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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 8, 2022?

25 free events take place on Sunday, May 8 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 8 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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25 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Sunday, May 8, 2022

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Meatpacking District: The Lenape Trail, Architecture and More
free events nyc Valletta, Malta: Explore Europe's Culture Capital (online)
free events nyc The French Cookin' Blues Band
free events nyc Quartets and Trio by Beethoven, Ravel, Dvorak
free events nyc NoHo Historic District: Cooper Union, Elegant Townhouses, The Public Theater, and More
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Birdwatching | Spring Migration Birding


Naturalist Ken Chaya for a spring migration birding tour of the park. Learn about the more than 140 birds that reside in or journey through the park. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your binoculars.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, May 08, 2022, 05/08/2022, Spring Migration Birding

Birdwatching | Beginner Birding


Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots in New York City to see spring migratory birds. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Please bring your own binoculars. Learn the basics of birding how to identify common species.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Birdwatchings, May 08, 2022, 05/08/2022, Beginner Birding

Hike | Richmond Town Hike


Hike from the Greenbelt Nature Center to historic Richmond Town on this briskly paced hike. The hike is 6+ miles round trip. Duration will depend on the pace/size of the group. Please be prepared for the weather, distance, and terrain. Bring plenty of water and a snack.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Hikes, May 08, 2022, 05/08/2022, Richmond Town Hike

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 08, 2022, 05/08/2022, 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 08, 2022, 05/08/2022, Street Fair

Fair | Street Market: Art, Jewelry, Antiques and More


Shop for vintage clothing, furniture, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, art, handicrafts, and more.  Every Sat, Sun 10 am - 5 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, May 08, 2022, 05/08/2022, Street Market: Art, Jewelry, Antiques and More

Classical Music | Trios and Quartets by Mozart, Debussy and Schubert


Program: WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART String Quartet No. 17 in B-flat Major, K. 458 "The Hunt" CLAUDE DEBUSSY String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 FRANZ SCHUBERT Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 100
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 08, 2022, 05/08/2022, Trios and Quartets by Mozart, Debussy and Schubert

Dance Performance | A Mother's Day Drumline and Dance


A special Mother's Day drumline and dance performance by Bandwith Chicago, a nonprofit that provides performing arts access to under-resourced Chicago youth.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free
Dance Performances, May 08, 2022, 05/08/2022, A Mother's Day Drumline and Dance

Tour | Meatpacking District: The Lenape Trail, Architecture and More


This magical--and most unusual--intersection of five Manhattan blocks spans over four centuries of NYC transformation. Start this part-history, part-memoir tour learning about the Lenape Trail, enjoy architectural highlights including a stunning example of Arts & Crafts architecture built by the Astors, and imagine this busy Belgian block-paved intersection during the days when meat hung from screeching metal canopies early in the morning. Get answers to questions such as "What was here before the glam and the glitz? Before Florent and Pastis?" from someone who experienced the District during its heyday in the 1970s, first hand. Guide: Jacquie Ottman, whose family's storied meat purveying business parallels that of the Meatpacking District itself.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free
Tours, May 08, 2022, 05/08/2022, Meatpacking District: The Lenape Trail, Architecture and More

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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11:00 am
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Workshops, May 08, 2022, 05/08/2022, Tai Chi in the Park

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 08, 2022, 05/08/2022, Meditation Through Movement Walk

Classical Music | Piano Works by BEETHOVEN, YIQIANG SUN and J.W. KROGULSKI


Vicky Yinyu Lam, Piano. Program: LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 111, No. 32 YIQIANG SUN Spring Dance JOZEF WLADYSLAW KROGULSKI Piano Octet, Op. 6
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 08, 2022, 05/08/2022, Piano Works by BEETHOVEN, YIQIANG SUN and J.W. KROGULSKI

Tour | Valletta, Malta: Explore Europe's Culture Capital (online)


Sometimes called an "open-air museum," Valletta was chosen as the European Capital of Culture 2018. The city is noted for its fortifications, beautiful Baroque palaces, opulent gardens and elaborate churches, and being the sunniest city in Europe. Valletta is a compact, pleasant, and charming city to walk in, with little traffic and lots of history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:45 pm
Free
Tours, May 08, 2022, 05/08/2022, Valletta, Malta: Explore Europe's Culture Capital (online)

Hike | Great Trees of Park Hike


Trees have a special place in our environment. Join us for a hike of Inwood Hill Park in search of different species and learn some ways to identify these trees during the blooming season.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Hikes, May 08, 2022, 05/08/2022, Great Trees of Park Hike

Tour | Northern Central Park: Explore the Hidden Areas


Central Park is enormous: eight hundred and forty-three wooded acres. Within those confines are hidden areas that are rarely explored by visitors. The North Wood abounds with waterfalls, ravines, deeply wooded arbors, a world-renowned bird sanctuary, a willow-shaded loch, and three formal gardens. On foot, through dappled lanes, with bird calls echoing in your ears, you will discover Northern Central Park, an unexplored and lightly traveled revelation to both New Yorkers and visitors alike.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Tours, May 08, 2022, 05/08/2022, Northern Central Park: Explore the Hidden Areas

Classical Music | Works by Brahms, Ravel, Janacek, and Liang Dai


Program: JOHANNES BRAHMS Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8 MAURICE RAVEL Piano Trio in A minor LEOS JANACEK String Quartet No. 1 "Kreutzer Sonata" LIANG DAI Trio "for Casper"
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Concerts, May 08, 2022, 05/08/2022, Works by Brahms, Ravel, Janacek, and Liang Dai

Classical Music | Quartets and Trio by Beethoven, Ravel, Dvorak


Program: LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 MAURICE RAVEL Piano Trio in A minor ANTONIN DVORAK String Quartet No. 14 in A-flat Major, Op. 105
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 08, 2022, 05/08/2022, Quartets and Trio by Beethoven, Ravel, Dvorak

Concert | The French Cookin' Blues Band


This Hall of Fame band plays authentic Blues from around the country for a unique New York sound. And the leader spins wonderful tales about what we hear.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 08, 2022, 05/08/2022, The French Cookin' Blues Band

Tour | Broadway: The Greatest Street in the World!


This walk explores how Broadway was in the 1800s. What was there before the modern scene. Facts that you won’t find in any up to date guide book. You will slowly walk from Lower Manhattan up north with frequent pauses but NOT to the end of Broadway, the longest street in the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Tours, May 08, 2022, 05/08/2022, Broadway: The Greatest Street in the World!

Tour | NoHo Historic District: Cooper Union, Elegant Townhouses, The Public Theater, and More


See and learn about Cooper Union, the site of Lincoln's 1860 landmark address to NYC; Colonnade Row, the city's nine most elegant townhouses (1833), five of which are still there; the Public Theater, created from the Astor Library (1853) and source of Hair, Chorus Line, and Hamilton; and Merchant's House Museum (1832), still intact inside and outside today. Experience the cultural revolution from the early townhouses to the homes of artists and musicians: Keith Richards, Cher, and Brittany Spears (all in the building that housed Tower Records), and the homes/studios of the artists Jean Michael Basquiet, Robert Raushenberg, and Chuck Close. You'll see modern buildings too, including the homes of supermodel Gigi Hadid and Ian Schrager, creator of Studio 54. And there's even a tech center with the headquarters of IBM's AI effort, Facebook, and AOL.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free
Tours, May 08, 2022, 05/08/2022, NoHo Historic District: Cooper Union, Elegant Townhouses, The Public Theater, and More

Jazz | Music by Gershwin, Elliot Carter and more


Program: ELLIOTT CARTER Epigrams DEREK BOURGEOIS Trombone Quartet, Op. 117 SASKIA APON Eerst Trombone Kwartet JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (arr. Brahms/trans. Phillip Brink) Chaconne from Partita for Solo Violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 STEVEN VERHELST Song for Japan ROBERT ELKHER Selected Traditional Jazz Trombone Quartets GEORGE GERSHWIN (arr. Percy Grainger) Porgy and Bess Fantasy for Two Pianos
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:30 pm
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Concerts, May 08, 2022, 05/08/2022, Music by Gershwin, Elliot Carter and more

Tour | A Civil Rights Tour of the Upper West Side (online)


There are an impressive number of civil rights memorials on the Upper West Side, starting with a large one to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in front of the school named after him on Amsterdam Avenue at 66th Street. You will begin with a "deep dive" into the content and artistry of that complicated work of art. Other stops will relate to Freedom Summer, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Booker T. Washington, and even Dorothy Parker. There will be plenty of time for comments and questions afterwards.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Tours, May 08, 2022, 05/08/2022, A Civil Rights Tour of the Upper West Side (online)

Classical Music | Chamber Music by Brahms, Ravel, Bartok


Program: JEAN FRANCOIS Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano JOHANNES BRAHMS Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 MAURICE RAVEL Piano Trio in A minor BELA BARTOK String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Op. 7
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 08, 2022, 05/08/2022, Chamber Music by Brahms, Ravel, Bartok

Classical Music | String Quartets by Grieg and Ravel; String Duo by Mozart and more


Program: EDVARD GRIEG String Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 27 MAURICE RAVEL String Quartet in F Major MAX BRUCH Eight Pieces, Op. 83 WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART String Duo No. 2 in B-flat Major for Violin and Viola, K. 424 MAURICE RAVEL String Quartet in F Major
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:30 pm
Free
Concerts, May 08, 2022, 05/08/2022, String Quartets by Grieg and Ravel; String Duo by Mozart and more
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