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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on July 17, 2021?

28 free events take place on Saturday, July 17 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 17 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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28 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Saturday, July 17, 2021

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

Film | Guys and Dolls (1955) with Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra (virtual, streaming for 24 hrs)


A singing Marlon Brando stars opposite Frank Sinatra in this classic musical. When Sky Masterson is challenged to take a missionary to Havana, he finds himself falling in love. But will she return his love when she realizes the trip was a ploy? Directed by Robert Louis Stevenson, Joseph L. Mankiewicz Starring Marlon Brando, Roddy Mcdowall, Dan O'Herlihy, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 am
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Films, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, Guys and Dolls (1955) with Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra (virtual, streaming for 24 hrs)

Workshop | Healthy on the Hudson: Pilates


These classes improve flexibility and build strength, while remaining low-impact. Open to all fitness levels. Saturdays, June 19-October 2, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Workshops, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, Healthy on the Hudson: Pilates

Dance Lesson | Fan Dancing Workshop


Explore this traditional Chinese folk dance with Margaret Yuen, an instructor from the Red Silk Dancers. Tuesdays and Saturdays, July 17-August 28, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Dance Lessons, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, Fan Dancing Workshop

Workshop | Saturday Yoga


Classes of Vinyasa Yoga – a series of flowing poses linked to awareness of the breath – with instructor Jennifer Batson. Classes are designed for all experience levels. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat or a towel. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, class size is limited to 36 students who must remain six feet apart while practicing. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Masks are required for entry to the park but can be removed during the class session as participants are spaced at least six feet apart. Session 1: 9:30 – 10:30am Session 2: 11am – 12pm Weather permitting Saturdays, May 22 – September 18, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, Saturday Yoga

Fair | FAD Market on the Island: Jewelry, Art, Apparel, Body Care, and More


Featuring a rotating lineup of over 30 of the city's emerging makers, designers, artists, and small businesses each month, browse one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry, art, apparel, bath and body care, tableware, home furnishings, and more. Every third weekend of the month until October 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Fairs, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, FAD Market on the Island: Jewelry, Art, Apparel, Body Care, and More

Workshop | Kayaking


Glide along the water while kayaking this summer! All levels are welcome. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. Saturdays, June 5-September 25, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Workshops, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, Kayaking

Dance Lesson | Moves with Limon Dance


Experience the joy of movement and dance. Led by dancers from the world-renowned Limon Dance Company, this modern dance class is open to all levels and ages. Revel in the joy of dance! Saturdays, July 10-September 25, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, Moves with Limon Dance

Fair | Summer Fair: Wide Variety of Goods and Food


Street fair with authentic foods booths, merchandise vendors, and a variety of goods for you to explore and enjoy in the city of New York! Over 50 food booths and 300 merchandise booths that sell a variety of goods.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, Summer Fair: Wide Variety of Goods and Food

Fair | Waterfront Market: Music, Food, Antiques, Clothing, Roller Skating


The market offers food, shopping, family-friendly activities and entertainment: music, accessories, clothing, jewelry, pet supplies, beauty products, pottery and much more. Every Sat and Sun, 10 am - 5 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, Waterfront Market: Music, Food, Antiques, Clothing, Roller Skating

Concert | Woodwind Works by Mozart and More


Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra's woodwind quintet performs music by W.A. Mozart, Zequinh de Abreu, Billy Childs, Valeria Colemen and more. Featuring Riu Cipris, flute, Stuart Breczinski, oboe, Nuno Antunes, clarinet, Nanci Belmont, bassoon, and Laura Weiner, horn. 3 shows: 10:00am Billings Lawn 11:00am Abby’s Lawn 12:15pm Linden Terrace
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, Woodwind Works by Mozart and More

Fair | Street Market: Food Vendors, Collectables, Decor Items and More


Shop for antiques, decor items, sustainable and vintage clothing, collectible objects and more. In addition, Smorgasburg food vendors will offer brunch and lunch options.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Fairs, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, Street Market: Food Vendors, Collectables, Decor Items and More

Performance | The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Presents Flatbed Follies


New York City’s acclaimed variety arts ensemble, the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, presents Flatbed Follies, bringing performing arts to neighborhoods that have minimal arts programming and those areas hit hardest by COVID. Performances will take place upon an innovative series of parade float stages featuring circus artists from all five boroughs. There will even be a calliope wagon providing authentic circus music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Presents Flatbed Follies

Open Studios | Open Studios


Visit 2021 artists-in-residence at in their studios, where they will share works-in-progress as well as offer hands-on and engaging activities for attendees. Artists: Simon Benjamin Erik Bergrin Chia-Lun Chang Catherine Chen Gregory Corbino Marco DaSilva Ayano Elson Snow Yunxue Fu Lauren Gaston Molly Horan* Java Jones Jordan Jones Linda Kuo Tingying Ma Ryan Moritz Daniel Shieh Yuliya Tsukerman
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Open Studioss, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, Open Studios

Birdwatching | The 9th Annual "It's Your Tern" Celebration


Come celebrate the terns of the island! Common terns, listed as a threatened species in New York State, have nested in recent years on the island's waterfront. This year they're back, better than ever. Learn what makes these little seabirds so special with free activities and bird walks for the whole family.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, The 9th Annual "It's Your Tern" Celebration

Opening Reception | B-words: Rhode Island School of Design 2021 MFA Photography Show


Work by: Megan Christiansen Chance DeVille Camilla Jerome Xinyi Mei Steffanie Padilla Leah Zhang
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, B-words: Rhode Island School of Design 2021 MFA Photography Show

Dance Performance | Sleeping Beauty: Classic Ballet (virtual)


Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty was first performed in 1890. The work has become one of the classical repertoire's most famous ballets. Performed by American Liberty Ballet Academy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Suggested donation $10,...
Dance Performances, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, Sleeping Beauty: Classic Ballet (virtual)

Jazz | Jazz Quartet Performs Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin


Saxophonists and clarinetists Peter and Will Anderson will be joined by Joe Boga on trumpet and Alex Raderman on drums. They will play classic American repertoire from the songbooks of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, Jazz Quartet Performs Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin

Jazz | Jazz Outdoors


3:30pm: Rare Billie - Trio Daphne, a vocal jazz trio offer a tribute concert to Billie Holiday. Presented by the GYS Yardbird Jazz Messengers. 4:30pm: David Bertrand Quartet, a musical quartet performing original songs inspired by modern jazz and the folkloric rhythms and song forms of David's homeland, Trinidad & Tobago.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, Jazz Outdoors

Dance Performance | Sleeping Beauty: Classic Ballet (virtual)


Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty was first performed in 1890. The work has become one of the classical repertoire's most famous ballets. Performed by American Liberty Ballet Academy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, Sleeping Beauty: Classic Ballet (virtual)

Jazz | Big Band: Jazz, Reggae, Ska and Rock Steady


NYC Ska Orchestra, an 18-piece big band, rehearses for the first time together since the lockdown. The band will perform original compositions and arrangements of popular songs across reggae, ska, rock steady, and jazz.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, Big Band: Jazz, Reggae, Ska and Rock Steady

Dance Performance | OpenCultureWORK: Dancing on the Street


Alison Cook Beatty Dance shuts down NYC streets for two performances. Start times: 5pm, 7pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, OpenCultureWORK: Dancing on the Street

Concert | Saturday Live Music


Take a dash of Herb Albert, a pinch of David Bowie, add a handful of Andy Kaufman, and you have Robert Whaley and his band. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, Saturday Live Music

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 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, 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 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, 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 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, The Two Noble Kinsmen: Shakespeare in a Parking Lot

Movie in a Park | Adventures in Babysitting (1987): Teens Set Loose in Chicago


A high-school senior travels to Chicago to rescue a friend, bringing her suburban charges along. Directed by Chris Columbus. With Elisabeth Shue, Maia Brewton, Keith Coogan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, Adventures in Babysitting (1987): Teens Set Loose in Chicago

Movie in a Park | The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2020): Cartoon Characters' Big Adventure


After SpongeBob's beloved pet snail Gary is snail-napped, he and Patrick embark on an epic adventure to The Lost City of Atlantic City to bring Gary home. Director: Tim Hill Stars: Tim Hill, Clancy Brown, Bill Fagerbakke
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2020): Cartoon Characters' Big Adventure

Performance | Come Hell or High Femmes: Performance Art in Three Acts (virtual; streaming for 24 hours)


Keioui Keijaun Thomas’ new series of video poems/performances were filmed during, around and throughout the current global pandemic. In this series, Thomas reimagines how we can hold each other; care for ourselves; and honor our time and energy, while moving through uncharted territories with a plethora of possibilities. Each act was filmed and edited by/with one friend, creating portals to new worlds where black and brown trans people are able to thrive, heal, and transcend. Taking up space. This is a love letter; a gentle reminder; a kiss up into the sky; a guiding light for black and brown femmes to know that we are here. We have always been here. Everything the light and shadow touches is ours, too. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, July 17, 2021, 07/17/2021, Come Hell or High Femmes: Performance Art in Three Acts (virtual; streaming for 24 hours)
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