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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on July 15, 2021?

34 free events take place on Thursday, July 15 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 15 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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34 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Thursday, July 15, 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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Workshops, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Tai Chi in Midtown

Museums | Dutch Masterpieces: Paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer


Dutch paintings of the 17th century: the Golden Age of Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer. Through sixty-seven works of art organized thematically, In Praise of Painting orients visitors to key issues in 17th century Dutch culture--from debates about religion and conspicuous consumption to painters' fascination with the domestic lives of women. The presentation also provides the opportunity to conserve and display rarely exhibited paintings, including Margareta Haverman's A Vase of Flowers--one of only two known paintings by the artist. The exhibition takes its title from one of the period's major works of art theory, Philips Angel's The Praise of Painting (1642), a pioneering defense of realism in art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
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Museumss, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Dutch Masterpieces: Paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer

Fair | Street Market: Food, Handmade Items, Accessories and More


Experience the 20+ authentic food booths, browse the 50+ merchandise booths that sell a huge variety of goods that range from handmade metal statues to African baskets to the year's hottest trends in jewelry and fashion accessories and much more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Street Market: Food, Handmade Items, Accessories and More

Jazz | Jazz Quartet: A Mix of Bebop, Latin, Ellington


Neal Kirkwood Vibes Quartet: Neal Kirkwood on vibes; Lindsey Horner on bass, David O'Rourke on guitar, and Michael Sarin on drums. The group will perform a mix of bebop, Latin, Ellington, and Kirkwood's original compositions. Programs subject to change. In case of rain, the performance may be cancelled.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
Free
Concerts, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Jazz Quartet: A Mix of Bebop, Latin, Ellington

Gallery Talk | Artists Talk: Ann Agee & Loie Hollowell (virtual)


In conjunction with Madonnas and Hand Warmers, a tour de force exhibition featuring over two hundred unique works, P·P·O·W is pleased to present a virtual conversation with Ann Agee and Loie Hollowell. Moderated by poet Iris Cushing, this discussion will examine the intensive craftsmanship, sophisticated synthesization of cultural histories, and ingenuity with color, pattern, and form that ground both artists' practices.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Artists Talk: Ann Agee & Loie Hollowell (virtual)

Concert | Music From Around the World: Tango by Astor Piazzolla, Sounds of Puerto Rico, Brazil, Japan and More (virtual)


Italian ensemble Duo Helios brings you on a musical trip around the world, from Japan to South America through Europe. Exploring faraway lands and sounds in one concert, carried by the notes of Marcello Nardilli's guitar and Sofia Bevilacqua's flute, you will taste the typical musical characters and local traditions just by closing your eyes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free
Concerts, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Music From Around the World: Tango by Astor Piazzolla, Sounds of Puerto Rico, Brazil, Japan and More (virtual)

Opening Reception | Vistas: Hand-Colored Photographs


An exhibition of new work by Brooklyn-based artist Brea Souders, Vistas is a series of hand-colored photographs that present disembodied shadows of human beings found in national parks throughout the American West. While researching Google Photo Sphere images of the parks, the artist observed that the algorithm removed people from its shared photos, seemingly for privacy reasons, but left behind their distorted and artifacted shadows. The shadows are shown just as the artist found them, the result of the west’s radiant sun and algorithmic interventions. The original photographs were made deep in nature, by individuals who trekked to areas where roads or trails don’t exist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Vistas: Hand-Colored Photographs

City Walk | Battery Park City Tour: The Business Core


The second of the Skyscraper Museum's three thematic walking tours of Battery Park City covers the middle zone of the commercial core with its 1980s skyscrapers of the original World Financial Center (now Brookfield Place) by architect Cesar Pelli, as well as the expansive North Cove Marina and its public realm. This walk investigates how the planning concept of public-private partnership was both the principle and economic engine of the Battery Park City project. It will consider how the office and retail precinct connects to lower Manhattan and the World Trade Center and how the goal of opening the waterfront to public access and recreation was realized over three decades. Tour duration is around 60 minutes. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Battery Park City Tour: The Business Core

Author Reading | China Room: A Novel of Women Trying to Free Themselves (virtual)


A virtual event with Sunjeev Sahota for the launch of his newest book, a transfixing novel about two unforgettable characters seeking to free themselves--one from the expectations of women in early 20th century Punjab, and the other from the weight of life in the contemporary Indian diaspora
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, China Room: A Novel of Women Trying to Free Themselves (virtual)

Opening Reception | The Earth, That Is Sufficient: Group Exhibition


A group show highlighting landscape painting, drawing, sculpture and photography as an assortment of traditional and radical depictions that characterize the ground we stand on and the distance we look out upon. The assembled, multi-generational group enlists various narrative methodologies to describe landscape in traditional terms and as new terrain possessing original and revolutionary spirit. The landscapes on view manifest as thought, object, vista and action. They offer up literal and metaphorical journeys and the terrestrial as full of physical and mental possibilities. The exhibition features work by Etel Adnan, Alvaro Barrington, Sholto Blissett, Lauren Halsey, Barkley L. Hendricks, Shara Hughes, Marcus Jahmal, Ana Mendieta, Walter Price, Ugo Rondinone, Uman, and Joseph Elmer Yoakum. The title is taken from Walt Whitman’s poem, "Song of the Open Road."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, The Earth, That Is Sufficient: Group Exhibition

Workshop | Outdoor Ping Pong


Casual or competitive, grab a paddle and play outdoor table tennis on the plaza with The Push and DJ Mike! Equipment will be provided. Thursdays, June 3-July 29, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Outdoor Ping Pong

Jazz | Jazz Outdoors


Featuring the Agustin Grasso Quartet.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Jazz Outdoors

Opening Reception | Don't Wake the Snake: The Spectrum of Ceramics


Los Angeles based Swiss artist Carmen D’Apollonio’s first solo exhibition. Self-taught in the ceramics discipline, D'Apollonio's  Don’t Wake the Snake is a culmination of the 7-year development of her studio practice. Through this exhibition, D’Apollonio investigates the spectrum from abstraction to figuration—realizing  intuitive  renditions of familiar objects and human forms.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Don't Wake the Snake: The Spectrum of Ceramics

Opening Reception | Problem-Solver: Expressive Gestures and Controlled Color


Within this new series of paintings, Thai Mainhard has created a body of works that combines expressive and gestural motions, alongside more controlled forms and blocks of color. Central to Mainhard’s work is the ability to strike balance between chaos and order, building upon a tension that is core to Mainhard’s practice. Using a variety of media, the artist constructs her work with oil paint, oil stick and even at times with charcoal, producing a variety of visual effects and painting techniques.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Problem-Solver: Expressive Gestures and Controlled Color

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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Workshops, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Amp'd Workout

Workshop | Brukwine Class


Brukwine is a Caribbean-inspired total body workout that provides new and exciting ways to move. Learn the hottest signature Brukwine moves, how to wine your waist, isolate the hips, and shake your booty.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | Devon Gilfillian: Powerful Modern Soul


Devon Gilfillian’s emotional vocals weave together with blues, rock, R&B, and hip-hop to form uniquely powerful modern soul music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Jazz | Jazz Outdoors


Jazz vocalist Mamiko Taira performs. The event will be held indoors for rain.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Jazz Outdoors

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 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Midtown Dance: Salsa and Social Dancing

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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Workshops, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, 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
6:30 pm
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Plays, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, 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. July 13-18, 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
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Plays, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, King Lear -- with a Happy Ending

Play | The Two Noble Kinsmen: Shakespeare in a Parking Lot


The Two Noble Kinsmen is a play by John Fletcher and William Shakespeare that was reprinted in a second folio edition of Beaumont and Fletcher's plays in 1679. Its story is taken from "The Knight's Tale" by Chaucer. It is generally accepted to be The Bard's final play before he retired to Stratford-Upon-Avon and died three years later--a collaboration of an older playwright with one whose career had only begun. The play is a tragicomedy in the manner of Fletcher. Presented by the Drilling Company. Chairs are provided on a first come, first served basis and audience members are welcome to bring their own.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Plays, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, The Two Noble Kinsmen: Shakespeare in a Parking Lot

Discussion | Across the MacDowell Dinner Table: Excellence, Aesthetics, and Value (virtual)


Nell Painter’s conversation with Newark Museum of Art Director Linda Harrison, distinguished visual artist Joyce Kozloff, and pathbreaking gallerist Garth Greenan deconstructs the art world’s conceptions of excellence, aesthetics, and value. These are lofty terms, but what are the actual decisions, the actual steps, that move art from the studio to the gallery to the museum where we see art, when White and male artists seemed for so long to monopolize excellence, aesthetics, and value, and engaged art, especially by artists of color and White women, was dismissed as mere illustration?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Across the MacDowell Dinner Table: Excellence, Aesthetics, and Value (virtual)

Concert | Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton: African American Roots Music


Jerron Paxton is a musician who specializes in Black Folk music in both urban and rural form. He tours the world most of the year as one of the few soloists of African American roots music. Originally from the western end of the “Chitlin Circuit” in South Central Los Angeles, he has made his home in New York since 2010 and has found a home there amongst the great practitioners of both traditional and contemporary musicians in Banjo, fiddle, guitar, piano, harmonica, singing and storytelling has led him to a globe-trotting career of sharing his music and culture with his audience the world over.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton: African American Roots Music

Concert | Waterfront Concert: Spitfire


Spitfire plays classic rock. Don't forget to bring a blanket or chair.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Waterfront Concert: Spitfire

Gallery Talk | Whitney Museum Artist Talk: Dave McKenzie (virtual)


On the occasion of the exhibition Dave McKenzie: The Story I Tell Myself, McKenzie speaks with Adrienne Edwards, the Engell Speyer Family Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, to discuss his twenty-year practice, his artistic influences, and his recently completed Whitney-commissioned performance "Disturbing the View."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Whitney Museum Artist Talk: Dave McKenzie (virtual)

Opera | Angel's Bone: Opera, Theater, Cabaret, Chamber Music and Punk Rock (virtual)


Angel's Bone is a work of opera-theatre that melds chamber music, theatre, punk rock, opera, cabaret, and electronics. It follows the plight of two angels exploring the dark effects and motivations behind modern-day slavery and the trafficking industry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Concerts, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Angel's Bone: Opera, Theater, Cabaret, Chamber Music and Punk Rock (virtual)

Opening Reception | Glory Days: The Summer of 1984 and the 90 Days That Changed Sports and Culture Forever (virtual)


Sports Illustrated executive editor and bestselling author L. Jon Wertheim's new book chronicles one extraordinary summer full of players, moments, and stories that would set the course for sports for the next half century. Never before, in one 90-day period, have more pivotal and freakishly coincidental sports and cultural forces collided. A rollicking guided tour set against the backdrop of the nostalgia-soaked 1980s, Glory Days celebrates the precise point when we collectively traded in our ratty Converses for a pair of sleek, heavily branded, ingeniously marketed Nikes. This was the summer that sports went big time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Glory Days: The Summer of 1984 and the 90 Days That Changed Sports and Culture Forever (virtual)

Opera | Met Opera: Puccini's Madama Butterfly (virtual, streaming for 23 hrs)


Giacomo Puccini's devastating saga of devotion, tradition, betrayal and sacrifice is among the most-performed operas worldwide. Drawing inspiration from traditional Japanese theater, Anthony Minghella's production retells this heartbreaking tale with brilliant stagecraft, bold colors, and bunraku puppetry. Chinese soprano Hui He stars as Cio-Cio-San, the young geisha who puts her trust in a visiting American naval officer, only to later be abandoned by him. In a feat of operatic heroics, tenor Bruce Sledge appears as the callous Pinkterton. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts, leading a cast that also includes mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as Cio-Cio-San's loyal companion, Suzuki, and Tony Award-winning baritone Paulo Szot as the U.S. consul Sharpless. From November 9, 2019.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Met Opera: Puccini's Madama Butterfly (virtual, streaming for 23 hrs)

Dance Performance | Lucky Star (0.3). A Trippy, Irreverent Dance-Theatre and Video Installation


A queer dance performance, part underground club inspired by the famed Club 57, part video art installation. Looking back at the landscape of the downtown DIY art-making starting from Stonewall up until the 90s and locating it at such venues as Judson Church, La MaMa, Pyramid Club - it explores the intersectionality of Queer artists and their creative legacy. Borrowing superstardom fabulousness to celebrate queer bodies, the objectification, creative endurance, and pursuit of artistic fame, Lucky Star is trippy and irreverent, with performers cast as supernatural and alternate-universe superstar versions of themselves.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Lucky Star (0.3). A Trippy, Irreverent Dance-Theatre and Video Installation

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
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Plays, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park

Movie in a Park | Frozen II (2019): Animated Disney Sequel


Elsa the Snow Queen and her sister Anna embark on an adventure far away from the kingdom of Arendelle. They are joined by friends, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven. Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee Stars: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad
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Movie in a Parks, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Frozen II (2019): Animated Disney Sequel

Movie in a Park | Thelma and Louise (1991): Female Buddy Movie with Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis


Two best friends set out on an adventure, but it soon turns around to a terrifying escape from being hunted by the police, as these two girls escape for the crimes they committed. Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, July 15, 2021, 07/15/2021, Thelma and Louise (1991): Female Buddy Movie with Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis
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