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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 21, 2022?

31 free events take place on Saturday, May 21 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 21 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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31 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Saturday, May 21, 2022

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Birdwatching | Bird Walk in the Park


Explore the park's ecologically diverse grounds and celebrate a long tradition of birding in the park. Look for various species of resident and migratory birds and discuss a wide range of avian topics. The walk will be led by a New York City Audubon guide. Saturdays, April 16-June 25, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Birdwatchings, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, Bird Walk in the Park

Birdwatching | Birding: Spring Migration


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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Birdwatchings, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, Birding: Spring Migration

Workshop | Drawing in the Park


Paint in watercolor or use pastels and other drawing materials to capture the magical vistas of the Hudson River and the unique landscape of South Cove. An artist/educator will help participants of all levels with instruction and critique. 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 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, Drawing in the Park

Birdwatching | Introduction to Birdwatching Walk


Whether you’re just starting out or have already joined the birding ranks, this introductory walk is for you. A member of the Brooklyn Bird Club and the Park Alliance lead an introductory walk to learn the basics of birding and search for the dozens of species that visit the Park through all seasons. All levels are welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring binoculars if you have them. Saturdays, March 26-September 17, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Birdwatchings, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, Introduction to Birdwatching Walk

Park Walk | Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers


Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky: an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Park Walks, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers

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 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, 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 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, Street Fair

Workshop | Dance Fitness


Get and stay fit in this outdoor class. Saturdays, May 7-Sept. 24, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshops, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, Dance Fitness

Park Walk | Insect Exploration Hunt


Urban Park Rangers explore the park’s looking for insects such as ants, wasps, beetles, butterflies, mantids and many more. Learn more about how great insects are for the environment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, Insect Exploration Hunt

Museums | Jewish History: Centuries of Art


One of the largest collections of art and Jewish culture in the world, it focuses both on artifacts of Jewish history and on modern and contemporary art. Works in the collection are presented as distinctive creative expressions and as bearers of the stories of those who made, owned, used, preserved, and sometimes transformed them. The exhibition speaks of the vast range of Jewish experiences across the globe and over time, made tangible through artistic expression. It is both a mirror of Jewish identities and an inspiration for the formation of new ones.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, Jewish History: Centuries of Art

Performance | New York Yo-Yo Show


What do you get when you combine the singing and dancing of the Broadway Theater with jaw-dropping yoyo skills? You get The New York Yoyo Show!  Brian Kilmowski (the yoyo guy) gives a truly unique performance and free yoyo lessons. Attendees will be captivated with advanced yoyo demos, Broadway-style musical numbers, modern yoyo magic, and the grand finale, featuring the World's Longest Yoyo String.   The New York Yoyo Show is for people of all ages and skill levels.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Performances, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, New York Yo-Yo Show

Museums | Folk Art: Diverse and Rich


The museum's collection includes more than eight thousand works of art from four centuries and nearly every continent--from compelling portraits and dazzling quilts to powerful works by living artists in a variety of mediums. Museum is open Wednesday - Sunday, 11:30 am - 6:00 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, Folk Art: Diverse and Rich

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 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, Meditation Through Movement Walk

Festival | Super Sabado


A full day of in-person activities celebrating the arts and culture of El Barrio. Family-friendly music, art activities, and neighborhood tours, as well as free admission to Las Galerias. The block party will be followed by a concert at 4pm in, featuring Grammy Award-winning musician David Sanchez.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Festivals, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, Super Sabado

Workshop | World Bee Day


An activity-filled day dedicated to our beloved bees. In honor of World Bee Day (5/20), visit Bee Sanctuary for a day of fun, sun and pollinator education and enjoy a honey bee “Hive Dive”, a fun 5-minute film screening, arts and crafts, and a Waggle Dance-off with a live brass band. Then head to our Urban Farm neighbors for a Farm Tour with GrowNYC, and a Seed Bomb Making Station with Earth Matter. Come learn about our sustainable habitats for ground, cavity, and honey bees in NYC and enjoy complimentary goodies from Zarbee's. Start times: 12pm, 2pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, World Bee Day

Parade | 16th Annual "Back to the Streets" Dance Parade


Ballet Hispanico, the nation's renowned Latin dance organization recognized as one of America's Cultural Treasures, announces that Artistic Director and CEO Eduardo Vilaro will lead the 16th Annual "Back to the Streets" Dance Parade as Grand Marshal with Heidi Latsky, Artistic Director of Heidi Latsky Dance and Rich Medina, a DJ specializing in house, hip hop and Afrobeat, Dance Parade kicks off with more than 10,000 dancers, live bands, DJs, and more than 100 unique styles of dance and culture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
Free
Parades, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, 16th Annual "Back to the Streets" Dance Parade

Performance | Flux Saturday: An Experimental Sound Event


An experimental sound event featuring performances and sound installations. Performers from the NYC area working in sound art, generative artmaking practices, live-coding, homemade instruments, art and code, experimental voice, modular synth and more will present their work at Flux Factory This event is held in conjunction with Drone Day, an annual celebration of drone, community and experimental sounds. Performances will be held outside. Sound installa-ions will be presented indoors and outdoors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Performances, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, Flux Saturday: An Experimental Sound Event

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 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, Historic New York: The Highbridge Water Tower

Hike | Nature Exploration Hike


Discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest. To enhance your experience, please bring your own binoculars and field guides.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Hikes, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, Nature Exploration Hike

Hike | Prospect Park Waterfall Hike


Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City and places often off-limits to the general public. You can gain orienteering skills, explore our city’s rich history, or just take an hour to unplug from the world. This hike takes you through scenic park highlighting the park’s many waterfalls along the way.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Hikes, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, Prospect Park Waterfall Hike

Classical Music | Works by Philip Glass and Other New York Composers


Piano sex-tet Grand Band per-forms New York Keys fea-tur-ing works of four New York com-posers, includ-ing a world pre-miere by Grand Band mem-ber Eri-ka Dohi, and, for his 85th birth-day cel-e-bra-tion, an orig-i-nal arrange-ment of Philip Glass's Part 9 from his ground-break-ing Music in Twelve Parts, Julius Eastman's Gay Gueril-la and Paul Kerekes's bloom. Start times: 1pm, 3pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, Works by Philip Glass and Other New York Composers

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
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2:00 pm
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Films, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, John Q. (2002): Hostage Thriller with Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall

Opening Reception | Artist Talk: Othered


An informal conversation with cultural critic and curator Carlo McCormick and artist Christy Rupp growing from the exhibition Othered, and also celebrating the recent publication of Rupp’s monograph, Noisy Autumn, published by Insight Editions. The book’s title pays homage to Rachael Carson’s groundbreaking book Silent Spring upon its 60th anniversary. Six decades after the publication of Silent Spring, chemical companies still maintain a website venting their anger at the journalist who would point out that 90% of all insects are beneficial.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, Artist Talk: Othered

Festival | DUMBO Block Party


Brooklyn's most iconic Block Party with a spectacle twist - thousands of elephants dropping onto Washington Street - is back, in person. Performances by Musical Tots (with the New York City Kids Club), singing & dancing with Dock St Middle School and PS307 Students, tap dance bonanza with Camila Aldet, cheerleaders The Diamonds, lady drummers Fogo Azul and a rollicking set by the Brass Queens.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, DUMBO Block Party

Tour | Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul, Blue House (online)


The Frida Kahlo Museum (Museo Frida Kahlo) in Mexico City, also known as the Blue House (La Casa Azul) for the structure's cobalt-blue walls, is a historic house museum and art museum dedicated to the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The building was Kahlo's birthplace, the home where she grew up, lived with her husband Diego Rivera for a number of years, and where she later died in a room on the upper floor. In 1957, Diego Rivera donated the home and its contents in order to turn it into a museum in Frida's honor. The museum contains a collection of artwork by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and other artists along with the couple's Mexican folk art, pre-Hispanic artifacts, photographs, memorabilia, personal items, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
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Tours, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul, Blue House (online)

Open Studios | 5 Floors of Open Studios


Housing more than 46 visual artists' studios and 11 visual and performing arts organizations, the venue is thrilled to welcome friends, colleagues, and neighbors back into their home on the Lower East Side. The public is invited to explore this multigenerational community of artists, some of whom have lived and worked in the neighborhood for more than two decades, and residents of participating residency programs. This year's event will feature five floors of visual and performing arts, performance and artmaking, and a building-wide benefit toward relief efforts in Ukraine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Open Studioss, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, 5 Floors of Open Studios

Performance | Seeds of Hope: Performance Art


Hope shapes our future and lifts us up. It allows us to access peace and catalyzes resounding change. Hope is what revolutions are built upon. This installation is a tribute to hope, drawing inspiration from Thai culture, where wishes and prayers are often tied to trees, an acknowledgement that an individual has asked something of the universe. Seeds of Hope encourages participants to share a vision for the future on shades of gold ribbon—which are then tied around the rows of plane trees on Hearst Plaza. In essence, we seed hopes and dreams, planting a flag of aspirations that may serve as bright beacons of change. It has often been said that hope is a “thing with feathers.” In this installation, we see the hope of thousands flutter softly in the wind.   Featuring musical accompaniment by Brooklyn Raga Massive, an artist collective dedicated to creating cross-cultural understanding through the lens of South Asian classical music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, Seeds of Hope: Performance Art

Classical Music | Sesquicentennial Concert: A Festival of Early Music


The Choir of Saint Ignatius of Antioch: Works by Ockeghem, Palestrina, Porterfield, Tallis, and Tompkins ARTEK: Sacred Music of Alejandro Grandi (1590 - 1630)
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, Sesquicentennial Concert: A Festival of Early Music

Workshop | Star Gazing in the Park


A summer evening in Manhattan is made complete with a great skyline and the stars, planets, and moon in full view. Manhattan provides a great backdrop as we peer heavenward to see celestial wonders with the help of the Amateur Astronomer's Assocation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, Star Gazing in the Park

Movie in a Park | PAW Patrol: The Movie (2021): Animated Adventure


Ryder and the pups are called to Adventure City to stop Mayor Humdinger from turning the bustling metropolis into a state of chaos. Director: Cal Brunker Stars: Tyler Perry, Ron Pardo, Will Brisbin 86 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:30 pm
Free
Movie in a Parks, May 21, 2022, 05/21/2022, PAW Patrol: The Movie (2021): Animated Adventure
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