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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 27, 2023?

24 free events take place on Saturday, May 27 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 27 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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24 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Saturday, May 27, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Chamber Music on the Water
free events nyc New York Philharmonic Performs Prokofiev and More (LIVESTREAM at an in-door public place)
free events nyc Dune (2021): Sci-Fi Classic Adaptation with Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya
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Birdwatching | Birding Walk


A walk through birding hotspots in the park, led by field staff. Open to birders of all ages and experience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 am
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Birdwatchings, May 27, 2023, 05/27/2023, Birding Walk

Birdwatching | Park Birding Club


See the birding hotspots in the park. Learn and build a birding community. Open to birders of all ages and experience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 am
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Birdwatchings, May 27, 2023, 05/27/2023, Park Birding Club

Workshop | Forest Fitness


This regular fitness class incorporates climbing multiple staircases, stretches and strengthening exercises, notable tree identification, and forest bathing. Led by instructor, Nancy Bruning\.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 am
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Workshops, May 27, 2023, 05/27/2023, Forest Fitness

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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Tours, May 27, 2023, 05/27/2023, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Festival | Lower East Side Festival of the Arts


Over 200 performing arts organizations, independent artists, poets, puppeteers and film makers for its 28th annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts. This year, the festival is mounted with a theme addressing climate change: “The Heat Is On” followed by an exhortation taken from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Act Now in the Living Present.” The subject will be addressed in some of the playlets and acts written for the festival. Indoor performances will take stage from 6:00 PM to midnight each day, utilizing two of TNC’s four theaters. From 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Saturday, vendors and food sellers, including booths from nearby restaurants, will set up in the closed-off block.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Festivals, May 27, 2023, 05/27/2023, Lower East Side Festival of the Arts

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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Park Walks, May 27, 2023, 05/27/2023, Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers

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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10:00 am
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Fairs, May 27, 2023, 05/27/2023, Street Fair

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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11:00 am
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Workshops, May 27, 2023, 05/27/2023, Juggling in the Park

Fair | Street Fair


Jewelry. Art. Baked goods and local vintage. Home goods. Live DJs. Tightly curated. Wildly creative. Always a good time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Fairs, May 27, 2023, 05/27/2023, Street Fair

Festival | Outdoor Art Exhibit


This event will feature more than 50 artists and craft artisans in all mediums. One of New York City's largest and most beloved annual art events features a wide range of items on sale directly from the artists themselves. An incredible and eclectic mix of paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, glass and mixed media will be on display and available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Festivals, May 27, 2023, 05/27/2023, Outdoor Art Exhibit

Festival | World Africa Day 60th Anniversary Celebration


Celebrate the richness and diversity of the African continent by helping us launch our new plaza window installation displaying the flags of Africa’s 54 countries, as well as the Pan-African flag. Come wearing your country's flag and take part in our social media campaign. Experience performances from DJ Birane and Kaisokah Moko Jumbies stilt walkers. Witness a ribbon-cutting ceremony and speeches from leadership, dignitaries, and community leaders. Enjoy offerings from local Harlem and African vendors, art workshops, and more 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Festivals, May 27, 2023, 05/27/2023, World Africa Day 60th Anniversary Celebration

Lesson | Acting and Theater Study for Adults


This class is designed for the beginning adult actor seeking experience and feedback. The class highlights ways to make your performance more natural and spontaneous. Attendees will work with ensemble building games, script analysis, scene study, and stage production. New York director Johnny Culver moderates the sessions. No experience is necessary. Space is limited.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Lessons, May 27, 2023, 05/27/2023, Acting and Theater Study for Adults

Dance Lesson | Afro-Cuban Dance Lessons


The purpose of this class is to provide an environment where participants can explore the diverse forms of Afro-Cuban dance tradition. By learning about various movements associated with the Orishas/Dahomei and more (from African traditions brought to Cuba), it will delve into the history and significance of each form. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced dancer, this class offers an accessible path to understanding dance through the lens of movement quality and cultural context. Come deepen your appreciation of this vibrant and rich cultural heritage. Instructor Liethis Hechavarria is a young and innovative dancer, instructor, choreographer, and travel host with over 25 years of experience in the performing arts industry. Born and raised in Santiago de Cuba, she began her dance training at the age of 5 and has since specialized in Afro-Cuban and Latin fusion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Dance Lessons, May 27, 2023, 05/27/2023, Afro-Cuban Dance Lessons

Workshop | Art en Plein Air Workshop


An instructor from the Art Students League leads a visual exploration of the beautiful park. Learn to draw or paint from observation with your favorite drawing supplies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshops, May 27, 2023, 05/27/2023, Art en Plein Air Workshop

Workshop | Contemporary Games Social


Play your favorite contemporary board games every Saturday afternoon. Featured games include but are not limited to Chameleon, Wavelength, Avalon, Parade, Splendor, Century Spice Road, Mountain Goats, No Thanks, Codenames, Werewords, Spyfall, Azul, Letter Jam, Dixit, In Kahootz, and Captain Sonar. A new game will be selected each week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshops, May 27, 2023, 05/27/2023, Contemporary Games Social

Park Walk | History Tour of The Battery


Tour New York's historic birthplace park with an expert guide. Learn about the park's rich history, many important landmarks and monuments, SeaGlass Carousel, beautiful perennial gardens designed by renowned Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, and so much more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Park Walks, May 27, 2023, 05/27/2023, History Tour of The Battery

Musical | The Comedy of Errors: A Musical Adaptation of Shakespeare's Play


Conceived by director Rebecca Martinez and composer Julian Mesri, a member of The Public Theater's 2022-23 Emerging Writers Group, this new adaptation rigorously embraces music from all over Latin America in this tale of separation and joyous reunion. With songs in English and Spanish, this new musical adaptation brings an energetic vibe to this age-old tale of two sets of twins separated by stormy seas as they overcome a baffling case of mistaken identity--and the mayhem and hilarious confusion that follows.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Musicals, May 27, 2023, 05/27/2023, The Comedy of Errors: A Musical Adaptation of Shakespeare's Play

Concert | Chamber Music on the Water


A one hour performance (no intermission), including a Q & A session with the musicians. The program is announced at the performance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 27, 2023, 05/27/2023, Chamber Music on the Water

Classical Music | Serene organ meditations in an intimate venue (In Person AND Online)


Enjoy a program of hymns, anthems, and voluntaries for the organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, May 27, 2023, 05/27/2023, Serene organ meditations in an intimate venue (In Person AND Online)

Opera | Rosmene's Choice: Handel's Baroque Opera


Handel's (1685-1759) Rosmene’s Choice reveals one woman’s struggle with her impossible situation. Hounded on all sides, she must choose between being faithful or grateful. Unwilling to reject one of her obsessed suitors, will Rosmene follow the path of Love or Duty? Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Concerts, May 27, 2023, 05/27/2023, Rosmene's Choice:&nbsp;Handel's Baroque Opera

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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Videos, May 27, 2023, 05/27/2023, Beaut: Her Blood Ran Cold (The Silent Lizards) (online thru Jul 9)

Musical | The Comedy of Errors: A Musical Adaptation of Shakespeare's Play


Conceived by director Rebecca Martínez and composer Julián Mesri, a member of The Public Theater’s 2022-23 Emerging Writers Group, this new adaptation rigorously embraces music from all over Latin America in this tale of separation and joyous reunion. With songs in English and Spanish, this new musical adaptation brings an energetic vibe to this age-old tale of two sets of twins separated by stormy seas as they overcome a baffling case of mistaken identity—and the mayhem and hilarious confusion that follows.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Musicals, May 27, 2023, 05/27/2023, The Comedy of Errors: A Musical Adaptation of Shakespeare's Play

Classical Music | New York Philharmonic Performs Prokofiev and More (LIVESTREAM at an in-door public place)


This live-streamed performance is presented on the 50-foot Digital Wall at an in-door public place. New York Philharmonic; Marin Alsop, conductor; and Joseph Alessi trombone, perform Prokofiev and More. Program Samuel Barber (1910-1981), Symphony in One Movement Chick Corea, Trombone Concerto (US Premiere) Prokofiev (1891-1953), Romeo and Juliet Suite About the Performers The New York Philharmonic, one of the leading world orchestras, was founded in 1842 by the American conductor Ureli Corelli Hill, with the aid of the Irish composer William Vincent Wallace. The first concert of the Philharmonic Society took place on December 7, 1842 in the Apollo Rooms on lower Broadway before an audience of 600. It is the oldest major symphony orchestra in the United States in continual existence and one of the oldest in the world. Marin Alsop currently serves as chief conductor of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; the first music director of the University of Maryland's National Orchestral Institute + Festival (NOI+F); the first chief conductor and curator of Chicago's Ravinia Festival, where she curates and conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's summer residencies; and conductor of honor of Brazil's Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP). Later this year she will assume the title of music director laureate of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, following a 14-year tenure as music director. In addition to enjoying longstanding relationships with the London Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestras, she regularly guest conducts major international ensembles such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestre de Paris, and The Cleveland, La Scala, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Philadelphia, and Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw orchestras. Joseph Alessi was appointed Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic in the spring of 1985. Before joining the Philharmonic, Alessi was second trombone of The Philadelphia Orchestra for four seasons, and principal trombone of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra for one season. He has performed as guest principal trombonist with the London Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall. This event is an in-person livestream of the concert.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Concerts, May 27, 2023, 05/27/2023, New York Philharmonic Performs Prokofiev and More (LIVESTREAM at an in-door public place)

Movie in a Park | Dune (2021): Sci-Fi Classic Adaptation with Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya


A noble family becomes embroiled in a war for control over the galaxy's most valuable asset while its heir becomes troubled by visions of a dark future. Director: Denis Villeneuve Stars: Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya 155 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:30 pm
Free
Movie in a Parks, May 27, 2023, 05/27/2023, Dune (2021): Sci-Fi Classic Adaptation with Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya
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