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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 26, 2022?

31 free events take place on Thursday, May 26 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 26 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 Thursday, May 26, 2022

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free events nyc National Tap Dance Day Open House
free events nyc Interludes: Ballet Hispanico
free events nyc House of Gucci (2021): Fatal Fashionistas, with Lady Gaga, Adam Driver
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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 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, Street Fair

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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11:30 am
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Museumss, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, Folk Art: Diverse and Rich

Book Discussion | Old Truths and New Clichés: Essays by Isaac Bashevis Singer (online)


Editor David Stromberg and Yiddish scholar Dr. Agi Legutko discuss an exciting new collection of literary and personal essays from the Nobel Prize-winning writer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Book Discussions, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, Old Truths and New Clich&eacute;s: Essays by Isaac Bashevis Singer (online)

Discussion | The Kite Runner: A Conversation with an Actor from the Upcoming Broadway Show


Amir Arison will discuss the Broadway adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's bestselling novel. Hosted by Ilana Levine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
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Discussions, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, The Kite Runner: A Conversation with an Actor from the Upcoming Broadway Show

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 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, 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 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, National Tap Dance Day Open House

Tour | Urban Farm Tour


Take a tour of an urban farm to learn about how they grow produce in the heart of downtown New York City
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, Urban Farm Tour

Classical Music | Paganini: The Devil's Violin (in-person and online)


Edson Scheid, period violin The 24 Caprices by Nicolo Paganini represent one of the greatest achievements technically and musically for the solo violin in the early 19th century.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:15 pm
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Concerts, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, Paganini: The Devil's Violin (in-person and online)

Hike | Greenbelt Adult Hike: Paulo's Peak


Step out on a spring day and hike up to the man-made hill recently dedicated to former Staten Island Parks Commissioner, Thomas Paulo. We will pass skunk cabbage and winding streams. Listen for migrant birds returning to the Greenbelt. Bring binoculars if you have them. The trail is gradual (no mountain climbing here). Approx. 2.5 miles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Hikes, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, Greenbelt Adult Hike: Paulo's Peak

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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3:00 pm
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Workshops, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, 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 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, Spring Birding Tour

Book Discussion | Art & Crime: The Fight Against Looters, Forgers, and Fraudsters in the High-Stakes Art World


Welcome authors Stefan Koldehoff and Tobias Timm for a discussion with journalist Jason Farago, critic at large for The New York Times, and Hito Steyerl, filmmaker and cultural critic. The art world is one of the most secretive of global businesses, and the list of its crimes runs long and deep. Today, with prices in the hundreds of millions for individual artworks, and billionaires' collections among the most conspicuous and liquid of their assets, crime is more rampant than ever in this largely unregulated universe. The extent of the economic and cultural damage that results from criminality in the global art scene rarely comes to light. The stories of high-stakes, brazen art crimes told by art experts Stefan Koldehoff and Tobias Timm are by turns thrilling, disturbing, and unbelievable (the imagination for using art to commit crimes seems boundless).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, Art & Crime: The Fight Against Looters, Forgers, and Fraudsters in the High-Stakes Art World

Opening Reception | 2 Art Shows: Love Mother Earth / My Favorite II


Kyra Belan Love Mother Earth Kyra Belan's art is about the celebration of Mother Earth, the beauty of nature, and the preservation of our planet. It is her hope that people who view her artworks get inspired to support the planet by becoming more caring and protective of the environment and the many creatures that inhabit this beautiful blue world. Minako Ito My Favorite II An exhibition of colorful printmaking lithographs. Ito is a skilled artist with a delightfully compelling view of life. Her charming lithographs are invitations to share her abundant pleasure in the daily scenes and commonplace objects that make up her real and imaginary life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, 2 Art Shows: Love Mother Earth / My Favorite II

Opening Reception | 5 Photography Shows


Rita Baunok, Behind the Bloom Roberto Cavazzuti, Specie Pioniera - Pioneer Species Patrick Cicalo, Shizen-Wa (Nature Is…) John Custodio, Yellowstone Joan Lemler, Old House Shadows
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, 5 Photography Shows

Opening Reception | Staring at the Sun: Group Show


A group show highlighting work by the graduating class of Yale's Photography MFA program, hosted at the gallery’s 533 West 19th Street location in New York. Curated by James Welling, Staring at the Sun includes works by Emily Barresi, Dylan Beckman, Amartya De, Anabelle DeClement, Eileen Emond, Ian Kline, Chinaedu Nwadibia, Brian Orozco, Rosa Polin, and Jessica Tang.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, Staring at the Sun: Group Show

Book Discussion | The True Crime File: Serial Killings, Famous Kidnappings, the Great Cons, Survivors and Their Stories, Forensics, and More


From tales of slashers and serial killers, grifters and con men, to dogged investigators and miraculous survivors, Kim Daly's book is more than your typical crime compendium. Compulsively readable, illustrated throughout, and animated with the frisson that comes with discovering there are real monsters under the bed, Daly, who holds a master’s degree in trauma studies and has worked as a rape crisis counselor, gets to the heart of true crime while remaining respectful of the victims. And while readers will find entries on Belle Gunness and Ed Kemper, they will also find an emphasis on awareness, victim advocacy, social justice, and not repeating mistakes of the past.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, The True Crime File: Serial Killings, Famous Kidnappings, the Great Cons, Survivors and Their Stories, Forensics, and More

Discussion | Fashioning the Self: Black Fashions at the Turn of the Century (online)


The exhibition Ethel Reed: I Am My Own Property highlights the artist’s masterful use of fashion and her appearance to control her own narrative and that ofher work. Of course, Reed wasn’t the only person of her time to leverage fashion to her advantage. How were Black people--whether free, freed, or enslaved--leveraging sartorial freedoms to construct and project new narratives? Join fashion historians Jonathan Michal Square and Elizabeth Way for an evening exploring the turn-of-the-century fashions of African Americans. Questions strongly encouraged.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, Fashioning the Self: Black Fashions at the Turn of the Century (online)

Dance Lesson | Midtown Dance


Enjoy an outdoor dance class. Participants will learn a new dance style from New York City’s most eclectic instructors. Midtown Dance is hosted and produced by Talia Castro-Pozo. This week: Bachata Fancy Footwork.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, Midtown Dance

Concert | Percussion and Electronic Music Duo


NOMON is a percussion and electronic music duo composed of sisters, Shayna and Nava Dunkelman. After spending years apart working on their own unique voices, Shayna and Nava came together in 2018 to form NOMON. Born and raised in Tokyo to an Indonesian mother and an American father, the sisters became multi-instrumentalists performing alongside their mother, a musician and composer active in Asia and the Middle East.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, Percussion and Electronic Music Duo

Gallery Talk | Robert Motherwell: Lyric Suite: A Conversation


Featuring Katy Rogers (Programs Director, the Dedalus Foundation) and Eric Gleason (Senior Director, Kasmin). Over just a few short weeks in the spring of 1965, Robert Motherwell produced approximately 550 works on delicate sheets of unryu paper while listening to Alban Berg's six-movement string quartet movement, The Lyric Suite. Embodying his instinctive mastery of color and form, they were accomplished in a manner verging on automatism, fed by a complex interaction of the artist’s recent ideas and experiences.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, Robert Motherwell: Lyric Suite: A Conversation

Dance Lesson | Interludes: Ballet Hispanico


This is a Latin social dance workshop with Ballet Hispanico, one of the nation's largest Latin dance organizations. This all ages dance session features Tempo Alegre playing salsa, merengue, Afro-Cuban and other Latin music that will get you up and moving!
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Dance Lessons, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, Interludes: Ballet Hispanico

Performance | Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter: Music, Dance, Poetry


A monthly ceremonial fire centering Indigenous protocol and knowledge, with guest artists and activists engaging through music, dance, poetry, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter: Music, Dance, Poetry

Book Discussion | Beloved by Toni Morrison (online)


A book discussion on the significance of the novel in the larger cultural and literary landscape. Scholars and writers on the panel include Shelly Eversley, professor of English and Interim Chair of the Black and Latinx Studies Department at Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY); Monica L. Miller, the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Africana Studies and English at Barnard College, Columbia University; and Emily Raboteau, author and professor of creative writing at the City College of New York (CUNY). Dr. Brenda M. Greene, professor of English at Medgar Evers College and founder and executive director of the Center for Black Literature, will serve as moderator of the discussion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, Beloved by Toni Morrison (online)

Concert | Music from Auschwitz (in-person and online)


The concert will feature ten short musical pieces arranged by Polish political prisoners who were members of the men’s orchestra in the Auschwitz I camp. Using popular German hits of the 1930s and 40s, they arranged and orchestrated these tangos, waltzes, and foxtrots for a dance band that played Sunday concerts for the Auschwitz garrison near the camp commandant’s villa. The musical pieces were recently rediscovered in the archives of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland. Led by conductor Oriol Sans, a University of Michigan student orchestra will perform the original musical pieces interspersed with lines, spoken by the singers, from testimonies and interviews with members of the Auschwitz I men’s orchestra after the war. Silent for more than seventy years, the voices and stirring melodies of those imprisoned at Auschwitz will be brought to life in the Museum’s Edmond J. Safra Hall.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, Music from Auschwitz (in-person and online)

Concert | Sing-In with Acclaimed Soprano-Composer Kamala Sankaram


Join composer, soprano Kamala Sankaram for a public communal sing-in featuring new works by Sankaram. All levels are welcome! Praised as "one of the most exciting opera composers in the country"" (Washington Post), composer Kamala Sankaram moves freely between the worlds of experimental music and contemporary opera. Vaccination proof required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, Sing-In with Acclaimed Soprano-Composer Kamala Sankaram

Screening | Truth Be Told 15th Annual Documentary Film Festival


The Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies is proud to present its fifteenth annual festival of original short films made by students in the class of 2022. After three years of remote events, please join us in person to celebrate our students’ achievements, who completed their films amidst the ongoing pandemic. Each work is the result of a year of intensive study in documentary cinema -- production, history, theory, and aesthetics. Hosted by Lana Lin, director of the Doc Studies program. Screenings will be followed by a faculty-led Q & A with the filmmakers. Admission is free and open to the public.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, Truth Be Told 15th Annual Documentary Film Festival

Concert | Authentic Selves: El Puente and Flushing Town Hall


Throughout the pandemic, the famed countertenor and New York Philharmonic artist-in-residence Anthony Roth Costanzo never stopped singing, producing outdoor shows across the city with the New York Philharmonic's Bandwagon initiative, which brought the NY Phil to every borough in New York City while forging exciting relationships with some of city's leading arts presenters. Costanzo curates and hosts this evening of performance for the NY Phil's Authentic Selves series in collaboration with two of Bandwagon's partners: community human rights institution and Latino arts and cultural program El Puente and the multi-disciplinary global arts organization Flushing Town Hall.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, Authentic Selves: El Puente and Flushing Town Hall

Comedy Club | Bomb Shelter Comedy Show


Bomb Shelter is a free weekly comedy show in New York City where you’ll find some of the best comedians performing. Expect free pizza.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, Bomb Shelter Comedy Show

Dance Performance | Crossroads: Dance and Film


Crossroads is a dance, film, and cross-disciplinary performance series that will feature works by 10 artists with diverse aesthetic and conceptual approaches to performance and storytelling. The series centers the voices of queer, BIPOC, and feminist artists. The format provides artists with both an opportunity to present work in a low-pressure setting that encourages experimentation, and space to share their creative practices with other artists and audiences. The series is multigenerational, focusing on community to foster a network of support, exchange, and dialogue. In addition to the performances, Crossroads offers workshops by participating artists and collaborators. Features Angel Acuña, Yoshiko Chuma, Symara Johnson, Anabella Lenzu, Amanda Loulaki,Molly&Nola, Doron Perk, Paz Tanjuaquio, Dane Terry, and Pioneers Go East Collective.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, Crossroads: Dance and Film

Movie in a Park | House of Gucci (2021): Fatal Fashionistas, with Lady Gaga, Adam Driver


When Patrizia Reggiani, an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel their legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately...murder. Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino 158 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:30 pm
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Movie in a Parks, May 26, 2022, 05/26/2022, House of Gucci (2021): Fatal Fashionistas, with Lady Gaga, Adam Driver
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