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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on June 1, 2021?

28 free events take place on Tuesday, June 1 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 June 1 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 June . 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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28 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

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

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Tai Chi in a Park


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, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Tai Chi in a Park

Performance | Global Forms Theater Festival (virtual)


The Global Forms Theater Festival is 36 events over nine days involving over one hundred artists of 34 nationalities. June 1-9, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, Global Forms Theater Festival (virtual)

Performance | (IN-PERSON) Aerialists and Acrobats: Works-in-Progress and Show-Ready Acts


Professional circus performers showcasing training and creative process as well as rehearsals of works-in-progress and show-ready acts. Schedule: Monday-Friday 9am-9pm, Weekends 10am-7pm Artists will be inside the studios and viewers will be in the passageway. Masks and social distancing are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, (IN-PERSON) Aerialists and Acrobats: Works-in-Progress and Show-Ready Acts

Museums | (IN-PERSON) One of the First Sinagogues in the US: Jewish History and Immigration


The Museum is housed in one of the first synagogues erected in the US by Eastern European Jews in 1887. It secured National Historic Landmark designation for the building in 1996 for its architectural beauty, its significance as part of the American immigrant experience, and its revitalization as a vital heritage center for people of all backgrounds. Explore the historic site using a digital self-guided tour (also available in paper version). The museum's docents will be available to answer questions from guests.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, (IN-PERSON) One of the First Sinagogues in the US: Jewish History and Immigration

Tour | Villefranche - A Jewel of the French Riviera (virtual, live stream)


Midway between Nice and Monaco, Villefranche has long been regarded as one of the jewels of the Côte d’Azur and it has regularly been used as a film location for everything from James Bond to Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and recently the tv show Riviera. Join Tim as he leads you on a tour of its medieval streets, glorious restaurant studded seafront and introduces you to the historic Welcome Hotel and the characters who have stayed here down the years. From Madonna to Elton John (who has a house here) Scott Fitzgerald to Jean Cocteau, few have failed to be mesmerised by the town and its incredible bay.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Tours, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, Villefranche - A Jewel of the French Riviera (virtual, live stream)

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Adult Outdoor Zumba


Exercise in disguise! Featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training, and a lot of fun. Participants are expected to bring their own equipment: weights, water bottle, hand towel etc. • Masks and contact information required upon arrival. • Participants must maintain six feet of physical distance between households. • All programs will be held in accordance with New York State reopening guidance. Tuesdays, May 11-June 29, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Adult Outdoor Zumba

Author Reading | Against the Avant-Garde: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Contemporary Art, and Neocapitalism (Zoom)


Recognized in America chiefly for his films, Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922–1975) in fact reinvented interdisciplinarity in postwar Europe. Pasolini self-confessedly approached the cinematic image through painting, and the numerous allusions to early modern frescoes and altarpieces in his films have been extensively documented. Far less understood, however, is Pasolini’s fraught relationship to the aesthetic experiments of his own age. Author Ara H. Merjian demonstrates how Pasolini’s campaign against neocapitalist culture fueled his hostility to the avant-garde.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, Against the Avant-Garde: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Contemporary Art, and Neocapitalism (Zoom)

Workshop | The Royal Ballet Principal Dancer and Choreographer Share the Artistic Process of the New Work (virtual)


Studio 5 | Dancing Across Continents offers audiences an intimate look at rare pairings of exceptional dance artists from around the world. This series of coaching sessions and conversations explores the artistic process of a diversity of various dance styles. Curated and hosted by dance critic and historian Alastair Macaulay. Award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor is Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet and founder of Studio Wayne McGregor. For this episode, McGregor begins work with Matthew Ball, principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, on a new solo as part of The Dante Project for The Royal Ballet. The streaming will be available through Jun 10th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, The Royal Ballet Principal Dancer and Choreographer Share the Artistic Process of the New Work (virtual)

Classical Music | (IN-PERSON or virtual) A Little Midday Music: Vocal Recital


Jonathan May, countertenor, and Claudia Dumschat, harpsichord.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, (IN-PERSON or virtual) A Little Midday Music: Vocal Recital

Other | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) The Art of Bubble-Making: Family Fun


Watch the art of bubble-making! We've all blown soap bubbles before but have you ever seen someone create a bubble big enough to stand inside? Or one long enough to jump over? Open your eyes to the magical world of bubbles at this family-friendly event. Please wear masks and practice social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Others, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) The Art of Bubble-Making: Family Fun

Park Walk | Welcome Tour of Southern Central Park (virtual)


Just steps from the bustling Midtown streets are some of Central Park’s most serene and exquisite landmarks. Discover highlights of the Park’s south end, and learn about the Conservancy’s work to restore and maintain this green respite in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world. 45 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, Welcome Tour of Southern Central Park (virtual)

Jazz | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Jazz Band: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and More


David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band is inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and more. The band breathes life and passion into America's own great art form.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Jazz Band: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and More

Performance | Black Wall Street Festival: 3 Short Plays (virtual)


This program is part of the 1st Annual Black Wall Street Festival, a commemoration to honor the legacies of Black towns established throughout the North and South, post-Reconstruction. They were communities of men and women seeking equality, justice, and economic independence. Many achieved great prosperity. Plays: The Plan  Written & Directed by Michael Green Double V (The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel)  Written by Levy Lee Simon & Directed by Ben Guillory Junebug's Great Plane Ride  Written by Joseph Lawrence Thompson There will be a talk-back with directors, playwrights, performers and producers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, Black Wall Street Festival: 3 Short Plays (virtual)

Dance Performance | The Harlem Renaissance Anniversary: Jazz and Dance (Zoom)


The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural revolution conceived in Harlem, New York beginning in the 1920's. This explosion of art, music, literature, fashion and dance was one of the most important and influential time periods which reinvented the African American identity in America and around the world. Join the celebration the 100-year anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance through dance, music and performance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, The Harlem Renaissance Anniversary: Jazz and Dance (Zoom)

Other | (IN-PERSON) NYC Pride Event: Portraits, Sculpture, Drinks


Sean Patrick Watters shares 18 images from his portrait series "Meet me at 7". Using Central Park's Montayne's Rivulet as his backdrop, Sean met up at 7am to meet every single person individually to style and photograph them in the park. Simultaneously showing with Sean's photography in the gallery is an exhibition of sculpture by Jerry Torre (Jerry the Marble Faun) in the courtyard. Free drinks are served in the courtyard. Face-coverings must be worn indoors but are optional outdoors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Others, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, (IN-PERSON) NYC Pride Event: Portraits, Sculpture, Drinks

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Sunset Yoga


Escape the hustle and bustle of NYC and join Abhaya Yoga for a socially-distanced sunset yoga class that integrates postures, breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation to stretch, strengthen and condition. Tuesdays, May 4-October 26, 2021 Registration opens every Tuesday at 10:00am for classes the following week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Sunset Yoga

Author Reading | Antiquity in Gotham: The Ancient Architecture of New York City (virtual)


In her new book, Prof. Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis applies an archeological lens to the study of the New York buildings. Antiquity in Gotham explores how the language of ancient architecture communicated the political ideals of the young Republic through the adaptation of Greek and Roman architecture; how Egyptian temples conveyed the city's new technological achievements; and how the ancient Near East served many artistic masters, decorating the interiors of glitzy Gilded Age restaurants and the tops of skyscrapers. Rather than emphasizing a battle of styles, the Neo-Antique framework considers the similarities and differences—intellectually, conceptually, and chronologically—amongst the reception of these architectural traditions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, Antiquity in Gotham: The Ancient Architecture of New York City&nbsp;(virtual)

Author Reading | On Juneteenth: From Pulitzer Winner Annette Gordon-Reed


Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annette Gordon-Reed shares her new book, a Texan’s view of the long, non-traditional road to a national recognition of the holiday. Gordon-Reed presents the saga of a frontier defined as much by the slave plantation owner as the mythic cowboy, rancher, or oilman. Reworking the “Alamo” narrative, she shows that enslaved Blacks—in addition to Native Americans, Anglos, and Tejanos—formed the state’s makeup from the 1500s, well before Africans arrived in Jamestown. That slave-and race-based economy not only defined this fractious era of Texas independence, but precipitated the Mexican-American War and the resulting Civil War. A commemoration of Juneteenth and the fraught legacies of slavery that still persist, On Juneteenth is a stark reminder that the fight for equality is ongoing.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, On Juneteenth: From Pulitzer Winner Annette Gordon-Reed

Author Reading | The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu: Reimagining the Classic Western (virtual)


Tom Lin's book reimagines the classic Western through the eyes of a Chinese American assassin on a quest to rescue his kidnapped wife. Author Jonathan Lethem says that the novel has "the atmosphere of Cormac McCarthy's West or that of the Coen brothers' True Grit." This timely debut diversifies the stories told about the American West and arrives as the United States sees a horrific rise in the number of hate crimes directed at members of this country's Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities. Lin will discuss the launch of the novel with Wayne Ho, president and CEO of the Chinese-American Planning Council, the country's largest Asian American social services agency.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu: Reimagining the Classic Western (virtual)

Talk | Artist Talk: Work of the Pandemic


East Village artist and illustrator Grant Shaffer will show and talk to us about his work. He will discuss his process and inspirations, including the work he has created inspired by life in NYC during the COVID pandemic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, Artist Talk: Work of the Pandemic

Discussion | Discussion and Meditation on Self-Compassion and The Power of Self-Love (virtual)


This last year has been a dramatic time of adjustment emotionally, physically and spiritually. How are we doing? Many of us are grieving lost loved ones, missed important milestones and events. How are we doing? How are we handling everyday stress, fear and anxiety? Failure and rejection? Does your inner critic take over and dominate? This is a 90-minute discussion and guided meditation on cultivating self-love and learning psychological and emotional tools to increase our self-love and empathy. Learn about the power of mindful self-compassion and self-loving kindness, and how to take a more compassionate approach to life's difficulties, ultimately leading to sustainable joy and increased productivity. With Lavina Shamdasani.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, Discussion and Meditation on Self-Compassion and The Power of Self-Love (virtual)

Talk | “I could smell the smoke and hear the screams”: 100 Years Since the Tulsa Massacre (In-Person and Online)


The 100th anniversary of the massacre will be marked with a special in-person and live-streamed talk by revolutionary leader Carl Dix, along with a stunning short documentary film on the suppressed story of the Tulsa Massacre, followed by audience discussion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, &ldquo;I could smell the smoke and hear the screams&rdquo;: 100 Years Since the Tulsa Massacre (In-Person and Online)

Author Reading | Amoralman: Confronting His Own Past (virtual)


Derek DelGaudio talks with Neil Gaiman about his new book, a "prequel of sorts" to his hit theater and Hulu show In & Of Itself. Derek DelGaudio believed he was a decent, honest man. But when irrefutable evidence to the contrary is found in an old journal, his memories are reawakened and Derek is forced to confront—and try to understand—his role in a significant act of deception from his past.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, Amoralman: Confronting His Own Past (virtual)

Performance | Music and Monologues (virtual)


Actresses Kimberly Chatterjee and Franny Alicia Reynoso each perform a monologue, and musicians Cheeyang Ng and Juana Luna will perform their musical responses. Host Madelyn Bonilla will guide the event, conducting a Q&A between the audience and the artists after each presentation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, Music and Monologues (virtual)

Author Reading | The Other Black Girl: Office Politics (Zoom)


Zakiya Dalila Harris launches her highly anticipated debut novel. Twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books. Fed up with the isolation and microaggressions, she's thrilled when Harlem-born and bred Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers. They've only just started comparing natural hair care regimens, though, when a string of uncomfortable events elevates Hazel to Office Darling, and Nella is left in the dust.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, The Other Black Girl: Office Politics (Zoom)

Discussion | The Color of Wealth: The Destruction of Greenwood and Tulsa's Legacy of Loss (virtual)


The widening racial wealth gap in the United States is a troubling sign that millions of families are not equipped to offer better opportunities for future generations. Wealth allows families to make investments in homes, in education, in their own health, in businesses, and in other assets that create financial security for families and prosperity for entire communities. The Institute for Race and Political Economy at The New School and the Justice for Greenwood Foundation, Inc. invite you to a live event and timely revelation of data on the widening racial wealth gap in Tulsa, Oklahoma - site of one of the deadliest acts of domestic terrorism on U.S. soil - the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, The Color of Wealth: The Destruction of Greenwood and Tulsa's Legacy of Loss (virtual)

Jazz | Benji Kaplan and Rita Figueiredo: Jazz in Performance (virtual)


Through his percussionist father, Benji started playing Dumbek at age 6 in which he demonstrated a highly sophisticated sense of rhythmic creativity. He began playing guitar professionally at the age of 15. He has traveled and played in Rio, Sao Paulo, and the Brazilian Northeast(Recife, Olinda, and Fortaleza). Benji Has received accolades for his intricate guitar compositions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, Benji Kaplan and Rita Figueiredo: Jazz in Performance (virtual)

Slide Lecture | A Night at the Museum: The Smithsonian's Musically-Themed Paintings (Zoom)


Join a virtual private, docent-led tour of a few of the Smithsonian's musically-themed paintings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:00 pm
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Slide Lectures, June 01, 2021, 06/01/2021, A Night at the Museum: The Smithsonian's Musically-Themed Paintings (Zoom)
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