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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 1, 2022?

24 free events take place on Sunday, May 1 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 1 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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24 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Sunday, May 1, 2022

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free events nyc Welcome May! Choral Works, Rooftop Madrigals and More
free events nyc WestFest Dance Festival 2022 (in-person and online)
free events nyc The Columbia Bluegrass Band
free events nyc Jazz Performances with Grammy Winner
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Fair | Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors


Search for hidden gems as you browse through 50-60 vendors of antiques, vintage goods, architectural salvage and collectibles. There is also a selection of food vendors. Each Sat and Sun 8 am - 4 pm (year round).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, May 01, 2022, 05/01/2022, Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors

Workshop | Tai Chi on the Hudson


Silvana Pizzuti helps you learn and practice Tai Chi, a slow moving martial art with health benefits for all fitness levels. Wear comfortable clothes and sunscreen. Sundays, May 1-August 14, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 01, 2022, 05/01/2022, Tai Chi on the Hudson

Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Fairs, May 01, 2022, 05/01/2022, Street Fair

Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, May 01, 2022, 05/01/2022, Street Fair

Park Walk | Park Monuments Tour


A monuments tour of the park, an Olmstead gem and one of New York City’s scenic landmarks. This is a guided walk along that highlights the park’s development as well as its historic and commemorative monuments. The South Tour begins at the 72nd Street park entrance and proceeds north. The North Tour begins at the 122nd Street General Grant National Memorial and proceeds south. Each tour is approximately 1.5 miles and will involve some hills. Wear comfortable shoes. Space is limited and registration is required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, May 01, 2022, 05/01/2022, Park Monuments Tour

Tour | Historic Flatiron District Walking Tour


Join a professional guide on a 90-minute journey through this vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the City's most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse, and the famous Flatiron Building. Every Sunday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 01, 2022, 05/01/2022, Historic Flatiron District Walking Tour

Workshop | Tai Chi in the Park


Richard Anton Diaz helps you learn and practice Tai Chi made easy, to follow slow-moving martial art movements with countless health benefits for all ages and fitness levels. Wear comfortable clothing, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 01, 2022, 05/01/2022, Tai Chi in the Park

Concert | Welcome May! Choral Works, Rooftop Madrigals and More


The month of May sees the onset of good weather and the beginnings of outdoor events. On the First Day of May there is a tradition of singing from the tops or towers or rooftops. Often this includes English madrigals (short secular choral pieces of the Renaissance period) and this will be the case this Sunday. Madrigals will be performed from the roof overlooking the courtyard. Choral works will feature music by Joseph Haydn - his beloved 'Little Organ Mass.' Refreshments will be served in the courtyard. You must be fully vaccinated to attend. Face-coverings should be worn indoors but are optional outdoors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free
Concerts, May 01, 2022, 05/01/2022, Welcome May! Choral Works, Rooftop Madrigals and More

Festival | Cherry Blossom Festival


Each spring the annual Cherry Blossom Festival ushers in the warmer months and gives visitors the opportunity to appreciate the park's spring beauty. Paper flower making, face painting, kite flying, crafts, games, performances, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Festivals, May 01, 2022, 05/01/2022, Cherry Blossom Festival

Park Walk | Meditation Through Movement Walk


Enjoy the beautiful wooded setting of the park's trails through a guided meditative walk. Easy walking terrain. Sundays and Saturdays through June 30, 2022.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Park Walks, May 01, 2022, 05/01/2022, Meditation Through Movement Walk

Tour | Paris Most Beautiful Gardens: The Luxembourg Gardens (online)


Located on the border between Saint-Germain-des-Pres and the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg Gardens were created upon the initiative of Queen Marie de Medici in 1612. Today, they are the favourite gardens of the Parisians on the Left Bank of Paris. The gardens, which cover 25 hectares of land, are split into French gardens and English gardens. Between the two, lies a geometric forest and a large pond, where generations of Parisian children played with sailing boats. With 106 statues spread throughout the park, the gardens offer a variety of works of art and are the home of the Luxembourg Museum, the oldest major fine arts museum in France.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Tours, May 01, 2022, 05/01/2022, Paris Most Beautiful Gardens: The Luxembourg Gardens (online)

Classical Music | Works for Violin by MOZART, CHOPIN, R. STRAUSS, ALEKSANDR GLAZUNOV and RODION SHCHEDRIN


Jessie Tai, Violin. Program: WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Violin Sonata No. 24, F Major, K. 376 RODION SHCHEDRIN In the style of Albeniz ALEKSANDR GLAZUNOV Grand Adagio from Raymonda RICHARD STRAUSS Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18 FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN Nocturne No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 9
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 01, 2022, 05/01/2022, Works for Violin by MOZART, CHOPIN, R. STRAUSS, ALEKSANDR GLAZUNOV and RODION SHCHEDRIN

Tour | Historic New York: The Highbridge Water Tower


A tour inside the iconic Highbridge Water Tower to learn about the history of New York City's water supply and enjoy the panoramic views from the top of the 200-foot tower.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Tours, May 01, 2022, 05/01/2022, Historic New York: The Highbridge Water Tower

Dance Performance | WestFest Dance Festival 2022 (in-person and online)


The dance festival returns for its 12th installation, featuring 16 dance troupes across 7 different locations at the Artists' Residence
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, May 01, 2022, 05/01/2022, WestFest Dance Festival 2022 (in-person and online)

Concert | World Music Concert


Featuring an Arab music ensmeble.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Concerts, May 01, 2022, 05/01/2022, World Music Concert

Classical Music | Piano Recital (in-person and online)


Students' culminating performances of the Spring semester. Start times: 2pm, 4pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Concerts, May 01, 2022, 05/01/2022, Piano Recital (in-person and online)

Concert | Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music (in-person and online)


A sea-music event ,Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music - the original NYC chantey sing - continues virtually. Join for a round-robin of shared sea songs, featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. How did the old time sailors keep their spirits up? Singing together! Work songs and fun songs, story songs and nonsense songs, songs of nostalgia and songs of up-to-the-moment news -- all were part of the repertoire onboard. At South Street Seaport Museum, the Chantey tradition lives on. Each online singalong includes a virtual look at some objects from the Museum collection related to the songs being sung. Many singalongs also include a virtual visit to one of the Museum's ships and a chat with a member of the crew.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Concerts, May 01, 2022, 05/01/2022, Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music (in-person and online)

Concert | The Columbia Bluegrass Band


Bluegrass uses traditional instruments and vocal harmonies to create this joyful, uniquely American sound.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 01, 2022, 05/01/2022, The Columbia Bluegrass Band

Classical Music | Works by Grieg, Beethoven, Vanhal


Program: Edvard Grieg Sigurd Jorsalfar Suite Op.56 Johann Baptist Vanhal Bass Concerto in Eb Major Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C Minor Op. 67 New York Philharmonic bassist Timothy Cobb returns to join the Broadway Bach Ensemble.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Concerts, May 01, 2022, 05/01/2022, Works by Grieg, Beethoven, Vanhal

Classical Music | Works by Saint-Saens and More (in-person and online)


Tristan Christopher Baban, Bassoon Program LUDWIG MILDE Andante and Rondo, Op. 25 ROGER BOUTRY Interférences I CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS Bassoon Sonata, Op. 168 MIKHAIL GLINKA Trio Pathétique
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 01, 2022, 05/01/2022, Works by Saint-Saens and More (in-person and online)

Opening Reception | Anna Campbell: Dress Rehearsal for a Dream Sequence


A site-responsive sculptural installation and the most recent iteration of a cumulative body of dream sequences. It employs props, scaffold, and trusswork to support models of representation for queer forms that challenge the gaze of classifying taxonomies. This critique bonded to the dreamwork of fantasy via form, space, and ephemera resists the social dynamics that reinforce our constructions of what may be understood as aspirational. Appropriated and abstracted references to domestic spaces, gay bars, and other more provisional architectures work to poach key signifiers of gender- and hetero-normativity and open them onto new attachments of possibility and desire from what might seem otherwise to be static and constrictive legacies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, May 01, 2022, 05/01/2022, Anna Campbell: Dress Rehearsal for a Dream Sequence

Classical Music | Works by J.S. BACH, HINDEMITH, ENESCU


Sean Juhl, Viola. Program: JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010 PAUL HINDEMITH Sonata for Viola and Piano (1939) HUÁ YÀNJŪN, AKA. A’BING (arr. Y. Wang) The Moon Reflected on the Er-Quan Spring (Erquan Yingyue) GEORGE ENESCU Concertstück (Concert Piece) for Viola and Piano
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 01, 2022, 05/01/2022, Works by J.S. BACH, HINDEMITH, ENESCU

Jazz | Jazz Performances with Grammy Winner


Featuring Chris Washburne, who has performed on over 150 recordings, with two of them Grammy winners and seven Grammy-nominated. He has been hailed as "One of the best trombonists in New York..." by Peter Watrous of The New York Times.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 01, 2022, 05/01/2022, Jazz Performances with Grammy Winner
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