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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on July 29, 2021?

33 free events take place on Thursday, July 29 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 29 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)
Thursday, July 29, 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. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30am-8:30am through Aug 31. 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 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Tai Chi in Midtown

Workshop | Park Yoga


Get your yoga on in this summer with Now Yoga. Breathe, move, and stretch. This is an open-level vinyasa class, all are welcome. Bring your own yoga mat, and they recommend a bottle of water. Thursdays, July 22-September 23, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Park Yoga

Slide Lecture | Broadway's The Producers, Young Frankenstein: Musical Genius of Tony, Oscar, Emmy Winner Mel Brooks (virtual)


Famed funnyman of TV and film Mel Brooks created two Broadway shows, The Producers and Young Frankenstein, and show tunes for some of his movies. Join Broadway maven David Benkof to analyze some of his best numbers, and speculate why they're both funny and apt for the stage. Is the humor more Jewish or more universal? How do you feel about Nazi jokes? Which of the two Mel Brooks Broadway shows was the most faithful? Which was best?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Slide Lectures, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Broadway's The Producers, Young Frankenstein: Musical Genius of Tony, Oscar, Emmy Winner Mel Brooks (virtual)

Jazz | Grammy Winner Arturo O’Farrill and his Latin Jazz Group


Grammy-award winner Arturo O’Farrill and his ensemble of fiery musicians continue to innovate, elevating Afro-Latin jazz to new heights. Programs subject to change. In case of rain, the performance may be cancelled.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
Free
Concerts, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Grammy Winner Arturo O&rsquo;Farrill and his Latin Jazz Group

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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Concerts, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Piano Concert Outdoors

Gallery Talk | Three with a Pen: Gallery Tour (virtual)


Presenting close-ups of the artworks and describing the artists' lives, legacies, and works in detail.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Three with a Pen: Gallery Tour (virtual)

Opening Reception | Bruce Sargeant (1898-1938): Rediscovered British and French Murals


Curator Mark Beard, Bruce Sargeant's great nephew, has devoted more than two decades of his life to researching and collecting the work of Bruce Sargeant, a painter who largely concentrated on the idealization and celebration of the male form. Had Sargeant not met with a tragic and untimely death at the age of 40, he may have gone on to achieve the fame and renown awarded to such painters as James McNeill Whistler, Thomas Eakins, and Winslow Homer—artists to whom his style is often compared. Instead, Sargeant’s oeuvre remained relatively unknown for years until it was brought to light by the efforts of Beard.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Bruce Sargeant (1898-1938): Rediscovered British and French Murals

Concert | Fabulous Five: Popular Favorites from the Beatles, Broadway, Coldplay, Sting, Lady Gaga and More


Performers: Victoria Paterson, violin Hiroko Taguchi, violin Philip Payton, viola Peter Sachon, cello Clara Warnaar, cajon
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Concerts, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Fabulous Five: Popular Favorites from the Beatles, Broadway, Coldplay, Sting, Lady Gaga and More

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 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Outdoor Ping Pong

Author Reading | Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own (virtual)


Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. presents the paperback edition of his prize-winning Begin Again, one of the great books on James Baldwin and a powerful reckoning with America’s ongoing failure to confront the lies it tells itself about race. In these brilliant and stirring pages, Glaude finds hope and guidance in Baldwin as he mixes biography—drawn partially from newly uncovered Baldwin interviews—with history, memoir, and poignant analysis of our current moment to reveal the painful cycle of Black resistance and white retrenchment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Begin Again: James Baldwin&rsquo;s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own (virtual)

Opening Reception | Something Broke: Monochrome Posters


60 monochrome posters hand-painted by artist Mariela Scafati in shades that range from militant red to wild pink. For this installation, Scafati reaches back to 2011, when she presented an exhibition entitled Windows in Buenos Aires. Ten years later, she revisits and expands upon this body of work, recontextualizing it in light of the intermediate decade of transfeminist activism that has intensely impacted the artist and those around her.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Something Broke: Monochrome Posters

Opening Reception | Water: Group Show Exploring an Elemental Force of Nature


The element of water can be friend or foe – manifesting in forms ranging from tranquil streams to terrifying tsunamis – and it demonstrates its power by its absence as well as its presence. As locales around the world, including parts of the United States, experience severe droughts, Europe has recently been ravaged by deadly floods, and experts warn of a global water crisis to come. For this show, the artists have created more than 30 works in exploration of the mystery and majesty of this elemental force.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Water: Group Show Exploring an Elemental Force of Nature

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 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Amp'd Workout

Concert | Japanese Contemporary and Traditional Music: Bamboo Flutes, Taiko Drums and More


Various styles of Japanese contemporary and traditional music, with a focus on the shinobue bamboo flutes and Japanese percussion. The event will be held indoors for rain.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Japanese Contemporary and Traditional Music: Bamboo Flutes, Taiko Drums and More

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 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Midtown Dance: Salsa and Social Dancing

Concert | Rev. Sekou & the Freedom Fighters: Passionate Delta Blues


Dedicated to raising consciousness for social justice, activist, theologian, and musician Rev. Sekou brings passionate preaching to life through the language of Delta Blues.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Rev. Sekou & the Freedom Fighters: Passionate Delta Blues

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. Every Thur and Fr at 6 pm until Jul 30th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Twelfth Night: One of Shakespeare's Most Celebrated Comedies

Dance Performance | Isadora on the Beach: Works of Isadora Duncan


Dances by Isadora, directed by Catherine Gallant, will present a live performance of works by Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) adapted for the beach environment. Duncan grew up by the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco and was fascinated by the movement of waves as she began to imagine her vision of dance as an authentic response to nature. Dances by Isadora reconstructs and reimagines Duncan's dances for both traditional and alternative venues, bringing this work of breath and spirit to life for new audiences. Among the works to be presented is "Grand March" or "Slow March," which was created in 1914 during Isadora's year at Bellevue outside Paris following the tragic deaths of her children in 1913. Originally set to the music of Franz Schubert, it has been reimagined with "Lyric for Strings" by African American composer George Walker. The program will also include "Water Study," "Tanagra Figures" and "Narcissus," all adapted for the shifting texture of sand, wind, and sky. Ensemble includes Natalia Brillante, Eleanor Bunker, Marie Carstens, Abra Cohen, Jessie King, Loretta Thomas Costumes by Ivana Drazic Audience members should bring their own seating. Running time is approximately 30 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Dance Performances, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Isadora on the Beach: Works of Isadora Duncan

Play | The Count of Monte Cristo: Adaptation of Dumas' Classic Novel


The Count Of Monte Cristo is one of the greatest tales of betrayal, adventure, and revenge the world has ever known. When the dashing and guileless Edmond Dantes is betrayed by his best friend and wrongly imprisoned, he becomes consumed by thoughts of vengeance. After a miraculous escape, he transforms himself into the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo, insinuates himself into the French nobility, and puts his cunning plan of revenge in action. Directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith Written by Susane Lee, adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. July 29th - August 22nd, Thur through Sun at 6:30 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Plays, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, The Count of Monte Cristo: Adaptation of Dumas' Classic Novel

Slide Lecture | Jewish Identity & Advertising: Posters in The Third Reich (virtual)


The rise of the Third Reich had an indelible impact on graphic design. Some poster artists chose to promote the Nazi cause, others fled persecution to find success in new countries, while others were murdered by the governments that once touted their work as "genius." At the same time, prominent poster collections, like those of Julius Paul and Hans Sachs, were confiscated and dispersed, destroying some of the best archives ever created within the medium. This conversation will explore the many paths poster designers and collectors were forced to take during and after World War II. Of particular interest will be the work of Walter Herz and other Jewish posterists who emigrated to the United Kingdom to forge new identities and further shape graphic design history, contrasted with the tragic story of Hans Sachs whose landmark archive of posters was only recently restituted to his heirs. Independent scholar Eve M. Kahn is a regular contributor of features to The New York Times, where she served as weekly Antiques columnist from 2008 to 2016. Kristina Parsons is the Leon Levy Curatorial Assistant at the Jewish Museum in New York. Suzanne Glass studied at Cambridge University, UK and at the Interpreting School of Zurich, Switzerland.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Slide Lectures, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Jewish Identity & Advertising: Posters in The Third Reich (virtual)

Workshop | 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 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Run Club

Workshop | Tango Fitness Workshop


An outdoor body-conditioning class using solo Tango moves, lead by Sergio Segura, Director of Strictly Tango NYC, and learn how to use your body for dancing. Stick around after the workout for a Tango demonstration! Bring a hat or shade, and wear sneakers and comfortable clothes.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Tango Fitness Workshop

Author Reading | Olympic Pride, American Prejudice: Athletic Defiance in 1936 (virtual)


In 1936, eighteen African American athletes defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Their stories are told in Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, a film and new book with the same name by Emmy winner Deborah Riley Draper. Draper exposes the complex, triumphant narratives of these athletes, who represented a country that considered them second-class citizens and competed in a country that rolled out the red carpet for them, despite the rise of Nazism. Join a conversation with Draper about the stories of these athletes before, during, and after their heroic turn at the Summer Olympics in Berlin.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice: Athletic Defiance in 1936 (virtual)

Author Reading | Orgy: A Novel of New York Connections by a Bestselling Author (virtual)


Acclaimed author Kaitlyn Greenidge's latest work is a sexy and wildly engaging story that maps New York City as a place shaped by human appetite, rebellion, and a need to connect that breaks the rules and explodes differences between races and genders. Greenidge's debut novel, We Love You, Charlie Freeman, was one of the New York Times Critics' Top 10 Books of 2016. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, Glamour, The Wall Street Journal, Elle, Buzzfeed, American Short Fiction, and more. She is currently features director at Harper's Bazaar as well as a contributing writer for The New York Times.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Author Readings, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Orgy: A Novel of New York Connections by a Bestselling Author (virtual)

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
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Plays, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, The Two Noble Kinsmen: Shakespeare's Final Play

Concert | Magical Soul from a Tanzanian-American singer


Summertime-love and soul music are good for the heart. Tanzanian-American singer Koku Gonza is giving us warm magical soul driven love vibes from her heart with her new single "Kryptonite". She highlights her Tanzanian roots with Swahili lyrics in the chorus..."Don't Say Usiku Mewmwa, Ninakupenda Sana"....
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Magical Soul from a Tanzanian-American singer

Concert | The Blk Hrs: A Sonic Collective


Advocate of Voice. Doer of Language. Cyrus Aaron is a creative storyteller for theater, film, commercials, performance art, social commentary, and voice over. Recent credits include: Black Gotham Experience, BRIC, Brown with Blue, Cadillac, HBO, Spotify, The Fire This Time Festival and The Shed. The Blk Hrs are a sonic collective led by artist Cyrus Aaron. They use storytelling & sound to curate a frequency for audiences to unplug and find their vibe. It’s not church, but it is a soul experience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, The Blk Hrs: A Sonic Collective

Concert | Waterfront Concert: Forever Ray


Forever Ray features the sound of soul genius Ray Charles. Don't forget to bring a blanket or chair.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Waterfront Concert: Forever Ray

Workshop | Evening Zumba Workshop


Zumba instructor Lisa G leads an exercise and dance class which combines Latin and African dance steps. Thursdays, July 1-September 2, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Evening Zumba Workshop

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 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, 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 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park

Movie in a Park | Pokemon Detective Pikachu (2019): Animation-Live Action Mix with Ryan Reynolds


In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective. Directed by Rob Letterman. With Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Pokemon Detective Pikachu (2019): Animation-Live Action Mix with Ryan Reynolds

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
8:30 pm
Free
Plays, July 29, 2021, 07/29/2021, Seize the King: A Modern Retelling of Shakespeare's Richard III
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