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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 12, 2024?

29 free events take place on Sunday, May 12 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 12 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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29 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Sunday, May 12, 2024

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free events nyc October 7th, 06:29AM: An Immersive Exhibition on Nova Music Festival Massacre
free events nyc Chamber Music on the Water
free events nyc The Statue of Liberty's Transatlantic Odyssey
free events nyc Saxophone Quartet
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Workshop | Tai Chi on the River


Silvana Pizzuti shows how to practice tai chi, a slow moving martial art with health benefits for all fitness levels.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, May 12, 2024, 05/12/2024, Tai Chi on the River

Park Walk | Nature Walk on the Shore


The park is home to many plant and animal species including over 100 species of birds. Take a closer look to observe butterflies, dragonflies and other interesting insects.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, May 12, 2024, 05/12/2024, Nature Walk on the Shore

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 12, 2024, 05/12/2024, 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 12, 2024, 05/12/2024, October 7th, 06:29AM: An Immersive Exhibition on Nova Music Festival Massacre

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
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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 12, 2024, 05/12/2024, 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 12, 2024, 05/12/2024, Over, Under, Through: Basics of Parkour

Festival | Mishpachah Festival: A Celebration of Heritage, Genealogy, & Immigration


How do we tell our family's story? This is an afternoon celebrating family (mishpachah in Hebrew) and the stories and culture that are inherited. The 2024 Mishpachah Festival explores the evolution and multifaceted cultural legacies of Jewish immigrant experiences. Physically set overlooking the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the festival takes on extra meaning as it's one hundred years since the passage of the Johnson-Reed Immigration Act and its reverberations for global Jewry. This year's festival provides opportunities for adults and families of all ages to engage with genealogy, learn Jewish languages, and reflect on how to tell our individual and collective stories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Festivals, May 12, 2024, 05/12/2024, Mishpachah Festival: A Celebration of Heritage, Genealogy, & Immigration

Screening | Pro Sports Events on a 30-Foot Screen


1 pm Wells Fargo Championship NBA Playoffs Knicks vs Pacers
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, May 12, 2024, 05/12/2024, Pro Sports Events on a 30-Foot Screen

Concert | Bluegrass Duo in the Park


The James Limerick Kerr Bluegrass Duo – Bluegrass uses traditional instruments and vocal harmonies to create this rousing, typically American sound.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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
Free
Concerts, May 12, 2024, 05/12/2024, Chamber Music on the Water

Jazz | Jazz in the Park


A community jazz concert featuring local musicians and vocalists.  Today: Atiba Wilson
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performance | Persona Metropolitana: An Actor and a Dancer on an Imaginary Train


This is Giulia. Like 55% of us, Giulia lives in a city. It is predicted that by 2050, almost 70% of us will live in a city – two thirds of the people on the planet. Giulia wonders if we’ll all fit. Giulia doubts it. This is a piece for an actor and a dancer set on an imaginary Rome metro train / Paris RER line / New York subway / seat on the Tube / last Dart home. In cities we feel invisible, Giulia thinks. Or free. Written by Annachiara Vispi & Giulia Macrì Performed by Valentina Ghelfi and Giulia Macrì Music & Composition Lorenzo Saini In Italian with English Supertitles
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, May 12, 2024, 05/12/2024, Persona Metropolitana: An Actor and a Dancer on an Imaginary Train

Classical Music | Orchestral Works by Stravinsky and More (In Person AND Online!)


NOVUS NY. Program Anton Webern (1883-1945), Langsamer Satz Stravinsky (1882-1971), Three Pieces for String Quartet, K019 Enescu (1881-1955), Octet in C Major, Op. 7.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 12, 2024, 05/12/2024, Orchestral Works by&nbsp;Stravinsky and More&nbsp;(In Person AND Online!)

Classical Music | Piano Works


Ice Wang, Piano.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | The Statue of Liberty's Transatlantic Odyssey


University of Southern Brittany professor and President of the Mus?e sous-marin du Pays de Lorient, Dr. Christophe C?rino, delves into the captivating journey of the Statue of Liberty from Lorient, France, to her iconic home in New York. C?rino will guide you through the Statue of Liberty's fascinating history. After the Statue of Liberty was presented to the US in Paris in 1885, it was disassembled for the historic voyage to New York aboard the French Navy ship, Isere. During this special presentation, C?rino will explore why this vessel was selected to transport such a precious cargo. The French frigate Is?re was launched in the vibrant maritime hub of Lorient in the summer of 1863. The vessel featured a metal hull measuring 62 meters long and 9.5 meters wide, and a steam engine with propeller shaft. Is?re played a crucial role in transport and supply missions to naval bases across France, its colonies, and beyond. Over 200 crates containing the disassembled Statue of Liberty were loaded onto the Is?re, which set sail on May 21, 1885. Our esteemed speaker will also share what happened to the vessel after this important delivery. Learn about the challenges and triumphs of the Atlantic crossing, culminating in the statue's arrival twenty-seven days later. Advanced registration is encouraged for this free event but walkups will be accommodated as possible. seaportmuseum.org/isere A Q&A and reception with complimentary beverages will follow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
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Lectures, May 12, 2024, 05/12/2024, The Statue of Liberty's Transatlantic Odyssey

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 12, 2024, 05/12/2024, Scrubland: Nuclear Waste

Jazz | Jazz Bass


Naisha Walton, Bass.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 12, 2024, 05/12/2024, Jazz Bass

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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Concerts, May 12, 2024, 05/12/2024, Serene organ meditations in an intimate venue (In Person AND Online)

Classical Music | Organ Music at a Beautiful Church


David Jernigan, organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Piano Works


Emma Taggart, Piano.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Jazz | Jazz Drums


Luca Bertaglia, Drums. Luca Bertaglia offers a glimpse into the latest chapter of his musical odyssey — a result of recent artistic revelations honed over years of dedicated research. Dubbed "CONVERGENCE," this event not only marks the debut of Luca's personal projects — OPPOSITE, Flare, and the Luca Bertaglia Mind Project — but also serves as a platform for paying homage to the Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan. Through this performance, Luca shares the stage with both long-time collaborators and newer additions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | Saxophone Quartet


PRISM Quartet performs works by Hannah Kendall, Andrew Litts, Renee Baker, David Bennett Thomas, Carlos Simon's Elegy: A Cry from the Grave, and more! PRISM Quartet has been hailed by The New York Times as a "bold ensemble" that "set the standard for contemporary-classical saxophone quartets."
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, May 12, 2024, 05/12/2024, Saxophone Quartet

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.
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Performance | The Second Coming of Joan of Arc: One-Woman Show


Giovanna returns to share her story with contemporary women, unmasking through documents the misogyny of the male leaders of the Church, State and Army. A teenager fleeing from a violent and alcoholic father, from a destiny of wife and mother, which had already marked her mother and sister. Giovanna dies for the right to wear men’s clothes, she is a rebel, irreverent, more cunning than her judges, unrepentant and unswervingly faithful to her own vision. Written by Carolyn Cage, translated by Edy Quaggio Directed by Ester Tatangelo and Luchino Giordana Performed by Valentina Valsania In Italian with English Supertitles
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Jazz | Jazz Vocals


Eleanor Churchland, Voice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk | The Exodus Project: A Jewish Answer to the University Crisis (online)


The long-brewing crisis on our university campuses has reached a tipping point. The anti-Israel encampments that recently took over Columbia, Yale, UCLA, and dozens of schools across America—chanting pro-Hamas slogans, harassing Jewish students, vandalizing and trespassing—force us to confront the moral confusion that plagues so much of higher education. This assault on Jews and Israel is also an assault on America and the West. How should American Jews respond? Can our most prestigious universities be saved, or is it time to build new centers of learning that advance our noblest Jewish and American values? Are these storied institutions of higher learning worthy of our children, our creativity, and our support, or is it time for an exodus? With Tikvah's CEO Eric Cohen.
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