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

21 free events take place on Saturday, May 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 May 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 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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Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Saturday, May 1, 2021

All events, things to do on Saturday, May 1, 2021 are free unless otherwise noted.

Film | Ghost (1990): A Classic with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


One of the most memorable romantic films ever made and two-time Oscar winner, Sam (Patrick Swayze), living as a ghost, discovers his death wasn’t just a random robbery gone bad. To help him reconnect with the love of his life, Molly (Demi Moore), and solve his own murder, he enlists the talents of a skeptical psychic (Whoopi Goldberg), who doesn’t even believe her own abilities. Ghost is a supernatural mystery-thriller that will cross over into your heart and never leave.  Directed by Jerry Zucker
   New York City, NY; NYC
_12:00 am
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Films, May 01, 2021, 05/01/2021, Ghost (1990): A Classic with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Staged Reading | Home: Tony-Nominated Play (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


Is God on vacation in Miami? It certainly seems that way to Cephus Miles, who wonders if anyone is looking out for him in a world gone mad. Cephus loves the land and wants nothing more than to stay at home in Cross Roads, North Carolina, but fate has other plans in mind. Lost love and lost freedom eventually draw Cephus up north, where the big city just might eat him alive before God ever returns his call. Home was originally produced by the Negro Ensemble Company at St. Marks Playhouse in 1979, and that production transferred to Broadway in 1980 for an eight-month run that received a Tony nomination for Best Play. The event is streaming until May 3rd.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_12:00 am
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Staged Readings, May 01, 2021, 05/01/2021, Home: Tony-Nominated Play (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Play | Yours Unfaithfully: 'un-romantic comedy' (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


An "un-romantic comedy" about the price of free love, Yours Unfaithfully is an insightful, intelligent and exceptionally intimate peek behind the closed doors of an open marriage. Stephen and Anne, blissfully happy for eight years, are committed to living up to their ideals. When Stephen, a writer who isn't writing, begins to sink into a funk of unproductive moodiness, Anne encourages him to seek out a fresh spark. Can their marriage survive uncompromising generosity, sacrifice and love? More than the story of an unconventional couple, the play is about what happens when our ideals clash with our emotions. Written by Miles Malleson Directed by Jonathan Bank The event is streaming until May 16th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, May 01, 2021, 05/01/2021, Yours Unfaithfully: 'un-romantic comedy' (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, May 01, 2021, 05/01/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors

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, May 01, 2021, 05/01/2021, (IN-PERSON) Aerialists and Acrobats: Works-in-Progress and Show-Ready Acts

Museums | (IN-PERSON) North American Portraits and Other Exhibitions


Swiss-born Karl Bodmer (1809–1893) was one of the first and most accomplished European artists to document the landscape of the North American interior and its Indigenous peoples. He was hired by the German explorer and naturalist Maximilian, Prince of Wied-Neuwied, to accompany an expedition to the northwestern reaches of the Missouri River in 1833–34. Together they traveled from Saint Louis through the tribal lands of the Omaha, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Blackfoot, among many Plains nations where Bodmer executed watercolor portraits in situ. A meticulous draftsman, Bodmer produced portraits that are notable for their sensitivity of depiction and subtle, refined brushwork. Bodmer’s precise observation of his sitters—in facial likeness, body decoration, and regalia—conveys eyewitness testimony to the lives of specific individuals and the complexity of cultural encounters.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, May 01, 2021, 05/01/2021, (IN-PERSON) North American Portraits and Other Exhibitions

Festival | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Spring in the Heights: Jazz, Classical and Broadway Music, Shops, and More


Hear the music, shop at the Makers Market featuring local indie makers, and participate in raffles for great prizes. Performance schedule: 11:45 AM Chris Whittaker Trio (Jazz) 12:50 PM Members of the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra 1:45 PM Annette Aguilar String Beans Trio Women in Latin Jazz Festival 2:20 PM 8th Grade Advanced Guitar Workshop with Mr. Jennings 2:55 PM Broadway Performing Arts Center 3:15 PM Dominican Dance Squad
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, May 01, 2021, 05/01/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Spring in the Heights: Jazz, Classical and Broadway Music, Shops, and More

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, May 01, 2021, 05/01/2021, (IN-PERSON) Jewish History: Centuries of Art

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, May 01, 2021, 05/01/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Street Market: Food Vendors, Collectables, Decor Items and More&nbsp;

Park Walk | (IN-PERSON) Foraging Tour in Central Park: Wild Salad Greens, Mushrooms, Wild Allspice and More


This park provides a great window into the world of wild foods in mid-spring. Making a meal with these plants is simple at this time of the year. Wild salad greens, pungent field garlic, spicy mustard greens, such as poor man's pepper, hedge mustard, hairy bittercress, and garlic mustard, are abound alongside the paths throughout the park. Wild mushrooms, if present, will provide a gourmet side dish. You could find dryad's saddle, wine-cap stropharias, or chicken mushrooms on this tour, given enough rain beforehand, sharp-eyed participants, and some luck. Burdock root is one of the few wild root vegetables that remains in season throughout the warm weather. You can also cook and peel the immature flower stalks, which taste like artichoke hearts. And for an exotic dessert, why not stew apples or pears with sassafras, ginger, wild allspice from the common spicebush, and nuts, then add the sweet, perfumed blossoms of the black locust tree? The tour will last for about 4 hours. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_11:45 am
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Park Walks, May 01, 2021, 05/01/2021, (IN-PERSON) Foraging Tour in Central Park: Wild Salad Greens, Mushrooms, Wild Allspice and More

Park Walk | (IN-PERSON) Foraging Tour: Root Vegetables, Spicy Field Garlic, Devil's Walking Stick and More


This park is one of the best places for mid-spring foraging. It boasts a large, mature, secondary growth forest, trail edges, thickets, and cultivated areas--all overflowing with wild plants, and Violet Brill will teach you how to identify, harvest ecologically, and use dozens of them. Sweet cicely, root vegetable, taste like black licorice, outstanding in desserts, or in grain or bean dishes. Sassafras tastes like root beer, which you make from the taproots. You can also use it for brewing a delicious, detoxifying tea, and as a cinnamon-like seasoning. The black birch tree, of birch beer fame, is a common forest tree that tastes like wintergreen. Everyone will also find plenty of leafy green vegetables, such as chickweed, which tastes like corn, Asiatic dayflower, which tastes like string beans, pungent garlic mustard roots with their garlicky leaves, spicy poor man's pepper, mild-flavored violets, piquant greenbrier leaves and shoots, plus spicy field garlic and hedge mustard. You'll look for asparagus-flavored Devil's walking stick shoots, plus Japanese knotweed, with a sour flavor akin to its relative, rhubarb. It's loaded with vitamin C, as well as resveratrol, which reduces the risk of heart disease. 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, May 01, 2021, 05/01/2021, (IN-PERSON) Foraging Tour: Root Vegetables, Spicy Field Garlic, Devil's Walking Stick and More

Jazz | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Jazz Band in a Park: 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, May 01, 2021, 05/01/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Jazz Band in a Park: 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
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Workshops, May 01, 2021, 05/01/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Juggling in a Park

Fair | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Music, Art, Food, Wellness Shops


Celebrate springtime abundance with healing music and art-making inspired by Lorraine O’Grady: Both/And. Gyal Tings Soundsystem (featuring Felukah, Shirine Saad, Boston Chery, and Illexxandra) takes over the plaza steps with sounds from Cairo to Haiti, Kingston, and San Juan. Plus, shop and snack all day long at the Pop-Up market, which is spotlighting Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage and vendors who focus on wellness. Masks are required for all adults and children over the age of 2.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, May 01, 2021, 05/01/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Music, Art, Food, Wellness Shops

Jazz | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Jazz Quartet Performs Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin


Saxophonists and clarinetists Peter and Will Anderson will be joined by Joe Boga on trumpet and Alex Raderman on drums. They will play classic American repertoire from the songbooks of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and more.
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Concerts, May 01, 2021, 05/01/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Jazz Quartet Performs Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin

Opening Reception | (IN-PERSON) Paintings: Harmonious Planes of Shapes and Colors


Hei Myung C. Hyun's "sing again, like never before..." While engaging in diverse stylistic approaches over five decades, Hei Myung C. Hyun has maintained a deeply authentic vision of nature. Merging her western art training and her eastern cultural heritage, she seamlessly fuses abstract and naturalistic painting. Hyun's works since 2017 employ strong, coarse lines that engulf the negative space around silhouetted figures or linear renditions of birds, animals, and sometimes houses. Also featuring collaged Korean texts and bold, bright colors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, May 01, 2021, 05/01/2021, (IN-PERSON) Paintings: Harmonious Planes of Shapes and Colors

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, May 01, 2021, 05/01/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Saturday Live Music

Opera | Met Opera: Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur (virtual)


Starring Anna Netrebko, Anita Rachvelishvili, Piotr Beczala, and Ambrogio Maestri, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. Production by Sir David McVicar. From January 12, 2019. The event will streaming for 23 hours.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_7:30 pm
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Concerts, May 01, 2021, 05/01/2021, Met Opera: Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur (virtual)

Classical Music | Beethoven: The Orchestra Now and Leon Botstein (virtual)


The Orchestra Now; Leon Botstein, conductor; Adele Anthony, violin; Peter Wiley, cello; Shai Wosner, piano All-Beethoven Program Symphony No. 5 Triple Concerto Symphony No. 7
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_8:00 pm
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Concerts, May 01, 2021, 05/01/2021, Beethoven: The Orchestra Now and Leon Botstein (virtual)

Jazz | Jazz Trio: 'Imaginative and daring' - The New Yorker (virtual)


"Kendra Shank sounds like sunlight shining through a stained-glass window, her crystalline tone illuminating each song. Working her voice like a horn, she phrases inventively, whether crisp and sizzling or sensuously smoky. She's definitely an original." - Jazz Times Vocalist Kendra Shank will be joined by Gary Versace, piano, and François Moutin, bass.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 01, 2021, 05/01/2021, Jazz Trio: 'Imaginative and daring' - The New Yorker (virtual)

Comedy Club | Stand Up Comedy (virtual)


Stand up comedy featuring comedians from HBO, The Tonight Show, CONAN, Amazon, Comedy Central, Netflix, TikTok, SNL, Colbert and more! Hosted by Rich Kiamco (The Howard Stern Show). Each Sat at 9 pm. Different lineup each week.
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Theater | (IN-PERSON) A Thriller by Tony Winner

Regular Price: $35
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Dance Performance | (IN-PERSON) Modern Ballet

Regular Price: $48
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