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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on July 21, 2021?

36 free events take place on Wednesday, July 21 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 21 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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36 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

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

Workshop | Boot Camp Workout


The Rise NYC, a community driven pop-up fitness group, hosts an early morning boot camp. Rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, push-ups, burpees, and mountain climbers ensure a mixture of cardio and strength training that will keep you coming back, and seeing results. No equipment necessary; smiles and high-fives encouraged!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Boot Camp Workout

Fair | Street Market with Over 50 Vendors


Street fair with merchandise vendors and a variety of goods for you to explore and enjoy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Street Market with Over 50 Vendors

Discussion | Italian Designer Ugo La Pietra in Conversation (virtual)


Ugo La Pietra is one of the most original and definition defying of the Italian maestri. In this conversation La Pietra discusses his hugely diverse output, which spans art, architecture, design, and craft and which includes artefacts, installations, films, publications, education and more. His work is underpinned by an interest in research, and concepts of the “disequilibrating system” and “living is being everywhere at home”. Active since the early 1960s, La Pietra has been a key part of movements and initiatives including Radical Design and the Global Tools group. La Pietra is however also notable as an individual working in overlooked areas, most notably his extensive engagement with Italy’s rich craft tradition. Interviewed by Dr. Catharine Rossi, UK-based design historian and associate professor at Kingston University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Italian Designer Ugo La Pietra in Conversation (virtual)

Tour | Walking Tour at Major Midtown Square


Join in for an enjoyable walking tour and learn about a successfully transformation of "Needle Park" of the 1970s into Manhattan's Town Square of today. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Walking Tour at Major Midtown Square

Discussion | Black Oenophiles: African Culture and Imagination in the World of Wine (virtual)


Oenology is the study of wine, and oenophiles, those who are connoisseurs of it. Around the world, oenophiles of African descent are shaping the global wine industry in creative and provocative ways – adding flavors and cultures unique to Africa and its Diaspora. As the number of Black experts, entrepreneurs, and communities in the wine industry continues to expand, Africans are also shaping how global consumers access and experience wine, including curating culturally-informed wine pairing experiences in-person and online. These wine pioneers are shaping culture, while driving innovation in a field that has historically excluded people of African descent.    The Africa Center and Dine Diaspora host this discussion centered around how people of African descent are ensuring their profiles are at the table. Panelists will include Kodjo Adovor, Nadia Takyiwaa-Mensah and Tinashe Nyamudoka.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Black Oenophiles: African Culture and Imagination in the World of Wine (virtual)

Tour | Dubrovnik: Marvelous Old Town with Medieval Architecture (virtual, live-stream)


Old town Dubrovnik is a beautifully preserved architectural and historical jewel of Adriatic. On this walk you will see the most famous street of the town, Stradun (Placa), the town's first pharmacy, first running water system, narrow streets, old harbor and all other most important town's buildings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Tours, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Dubrovnik: Marvelous Old Town with Medieval Architecture (virtual, live-stream)

Workshop | Pilates Outdoors


Join Janessa for a fun 45-minute Pilates Mat class in the great outdoors. You will strengthen, lengthen, tone and align your body while also boosting your energy, your mood, and your wellbeing. Bring your own mat.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Pilates Outdoors

Author Reading | Non-Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Writers


Authors offer advice and discuss their latest books. With: Judy Batalion, The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos Adin Dobkin, Sprinting Through No Man's Land: Endurance, Tragedy, and Rebirth in the 1919 Tour de France Frank Mortimer, Bee People and the Bugs They Love Steven Petrow, Stupid Things I Won't Do When I Get Old: A Highly Judgmental, Unapologetically Honest Accounting of All the Things Our Elders Are Doing Wrong
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Non-Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Writers

Concert | Piano Music in a Park


Piano concert series, showcasing ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists. Every weekday at 12:30 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Piano Music in a Park

Author Reading | 2 New Books on Women and Power (virtual)


Tahmima Anam and Katie Kitamura come together to discuss the July launches of their newest books, both of which tell the stories of women who live in positions adjacent to power, whether in fame or politics. Anam’s novel The Startup Wife tells the story of a brilliant coder whose marriage draws her into the tech world and thrusts her husband into the pressures of social media fame. Kitamura’s novel Intimacies follows an interpreter as she’s pulled into political controversy in the Hague while interpreting for a president accused of international war crimes. Maris Kreizman will moderate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, 2 New Books on Women and Power (virtual)

Workshop | Knitting in the Park


Swing by for free instruction from Knitty City, New York City’s favorite yarn community and store, and knit with fellow enthusiasts. Yarn and needles are provided. Wednesdays, June 30-August 25, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Knitting in the Park

Discussion | Authentic Love: A New Way to Talk and Listen (virtual)


Ross Guttler, CEO of The Open Center, sits down with bestselling authors and Internationally known couples therapists Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt to discuss their upcoming workshop. Tune in to discover a new way to talk and listen that will turn difference and conflict into opportunities for spiritual growth and healing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Authentic Love: A New Way to Talk and Listen (virtual)

Classical Music | Summer Serenades: Orchestra of St. Luke's Musicians Perform Bernstein, Stravinsky, Joplin and More


Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) musicians play wind quintet favorites by Stravinsky and Ibert, as well as selections from Valerie Coleman's piece Portraits of Josephine. The OSL brass quintet weaves this program together, playing pieces by Paul Dukas, Leonard Bernstein, Malcolm Arnold, and Scott Joplin.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free
Concerts, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Summer Serenades: Orchestra of St. Luke's Musicians Perform Bernstein, Stravinsky, Joplin and More

Discussion | Claes & Coosje’s The Course of the Knife


A workshop considering sculpture, performance, architecture, and the absurd. This is a discussion panel-come-table-read that pays homage to Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen's monumental multi-media performance Il Corso del Coltello (The Course of The Knife), presenting selections and characters from the original script interpreted by five contemporary artists, theater producers, writers, and performers. This event invites K8 Hardy, David Levine, Precious Okoyomon, and Hari Kunzru, alongside Pace Live Curatorial Director and moderator Mark Beasley, to consider the work's impact and history as a pioneering, experimental, ephemeral, and absurdist fusion of sculpture, theater, and architecture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:30 pm
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Discussions, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Claes & Coosje&rsquo;s The Course of the Knife

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
4:00 pm
Free
City Walks, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Battery Park City Tour: The Business Core

Opening Reception | Donavon Smallwood: 2021 Aperture Portfolio Prize Winner


This exhibition presents the work of Donavon Smallwood, winner of the 2021 Aperture Portfolio Prize for his series Languor, featuring photographs taken in New York’s Central Park that envision Black tranquility at the center of the urban landscape. Smallwood invites viewers to consider Black people in natural settings connected to their own cultural history. His work, chosen from more than 1,200 submissions, was also published in the Summer 2021 issue of Aperture magazine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Donavon Smallwood: 2021 Aperture Portfolio Prize Winner

Workshop | Kayaking


Glide along the water while kayaking this summer! All levels are welcome. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. Wednesdays, June 2-August 25, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Kayaking

Discussion | Towards Comprehensive Planning: New York City in Conversation (virtual)


Many New Yorkers are seeking a more coordinated and collaborative approach to land use planning in the city, while others are comfortable with the status quo or feel New York is too complex for a comprehensive plan. There is an important public debate now on how a city of 8.5 million people with varying needs, cultures, and underlying vulnerabilities, can create a shared plan for its future. How is a comprehensive plan different from the current framework for land use decisions in New York City? Can communities be brought into the planning process early and often to assist in adapting for climate change, help direct growth, and prioritize investments that address longstanding disparities between people and places? Or is New York simply too big or too complicated for a comprehensive plan?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Towards Comprehensive Planning: New York City in Conversation (virtual)

Workshop | Fitness on the Waterfront


Your one-stop-shop for a complete body and mind workout. Barre seamlessly blends moves from ballet, Pilates, strength training, and yoga. You will be guided through a series of micro-movements and active holds, using your body weight for resistance. These small, isolated movements yield extensive results: long, lean, sculpted lines. You'll work muscles you didn't even know you have and feel them for days after. What to bring/wear: Yoga or Pilates mat, water and hand towel. Wear comfortable workout clothes - pants, leggings, or capris, and a workout tank or t-shirt. Grip socks optional, bare feet welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Fitness on the Waterfront

Workshop | Outdoor Fitness


Get fit during this outdoor workout series aimed to help you build strength, get toned, and relax. A variety of fun and challenging classes will be taught by instructors from top NYC fitness studios. Wednesdays, May 12-September 8, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Outdoor Fitness

Workshop | Sunset Yoga


Join a class with Thai James. Bring your own mat.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Reading | Acrobat: Radiant Poetry About Womanhood (virtual)


Writer, actor, and child-rights activist Nandana Dev Sen to present her translation of the poetry collection Acrobat by her mother, the beloved Bengali writer Nabaneeta Dev Sen. Acrobat is a radiant collection of poetry about womanhood, intimacy, and the body politic that together evokes the arc of an ordinary life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Acrobat: Radiant Poetry About Womanhood (virtual)

Classical Music | Ensemble Connect: Baroque to Cutting Edge


The brilliant musicians of Ensemble Connect bring thrilling virtuosity and energy to everything they perform. Their command of a vast range of repertoire that spans the Baroque era to cutting-edge works by leading composers of today makes each performance a fascinating journey of musical discovery. Exemplary performers, dedicated teachers, and passionate advocates for their communities, these forward-looking musicians are part of a two-year fellowship that aims to redefine what it means to be a musician in the 21st century. The themes of the Ensemble Connect's performances at the park are inspired by nature, designed to complement world-renowned artist Maya Lin's Ghost Forest, a public art commission currently on view in the Park's Oval lawn. Wednesdays, July 7-August 11, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Ensemble Connect: Baroque to Cutting Edge

Concert | From Swing to R&B to 80's Pop Hits


Join a rotating cast of musicians curated by ArBuzz and Sharla, as they play everything from swing to R&B to 80's pop hits. Take a seat in the courtyard and enjoy the show. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, From Swing to R&B to 80's Pop Hits

Workshop | Healthy on the Hudson: HIIT Class


A dynamic and challenging HIIT class (adaptable to all levels of ability) on one of the park's newest piers. Wednesdays, June 16-September 29, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Healthy on the Hudson: HIIT Class

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 20-25, 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 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, King Lear -- with a Happy Ending

Play | The Two Noble Kinsmen: Outdoor Performance of a Rarely Staged Shakespeare Play


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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, The Two Noble Kinsmen: Outdoor Performance of a Rarely Staged Shakespeare Play

Jazz | Jazz in the Park


A Jazzmobile presentation featuring the Danny Mixon Piano Quartet.
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7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Jazz in the Park

Concert | Sunset on the Hudson: Alsarah and the Nubatones


Alsarah is a singer, songwriter, bandleader and a somewhat reluctant ethnomusicologist. Born in Khartoum, Sudan, she relocated to Yemen with her family before abruptly moving to the USA, finally feeling most at home in Brooklyn, NY where she has been residing since 2004. She is a self-proclaimed practitioner of East-African Retro-Pop music. Working on various projects, she has toured both nationally and internationally.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Sunset on the Hudson: Alsarah and the Nubatones

Discussion | Talking COVID-19 Vaccine Cooperation


A conversation between John Rim, President and CEO of Samsung Biologics, and The Korea Society’s President Tom Byrne. Rim will discuss his extensive career and senior leadership roles in diverse global markets and disciplines, as well as his current role as the head of Samsung Biologics. With over 30 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, President Rim was a key member that facilitated the growth of Samsung Biologics into one of the world’s largest contract development and manufacturing companies.
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Discussions, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Talking COVID-19 Vaccine Cooperation

Concert | Tango: JP Jofre and his Tango Quintet


Bring your own blanket and your favorite picnic accoutrements. Seating is first-come, first-served. In case of rain, the event will be held the following evening.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Tango: JP Jofre and his Tango Quintet

Author Reading | El Chapo: The Untold Story of the World's Most Infamous Drug Lord (virtual)


Noah Hurowitz builds on his revelatory coverage for Rolling Stone of El Chapo’s federal drug-trafficking trial in a stunning investigation of the life and legend of Mexican kingpin Joaquín Archivaldo “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera. Hurowitz digs in deep beyond the legends and delves into El Chapo’s life and legacy—not just the hunt for him—revealing some of the most dramatic and often horrifying moments of his notorious career.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, El Chapo: The Untold Story of the World's Most Infamous Drug Lord (virtual)

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 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park

Film | Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red in It (2015): Prince-Inspired Musical Drama from Africa (virtual)


Mdou Moctar is a musician trying to succeed in the raucous subculture of the Niger guitar scene. He must battle fierce competition from jealous musicians, overcome family conflicts, endure trials of the heart, and overcome his biggest rival - himself. Director: Christopher Kirkley With: Mdou Moctar, Fatima Falo, Rhaicha Ibrahim In Tamashek with English subtitles
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Films, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red in It (2015): Prince-Inspired Musical Drama from Africa (virtual)

Movie in a Park | The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984): Kermit and Friends on Broadway


Kermit and his friends go to New York City to get their musical on Broadway only to find it's a more difficult task than they anticipated. Director: Frank Oz Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz
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8:30 pm
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Movie in a Parks, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984): Kermit and Friends on Broadway

Movie in a Park | Spies in Disguise (2019): Pigeon Saves the World


When the world's best spy is turned into a pigeon, he must rely on his nerdy tech officer to save the world. Directors: Nick Bruno, Troy Quane Stars: Will Smith, Tom Holland, Rachel Brosnahan
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, July 21, 2021, 07/21/2021, Spies in Disguise (2019): Pigeon Saves the World
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