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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 5, 2024?

22 free events take place on Sunday, May 5 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 5 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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22 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Sunday, May 5, 2024

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc NYC Festival: Walks Across the Five Boroughs
free events nyc October 7th, 06:29AM: An Immersive Exhibition on Nova Music Festival Massacre
free events nyc Spring Centennial Celebration
free events nyc New York City Irish Dance Festival
        

Birdwatching | Birding for All


The Feminist Bird Club of NYC leads a beginner-friendly birding walk and workshop. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a full water bottle.    
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Birdwatchings, May 05, 2024, 05/05/2024, Birding for All

City Walk | NYC Festival: Walks Across the Five Boroughs


The annual NYC festival presents dozens of free walks exploring NYC history, culture, advocacy, and more. This volunteer-led celebration of city life has always been a time to come together and share our love for New York City. During the festival weekend, explore a new part of town or learn more about your neighborhood.
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:00 am
Free
City Walks, May 05, 2024, 05/05/2024, NYC Festival: Walks Across the Five Boroughs

Workshop | Reiki Healing Circle and Sound Bath


Reiki energy Healing Circle promotes balance, harmony, and overall well-being. Reiki is an ancient healing practice that originated in Japan and is a form of energy healing that works by channeling universal life force energy through the practitioner's hands to the recipient. Join us on a journey of self-discovery and healing as you are immersed in the enchanting sounds of crystal singing bowls. Let the waves of sound wash away stress, leaving you in a state of blissful tranquility. Transform and nourish your mind, body and spirit.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 05, 2024, 05/05/2024, Reiki Healing Circle and Sound Bath

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 05, 2024, 05/05/2024, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Fair | October 7th, 06:29AM: An Immersive Exhibition on Nova Music Festival Massacre


To celebrate the end of his two years of service as a medic in the Israel Defense Forces' paratrooper division, Tomer Meir joined 13 of his friends at the Nova Musica Festival on the weekend of October 6 in Re'im in southern Israel. It was his first ever music festival. "It was the best moments of my life. I can't explain the state we were in," the 21-year-old told the New York Jewish Week. "It was pure love -- people dancing, laughing, smiling. All the good stuff that we're living for." Until 6:29 a.m. on Saturday morning. The red alerts, the rockets and the running. "The music stopped. The rockets started. We started running for our lives," Meir said. Meir is a survivor of the Nova Music Festival Massacre, where Hamas militants killed 364 festival-goers and took at least 40 hotstages on the morning of Oct. 7. Six months after the attack, Meir is in New York sharing his story as part of an interactive exhibit about that day, which he says is helping him heal. The Nova Musical Festival exhibition, titled October 7th, 06:29AM, is an immersive step into what it was like to be at the festival when it was attacked. Screens show clips from the attack on Nova are displayed next to personal and camping items taken from the festival recreating the festival layout. The exhibit, which debuted in Tel Aviv for 10 weeks in December, was created by Israeli designers and cultural producers, many of whom were producers with the Nova Music Festival itself. It was brought to New York with the help of Scooter Braun, the Jewish-American music producer and philanthropist. The exhibit recreates the visuals and sounds of the Nova Music Festival massacre. But the New York version is in some ways "more intense," according to Yael Finkelstein, a volunteer who collected items from the Nova site and helped set up both the Tel Aviv and New York exhibit. New elements at the New York exhibit include dozens of video testimonies from survivors, Zaka volunteers and family members, as well as graphic raw footage taken on Oct. 7 from both festival-goers and Hamas militants. In addition, survivors of the massacre such as Meir and Sassi will be at the exhibit every day to share their stories and answer questions. Their goal, Meir said, is to show New Yorkers that the horror they experienced could happen to anyone.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
$3
Fairs, May 05, 2024, 05/05/2024, October 7th, 06:29AM: An Immersive Exhibition on Nova Music Festival Massacre

Workshop | Pickleball on the Waterfront


Serve up some fun this spring, as you try your hand at pickleball on the scenic waterfront. Grab your favorite opponent to have a friendly match.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 05, 2024, 05/05/2024, Pickleball on the Waterfront

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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Fairs, May 05, 2024, 05/05/2024, Street Fair

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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Fairs, May 05, 2024, 05/05/2024, Street Fair

Park Walk | Bronx River Gateway Walk


The Bronx River runs 8 miles through the borough. You will walk through the parks that run along the southern 4 miles, starting from the mouth of the river and ending at the southern entrance to the Bronx Zoo. Bring or buy lunch to eat outdoors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Park Walks, May 05, 2024, 05/05/2024, Bronx River Gateway Walk

Tour | Historic Flatiron-Nomad District Walking Tour


Join a professional guide on a 90-minute journey through this vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the City's most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse, and the famous Flatiron Building. Rain or shine. Every Sunday at 11 am.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, May 05, 2024, 05/05/2024, Historic Flatiron-Nomad District Walking Tour

Workshop | Over, Under, Through: Basics of Parkour


The Movement Creative leads a 6-week series to learn the basics of parkour. Build your strength, agility, coordination, and mobility with fun drills, partner exercises, and games to learn jumping, vaulting, swinging, and how to put it all together. Have a blast while getting strong!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 05, 2024, 05/05/2024, Over, Under, Through: Basics of Parkour

Festival | Spring Centennial Celebration


Celebrate the library's 100th birthday and the reopening of the Garden with a special celebration for all ages featuring live music, exhibition tours, artmaking, scavenger hunts, and more! After a full day of activities, end the celebration with a family concert from 2-3 pm! Michael Hearst and his band will give a performance of Songs for Unusual Creatures, Extraordinary People, Curious Constructions, and Unconventional Vehicles geared to curious families, extraordinary children, and their unusual friends. The show draws from Hearst's books, albums, and PBS series. On this musical and visual adventure, discover some of the most bizarre animals that roam the planet, impressive and daring characters, vehicles you never knew existed, fascinating buildings, and odd-ball instruments such as the Theremin, claviola, and stylophone. Fun for the whole family!
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free
Festivals, May 05, 2024, 05/05/2024, Spring Centennial Celebration

Fair | (at capacity) Grand Art Fair: Over 130 Artists from Around the World Showcase their Work


The 3-day art fair (May 3-5) presents cutting-edge works by over 130 artists from New York City and around the world. Expect hands-on live art demos, performances, panel discussions and soundtrack of tunes from Byrne to Bossa to Bowie (and everything in between).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, May 05, 2024, 05/05/2024, (at capacity) Grand Art Fair: Over 130 Artists from Around the World Showcase their Work

Festival | New York City Irish Dance Festival


The 23rd annual celebration of Irish dance features traditional music and moves from notable talent from around the country and local students alike. Audience members can immerse themselves in Irish arts and culture with workshops and dance classes for all ages!
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Festivals, May 05, 2024, 05/05/2024, New York City Irish Dance Festival

Concert | Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music


The Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music program continues. The lively chantey experience will take place on the main deck of the historic cargo vessel.  The sing will be hosted by a local artist who will lead the sea-song sing-along that will feature a variety of traditional maritime work songs and ballads. Attendees are encouraged to sing along with the chorus or just sit back and enjoy the music. Throughout the event, attendees of all skill levels are welcome to take the stage for this round-robin where you can sing and share the chantey of your choice. Singers of all levels, as well as listeners, are welcome to attend and can lead or request a traditional maritime work song or ballad. The program will offer a round-robin where anyone can sing and share the chantey of their choice, join in the choruses throughout the event, or just listen. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 05, 2024, 05/05/2024, Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music

Play | The Queen of the Living Room: Long-Held Secrets Exposed


On the day of May’s daughter’s 1st birthday, May’s old friends Ran and Zhuzi come over for what was supposed to be a party. Gathered in the living room, May announces that she is going to have vaginal reconstruction surgery and the group slowly descends into discourse and chaos as each woman reveals secrets that they have been hiding from each other for many years. Written by Mijuan Ye. A student production.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, May 05, 2024, 05/05/2024, The Queen of the Living Room: Long-Held Secrets Exposed

Other | Annual Gathering of Remembrance 2024 (in-person and online)


Every year, the Museum of Jewish Heriateg brings together thousands of New Yorkers at an annual Gathering of Remembrance to collectively vow to never forget. Delivered by a city with one of the world’s largest communities of Holocaust survivors, this annual tribute has power that echoes across generations. The program will feature music, remarks from Holocaust survivors and descendants, and a candle-lighting ceremony.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Others, May 05, 2024, 05/05/2024, Annual Gathering of Remembrance 2024 (in-person and online)

Classical Music | Double Entendre Concert: Handel and More


Listen to the Retro Reeds of Double Entendre Music Ensemble perform music by Boismortier, Fasch, Handel, Mouret, and Roman on 18th-century period instruments - oboes, bassoons, cello, and harpsichord. Tour parts of the Mansion afterward to further immerse yourself into the time period.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 05, 2024, 05/05/2024, Double Entendre Concert: Handel and More

Concert | Electronic Music


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Concerts, May 05, 2024, 05/05/2024, Electronic Music

Classical Music | Tribute Concert: Works for Voice, Strings, and Piano


Mary Dunleavy, soprano; Raehann Bryce-Davis, mezzo soprano; Jill Grove, mezzo soprano; Joseph Li, piano;  William Wolfram, piano; American String Quartet; Peter Winograd and Laurie Carney, violin; Daniel Avshalomov, viola; Wolfram Koessel, cello, perform works by Thomas Muraco (1949–2024). Guests are invited to wear festive colors and “bling,” and are asked to not wear black.
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Concerts, May 05, 2024, 05/05/2024, Tribute Concert: Works for Voice, Strings, and Piano

Play | The Queen of the Living Room: Long-Held Secrets Exposed


On the day of May’s daughter’s 1st birthday, May’s old friends Ran and Zhuzi come over for what was supposed to be a party. Gathered in the living room, May announces that she is going to have vaginal reconstruction surgery and the group slowly descends into discourse and chaos as each woman reveals secrets that they have been hiding from each other for many years. Written by Mijuan Ye. A student production.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, May 05, 2024, 05/05/2024, The Queen of the Living Room: Long-Held Secrets Exposed

Screening | Film Thesis Showcase 2024


BFA Film presents two days of diverse films by students from all over the world, demonstrating high attainment in craft.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, May 05, 2024, 05/05/2024, Film Thesis Showcase 2024
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Classical Music | Sacred Choral Works at a Landmark Venue

Regular Price: $49
CFT Member Price: $0.00

Musical | Broadway Actors in a Musical

Regular Price: $90
CFT Member Price: $0.00
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