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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 5, 2019?

20 free events take place on Sunday, May 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 May 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 May . 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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Sun, May 5, 2019
20 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on Sunday, May 5, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Jane's Walk 2019: 275+ Walks All Over the City
free events nyc New York City Irish Dance Festival
free events nyc Ensemble Performs Works By French Composers: Debussy, Rameau And More
free events nyc Melodies From Africa

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. Wear comfortable clothes and sunscreen. Every Sunday through August 11, 2019
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 05, 2019, 05/05/2019, Tai Chi Workshop

Tour | Jane's Walk 2019: 275+ Walks All Over the City


This annual event is a global festival of free, volunteer-led walking conversations inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs. During Jane’s Walk weekend, the simple act of exploring the city is enhanced with personal observations, local history, and civic engagement. Jane’s Walk encourages people to share stories about their neighborhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and connect with visitors and neighbors alike. The three-day event comprises more than 275 free walk all over the city.
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:00 am
Free
Tours, May 05, 2019, 05/05/2019, Jane's Walk 2019: 275+ Walks All Over the City

Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 05, 2019, 05/05/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Fairs, May 05, 2019, 05/05/2019, Street Fair

Tour | Governors Island Official Walking Tour


Look into the past of Governors Island and talk about its exciting transformation and future! In these one-hour walking tours, examine how historic preservation, innovative design and environmental stewardship make the Island what it is today - one of the most unique public spaces in New York City. Tours start at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Tours, May 05, 2019, 05/05/2019, Governors Island Official Walking 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
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11:00 am
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Tours, May 05, 2019, 05/05/2019, Flatiron District Walking Tour

Play | The Tempest: Shakespeare on an Island


Prospero, a powerful magician and the rightful Duchess of Milan, has been usurped by her brother and has escaped to a remote and barren island. There, despite the unforgiving landscape, she has tried her best to make a home for her daughter, Miranda. When Prospero conjures a powerful storm to sink her brother’s ship, she must decide how to deal with him and his confederates, who have washed ashore. How will she exact her long-awaited revenge? How do you satiate a desire for justice?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, May 05, 2019, 05/05/2019, The Tempest: Shakespeare on an Island

Tour | Garden Tour


Join Leslie Day for a tour of the garden at one of its most glorious times of the year and enjoy the birds, pollinating insects, flowering trees and herbaceous plants as spring explodes. Day is the author of several field guides to the birds, trees, and natural history of New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Tours, May 05, 2019, 05/05/2019, Garden Tour

Dance Performance | New York City Irish Dance Festival


This annual day-long Irish Dance Festival featuring performances by hundreds of the best Irish dancers and opportunities for the whole family to join in.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, May 05, 2019, 05/05/2019, New York City Irish Dance Festival

Classical Music | Ensemble Performs Works By French Composers: Debussy, Rameau And More


The Broadway Bach Ensemble; Michael F. Tietz, conductor; Eric Umble, clarinet. Program Jean-Baptiste Lully Suite from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Jean-Philippe Rameau Les Boréades Claude Debussy Première Rhapsodie Claude Debussy Symphony No. 6 in D Major
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 05, 2019, 05/05/2019, Ensemble Performs Works By French Composers: Debussy, Rameau And More

Jazz | The Manhattan Jazz Combo


The timeless jazz favorites of the twentieth century played by a talented group that is passionate about keeping the American jazz tradition alive.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Concerts, May 05, 2019, 05/05/2019, The Manhattan Jazz Combo

Classical Music | Cinco de Mayo Celebration


Sopranos Celia Castro, Mary Thorne and counter-tenor Chris Mateo join pianist Max Lifchitz in a program featuring art songs and arias by Latin American composers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Concerts, May 05, 2019, 05/05/2019, Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Concert | Melodies From Africa


NYU African Gyil and Percussion Ensemble performs pieces from Africa. Valerie Naranjo, director. Featuring music from Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Nigeria, Guinea, Senegal, and especially the gyil from Ghana’s Upper West Region. Percussionist Valerie Naranjo plays percussion for NBC's Saturday Night Live Band, and has recorded and performed with Broadway's The Lion King, The Philip Glass Ensemble, David Byrne, The Paul Winter Consort, Tori Amos, Airto Moreira, and the international percussion ensemble, MEGADRUMS, which includes Milton Cardona, Zakir Hussein, and Glen Velez.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 05, 2019, 05/05/2019, Melodies From Africa

Author Reading | Never Wear White After Labor Day: A Memoir


Jeanette Lobasso (pen name: Jeanie Haber) celebrates the release of her memoir, with illustrations by the author.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 05, 2019, 05/05/2019, Never Wear White After Labor Day: A Memoir

Classical Music | Afternoon Organ Meditations


Diverse programs of music celebrating the great repertoire of the organ. Takes place every Saturday and Sunday from September 9, 2018 to May 26, 2019.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, May 05, 2019, 05/05/2019, Afternoon Organ Meditations

Classical Music | Works By Chopin And More


Liana Paniyeva, piano. Pianist Liana Paniyeva has performed at international festivals in Norway, Hungary, Syria, Italy, and Israel and she performed three times at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Her accomplishments include First Prize at the “Music World” International Competition in Italy in 2008 and First Prize at the International Competition in Memory of Prokofiev in 2002 among others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 05, 2019, 05/05/2019, Works By Chopin And More

Classical Music | Organ Recital


Peter Stoltzfus Berton is organist/choirmaster of the Zabriskie Memorial Church of St. John the Evangelist, Newport, RI and Founding Executive Director of The Choir School of Newport County. His principal teachers have been David Bartlett, Robert Glasgow, Gerre Hancock, Charles Krigbaum, Walden Moore, Thomas Murray.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:15 pm
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Concerts, May 05, 2019, 05/05/2019, Organ Recital

Author Reading | Sol LeWitt: A Life of Ideas


Sol LeWitt (1928-2007), one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, upended traditional practices of how art is made and marketed. A key figure in minimalism and conceptualism, he proclaimed that the work of the mind is much more important than that of the hand. For his site-specific work—wall drawings and sculpture in dozens of countries—he created the idea and basic plan and then hired young artists to install the pieces. Though typically enormous and intricate, the physical works held no value. The worth was in the pieces of paper that certified and described them. LeWitt championed and financially supported colleagues, including women artists brushed aside by the bullies of a male-dominated profession. Yet the man himself has remained an enigma, as he refused to participate in the culture of celebrity. Lary Bloom's book draws on personal recollections of LeWitt, whom he knew in the last years of the artist's life, as well as LeWitt's letters and papers and over one hundred original interviews with his friends and colleagues, including Chuck Close, Ingrid Sischy, Philip Glass, Adrian Piper, Jan Dibbets, and Carl Andre.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 05, 2019, 05/05/2019, Sol LeWitt: A Life of Ideas

Author Reading | The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire


A black child born on the US-Mexico border in the twilight of slavery, William Ellis inhabited a world divided along ambiguous racial lines. Adopting the name Guillermo Eliseo, he passed as Mexican, transcending racial lines to become fabulously wealthy as a Wall Street banker, diplomat, and owner of scores of mines and haciendas south of the border. Karl Jakoby is the author of two other books, Crimes Against Nature: Squatters, Poachers, Thieves, and the Hidden History of American Conservation and Shadows at Dawn: A Borderlands Massacre and the Violence of History, as well as numerous essays and reviews.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 05, 2019, 05/05/2019, The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire

Play | The Tempest: Shakespeare on an Island


Prospero, a powerful magician and the rightful Duchess of Milan, has been usurped by her brother and has escaped to a remote and barren island. There, despite the unforgiving landscape, she has tried her best to make a home for her daughter, Miranda. When Prospero conjures a powerful storm to sink her brother’s ship, she must decide how to deal with him and his confederates, who have washed ashore. How will she exact her long-awaited revenge? How do you satiate a desire for justice?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, May 05, 2019, 05/05/2019, The Tempest: Shakespeare on an Island
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