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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on July 23, 2021?

31 free events take place on Friday, July 23 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 23 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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31 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Friday, July 23, 2021

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

Workshop | Pilates Workshop


Dodge YMCA hosts a socially-distanced Pilates. Enhance your control, stability, coordination, endurance, balance, strength, and flexibility. Fridays, May 7-October 29, 2021 Advanced registration is required. Registration opens every Tuesday at 10:00am for classes the following week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, Pilates Workshop

Fair | Food Block Party!


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!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, Food Block Party!

Opera | Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin: 2007 Recording with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (virtual, streaming until Jul 30)


The opera is a radiant example of Russian lyric opera. The plot is based on Alexander Pushkin's 1825-1832 verse novel Eugene Onegin. It was first performed in Moscow in 1879. It features unabashedly expressive music that lifts the story of a callous young man who spurns true love and lives to regret it. Filmed at the 2007 Salzburg Festival, six-time Grammy winner and current director of the Berlin State Opera Daniel Barenboim conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with a cast led by Peter Mattei and Anna Samuil.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Concerts, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin: 2007 Recording with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (virtual, streaming until Jul 30)

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 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, Piano Music in a Park

Gallery Talk | Treasures from the Permanent Collection: An Interactive Spotlight Tour (virtual)


Join Morgan Library docents as they guide you on an up-close virtual exploration and discussion of one of the many works in the institution’s treasured permanent collection. Topic: Architecture of the Morgan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, Treasures from the Permanent Collection: An Interactive Spotlight Tour (virtual)

Party | Funky Friday Beach Party -- with Free Ice Cream


Enjoy a tropical escape. Lounge in beach chairs and eat ice cream, then dance and sweat your heart out with global phenomenon dance party, Soul in the Horn, led by “The 45 Queen,” DJ Natasha Diggs. Known as one of the most versatile and well-respected DJs in the world, Natasha Digg’s sets dip into soul, funk, hip hop, house, Latin, Afro-Brazilian, reggae, rock and disco. Ms.Diggs has worked with musical icons Quincy Jones, Q-Tip and David Byrne, toured with Grammy Award winner Lauryn Hill, DJ’d with Erykah Badu, and played for Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson and Damian Marley among many others. Free ice cream provided by Whole Foods Market (while supplies last).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Partys, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, Funky Friday Beach Party -- with Free Ice Cream

Classical Music | The Met's Balcony Bar from Home Featuring ETHEL and Friends in Concert (virtual)


Fix yourself a drink and experience The Met's Balcony Bar from home with ETHEL, one of the most acclaimed string quartets in the contemporary classical field. With an eye on tradition and an ear to the future, ETHEL is a leading force in concert music's reengagement with musical vernaculars, fusing diverse traditions into a vibrant sound. Expect familiar classical tunes mixed with a fair share of the group's signature cutting-edge repertoire. Featuring Dana Lyn, multi-instrumentalist, composer and animation artist. ETHEL is Ralph Farris (viola), Kip Jones (violin), Dorothy Lawson (cello), and Corin Lee (violin).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, The Met's Balcony Bar from Home Featuring ETHEL and Friends in Concert (virtual)

Opening Reception | No Vacancy: Group Sculpture Exhibition


43 members will be presenting a broad selection of works in one space for a period of 6 weeks ending on August 26th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, No Vacancy: Group Sculpture Exhibition

Museums | Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary


Discover art that traverses Asia's diverse cultures, regions, and narratives. The Museum's special exhibitions celebrate art forms that range from ancient to contemporary, including photography and multimedia, while its permanent collection galleries are focused primarily on art from the Himalayan region. Admission is free every Friday from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. (reservations open two weeks in advance).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary

Opening Reception | Graffiti: A Group Show


Arts in Transit features the powerhouse artists who led the first generation of New York graffiti writers alongside younger artists who inherited the tools to tell their stories, having grown up watching tagged trains from their bedroom windows. From the vibrant color scheme to gestural fonts, visual similarities in the artists' work speak not only to the expressive nature of graffiti but also to its culture of collaboration and mutual inspiration. Artists: BC aka WIN, BL, OLGA, VINNY, SMITH, COSE TDS & JEC*, Mike-171, SJK 171, JMS171 "The Boys from the Heights"; featured guest Taki 183
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, Graffiti: A Group Show

Museums | New York City and American History


Founded in 1804, this American history museum holds an extensive collection of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of New York and the United States. It presents exhibitions on a variety of topics and periods in American history, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Slavery in New York, The Hudson River School, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and much more. Pay-as-you-wish admission available on Fridays, 6 pm - 8 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, New York City and American History

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 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, Twelfth Night: One of Shakespeare's Most Celebrated Comedies

Workshop | Healthy on the Hudson: Tai Chi


Explore this low-impact, meditative form of exercise. Open to all fitness levels. Fridays, June 18-October 1, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, Healthy on the Hudson: Tai Chi

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 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, 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
7:00 pm
Free
Plays, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, King Lear -- with a Happy Ending

Film | Summer of Soul (2021): 1969 Concerts with Stevie Wonder, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight, and More


Over the course of six weeks during the summer of 1969, the extraordinary Harlem Cultural Festival took place at what is today Marcus Garvey Park. Performers included Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, B.B. King, Abbey Lincoln, Mahalia Jackson, and others. In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson presents this powerful and transporting documentary. Part music film, part historical record, Summer of Soul captures the creative energy and defiance of Black music and culture at a time when "revolution was in the air."
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Films, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, Summer of Soul (2021): 1969 Concerts with Stevie Wonder, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight, and More

Tour | Beijing Tiananmen Square: World's Largest City Square (virtual, live-stream)


Tiananmen Square in Beijing is the largest city square in the world, surrounded by Soviet-style monuments and government buildings. There, you can visit the Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People, Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall and see the national flag-raising ceremony (if time setting allows). It is a must-see place in Beijing City which is visited by thousands of people every day.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Tours, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, Beijing Tiananmen Square: World's Largest City Square (virtual, live-stream)

Concert | Bossa Nova Quartet


Enjoy live Brazilian music, featuring the Arnaldo B Quartet.  Drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, Bossa Nova Quartet

Concert | Latin Music


Enjoy live salsa music with Cuarteto Guatac. This event takes place each Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, Latin Music

Concert | Sunset on the Hudson: The Big Takeover


Fronted by the charismatic Jamaican-born singer and songwriter Nee Nee Rushie, the seven-piece New York band The Big Takeover plays original music that is rooted in and reverent toward the genres and rhythms of Jamaican pop: reggae, rocksteady, ska. They are devotees of Desmond Dekker and the way the old school did it. At the same time, The Big Takeover crosses lines and blends traditions like global pop fusionists. Their deceptively complex arrangements and big hooks connect with the spirit of Motown and the uptown sophistication of the 21st century retro soul and R&B revival scene.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, Sunset on the Hudson: The Big Takeover

Concert | The Knights: Adventurous Music Collective


The Knights are a collective of adventurous musicians dedicated to transforming the orchestral experience and eliminating barriers between audiences and music. Driven by an open-minded spirit of camaraderie and exploration, they inspire listeners with vibrant programs that encompass their roots in the classical tradition and passion for artistic discovery.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, The Knights: Adventurous Music Collective

Lecture | The Original Sin: Castrati Singers in the European Sacred Music Tradition (virtual)


The exquisitely trained high-pitched voices of castrated male singers have been a mainstay of Christian church music. First cultivated in the imperial chapels of Constantinople, they have enjoyed a continued presence in the West since their 13th-century debut in the papal estates, where they persisted well into the 20th-century. Steeped in theological symbolism, the tradition is upheld nowadays by male falsettists everywhere—Catholic and Protestant, in sacred spaces and the concert hall—unwittingly perpetuating the traditional prohibition against female participation in sacred repertoire. In our era of ever-improving equity and respect for women, our quest for “authenticity” in historically informed performance practices will only be enriched by a deeper and more nuanced understanding of this musical landscape. Lecturer: music theorist and mezzo soprano Elisabeth Kotzakidou Pace, Ph.D.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, The Original Sin:&nbsp;Castrati Singers in the European Sacred Music Tradition (virtual)

Play | Standing on the Edge of Time: Ghosts of a Vanished Theatre (virtual; streaming through July 26)


A compilation and juxtaposition of the work of multiple writers including David Auburn, Caryl Churchill, Tony Kushner, Mac Wellman, Steven Dykes and others. Standing on the Edge of Time begins by calling the ghosts of a vanished theatre to life. All theatres are haunted – by history as well as the immediate life outside their doors. The door of our theatre tonight opens to look at meanings – home, the Internet, community, no community, power, loss, love. The experiences of our company come from many different decades, many different Americas, many different life trajectories. All of these stories in some way illuminate our present. Interweaving dramatic text, music, poetry and current news, this evening looks at our present and our options, with hilarity, fury and hope. A living tapestry of paranoia, beauty and belief. Each segment is filmed and presented with a running time of 90 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, Standing on the Edge of Time: Ghosts of a Vanished Theatre (virtual; streaming through July 26)

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 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, 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 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park

Workshop | Journey to the Stars: Stargazing in the Park


Come out and see the stars, planets, and the moon from the park. Gaze across the New York sky and all the wonders it holds. Members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York will set up high-powered telescopes for stargazing sessions that are free and open to the public. Weather permitting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, Journey to the Stars: Stargazing in the Park

Concert | Outdoor Live Music: Dylan Charles


Dylan Charles's music runs the gamut from Americana and blues to jazzy soul and indie-pop.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, Outdoor Live Music: Dylan Charles

Movie in a Park | Forbidden Planet (1956): Classic Sci-Fi


A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has. Directed by Fred M. Wilcox Starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielson Registration Let us know you're coming by registering on Eventbrite at acfforbiddenplanet.eventbrite.com.
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Movie in a Parks, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, Forbidden Planet (1956): Classic Sci-Fi

Movie in a Park | Satin Rouge (2002): Belly Dancing Fills a Void


After the death of her husband, Lilia's life revolves solely around her teenage daughter Salma. Whilst looking for Salma late one night, Lilia stumbles upon a belly dance cabaret and though initially reserved and taken aback by the culture of the place, Lilia gets consistently drawn back to it. She befriends one of the belly dancers and is encouraged into dancing for the audience. Lilia also starts a romance with one of the cabaret's musicians, who unbeknown to both of them, is also romancing Salma. Directed by Raja Amari With: Hiam Abbass, Hend El Fahem, Maher Kamoun In French with English subtitles
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:30 pm
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Movie in a Parks, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, Satin Rouge (2002): Belly Dancing Fills a Void

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 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, Seize the King: A Modern Retelling of Shakespeare's Richard III

Movie in a Park | Save Yourselves! (2020): Sci-Fi Comedy


A young Brooklyn couple heads to an upstate cabin to unplug from their phones and reconnect with each other. Blissfully unaware of their surroundings, they are left to their own devices as the planet falls under attack. Directors: Alex Huston Fischer, Eleanor Wilson Stars: Sunita Mani, John Reynolds, Ben Sinclair  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, July 23, 2021, 07/23/2021, Save Yourselves! (2020): Sci-Fi Comedy
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