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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 31, 2022?

20 free events take place on Tuesday, May 31 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 31 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 Tuesday, May 31, 2022

All events are free unless otherwise noted.
        

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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8:00 am
Free
Birdwatchings, May 31, 2022, 05/31/2022, Spring Birding Tour

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 31, 2022, 05/31/2022, Ribbon Dancing

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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10:30 am
Free
Workshops, May 31, 2022, 05/31/2022, Adult Zumba

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
Free
Concerts, May 31, 2022, 05/31/2022, Piano in the Park

Discussion | Music Lovers Club: Randy Newman's Sail Away! (online)


Music club will focuse on a classic album with a distinct cultural impact: Randy Newman's Sail Away! Get to know one another a bit, deepen your knowledge of the album, and share your reactions with other music fans. Don't forget to bring some music recs or what you have been listening to lately.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Discussions, May 31, 2022, 05/31/2022, Music Lovers Club: Randy Newman's Sail Away! (online)

Book Discussion | Sleepless: A Haunting Novel of Guilt and Retribution


Welcome the international bestselling author of Dear Child, Romy Hausmann, for a live virtual event to discuss his new book. Dark secrets past and present collide in this haunting novel of guilt and retribution. Hausmann will be in conversation with translator Jamie Bulloch.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Book Discussions, May 31, 2022, 05/31/2022, Sleepless: A Haunting Novel of Guilt and Retribution

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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3:30 pm
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Workshops, May 31, 2022, 05/31/2022, Drop-In Chess

Discussion | Music Lovers Club: Randy Newman's Sail Away! (online)


Music club will focuse on a classic album with a distinct cultural impact: Randy Newman's Sail Away! Get to know one another a bit, deepen your knowledge of the album, and share your reactions with other music fans. Don't forget to bring some music recs or what you have been listening to lately.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Discussions, May 31, 2022, 05/31/2022, Music Lovers Club: Randy Newman's Sail Away! (online)

Tour | London: Jack the Ripper and Victorian Times (online)


Walking trough the east end of London we will dig up the dirty side of the Victorian era. As you will be discovering the trendy neighbourhood of Shoreditch, you will also try to uncover our first ever serial killer. Please Note: viewer discretion is advised due to content.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Tours, May 31, 2022, 05/31/2022, London: Jack the Ripper and Victorian Times (online)

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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6:00 pm
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Park Walks, May 31, 2022, 05/31/2022, Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers

Discussion | Regional Indian Posters in Graphic Design History (online)


A wide-ranging panel discussion on regional posters from India. This conversation will explore the graphic elements within Indian posters, drawing from the museum’s permanent collection and the larger history of the genre. Particular attention will be paid to the typographic elements of these designs, as well as the cultural and sociopolitical contexts that inform these images, highlighting the regional and the plural. Questions are strongly encouraged.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
Free
Discussions, May 31, 2022, 05/31/2022, Regional Indian Posters in Graphic Design History (online)

Workshop | Yoga on the River


From guided meditation and refreshing yoga to high-intensity workouts and weekly run clubs, there’s something for all skill levels to enjoy this summer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, May 31, 2022, 05/31/2022, Yoga on the River

Book Discussion | The Black Fives: The Epic Story of Basketball's Forgotten Era


As the 2022 NBA playoffs ramp up, historian Claude Johnson participates in a rich conversation on an unsung history of the early days of basketball. In his book, Johnson braids together the stories of dozens of teams--then often called "fives"--of African American players, founded before the racial integration of all-white professional leagues in the 1950s. Laura Washington joins Johnson in conversation about this critical lost history. This conversation is a must-see for basketball fans and history buffs alike, challenging our notions of the sport and preserving a crucial history for generations of fans to com
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Book Discussions, May 31, 2022, 05/31/2022, The Black Fives: The Epic Story of Basketball's Forgotten Era

Talk | Artist Talk: History, Conflict, Memory and Extraction


Sim Chi Yin is an artist from Singapore whose research-based practice includes photography, moving image, archival interventions and text-based performance, and focuses on history, conflict, memory and extraction. She is currently based between New York and Berlin.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, May 31, 2022, 05/31/2022, Artist Talk: History, Conflict, Memory and Extraction

Poetry Reading | New Poetry: Love Poems in Quarantine / Howdie-Skelp


Two celebrated writers, Sarah Ruhl and Paul Muldoon, to celebrate the publication of their new books, both lyrical and ambitious works which grapple with pandemics, quarantine, and the crises of our times. In Love Poems in Quarantine Sarah Ruhl, an award-winning, multi-genre writer grapples with the pandemic, death of George Floyd, and other crises of our times in gnomic poems written from inside the purgatory (and sudden revelations) of quarantine. The poems in Howdie-Skelp, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon's new collection, include a nightmarish remake of The Waste Land, an elegy for his fellow Northern Irish poet Ciaran Carson, a heroic crown of sonnets that responds to the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, a translation from the ninth-century Irish, and a Yeatsian sequence of ekphrastic poems that call into question the very idea of an "affront" to good taste.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
$5
Poetry Readings, May 31, 2022, 05/31/2022, New Poetry: Love Poems in Quarantine / Howdie-Skelp
7:30 pm
Regular: $80
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Musicals, May 31, 2022, 05/31/2022, 'Gorgeous Production'
7:30 pm
Regular: $20
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Plays, May 31, 2022, 05/31/2022, Comedy and Drama

Concert | Voices of a People’s History


This latest iteration of the now seven-year-long Lincoln Center commission series Voices of a People’s History continues our revitalization of the work of Brooklyn-born author, activist, and academic Howard Zinn as we celebrate the year of his centenary. This live event focuses on Zinn's timeless and insightful book, A People’s History of the United States, a document of the vital everyday epics of common people engaged in the life and death struggle for justice: abolitionists, activists, protesters, founders of the first American unions, suffragettes who advanced women's rights, and pioneers of gay liberation. All these heroic voices will be brought to life in performance by a chorus of young student activists who have been mentored by Voices teaching artists to find personal meaning in these timeless texts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Concerts, May 31, 2022, 05/31/2022, Voices of a People&rsquo;s History
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