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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 11, 2024?

36 free events take place on Saturday, May 11 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 11 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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36 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Saturday, May 11, 2024

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free events nyc October 7th, 06:29AM: An Immersive Exhibition on Nova Music Festival Massacre
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Workshop | Breathwork and Sound Bath


Breathwork and Sound Bath unite to create a symphony of bliss that will leave you feeling invigorated, creative, and ready to conquer your day! Set your alarm and let the magic unfold! After just one hour, you'll be fully present for your kids, work or whatever life has instore for you. Embrace your day, embrace your life. With controlled breathing techniques, you'll release emotional stress, reduce inflammation, strengthen your immune system, ignite your creativity and rejuvenate your soul. Feel the rush of energy and liberation as you shake off the remnants of yesterday, making room for the spectacular day that lies ahead. Then close your eyes and surrender to the enchanting sounds of crystal singing bowls. These therapeutic instruments help to balance the chakras. Let the vibrations dance through your being, washing away stress, and elevating your spirit to new heights.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, Breathwork 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
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Tours, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, 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 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, October 7th, 06:29AM: An Immersive Exhibition on Nova Music Festival Massacre

Birdwatching | Birding Bonanza


Come out to celebrate birds, especially those that are currently migrating through NYC, at the Bird Bonanza! The entire day will be dedicated to our flying feathered friends with activities and games for all ages.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, Birding Bonanza

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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Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
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Workshop | Tai Chi in the Park


The class is suitable for all levels from beginners to advanced. You will be learning an easy-to learn short 13-movement form that provides the foundational movements for the longer Yang Style form of 103 movements. Instructor: Richard Anton Diaz, Founder of the infinite Life Institue
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Workshops, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, Tai Chi in the Park

Birdwatching | Accessible Birding


The beautiful park commands views of the Palisades and the Hudson River from soaring cliffs of bedrock. Its 67 acres feature many well-paved walkways suitable for birders with strollers and carriages, as well as wheelchairs, walkers, canes, etc.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, Accessible Birding

Park Walk | History & Horticulture Walk


Guides lead an extended walk through the park, with a focus on the history of the area and its current horticultural landscape.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, History & Horticulture Walk

Workshop | Learn Juggling in the Park


Get in 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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Workshops, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, Learn Juggling in the Park

Workshop | Shape Up NYC Dance Fitness


A fitness class to help New Yorkers get and stay fit.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, Shape Up NYC Dance Fitness

Screening | 2024 Animation Celebration Screening


Another academic year gives rise to a new group of graduating seniors and their animated projects. Enjoy a great selection of films and meet the filmmakers afterward live.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Screenings, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, 2024 Animation Celebration Screening

Festival | Block Party


This will be a festive gathering aimed at bringing together our community for an afternoon of celebration. This event aims to create community engagement by fostering a stronger connection with the local community, especially with neighbors in Chinatown and the Lower East SIde.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Open Studios | Exhibition Walkthrough: El Dorado: Myths of Gold


An Exhibition Walkthrough of El Dorado: Myths of Gold Part ll. Led by Jose Falconi, Professor of Art and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut, and artist Ronny Quevedo, this walkthrough will explore Quevedo's work within the context of the exhibition and the myth of El Dorado. They will guide visitors through the artworks, delving into the connection between the continuity and effects of the myth in the Americas from the pre-Columbian period to the contemporary era. Early arrival is suggested as space is limited.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Open Studioss, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, Exhibition Walkthrough:&nbsp;El Dorado: Myths of Gold

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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Park Walks, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers

Performance | The Woodshed: Performance Art


The Woodshed is an all-day performance program co-organized by Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Taja Cheek, and Harmony Holiday. The program will be divided into two parts: 12-4pm and 5-9pm, with an hour break in between. During the hour break, the loft will be cleared so that they can reset the space. The Woodshed, the act of shedding, the several expansive efforts by jazz musicians to create autonomous workshops and schools; the consistently strenuous rehearsal practices of these same musicians; the calls from Miles or Mingus to join the band; the urgency of the first practice; the non-performative showmanship of it. Where does it go, how does it linger and haunt current music-making?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, The Woodshed: Performance Art

Workshop | HIIT The Deck Workout


It’s time to HIIT The Deck – in the studio – with boxing-inspired high intensity workouts. Get your blood pumping. Strengthen your core. Getting 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise a week can help reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, say NewYork-Presbyterian experts. HIIT The Deck makes it fun.
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Workshops, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, HIIT The Deck Workout

Reading | Translation Slam


The Translation Slam puts different translations of the same text side by side and invites the translators, authors, and audience members to join in a lively critical debate of how each version meets its creative challenges. New texts, previously untranslated into English, will be provided by authors Jenny Erpenbeck and Tahir Hamut Igzil. Translating Erpenbeck’s work from German will be Geoffrey Howes and Ross Benjamin. Translating Igzil’s work from Uyghur will be Gulnigar Baham. Translations will vie for audience approval and the event will end with a brief Q&A.
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Readings, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, Translation Slam

Party | "Celebrate Kate": A Katharine Hepburn Garden Party


Celebrate spring at the Katharine Hepburn Party, a tribute to the 4-time Oscar winner who helped save the trees on East 49th Street and protect the midblocks in Turtle Bay neighborhood from skyscraper construction. The Katharine Hepburn Garden in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza is the largest public garden in east midtown Manhattan.  Free coffee, cake and live music featuring Peter & the Master Keys with swing tunes from the Golden Age of Hollywood. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Partys, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, "Celebrate Kate": A Katharine Hepburn Garden Party

Book Discussion | How K-Dramas Can Transform Your Life: Powerful Lessons on Belongingness, Healing, and Mental Health


Jeanie Y. Chang's new book helps you discover the magic of K-dramas. Explore their profound impact on mental well-being, offering valuable lessons on healing, belongingness, and cultural identity. Afterwards, indulge in Asian-inspired refreshments and a meet-and-greet with the author.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, How K-Dramas Can Transform Your Life: Powerful Lessons on Belongingness, Healing, and Mental Health

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. 
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Parade | Japan Parade


Building on the great success of the last two years, the 3rd Japan Parade is to celebrate, express, and bring awareness to the friendship between NYC and Japan with a thank you from the Japanese community.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
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Parades, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, Japan Parade

Screening | Pro Sports Events on a 30-Foot Screen


2 pm Wells Fargo Championship 7 - 9:30 pm NBA Playoffs Knicks vs Pacers
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Screenings, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, Pro Sports Events on a 30-Foot Screen

Workshop | Urban Farming 101 Workshop: Plant Biology & Propagation


Gain a deeper understanding of plant structures and life cycles, and learn to propagate your own plants from division and cutting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | Life of Pi (2012): adventure-drama


A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger. Director: Ang Lee Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan,, Rafe Spall, Tabu, Adil Hussain, Gérard Depardieu
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Films, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, Life of Pi (2012): adventure-drama

Performance | Subterranean Memories: A Site-Specific Performance


Subterranean Memories invites the audience on an immersive journey to a desolate no-man’s land in a distant future, where inhabitants wait for the end to come. Following a catastrophic disaster, a resilient community has established itself in the basement of an abandoned, artist complex for a hundred years. What binds these people as a community is their commitment to preserving their memories of certain things, concepts, and rituals that defined the old world and are now being replicated in the new one. The audience is welcomed to observe a moving memory ritual, as residents showcase remnants of the past era that have ceased to exist in their current world—a world stripped of handwriting, theater, birthday parties, weddings, human kindness, and seasons. Devised, written, designed and performed by: Alina Burke, Miranda C. Derossi, Sydney H. Green, Harper Jones, Neka Knowles, Lars Montanaro, Noah Murray, Stella Rea Barnabe, Rodrigo Pocidonio, Deana P. Taheri, Tomoka Takahashi, Michael T. Valdes, Jing Wang, Anamaría Willars, Colin Hirsch Wilson, Pau Zabaleta llauger, YuHan "Moria" Zhang
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Performances, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, Subterranean Memories: A Site-Specific Performance

Book Discussion | The Book of Mothers: How Literature Can Help Us Reinvent Modern Motherhood


This treasure trove for book lovers explores fifteen classic novels with memorable maternal figures, and examines how our cultural notions of motherhood have been shaped by literature. Author Carrie Mullins is a journalist and essayist whose work has appeared in Parents, Food & Wine Magazine, Epicurious, Tin House, and Publishers Weekly, among other publications.
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Book Discussions, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, The Book of Mothers: How Literature Can Help Us Reinvent Modern Motherhood

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
2:00 pm
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Concerts, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, Chamber Music on the Water

Birdwatching | Island Bird Tour


Nearly 240 bird species have been spotted on the island, which provides excellent habitat all year round. Whether you’re an expert birder or a beginner, these tours will help you discover all of the birdlife the island has to offer. Binoculars are available to borrow. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screening | Get Your Man (1927): silent film


The magnetic Clara Bow is remembered by her nickname, "The It Girl," but burned brightly on the screen for only 10 years. Get Your Man (1927) teams her with Charles "Buddy" Rogers, and her other hits include Mantrap (1926), It (1927), Red Hair (1928), as well as the blockbuster aviation drama Wings (1927). Unhappy in sound films, she retired at age 28 in 1933. This program opens with the recently rediscovered Charlie Murray two-reeler The Pill Pounder ('23) with Bow in an early appearance. This screening features piano by MoMA's Ben Model, with an introduction and Q&A by film historians Model and Steve Massa. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:30 pm
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Screenings, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, Get Your Man (1927): silent film

Play | Oil on Canvas: A Painter's Journey


Aditya Lal Chadha's play follows a painter named Prachi whose promising career in fine art has been cut short after a vicious attack. This results in her moving back to New Delhi to live with her overbearing but cosmopolitan Punjabi mother. One day she’s informed that someone important from her past has come to see her. What follows is a harsh but human journey through her mind and memories as she explores what it means to be alive when all that we thought was beautiful in the world has been dashed to smithereens. A student production.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, Oil on Canvas: A Painter's Journey

Forum | Death Cafe: A Discusson on Death


An informal, group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes. The purpose of Death Cafe is "to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives." This is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session.
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Forums, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, Death Cafe: A Discusson on Death

Lecture | Encounters of African and Jewish Diasporas in Brazil


“Synagogue of Ancestral Commitments" is an illustrated lecture about dialogue between Jewish and African religions. The universe of memories of the Jewish diaspora was welcomed in the temples of the African diaspora. Both African and Jewish religions offer their messages of understanding and harmony. This lecture raises complex issues of identity in contemporary multicultural society.  Brazilian artist Andre Feitosa discovered that his family comes from both African slaves and Jews, forcibly converted by the Inquisition. Some of his ancestors were tortured by their slave owners, yet others burned alive for their Jewish faith, others expelled from Europe, then wandered around Brazil, changing their names, and hiding their past. To deal with the painful aspects of colonial history, Andre creates a community called "Synagogue of ancestral commitments" with other people of similar background, as a form of sacred healing art that combines Judaism and Afro-Brazilian religions. This cinematic presentation follows Andre’s spiritual journeys in the North of Brazil, while recreating experiences from the stories of the diasporas of both his Jewish and African ancestors.
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Lectures, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, Encounters of African and Jewish Diasporas in Brazil

Performance | Subterranean Memories: A Site-Specific Performance


Subterranean Memories invites the audience on an immersive journey to a desolate no-man’s land in a distant future, where inhabitants wait for the end to come. Following a catastrophic disaster, a resilient community has established itself in the basement of an abandoned, artist complex for a hundred years. What binds these people as a community is their commitment to preserving their memories of certain things, concepts, and rituals that defined the old world and are now being replicated in the new one. The audience is welcomed to observe a moving memory ritual, as residents showcase remnants of the past era that have ceased to exist in their current world—a world stripped of handwriting, theater, birthday parties, weddings, human kindness, and seasons. Devised, written, designed and performed by: Alina Burke, Miranda C. Derossi, Sydney H. Green, Harper Jones, Neka Knowles, Lars Montanaro, Noah Murray, Stella Rea Barnabe, Rodrigo Pocidonio, Deana P. Taheri, Tomoka Takahashi, Michael T. Valdes, Jing Wang, Anamaría Willars, Colin Hirsch Wilson, Pau Zabaleta llauger, YuHan "Moria" Zhang
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Performances, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, Subterranean Memories: A Site-Specific Performance

Play | Scrubland: Nuclear Waste


Stephen Bush's play follows several generations living, working, and dying in Shadeburne, Nevada. Just outside the glamour and fantasy of Las Vegas, Shadeburne is home to a Department of Energy site that goes from testing nuclear weapons to languishing as a tourist trap museum. Scrubland considers what it means to construct national history at the cost of personal history. A student production.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, Scrubland: Nuclear Waste

Jazz | Jazz Drums


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Concerts, May 11, 2024, 05/11/2024, Jazz Drums
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