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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 18, 2021?

21 free events take place on Tuesday, May 18 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 18 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 18, 2021

All events, things to do on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 are free unless otherwise noted.

Dance Performance | Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Cry (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Alvin Ailey's Cry, enjoy a newly filmed version featuring Jacqueline Green. Mr. Ailey choreographed Cry on his muse Judith Jamison and presented it to his mother for her birthday. He dedicated the piece to "all Black women everywhere--especially our mothers." The streaming will be available until May 22.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, May 18, 2021, 05/18/2021, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Cry (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 18, 2021, 05/18/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Tai Chi in a 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
_9:00 am
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Performances, May 18, 2021, 05/18/2021, (IN-PERSON) Aerialists and Acrobats: Works-in-Progress and Show-Ready Acts

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 18, 2021, 05/18/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Adult Outdoor Zumba

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
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Fairs, May 18, 2021, 05/18/2021, (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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Classical Music | (IN-PERSON or virtual) Guitar Music from Spain, South America and More


Peter Argondizza, guitar Music from Spain, South America, and the German Baroque.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_12:30 pm
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Concerts, May 18, 2021, 05/18/2021, (IN-PERSON or virtual) Guitar Music from Spain, South America 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 18, 2021, 05/18/2021, (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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Workshops, May 18, 2021, 05/18/2021, Lunchtime Sound Healing Meditation (Zoom)

Author Reading | Painting Time: Art and the Real World (Zoom)


French author Maylis de Kerangal explores the contours of contemporary art and the profession of painting in her new translated novel Painting Time. The story follows her protagonist, Paula Karst, as she navigates art school and travels the world, resolutely dedicated to the craftsmanship of depicting real objects over the abstraction of high art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, May 18, 2021, 05/18/2021, Painting Time: Art and the Real World (Zoom)

Discussion | Famously Unknown: Legacy Building in the Art World (virtual)


Art history is fickle. Why do some artists prevail while others falter? How can lesser-known artists build their reputations and legacies? Sound curatorial and art historical methods must be combined with a keen sense of the demands of the commercial marketplace. Writer, curator, editor, and publisher Raymond Foye and Gagosian director Rani Singh will discuss the general principles and methodology of archiving, editing, and presenting the work of overlooked artists and writers. They will share firsthand accounts and learning experiences working with artists such as Jordan Belson, Gregory Corso, Rene Ricard, and Harry Smith.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, May 18, 2021, 05/18/2021, Famously Unknown: Legacy Building in the Art World (virtual)

Symposium | People: A Global Dialogue on Museums and Their Publics (Zoom)


Over the last year, interactions between museums and the public have shifted dramatically in response to the ongoing pandemic and international calls for social and racial justice, contributing to an ever-expanding dialogue about how museums engage with people. In this three-day series of conversations, hear from an international array of scholars, artists, writers, performers, and activists as they share their ideas about how museums engage with people locally and globally.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Symposiums, May 18, 2021, 05/18/2021, People: A Global Dialogue on Museums and Their Publics (Zoom)

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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Classical Music | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) American Symphony Orchestra: Woodwind Trio


Woodwind chamber music had something of a renaissance in the 1920s; at the same time, works for reed trio--oboe, clarinet, and bassoon--were coming together with the formation of the Trio d'Anches de Paris, a collaboration of three virtuosi reed players. This program offers music from some of the greatest composers of wind music in the 20th century. Performers Members of the American Symphony Orchestra: Alexandra Knoll, oboe; Shari Hoffman, clarinet; Marc Goldberg, bassoon Program Charles Koechlin Trio d'anches Op. 206 Jean Francaix Divertissement for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon Alexandre Tansman Suite for Wind Trio Claude Arrieu Suite en trio Francis Poulenc Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon, FP 32a and other works
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 18, 2021, 05/18/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) American Symphony Orchestra: Woodwind Trio

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


Enjoy organ music live at the Cathedral. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Slide Lecture | Protest and Celebration: A History of Lower East Side Murals (virtual)


Co-author of the cultural history On the Wall: Four Decades of Community Murals in New York City, Jane Weissman will discuss the vital role these murals played in the community, exploring the social, political, and cultural context in which the murals were created. NYC’s earliest community murals appeared in Harlem in the late 1960s. Yet, it was the murals painted in the early 1970s on the Lower East Side—first below and then above Houston Street—that led to the neighborhood being identified as the cradle of NYC’s mural movement. The murals were powerful collaborations between artists and neighborhood groups, with residents playing a significant role in determining mural themes and content.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | Let's Talk About Hard Things: Death, Sex, Money, Family, and Identity (virtual)


Anna Sale, the host of the WNYC podcast Death, Sex, and Money, invites you to a discussion about the tough topics we all encounter. Anna Sale has been called "a therapist at happy hour." Her award-winning podcast was born out of a desire for open and honest conversations about the things that we "think about a lot, and need to talk about more." She and her guests have direct and thought-provoking conversations, discussing topics that most of us are too squeamish, polite, or nervous to bring up. In her new book, Sale uses the best of what she's learned from her podcast to reveal that when we have the courage to talk about some of the hardest topics--death, sex, money, family, and identity--we learn about ourselves, others, and the world that we make together. Anna Sale speaks with writer Michael Arceneaux about why communication can connect us instead of divide us and how we can all do it better.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_7:00 pm
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Author Readings, May 18, 2021, 05/18/2021, Let's Talk About Hard Things: Death, Sex, Money, Family, and Identity (virtual)

Opera | Met Opera: Mozart's Idomeneo (virtual, streaming for 23 hours)


Tenor Matthew Polenzani brings both steely resolve and compassionate warmth to the title king of Crete, who is faced with an impossible decision. With her rich mezzo-soprano, Alice Coote sings the trouser role of Idomeneo's son Idamante, who loves the Trojan princess Ilia, sung with delicate lyricism by Nadine Sierra. Elza van den Heever gives a thrillingly unhinged portrayal of the jealous Elettra. Jean Pierre-Ponnelle's timeless production blends the grandeur of ancient myth with the elegance of Enlightenment ideals. Conducted by James levine. From March 25, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_7:30 pm
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Concerts, May 18, 2021, 05/18/2021, Met Opera: Mozart's Idomeneo (virtual, streaming for 23 hours)

Jazz | The Jay Clayton Trio: Jazz Standards and New Songs (virtual)


Jay Clayton and Ed Neumeister with guest pianist Gary Versace celebrate their release 3 for the Road on MeisteroMusic Records. They will be performing pieces from their new CD as well as newly composed works, their unique interpretations of jazz standards and works incorporating spoken word poetry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | The Wiancko-Greensteins: Family of Musicians and Composers (Zoom)


Paul Wiancko (cellist and composer), his wife Ayane Kozasa (violist), his sister Michi Wiancko (violinist and composer), and Michi’s husband Judd Greenstein (composer) join the program of music and conversation. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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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