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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 30, 2023?

30 free events take place on Tuesday, May 30 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 30 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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30 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Tuesday, May 30, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc History Tour of The Battery
free events nyc Enter the Dragon (1973) with Bruce Lee
free events nyc Jeff Sharlet and Lilliana Mason: Political Violence & Antidemocratic Extremism
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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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7:30 am
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Workshop | Tai Chi in the Park


Learn and practice this traditional system of health and self-defense. Derived from the philosphy of Taoism, Tai Chi was designed to develop the optimum degree of harmony between body and mind, as well as between the individual and the natural order of the universe. Classes are lead by teachers and students who train nearby at CK Chu Tai Chi under the direction of Master Hyland Harris. All ages and levels are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 am
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Birdwatching | Spring Birding Tour


Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call Bryant Park home during migratory season with guided tours by NYC Audubon, led by environmental educator and urban naturalist Gabriel Willow. Located in the heart of Midtown, 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
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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 | 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
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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
12:00 pm
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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Classical Music | Organ Concert


Claudia Dumschat, organ. Estonian Organ Music by Arvo Pärt (1935-present).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 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: Armen Donelian.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Film | Enter the Dragon (1973) with Bruce Lee


A Shaolin martial artist travels to an island fortress to spy on an opium lord - who is also a former monk from his temple - under the guise of attending a fighting tournament. Director: Robert Clouse Cast: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Ahna Capri, Bob Wall, Shih Kien, Jim Kelly Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong and American martial artist, actor, philosopher and filmmaker. Lee is considered by critics, media, and other martial artists to be the most influential martial artist of all time and a pop culture icon of the 20th century, who bridged the gap between East and West. He is credited with promoting Hong Kong action cinema and helping to change the way Chinese people were presented in American films.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Lecture | Ukrainian-Jewish Relations in the Context of Antisemitism in Eastern Europe in the Interwar Period of the 20th Century (online)


By the end of the First World War, antisemitism became a moral and political marker of social consciousness as well as a behavior of many right-wing politicians as anti-Jewish discourse was actively imposed in many post-imperial states in Eastern and Central Europe. At the same time, the newly created Ukrainian states (both the Ukrainian People’s Republic and the Western Ukrainian People’s Republic attempted to provide a positive policy toward the Jews and proposed a new anti-imperial alternative to the harsh legacy of imperial and post-imperial, great-power chauvinist policy. After the UNR and ZUNR leadership ceased to control the territory and effectively influence interethnic relations within the borders of their state, relations between Ukrainians and Jews worsened, and were deformed under the impact of the conditions and policies of other states, in which these two peoples existed. In this presentation, Andrii Bolianovskyi will elucidate the key figures and main aspects of Ukrainian-Jewish relations, as well as the intervention of "transnational players" in a broad global geopolitical context. Considerable attention will be paid to clarifying the positive experience of relations and highlighting the history of attempts to establish mechanisms of interaction between Ukrainian and Jewish political, public and other organizations and social groups in Western Ukraine. Also considered is the impact of the politics of the right-wing political parties of the Second Polish Republic, which inspired state antisemitism, as well as of the politics of Bolshevik Russia as a state with latent antisemitism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Film | Black Adam (2022) with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson


Reawakening after 5,000 years, Black Adam becomes the world's ruthless protector: an anti-villain to take on the likes of Superman and Wonder Woman. Now in the 21st-Century, Black Adam must face off against the Justice Society of America and its heroes: Doctor Fate, Hawkman, Atom Smasher, and Cyclone. The fate of the world hangs in the balance. Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Aldis Hodge, Noah Centineo, Sarah Shahi, Marwan Kenzari, Quintessa Swindell, Pierce Brosnan Dwayne Johnson, also known by his ring name "The Rock," is an American actor and former professional wrestler. Johnson's first film appearance was in The Mummy Returns (2001). The following year he played his first leading role as the titular character in the sword and sorcery action fantasy film The Scorpion King (2002). He has since starred in family films: The Game Plan (2007), Race to Witch Mountain (2009), Tooth Fairy (2010), and Jungle Cruise (2021), as well as the action adventure films Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012), G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013), Hercules (2014), Skyscraper (2018), San Andreas (2015) and Rampage (2018).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Central Park West: Thriller from Former FBI Director James Comey (online)


In this mystery, a murder investigation reveals deadly connections between high-ranking politicians and the mafia.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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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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Film | She Said (2022): drama


New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor break one of the most important stories in a generation - a story that helped ignite a movement and shattered decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood. Director: Maria Schrader Cast: Lola Petticrew, Katherine Laheen, Zoe Kazan
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:45 pm
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Workshop | Board Game Social


A wider selection of board games to the Games Cart at the weekly Board Games Socials, with games like Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, Catan, King of Tokyo and more. Not sure what to play? Games hosts can help you find the perfect game and match up players.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Poetry Reading | 4 Poets Read Their Work


Poetry with Timothy Liu, Erika Meitner, Deborah Landau, and Daniel W.K. Lee.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Club | The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie


One of the leading writers of the Golden Age of detective fiction, Agatha Christie became known as the “Queen of Crime” and received a knighthood for her contributions to literature. She published over fifty novels in her lifetime and various short stories. The ABC Murders (1936) is her 13th novel featuring the Belgian private detective Hercule Poirot in solving a serial murder case. He is accompanied by his friend named Captain Hastings. The story starts when Poirot shows a letter from the murderer to Hastings. The killer challenges Poirot to stop him.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshop | Moving for Life Workout


Moving for Life is a gentle workout that begins with breathing exercises, then moves into active aerobic dancing that strengthens body awareness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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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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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Threads That Bind: Murder Among the Descendents of the Gods


In a world where the children of the gods inherit their powers, a descendant of the Greek Fates must solve a series of impossible murders to save her sisters, her soulmate, and her city. Descendants of the Fates are always born in threes: one to weave, one to draw, and one to cut the threads that connect people to the things they love and to life itself. The Ora sisters are no exception. Io, the youngest, uses her Fate-born abilities as a private investigator in the half-sunken city of Alante. But her latest job leads her to a horrific discovery: somebody is abducting women, maiming their life-threads, and setting the resulting wraiths loose in the city to kill. To find the culprit, she must work alongside Edei Rhuna, the right hand of the infamous Mob Queen--and the boy with whom she shares a rare fate-thread linking them as soul mates before they've even met. The investigation turns personal when Io's estranged oldest sister shows up on the arm of her best suspect. Amid unveiled secrets from her past and her growing feelings for Edei, Io must follow clues through the city's darkest corners and unearth a conspiracy that involves some of the city's most powerful players before destruction comes to her own doorstep. With author Kika Hatzopoulou.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshop | Bodyroll Workout


Joyful and cathartic dance aerobics with VIVA! Low stakes, all fun, and open to all levels.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshop | Bodyroll Workout


Joyful and cathartic dance aerobics with VIVA! Low stakes, all fun, and open to all levels.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Jeff Sharlet and Lilliana Mason: Political Violence & Antidemocratic Extremism


Discuss the ever-hardening fractures in politics, culture, and social life with a bestselling journalist and a political scientist who both focus on American polarization. In their recent books, Jeff Sharlet and Lilliana Mason have both looked for answers to why American politics have become so deeply and seemingly irreparably divided. In The Undertow, Sharlet attempts to understand how, over the last decade, reaction has morphed into delusion, social division into distrust, distrust into paranoia, and hatred into fantasies--sometimes realities--of violence. In Radical American Partisanship, Mason and co-author Nathan Kalmoe examine the rise of radical partisanship among ordinary Americans and the risks that it poses for American democracy. Sharlet and Mason speak about the fissures in American life and what they might signal for the days ahead. About the Speakers Lilliana Mason is the author of Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity and co-author, with Nathan P. Kalmoe, of Radical American Partisanship: Mapping Violent Hostility, Its Causes, and the Consequences for Democracy. She received her PhD in political psychology from Stony Brook University and her BA in politics from Princeton University. Her research on partisan identity, partisan bias, social sorting, and American social polarization has been published in journals such as American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Political Behavior, and featured in media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, and National Public Radio. Jeff Sharlet is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and best-selling author or editor of seven books, including The Family, adapted into a Netflix documentary series. He is the winner of the National Magazine Award for Reporting, the Molly Ivins Prize, and the Outspoken Award, among other honors. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free

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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Film | Death Differently: Challenging Myths About Dying


This film follows a series of stories related to grief, death, and dying. Death Differently is a cinematic education on innovations in death care featuring often overlooked or wholly unknown individuals: death doulas, hospice workers, alternative death advocates, music thanatologists, green burial funeral directors, and many others. Its goal is to highlight these individuals and challenge the ongoing myths that too often lead to end-of-life anxiety, rather than peace. Death Differently features intimate portraits of the people who are assisting those going through the transition from life to death. This film has not been released yet but it was just featured in The New York Times. It features hauntingly impactful cinematography and a beautiful and powerful classical score. Director Carter Oakley will be onsite and will be conducting a talkback right after the program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Lesbian Love Story: A Memoir In Archives


An intimate journey into the archives—uncovering the romances and role models written out of history and what their stories can teach us all about how to love When Amelia Possanza moved to Brooklyn to build a life of her own, she found herself surrounded by queer stories: she read them on landmark placards, overheard them on the pool deck when she joined the world’s largest LGBTQ swim team, and even watched them on TV in her cockroach-infested apartment. These stories inspired her to seek out lesbians throughout history who could become her role models, in romance and in life. Centered around seven love stories for the ages, this is Possanza’s journey into the archives to recover the personal histories of lesbians in the twentieth century: who they were, how they loved, why their stories were destroyed, and where their memories echo and live on. Possanza’s hunt takes readers from a drag king show in Bushwick to the home of activists in Harlem and then across the ocean to Hadrian’s Library, where she searches for traces of Sappho in the ruins. Along the way, she discovers her own love—for swimming, for community, for New York City—and adds her record to the archive.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Works from the Asian Canon with Poetry, Readings, and Conversations


Philippine Madrigal Singers in a celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Recognized by the UNESCO as Artists for Peace for "putting their fame and influence to promote cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace," the Philippine Madrigal Singers will perform works from the Asian canon interspersed with poetry, readings, and conversations around AAPI in the arts.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

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
8:00 pm
Free

Workshop | Stargazing in the City


Head to the park for a walk and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association to see rare celestial sights. No experience is necessary and telescopes will be provided. Starts at dusk.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:15 pm
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Classical Music | Sacred Choral Works at a Landmark Venue

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