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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 28, 2021?

20 free events take place on Friday, May 28 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 28 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)
Friday, May 28, 2021

All events, things to do on Friday, May 28, 2021 are free unless otherwise noted.

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Pilates Workshop


Dodge YMCA hosts a socially-distanced Pilates. Enhance your control, stability, coordination, endurance, balance, strength, and flexibility.  Fridays, May 7-October 29, 2021 Advanced registration is required. Registration opens every Tuesday at 10:00am for classes the following week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 28, 2021, 05/28/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Pilates Workshop

Concert | Korean World Music Ensemble: Classical Music, Jazz, Crossover, Traditional and More (virtual)


Rami Seo's World Music Ensemble performs in all genres of music including classical music, jazz, crossover, and contemporary creative music, as well as traditional Korean music. It has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, UN, Canon Hall in the White House, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 28, 2021, 05/28/2021, Korean World Music Ensemble: Classical Music, Jazz, Crossover, Traditional and More (virtual)

Screening | Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with Itzhak Perlman (1979), Selections from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde by Sir Georg Solti (1976) (virtual)


Wagner's powerful opera Tristan und Isolde explores the doomed love of the two title characters. The opening Prelude and Liebestod finale--featured during Carnegie Hall's Opening Week Music Festival in 1891--encapsulates the drama, as performed by Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1976. Recorded three years later, internationally beloved violinist Itzhak Perlman brings Tchaikovsky's tender lyricism to life in the composer's only Violin Concerto, with The Philadelphia Orchestra and its longtime conductor Eugene Ormandy. The streaming will be available through June 3.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_12:00 pm
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Screenings, May 28, 2021, 05/28/2021, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with Itzhak Perlman (1979), Selections from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde by Sir Georg Solti (1976) (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 28, 2021, 05/28/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Piano Music in a Park

Gallery Talk | David Hockney: Drawing from Life: A Virtual Tour


Morgan Library docents lead an interactive virtual tour of the exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, May 28, 2021, 05/28/2021, David Hockney: Drawing from Life: A Virtual Tour

Classical Music | Marcel Dupré's De Profundis by Vocalists and Organ (virtual)


Vasari Singers, conductor Jeremy Backhouse and organist Jeremy Filsell perform Dupre’s De Profundis. This 9 movement work was composed in 1917 and was dedicated to the French soldiers who fell in World War I. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 28, 2021, 05/28/2021, Marcel Dupr&eacute;'s&nbsp;De Profundis by Vocalists and Organ&nbsp;(virtual)

Jazz | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Jazz Band: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and More


David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band is inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and more. The band breathes life and passion into America's own great art form.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 28, 2021, 05/28/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Jazz Band: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and More

Concert | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Bandwagon 2: Concert in the Park


The New York Philharmonic is in Queens this weekend. That's right. The oldest symphony orchestra in the entire United States (founded in 1842) will perform Bandwagon 2 .The three-hour show will unfold on a mobile, 20-foot shipping container with a foldout stage and LED video wall, as well as integrated lighting, a video control system, and a state-of-the-art Meyer Sound Spacemap Go system. On Friday at 5 pm, James Lovell, the Afri-Garifuna Music Ambassadors, and NYP String Quartet will kick off the fun, followed by PUBLIQuartet and Bartlett Contemporaries. May 28-30, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 28, 2021, 05/28/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Bandwagon 2: Concert in the Park

Classical Music | The Met's Balcony Bar from Home Featuring ETHEL and Friends in Concert (virtual)


Fix yourself a drink and experience The Met's Balcony Bar from home with ETHEL, one of the most acclaimed string quartets in the contemporary classical field. With an eye on tradition and an ear to the future, ETHEL is a leading force in concert music's reengagement with musical vernaculars, fusing diverse traditions into a vibrant sound. Expect familiar classical tunes mixed with a fair share of the group's signature cutting-edge repertoire. Guest artists and collaborators also make periodic appearances. ETHEL is Ralph Farris (viola), Kip Jones (violin), Dorothy Lawson (cello), and Corin Lee (violin).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 28, 2021, 05/28/2021, The Met's Balcony Bar from Home Featuring ETHEL and Friends in Concert (virtual)

Concert | (IN-PERSON) Brass Trio


Enjoy live music from Skyline Bones.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_5:30 pm
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Concerts, May 28, 2021, 05/28/2021, (IN-PERSON) Brass Trio

Museums | (IN-PERSON) Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary


Discover art that traverses Asia's diverse cultures, regions, and narratives. The Museum's special exhibitions celebrate art forms that range from ancient to contemporary, including photography and multimedia, while its permanent collection galleries are focused primarily on art from the Himalayan region.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, May 28, 2021, 05/28/2021, (IN-PERSON) Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary

Festival | (IN-PERSON, indoors) The 26th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts


Plays, musicals, cabaret, film, over one hundred artists and theatre groups. Come with proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test, and you will see the most multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-talented incredible array of creativity.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_6:00 pm
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Festivals, May 28, 2021, 05/28/2021, (IN-PERSON, indoors) The 26th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts

Concert | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Bossa Nova Live


Visit the courtyard for a socially distanced evening of live Brazilian music, featuring Bossa Nova band Rio 3-0: bassist Leonardo Lucini, drummer Arnaldo Buzack, and guitarist Billy Newman. Take a seat in the courtyard and enjoy the show. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 28, 2021, 05/28/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Bossa Nova Live

Concert | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Latin Music


Enjoy live salsa music with Cuarteto Guatac.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 28, 2021, 05/28/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Latin Music

Dance Performance | Ballet Hispánico's 50th Anniversary Celebration (virtual)


Ballet Hispánico, America’s leading Latino dance organization known for "piercing stereotypes" (The New York Times), announces its highly-anticipated 50th Celebration commemorating half a century of dance, orgullo, education, sabor, access, amor, community, espíritu, and innovation—a love poem to one of America’s cultural treasures. A spectacular event hosted by Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro and School of Dance students Chelsea Phillips and Theo Adarkar, the evening will feature performances by the Ballet Hispánico Company and student artists at the School of Dance with premieres by Lauren Anderson, Ana “Rokafella” Garcia, and Belén Maya; performances of works by Graciela Daniele, Ann Reinking, Geoffrey Holder, Nacho Duato, Pedro Ruiz, and Gustavo Ramírez Sansano; and appearances by celebrity guests including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Luis Miranda, Rosie Perez, Lauren Anderson, Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas, and Darren Walker.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, May 28, 2021, 05/28/2021, Ballet Hisp&aacute;nico's 50th Anniversary Celebration (virtual)

Dance Performance | Ballet Hispanico Performs (virtual)


Enjoy performances by the Ballet Hispanico Company and student artists at the School of Dance with premieres by Lauren Anderson, Ana "Rokafella" Garcia, and Belen Maya and more. Special guest appearances by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Luis Miranda, Lauren Anderson, Ben Rodriguez-Cubenas, Rosie Perez, and Darren Walker.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_6:30 pm
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Dance Performances, May 28, 2021, 05/28/2021, Ballet Hispanico Performs (virtual)

Discussion | The Way Forward: Theater's Evolution in Moments of Change (virtual)


This is an unbridled forum for a group of innovative and incisive artists, playwrights, organizational partners, and visionaries to gather and explore what comes next. Participants include Public Theater Resident Director/Associate Artistic Director Saheem Ali (Merry Wives; Romeo y Julieta; Shipwreck; Fires in the Mirror); celebrated playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog; 365 Days/365 Plays; The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess; Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3); White Noise); brilliant theater and film director/devisor/dramaturg Mei Ann Teo (Dim Sum Warriors; The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin; Building a Character); and innovative director/playwright/activist Stevie Walker-Webb (Ain't No Mo'; One in Two; Whipping Man). As we return to a reality where wide-scale live performance is once again possible, what do the artists -- the drivers, doers, and dreamers of the form -- want the world to look like? Join us to discuss theater's next act.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, May 28, 2021, 05/28/2021, The Way Forward: Theater's Evolution in Moments of Change (virtual)

Classical Music | Works by Handel, J.S. Bach, Couperin and More (virtual)


Natalie Rose Kress, violin; With Robert Warner, harpsichord Program Nicola Matteis Jr. (ca. 1690–1749) Alia Fantasia in A Minor (ca. 1720) Marco Uccellini (ca. 1603–1680) La Luciminia Contenta, Sonata Seconda, Op. 4 (1645) Louis-Gabriel Guillemain (1705–1770) Amusement pour le violin seul, Op. 18 No. 2 (1755) Jean-Marie Leclair (1697–1764) Violin Sonata Op. 9 no. 3 in D major (ca. 1743) Couperin (1626–1661) Passacaille for Harpsichord in C major (1685) J.S. Bach (1685–1750) Solo Violin Sonata in C Major, BWV 1005 (1720) Handel (1726–1728) Violin Sonata in D major HWV 371 (ca. 1749–50)
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Concerts, May 28, 2021, 05/28/2021, Works by Handel, J.S. Bach, Couperin and More (virtual)

Jazz | Lafayette Harris and Houston Person Duo: Jazz in Performance (virtual)


Known as a “go to” pianist by many musicians, Lafayette Harris Jr. currently performs and records with legendary saxophonist Houston Person.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 28, 2021, 05/28/2021, Lafayette Harris and Houston Person Duo: Jazz in Performance (virtual)

Movie in a Park | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Toy Story 4 (2019): Oscar-Winning Animated Adventure


A new toy named "Forky" joins the gang when Bonnie turns a spork into a toy. But when he disappears, Woody, Buzz, and co. set out into the world to find him, resolve his existential crisis, and reunite with Bonnie.  Directed by Josh Cooley Face masks are required. Bring a chair or a blanket.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_8:15 pm
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Movie in a Parks, May 28, 2021, 05/28/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors)&nbsp;Toy Story 4 (2019): Oscar-Winning Animated Adventure
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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
CFT Member Price: $0.00
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