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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 7, 2021?

23 free events take place on Friday, May 7 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 7 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)
Friday, May 7, 2021

All events, things to do on Friday, May 7, 2021 are free unless otherwise noted.

Play | The Royale: Drama Desk Award-winning Play (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


When is a play about a boxer not really about boxing? When it's the 2016 Obie and Drama Desk Award-winning The Royale! The play is about the life of the outsider in America as much as it is about charismatic African-American boxer Jay "The Sport" Jackson. The stylized and stunning conception of Marco Ramirez was realized by director Rachel Chavkin. The streaming is available through May 16th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_12:00 am
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Plays, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, The Royale: Drama Desk Award-winning Play (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

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
_9:00 am
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Performances, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, (IN-PERSON) Aerialists and Acrobats: Works-in-Progress and Show-Ready Acts

Tour | Haifa's Kaleidoscope: German Colony and Bahai Gardens (virtual)


Haifa is where the Mediterranean Sea meets Mount Carmel, where dozens of different cultures and religions live side by side on the green slopes of the mountain. The German Colony, remnants of the settlement from the Christian German Templers' movement at the end of the 19th century, is very well preserved, with great restaurants and a spectacular view from below of the Baha'i Gardens.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_10:00 am
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Tours, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, Haifa's Kaleidoscope: German Colony and Bahai Gardens (virtual)

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
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Fairs, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, (IN-PERSON) Flower Show: Floral Extravaganza

Fair | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Market in Midtown: Food, Art, Collectibles and More


Take part in outdoor shopping experience at this beautiful location. You will find a diverse mix of original art, antique collectibles, jewelry and cuisines from local small businesses.  The market is open daily through Jun 20th, 11 am - 8 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Market in Midtown: Food, Art, Collectibles and More

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 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Piano Music in a Park

Tour | Morgan Library and Museum: Treasures from the Permanent Collection (virtual)


From the Morgan’s three Gutenberg Bibles to the intricately carved cylinder seals of Ancient Mesopotamia, join Morgan docents as they guide you on an up-close virtual exploration and discussion of one of the many works in the institution’s treasured permanent collection.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, Morgan Library and Museum: Treasures from the Permanent Collection (virtual)

Slide Lecture | Astronomy: Visiting Volcanoes in Space (virtual)


On Earth, volcanoes are emblems of our dynamic planet. But volcanoes aren’t unique to our world. Scientists have discovered hundreds of volcanoes throughout our solar system, including on Mercury, Mars, Io, Enceladus, and even on Pluto. Uncover the mysteries lying beneath the surface and discover all that volcanoes can reveal about the evolution of worlds beyond earth.    Join planetary scientist Marina Gemma on an interactive, live spaceflight to our solar system’s volcanic “hot-spots” using the OpenSpace visualization platform. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Slide Lectures, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, Astronomy: Visiting Volcanoes in Space (virtual)

Opening Reception | (IN-PERSON, indoors) nonplussed+: New Paintings


Works by Geetha Thurairajah
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, (IN-PERSON, indoors) nonplussed+: New Paintings

Gallery Talk | (IN-PERSON, indoors) Queer-y-ing the Arab: A Curatorial Tour


The Earl of Bushwick gives a tour of Queer-y-ing the Arab in person. Tours will cap at 6 people. Queer-y-ing the Arab explores queerness through an Arab perspective. It queries and then queers interpretations of queer, Arab, and art, pushing the boundaries of assumption to explore unfamiliar meanings. The Earl of Bushwick is a non-binary queer Arab and immigrant, concerned with ideas of the Queer, the Other, and issues of not belonging, especially as it applies to art and class. Their home in Brooklyn, dubbed The Earl's Court (2015), is a long-running safe space and art project. Tour times: 4pm, 5pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, (IN-PERSON, indoors) Queer-y-ing the Arab: A Curatorial Tour

Film | Who Killed Vincent Chin? (1987): Oscar-Nominated Documentary on a Hate Crime (virtual, streaming 72 hours)


Who Killed Vincent Chin? recounts the stark facts surrounding the brutal murder of Vincent Chin, a 27-year-old Chinese American man. Chin was celebrating his last days of bachelorhood in a Detroit bar when an argument broke out between him and two white autoworkers: Ronald Ebens, a Chrysler Motors foreman, and his stepson, Michael Nitz. Duration: 87 minutes Directors: Christine Choy, Renee Tajima-Pena Beginning May 7 at 5 p.m. until May 10 at 5 p.m., Who Killed Vincent Chin? will be available to stream, with a 24-hour viewing window once the screening has started. The accompanying conversation will stream live on May 10 at 8 p.m.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, Who Killed Vincent Chin? (1987): Oscar-Nominated Documentary on a Hate Crime (virtual, streaming 72 hours)

Tour | Atmosphere for Invention: Brooklyn Navy Yard's Art Studios (virtual)


The Brooklyn Navy Yard recently launched a public art exhibit with the theme Atmosphere for Invention, which reflects both the site's history and its inventive spirit today. This live virtual program will visit the studios of artists Jackie Meier, Paul Campbell, and Tracy Wuischpard, who will be joined by curator Carli Beseau, and they will share how they created works of public art that foster healing, beauty, regeneration, and community.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, Atmosphere for Invention: Brooklyn Navy Yard's Art Studios (virtual)

Museums | (IN-PERSON) Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary


Discover art that traverses Asia's diverse cultures, regions, and narratives. The Museum's special exhibitions celebrate art forms that range from ancient to contemporary, including photography and multimedia, while its permanent collection galleries are focused primarily on art from the Himalayan region.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, (IN-PERSON) Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary

Concert | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Bossa Nova Live


Visit the courtyard for a socially distanced evening of live Brazilian music, featuring Bossa Nova band Rio 3-0: bassist Leonardo Lucini, drummer Arnaldo Buzack, and guitarist Billy Newman. Take a seat in the courtyard and enjoy the show. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Bossa Nova Live

Concert | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Latin Music


Enjoy live salsa music with Cuarteto Guatac.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_6:00 pm
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Concerts, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Latin Music

Dance Performance | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Ballet, Music and Immersive Art Installation


Body / Light I is an immersive, interactive art installation by Random International Art Group in which viewers are invited to draw with their bodies as their movements are temporarily traced in light. Enjoy a score performed live by composer and multi-instrumentalist Lester St. Louis, and choreographic responses to the sculpture by three dancers from the New York Theatre Ballet. The art installation is on view on May 7, 4 pm - 9 pm; May 8, 9, 1 pm - 9 pm. Live performances are from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Ballet, Music and Immersive&nbsp;Art Installation

Screening | (IN-PERSON, drive-in theater) Mythic Quest Season 2: Comedy


With the quarantine finally over, the new season of Mythic Quest finds everyone back in the office (well, almost everyone), attempting to build upon the success of Raven's Banquet by launching an epic new expansion, but Ian (Rob McElhenney) and the newly promoted co-creative director, Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao), struggle with the game's direction. Meanwhile, CW (F. Murray Abraham) reconciles some unresolved issues from his past, the testers (Ashly Burch and Imani Hakim) test the bounds of an office romance, and David (David Hornsby) loses yet another woman in his life as Jo ( Jessie Ennis) leaves him to assist Brad (Danny Pudi). Followed by a discussion with creators and cast.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_7:00 pm
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Screenings, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, (IN-PERSON, drive-in theater) Mythic Quest Season 2: Comedy

Poetry Reading | Poetry: What does Soul mean to you? (virtual)


Join Soul Sister Revue as they ask the question “What does Soul mean to you?” Readers include Yona Harvey (You Don’t Have to Go to Mars for Love), Tarfia Faizullah (Registers of Illuminated Villages), Dante Micheaux (Circus) CM Burroughs (Master Suffering), and Dimitri Reyes. Soul Sister Revue is a quarterly reading series for established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, Poetry:&nbsp;What does Soul mean to you? (virtual)

Opera | Met Opera: Berg's Wozzeck (virtual)


During the 2019-20 season, Maestro Nezet-Seguin took the podium to lead a powerful new production of Berg's shocking modern masterpiece Wozzeck, directed by innovative artist, filmmaker, and director William Kentridge. In this performance, baritone Peter Mattei stars as the title character, making his role debut as the tormented soldier whose madness and paranoia ultimately drive him to murder. The exceptional cast also features soprano Elza van den Heever as Wozzeck's dissatisfied lover, Marie, and tenors Gerhard Siegel and Christopher Ventris and bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as his ruthless persecutors. The event will be streaming for 23 hours.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, Met Opera: Berg's Wozzeck (virtual)

Jazz | Re-envisioned Bach, Charlie Parker and More (virtual)


Ken Field (alto saxophone/electronics) and Dave Harris (tuba) present a wide-ranging electro-acoustic performance of composed and improvised music, including works from the repertoire of Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, plus re-envisioned treatments of material by J.S. Bach, Charlie Parker, and others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_7:30 pm
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Concerts, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, Re-envisioned Bach, Charlie Parker and More (virtual)

Dance Performance | Korean National Ballet (virtual)


Heo Nan Seol Heon - Su Wol Kyung Hwa is a piece about Heo Nan Seol Heon's (1563~1589) life and her poems, who was a prominent Korean poetess of the mid-Joseon dynasty. "Su Wol Kyung Hwa" is a four-character idiom that refers to the moonlight reflected on the water and a flower in the mirror. This denotes a poetic, intangible atmosphere, one that is visible but cannot be touched, and beautiful beyond description. The performance was filmed in 2017 at Seoul Arts Center. The streaming will be available until May 9, 8 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, Korean National Ballet (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
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Plays, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, Little Gem: 'a warm slice-of-life tale' &ndash; The New York Times (virtual)

Comedy Club | Stand-Up Comedy (virtual)


Enjoy a live comedy show on Zoom featuring a variety of comics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, May 07, 2021, 05/07/2021, Stand-Up Comedy (virtual)
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