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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on July 21, 2022?

36 free events take place on Thursday, 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) on Thursday, July 21, 2022

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc European Fine Art: Vermeer, Rembrandt and More
free events nyc Hits of Brazilian Pop
free events nyc Disco Dancing
free events nyc Everybody Tango!
free events nyc The Winter's Tale: Rarely Staged Shakespeare Drama
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Workshop | Juggling in the Park


Jugglers use the park throughout the year to provide free classes to the public. Stop by for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Juggling in the Park

Staged Reading | Pay the Writer: A New Comedy with Marcia Cross, Bryan Batt


Tawni O'Dell's Pay the Writer delves into the dynamics of a unique 40-year friendship between a gay literary agent and a world-renowned African American novelist. Directed by Sheldon Epps, the Broadway-aimed comedy-drama will feature Tony nominee and Emmy winner Keith David (Jelly's Last Jam), SAG winner Bryan Batt (Mad Men, Sunset Boulevard), and Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives) with Olivier nominee Kyle Scatliffe (Hamilton, The Scottsboro Boys), Miles G. Jackson (Chicken & Biscuits), Sydney Morton (American Psycho), and Stephen Payne (Of Mice and Men).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Pay the Writer: A New Comedy with Marcia Cross, Bryan Batt

Workshop | Financial Lit 101


Managing your money doesn’t have to be a mystery. Financial Lit 101 offers free workshops in basic finance topics that should have been taught in school, but wasn’t. Let instructors give you the basic tools you need to begin your journey to financial freedom.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Financial Lit 101

Jazz | Lunchtime Jazz


Come down to the park for lunch and let the students from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music provide the soundtrack to your afternoon.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Lunchtime Jazz

Jazz | Piano in the Park


New York City's finest ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists perform.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Piano in the Park

Park Walk | Urban Farm Tour


Take a tour of an Urban Farm to learn about how they grow produce in the heart of downtown New York City
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Urban Farm Tour

Workshop | Juggling in the City


Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in Midtown Manhattan. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Juggling in the City

Book Discussion | Dark Things I Adore: Searing Psychological Thriller (online)


Katie Lattari's searing psychological thriller of trauma, dark academia, complicity, and revenge unravels the realities behind campfire legends--the horrors that happen in the dark, the girls who become cautionary tales, and the guilty who go unpunished. Until now.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Dark Things I Adore: Searing Psychological Thriller (online)

Museums | European Fine Art: Vermeer, Rembrandt and More


This museum of fine art was open to the public in 1935. Its permanent collection features masterpieces by major European artists from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. Exhibitions also include sculptures, furniture, porcelain items, textiles and more. Masks are required. Children under 10 are not admitted.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
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Museumss, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, European Fine Art: Vermeer, Rembrandt and More

Festival | Hemingway Day in the Park


Celebrate the life of American novelist Ernest Hemingway. The event will honor the famed author’s birthday with live music and DJ’s, salsa dancing, and cigar rolling, paying tribute to ‘Papa’ and all the special moments in his life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Hemingway Day in the Park

Staged Reading | Pay the Writer: A New Comedy with Marcia Cross, Bryan Batt


Tawni O'Dell's Pay the Writer delves into the dynamics of a unique 40-year friendship between a gay literary agent and a world-renowned African American novelist. Directed by Sheldon Epps, the Broadway-aimed comedy-drama will feature Tony nominee and Emmy winner Keith David (Jelly's Last Jam), SAG winner Bryan Batt (Mad Men, Sunset Boulevard), and Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives) with Olivier nominee Kyle Scatliffe (Hamilton, The Scottsboro Boys), Miles G. Jackson (Chicken & Biscuits), Sydney Morton (American Psycho), and Stephen Payne (Of Mice and Men).
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
Free
Staged Readings, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Pay the Writer: A New Comedy with Marcia Cross, Bryan Batt

Opening Reception | Ceres Friends Expo: Group Exhibition


The annual group exhibition of 28 Ceres artists. A group show of artist friends who help support the gallery and its mission.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Ceres Friends Expo: Group Exhibition

Opening Reception | Money Has No Smell: A 3-Artist Show


A group exhibition that presents works by three artists: Ignacio Gatica, Mariana Parisca, and Gabriella Torres-Ferrer. The exhibition brings together recent works that trace flows of currency to and from the artists’ places of origin, in the process addressing the complexity of globalized and interdependent financial systems.  The phrase “money has no smell” suggests that our perception of capital can be untethered from and untainted by its source. Through a variety of media that utilizes both physical and digital representations of money, the works in the exhibition eschew easy understandings of its origin. They instead provoke a consideration of both systemic and intangible forces—neoliberalism, nationalism, colonialism—that iteratively (and often covertly) assign money value.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Money Has No Smell: A 3-Artist Show

Opening Reception | Outro: World-Building Within and Outside the Studio


An exhibition of thesis projects by MFA Fine Arts students, curated by Herb Tam that explores new possibilities for storytelling, representational politics, rendering the subconscious, discourses with abstraction and the grid, recoding pop cultural signifiers, and excavating spiritual and kinship customs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Outro: World-Building Within and Outside the Studio

Gallery Talk | The Clamor of Ornament: Exchange, Power, and Joy from the Fifteenth Century to the Present: Curator's Tour


Bringing together more than 200 objects produced over the past five centuries, this show will explore ornament in architecture, art, and design through the lens of drawing. The exhibition will foreground ornament's potential as a mode of communication, a form of currency, and a means of exchange across geographies and cultures. The Clamor of Ornament will seek to address the multilayered complexity of the history of ornament, including the dissonance between the unequal and destructive relationships that mediate its movement between sources. Together, the objects on view will both celebrate and interrogate ornament's fluidity by making connections between motifs, methods, and intentions
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, The Clamor of Ornament: Exchange, Power, and Joy from the Fifteenth Century to the Present: Curator's Tour

Workshop | Caribbean Dance Fitness


A fun and exciting workout that uses easy to follow dance steps to maintain cardiovascular health. This class is created for all levels and you do not need any prior dance experience to participate!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Caribbean Dance Fitness

Dancing | Disco Dancing


It's time to get your groove on. Joe McGinty & The Loser's Lounge returns to celebrate the golden age of disco, replete with their crowd-pleasing covers of classic dance floor hits. At 10:00 pm, the speakers go off and the headphones go on for a Silent Disco so you can boogie oogie oogie til you just can't boogie no more! Dance floor opens at 6:00 pm Dance lesson at 6:30 pm Live music at 7:30 pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Dancings, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Disco Dancing

Opening Reception | Four Art Shows in a Park


Caribbean Summer by Delvin Lugo Identities in Thread by Sebastien Courty Old Talks with New Icons by Philip A. Robinson Jr. Book Related by Sheryl Oppenheim
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Four Art Shows in a Park

Concert | Funky Music with the Power to Heal


Virginia-born artist Nicole Wray shows off her dexterous range of singing and songwriting, infusing hints of soul, R&B, and hip-hop into head-nodding, funky stories with the power to heal. 6 PM – Susan Z. Anthony (DJ Set) 7 PM – Lady Wray   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Funky Music with the Power to Heal

Concert | Hits of Brazilian Pop


Zabele's new album and show comes from the artists desire to revere and perpetuate the work of her parents: Baby do Brasil and Pepeu Gomes, icons of the revolutionary group Novos Baianos. Zabele has meticulously chosen an electrifying and extremely rich set list with great hits. Among them hits of Brazilian Pop music, the successes of the now defunct group SNZ, from which she began her career. The event features a pop up gallery by Rio de Janeiro visual artist Ana Bial.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Hits of Brazilian Pop

Concert | NYC Rockers Deliver Harmonys and Guitars


Hello Mary is a three-piece rock band from NYC comprised of guitarist/ vocalist Helena Straight, bassist Mikaela Oppenheimer and drummer/ vocalist Stella Wave. Melding together elements of indie rock, grunge and shoegaze, Hello Mary delivers lovely vocal harmonies layered over crunchy guitar parts, melodic bass lines, and driving drums that pay homage to the alt. rock scene of the 90's.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, NYC Rockers Deliver Harmonys and Guitars

Discussion | Queer History: 1990s and New York Waterfront


Meet past and present Commodores of the Knickerbocker Sailing Association, New York City’s only LGBTQ+ sailing club, for a moderated, informal discussion to explore the events and cultural landscape of the 1990s and how they influenced the formation and evolution of the KSA and fueled the continuing fight for equality for all.
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Discussions, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Queer History: 1990s and New York Waterfront

Dance Lesson | Salsa Calena Dance Lesson


Enjoy a free outdoor dance class in the heart of Midtown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Salsa Calena Dance Lesson

Festival | Uptown Bounce 2022


Celebrate East Harlem at the top of Museum Mile with the return of an electric series of summer block parties presented by the Museum of the City of New York and El Museo del Barrio featuring top DJs, special guests, live performances, art making activities, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Uptown Bounce 2022

Party | Uptown Bounce Block Party


This summer block party feature top DJs, special guests, live performances, art-making activities, and more. All ages are welcome.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Partys, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Uptown Bounce Block Party

Dancing | Everybody Tango!


Enjoy introductory Argentine Tango lessons, music, and dancing in the open air with Strictly Tango NYC. Lessons are held at 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. with social dance time between lessons. Thursdays, July 7 - 28, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Dancings, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Everybody Tango!

Workshop | Yoga on the River


From guided meditation and refreshing yoga to high-intensity workouts and weekly run clubs, there’s something for all skill levels to enjoy this summer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Play | The Winter's Tale: Rarely Staged Shakespeare Drama


The Drilling Company returns with this unique offering or ourdoor Shakespeare. The Winter's Tale is a rarely-produced curiosity of the Shakespearean canon. Director Hamilton Clancy is re-envisioning the story of kings who are cruel without cause into a modern-ish tale of a highly dysfunctional dynasty in Manhattan and upstate New York. Clancy has couched the play in the modern world to reflect the tensions of our time. Jealous King Leontes, the play's central character, cannot accept truth that is self-evident and issues of probity and deception dominate the play, as in America today. Clancy asks, "What proof do you need to know something is a lie? And how easily will we accept a lie if it suits our expectations?" He asserts that the January 6 Committee's hearings made this aspect of the play impossible to ignore.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Plays, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, The Winter's Tale: Rarely Staged Shakespeare Drama

Book Discussion | Wonderlands: Essays on the Life of Literature (online)


Charles Baxter discusses his latest collection of essays. Wonderlands is a critical and illuminating examination of what makes fiction “work,” drawing upon the prose of Haruki Murakami, as well as Baxter’s own craft talks at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Baxter is a voice at the cutting edge of fiction, tackling subjects from writing charisma to the importance of experimental form.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Wonderlands: Essays on the Life of Literature (online)

Video | Dance on Film: Vitruvian (online)


A solo performance by Jerron Herman, Vitruvian explores the ways natural phenomena and history enter and live in the body. This video work shares allegorical tale of the life cycle of the Vitruvian man as he traverses multiple hemispheres.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Videos, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Dance on Film: Vitruvian (online)

Dance Performance | The Disco Project Remix: Dance Reflecting on Lives Lost to AIDS


A new performance by award-winning choreographer, artist, and performer Neil Greenberg. Adapted from The Disco Project (1995), Greenberg’s recollection of lives lost to AIDS and an acceptance of his own HIV+ status, this updated remix stages elements of its original choreography in a response to the site’s current exhibition, Songs for a Memorial by Steven Evans.  Both works open up shared experiences of liberation, trauma, and survival through a transvisual inquiry into the power of LGBTQIA vocal anthems.  The audience hears instantly recognizable earworms of RuPaul, Sylvester, and Jimmy Somerville, while witnessing post-modern dance that subverts our expectations of their embodiment. These movements are executed within Evans’ sculptural installation of classic song titles such as “It’s Raining Men” and “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real),” rendered in glowing neon.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, The Disco Project Remix: Dance Reflecting on Lives Lost to AIDS

Concert | CANCELLED! A Rising Star of Colombian Music CANCELLED!


Diana Burco, a rising star in the Colombian music scene, for a concert. A singer-songwriter and accordion player, Diana is a two-time Latin Grammy nominee, most recently in 2021 for her second album Rio Abajo as Best Contemporary/Tropical Album and in 2018 for her LP debut Diana Burco as Best Cumbia/Vallenato Album, making her the first female nominee in that category. Blending traditional Cumbia, Vallenato, and Bullerengue genres with contemporary pop, Diana's sound is upbeat and passionate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, CANCELLED! A Rising Star of Colombian Music CANCELLED!

Comedy Club | Bomb Shelter Comedy Show


Bomb Shelter is a free weekly comedy show in New York City where you’ll find some of the best comedians performing. Expect free pizza.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Bomb Shelter Comedy Show

Movie in a Park | Crazy Rich Asians (2018): Meeting the Boyfriend's Family


The story follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick's family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. Director: Jon M. Chu Stars: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh 120 min. Doors open at 6pm and the movie begins at sundown (around 8:30pm).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Crazy Rich Asians&nbsp;(2018): Meeting the Boyfriend's Family

Play | Twelfth Night: "Afrofuturistic" Take on the Shakespeare Classic


Shakespeare’s classic gets an “Afrofuturistic” makeover. This interpretation will engage with the global conversation around equity and inclusion. It features a majority-Black creative team including director Carl Cofield, Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Associate Artistic Director.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, July 21, 2022, 07/21/2022, Twelfth Night: "Afrofuturistic" Take on the Shakespeare Classic
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Performance | A Blend of Christmas Carols and Colourful Dance

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Classical Music | Piano Works by Mozart, Liszt, Ravel, Mahler, and More

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