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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 12, 2021?

24 free events take place on Wednesday, May 12 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 12 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 12, 2021

All events, things to do on Wednesday, May 12, 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
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Plays, May 12, 2021, 05/12/2021, The Royale: Drama Desk Award-winning Play (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
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Birdwatchings, May 12, 2021, 05/12/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Bird Walk

Talk | Galangal and Globalization: How Thai Ingredients Get to Our Plate (virtual)


On this virtual program, follow traditional Thai ingredients as they travel 12,000 miles from farms and factories to restaurants, shops, and take-out meals in New York City. Get an insider’s view of this supply chain by visiting Vasinee Food Corp, a food importer and distributor in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Also go live to 3 Aunties Food Market, a grocery store in Woodside, Queens that specializes in Thai products and prepared foods, to learn more about these unique ingredients and how to use them in your own cooking at home.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, May 12, 2021, 05/12/2021, Galangal and Globalization: How Thai Ingredients Get to Our Plate (virtual)

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Elements of Nature Drawing


The park, with its amazing gardens and views of the Hudson River and New York Bay, is the perfect setting to practice your art. Participants are expected to bring their own drawing and painting supplies, including drawing boards and containers of water if they are planning to paint. They will supply drawing paper and watercolor paper only. • 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. Wednesdays, May 12-June 30, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 12, 2021, 05/12/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Elements of Nature Drawing

Tour | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Walking Tour at Major Midtown Square


Join in for an enjoyable walking tour and learn about a successfully transformation of "Needle Park" of the 1970s into Manhattan's Town Square of today. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 12, 2021, 05/12/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Walking Tour at Major Midtown Square

Museums | (IN-PERSON) Folk Art: Diverse and Rich


The museum's collection includes more than eight thousand works of art from four centuries and nearly every continent--from compelling portraits and dazzling quilts to powerful works by living artists in a variety of mediums.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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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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
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | Becoming Morgan: J. P. Morgan's Early Collecting with Director of the Morgan Library and Museum (virtual)


Join Dr. Colin B. Bailey, Director of the Morgan Library & Museum, as he traces the development of J. Pierpont Morgan as a collector of rare books and manuscripts. The talk will examine the evolution of Morgan's taste and the development of his remarkable collection in conjunction with the construction of the library that he commissioned from the architectural firm, McKim, Mead, and White, while also considering Pierpont Morgan's most important sources of influence: his father, Junius Spencer Morgan, and eponymous nephew.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, May 12, 2021, 05/12/2021, Becoming Morgan: J. P. Morgan's Early Collecting with Director of the Morgan Library and Museum (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 12, 2021, 05/12/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Piano Music in a Park

Workshop | Lunchtime Meditation (virtual)


With Rita London. Connect with your core self. Step away from your hectic day to quiet your mind and nourish your soul with a thirty-minute meditation experience. Learn simple Kundalini Yoga breathing techniques and meditations that reduce stress, increase your focus, balance your emotions and magnify your presence.   This session takes place in a chair and will include: simple physical warm ups breathing techniques deep relaxation meditation Feel refreshed and re-energized! Beginners and experienced meditators welcome. No change of clothes or yoga mat needed.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: View Count (virtual)


A conversation with Analia Saban and Jenni Sorkin about Saban's current solo exhibition, View Count, at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. Jenni Sorkin is an art historian, critic, and Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, May 12, 2021, 05/12/2021, Artist Talk: View Count (virtual)

Discussion | Acclaimed Poet Patricia Kay Spears Jones in Conversation with Emmy-Winning Writer (virtual)


Patricia Kay Spears Jones was awarded the Jackson Poetry Prize in 2017, one of the most prestigious awards provided to American poets; a Pushcart Prize; and a Residency from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. She was named in Essence.com as one of its "40 Poets They Love" in 2010. In 2018, her poem "Seraphim" is listed in The New Yorker's Year in Poems. She is author of the poetry collections: Painkiller and Femme du Monde from Tia Chucha Press and The Weather That Kills from Coffee House Press and five chapbooks including Living in the Love Economy. Spears Jones will be interviewed by Randy Cohen. For twelve years Cohen wrote "The Ethicist," a weekly column for the The New York Times Magazine. His first television work was writing for Late Night with David Letterman for which he won three Emmy awards.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_5:00 pm
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Discussions, May 12, 2021, 05/12/2021, Acclaimed Poet Patricia Kay Spears Jones in Conversation with Emmy-Winning Writer (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
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Concerts, May 12, 2021, 05/12/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) American Symphony Orchestra Musicians: Afro-Cuban Drumming and More

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Fitness on the Waterfront


Your one-stop-shop for a complete body and mind workout. Barre seamlessly blends moves from ballet, Pilates, strength training, and yoga. You will be guided through a series of micro-movements and active holds, using your body weight for resistance. These small, isolated movements yield extensive results: long, lean, sculpted lines. You’ll work muscles you didn’t even know you have and feel them for days after. What to bring/wear: Yoga or Pilates mat, water and hand towel. Wear comfortable workout clothes – pants, leggings, or capris, and a workout tank or t-shirt. Grip socks optional, bare feet welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 12, 2021, 05/12/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Fitness on the Waterfront

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Yoga on The Green


Join a class with Thai James. Bring your own mat. Face masks mandatory.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Outdoor Fitness


Get fit during this outdoor workout series aimed to help you build strength, get toned, and relax. A variety of fun and challenging classes will be taught by instructors from top NYC fitness studios. Wednesdays, May 12-September 8, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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.
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_6:00 pm
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Concerts, May 12, 2021, 05/12/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) R&B Hits of the 90's-00's

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Sunset Yoga


Namaste! Unwind from the day with outdoor yoga. Immerse yourself in this meditative practice- surrounded by the Hudson’s peaceful aura. Strengthen the body and cultivate awareness in a relaxed environment as your instructor guides you through alignments and poses. All levels are welcome. Participants are expected to bring their own equipment: yoga mat, yoga blocks, water, etc. • Masks and contact information required upon arrival. • Participants must remain six feet of physical distance for the duration of the program. • All programs will be held in accordance with New York State reopening guidance. Wednesdays, May 12-June 30, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Reimagining History: An Artist-Writer Discussion (virtual)


On the occasion of the exhibition Dawoud Bey: An American Project, this conversation brings Dawoud Bey together with artist and musician Jason Moran and writer Sarah M. Broom to discuss their shared interest in specific histories and shared memories as the ground for their respective practices.  Inspired by Bey’s The Birmingham Project (2012)—a tribute to the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, AL, in 1963—and Night Coming Tenderly, Black (2019), which imagines the flight of enslaved Black Americans along the final leg of the Underground Railroad, the three speakers reflect on how an artwork can become an act of commemoration and radical reinvention.  Jason Moran is an interdisciplinary artist, musician, and composer who draws on and celebrates the history of Black music and musicians such as James Reese Europe, Thelonious Monk, and Fats Waller, among others. Sarah M. Broom is the author of The Yellow House, a memoir that weaves the story of her family in New Orleans across multiple generations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, May 12, 2021, 05/12/2021, Reimagining History: An Artist-Writer Discussion (virtual)

Jazz | Louis Armstrong Legacy Jazz Jam (virtual)


Led by Carol Sudhalter and a wonderful house band, the jam welcomes musicians including jazz jammers from Queens and Long Island as well as newcomers from around the world to share their music, lift our spirits and honor those we have lost.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 12, 2021, 05/12/2021, Louis Armstrong Legacy Jazz Jam (virtual)

Author Reading | Stranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn't Ours (virtual)


Sarah Sentilles presents her remarkable new memoir, the moving story of what she learned from fostering a newborn--about injustice, about making mistakes, and about how to better love and protect people beyond our immediate kin. A love letter to their foster daughter Coco and to the countless children like her, Stranger Care chronicles Sentilles's discovery of what it means to mother--in this case, not just a vulnerable infant but the birth mother who loves her, too.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 12, 2021, 05/12/2021, Stranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn't Ours (virtual)

Dance Lesson | Hula Dance Steps (virtual)


Join dancer and choreographer John-Mario, former director of 92Y Harkness Dance Center, 92Y Dance Education Laboratory, and the New York City Ballet Education Department, who hails from Paukukalo, Maui.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | HBO Max's On the Spectrum: The Cast and Creators Discuss the Show (virtual)


Co-creator and director Yuval Shafferman, co-creator and writer Dana Idisis, advisor to the series Lior Rotstein, star Niv Majar, and Adam Schuering (dubs the role of "Ron") talk about their award-winning series. The hit Israeli comedy drama explores the lives and challenges of three fictional mid-20-year-old roommates on the autistic spectrum as they navigate the world around them. Moderating the talk is David Siegel of Exceptional Minds, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit providing education and training for creative talents with autism, and dedicated to empowering people on the spectrum to achieve their professional potential.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, May 12, 2021, 05/12/2021, HBO Max's On the Spectrum: The Cast and Creators Discuss the Show (virtual)
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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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