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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on June 5, 2021?

31 free events take place on Saturday, June 5 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 5 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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31 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Saturday, June 5, 2021

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

Play | A Picture of Autumn: Comedy, "the echoes of Chekhov are unmistakable" (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


A Picture of Autumn made its debut on February 11, 1951 in a one-night 'try-out' performance presented by the Repertory Players, at the Duke of York's Theatre on London's West End. Despite promising reviews, the play was never picked up. Instead, N.C. Hunter enjoyed great success with his plays Waters of the Moon, A Day by the Sea and A Touch of the Sun, which dominated the West End throughout the fifties. Meanwhile, A Picture of Autumn gathered dust until this acclaimed production--the play's first in over 60 years. The streaming will be available until Jun 13th. By N.C. Hunter Directed by Gus Kaikkonen
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, A Picture of Autumn: Comedy, "the echoes of Chekhov are unmistakable" (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Film | James Cameron's The Terminator (1984): Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


A cyborg is sent from the future on a deadly mission. He has to kill Sarah Connor, a young woman whose life will have a great significance in years to come. Sarah has only one protector - Kyle Reese - also sent from the future. The Terminator uses his exceptional intelligence and strength to find Sarah, but is there any way to stop the seemingly indestructible cyborg?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, James Cameron's The Terminator (1984): Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Birdwatching | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Rock the Birds


Come meet the birds of the Rockaways and learn how you can help make the beach safer for everyone! Join the Feminist Bird Club, Flock Together World NYC, and NYC Audubon for a meet and greet with the beach birds and birders of New York City as a part of Black Birders Week. We will help you identify birds, learn ways to #ShareTheShore, as well as elevate the work Laru Beya Collective is doing through monthly beach cleanups, youth surfing lessons, and the campaign for water safety education in New York schools. Attendees are required to wear masks and follow social distancing protocols.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Rock the Birds

Workshop | (IN-PERSOM, outdoors) Drawing in the Park


The park is a special place in spring, and what better time than Saturday mornings to practice your art! Participants are expected to bring their own drawing and painting supplies, including drawing boards and containers of water if they are planning to paint. BPCA will supply drawing paper and watercolor paper only. o Masks and contact information required upon arrival. o Participants must maintain six feet of physical distance between households. o All programs will be held in accordance with New York State reopening guidance
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
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Workshops, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, (IN-PERSOM, outdoors) Drawing in the Park

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Kayaking


Glide along the water while kayaking this summer! All levels are welcome. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. Saturdays, June 5-September 25, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Workshops, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Kayaking

Fair | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Waterfront Market: Music, Food, Antiques, Clothing, Roller Skating


The market offers socially-distanced experience of food, shopping, family-friendly activities and entertainment: music, accessories, clothing, jewelry, pet supplies, beauty products, pottery and much more. Every Sat and Sun, 10 am - 5 pm. Visitors must wear face coverings at all times and observe social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Waterfront Market: Music, Food, Antiques, Clothing, Roller Skating

Fair | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) FAD Market Returns


25 Vendors Provide Local Shopping Experience with Finest Jewelry, Apparel, Tableware, Furnishings and More. Since 2016, FAD Market has traversed the city celebrating artists, designers and makers of today. After pausing all market activity in 2020 due to COVID-19, FAD Market is delighted to return with a specially curated, socially distanced, outdoor pop-up.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) FAD Market Returns

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Gotham Cheer


In celebration of Pride Month, families are invited to join Gotham Cheer as they perform, dance, and defy gravity! Learn a few of their signature tricks, take part in an art project and strike a pose on the BPC Pride bench!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Gotham Cheer

Fair | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Street Market: Food Vendors, Collectables, Decor Items and More


Shop for antiques, decor items, sustainable and vintage clothing, collectible objects and more. In addition, Smorgasburg food vendors will offer brunch and lunch options.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Street Market: Food Vendors, Collectables, Decor Items and More

Workshop | (IN_PERSON, outdoors) Field Guide: Art, Ecology, and Mindfulness Auditory Workshop


An auditory exploration of the park and the Planeta Abuelx exhibition led by Director of Education Douglas Paulson and Educator Jeanette Rodríguez-Píneda.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, (IN_PERSON, outdoors) Field Guide: Art, Ecology, and Mindfulness Auditory Workshop

Museums | (IN-PERSON) Folk Art: Diverse and Rich


The museum's collection includes more than eight thousand works of art from four centuries and nearly every continent--from compelling portraits and dazzling quilts to powerful works by living artists in a variety of mediums.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, (IN-PERSON) Folk Art: Diverse and Rich

Park Walk | (IN-PERSON) Foraging Tour in Central Park: Wild Herbs and Vegetables, Mushrooms, Daylily Flowers and More


Central Park, always a great park for foraging, is spectacular in late spring. Wild herbs and vegetables thrive throughout the park. You'll be looking for poor man's pepper, sheep sorrel, wood sorrel, lamb's-quarters, wild ginger, greenbrier, lady's thumb, purslane, and Asiatic dayflower, but most spectacular will be the cattails. Epazote is one of the park's best culinary herbs. A mainstay in Mexican cuisine, it's great in guacamole, salsa, and bean dishes. Daylily flowers, sold as "golden needles" in Chinatown, live for only 1 day each and have a sweet-pungent flavor. They're excellent in soups and salads, and you can even stuff them. Use the flowers in salads, tempura, and soups. Prepare the buds like string beans. If it has rained beforehand, you may also find gigantic chicken mushrooms, brittle russulas, and prized bolete mushrooms. The tour will last for about 4 hours. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, (IN-PERSON) Foraging Tour in Central Park: Wild Herbs and Vegetables, Mushrooms, Daylily Flowers and More

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 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Jazz Band: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and More

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


Join in for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching the jugglers put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided and regularly sanitized. Schedule: Tuesdays 6-7pm Wednesdays 12-1pm Saturdays 12-1pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Juggling in a Park

Performance | Global Forms Theater Festival: Time Zone Free (virtual)


A virtual live streaming show brought together by live and virtual performances, devised projects and short films spotlighting the beauty, uniqueness, and musicality of the many spoken languages of the world, as well as the musical culture of the places these languages originate from. This show will connect international artists with audiences from all over the globe and a cabaret in New York City fittingly serving as the epicenter of it all. Actors, musicians, singers, performers, and many more will break Time Zone limitations by passing the artistic baton from one country to the next.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, Global Forms Theater Festival: Time Zone Free (virtual)

Master Class | Cello Master Class (virtual)


Cello master class with Myron Lutzke.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, Cello Master Class (virtual)

Opening Reception | (IN-PERSON, indoors) New York PARADISE LOST Bushwick Era Disco: NYC in the 70s


Meryl Meisler's series is an intimate journey through the pandemonium and ecstasy of New York City from the 1970s to the early 1990s. Meisler documents a tumultuous time in the city's history marred by epidemics of crime, addiction, and AIDS, intensified by a paralyzing blackout and political and fiscal crises. Frequenting Manhattan's legendary discos that arose from the disorder, she captured hedonistic havens patronized by celebrities and revelers of the night. In contrast, daylight revealed the beauty of those who loved and thrived in burnt-out Bushwick, where Meisler worked as a public school art teacher and continuously documented her surroundings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, (IN-PERSON, indoors) New York PARADISE LOST Bushwick Era Disco: NYC in the 70s

Festival | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Still Here, Still Queer: Music, Drag and Burlesque Showcase, Market


Pride Month celebration. DJ Undocubougie kicks off the day, followed by indie rock band Kalbells, who share dreamy synth music. Switch n' Play transforms the plaza steps with a drag and burlesque showcase honoring queer and trans icons. Plus, enjoy art-making inspired by The Slipstream: Reflection, Resilience, and Resistance in the Art of Our Time. Throughout the day, shop and snack at the market, which is spotlighting LGBTQI+ artists and vendors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Still Here, Still Queer: Music, Drag and Burlesque Showcase, Market

Author Reading | Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993 (virtual)


Sarah Schulman--longtime East Village resident, playwright, screenwriter, historian, novelist, activist--on her upcoming book. Twenty years in the making, Let the Record Show is the most comprehensive political history ever assembled of ACT UP and American AIDS activism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993 (virtual)

Performance | Global Forms Theater Festival: Gera sa Droga (War on Drugs) (virtual)


Gera sa Droga (War on Drugs) is a self-devised piece created by Filipina writer and performer Dorothea Gloria. Having been raised in a family filled with journalists, Gloria aims to translate news articles into stage performances. Gera sa Droga (War on Drugs) focuses on the current administration of President Duterte and his response to drug use in the Philippines. Gloria wants to highlight the different Filipino voices, from the victims of the drug massacre, to the family members left behind, to close friends and relatives, to the police that implement rules, to the journalists that cover the killings, to the president himself. This piece questions if peace and order can truly be attained through violence and killing.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, Global Forms Theater Festival: Gera sa Droga (War on Drugs) (virtual)

Classical Music | Organ Works by Dupré (virtual)


Organist Jeremy Filsell plays the music of Marcel Dupré on the Miller-Scott Organ. Program Prélude et fugue en la bémol majeur, Op. 36, no. 2 24 Inventions, Op. 50, nos. 19-24 Trois Élévations, Op. 32 Quatres Fugues Modales, Op. 63 Prélude et fugue en mi mineur, Op. 36, no. 1 Eight short Preludes on Gregorian Themes, Op. 45 Angélus, Op. 34 Prélude et fugue en do majeur, Op. 36, no. 3
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Concerts, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, Organ Works by&nbsp;Dupr&eacute; (virtual)

Festival | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Glimpse: A Festival of Music, Dance and Storytelling


Glimpse is a celebration of life, joy, and new beginnings within the community through art of storytelling, music, dance and more. The festival will be held in the beautiful field of the park with four major outdoor performances all created and curated by Immigrant artists. These artists from all around the world will bring folklore stories from India, Iran, South Africa and Lebanon. Puppet shows and stories for young audiences, Music from Columbia, the Jazz world, and the Middle East; plus dance and rituals from different cultures. Bring a blanket, chair, and snacks to enjoy this free event.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:30 pm
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Festivals, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Glimpse: A Festival of Music, Dance and Storytelling

Classical Music | Chamber Music (virtual)


Chamber Music Concert led by violinist Jude Ziliak.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, Chamber Music (virtual)

Opening Reception | Operation Varsity Blues: A Group Exhibition


A group exhibition exploring the structural inequities of the American higher education system through the lens of the recent high-profile college admissions scandal. The exhibition features new, commissioned works by seven artists—Lindsay Adams, Debra Cartwright, Kevin Claiborne, Malaika Temba, Lindsey Brittain Collins, Alteronce Gumby, Lanise Howard, Jeffrey Meris, Raushan Rucker, Khari Turner, Telvin Wallace, and Esteban Whiteside—who are responding to the 2019 college admissions scandal of the same name wherein affluent families conspired to influence undergraduate admissions decisions at several top-tier American colleges and universities.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, Operation Varsity Blues: A Group Exhibition

Dance Performance | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Dance Festival: Modern Dance


Enjoy dance performances by various companies each Sat through Jun 26th. Performers on Jun 5: EMERGE125 (formerly Elisa Monte Dance); Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Dance Festival: Modern Dance

Concert | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Saturday Live Music


Take a dash of Herb Albert, a pinch of David Bowie, add a handful of Andy Kaufman, and you have Robert Whaley and his band. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Saturday Live Music

Author Reading | After the Fall: Being American in the World We've Made (virtual)


Ben Rhodes launches his new book. Why is democracy so threatened in America and around the world? And what can we do about it? A former White House aide and close confidant to President Barack Obama--and the New York Times bestselling author of The World as It Is--travels the globe in a deeply personal, beautifully observed quest for answers.
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Author Readings, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, After the Fall: Being American in the World We've Made (virtual)

Author Reading | There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness (virtual)


A virtual salon event with M. Leona Godin for her debut book launch There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness. Joining Leona in conversation will be writer Jim Knipfel, professor Georgina Kleege, and professor Stephen Kuusisto.    
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness (virtual)

Jazz | Claudia Acuña and Jon Cowherd: Jazz in Performance (virtual)


More than a long-awaited new album, Claudia Acuña’s Turning Pages is an exquisite reintroduction to a singer who has thrived at the cusp of jazz and Latin American music. The project captures an artist in the process of reinventing herself, with a program of strikingly melodic original songs expressing her singular vision. Featuring a stellar cast of collaborators, Acuña’s first new recording in a decade makes a compelling case that while keeping a lower profile she’s been pluming new emotional depths. Although Mercy is Jon Cowherd's first album under his own name, the esteemed pianist/composer/arranger/producer is already firmly established as one of the jazz world's most accomplished, expressive and in-demand young musicians.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, Claudia Acu&ntilde;a and Jon Cowherd: Jazz in Performance (virtual)

Concert | New Music On The Bayou 2021 Summer Festival (virtual)


Live from the Biedenham Museum and Gardens in Monroe LA, the closing night concert from the three-day New Music on the Bayou Summer Festival brings you contemporary chamber music by composers from around the United States and abroad.
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Concerts, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, New Music On The Bayou 2021 Summer Festival (virtual)

Jazz | Ten-Tine Grammy Winning Pianist Eddie Palmieri and His Band (virtual)


Over the course of an inspiring sixty-year recording career, the New York-born pianist Eddie Palmieri’s name has become synonymous with the city’s vital Latin jazz scene. An awardee of the NEA Jazz Master crown and a ten-time GRAMMY Award winner, Palmieri’s innovative skill as a composer and transcendent fluency on the keys stand as hallmarks of his legacy. Palmieri’s ability to merge the intricate and melodic sounds of contemporary jazz with the percussive salsa of his Puerto Rican upbringing has rendered him a unique figure among music industry giants and an icon within the Latin community. For the evening concert, featuring a six-piece jazz band, Mr. Palmieri will explore the heights of his always-danceable oeuvre.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 05, 2021, 06/05/2021, Ten-Tine Grammy Winning Pianist Eddie Palmieri and His Band (virtual)
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