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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 18, 2022?

23 free events take place on Wednesday, 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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23 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Wednesday, May 18, 2022

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Garment District: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More
free events nyc John Q. (2002): Hostage Thriller with Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall
free events nyc The Long Corner: A Novel of 21st-Century American Life
free events nyc Duran Duran's "Rio" with Journalist Annie Zaleski (online)
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Birdwatching | Morning Bird Walk


Start your day off right with a bird walk at the height of spring migration. Beginners and advanced birders alike can enjoy this walk. Wednesdays, May 4-25, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 am
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Birdwatchings, May 18, 2022, 05/18/2022, Morning Bird Walk

Birdwatching | Battery Bird Walk


Meet at the Netherlands Memorial Flagpole located at the entrance to Battery Park on the corner of Broadway, Battery Place, and State Street. Join Gabriel Willow and The Battery Conservancy to explore the diversity of migrating birds that find food and habitat in The Battery. Wednesdays, April 20-May 25, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 am
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Birdwatchings, May 18, 2022, 05/18/2022, Battery Bird Walk

Workshop | Figure Al Fresco


This event offers a unique setting to observe and sketch the human figure. Each week a model will strike short and long poses for participants to draw. An artist/educator will offer constructive suggestions and critique. Drawing materials provided, and artists are encouraged to bring their own favorite media.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshops, May 18, 2022, 05/18/2022, Figure Al Fresco

Tour | Garment District: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More


Hear an unusual perspective from somebody who spent the greater portion of his life working in the GARMENT industry. You will learn how the apparel industry developed in NYC through the years, and how it came to be located in its current District. Watch the development of the industry from sweatshops in the old tenement buildings on the Lower East Side, to giant factories in China and Bangladesh. See how immigrants were the backbone of the industry and in NYC, still are. Five minute flow chart "From Fibers To Garment". Learn about Calvin, Ralph and Oscar, as well as Labor Unions and Gangsters. A Factory Visit When Available. See "The Garment Worker'' by Judith Weller, The Fashion Walk of Fame. The Giant Button and Needle artwork on Seventh Ave. And much more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free
Tours, May 18, 2022, 05/18/2022, Garment District: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More

Park Walk | Central Park Cherry Bloom Walk (online)


Cherry blossoms...in May? Did you know there are several species of cherry trees in Central Park, and they don't all flower at once? Explore the late-blooming cherry trees and learn a little bit about what makes them unique.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
Free
Park Walks, May 18, 2022, 05/18/2022, Central Park Cherry Bloom Walk (online)

Jazz | Piano in the Park


New York City’s finest ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists perform.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, May 18, 2022, 05/18/2022, Piano in the Park

Jazz | Jazz Wednesday


Jazz guitarist Bill Wurtzel and guests play standards from the American Songbook. Bill Wurtzel began playing guitar at age 9, and was a radio and TV country music performer by age 12. He attended art school and had a career as an award-winning advertising creative director. He continued to play professionally and switched to music full time in 1989. Bill has played worldwide with many jazz legends, including the Count Basie Countsmen, Wild Bill Davis, Bill Doggett, Jimmy McGriff, the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band, singers Gloria Lynne and Terri Thornton, as well as Paul Simon. Bill is a director of the Jazz Foundation of America.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 18, 2022, 05/18/2022, Jazz Wednesday

Film | John Q. (2002): Hostage Thriller with Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall


A man takes hostages in an ER to get an operation for his son. Directed by Nick Cassavetes Starring: Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, James Woods 116 minutes
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Films, May 18, 2022, 05/18/2022, John Q. (2002): Hostage Thriller with Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall

Workshop | Elements of Nature Drawing


A community of artists of all skill levels are inspired by our surroundings to create with drawing materials, pastels and watercolors. Embolden your artwork amidst the flower-filled and seasonally evolving palette of the verdant gardens. An artist/educator will provide ideas and instruction. Materials provided, and artists are encouraged to bring their own favorite media.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Workshops, May 18, 2022, 05/18/2022, Elements of Nature Drawing

Opening Reception | Alberta Whittle: Respectability won't save you: a Caribbean haunting


Alberta Whittle (b. 1980) is representing Scotland at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. She was born in Bridgetown, Barbados and currently lives and works in Glasgow. Her creative practice is motivated by the desire to manifest self-compassion and collective care as key methods in battling anti-Blackness. She choreographs interactive installations, using film, sculpture, and performance as site-specific artworks in public and private spaces.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, May 18, 2022, 05/18/2022, Alberta Whittle: Respectability won't save you: a Caribbean haunting

Workshop | Game Nights in the Park


Stop in during weekly game nights and socials to learn a new game, hone your skills, and meet new people
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Workshops, May 18, 2022, 05/18/2022, Game Nights in the Park

Birdwatching | Spring Birding Tour


Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season with guided tours by NYC Audubon, led by environmental educator and urban naturalist Gabriel Willow. The park is a hotspot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will’s-widow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, May 18, 2022, 05/18/2022, Spring Birding Tour

Birdwatching | Birding Tour of the North Woods


Discover birding in the more serene northern part of the Park during the height of songbird migration. Wednesdays, April 27-May 25, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, May 18, 2022, 05/18/2022, Birding Tour of the North Woods

Concert | Boncellia Lewis: Fun, Engaging Vocalist


A fun, engaging, and astute vocal stylist, Boncellia Lewis has been a fixture in the NYC music scene for several decades. Known for her long residencies at the Red Rooster in Harlem and Chez Josephine in midtown, she has also toured in Europe, South America and across the U.S. She has worked with notable artists like Donald Smith, Bill Saxton and Harry Whitaker, and has mentored many fine younger musicians as well.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 18, 2022, 05/18/2022, Boncellia Lewis: Fun, Engaging Vocalist

Opening Reception | Soft Solidarity: Uniting to Protect, Heal, and Empower: Group Show


This show explores how Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) as a diverse and varied community can unite in the face of adversity and discrimination. This group exhibition features women-identifying artists who share a love for contemporary art and traditional craft. Their work delves into the idea of “soft solidarity,” a kind of loose unity unconstrained by background, location, or socioeconomic status, and how seemingly contrasting attributes can exist simultaneously and in harmony — softness and strength, pliability and power, delicacy and danger.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, May 18, 2022, 05/18/2022, Soft Solidarity: Uniting to Protect, Heal, and Empower: Group Show

Book Discussion | The Long Corner: A Novel of 21st-Century American Life


An evening in celebration of Alexander Maksik's bold novel about ambition, grief, creativity, beauty, and existential emptiness that retraces the arc of American life and culture in the first decades of the twenty-first century. He will be in conversation with Elliot Ackerman, followed by a signing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Book Discussions, May 18, 2022, 05/18/2022, The Long Corner: A Novel of 21st-Century American Life

Workshop | IronStrength and Zumba Workout


A summer workouts in the heart of NYC. Strength and dance. All ages and levels of fitness and dancing ability are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 18, 2022, 05/18/2022, IronStrength and Zumba Workout

Workshop | Sunset Yoga


Namaste! Unwind from the day with outdoor yoga. Immerse yourself in this meditative practice- surrounded by the Hudson's peaceful aura. Strengthen the body and cultivate awareness in a relaxed environment as your instructor guides you through alignments and poses. All levels are welcome. Bringing your own mat is encouraged, as provided accessories are first come first serve.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 18, 2022, 05/18/2022, Sunset Yoga

Film | Manufactured Landscapes (2006): Documentary on Industrial Photographer


Photographer Edward Burtynsky travels the world observing changes in landscapes due to industrial work and manufacturing. Director: Jennifer Baichwal 86 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, May 18, 2022, 05/18/2022, Manufactured Landscapes (2006): Documentary on Industrial Photographer

Workshop | Moving For Life Workout


Moving for Life is a gentle work out that begins with breathing exercises, then moves into active aerobic dancing that strengthens body awareness. Wednesdays, May 4-25, 2022  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 18, 2022, 05/18/2022, Moving For Life Workout

Discussion | Duran Duran's "Rio" with Journalist Annie Zaleski (online)


Join a discussion of Rio, the classic Duran Duran album, on its 40th anniversary. Journalist Annie Zaleski will describe how and why Rio became a landmark pop-rock album, and examines how the LP was both a musical inspiration-and a reflection of a musical, cultural, and technology zeitgeist. Annie Zaleski's work has appeared in dozens of publications, including NPR Music, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Salon, Billboard, The A.V. Club, Vulture, Alternative Press, Stereogum, The Village Voice, Los Angeles Times.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Discussions, May 18, 2022, 05/18/2022, Duran Duran's "Rio" with Journalist Annie Zaleski (online)

Talk | Overturn Roe? Hell No!


This past week witnessed tens of thousands of people in hundreds of cities pour into the streets around abortion rights, with a militant determined spirit at the backbone. Speaker Sunsara Taylor is co-host of the RNL--Revolution Nothing Less--Show.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, May 18, 2022, 05/18/2022, Overturn Roe? Hell No!
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