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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 17, 2021?

21 free events take place on Monday, May 17 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 17 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)
Monday, May 17, 2021

All events, things to do on Monday, May 17, 2021 are free unless otherwise noted.

Play | A Picture of Autumn: Comedy, "the echoes of Chekhov are unmistakable" (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


A Picture of Autumn made its debut on February 11, 1951 in a one-night 'try-out' performance presented by the Repertory Players, at the Duke of York's Theatre on London's West End. Despite promising reviews, the play was never picked up. Instead, N.C. Hunter enjoyed great success with his plays Waters of the Moon, A Day by the Sea and A Touch of the Sun, which dominated the West End throughout the fifties. Meanwhile, A Picture of Autumn gathered dust until this acclaimed production--the play's first in over 60 years. The streaming will be available until Jun 13th. By N.C. Hunter Directed by Gus Kaikkonen
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, May 17, 2021, 05/17/2021, A Picture of Autumn: Comedy, "the echoes of Chekhov are unmistakable" (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Screening | Cirque du Soleil: Best of Wheels (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


Get your adrenaline running with Cirque du Soleil's Best of Wheels acrobatic acts compilation!
   New York City, NY; NYC
_12:00 am
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Screenings, May 17, 2021, 05/17/2021, Cirque du Soleil: Best of Wheels (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Tour | Dakar: Senegal's Capital (virtual, live stream)


Dakar, the former capital of AOF (French West Africa), which has become the capital of Senegal, is today a city in a full transformation that has been able to safeguard its historical heritage and its traditional districts. Join your tour guide for a stroll through its streets to experience the daily life of the city.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 17, 2021, 05/17/2021, Dakar: Senegal's Capital (virtual, live stream)

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Adult Outdoor Group Exercise


Strengthen the whole body from warm-up to cool-down with a variety of fun exercises. The instructor will lead you in aerobics, balance and coordination exercises, as well as strength training. Come for a fun workout in the fresh air. 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.
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Workshops, May 17, 2021, 05/17/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Adult Outdoor Group Exercise

Fair | (IN-Person) Design Festival: Makers Pop-Ups, Art Installation, Design Markets, Food Vendors and More


Design Festival 2021 is a a 5-day long (May 14 - May 18) series of programs, makers pop-ups, art installation, outdoor design markets, retailer specialty items, and much more. The campus will be activated with design-oriented events open for all to participate in.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_11:00 am
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Fairs, May 17, 2021, 05/17/2021, (IN-Person) Design Festival: Makers Pop-Ups, Art Installation, Design Markets, Food Vendors 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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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 17, 2021, 05/17/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Piano Music in a Park

Author Reading | Great Circle: A Novel (virtual)


Maggie Shipstead's unforgettable story spans Prohibition-era Montana, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, New Zealand, wartime London, and modern-day Los Angeles as it follows Marian Graves, a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life, at any cost.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 17, 2021, 05/17/2021, Great Circle: A Novel (virtual)

Screening | The Sprezzaturameron: Artmaking in an Apocalypse (virtual)


A video docudrama from multimedia artists and musicians Tei Blow and Sean McElroy (Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble) follows two men who must confront the precarious nature of art-making in an apocalyptic near-future. As they gain awareness of their own privilege in a reforming world, the duo embarks on a vision quest to craft the perfect apology, inspired by the infamous apologists of the #MeToo era. Sprezzatura is an Italian word coined in the 16th century by Castiglione in The Book of the Courtier. It is defined as "a form of defensive irony: the ability to disguise what one really desires, feels, thinks, and means or intends behind a mask of apparent reticence and nonchalance." It is this irony, the mask of the courtier, that The Sprezzaturameron seeks to reveal. But what lies behind this mask? Written and performed by Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble Company: Tei Blow, Sean McElroy Music: Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble Digital Architect: John Blalock Aesthetic Consultant: Julian Shapiro-Barnum
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, May 17, 2021, 05/17/2021, The Sprezzaturameron: Artmaking in an Apocalypse (virtual)

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) BodyArt: Physical Therapy-Based Workout


The bodyART method is a physical therapy based approach to movement training (PTBT). The objectives are injury prevention, pain reduction and sustainability for the knees, hips, shoulders, ankles, elbows and spine. You will leave class sweaty, energized, and feeling amazing. Also great for people looking to improve their cardiovascular stamina, strength, flexibility, mental focus and concentration in a holistic environment. Bring your own mat. Face masks mandatory.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 17, 2021, 05/17/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) BodyArt: Physical Therapy-Based Workout

Classical Music | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Horn Quartet Performs R. Strauss, Carlos Chavez and More


The American Symphony Orchestra presents a chamber music series to welcome spring. Performers Chad Yarbrough, David Smith, Lawrence DiBello, and David Peel, French horns Program Nikolai Tcherepnin Horn Quartet Op. 35 Carlos Chavez Sonata for Four Horns Richard Strauss Funf Volksliedsatze Selections of Austrian hunting music Seating is available on first-come, first-served basis. Masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 17, 2021, 05/17/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Horn Quartet Performs R. Strauss, Carlos Chavez and More

Discussion | The World of Theater Props With Prop Designers of Hamilton, Warhorse, Fun Home and More (virtual)


Three veteran prop designers and virtuosos from the world of theatre will guide the audience through the process from research and dramaturgy to acquisition and build, and ultimately getting a work on stage. Collectively, the guests -- Faye Armon-Troncoso, Jay Duckworth, and Eric Hart -- bring over 50 years of experience in the world of props as professors, Obie-award-winners, and props designers on iconic shows such as Hamilton, Fun Home, and countless Shakespearean adaptations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_5:30 pm
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Discussions, May 17, 2021, 05/17/2021, The World of Theater Props With Prop Designers of Hamilton, Warhorse, Fun Home and More (virtual)

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Fitness: Dance, Cardio, Choreography


Stay fit and healthy with these Monday classes that empower, promote fun with fitness, confidence, body positivity and inspire non-dancers to move their bodies. Each Monday at 5:45 pm. Masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 17, 2021, 05/17/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Fitness: Dance, Cardio, Choreography

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


Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music, utilizing dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness program. This socially-distanced class features aerobic training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Sneakers are recommended. The class takes place every Monday until Oct 25, 2021. Check-in begins at 5:30 pm. Masks are required. Must sign a waiver before participating. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 17, 2021, 05/17/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Zumba in a Park

Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: Extraordinary Realities


Pakistani-American artist Shahzia Sikander is internationally celebrated for bringing Indo-Persian miniature-painting traditions into dialogue with contemporary art practice. Sikander provides a special preview of her upcoming exhibition. This exhibition tracks the first fifteen years of Sikander's artistic journey, in which the artist richly interrogated gender, sexuality, race, class, and history, creating open-ended narratives that have sustained her work as one of the most significant artists working today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, May 17, 2021, 05/17/2021, Artist Talk: Extraordinary Realities

Discussion | Weighted Transparency: Literal and Phenomenal Experiments in Glass (Zoom)


Experiments in glass unite natural phenomena with scientific precision to study time, space, mass, gravity, weight, material, surface, light and their related concepts, probing tensions between its literal and phenomenal behavior. Presentations by and a discussion between Naomi Frangos, James Carpenter, Jocelyne Prince, Jessica Jane Julius and Glenn Adamson will speculate on glass practices in art, architecture, pedagogy, craft and curation that take the glass object beyond its objecthood and turn material into medium, to consider its perceptual and sensorial qualities for how to curate our lived experiences through atmospheres of light.
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Discussions, May 17, 2021, 05/17/2021, Weighted Transparency: Literal and Phenomenal Experiments in Glass (Zoom)

Staged Reading | Ben Jonson's Sejanus His Fall: Epic Tragedy (virtual)


First performed in 1603, the start of the Jacobean era, Ben Jonson’s tragedy of epic proportions is an incisive portrayal of political cronyism, sycophancy, and power. Tiberius is the Emperor of Rome. Sejanus is his right-hand man. But—in a society where books are burnt, “knowledge is made a capital offense,” and free men have become “the prey of greedy vultures and spies”—factions are forming behind each of these charismatic leaders. Jonson’s linguistically rich play has startling significance today in its exploration of treason and totalitarian tyranny. Sejanus sets his sight on Emperorship. No one can stop him. His fall is inevitable. Directed and Adapted by Nathan Winkelstein
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, May 17, 2021, 05/17/2021, Ben Jonson's&nbsp;Sejanus His Fall: Epic Tragedy (virtual)

Concert | Staycation: London!: A Zoom Singposium Celebrating Composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (virtual)


The Cecilia Chorus of New York, led by the internationally recognized conductor and teacher Mark Shapiro, has virtually visited global destinations and explored their music. In the season's wrap-up event, they salute powerhouse musician Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) in a virtual excursion to his London birthplace. Learn about the artist's life and times as Shapiro leads an analysis and sing-along of two of his compositions.
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Talk | 50 Movie Posters That Changed Entertainment Marketing (virtual)


An evening exploring a selection of the most iconic and impactful movie posters in history. The program recognizes excellence in marketing and communications across film, television, live entertainment and gaming. In honor of their 50th anniversary year, Clio Entertainment invited luminary movie poster designers and executives to curate a list of 50 great movie posters from throughout history. The authors of the list discuss their selections, their impressive careers in the industry, and celebrate the incredible craft of key art. Featuring: Dawn Baille, Co-Founder and Creative Director, BLT Communications Kenny Gravillis, Founder and CCO, Gravillis Inc Adam Waldman, Founding Partner and Creative Director, The Refinery Massey Rafani, EVP Creative Advertising, Warner Bros Molly Albright, Head of Creative Marketing – Movies, Amazon Studios This virtual event will be hosted on Zoom with attendees cameras off.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Jazz | Lauren Lee: Vocalist, Pianist, Composer (virtual)


Lauren Lee is a forward-thinking vocalist, pianist, and composer based in New York City. Likened to female jazz pioneers that came before her like Carla Bley and Jen Shyu, Lee's music has been described as, "equal parts hip jazz, avant adventure, and... something completely different" (John Pietaro, Dissident Arts). Her work intentionally inhabits this place of "between", and in Lee's case, the "between" is nestled between where jazz has been and where jazz is going. Her work is praised for her virtuosic improvisational abilities on both piano and voice, as well as her emotional and harmonic prowess as a composer. Her third album as a leader, a solo record called The Queen of Cups, was released in April 2021 on ears and eyes records.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 17, 2021, 05/17/2021, Lauren Lee: Vocalist, Pianist, Composer (virtual)

Open Mike | Monday Night Online Open Mic (Zoom)


A poetry-specific open mic hosted by Advocate of Wordz. Sign up to perform one poem (5 minutes or less) at our next online open mic by RSVP'ing a slot. They offer 25 guaranteed performance slots and 10 waitlist slots on a first-come, first-served basis. The open mic is non-competitive, and there's no cover charge.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Open Mikes, May 17, 2021, 05/17/2021, Monday Night Online Open Mic (Zoom)
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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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