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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on July 28, 2021?

33 free events take place on Wednesday, July 28 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 28 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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33 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Wednesday, July 28, 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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7:00 am
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Workshops, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Boot Camp Workout

Symposium | Black/Queer/Abstract: A Convening on the Occasion of the Exhibition Julie Mehretu


Inspired by Julie Mehretu’s multidisciplinary practice and guided by her interests, this day-long convening gathers together artists and thinkers across disciplines whose work engages with Black and Queer radical thought through forms of abstraction. The event seeks to mobilize the power of imaginative thinking and to celebrate a collective project of world building. Bridging the arts, humanities, and sciences, the program presents broad conversations between artists and scholars who are at the forefront of their fields and who form a creative network with which Mehretu’s work is in dialogue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Symposiums, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Black/Queer/Abstract: A Convening on the Occasion of the Exhibition Julie Mehretu

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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12:00 pm
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Workshops, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Pilates Outdoors

Museums | Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions


The collection of Tiffany's leaded glass includes an extraordinary array of floral and geometric lamps as well as landscape and figural windows. A unique feature of the collection is a vast, one-of-a-kind archive of original flat glass and pressed-glass "jewels" used by Tiffany Studios, which provides valuable insight into the development of the stained-glass movement in America at the turn of the twentieth century. Established in 1972, this art museum's permanent collection consists of around 10,000 items, over 6,000 of which are documents and objects related to the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs, some of which are on long-term display.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Museumss, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions

Author Reading | Mystery and Thriller Writers


Authors offer advice and discuss their latest books.  With: Alexandra Andrews, Who is Maud Dixon Cate Holahan, Her Three Lives Jonathan Lee, The Great Mistake Brian Silverman, Freedom Drop Wendy Whitman, Premonition 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Mystery and Thriller Writers

Concert | Piano Concert Outdoors


Piano concert series, showcasing ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists. Today: Russ Kassoff has always enjoyed his stints in the Park each year since 2011. Until the live music went on hiatus, he was playing trio and solo jazz concerts, clubs, festivals, master classes, private parties, and concerts as conductor/pianist to Rita Moreno with her heartfelt and sumptuous autobiographical show. In 2020 Russ performed 100 consecutive days of solo mini-concerts on Facebook for his loyal and discerning fans.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Piano Concert Outdoors

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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1:30 pm
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Workshops, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Knitting in the Park

Open Studios | 2021 Summer Open House: A Day of Live Rehearsals and Studio Presentations


Take part in conversations about international contemporary art with arts professionals from around the world. Summer Open House will include live rehearsals by Maja Bekan of Hold It Together (We Have Each Other), involving five performance collaborators who have adopted the identities of PARTISAN, SPY, POLITICIAN, (House)WORKER, and ARTIST/KILLJOY. During two periods of performance in the first floor project space, they will engage in unscripted discussion and activity, inviting visitors to join them if they so choose. Performers include Pon-Pon Yeh, Mandy Morrison, Juliana Cope, Daniela Chaparro, and Susan Hapgood. The exhibition Alban Muja: Family Album has been extended through July 30, 2021, and will be on view during Summer Open House. Artists and curators from 24 countries in residence will open their studios to the public. Schedule: 3-9pm: Resident studios open to the public 5-6pm: Live rehearsal with Maja Bekan in the Project Space 7-8pm: Live rehearsal with Maja Bekan in the Project Space
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free
Open Studioss, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, 2021 Summer Open House: A Day of Live Rehearsals and Studio Presentations

Gallery Talk | Bound for Versailles: The Jayne Wrightsman Bookbindings Collection: Exhibition Tour (virtual)


John T. McQuillen, Associate Curator of Printed Books & Bindings, leads a virtual guided tour of the exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Bound for Versailles: The Jayne Wrightsman Bookbindings Collection: Exhibition Tour (virtual)

Author Reading | To End a Plague: America's Fight to Defeat AIDS in Africa


When George W. Bush announced the PEPFAR (The President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief) program in 2003, he launched an astonishingly successful American war against a global pandemic. PEPFAR played a key role in slashing HIV cases and AIDS deaths in sub-Saharan Africa, leading to the brink of epidemic control. Resilient in the face of flatlined funding and political headwinds, PEPFAR is America's singular example of how to fight long-term plague--and win. Emily Bass has spent more than twenty years writing about and working on HIV/AIDS in America and East and Southern Africa. Her writing has appeared in Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, The Lancet, Esquire. She has served as an external expert for the World Health Organization (WHO). Brass will discuss the story and her new book. First come, first served. Weather permitting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, To End a Plague: America's Fight to Defeat AIDS in Africa

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 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Kayaking

Park Walk | Tide Deck Tour


The design of the park's Pier 26 is inspired by the Manhattan shoreline that would have existed prior to Henry Hudson's 1609 expedition. The pier includes a series of ecological communities representing this native landscape, including from a woodland forest to the rocky tidal zone and the Hudson River itself. One of the most unique of these native coastal environments is a manufactured rocky tidal marsh, the Tide Deck which is located on the western end of the Pier. The Tide Deck and its marsh plants ebb and flood with our daily tidal cycle, and features many interesting habitat enhancements including tide pools. Take a socially distant tour on the Tide Deck walkway. Staff will talk about this special environment. Please note that COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place for this event.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Tide Deck Tour

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 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, 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 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Outdoor Fitness

Gallery Talk | Artists in Conversation


Artists Akum Maduka, Sahand Heshmati and Sophie Grant give presentations on their drawing practices, which explore themes including ethnic profiling in the United States, the body in relation to landscape, and cultural and religious stigmas in Nigeria. The artists’ presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion on topics as wide ranging as female sexuality and expressions of pleasure and trauma, politicized ethnography, national identity, and perception of place. The discussion will be moderated by Lisa Sigal.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Artists in Conversation

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 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, 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
6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, From Swing to R&B to 80's Pop Hits

Park Walk | Tide Deck Tour


The design of the park's Pier 26 is inspired by the Manhattan shoreline that would have existed prior to Henry Hudson's 1609 expedition. The pier includes a series of ecological communities representing this native landscape, including from a woodland forest to the rocky tidal zone and the Hudson River itself. One of the most unique of these native coastal environments is a manufactured rocky tidal marsh, the Tide Deck which is located on the western end of the Pier. The Tide Deck and its marsh plants ebb and flood with our daily tidal cycle, and features many interesting habitat enhancements including tide pools. Take a socially distant tour on the Tide Deck walkway. Staff will talk about this special environment. Please note that COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place for this event.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Tide Deck Tour

Workshop | 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 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, HIIT Class

Author Reading | A Farewell to Gabo and Mercedes: Gabriel García Márquez's Son Remembers (virtual)


A virtual event with Rodrigo García for the launch of his new memoir. The son of one of the greatest writers of our time—Nobel Prize winner and internationally bestselling icon Gabriel García Márquez—remembers his beloved father and mother in this tender memoir about love and loss.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, A Farewell to Gabo and Mercedes: Gabriel Garc&iacute;a M&aacute;rquez's Son Remembers (virtual)

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. 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 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, King Lear -- with a Happy Ending

Play | The Two Noble Kinsmen: Shakespeare's Final 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. 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 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, The Two Noble Kinsmen: Shakespeare's Final Play

Concert | Dreamcrusher: Strobe Lights, High Decibels and Sculptures


Luwayne Glass, better known as Dreamcrusher, has been pushing the boundaries of noise, industrial music and performance for two decades. Enjoy a live set by Dreamcrusher consisting largely of new music, unfolding within Jan Vorisek's sculptural installation, "Dog Cloud." Strobe lights and high decibel levels will be used. Limited capacity, first-come, first-served. An RSVP does not guarantee entry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Dreamcrusher: Strobe Lights, High Decibels and Sculptures

Jazz | Jazz at the Pier: Steve Blum and the Molecular Organ Trio


This seasonal favorite combines smooth tunes with beautiful evenings on the Park's green piers for an entire summer of rejuvenating riverfront jazz.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Jazz at the Pier: Steve Blum and the Molecular Organ Trio

Jazz | Jazz in the Park


A Jazzmobile presentation featuring the saxophone stylings of the Patience Higgins Sugar Hill Quartet.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Jazz in the Park

Slide Lecture | Posters & Cocktails: Off The Leash! (virtual)


Release the hounds! The Posters & Cocktails events continue to delight guests around the world. Tonight, grab your chew toys because they’re partnering with The Museum of the Dog for an evening of posters featuring everyone’s favorite furry four-legged friends. Poster House’s Chief Curator will once again be hosting Nicholas Lowry of Swann Auction Galleries and Don Spiro of The Green Fairy Society over Zoom as they bark their way through these iconic dog posters. After Don opens the show with the first cocktail, Nicholas will release the visual hounds.. Afterwards, Don will continue to help you tastefully imbibe throughout the night while Nicho walks you through some of man’s best posters featuring man’s best friend.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Slide Lectures, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Posters & Cocktails: Off The Leash! (virtual)

Concert | Piazzolla, Albeniz, Ginastera and More (virtual)


Argentinian pianist Rosa Antonelli is a champion of classical Latin-American and Spanish music. In this recorded performance Ms. Antonelli will perform Piazzolla's El mundo de los dos, Imperial Tango, Milonga del angel, Libertango and Adios Nonino, Angel Lasala's Preludios Nacionales: No. 4, Romancero, Albeniz' Suite Espanola: Granada and Ginastera's Estancia: Danza del trigo.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Piazzolla, Albeniz, Ginastera and More (virtual)

Play | Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaption 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 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaption in the Park

Movie in a Park | Sleep (2020): German Psychological Thriller


Dreams and reality collide in this ambitious, unsettling psychological thriller that tackles the horrors of Germany's past using folklore and fairytale imagery. Director-writer Michael Venus describes his feature debut as "an antithesis of the German Heimatfilm." A flight attendant suffers a breakdown after experiencing demonic nightmares. Her resourceful daughter visits the village of Stainbach where her comatose mother lies hospitalized, and gradually unearths their sinister family history as well as an assembly of Nazi sympathizers. "A delirious and delicious supernatural mystery with a creepy patriarchal cult wrapper." - Alissa Simon (I Love Splatter) for KINO! Germany Now Directed by Michael Venus | Germany | 100 mins. In German with English subtitles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Movie in a Parks, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Sleep (2020): German Psychological Thriller

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 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Seize the King: A Modern Retelling of Shakespeare's Richard III

Movie in a Park | The Out-of-Towners (1970) Neil Simon Comedy with Jack Lemmon


An Ohio sales executive accepts a higher position within the company and travels to New York City with his wife for his job interview but things go wrong from the start. Director: Arthur Hiller Stars: Jack Lemmon, Sandy Dennis, Sandy Baron
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, The Out-of-Towners (1970) Neil Simon Comedy with Jack Lemmon

Film | Vengo (2000): Family Drama Against Flamenco Backdrop (virtual)


After his brother murders a member of a rival gypsy clan and goes into hiding, Caco becomes the de facto figurehead of his "family" and protector of his handicapped nephew. As tensions mount between the two clans, threats of revenge against Caco's nephew for the crimes of his father are played out against a backdrop of rapturous flamenco music and dance performances. A majestic ode to the artistry of flamenco featuring famous flamenco dancer Antonio Canales. Director: Tony Gatlif With: Antonio Canales, Orestes Villasan Rodriguez, Antonio Dechent In Spanish and French with English subtitles
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:30 pm
Free
Films, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, Vengo (2000): Family Drama Against Flamenco Backdrop (virtual)

Movie in a Park | The Croods: The New Age (2020): Animated Prehistoric Family


The prehistoric family the Croods are challenged by a rival family the Bettermans, who claim to be better and more evolved. Director: Joel Crawford Stars: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, July 28, 2021, 07/28/2021, The Croods: The New Age (2020): Animated Prehistoric Family
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