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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 11, 2021?

25 free events take place on Tuesday, May 11 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 11 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)
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

All events, things to do on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 are free unless otherwise noted.

Dance Performance | Dance Cinema: Unique Visual and Movement Aesthetic (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


Inspired by the colonial exposition parks of Europe, North America, and the Caribbean during the 1810s-1940s, Kolonial from choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland examines how we create definitions to justify systems of exploitation and oppression. The work interrogates suppressed identity though physical posturing and gesture in the transparent COVID barriers of today. Performed within a large-scale scenic installation by visual artist Conrad Quesen, the dancers "press their faces against the plastic and eventually tear through. Black-and-blue suggestions of disease and suppression give way to warmer tones of fire and escape" (The New Yorker). This is a filmed performance; available for streaming until May 17th, 5 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_12:00 am
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Dance Performances, May 11, 2021, 05/11/2021, Dance Cinema: Unique Visual and Movement Aesthetic (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Tai Chi in a Park


Learn and master this Chinese martial art for health and self-defense. All ages and levels are welcome. Classes are rain or shine. Please maintain six feet of social distance and wear a mask.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 11, 2021, 05/11/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Tai Chi in a Park

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Adult Outdoor Zumba


Exercise in disguise! Featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training, and a lot of fun. Participants are expected to bring their own equipment: weights, water bottle, hand towel etc. • Masks and contact information required upon arrival. • Participants must maintain six feet of physical distance between households. • All programs will be held in accordance with New York State reopening guidance. Tuesdays, May 11-June 29, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 11, 2021, 05/11/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Adult Outdoor Zumba

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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_11:00 am
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Fairs, May 11, 2021, 05/11/2021, (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
_11:00 am
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Fairs, May 11, 2021, 05/11/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Market in Midtown: Food, Art, Collectibles and More

Workshop | Tee Time on the Plaza


Putt putt your way through this 7-hole mini golf course. Grab a friend and make a day of it! May 10-27, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | (IN-PERSON or virtual) Music for Violin and Organ


Violinist Susan Olsen Maren and organist Claudia Dumschat perform Joseph Rheinberger's Six Pieces for Violin and Organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 11, 2021, 05/11/2021, (IN-PERSON or virtual) Music for Violin and Organ

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 11, 2021, 05/11/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Piano Music in a Park

Workshop | Lunchtime Sound Healing Meditation (Zoom)


Take a pause in the middle of your day and join us online to relax, reset and recharge with the sounds and vibrations of the ancient instruments: Tibetan singing bowls, crystal bowls, gongs, voice, flutes and tuning forks.   Topic highlights include: Immerse yourself in a sound bath! A sound bath is an improvised meditative “concert” to support states of deep relaxation, to release stress and allow healing of all body systems. A gentle yet powerful experience for the mind and body
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | (IN-PERSON, indoors) Masters of Abstraction: A 2-Artist Exhibition


Featuring Ernest Briggs and Seymour Boardman Masks required!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, May 11, 2021, 05/11/2021, (IN-PERSON, indoors) Masters of Abstraction: A 2-Artist Exhibition

Other | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) The Art of Bubble-Making: Family Fun


Watch the art of bubble-making! We've all blown soap bubbles before but have you ever seen someone create a bubble big enough to stand inside? Or one long enough to jump over? Open your eyes to the magical world of bubbles at this family-friendly event. Please wear masks and practice social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Others, May 11, 2021, 05/11/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) The Art of Bubble-Making: Family Fun

Jazz | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Jazz Ensemble: Duke Ellington, Gershwin, Bernstein, Mingus, Chick Corea


The American Symphony Orchestra presents its jazz ensemble performing all-American jazz composers. Performers Lee Musiker, piano; Lou Bruno, bass; Kory Grossman, drums; Eugene Moye, cello; Roxy Coss, tenor saxophone and flute Seating is available on first-come, first-served basis. Masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_5:30 pm
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Concerts, May 11, 2021, 05/11/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Jazz Ensemble: Duke Ellington, Gershwin, Bernstein, Mingus, Chick Corea

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Sunset Yoga


Escape the hustle and bustle of NYC and join Abhaya Yoga for a socially-distanced sunset yoga class that integrates postures, breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation to stretch, strengthen and condition. Tuesdays, May 4-October 26, 2021 Registration opens every Tuesday at 10:00am for classes the following week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 11, 2021, 05/11/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Sunset Yoga

Author Reading | Building Brands: Corporations and Modern Architecture (virtual)


As the first in-depth book to explore the role of branding in the design of corporate modernism, Building Brands re-tells the stories of four corporate headquarters in the context of both business and architectural histories: the PSFS Building by Howe and Lescaze, the Johnson Wax Building by Frank Lloyd Wright, Lever House by SOM, and The Röhm & Haas Building by Pietro Belluschi and George M. Ewing Co. In this illustrated talk on her new book, Grace Ong Yan describes how clients and architects together crafted buildings to reflect the company’s brand, focusing on carefully considering consumers’ perception and their emotions towards the architecture and the messages they communicated.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Reading | A Tribute to Poet Anne Waldman (Zoom)


Dia presents a small group of readers paying homage to the featured poet, followed by a reading by Anne Waldman. The tribute readers for this event will be Emma Gomis, Patricia Spears Jones, Rachel Levitsky, and Eleni Sikelianos.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, May 11, 2021, 05/11/2021, A Tribute to Poet Anne Waldman (Zoom)

Discussion | Netflix's Selena: The Series – A Conversation with the Cast and Executive Producers (virtual)


A conversation about the second and final part of the hit coming-of-age story chronicling the life of the beloved pop star. Depicting Selena’s life amid her meteoric rise to becoming one of the most successful Latina artists of all time, Selena: The Series is a moving tribute to family, Tejano music, and a remarkable young woman’s artistic determination. Hear the cast and producers discuss the making of the second season, why Selena’s story still resonates in American culture, stories from behind the scenes, and more. Christian Serratos, Ricardo Chavira, Moises Zamora, Jaime Davila, and Hiromi Kamata with Maria Garcia.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, May 11, 2021, 05/11/2021, Netflix's Selena: The Series &ndash; A Conversation with the Cast and Executive Producers (virtual)

Classical Music | Organ Music at a Cathedral (virtual, live stream)


David Briggs, organ Pragram Andrew Ager (b. 1962) Prelude and Fugue in C  Julius Reubke (1834–1858) Sonata on the 94th Psalm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 11, 2021, 05/11/2021, Organ Music at a Cathedral (virtual, live stream)

Discussion | The Future of Performance (virtual)


Influential opera director Yuval Sharon will join Paola Prestini to discuss arts leadership in times of change, the future of performance and the operatic form, collaborating with artists and creating safe spaces for all.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, May 11, 2021, 05/11/2021, The Future of Performance (virtual)

Discussion | Highly-Acclaimed Visual Artist Julie Mehretu in Conversation (virtual)


Named among Time Magazine's 100 most influential people of 2020, Julie Mehretu is one of the most praised abstract artists working today. Her mid-career survey at The Whitney Museum, currently on view, shows more than 20 years of the artist's examination of painting, history, geopolitics, and displacement. Julie Mehretu produces very large prints, drawings, and paintings that are built up through layers of acrylic paint, overlaid with mark-making using pencil, pen, ink, airbrush and screen prints. Critics have linked her work to nonliteral art movements noting her inspiration from the works of Frank Bowling and David Hammons.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, May 11, 2021, 05/11/2021, Highly-Acclaimed Visual Artist&nbsp;Julie Mehretu in Conversation (virtual)

Theater | A Family Gathering: Beginning Again, Dramedy Adventure (virtual)


Sunday Conversations - a Family Gathering - Part Three - Beginning Again. Whether you have been following this family on their zoom conference call, or hopping on for the first time, you can enjoy their episodic dramedy adventure. You will witness a dynamic and complex family navigate their relationships with each other as they face love, loss, and beginning again. By Almost Tamed Productions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tour | Garment District History Tour: Fashion, Immigrants, Child Labor, Triangle Factory Fire, Gangsters (virtual)


"Walk" the streets of the Garment District with your tour guide Mike Kaback. Topics included: - Your guide's personal experiences in the fashion industry/district over the last half century: changes in fashion through the years; - Immigrants and the growth of the NYC apparel industry: factories and workers; visit into several factories over the years; - The Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire of 1911: unions and gangsters; - How the Garment District of today relocated to its current location: Fashion Ave and The Fashion Walk of Fame; - A look into the future of the garment industry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 11, 2021, 05/11/2021, Garment District History Tour: Fashion, Immigrants, Child Labor, Triangle Factory Fire, Gangsters (virtual)

Gallery Talk | Growing Up Jewish: Art and Storytelling (Zoom)


Jacqueline Kott-Wolle is a contemporary artist in Highland Park, Illinois whose paintings explore the people and experiences that have shaped her distinctly North American brand of Jewish identity. These people include Holocaust survivors like Kott-Wolle’s parents and others in her community growing up. “They existed in living color for me – in their printed sundresses, socks and sandals, with numbers tattooed on their arms,” she writes. “Some of them had haunted looks in their eyes and seemed burdened with a profound sadness that kept them at the edge of anger while others were brimming with gratitude and optimism as they rebuilt their lives in Canada. All of them viewed my generation as walking miracles on earth.” Join Kott-Wolle for a presentation and discussion of “Growing Up Jewish – Art & Storytelling,” a series of 35 oil paintings and stories about Jewish identity in North America and how it transmits from one generation to the next.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, May 11, 2021, 05/11/2021, Growing Up Jewish: Art and Storytelling (Zoom)

Author Reading | 2 Memoirs: Blow Your House Down / Spilt Milk (Zoom)


For authors Courtney Zoffness and Gina Frangello, years of writing fiction have informed their latest projects in narrative nonfiction. The results are compelling and complex narratives of womanhood, motherhood, and art from authors who have a deeply formulated understanding of society.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 11, 2021, 05/11/2021, 2 Memoirs: Blow Your House Down / Spilt Milk (Zoom)

Author Reading | Things We Lost to the Water: He's Not Coming (virtual)


Eric Nguyen, editor-in-chief for diaCRITICS.org, presents his stunning debut novel. When Huong arrives in New Orleans with her two young sons, she is jobless, homeless, and worried about her husband, Cong, who remains in Vietnam. As she and her boys begin to settle in to life in America, she continues to send letters and tapes back to Cong, hopeful that they will be reunited and her children will grow up with a father. But with time, Huong realizes she will never see her husband again.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | LA Philharmonic Former Violinist in Concert and Conversation (virtual)


Vijay Gupta is a passionate advocate for the vital role of music to heal, shape, and change the way we see ourselves and the world around us. Named a MacArthur Genius in 2018 for his work founding and leading Street Symphony, Vijay ultimately left his job in the first violin section of the LA Philharmonic to pursue his career as a solo and chamber musician, speaker, and arts advocate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theater | (IN-PERSON) A Thriller by Tony Winner

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