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

15 free events take place on Wednesday, 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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Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

All events, things to do on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 are free unless otherwise noted.

Staged Reading | Rachel: Drama (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


20th century, Rachel Loving is true to her name, exuding warmth and kindness while doting adoringly on any child she meets. But when her mother reveals a brutal story from the family's past, Rachel is shaken to her core and is forced to confront what it really means to bring a Black child into this world. Written by Angelina Weld Grimké. Originally produced by the NAACP’s Drama Committee in Washington D.C. in 1916, Rachel is believed to be the first play by a Black woman professionally produced in the United States. The streaming will be available until May 7th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, May 05, 2021, 05/05/2021, Rachel: Drama (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Film | The Lake House (2006): Sci-fi Drama with Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves reunite to star in this romantic tale of two people who find a love strong enough to span the years separating the couple living in The Lake House. As lonely Dr. Kate Forster (Bullock--Crash) exchanges letters with architect Alex Wyler (Reeves--Matrix films), a correspondence grows into love, but the two realize that they are living in the same house two years apart. To be together, they must unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance--knowing that their quest may destroy the link that has allowed them to fall in love. Directed by Alejandro Agresti
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 05, 2021, 05/05/2021, The Lake House (2006): Sci-fi Drama with Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Birdwatching | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Bird Walk


Join experienced birding guide Gabriel Willow on a walk to observe the diversity of migrating birds that visit the park. Gabriel is an experienced birder and naturalist, and is well-versed in the ecology and history of New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_8:00 am
Free
Birdwatchings, May 05, 2021, 05/05/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Bird Walk

Fair | (IN-PERSON) Flower Show: Floral Extravaganza


Enjoy an exhibition of exotic flowers and plants from around the world that transforms the venue into a breathtaking floral extravaganza. The exhibition will last for two weeks: May 2 - May 16. Masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_11:00 am
Free
Fairs, May 05, 2021, 05/05/2021, (IN-PERSON) Flower Show: Floral Extravaganza

Park Walk | Central Park Walk: Conservatory Garden (virtual)


Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States. Enjoy its sweeping views and stunning vistas during the virtual walk. The tour takes place each Wed at 12 pm. Every walk takes place in a different part of the park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, May 05, 2021, 05/05/2021, Central Park Walk: Conservatory Garden (virtual)

Workshop | The Steps to Financial Adulthood: Emergency Funds, Savings, Retirement Plans and More (virtual)


Your financial success relies on smart decisions, as well as good financial habits. Are you confident about your finances? Topics covered include emergency funds, savings and expenses, credit card debt, tax withholding, investment allocation, retirement plans, insurance selection, and necessary estate documents. Certified Financial Planner Erika Safran shares important financial principles to help you live the life you envision for yourself.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 05, 2021, 05/05/2021, The Steps to Financial Adulthood: Emergency Funds, Savings, Retirement Plans and More (virtual)

Concert | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Piano Music in a Park


Piano concert series, showcasing ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 05, 2021, 05/05/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Piano Music in a Park

Book Discussion | Chutzpah, Wisdom and Wine: The Journey of an Unstoppable Woman, Author Talks About her Book (virtual)


Author, social entrepreneur, and international speaker Jodi Samuels discusses highlights from her book Chutzpah, Wisdom and Wine: The Journey of an Unstoppable Woman, followed by a Q&A.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_2:00 pm
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Book Discussions, May 05, 2021, 05/05/2021, Chutzpah, Wisdom and Wine: The Journey of an Unstoppable Woman, Author Talks About her Book (virtual)

Play | Little Gem: 'a warm slice-of-life tale' – The New York Times (virtual)


Amber, Lorraine, and Kay, three generations of North Dublin women, find themselves suddenly facing the unexpected in this “warm slice-of-life tale.” (The New York Times). Young Amber’s case of indigestion grows into something more, while her mother Lorraine reluctantly attempts therapist-suggested self-care, and Grandmother Kay struggles with a personal itch while adjusting to life as a caretaker for her beloved Gem. In this hilarious and poignant award-winning work, three women find strength in one another and discover the beauty and complexity of family. By Elaine Murphy Directed by Marc Atkinson Borrull Starring Brenda Meaney, Lauren O’Leary, and Marsha Mason
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, May 05, 2021, 05/05/2021, Little Gem: 'a warm slice-of-life tale' &ndash; The New York Times (virtual)

Concert | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) American Symphony Orchestra Musicians: Afro-Cuban Drumming and More


This percussion ensemble combines Afro-Cuban Bata drumming and poetry with the sounds of contemporary chamber percussion, featuring Grammy-nominated Imani Winds oboist Toyin Spellman-Diaz in compositions by percussionist and composer Javier Diaz. Program: All music by Javier Diaz: Chandani, Canciones del idalgo, Maleza, Son Montuno Sinfonia, Sakpata, Lucumi Cycle Performers: Kory Grossman (Percussion) Javier Diaz (Percussion) Charly Descarfino (Percussion) Featuring Toyin Spellman-Diaz (oboe)
   New York City, NY; NYC
_5:30 pm
Free
Concerts, May 05, 2021, 05/05/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) American Symphony Orchestra Musicians: Afro-Cuban Drumming and More

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Sunset Yoga


Join a class with Thai James. Bring your own mat. Face masks mandatory.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_5:30 pm
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Workshops, May 05, 2021, 05/05/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Sunset Yoga

Concert | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) R&B Hits of the 90's-00's


Step back in time with live music featuring 90s+00s R&B cover by Sanduba (Portuguese slang for "a sandwich"), led by Arnaldo Buzack and Julie Schatz (Lady Beatz). Take a seat in the courtyard and enjoy the show. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 05, 2021, 05/05/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) R&B Hits of the 90's-00's

Slide Lecture | Astronomy: Measuring the Ages of Ancient Worlds (virtual)


Measuring the ages of stars is one of the greatest challenges of modern astronomy. Join scientist Ruth Angus as she describes how she uses the rotation rates of stars to measure their ages and gather insights into the future of our solar system and others in the galaxy. Find out why determining the ages of stars will offer scientists a better chance of finding life signs in the atmospheres of distant planets—since some planets orbit stars that are extremely volatile, constantly erupting with powerful magnetic explosions that emit harmful radiation, while others orbit older stars, like our own Sun, which tend to be more tranquil, and more hospitable to life. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Slide Lectures, May 05, 2021, 05/05/2021, Astronomy: Measuring the Ages of Ancient Worlds (virtual)

Dance Lesson | Chinese Classical Movement Class by Acclaimed Choreographer (virtual)


Renowned choreographer Nai-Ni Chen’s class will draw on elements from traditional Chinese theater and martial arts with an emphasis on energy, healing and storytelling. She hopes this class will lift your spirits and help you to reconnect with yourself and nature.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, May 05, 2021, 05/05/2021, Chinese Classical Movement Class by Acclaimed Choreographer (virtual)

Play | Little Gem: 'a warm slice-of-life tale' - The New York Times (virtual)


Amber, Lorraine, and Kay, three generations of North Dublin women, find themselves suddenly facing the unexpected in this "warm slice-of-life tale." (The New York Times). Young Amber's case of indigestion grows into something more, while her mother Lorraine reluctantly attempts therapist-suggested self-care, and Grandmother Kay struggles with a personal itch while adjusting to life as a caretaker for her beloved Gem. In this hilarious and poignant award-winning work, three women find strength in one another and discover the beauty and complexity of family. By Elaine Murphy Directed by Marc Atkinson Borrull Starring Brenda Meaney, Lauren O'Leary, and Marsha Mason
   New York City, NY; NYC
_8:00 pm
Free
Plays, May 05, 2021, 05/05/2021, Little Gem: 'a warm slice-of-life tale' - The New York Times (virtual)
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Theater | (IN-PERSON) A Thriller by Tony Winner

Regular Price: $35
CFT Member Price: $0.00

Dance Performance | (IN-PERSON) Modern Ballet

Regular Price: $48
CFT Member Price: $0.00
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