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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on July 22, 2021?

35 free events take place on Thursday, July 22 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 22 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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35 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Thursday, July 22, 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 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Tai Chi in Midtown

Fair | Summer Block Party: Food and Goods


Meet and greet new people and enjoy summer! This street fair offers authentic food booths, merchandise vendors, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Fairs, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Summer Block Party: Food and Goods

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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12:30 pm
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Concerts, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Piano Music in a Park

Concert | Piano Music: From Jazz and Contemporary to Classical


Students from Third Street's Summer Piano Workshop will perform a variety of musical selections, in a range of styles from jazz and contemporary to classical. Programs subject to change. In case of rain, the performance may be cancelled.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
Free
Concerts, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Piano Music: From Jazz and Contemporary to Classical

Discussion | Posters, Politics, and Satire: A Conversation (virtual)


Political satire is as old as civilization. As long as there have been different points of view, people have found a way to lambast their opponents. Few modern satirists are as well-known as Hunter S. Thompson, whose biting points of view are beautifully expressed in the posters on view in Freak Power. But where is political satire in posters today? And how do contemporary designers use humor to challenge public perception? This afternoon, join poster makers Winston Tseng and Maia Lorian as they discuss how they’ve used posters to point out hypocrisy, corruption, and greed in the political system. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Posters, Politics, and Satire: A Conversation (virtual)

Author Reading | Trust Yourself: Stop Overthinking and Channel Your Emotions at Work


Author Melody Wilding prsents her new book. Stick around for a Q&A.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Trust Yourself: Stop Overthinking and Channel Your Emotions at Work

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 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Outdoor Ping Pong

Opening Reception | Friends Expo: Gallery Artists Show


Exhibiting Artists: Julie Rotblatt-Amrany - Alberte Bernier Summer Roshni Bhullar - Daniel C. Boyer Sílvia Soares Boyer - Lucky Checkley Elisabeth Frischauf - Audrey Cohn-Ganz Jessica Gondek - Chris Gregson Barbara A. Kleiner - Lou Ann LaBohn Connie McKinnon - Jessica Mieles Esther Mizrahi - Marjorie Morrow Amy Nolan - Mary Alice Orito Susi Raphael - Mary McKenna Ridge Catherine Schmitt - Carol Summar Joel Tretin - Annick Vuissoz
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Friends Expo: Gallery Artists Show

Book Signing | I’m Looking Through You: Photographs of L.A.


I’m Looking Through You is an expansive visual poem celebrating the glamorous surface of Los Angeles and its reach.Animating Tim Davis's wry observations and the mesmerizing, color-pop geometry of his images is the photographer and writer’s decades long, gimlet-eyed meditation on making pictures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Signings, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, I&rsquo;m Looking Through You: Photographs of L.A.

Opening Reception | Shohei Miyachi and Context: Group Photography Show


Miyachi’s photographs from three series will be shown alongside work by Stephen Barker, Pam Butler, Alessandro Di Pietro, Omar Gamez, Leigh Ledare, Matthew Leifheit, Dani Lessnau, Ann Weathersby, and Sue Williams.  Miyachi, born in Japan in 1989, received his BFA from School of Visual Arts in 2014, his MFA from Pratt Institute in 2019, and now teaches photography in Tokyo.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Shohei Miyachi and Context: Group Photography Show

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 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Amp'd Workout

Workshop | Digital Drink + Draw: Utopias (virtual)


Drink, draw, and find inspiration in self-taught art with educator and artist Natalie Beall. How do artists represent utopian thinking and their desires for a more creative, equitable, and just world? In this session, AFAM educator and artist Natalie Beall will introduce the fantastic flying machines of Charles Dellschau, transcendent Shaker Gift Drawings, and other visionary works by self-taught artists. Prompts for looking and drawing will be shared throughout the evening, and participants will be invited to share their work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Digital Drink + Draw: Utopias (virtual)

Opening Reception | Friends Expo: Group Exhibition


The gallery presents a group exhibition by 24 artists. Masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Friends Expo: Group Exhibition

Jazz | Jazz Quartet


Kana Miyamoto Quartet performs.  The event will be held indoors for rain.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Jazz Quartet

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 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Midtown Dance: Salsa and Social Dancing

Concert | Ranky Tank: Grammy-Winning Quintet


Grammy Award-winning South Carolina-based quintet celebrates Gullah culture from the southeastern Sea Islands, blending West African rhythms with jazz, gospel, and funk.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Ranky Tank: Grammy-Winning Quintet

Classical Music | String Quartet at the Waterfront


The Kristina Gitterman Quartet performs. Weather permitting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, String Quartet at the Waterfront

Play | Twelfth Night: One of Shakespeare's Most Celebrated Comedies


Shipwrecked in the alluring country of Illyria, twins Viola and Sebastian each believe the other dead and embark on parallel adventures of mistaken identity and self-discovery. Performed by The Greenhouse Ensemble. Every Thur and Fr at 6 pm until Jul 30th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Twelfth Night: One of Shakespeare's Most Celebrated Comedies

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 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Healthy on the Hudson: Run Club

Discussion | Local Underground Newspapers


A moderated discussion with newspaper editor Heidi Boghosian and photographer John McBride to recount their involvement with local underground newspapers, covering critical moments like the Tompkins Square Riot of 1988 and infamous Community Board 3 Cross Subsidy Plan, and to explore, with their insight, a selection of historic newspapers from our archive.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Local Underground Newspapers

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 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, 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 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 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, King Lear -- with a Happy Ending

Play | The Wolves: Adolescent Warriors (virtual; streaming thru Aug. 15)


Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban field, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with the vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. The Wolves is a portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, The Wolves: Adolescent Warriors (virtual; streaming thru Aug. 15)

Concert | Eli Fola: Saxophone Genius


Eli Fola is a Nigerian-born, New York- and Tulum-based multidisciplinary sound artist, saxophonist, DJ, and producer. He is the creator and pioneer of the live-hybrid set "Yoruba Tech Soul"-- a fusion of AfroHouse, Techno, Jazz, and Classical music. He is often regarded as a saxophone genius and branded with the visual art world due to his powerful imagery that showcases Afrohouse and spirituality in a modern context. He has performed alongside artists such as Black Coffee, Pablo Fierro, and Audiofly. He has also been sought after by Grammy-winning producer Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys for private events at their home as well as their No Commission event in Miami where he got to perform alongside artists such as A$AP ROCKY, Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz. Eli Fola was also a 2017 Ted Speaker and performer. His Ted talk focused on how music can be used to reconcile and highlight differences in culture and identity.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Eli Fola: Saxophone Genius

Discussion | Recalibrating for a Better New York (virtual)


How do we recalibrate reality to create a better, brighter future for New York? Scott Rechler, chair of the Regional Plan Association and CEO of RXR Realty, hosts a conversation series with leading thinkers and decision-makers to tackle this crucial question.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Recalibrating for a Better New York (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
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Concerts, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Summer Serenades: Orchestra of St. Luke's Musicians Perform Bernstein, Stravinsky, Joplin and More

Concert | Waterfront Concert: Dancing Dream


Dancing Dream is an ABBA tribute band. Don't forget to bring a blanket or chair.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Waterfront Concert: Dancing Dream

Comedy Club | Little Old Lady Comedy Night (virtual)


The quarterly comedy series goes virtual, as the editors of humor site Little Old Lady Comedy brings a night of humor readings and stand-up comedy. Series host and LOL co-founder Mary Cella has invited Marisela Gonzalez (Little Old Lady, McSweeney's), Ginny Hogan (The New Yorker), Daisy Hobbs (McSweeney's), Lindsay Hameroff (McSweeney's), Rachel Reyes (Points in Case), and Jeff Bender (McSweeney's) for an evening of laughs (BYO wine reception).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Little Old Lady Comedy Night (virtual)

Opera | Met Opera: Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann (virtual, streaming for 23 hours)


Tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the title role in Offenbach's fantastical opera, giving a tour-de-force performance as the tortured poet unlucky in love. He is joined by a trio of leading ladies: Erin Morley sings the mechanical doll Olympia, Hibla Gerzmava is the fragile Antonia, and Christine Rice sings Giulietta, the Venetian courtesan. Bartlett Sher's colorful production also stars Thomas Hampson as the sinister Four Villains and Kate Lindsey as Niklausse, Hoffmann's friend and muse. Yves Abel conducts. From January 31, 2015.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Concerts, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Met Opera: Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann (virtual, streaming for 23 hours)

Classical Music | Period Instrument Ensemble: J.S. Bach, Telemann and More (virtual)


House of Time: Gonzalo X. Ruiz, oboe; Tatiana Daubek, violin; Avi Stein, harpsichord; Matt Zucker, cello Program Telemann (1681-1767) Paris Quartet No. 6 in E Minor Jacob Klein (1688-1748) Sonata for Cello and Continuo in A Major Op. 4 No. 2 J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Sonata for Oboe and Continuo in Bb Major after BWV 1033 J.S. Bach (1685-1750) Prelude and Fugue in C Minor BWV 871 CPE Bach (1714-1788) Trio Sonata in C Minor H. 579: Wq 161/1 Sanguineus et Melancholicus
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Period Instrument Ensemble: J.S. Bach, Telemann and More (virtual)

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 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, 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 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park

Talk | YouTube & K-Pop (virtual)


When experts analyze the worldwide success of K-pop, all point to one watershed moment in 2012: Psy's music video Gangnam Style was uploaded to YouTube. As YouTube became the main platform for music video release, K-pop broke through the language and cultural barriers and reached out to the world. Through YouTube, K-pop songs are watched and shared around the globe, and Korean artists communicate with their ever-increasing and dedicated fans everywhere. Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer of YouTube, discusses how YouTube grew its global viewership and impact while promoting the cutting edge of K-culture, especially K-pop, to the world. Joon Park, the leader of the first generation idol group g.o.d., and producer Robert Ock will join the conversation to be moderated by Eva Pilgrim of ABC News.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, YouTube & K-Pop (virtual)

Play | Seize the King: A Modern Retelling of Shakespeare's Richard III


Carl Cofield is directing Will Power's Seize the King, an explosive and timely modern reinterpretation of Shakespeare's Richard III. With his country's throne empty, Richard knocks down threats to his ascension, fueling his insatiable ambition and paranoia.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Seize the King: A Modern Retelling of Shakespeare's Richard III

Movie in a Park | Beauty and the Beast (1991): Animated Version of the Classic Story


A prince cursed to spend his days as a hideous monster sets out to regain his humanity by earning a young woman's love. Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise Stars: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Jesse Corti  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, July 22, 2021, 07/22/2021, Beauty and the Beast (1991): Animated Version of the Classic Story
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