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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 24, 2023?

34 free events take place on Wednesday, 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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34 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Wednesday, May 24, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Garment District Tour: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More
free events nyc The Days Beyond Today
free events nyc Creative Interior Solutions: An Essential Guide
free events nyc Clarinet and Piano Works with Hungarian Musicians
free events nyc Work for Flute, Piano, Clarinet, and Percussion
        

Workshop | Core Body Boot Camp


A community-driven pop-up fitness group for an early-morning core body boot camp. Rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, push-ups, burpees, and mountain climbers ensure a mixture of cardio and strength training that will keep you coming back, and seeing results. No equipment necessary; smiles and high fives welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 am
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Workshop | Yoga on the River


Rejuvenate your body and jumpstart your morning.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 am
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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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10:00 am
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Workshop | Figure Al Fresco


This event offers a unique setting to observe and sketch the human figure. Each week a model will strike short and long poses for participants to draw. An artist/educator will offer constructive suggestions and critique. Drawing materials provided, and artists are encouraged to bring their own favorite media.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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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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10:00 am
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Tour | Garment District Tour: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More


Hear an unusual perspective from somebody who spent the greater portion of his life working in the GARMENT industry. You will learn how the apparel industry developed in NYC through the years, and how it came to be located in its current District. Watch the development of the industry from sweatshops in the old tenement buildings on the Lower East Side, to giant factories in China and Bangladesh. See how immigrants were the backbone of the industry and in NYC, still are. Five minute flow chart "From Fibers To Garment". Learn about Calvin, Ralph and Oscar, as well as Labor Unions and Gangsters. A Factory Visit When Available. See "The Garment Worker'' by Judith Weller, The Fashion Walk of Fame. The Giant Button and Needle artwork on Seventh Ave. And much more. Rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free

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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Tour | Tour of New York City Hall


One of the oldest continuously used City Halls in the nation that still houses its original governmental functions, New York's City Hall is considered one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, the building was an early expression of the City's cosmopolitanism. City Hall is a designated New York City landmark, and its rotunda is a designated interior landmark as well.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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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: Sue Maskalerisi.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concert | Ragtime, Jazz and Blues


With Terry Waldo's Gotham City Band.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Workshop | Adult Chorus


Directed by Church Street School of Music, the chorus is open to all who love to sing. Learn contemporary and classic songs and perform at community events throughout the year.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Film | A Lady of Chance (1929): silent film


Dolly, alias "Angel Face," meets a naive young man at a hotel who appears to be rich. Thinking she's found an easy mark, she marries him, only to find out that the plantation he was bragging about belongs to a neighbor, and his fortune is more speculative than real. In spite of herself, she falls in love with him. Director: Robert Z. Leonard Cast: Norma Shearer Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Workshop | Elements of Nature Drawing


A community of artists of all skill levels are inspired by our surroundings to create with drawing materials, pastels and watercolors. Embolden your artwork amidst the flower-filled and seasonally evolving palette of the verdant gardens. An artist/educator will provide ideas and instruction. Materials provided, and artists are encouraged to bring their own favorite media.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Jazz | Jazz Trio


The Rick Germanson Trio, featuring Rick Germanson on vocals and piano, and accompanying bass and drums.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Gallery Talk | Museum Closer Look Tour


A public tour of current exhibitions, led by museum Gallery Guides.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Musical | The Days Beyond Today


It's 1966, and London is swinging. Into this world of artists and hedonists comes Helen on her 40th birthday, direct from a privileged Long Island life. Amid the swingers and the high flyers, the musicians, and the pleasure seekers, Helen seeks to discover her right place in The Days Beyond Today. Book, music, and lyrics by Michael Roberts Story by Michael Roberts and Shannon Hunt Produced and directed by Eric Krebs Reservation required
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free

Workshop | Settlers of Catan Social


Play one of the most popular board games in the world at the Games Cart. They welcome players of all levels to this weekly social.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Film | Forgiveness (2006): Ghosts of the Village


On April 9, 1948, a militia entered the village of Deir Yassin and killed over 100 villagers. Soon after, a mental hospital was built on the ruins. The first patients to be committed were Holocaust survivors. A legend says that to this day, the survivors have been communicating with the ghosts of the village. Director: Udi Aloni Stars: Itay Tiran, Clara Khoury, Moni Moshonov 97 min. Preceded at 5:30pm by a Zoom talk by Slavoj Žižek
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshop | Wellness Wednesdays


Curated by Sputnik Yoga, Wellness Wednesdays will offer a variety of fitness and wellness themed classes on a weekly basis. Bring your own yoga mat or blanket. Wednesdays, May 3 - October 25, 2023.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Opening Reception | 2 Art Shows: Masayuki Nagare / Ran Ortner


An installation of works by acclaimed artists Masayuki Nagare (1923-2018) and Ran Ortner (b. 1959), coinciding with Nagare’s centennial birth year. This exhibition sparks a dialogue between two artists that share a profound connection to the sea, and instills a sense of wonder and contemplation through nature’s greatest element.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | A New Family: Curating Korean Diaspora


How has Korean diaspora emerged and developed? How has it engaged with its native country, Korea?  This is an exclusive community opening event for a new exhibition featuring 25 artists that aims to reflect upon the history of Korea and Koreans and how it has been depicted in art, and to reinterpret the Korean diaspora from a new perspective transcending geography, blood and nationalism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Creative Interior Solutions: An Essential Guide


Design luminary Vicente Wolf, master of a restrained, elegant, and global aesthetic, distills his decades of experience into an essential guide to interior design.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Opening Reception | Jessica Cannon: Veils


An exhibition of new paintings by American artist Jessica Cannon. Cannon’s mystic landscapes confront time with a sense of ontological awe. She employs personal and symbolic language in concert with geometric motifs to depict the horizon and the space beyond it. For portions of the pandemic, Cannon traveled to New Mexico and Wyoming for residencies. During her time in the West, she experienced a sense of scale and vastness that she conveys in her intricate topographies of liminal spaces. Working with serial form, Cannon unearths celestial symbols of the infinite as she paints what she considers to be small icons and maps of consciousness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshop | Sunset Yoga


Namaste! Unwind from the day with outdoor yoga. Immerse yourself in this meditative practice- surrounded by the Hudson's peaceful aura. Strengthen the body and cultivate awareness in a relaxed environment as your instructor guides you through alignments and poses. All levels are welcome. Bringing your own mat is encouraged, as provided accessories are first come first serve.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Wings of Gold: The Story of the First Women Naval Aviators by Beverly Weintraub


Wings of Gold: The Story of the First Women Naval Aviators -- Recruited into Navy flight training as an experiment in 1973, six courageous women overcame resentment and skepticism to prove to the military and the nation that women have what it takes to fly for their country. From the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment and the Tailhook scandal to the Iraq War and the battle to overturn the ban on women in combat, the original female naval aviators bore witness to history -- and made history of their own. They would become the first woman to solo a Navy aircraft, the first to fly a fighter jet, the first to command an aviation squadron, the first female Hurricane Hunter, the first military pilot mom, plaintiff in a federal class-action lawsuit challenging limits on women's ability to serve and, tragically, the first to die in the performance of her duties. This year, the Navy is marking the 50th anniversary of that experiment with events celebrating a half-century of women in naval aviation, including an all-women flyover at the Super Bowl. This year also marks the debut of the first woman demonstration pilot to fly with the Blue Angels -- Lt. Amanda Lee, an F-18 pilot who coincidentally plays a part in the Wings of Gold story and appears on the back cover of the book. The original Top Gun explained that only the "best men" were accepted. Last year's sequel said only the "best men and women" get to go. But women weren't just handed that opportunity -- they had to fight for it. Wings of Gold tells how they got there. Beverly Weintraub is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and instrument-rated private pilot. As an editorial writer for the Daily News, she covered topics including education, social services and aviation, and she shared the 2007 Pulitzer for Editorial Writing for an in-depth investigation into the illnesses afflicting World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers after 9/11. Her op-eds about women and aviation have appeared in the Washington Post and Daily News. Bev holds tailwheel, complex and high-performance airplane endorsements and has crisscrossed the country in single-engine propeller aircraft.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Classical Music | Works for Flute and Electronics


Claire Chase, flutes; Levy Lorenzo, live sound and electronics; Senem Pirler, live electronics; Monica Duncan, projection design Program Matana Roberts (1975-present), Auricular Hearsay Ann Cleare (1983-present), anfa Wang Lu, Aftertouch RSVP Required
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Video | Beaut: Her Blood Ran Cold (The Silent Lizards) (online thru Jul 9)


An online video premiere. Concept, script, lizard sightings and drawings by Marti Wilkerson to accompany the photographs in her exhibition and originally performed live by Beaut on October 9, 2022. Vocals and Lyrics: Marti Wilkerson Guitar: Paul Twinkle Technical Director and Video Editor: Itziar Barrio Cameras: Isaiah Davis, John Brattin, Itziar Barrio Lighting Design: Marti Wilkerson DMX Programming: Kai Sundermann WILDBLUR Master Audio Recording: Adam Wolcott Smith Production Manager: Marbles Producer: Lia Gangitano After Dark Director: Itziar Barrio After Dark Technical Associate: Caroline Mills
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Dawn: One Night in Prison


Maureen Freely presents her translation of Dawn by Sevgi Soysal, in conversation with Zain Khalid.   A searing autobiographical novel, Dawn is about a single night in prison that suggests how broken spirits can be mended, and dreams rebuilt through imagination and human kindness
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Poetry Reading | What Should I Be Afraid Of?: Poetry and Music


An evening of poetry and music celebrating the life and work of Roma artist Ceija Stojka on May 24th. While Stojka’s granddaughter Simona Anozie, who lives in Vienna, will read poignant poems by Ceija Stojka in their original German language, Dr. Lorely French, Professor of German at Pacific University in Oregon, will present her English translations of them, while also reading passages from her recently published annotated English translation of Ceija’s three memoirs. In addition, music therapist and singer Dr. Petra Gelbart, herself a granddaughter of Romani Holocaust survivors, will sing songs passed down to her that advocate for Holocaust remembrance of Romani victims. The performances will be followed by a book signing with Dr. French.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Classical Music | Clarinet and Piano Works with Hungarian Musicians


David Keringer, clarinet; Viktoria Sarkadi, piano. Arrival and standing reception at 6:30 pm. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Chamber Music and Poetry by Women for Strings, Woodwinds, Guitar, and Voice.


Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble performs works by Clarice Assad, Reena Esmail, and Stefania de Kenessey, and song cycles by Richard Auldon Clark, with texts by poets Sara Teasdale, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Celia Thaxter, and Edna St. Vincent Millay. Also including works by NYC-based composers Bruce Saylor and Brian Shaheen. Reservation required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Concert | Futuristic Folk Pop Singer-Songwriter


Embarking on a new musical journey, futuristic folk pop singer-songwriter and producer Thomas Piper is celebrating the premier release of his first single and new selections from his forthcoming second album scheduled for release summer 2023. Thomas Piper’s new album is reminiscent of the late '60s, early '70s singer-songwriter Laurel Canyon movement and west coast storytellers. Drawing inspiration from the early soft rock movement and performance style influenced by years in the New York City beat maker and lo-fi scene, Piper meticulously blends them crafting his signature futuristic folk sound and wailing guitar riffs live on stage with the Ableton Push. Accompanied by captivating visuals filmed and directed by Piper himself, the audience will go on a soulful sonic and visual journey, exploring themes around the dystopian world we live in post-pandemic. Join us for an intimate reflection on life, hope, and elevated love.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Movie in a Park | Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank (2022): Animated Adventure


Hank, a loveable dog with a head full of dreams about becoming a samurai, sets off in search of his destiny. Directors: Chris Bailey, Mark Koetsier, Rob Minkoff Stars: Michael Cera. Samuel L. Jackson, Ricky Gervais 98 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 pm
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Classical Music | Work for Flute, Piano, Clarinet, and Percussion


Claire Chase, flutes; Craig Taborn, piano; Joshua Rubin, clarinet; Susie Ibarra, percussion. Program Craig Taborn (1970-present), Busy Griefs and Endangered Charms (World Premiere) RSVP Required
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:00 pm
Free
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