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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 8, 2023?

16 free events take place on Monday, May 8 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 8 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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16 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Monday, May 8, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors
free events nyc The Unique Rabbi, Elisha Ben Abuya: Stories from the Talmud (online)
free events nyc Works by Schubert and More Performed by Quartet & Orchestra
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Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 08, 2023, 05/08/2023, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Tour | Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors


In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City - a place where history is made, not merely recorded. As a historic house museum run by the Parks Department, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 11 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Start times: 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free
Tours, May 08, 2023, 05/08/2023, Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors

Workshop | Juggling in the Park


Jugglers use the park throughout the year to provide free classes to the public. Stop by for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, May 08, 2023, 05/08/2023, Juggling in the Park

Concert | Piano in the Park


Come on by and tap your toes to The Big Apple's finest ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists around! Featuring special events and performances by distinguished musicians. Today's pianist: Bertha Hope.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, May 08, 2023, 05/08/2023, Piano in the Park

Park Walk | Central Park Waterfalls Photowalk


Tony Gale will be leading a beautiful walk through Central Park, exploring the landscape and learning how to photograph the waterfalls. Gear will not be provided and bringing a camera is optional.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free
Park Walks, May 08, 2023, 05/08/2023, Central Park Waterfalls Photowalk

Talk | Photographer Talk: The Accidental Artist (online)


Monica Sigmon unravels her unlikely success and shares the lessons she’s learned along the way. A self-proclaimed control-freak, Sigmon will share how she learned to loosen up the tight grip of perfection and pre-visualized expectations and the magic that has occurred as a result.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Talks, May 08, 2023, 05/08/2023, Photographer Talk: The Accidental Artist (online)

Other | NYC Trivia


Think you know New York City? Test your knowledge and join the Live Trivia Hour. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Talk | Uprisings and the Women's Movement in Today's Iraq


Professor Zahra Ali (Rutgers) will discuss the ongoing uprisings and women's movement in today's Iraq, which commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the American invasion in 2003 this year. There will be a small maqam concert following the talk and discussion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Talks, May 08, 2023, 05/08/2023, Uprisings and the Women's Movement in Today's Iraq

Book Discussion | To Anyone Who Ever Asks: The Life, Music, and Mystery of Connie Converse


Howard Fishman's book the mysterious true story of Connie Converse—a mid-century New York City songwriter, singer, and composer whose haunting music never found broad recognition—and one writer’s quest to understand her life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, May 08, 2023, 05/08/2023, To Anyone Who Ever Asks: The Life, Music, and Mystery of Connie Converse

Concert | New Music and Theater Works


The culmination of an intense semester of research and creative experimentation, New School University students, led by acclaimed saxophonist and composer Jane Ira Bloom, present new music and theater works inspired by and incorporating archival research. The concert will be followed by a Q & A with the five composers to discuss their process from research to performance. For this performance, we hear from Hans Young Binter, Nathan Chamberlain, Ethan Cohn, Weiyang Ding, Sean Lawson, and Diyora Tursunova. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Epic Annette: A Heroine's Tale (in Person AND Online)


Author Anne Weber and translator Tess Lewis for a conversation about the novel. What does it mean to be a hero in the 20th century? Anne Weber's novel, winner of the 2020 German Book Prize, recounts the extraordinary true story of Annette Beaumanoir, whose involvement with the French Resistance and the Algerian FLN cemented her name in history. Beaumanoir's gripping story, including her exile from France and separation from her children, embodies the tragic conflict between political activism and familial obligation. This novel about courage, resilience, and the struggle for freedom is also a bold and nuanced look at the ethics of heroism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Book Discussions, May 08, 2023, 05/08/2023, Epic Annette: A Heroine's Tale (in Person AND Online)

Staged Reading | The Kit: Made by Martha: The Story of The Rape Kit Inventor


Jeanne Dorsey's play explores the life and work of Martha Goddard, inventor of the first standardized rape kit.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, May 08, 2023, 05/08/2023, The Kit: Made by Martha: The Story of The Rape Kit Inventor

Jazz | Jazz Trio with Modern Poetry (In Person AND Online)


Sound Liberation Trio: Gene Pritsker, guitar; Larry Goldman, bass; David Cossin, drums; with poets Imelda O'Reilly, Erik T. Johnson, Robert C. Ford, John Pietaro, and Kelsea Brunner. This event will feature Gene Pritsker's compostions for the trio instrumentation combined with modern poetry, followed by an old-school jam session which attracts a wide range of musicians, from students to jazz masters.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 08, 2023, 05/08/2023, Jazz Trio&nbsp;with Modern Poetry (In Person AND Online)

Reading | The Unique Rabbi, Elisha Ben Abuya: Stories from the Talmud (online)


Rabbi Jack Romberg will read and discuss stories from the Talmud about Rabbi Elisha ben Abuya, who is also called "Archer." While he is one of many rabbis who are part of Talmudic stories, he is different from almost all of them. Romberg will be discussing why "different" is not only interesting, but remarkable.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Readings, May 08, 2023, 05/08/2023, The Unique Rabbi, Elisha Ben Abuya: Stories from the Talmud (online)

Classical Music | Works by Schubert and More Performed by Quartet & Orchestra


The Jupiter String Quartet ("technical finesse and rare expressive maturity," New Yorker) joins the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) for a wide-ranging program that includes Schubert's Death and the Maiden Quartet, arranged for string orchestra, and Jessie Montgomery's take on the national anthem, Banner. "Everything the group touched felt balanced and bright...And the orchestra, as always, played luminously." (NY Times) The Jupiter String Quartet: Nelson Lee, violin; Meg Freivogel, violin; Liz Freivogel, viola; Daniel McDonough, cello. Program: Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828) String Quartet in D Minor, D. 810 (Death and the Maiden). Adolphus Hailstork (1941 - ) Sonata da chiesa. Jessie Montgomery (1981 - ) Banner. The Jupiter String Quartet has accrued numerous awards, including the grand prizes in the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2004. In 2005, they won the Young Concert Artists International auditions in New York City, which quickly led to a busy touring schedule. They received the Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America in 2007, followed by an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2008. In 2012, the Jupiter Quartet members were appointed as artists-in-residence and faculty at the University of Illinois, where they continue to perform regularly in the beautiful Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, maintain private studios, and direct the chamber music program. The critically acclaimed East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) is a collective of dynamic like-minded artists who convene for select periods each year to explore musical works and perform concerts of the highest artistic quality. Drawing from some of the world's finest orchestras, chamber groups, and young soloists, ECCO strives for vitality and musical integrity; a self-governing organization, each member is equal and has a voice in every step of the artistic process, from programming to performance. Attendees MUST arrive 10 minutes before event begins AT THE LATEST.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, May 08, 2023, 05/08/2023, Works by Schubert and More Performed by Quartet & Orchestra

Concert | R&B Ensemble


An hour of music directed by Gene Lake.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 08, 2023, 05/08/2023, R&B Ensemble
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Play | Two Classic Plays Reimagined, with Broadway Actors

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Classical Music | Orchestra and Chorus: Mozart, Beethoven, and More at a Landmark Venue

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