nicole Atkins: New Jersey-via-Nashville


The powerhouse New Jersey-via-Nashville soul singer and songwriter blends disco, folk, and country rock on her latest release, Italian Ice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 08, 2021, 07/08/2021, Nicole Atkins: New Jersey-via-Nashville

Discussion | The Surf Memoir (virtual)


Combining aspects of nature and sports writing, spiritual autobiography and the sociology of subcultures, the newly emergent genre of the surf memoir provides the focus of this discussion between three practitioners of the form—Thad Ziolkowski, author of On a Wave and the forthcoming The Drop, Diane Cardwell, author of Rockaway: Surfing Headlong Into a New Life, and Michael Scott Moore, author of Sweetness and Blood: How Surfing Spread from Hawaii and California to the Rest of the World, with Some Unexpected Results.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, July 08, 2021, 07/08/2021, The Surf Memoir (virtual)

Author Reading | Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution: The True Story of Robert Townsend and Elizabeth (virtual)


Author Claire Bellerjeau talks about her new book. In January 1785, a young, enslaved woman from Oyster Bay named Elizabeth was put on board the Lucretia in New York Harbor, bound for Charleston, where she would be sold to her fifth enslaver in just 22 years. She had no idea that Robert Townsend, a son of the family she was enslaved by, would locate her, safeguard her child, and return her to New York—nor how her story would help turn one of America’s first spies into an early abolitionist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, July 08, 2021, 07/08/2021, Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution: The True Story of Robert Townsend and Elizabeth (virtual)

Workshop | Healthy on the Hudson: Run Club


Meet to run, walk and jog along the stunning waterfront. All levels welcome. Thursdays, June 17-September 30, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, July 08, 2021, 07/08/2021, Healthy on the Hudson: Run Club

Play | Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost


Love's Labour's Lost is one of Shakespeare's early comedies, believed to have been written in the mid-1590s for a performance at the Inns of Court before Queen Elizabeth I. After vowing to avoid women, the King and three of his friends have to host a princess and her three ladies. The four men fall in love and decide to court the women. In the end, the women must return to their kingdom for a year after which they will marry the king and his friends, providing they remain true to them. Directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith. July 1st - July 25th, Thur through Sun at 6:30 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, July 08, 2021, 07/08/2021, Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost

Play | King Lear -- with a Happy Ending


This version of King Lear by William Shakespeare will employ Nahum Tate's 1681 "happy ending." The original source material for King Lear wasn't a tragedy! Tate's adaptation--which lets our well-meaning royal live and let live--was performed almost exclusively until the 1840s. Performed by New York Classical Theatre. Tuesdays through Sundays, June 24-July 11, 2021 For your safety, the in-person performances will have limited attendance based on the NYC Department of Parks & Rec guidelines.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Plays, July 08, 2021, 07/08/2021, King Lear -- with a Happy Ending

Concert | Sunset on the Hudson: Resistance Revival Chorus (virtual)


The Resistance Revival Chorus is a collective of more than 60 women, and non-binary singers, who join together to breathe joy and song into the resistance, and to uplift and center women’s voices. This year, Hudson River Park is gathering together both established and emerging artists from a broad spectrum of genres. Bring the sounds of summer in Hudson River Park straight to your living room by tuning into live-streamed performances.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 08, 2021, 07/08/2021, Sunset on the Hudson: Resistance Revival Chorus (virtual)

Concert | Zonya Love: Singer from Broadway's The Color Purple


A Carolina country girl, Zonya Love grew up singing in a hand clapping, foot stomping church. Zonya performed at what is now called Broadway at Sacramento earning her Equity card. Shortly after moving to New York, Zonya landed the role of Celie in The Color Purple on Broadway, replacing Fantasia Barrino. Other credits include Avenue Q, Dreamgirls, Sister Act, Lights Out Nat King Cole, Intimate Apparel, and Little Shop of Horrors. As a member of Broadway Inspirational Voices, Zonya has recorded with Jennifer Nettles, Leslie Odom, Billie Porter, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and has performed in Mariah Carey’s 2014 Christmas Spectacular.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 08, 2021, 07/08/2021, Zonya Love: Singer from Broadway's The Color Purple

Discussion | Author Discussion: Writing Desire


What is desire and how do we write it? Who's allowed to want and at what cost? How do we write about all the different ways that some of us have to earn our rights to wanting, to perform attractively as objects of other people's desire before we're given the time or space to have our own? In this panel, acclaimed authors Lynn Steger Strong (Want), Raven Leilani (Luster), Miranda Popkey (Topics of Conversation), and others discuss the structural and syntactical ways that authors can consider or upend these questions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, July 08, 2021, 07/08/2021, Author Discussion: Writing Desire

Opera | Met Opera: Strauss' Capriccio (virtual, streaming for 23 hours)


Renee Fleming is Countess Madeleine, the beautiful, enigmatic woman at the center of Strauss's sophisticated "Conversation Piece for Music." She is being courted by two men: Joseph Kaiser sings the composer, Flamand, and Russell Braun is Olivier, the poet. The stellar cast also includes Peter Rose as the theater director La Roche, Sarah Connolly as the actress Clairon, and Morten Frank Larsen as the Countess's brother. John Cox's elegant production places the action in the 1920s. Andrew Davis conducts. From April 23, 2011.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, July 08, 2021, 07/08/2021, Met Opera: Strauss' Capriccio (virtual, streaming for 23 hours)

Play | Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park


Set in South Harlem, amidst a vibrant and eclectic community of West African immigrants, This adaptation of The Merry Wives of Windsor is a New York story about tricks of the heart, performed in the heart of the city. A raucous spinoff featuring the Bard's most beloved comic characters, this hilarious farce tells the story of the trickster Falstaff and the wily wives who outwit him in a new celebration of Black joy, laughter, and vitality. NOTE: Tickets are available only through a digital lottery. Seats are not guaranteed. See below for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Plays, July 08, 2021, 07/08/2021, Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park
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