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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 24, 2022?

25 free events take place on Tuesday, May 24 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 24 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 Tuesday, May 24, 2022

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc National Tap Dance Day Open House
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free events nyc Salute to America's Jazz Royalty: Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington
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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 24, 2022, 05/24/2022, Spring Birding Tour

Workshop | Morning Meditation


Start your day by balancing your mind, body, and spirit during instructor guided meditation. This renowned practice lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, and strengthens the immune system.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Workshops, May 24, 2022, 05/24/2022, Morning Meditation

Workshop | Ribbon Dancing


Explore this traditional Chinese folk dance with Margaret Yuen, an instructor from the Red Silk Dancers. Combine cardio with artistry as you wave long ribbons in the air to create rainbows, waterfalls, dragons and ocean waves. Ribbon Dancing is as visually stunning as it is fun and easy to learn. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Ribbons will be available to borrow, but participants can also bring their own.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshops, May 24, 2022, 05/24/2022, Ribbon Dancing

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 24, 2022, 05/24/2022, Street Fair

Workshop | Adult Zumba


Exercise in disguise! Join in on the fun featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Bring your friends and come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training and a lot of fun.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 24, 2022, 05/24/2022, Adult Zumba

Discussion | Artist Talk: Time and Place are No Longer Singular


A virtual conversation between artist Ezra Wube and Associate Curator of Arts of Global Africa at The Newark Museum of Art, Henone Girma. Wube is a mixed-media artist living in Brooklyn, whose work explores fragmented senses of time and place to forge newly imagined realities. Wube’s own experience of navigating between different geographies—from the country of his birth, Ethiopia, to his new home in the United States—shapes his approach to storytelling through art. His work incorporates both traditional and contemporary media and references, using collage and animation to create multilayered, fluid explorations of here and there, then and now. His mixed media installation Project Junction, a site-specific commission that considers food as an expression of collective identity in its ever evolving state, is currently on view at The Africa Center. The conversation will be introduced by Alana Francis de Govia, Chief Program and Experience Officer at The Africa Center.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, May 24, 2022, 05/24/2022, Artist Talk: Time and Place are No Longer Singular

Book Discussion | Between the Lines: Mother-Daughter Authors Discuss Their Book


Filled with romance, adventure, and humor, the magic jumps off the page (literally) in Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer's story that is soon to be an off-Broadway musical. Hosted by Ilana Levine
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, May 24, 2022, 05/24/2022, Between the Lines: Mother-Daughter Authors Discuss Their Book

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 24, 2022, 05/24/2022, Piano in the Park

Dancing | National Tap Dance Day Open House


In celebration of National Tap Dance Day, enjoy sample classes, jam sessions, film presentations, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Dancings, May 24, 2022, 05/24/2022, National Tap Dance Day Open House

Lecture | Yiddish Theatre in South America (1930-1960): Transnational Networks and Artistic Exchange (online)


During the interwar period, a large population of Yiddish-speaking Jews settled in South America, escaping difficult living conditions and antisemitism in Europe. For Jewish immigrants, Yiddish theatre functioned as a meeting place where they could share their mother tongue and deal with the feeling of longing for the “alter heym.” As a result, the major cities of the region—Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago de Chile, and Montevideo—became important Yiddish theatre centers and attractive destinations for Yiddish artists. At the same time, by the 1930s, Yiddish theatre audiences in the U.S. and Europe were starting to decline, so actors increasingly toured countries where Yiddish theatre thrived, as was the case in South America. This multidirectional migratory movement of European Jews during the interwar period and the internationally used language of Yiddish contributed to the creation of an extensive transnational network of Yiddish artists, which allowed them to perform throughout the world. In this lecture, Dr. Paula Ansaldo will explore the development of the South American Yiddish theatre scene and the connections it established with the main Yiddish cultural centers of the time in the U.S. and Europe and with the larger theatrical ecosystem of South America.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, May 24, 2022, 05/24/2022, Yiddish Theatre in South America (1930-1960): Transnational Networks and Artistic Exchange (online)

Workshop | Drop-In Chess


Play the popular strategy game while getting pointers and advice from an expert. Chess improves concentration, problem solving, and strategic planning — plus it’s fun. For ages 5 and up (adults welcome).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 24, 2022, 05/24/2022, Drop-In Chess

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
5:00 pm
Free
Workshops, May 24, 2022, 05/24/2022, Game Nights in the Park

Jazz | Salute to America's Jazz Royalty: Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington


American Symphony Orchestra presents this jazz ensemble as a salute to America's jazz royalty: New Jersey-native jazz pianist, organist, and composer Count Basie, considered one of the all-time greatest bandleaders; singer and jazz pianist Nat King Cole, the first Black American to host a TV variety show; and Duke Ellington, whose totally original musical style used a unique blend of both classical and jazz compositional techniques that combined improvisation with written works. Musicians: Alexa Tarantino, Alto Sax/Flute Dion Tucker, Trombone Lee Musiker, Piano Lou Bruno, Bass Kory Grossman, Drums
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
Free
Concerts, May 24, 2022, 05/24/2022, Salute to America's Jazz Royalty: Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington

Opening Reception | Nam June Paik: Art in Process: Part One


A two-part survey of works by Nam June Paik (1932–2006) spanning his career. The first part of the exhibition surveys Paik’s practice as it developed over four decades, from early forays into multimedia to late paintings and video sculptures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, May 24, 2022, 05/24/2022, Nam June Paik: Art in Process: Part One

Book Discussion | Stories of Japanese Tea: The Regions, the Growers, and the Craft


Explore the artistry of Japanese tea from cultivation to cup in this comprehensive illustrated guide to the tea industry that includes the Japanese growers, their craft of tea making, and how the tradition of tea has had an influence on cuisine, art, and health. Zach Mangan's visual exploration of one of the world's most popular beverages tells the stories of tea and tea making in Japan: how it is grown, harvested, and processed, as well as how it is prepared and enjoyed. Through interviews with tea growers, information on health benefits from Dr. Andrew Weil, and amazing recipes from (Japanese chefs and mixologists), including Michelin-starred chef Hayashi Hirohisa and pastry chef Yoshie Shirakawa, you will discover all there is to know about Japanese tea.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, May 24, 2022, 05/24/2022, Stories of Japanese Tea: The Regions, the Growers, and the Craft

Dance Performance | Alvin Ailey’s Memoria: Dance with Jazz Music (online through June 5)


Alvin Ailey dedicated Memoria “to the joy…the beauty…the creativity…and the wild spirit of my friend [Joyce Trisler].” Set to the sublime music of jazz pianist Keith Jarrett, the piece takes you on a journey from grief and sorrow to a joyous celebration of life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, May 24, 2022, 05/24/2022, Alvin Ailey&rsquo;s Memoria: Dance with Jazz Music (online through June 5)

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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Park Walks, May 24, 2022, 05/24/2022, Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers

Discussion | What the US Can Learn from the Canadian Health Care System - or Not (online)


Canada and the US share many characteristics, but differ markedly in their healthcare systems. Especially as the US healthcare system continues to face pressures and change, vital questions emerge of what the US might learn from its northern neighbor. This interesting and provocative panel discussion features bioethicists from both countries.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, May 24, 2022, 05/24/2022, What the US Can Learn from the Canadian Health Care System - or Not (online)

Book Discussion | The Evening Hero: Korean Immigrant's Struggles


Marie Myung-Ok Lee discusses her sweeping, lyrical novel following a Korean immigrant pursuing the American dream who must confront the secrets of the past or risk watching the world he’s worked so hard to build come crumbling down.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, May 24, 2022, 05/24/2022, The Evening Hero: Korean Immigrant's Struggles

Book Discussion | Ma and Me: A Memoir of Inherited Trauma (online)


When Putsata Reang was eleven months old, her family fled war-torn Cambodia, spending twenty-three days on an overcrowded navy vessel before finding sanctuary at an American naval base in the Philippines. Holding what appeared to be a lifeless baby in her arms, Ma resisted the captain’s orders to throw her bundle overboard. Instead, on landing, Ma rushed her baby into the arms of American military nurses and doctors, who saved the child's life. “I had hope, just a little, you were still alive,” Ma would tell Put in an oft-repeated story that became family legend. Over the years, Put lived to please Ma and make her proud, hustling to repay her life debt by becoming the consummate good Cambodian daughter, working steadfastly by Ma’s side in the berry fields each summer and eventually building a successful career as an award-winning journalist. But Put's adoration and efforts are no match for Ma's expectations. When she comes out to Ma in her twenties, it's just a phase. When she fails to bring home a Khmer boyfriend, it's because she's not trying hard enough. When, at the age of forty, Put tells Ma she is finally getting married—to a woman—it breaks their bond in two. In her startling memoir, Reang explores the long legacy of inherited trauma and the crushing weight of cultural and filial duty. With rare clarity and lyric wisdom, Ma and Me is a stunning, deeply moving memoir about love, debt, and duty.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, May 24, 2022, 05/24/2022, Ma and Me: A Memoir of Inherited Trauma (online)

Dance Performance | Open Dance Performances


A program of non-curated shared showings of experimentation and work-in-process, for artists at all stages of their development. The events are centered around a discussion, moderated by an Artist-in-Residence or guest artist, where they will experiment with different feedback methods to support and inform the artists’ process.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, May 24, 2022, 05/24/2022, Open Dance Performances

Concert | Quartet Led by Exceptional Austrian Trumpeter


"The grass is greener on the other side" seems to be the artistic motto of the exceptional Austrian trumpeter from Berlin - Richard Koch. Strictly speaking, he no longer lives in Berlin, but last winter moved to a rural commune in Brandenburg.. But he is still drawn to the city to make music, where he records and plays concerts with Nils Frahm, Jimi Tenor, Peter Fox and the Beatsteaks, among others. He plays the trumpet and in many different genres and styles. The physicalness of music is most important to his work. This led to numerous projects fusing music with other forms of art (dance, fine arts, speech) but also resulted in performances on big stages in the pop- and classical sector.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 24, 2022, 05/24/2022, Quartet Led by Exceptional Austrian Trumpeter

Workshop | Stargazing in the City


Head to the park for a walk and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association to see rare celestial sights. No experience is necessary and telescopes will be provided. Starts at dusk. Every Tuesday. Subject to cancellation due to overcast conditions or inclement weather.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 24, 2022, 05/24/2022, Stargazing in the City

Reading | Word Is Bond: Readings


Featuring readings from Ross Gay, Khadijah Queen, Ruth Awad, and Joy Priest.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, May 24, 2022, 05/24/2022, Word Is Bond: Readings
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