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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on May 24, 2024?

22 free events take place on Friday, May 24 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 24 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 Friday, May 24, 2024

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Editor's Picks

free events nyc Public Tour of the United States Coast Guard Icebreaker
free events nyc Harp Concert at the Museum
free events nyc The Producers (2005) with Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, and Uma Thurman
free events nyc From Hell to Antigone: A Distillation of Handel's Admeto
free events nyc Notes on Reality Art: An Evening with Signe Pierce
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Concert | Wallows, Alternative Rockers


Wallows are an American alternative rock band based in Los Angeles composed of Dylan Minnette, Braeden Lemasters, and Cole Preston. The band began releasing songs independently in April 2017, starting with "Pleaser", which reached number two on the Spotify Global Viral 50 chart. Their latest album is Model. Check-in: By 5:15am (concert concludes at 9:30 a.m.)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 24, 2024, 05/24/2024, Wallows, Alternative Rockers

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 24, 2024, 05/24/2024, 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 gather for the 29th annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts. Indoor performances will take stage from 6:00 PM to midnight each day, utilizing two of the venue'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
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Festivals, May 24, 2024, 05/24/2024, Lower East Side Festival of the Arts

Tour | Public Tour of the United States Coast Guard Icebreaker


USCGC Sturgeon Bay is the newest of the United States Coast Guard 140-foot Bay-class cutters. Homeported in Bayonne, New Jersey, the primary missions of Sturgeon Bay and her crew are Domestic Icebreaking and Ports, Waters, & Coastal Security. During the winter months, Sturgeon Bay is responsible for providing search and rescue capabilities to the ice-covered areas in New York City and the Hudson Valley, as well as throughout coastal New England. The cutter also facilitates the safe navigation of commercial product, including gasoline and heating oil, through the ice-choked Hudson River from New York City to Albany. In addition to ice breaking, Sturgeon Bay is heavily involved in providing waterside security for the port of New York/New Jersey, the busiest port on the East Coast. Sturgeon Bay is also responsible for monitoring vessel traffic, enforcing boating regulations for recreational and commercial vessels, and acting as lead security for high-profile events in the port. Sturgeon Bay is crewed by 18 personnel, consisting of 15 enlisted members and 3 officers. She was built by Bay City Marine in San Diego, California, launched on 12 September 1987, and commissioned on 20 August 1988. Her overall length is 140 feet with a beam of 37 feet, displacing 662 tons.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Tours, May 24, 2024, 05/24/2024, Public Tour of the United States Coast Guard Icebreaker

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 24, 2024, 05/24/2024, Learn Juggling in the Park

Gallery Talk | Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature: Exhibition Tour (online)


Explore the fascinating life of Beatrix Potter through a virtual docent-led discussion of Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature. Best known as the author and artist of classic children’s books, Potter’s most beloved characters and settings were inspired by real-life places and animals. This program looks at her accomplishments as an artist, scientist, farmer, and conservationist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, May 24, 2024, 05/24/2024, Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature: Exhibition Tour (online)

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: Yuka Aikawa.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, May 24, 2024, 05/24/2024, Piano in the Park

Film | Out of Sight (1998) with George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Don Cheadle, and Albert Brooks


Meet Jack Foley, the most successful bank robber in the country. On the day he busts out of jail, he finds himself stealing something far more precious than money ... Karen Sisco's heart. She's smart, she's sexy, and unfortunately for Jack, she's a Federal Marshal. Now, they're willing to risk it all to find out if there's more between them than just the law. Director: Steven Soderbergh Cast: George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Dennis Farina, Albert Brooks George Clooney is an American actor and filmmaker. He is the recipient of numerous accolades, including a British Academy Film Award, four Golden Globe Awards, and two Academy Awards. Clooney has been honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2015, the Honorary C?sar in 2017, AFI Life Achievement Award in 2018, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2022. Jennifer Lopez, also known by her nickname J.Lo, is an American singer, actress, and dancer. With a career spanning five decades, Lopez is regarded as a pop icon and one of the most influential entertainers in the world. She was credited with helping propel the Latin pop movement in American music and breaking barriers for Latino Americans in Hollywood. Don Cheadle is an American actor. He is the recipient of multiple accolades, including two Grammy Awards, a Tony Award, two Golden Globe Awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. He has also earned nominations for an Academy Award, two British Academy Film Awards and 11 Primetime Emmy Awards. His Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony nominations make him one of few Black individuals to be nominated for the four major American entertainment awards (EGOT). Albert Brooks is an American actor, comedian, director and screenwriter. He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1987 comedy-drama film Broadcast News and was widely praised for his performance in the 2011 action drama film Drive. Brooks has also acted in films such as Taxi Driver (1976), Private Benjamin (1980), Unfaithfully Yours (1984), and My First Mister (2001). He has written, directed, and starred in several comedy films, such as Modern Romance (1981), Lost in America (1985), and more.
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Films, May 24, 2024, 05/24/2024, Out of Sight (1998) with George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Don Cheadle, and Albert Brooks

Film | Past Lives (2023): romantic drama


Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, are wrest apart after Nora's family emigrates from South Korea. Decades later, they are reunited for one fateful week as they confront destiny, love and the choices that make a life. Director: Celine Song Cast: Greta Lee, Teo Yoo, John Magaro
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Films, May 24, 2024, 05/24/2024, Past Lives (2023): romantic drama

Concert | Harp Concert at the Museum


Wander the museum while listening to the beautiful sounds of Jose Luis on the harp. Jose Luis has been performing for over thirty years and is highly regarded as a gifted harpist by his peers. Jose Luis is the only harpist to play both the classic concert harp and the Latin lever harp; which requires him to pluck the strings with two different techniques; the first uses his fingertips and the second his nails. Jose Luis first fell in love with the sound of the harp and began studying in his early teens with Maestro Jose Serrano in Puerto Rico. He later visited Los Angeles to take private lessons with the world-renowned harpist and composer Alfredo Rolando Ortiz.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
$3 admission...
Concerts, May 24, 2024, 05/24/2024, Harp Concert at the Museum

Talk | Undesign the Redline (online)


 by Braden Crooks' Undesign the Redline is a framework for unearthing our most deep, systemic and entangled crises.   This interactive exhibit, workshop series and curriculum explores the history of structural racism and inequality, how these designs compounded each other from 1930s Redlining maps until today, and how WE can come together to undesign these systems with intentionality. The exhibit travels nationally to cities, towns and communities to learn together, activate and mobilize us into a strong “WE” capable of transformation. Connecting with urban design professionals, institutions, governmental and non-profit organizations, WE have been successful in changing policy including zoning and housing reforms, repairing historic harms, building community wealth, designing new programs and organizing around systemic change. Braden Crooks has over a decade of experience in leadership roles within the space of human-centered design. He is a founding partner at Designing the We, a for-purpose design studio supporting community, social and economic development. dtW are the creators of the nationally renown exhibit, Undesign the Redline. The dtW team designs plans, programs, policies and enterprises together with local communities, governments, institutions and organizations who are dealing with deep crises, from the history of Redlining to the future of work. Braden is Chair of the board of The New York State Sustainable Business Council, which represents over 3,000 businesses championing an equitable and sustainable economy in New York State. Braden graduated from the innovative program MS Design and Urban Ecologies at Parsons, has taught ecological thinking in urban issues and produced a live audience webseires about art and activism in New York City. He lives and gardens in Brooklyn, NY.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, May 24, 2024, 05/24/2024, Undesign the Redline (online)

Workshop | Enjoy an afternoon of crafting and conversation


Bring your own project or choose something from a provided collection to work on during this freeform crafting workshop. The workshop will include materials for sewing, knitting, crochet, coloring, paper crafts, and puzzles.
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Film | The Producers (2005) with Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, and Uma Thurman


Failing producer Max Bialystock and his accountant, Leo Bloom, scam a group of elderly women out of their nest eggs by convincing them to invest in a horrendously offensive Third Reich-themed musical secretly intended to bomb the moment it opens. But when high-brow Broadway audiences mistakenly assume "Springtime for Hitler" is a satire, Bialystock finds himself with the critical acclaim that has long eluded him -- and the biggest hit of his career. Director: Susan Stroman Cast: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman Nathan Lane is an American actor. In a career spanning over 40 years, he has been seen on stage and screen in roles both comedic and dramatic. Lane has received numerous awards including three Tony Awards, an Olivier Award, three Emmy Awards, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Lane received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006 and was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2010, The New York Times hailed Lane as "the greatest stage entertainer of the decade." Matthew Broderick is an American actor. His roles include the Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of the title character in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), the voice of adult Simba in Disney's The Lion King (1994), and Leo Bloom in both the Broadway musical The Producers and its 2005 film adaptation. Broderick has won two Tony Awards Uma Thurman is an American actress. She has performed in a variety of films, from romantic comedies and dramas to science fiction and action films. She rose to international prominence with her performance as Mia Wallace in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film Pulp Fiction, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award, the BAFTA Award, the Golden Globe Award, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress. Often hailed as Tarantino's muse, she reunited with the director to play the main role in Kill Bill: Volume 1 and 2 (2003, 2004), which brought her two additional Golden Globe Award nominations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Films, May 24, 2024, 05/24/2024, The Producers (2005) with Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, and Uma Thurman

Birdwatching | Evening Birding Tour


Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season, with guided tours led by environmental educator and urban naturalist Gabriel Willow. 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!
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Workshop | New Games Social


Curious about a board game or looking to try something new? Hosts will be teaching how to play a wide range of fun board games every Friday.
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Concert | Composer, Singer-Songwriter, and Virtuoso Pianist


Jason Brauer’s operas, ballets, and film scores balance heartfelt melodies with twisted grotesqueries, confronting suffering but striving to find hope anyway. This program, featuring soprano Mina Azad and cellist Sasha Ono, includes a preview of his upcoming opera The Infinite Lives of Frog and Scorpion, in which the famous fable characters find themselves trapped in a Sisyphean time loop. Start times: 5:45pm, 7pm
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Concerts, May 24, 2024, 05/24/2024, Composer, Singer-Songwriter, and Virtuoso Pianist

Opera | From Hell to Antigone: A Distillation of Handel's Admeto


This steamy love triangle saga unfolds in bittersweet beauty, one ravishing aria after another. Betrayal, longing, jealousy, and bewilderment just scratch the surface. A curse reversed, a rejection amended, but then she's back from the dead... how can a heart survive it all?? Opera Essentia's new distillation of Handel's (1685-1759) Admeto.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Concerts, May 24, 2024, 05/24/2024, From Hell to Antigone: A Distillation of Handel's Admeto

Gallery Talk | An Evening with Artist Jake Brush


An evening with Jake Brush, whose dynamic practice stretches popular culture tropes to their most absurd. Brush has chosen videos from the EAI collection by Alex Bag, Michael Bell-Smith, and Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch to screen alongside his work.  A former student of Bell-Smith, Brush sutures together the dizzying syntax of reality television, internet slang, drag sensibilities, and hometown lore to poke fun (and horror) at the dopamine-crazed tendencies of contemporary culture. In Petpourri (2023), Brush performs as a “genetic clone” of Marc Morrone, host of the titular Long Island public access show in which the local pet store owner advised live callers on animal rearing, simultaneously attempting to keep the peace between an assortment of domesticated animals. Laundry Detergent (Cheers!) (2023) stages a Real Housewives-esque interaction between three nouveau riche laundry detergent heiresses, each sporting a haphazardly pinned blonde wig and makeup smeared across their drooping synthetic skin. The video encompasses core facets of American reality TV: Egregious wealth, familial trauma and alcoholism, tactical self-mythologizing, bitter interpersonal conflict, and fleeting moments of human connection. Like much of Brush’s other work, both pieces draw from the artist’s childhood on Long Island, re-staging contemporary tragedies and family gossip in a setting where curious engagement precedes moral judgement.
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Gallery Talks, May 24, 2024, 05/24/2024, An Evening with Artist Jake Brush

Talk | Notes on Reality Art: An Evening with Signe Pierce


Signe Pierce is an American multimedia artist known for her work in the fields of photography, performance, and video. Her work often focuses on themes of identity, the body, and technology, and frequently features her own image in surreal and highly staged scenes which challenge societal norms and conventions. Pierce's highly stylized images and provocative lyrics aim to spark conversations which encourage self-reflection about what it means to be real in an increasingly simulated age. Pierce will provide an interactive and entertaining experience while in conversation with art writer Cassie Packard. Her video works and performances have been shown at MoMA, New York, Athens Biennial, Athens, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the New Museum, New York.
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7:00 pm
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Talks, May 24, 2024, 05/24/2024, Notes on Reality Art: An Evening with Signe Pierce

Workshop | Sunset Singing Circle


Singer/songwriter Terre Roche leads this weekly singing program with the beautiful backdrop of the setting sun in NY Harbor. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned crooner, the singing circle is perfect for mellow melodies and healthy harmonizing.
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Film | Napoleon Dynamite (2004): High-School Comedy


A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home. Director: Jared Hess Stars: Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries 96 min.
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Films, May 24, 2024, 05/24/2024, Napoleon Dynamite (2004): High-School Comedy

Film | Top Gun: Maverick (2022): World's Oldest Fighter Pilot, with Tom Cruise


After thirty years, Maverick is still pushing the envelope as a top naval aviator, but must confront ghosts of his past when he leads elite graduates on a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those chosen to fly it. Director: Joseph Kosinski Stars: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller 130 min. Movie starts at sunset.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:30 pm
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Films, May 24, 2024, 05/24/2024, Top Gun: Maverick (2022): World's Oldest Fighter Pilot, with Tom Cruise
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