free things to do in New York City
<

May 2018

>
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  
Free Events, Free Things to Do in New York City!  Read More

Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 20, 2018?

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 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! 30 free events take place on May 20 in New York City.

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out May 20 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 May . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

If you find the number of events listed here to be somewhat owherwelming, please use our Advanced Search feature wich allows you to create a list of only those type of events that are of interest to you at this very point. Interests differ, of course, and our site does it into account and allows easy navigation.

Here is what we find especially interesting on the free events scene in the month of June: New York Philharmonics Concerts in the Parks, Metropolitran Opera Recitals, Make Music New York Day which always takes place on June 21st, Washington Square Music festival on Tuesday nights.

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 one is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm.
Join the Club!

Go!
The quality and quantity of
free events,
free things to do
that happen in New York City
every day of the year
is truly amazing.

So don't miss the opportunities
that only New York provides:
stop wondering what to do;
start taking advantage of
free things to do,
free events to go to
in NYC
today!

Sun, May 20, 2018
30 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on May 20, 2018 are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Organist performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
free events nyc Vienna Station: International Intrigue
free events nyc Dark Side of the High Line Tour
free events nyc Governors Island, New York City Harbor: Guided History Walk
free events nyc Pushcarts, Pickles, and Million Dollar Pastrami: The Jewish Lower East Side Tour
free events nyc 'Keep a Lid on It' with The Art Mob, an Uncommon A Cappella Group
More Editor's Picks for 05/20/18

Workshop | Tai Chi Workshop


Join Silvana Pizzuti to learn and practice Tai Chi, a slow-moving martial art with health benefits for all fitness levels.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
8:00 am
Free
Workshops, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Tai Chi Workshop

Workshop | Deep Yoga and Journaling


Sharyn Hahn lead you through some warm-up poses and a vinyasa flow as well as several short meditations, creative visualization, and intention-setting writing or sketching activities. You will leave feeling more flexible, relaxed, energized, with a mantra that you can carry with you throughout the week. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one, and they do have some if you need to borrow one for the class. Also bring a journal and something to write with. You will be writing a few times during the class, and if you prefer to sketch or want to do both, that is fine. Wear comfortable clothing, and feel free to bring a warm or cool drink to keep you hydrated (with a secure lid). All levels are welcome. If you have never done yoga you will be able to participate as well.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
9:00 am
Free
Workshops, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Deep Yoga and Journaling

Tour | Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour


The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
9:30 am
Free
Tours, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour

City Walk | Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour


This is a 3-hour tour that begins with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of New York City for over 125 years, with spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tour then moves on to a stroll of Brooklyn Heights, America’s and New York City’s first suburb. The tour then explores the neighborhood DUMBO before ending at the Fulton Ferry landing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
9:30 am
Free
City Walks, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour

City Walk | Greenwich Village, High Line and Chelsea Tour


Join a three hour journey through some of New York City's most historic areas. Begin in Greenwich Village, one of the cultural centers of America. From there, make your way through the Gansevoort Market and the Meatpacking Historic Districts and then onto the extraordinary High Line. Then relive the bygone days of a thriving cruise ship and industrial waterfront along the Hudson; we'll see where trains ran along "death avenue", where the New York harbor along the Hudson was perhaps the most significant waterfront in the world at one time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
9:30 am
Free
City Walks, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Greenwich Village, High Line and Chelsea Tour

Tour | Harlem Tour


Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
9:45 am
Free
Tours, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Harlem Tour

Tour | SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour


You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
9:45 am
Free
Tours, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour

Tour | Grand Central Terminal Tour


For over 100 years, the Beaux-Arts beauty known as Grand Central Terminal (a.k.a Station) has been a testament to the ingenuity and ambition of a great city, impressing both travelers and visitors with its wonderful architecture and pulsating vibe. Its history is a story of immense wealth, great engineering, a few accidents, a planned sabotage and one terrific ceiling, but most importantly a story of survival and rebirth.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
10:00 am
Free
Tours, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Grand Central Terminal Tour

Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
10:00 am
Free
Fairs, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Street Fair

City Walk | Historic Brooklyn Bridge Tour


On May 24, 1883, journalist Montgomery Schuyler said "It so happens that the work which is likely to be our most durable monument, and to convey some knowledge of us to the most remote posterity, is a work of bare utility; not a shrine, not a fortress, not a palace, but a bridge." This tour will tell the story of the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge, and examine its ever-present historical, technological, and cultural impact. Note: this tour is held early, as to avoid the massive crowds that the bridge continues to attract, 135 years after its completion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
10:30 am
Free
City Walks, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Historic Brooklyn Bridge Tour

Tour | Flatiron District Walking Tour


A journey through the vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the City’s most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the famous Flatiron Building. Tour guides:  Miriam Berman, historian and the author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks and New York in Words and Images, a book of New York postcards. Fred Cookinham, historian, author of The Age of Rand: Imagining an Objectivist Future World. Mike Kaback, a native New Yorker, has an unquenchable enthusiasm for everything about this city. No advance registration is required. This tour repeats every Sunday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
11:00 am
Free
Tours, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Flatiron District Walking Tour

Workshop | Gotham Writers Workshop: Screenwriting


With Jeremy Wechter
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
11:00 am
Free
Workshops, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Gotham Writers Workshop: Screenwriting

Tour | Governors Island, New York City Harbor: Guided History Walk


1.5 hours at easy pace with optional extension at own pace. Bring water. Since it’s early in the season, food to purchase on the island may be limited. It’s wise to bring your own snack/lunch.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:15 am
$3
Tours, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Governors Island, New York City Harbor: Guided History Walk

Workshop | Community Rowing


No experience is necessary though rowing does require some physical dexterity. Community Rowing events are free sessions that include a basic introduction to rowing for first timers (safety orientation, rowing technique, and terminology) and of course plenty of actual rowing on the Hudson River. The rows take place in five-person wooden rowboats that Village Community Boathouse builds onsite. The rows last, depending on river conditions and rower level experience, between one and three hours. Please arrive on-time. Rowing is weather dependent and will be canceled for high winds, rain, or thunderstorms. All participants must sign a waiver and be able to climb a ladder.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
12:00 pm
Free
Workshops, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Community Rowing

Tour | Harlem Tour


Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
2:00 pm
Free
Tours, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Harlem Tour

Tour | Midtown Manhattan Tour


Arguably the world's most valuable, busiest and most crowded pieces of real estate, Midtown Manhattan is what most visitors think of when they think of New York City. Home to some of the city's most iconic architecture, from Gothic to Post-Modern and from Beaux-Arts to Art Deco (lots of Art Deco). it's not difficult to understand why. But just behind the massive facades, lie facinating histories just waiting to be unveiled.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
2:00 pm
Free
Tours, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Midtown Manhattan Tour

Tour | Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour


New York City is a mecca for graffiti and street art, making it a very attractive playground for artists from around the world. Bushwick, in a working class district on the north side of Brooklyn adjacent to Williamsburg, has been attracting artists for some time now. The neighborhood has a fair collection of art studios and galleries, but it’s Bushwick’s industrial landscape that’s attracting the street artist. If you came looking for 1960′s Greenwich Village, you’ll find something brewing in Bushwick.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
2:00 pm
Free
Tours, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour

Tour | Brooklyn Heights Tour


Known as America's first suburb, Brooklyn Heights is truly a gem. Travel and Leisure named it one of America's top 10 most beautiful neighborhoods, and its beauty is rivaled only by its place in American history. These quaint, tree-lined streets have been the sites of Revolutionary War battles, abolitionist activism and have inspired numerous novelists. Visit a stop on the Underground Railroad, or the home of Truman Capote, where he penned Breakfast at Tiffany's and where Jackie Robinson signed with the Dodgers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
2:00 pm
Free
Tours, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Brooklyn Heights Tour

City Walk | Pushcarts, Pickles, and Million Dollar Pastrami: The Jewish Lower East Side Tour


The Lower East Side was once the most densely populated neighborhood on the planet. This 10 stop walking tour, will visit some major historical sites of the Jewish Lower East Side, from the late 1800's all the way up until present day. Weaving stories of triumph, heartbreak, and humor together, this tour is at once informative, entertaining, and may put you in the mood for a knish or four.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
City Walks, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Pushcarts, Pickles, and Million Dollar Pastrami: The Jewish Lower East Side Tour

Discussion | Secret Journey: Stop Calling Them Dangerous


This panel includes conversations between Adham Hafez, Yoshiko Chuma, Danny Yung, Yin Mei, and dance artists from Egypt, Romania, Syria, Turkey and the United States. Hosted by Movement Research, discussions will examine stories about oppression, marginalization, prejudice and profiling. The panel will enable artists to explore their ideas and translate them into a theatrical language that can communicate to diverse artists and members of the dance community.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
3:00 pm
Free
Discussions, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Secret Journey: Stop Calling Them Dangerous

Concert | 'Keep a Lid on It' with The Art Mob, an Uncommon A Cappella Group


The Art Mob, an uncommon a cappella vocal group, wows audiences with an oddball mix of arcane, witty, and occasionally heartrending music from bygone days. The 13-member Mob’s inimitable offerings include Victorian parlor songs, Sacred Harp hymns, jazz and doo-wop, 1920s radio gospel, scary old children’s ditties, Tin Pan Alley numbers, English folk tunes, temperance anthems—you name it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
$5 donation
Concerts, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, 'Keep a Lid on It' with The Art Mob, an Uncommon A Cappella Group

Book Discussion | Anarchists Care About Books Book Group: Parable of the Sower


Discuss the book by Octavia Butler.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
4:00 pm
Free
Book Discussions, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Anarchists Care About Books Book Group: Parable of the Sower

Classical Music | Sunday Afternoon Organ Meditation


The program features the great repertoire of the organ on the 101-rank Pipe Organ built by Herman Schlicker and the 5 stop chamber organ built by Taylor and Boody Organ Builders. The Organ Meditation takes place every Sunday from Sept. 10, 2017 to May 27, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
4:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Sunday Afternoon Organ Meditation

Other | Psychic Sundays


Psychic Sundays are inclusive, relaxed afternoons of interdisciplinary readings and cosmic insights by mediums, readers and psychics from NYC’s new generation of personal guides. The future is out there. Peel the orange and see what’s inside. Each Sunday from 5-8pm, guests are welcome to meet guest readers on a first come, first serve basis. Look for the sign by the couches right when you walk in. If our mediums are all with guests, you'll be able to add your name to a waiting list and, we predict they'll be with you shortly.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
5:00 pm
Free
Others, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Psychic Sundays

Workshop | Bridge Social


Have a fun couple of hours of sociable bridge. Whether you're an occasional player or a seasoned champ, they'll find just the right level game for you. You'll be joining players from just above beginners to National Champions courtesy of Honors Bridge Club.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
5:00 pm
Free
Workshops, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Bridge Social

Classical Music | Piano Works by Schumann


With: Lisa Joy Sitjar, piano
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
5:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Piano Works by Schumann

Classical Music | Organist performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra


Organist Nicholas Haigh has collaborated on projects with ensembles including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Israel Camerata. He has performed at venues such as the Sydney Opera House, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:15 pm
Free
Concerts, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Organist performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Staged Reading | Vienna Station: International Intrigue


A veteran CIA station chief, forced into retirement after the murder of a defecting Russian spy, is visited by his successor a year later when revelations about a possible mole inside the Agency are revealed. With careers on the line and reputations to protect, what ensues is a cat and mouse tête-à-tête of intrigue and betrayal about who murdered the defector and why. Written by Greg Oliver Bodine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Staged Readings, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Vienna Station: International Intrigue

Tour | 9/11 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour


A renaissance is taking place on the southern tip of Manhattan Island. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001, a concerted effort has been undertaken to redevelop this part of the city, with the redevelopment of the World Trade Center and the construction of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum. And from twilight into the night is the right time to pay a visit to this part of New York City. From the Memorial to the Woolworth Building, City Hall to the Brooklyn Bridge, some of the your most memorable experiences in the city await you.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
7:30 pm
Free
Tours, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, 9/11 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour

Tour | Dark Side of the High Line Tour


The skeletal remains of the High Line’s elevated tracks set the perfect scene for a spooky evening. Join Free Tours by Foot for a journey to the creepier side of New York City’s most unique park. On this tour you’ll hear tales of the strange eccentric who lived below the tracks and saved them from demise, the curse of a West Side Cowboy who fell to his death from the elevated track, and the children who haunt the street formerly known as Death Avenue. If the moon hangs right perhaps you’ll witness the spectacle of a ghostly ship floating down the Hudson River; is it the long forgotten crew of Henry Hudson’s Half-Moon warning sailors not to go to sea? Or is it Captain Kidd protecting the treasure he buried on Liberty Island? Venture at your own risk through the dark side of High Line.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Tours, May 20, 2018, 05/20/2018, Dark Side of the High Line Tour
Complimentary Tickets

to shows, concerts ... (CFT Deals!)

Musical | High-energy musical

Regular Price: $75
CFT Member Price: $0.00

Play | Dark comedy based on a famous book

Regular Price: $55
CFT Member Price: $0.00

Dance Performance | A famous comedic ballet

Regular Price: $50
CFT Member Price: $0.00
Join the Club!

Go!