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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on June 26, 2021?

32 free events take place on Saturday, June 26 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 26 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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32 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Saturday, June 26, 2021

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

Fair | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors


Search for hidden gems as you browse antiques, vintage goods, architectural salvage and collectibles. There is also a selection of food vendors from Smorgasburg. Face covering is required. The fair takes place rain or shine, each Sat and Sun 8 am - 5 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 am
Free
Fairs, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Healthy on the Hudson: Pilates


These classes improve flexibility and build strength, while remaining low-impact. Open to all fitness levels. Saturdays, June 19-October 2, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Healthy on the Hudson: Pilates

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Saturday Yoga


Classes of Vinyasa Yoga – a series of flowing poses linked to awareness of the breath – with instructor Jennifer Batson. Classes are designed for all experience levels. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat or a towel. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, class size is limited to 36 students who must remain six feet apart while practicing. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Masks are required for entry to the park but can be removed during the class session as participants are spaced at least six feet apart. Session 1: 9:30 – 10:30am Session 2: 11am – 12pm Weather permitting Saturdays, May 22 – September 18, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Saturday Yoga

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. • 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
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (IN-PERSOM, outdoors) Drawing in the Park

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 through Jun 30th. 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 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (IN-PERSON) Aerialists and Acrobats: Works-in-Progress and Show-Ready Acts

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
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Workshops, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Kayaking

Workshop | New York Philharmonic: Fun, Conversation, Activities with Teaching Artists and Musicians (virtual)


The orchestra offers you space to reflect, dream, listen to one another, and reconnect after one of the most turbulent years in recent history. Enjoy the New York Philharmonic in three programs designed to fill our bodies and souls with wellbeing. Live interactive watch parties, hosted by Philharmonic Teaching Artists and Musicians, are on the following dates: Jun 12, 10 am: The Art of Listening Jun 19, 10 am: Mind, Body, Spirit, Music Jun 26, 10 am: Where We Find Hope
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Workshops, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, New York Philharmonic: Fun, Conversation, Activities with Teaching Artists and Musicians (virtual)

Museums | (IN-PERSON) Jewish History: Centuries of Art


One of the largest collections of art and Jewish culture in the world, it focuses both on artifacts of Jewish history and on modern and contemporary art. Works in the collection are presented as distinctive creative expressions and as bearers of the stories of those who made, owned, used, preserved, and sometimes transformed them. The exhibition speaks of the vast range of Jewish experiences across the globe and over time, made tangible through artistic expression. It is both a mirror of Jewish identities and an inspiration for the formation of new ones.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (IN-PERSON) Jewish History: Centuries of Art

Festival | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Porch Stomp 2021: A Festival of Americana and Folk Music and Dance


Porch Stomp is an organization committed to the advancement of the New York City American folk music and dance. They support the community by sponsoring key public events such as the annual Porch Stomp Festival. They work to promote the growing NYC folk scene by highlighting both traditional and contemporary folk music throughout the year. Our mission is simple: Support New York City Folk!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Festivals, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Porch Stomp 2021: A Festival of Americana and Folk Music and Dance

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 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Street Market: Food Vendors, Collectables, Decor Items and More

Park Walk | (In-Person) Foraging Tour: Sweet Cherries, Mulberries, Chicken Mushrooms, and More


Because this park includes so many varied habitats, it's loaded with shoots and greens in early summer, and many of these renewable resources are edible and medicinal. You'll find spicy hedge mustar, poor man's pepper greens, celery-, parsley-, and carrot-flavored goutweed, violet leaves and flowers. You'll also find spicy field pennycress, another member of the mustard family, growing near corn-flavored chickweed. This is also a great time for berries. You'll be collecting large quantities of red, white, and pink mulberries, as well as juneberries and sweet cherries. If there's been enough rain beforehand, the park is an excellent place for mushrooms. Chicken mushrooms, dryad's saddle, and wine-cap stropharias may be growing in abundance. The tour will last for about 4 hours.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (In-Person) Foraging Tour: Sweet Cherries, Mulberries, Chicken Mushrooms, and More

Performance | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) June Rites!!: An Hour of Stunning Live Performance


After more than a year of isolation, Waterwell invites you to join your fellow New Yorkers for a summer-in-the-city celebration. June Rites !! is an original hour of visually stunning and viscerally contagious live performance. Conceived as a civic ritual in dialogue with state fairs and summer solstice festivals, this piece will be an opportunity for collective reemergence into public spaces after a long, hard winter. By turns reflective, playful, somber and ecstatic, the performers and musicians of June Rites !! provide an essential way to experience New York City opening up a new chapter of live performance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) June Rites!!: An Hour of Stunning Live Performance

Discussion | Adapting Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse to the Stage (virtual)


As part of the world premiere of Marina Carr's stage adaptation of To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf's 1927 masterpiece of modernism, Irish Arts Center will host a talkback with the playwright, moderated by Virginia Woolf scholar and UC Berkeley professor Catherine W. Hollis, on Carr’s work and Virginia Woolf’s world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, Adapting Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse to the Stage (virtual)

Dance Performance | Ayazamana: Traditional Dance from Ecuador (In Person)


The Andes Mountains are coming...and they're bringing the Amazon and South America's Pacific Coast. Ayazamana -- a dance-and-music troupe that's part to the Ecuadorian American Cultural Center -- will present an outdoor show. Wearing ponchos, shawls, sombreros, and braids that date back to the Incan Empire, several dozen artists will take audiences on imaginary jaunts through Ecuador via traditional dances and celebrations. They might swashbuckle around the stage with machetes or chant and stomp. And they'll definitely whirl and balance bottles on their heads.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, Ayazamana: Traditional Dance from Ecuador (In Person)

Birdwatching | Pride Celebration Bird Walk


Guide: Annie Barry. Celebrate Pride Month with a walk to discover all of the wonderful birds of the island. Beginners in particular are encouraged to join. Binoculars are available to borrow. Limited to 10.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, Pride Celebration Bird Walk

Opening Reception | (IN-PERSON, indoors) Transfiguration: Leaving Reality Behind


A group show featuring works in all media from paintings to NFTs While figuration dominates this particular moment in art, our exhibition explores one alluring aspect of figuration: transfiguration, the transformation of faces, bodies and identities. Through transfiguration we will explore the un-real real, and, to paraphrase the notorious internet artist group etoy. Participating artists range in age from their mid-twenties to ninety years old. Artworks in the show date from the 1990s to yesterday. The works include avatars, digital constructs, puppets, paintings, watercolors, sculptures, photographs, videos, and NFTs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (IN-PERSON, indoors) Transfiguration: Leaving Reality Behind

Workshop | (In-PERSON, outdoors) Midtown Recess: Ping Pong


Relive your favorite part of the school day with Midtown Recess and play a friendly game at one of two ping pong tables.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (In-PERSON, outdoors) Midtown Recess: Ping Pong

Performance | Ghosting: Suddenly Gone (virtual)


Sí never sleeps well. Sí never remembers her dreams. But she wakes up in the middle of the night to find Mark, who ghosted her six years ago, standing at the end of her bed in London. Now she must face her demons and go back to the last place on Earth she wants to be. Waterford. Home. Irish Rep presents the New York premiere of Waterford natives Anne O’Riordan’s (Call the Midwife, Doctors) and Jamie Beamish’s (Bridgerton, Derry Girls) tragic comic new play. First premiering to sold out audiences in London, O’Riordan and Beamish brought their collaboration home to Theatre Royal, Waterford in 2019. This production of Ghosting was streamed live online from Theatre Royal in April 2020.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, Ghosting: Suddenly Gone (virtual)

Performance | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) June Rites!!: An Hour of Stunning Live Performance


After more than a year of isolation, Waterwell invites you to join your fellow New Yorkers for a summer-in-the-city celebration. June Rites !! is an original hour of visually stunning and viscerally contagious live performance. Conceived as a civic ritual in dialogue with state fairs and summer solstice festivals, this piece will be an opportunity for collective reemergence into public spaces after a long, hard winter. By turns reflective, playful, somber and ecstatic, the performers and musicians of June Rites !! provide an essential way to experience New York City opening up a new chapter of live performance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:30 pm
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Performances, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) June Rites!!: An Hour of Stunning Live Performance

City Walk | (In Person, indoors) Battery Park City Tour: South Residential Neighborhood


The first tour explores Battery Park City's southern district, which is home to the Skyscraper Museum and includes some of BPC's earliest landscapes and infrastructure, as well as the residential enclaves built in the 1990s, following the 1979 Cooper Eckstut Master Plan. Visit historic Pier A, Wagner Park, and South Cove, as well as the green spaces that connect to the Esplanade, the first waterfront park in New York since the Brooklyn Heights Esplanade in 1951, and learn about the developing Resilience Action Plan of BPCA. Tour duration is around 60 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free
City Walks, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (In Person, indoors) Battery Park City Tour: South Residential Neighborhood

Opening Reception | (IN-PERSON, indoors) Haunted Summer: Group Exhibition


With: Antonia-Marie Kim KC Crow Maddux Ruth Rodriguez-Guerrero Zorawar Sidhu and Rob Swainston Noelle Timmons Jesus Trevino Maria Luisa Portuondo Villa
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (IN-PERSON, indoors) Haunted Summer: Group Exhibition

Performance | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Live Arts Pride 2021: The House Party


New York Live Arts is lending their stage to the oldest and most revered houses in New York's drag and ballroom scene including RAGGA, a growing network of queer Caribbean artists and allies working across a wide range of disciplines, the Asian/Pacific/Queer collective of collaborative and creative minds Bubble_T, the Queer Brooklyn nightlife staple drag collective Switch n' Play and DJ THELIMITDOESNOTEXIST, who is originally from Singapore and plays hyper pop club beats.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Live Arts Pride 2021: The House Party

Tour | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Fort Tilden History, Art and Nature Tour


Here's the chance to take the western tip of Rockaway by land, sea, air, and augmented reality. The Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and the Art Production Fund will host a walking tour of Fort Tilden's remnants and natural areas with virtual enhancement. Established in 1917 in Breezy Point, Fort Tilden once housed antiaircraft missiles to defend New York City from attack. It was decommissioned in 1974 and placed under the National Park Service's aegis. The military installation, which is named after 19th century New York State Governor Samuel J. Tilden, lies by a freshwater pond and maritime forest. An observatory deck provides breath-taking views of Jamaica Bay all the way to Manhattan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Fort Tilden History, Art and Nature Tour

Play | The Three Sisters (In-Person, outdoors)


Shakespeare Downtown performs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, The Three Sisters (In-Person, outdoors)

Play | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) 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. Tuesdays through Sundays, June 24-July 11, 2021 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
7:00 pm
Free
Plays, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) King Lear -- with a Happy Ending

Opera | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Nehanda: A Scene from the Opera


Conceived as an opera, Nehanda investigates the myth of Nehanda, a powerful spirit, venerated by the Shona people, who only inhabits women. In the late 19th century, Nehanda’s medium was Charwe Nyakasikana, a heroic revolutionary leader, who orchestrated the first uprisings in British-occupied Southern Rhodesia in 1896–97. Together with four comrades she was captured and, after an expedited and unjust trial, was executed by the British colonizers who were so scared that they ordered her bones and skull to be sent to the U.K. Nehanda offers a legal and philosophical defense for the first heroes of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle. The libretto is based on the infamous court case, The Queen vs. Nehanda (1898), between two sovereigns: Nehanda—mhondoro— “lion spirit” and Queen Victoria, whose long and glorified reign witnessed the rise and extension of the British empire across the world. This event will present one completed scene from the longer opera. The performance is designed as an immersive, participatory and durational spectacle where participants can collectively perform and investigate the process of law-making and its crucial role in the European colonial project.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Nehanda: A Scene from the Opera

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


Performers: Matthew Westerby Dance; Kizuna Dance; Battery Dance;
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Dance Festival: Modern Dance

Concert | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Picnic Performance: Joe's Pub Presents Mykal Kilgore


The 2021 return of Picnic Performances includes twenty-five live and in-person music, dance, and theater events produced in partnership with a diverse and storied lineup of New York City's performing arts institutions. All events open to the public with limited capacity and audience registration required. The park will observe all New York City and New York State guidelines immediate to the time of the performance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Picnic Performance: Joe's Pub Presents Mykal Kilgore

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 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Saturday Live Music

Concert | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Slavic Soul Party


Blazing Balkan brass, gutbucket funk, Gypsy accordion, and a big bass drum: This just scratches the surface of what Slavic Soul Party! brings to every performance. Inspired by its members’ Eastern European, Mexican, and Asian roots, it stirs up a tasty mix of gospel, dub, jazz, and Latin music. Global Rhythm says Slavic Soul Party! delivers “some of the most danceable Balkan-flavored pop this side of the Adriatic.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Slavic Soul Party

Play | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) The Madman and the Nun: Absurdist Comedy


The Madman and the Nun explores the tyranny of society over the individual as well as the boundaries of sanity. Sound familiar? The play can be seen as an absurdist comedy in which science, religion, and the state form a totalitarian alliance to bring about enforced happiness and social tranquility by means of psychiatric confinement. It is “dedicated to all the madmen of the world.” In Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz’s 1923 play, Walpurg, an acclaimed poet, is bound in a straitjacket in an insane asylum, his voice silenced by an even more insane bureaucracy of scientists and religious authorities. Whether Walpurg is a visionary or a hack is irrelevant, for in Witkiewicz's view, any artistic impulse "happens almost always on the very edge of madness." The asylum is run by lunatics. A nun is a creature of carnal passions. Murder is a cure for a murderer's madness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) The Madman and the Nun: Absurdist Comedy

Performance | Ghosting: Suddenly Gone (virtual)


Sí never sleeps well. Sí never remembers her dreams. But she wakes up in the middle of the night to find Mark, who ghosted her six years ago, standing at the end of her bed in London. Now she must face her demons and go back to the last place on Earth she wants to be. Waterford. Home. Irish Rep presents the New York premiere of Waterford natives Anne O’Riordan’s (Call the Midwife, Doctors) and Jamie Beamish’s (Bridgerton, Derry Girls) tragic comic new play. First premiering to sold out audiences in London, O’Riordan and Beamish brought their collaboration home to Theatre Royal, Waterford in 2019. This production of Ghosting was streamed live online from Theatre Royal in April 2020.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, June 26, 2021, 06/26/2021, Ghosting: Suddenly Gone (virtual)
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