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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 15, 2021?

25 free events take place on Saturday, May 15 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 15 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 15, 2021

All events, things to do on Saturday, May 15, 2021 are free unless otherwise noted.

Dance Performance | New York City Ballet Spring Gala! (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


New York City Ballet Spring Gala presents a film by Academy Award Winner Sofia Coppola, featuring members of the Company performing five works. Program - a world premiere from Resident Choreographer and Artistic Advisor Justin Peck featuring Principal Dancer Anthony Huxley set to Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings; - excerpts from three works by Balanchine -- Duo Concertant, featuring Principal Dancers Ashley Bouder and Russell Janzen; - Liebeslieder Walzer, featuring Principal Dancers Maria Kowroski and Ask la Cour; - the finale of Divertimento No. 15, featuring Principal Dancers Tiler Peck and Andrew Veyette, Soloists Emilie Gerrity, Lauren King, Ashley Laracey, Unity Phelan, and Daniel Applebaum, and corps de ballet member Andrew Scordato; - a solo from Jerome Robbins' Dances at a Gathering, featuring Principal Dancer Gonzalo Garcia. The musical soundtrack for the film will be performed by New York City Ballet Orchestra members and Company pianists under the direction of NYCB Music Director Andrew Litton.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_12:00 am
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Dance Performances, May 15, 2021, 05/15/2021, New York City Ballet Spring Gala! (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 15, 2021, 05/15/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors

Workshop | (IN-PERSOM, outdoors) Drawing in the Park


The park is a special place in spring, and what better time than Saturday mornings 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. BPCA 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
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 15, 2021, 05/15/2021, (IN-PERSOM, outdoors) Drawing in the Park

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 15, 2021, 05/15/2021, (IN-PERSON) Aerialists and Acrobats: Works-in-Progress and Show-Ready Acts

Fair | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Waterfront Market: Music, Food, Antiques, Clothing, Roller Skating


The market offers socially-distanced experience of food, shopping, family-friendly activities and entertainment: music, accessories, clothing, jewelry, pet supplies, beauty products, pottery and much more. Every Sat and Sun, 10 am - 5 pm. Visitors must wear face coverings at all times and observe social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_10:00 am
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Fairs, May 15, 2021, 05/15/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Waterfront Market: Music, Food, Antiques, Clothing, Roller Skating

Tour | (In PERSON) The Art Tours at Hudson Yards: The Outdoors Tour


Discover how art is threaded throughout the Hudson Yards neighborhood. Enjoy a curated and guided tour throughout Hudson Yards as part of NYCxDESIGN, Design Days. The Outdoors Tour Exploring how Hudson Yards integrates outdoor space and highlights the importance of open spaces. Topics may include what the outdoors mean to people, sustainable architecture, developments for the modern day life, what it means to be a green city space and more. Highlights include Sam Durant's Untitled (drone) and the plaza of Hudson Yards. The tour is offered 3 times a day - 11:00am, 2:00pm, 5:00pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_11:00 am
Free
Tours, May 15, 2021, 05/15/2021, (In PERSON) The Art Tours at Hudson Yards: The Outdoors Tour

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 15, 2021, 05/15/2021, (IN-PERSON) Flower Show: Floral Extravaganza

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 15, 2021, 05/15/2021, (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 15, 2021, 05/15/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Street Market: Food Vendors, Collectables, Decor Items 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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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
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Park Walks, May 15, 2021, 05/15/2021, (IN-PERSON) Foraging Tour in Central Park: Wild Salad Greens, Mushrooms, Wild Allspice and More

Jazz | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Downtown Jamaica Jazz Festival


This year's lineup -- curated by The Jazz Gallery's Rio Sakairi -- is one of it's strongest yet. The headliner of Downtown Jamaica Jazz Festival is none other than Grammy-nominated saxophonist Ravi Coltrane. The son of legendary Jazz artists John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane, Ravi is a highly regarded bandleader, and composer. In the course of a twenty plus year career, Coltrane has worked as a sideman to many, recorded noteworthy albums for himself and others and founded a prominent independent record label, RKM. *Please note, COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed. Only 100 people at a time will be let in to view this event.*
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 15, 2021, 05/15/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Downtown Jamaica Jazz Festival

Festival | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Swamp in the City: An Open-Air Cajun & Creole Music Festival


This weekend-long open air festival will feature world class Cajun and Creole bands on two different stages, jam sessions, picnic concerts, pod partner dancing and ample breathing room on New York City’s picturesque island. Swamp in the City will feature performances from Jesse Lége, Cedric Watson, Joel Savoy, Joe Hall, Kelli Jones, Wilson Savoy, Jourdan Thibodeaux, Chas Justus, Jo Vidrine, Rose & the Bros, Bayou Brew… and maybe more! Bring your instruments! Swamp in the City will host a jam each day and, if enough visitors are interested, they’ll offer a few group lessons in playing Cajun & Creole music. A Swamp in the City HQ tent will let registrants stash their instruments safely when not in use.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, May 15, 2021, 05/15/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Swamp in the City: An Open-Air Cajun & Creole Music Festival

Staged Reading | Spunk: Forbidden Love Affair (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


From the first day that Spunk, a charismatic, guitar-playing wanderer, sets foot in his new home, his bravado and musical talents make him the talk of this rural Florida town. Spunk immediately catches the eye of the lovely, young, and married Evalina Bishop, and their love affair sets off a chain of extraordinary events that none of their gossip-loving neighbors will ever forget. This play is based on Zora Neale Hurston's short story Spunk which was published by Opportunity Magazine in June 1925. Ten years later, Hurston wrote this theatrical adaptation, which was never published and was considered to be lost for many years until the text was located in 1997. Note: This is not the 1989 George C. Wolfe play of the same name, based on three Hurston stories. The streaming will be available until May 17th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, May 15, 2021, 05/15/2021, Spunk: Forbidden Love Affair (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Author Reading | The African Lookbook: A Visual History of 100 Years of African Women (Zoom)


The African Lookbook is a personal archive and unprecedented visual collection representing photography from Africa between 1870 and 1970. This is a special conversation and workshop celebrating its release and the practice of self-fashioning as forms of art, craft, and resistance. Author Catherine E. McKinley will read and join in dialogue with multidisciplinary artists Fatimah Tuggar and Lola Keyezua. The program will be moderated by historian Tanisha C. Ford. Following the conversation, artist and educator Jazmine Hayes will facilitate a workshop using the publication as a point of departure to explore texture and textile through meditation, writing, and art-making.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 15, 2021, 05/15/2021, The African Lookbook: A Visual History of 100 Years of African Women (Zoom)

Performance | Downtown Live, Featuring 36 In-Person Performances


Live performances are back! Downtown Live will bring 36 in-person performances to Lower Manhattan on May 15-16 and 22-23. The performances will be staged at unexpected locations around the neighborhood, including a covered loading dock (4 New York Plaza), an arcade along the Stone Street Historic District (85 Broad Street) and a plaza with harbor views near The Battery (1 Battery Park Plaza). After a year of lockdowns, these in-person shows offer audience members a long-awaited chance to see LIVE theatre, contemporary performance, and music and to explore all that Lower Manhattan has to offer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, May 15, 2021, 05/15/2021, Downtown Live, Featuring 36 In-Person Performances

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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 15, 2021, 05/15/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Jazz Quartet Performs Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin

Workshop | Cooking with The First Ladies: Rosalynn Carter and the Rockin’ 70s (Zoom)


Rosalynn Carter was the right hand to the president Jimmy Carter and continues to be an advocate for several causes. Join historian Sarah Morgan as she talks about Rosalynn’s favorite recipes: a Plains Georgia Cheese Ring, Peanut Butter Pie, the Carter’s Corn Bread, as well as a peanut themed cocktail!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 15, 2021, 05/15/2021, Cooking with The First Ladies:&nbsp;Rosalynn Carter and the Rockin&rsquo; 70s (Zoom)

Classical Music | Five Boroughs Music Festival Presents Terra Nova


Five Boroughs Music Festival presents Terra Nova, a new concert-length song cycle created by the members of composer-collective Oracle Hysterical and performed in collaboration with the contemporary mixed-instrument quartet Hub New Music. Inspired by a range of ambitious, gritty (and sometimes naïve, cruel, and myopic) explorers, the songs of Terra Nova are by turns darkly ironic, heartrending, and straight-up fun (and occasionally a confounding mix of all three), coalescing into a powerful experience of both text and music.  Among its songs is a playful setting of John James Audubon’s descriptions of wood warblers by Brad Balliett, Dylan Greene’s depiction of the pre-Columbian exploration of North America by Chinese mariners, a melancholy view from Amelia Earhart’s cockpit by Majel Connery, Elliot Cole’s haunting setting of Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott’s final letter home, and a Beastie Boys-like shout of the cruel Spanish Requirement of 1513, set by Doug Balliett. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 15, 2021, 05/15/2021, Five Boroughs Music Festival Presents Terra Nova

Concert | Bloomingdale School of Music Students Perform (virtual)


Featuring performances by the students of Bloomingdale School of Music. Enjoy the music and join the chat to celebrate the school's musical community from near and far.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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
_6:00 pm
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Concerts, May 15, 2021, 05/15/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Saturday Live Music

Discussion | Dance Discussion: The Dream of the Audience (Zoom)


A conversation between the dancers Ishmael Houston-Jones, Okwui Okpokwasili, Eiko Otake, Joan Jonas, and Reggie Wilson, and Platform curator/Danspace Executive Director and Chief Curator Judy Hussie-Taylor. The artists will reflect on a year without audiences. What is lost when there is an extremely limited relationship to audience and/or no live audience to bear witness to your work?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, May 15, 2021, 05/15/2021, Dance Discussion: The Dream of the Audience (Zoom)

Opera | Met Opera: Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia (virtual, streaming for 23 hours)


A youthful cast brings Rossini's immortal comedy to sparkling life, led by Christopher Maltman as Figaro, the resourceful barber and man-about-town of the title. The lovely Isabel Leonard is Rosina, the clever young woman at the center of the story, and Lawrence Brownlee sings Count Almaviva, the man who loves her and--with Figaro's help--rescues her from the house of her elderly and smitten guardian, Bartolo, played by Maurizio Muraro. Paata Burchuladze is the bumbling music master Basilio, and rising conductor and bel canto specialist Michele Mariotti leads the Met's musical forces in Bartlett Sher's lively production. From November 22, 2014.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_7:30 pm
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Concerts, May 15, 2021, 05/15/2021, Met Opera: Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia (virtual, streaming for 23 hours)

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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, May 15, 2021, 05/15/2021, Stand Up Comedy (virtual)

Comedy Club | Worst Summer Ever: Comics Remember


A marathon where comics will reminisce about their worst summers as we embark into possibly the biggest summer of our lives. Hosted by Jared Goldstein & Hannah Pilkes.   SATURDAY 5/15 6p PT / 9p ET RSVP on Eventbrite now for the private YT link.   Featuring: Alex English Alyssa Limperis Ayo Adebiri Caleb Hearon Dhruv Uday Singh Grace Kuhlenschmidt Jinkx Monsoon Langston Kerman Larry Owens Megan Gailey Molly Kearney Natalie Palamides Noah Findling Patti Harrison Rachel Sennott Rob Huebel Robby Hoffman Ruby McCollister Sandy Honig Sherry Cola Solomon Georgio Sydnee Washington Sydney Steinberg Tashi Condelee Yassir Lester Tags     Add to calendar Location Online event
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Comedy Clubs, May 15, 2021, 05/15/2021, Worst Summer Ever: Comics Remember
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Theater | (IN-PERSON) A Thriller by Tony Winner

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Dance Performance | (IN-PERSON) Modern Ballet

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