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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 22, 2022?

20 free events take place on Sunday, May 22 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 22 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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20 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Sunday, May 22, 2022

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free events nyc Historic 1885 Ship, Indoor Galleries and Outdoor Exhibition
free events nyc Marching Band in a Park
free events nyc Chamber Works by Beethoven and More
free events nyc Orchestral Works by Liszt, Bartok and More
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Birdwatching | Birding: Hawk Watch


New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. To enhance your experience we recommend bringing binoculars.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, May 22, 2022, 05/22/2022, Birding: Hawk Watch

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 22, 2022, 05/22/2022, 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 22, 2022, 05/22/2022, 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 22, 2022, 05/22/2022, Street Market: Art, Jewelry, Antiques and More

Parade | Celebrate Israel Parade


In 1965, thousands walked down Riverside Drive in support of the young State of Israel. This impromptu walk evolved into the Salute to Israel Parade. It has become the world’s largest gathering in celebration of Israel attracting worldwide media. The Parade enables the tri-state community to celebrate in a non-partisan, apolitical show of unity with Israel. In 2011 it was decided to change the name of the Parade in order to focus on celebrating the vibrant and diverse country of Israel. The Parade features over 30,000 marchers representing many organizations. Hundreds of thousands enthusiastic spectators gather to watch American and Israeli community leaders and dignitaries, entertainers, artists, musicians, dancers, celebrities, floats and marching bands.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Parades, May 22, 2022, 05/22/2022, Celebrate Israel Parade

Hike | Discovery Hike: Pond Ecology


Discover one of Brooklyn’s only freshwater ponds and learn about the tiny organisms that make up one of the load-bearing strands of a healthy food web.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Hikes, May 22, 2022, 05/22/2022, Discovery Hike: Pond Ecology

Museums | Historic 1885 Ship, Indoor Galleries and Outdoor Exhibition


Located in the heart of the historic Manhattan district, the museum preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Founded in 1967, it includes an extensive collection of works of art and artifacts, a maritime reference library, galleries, working 19th-century print shop, and a fleet of historic vessels that all work to tell the story of "Where New York Begins." Wavertree is a historic iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1885, now the largest wrought iron sailing vessel afloat. Guests will visit the open-air portions of the ship. Access to the main deck and quarter deck. Learn how people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo sailing vessel, from the captain to the ship's officers, cooks, and crew. Then visit the cargo hold and stand atop the viewing platform and enjoy the view as you look out across New York Harbor and the Brooklyn Bridge. In addition, view an outdoor exhibition on the Pier. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11am to 5pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free
Museumss, May 22, 2022, 05/22/2022, Historic 1885 Ship, Indoor Galleries and Outdoor Exhibition

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 22, 2022, 05/22/2022, Seeds of Hope: Performance Art

Festival | Mamapalooza! Concert


Fierce feminist families celebrate all mamas and the people who love them at this annual festival featuring music, vendors, wellness activities, art, and activism. With community vendors, play:ground, food, arts and crafts, and live music all day.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, May 22, 2022, 05/22/2022, Mamapalooza! Concert

Concert | Marching Band in a Park


Asphalt Orchestra is described as "part parade spectacle, part halftime show, and part cutting-edge contemporary music concert ... coolly brilliant and infectious" by The New York Times. Also featuring the steel-pan artistry of Pan in Motion, the concert includes world premieres by Leila Adu, Jeffrey Brooks, and Kendall Williams.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 22, 2022, 05/22/2022, Marching Band in a 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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Park Walks, May 22, 2022, 05/22/2022, Meditation Through Movement Walk

Symposium | Objects of Inquiry: New Perspectives on American Folk Art (online)


A symposium organized in honor of Elizabeth and Irwin Warren, dedicated advocates of the American Folk Art Museum. Speakers include: Glenn Adamson, Ph.D., curator, writer, and historian, Mariah Gruner, Ph.D., Recentering Collections Curatorial Fellow at Historic New England, Joseph H. Larnerd, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Design History at Drexel University, Yinshi Lerman-Tan, Ph.D., Bradford and Christine Mishler Associate Curator of American Art at the Huntington, Janneken Smucker, Ph.D., Professor of History at West Chester University, and Trevor Brandt, Ph.D. Student in Art History at the University of Chicago, with opening remarks by Emelie Gevalt, Curator of Folk Art and Curatorial Chair for Collections at the American Folk Art Museum, and closing remarks by William D. Moore, Ph.D., Associate Professor of American Material Culture at Boston University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Symposiums, May 22, 2022, 05/22/2022, Objects of Inquiry: New Perspectives on American Folk Art (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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2:00 pm
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Open Studioss, May 22, 2022, 05/22/2022, 5 Floors of Open Studios

Classical Music | Acclaimed Ensemble in Multi-Media Concert: Music for Flute, Strings and Harp


"...vivacious and youthful ... beautifully nuanced." - BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE The acclaimed Canta Libre Chamber Ensemble presents a multi-media concert of new music by women for flute, strings and harp. Would you walk 200 miles (in a skirt!) for something you believed in? The journey of Women's Suffrage "pilgrims" is brought to life in a new chamber piece entitled, "Suffrage Signatures". Composer Joelle Wallach will include live dialogue and images based on the personal letters and photographs of these fascinating women during the performance. Proof of Covid-19 Vaccine required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 22, 2022, 05/22/2022, Acclaimed Ensemble in Multi-Media Concert: Music for Flute, Strings and Harp

Classical Music | Chamber Works by Beethoven and More


Julie Lee, flute; Hyungjin Choi, piano; Benjamin Larsen, cello Program Paolo Marchettini Quadri Angel Lam Love Memo Peter Schickele Summer Trio Beethoven Cello Sonata in A Major, op 69
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 22, 2022, 05/22/2022, Chamber Works by Beethoven and More

Workshop | Gregorian Chants Sing-Along


Singers and music lovers of all backgrounds are invited to join together to learn and sing a selection of short and engaging Gregorian chants. Masks and vaccination proof are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 22, 2022, 05/22/2022, Gregorian Chants Sing-Along

Classical Music | Organ Recital at a Cathedral


Denis Gagné, organ Program Stanley Drummond-Wolff (1916-2004) Festival Fanfare Denis Bédard (b. 1950) Adagio Raymond Daveluy (1926-2016) from Three Chorale Preludes, Herzlich tut mich verlangen Healey Willan (1880-1968) Prelude for Organ: "At the close of the day" (SLANE) Joseph Bonnet (1884-1944) Variations de concert Denis Gagné has performed in France at Notre-Dame de Paris, Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet, Saint-Jean-Bosco, Saint-Eustache, at the Cathedral in Angers, in Verneuil-sur-Avre. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:15 pm
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Concerts, May 22, 2022, 05/22/2022, Organ Recital at a Cathedral

Classical Music | Orchestral Works by Liszt, Bartok and More


The Orchestra Now and Conductor Zachary Schwartzman perform Franz Liszt's pastoral Les Preludes, Zoltan Kodaly's shimmering Dances of Galanta, Bartok's towering Concerto for Orchestra, and more. Zachary Schwartzman has served as assistant conductor for the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opera Atelier (Toronto), Opera Francais de New York, L'Ensemble orchestral de Paris. He was associate conductor for two seasons with New York City Opera.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 22, 2022, 05/22/2022, Orchestral Works by Liszt, Bartok and More

Classical Music | Sesquicentennial Concert: A Festival of Early Music


TENET Vocal Artists: Works by Blow, Purcell, Schütz, and Couperin Polyhymnia: Passionate Kisses: Music of Earthly and Divine Love: Motet Settings of the Song of Songs (works by Clemens non Papa, Gombert, Manchicourt, Lassus and more
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 22, 2022, 05/22/2022, Sesquicentennial Concert: A Festival of Early Music
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