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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on November 19, 2020?

25 free events take place on Thursday, November 19 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 November 19 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 November . 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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25 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Thursday, November 19, 2020

All events are free unless otherwise noted. ONLINE EVENTS ARE MARKED AS SUCH.

Concert | Tango by Quinteto Astor Piazzolla (virtual)


Today, the name Astor Piazzolla is synonymous with the tango. Quinteto Astor Piazzolla has traveled the world for more than 20 years, sharing Astor Piazzolla's music with a new generation and bringing a sense of newness and freshness to his unique sound. This performance was prerecorded in Buenos Aires.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:05 am
Free
Concerts, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, Tango by Quinteto Astor Piazzolla (virtual)

Discussion | Belarusian Revolution: Creative Team of Insulted. Belarus(sia) Play in Conversation (virtual)


Join the creative team as they talk about the show and its creative genesis. The play tells the story of the first month of the Belarusian revolution, its ups and downs on the eve of the inevitable democratization of the country after 26 years of dictatorship. All characters have real prototypes; in some you will recognize former and current leaders of the country, in others - incredible Belarusians who have gone out to battle the totalitarian machine, sometimes at the cost of their lives, their freedom, and their loved ones. They represent polar points of view in the awakened Belarusian society. Written by Andrei Kureichik (currently in exile)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Discussions, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, Belarusian Revolution: Creative Team of Insulted. Belarus(sia) Play in Conversation&nbsp;(virtual)

Museums | Disrupted Timeline of 150 Years of Fashion History (in-person)


The Costume Institute's exhibition About Time: Fashion and Duration (on view Oct 29 - Feb 7) will trace 150 years of fashion, from 1870 to the present, along a disrupted timeline. Employing philosopher Henri Bergson's concept of la duree--the continuity of time--the exhibition will explore how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate the past, present, and future. The concept will also be examined through the writings of Virginia Woolf, who will serve as the exhibition's "ghost narrator."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, Disrupted Timeline of 150 Years of Fashion History (in-person)

Workshop | Yoga Class (virtual)


Join Thai James for a virtual yoga session. He will be leading a mindful practice to unite and elevate your mind, body, and spirit.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, Yoga Class (virtual)

Workshop | Drawing Class (virtual)


Guided by teaching artist of the Drawing Center Ada Pilar Cruz. The drawing workshop builds upon themes of healing and remedy. Presented in Spanish and English
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Workshops, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, Drawing Class (virtual)

Classical Music | Baroque Music For Cello (virtual)


André Laurent O'Neil, cello A common cello tuning C-G-d-g in late 17th-century Bologna used by Domenico Gabrielli had become an exotic tuning by the time Bach employed it, once only, in his C minor Suite. This program contrasts two approaches to the cello as a solo instrument, just 1000 km and 30 years apart.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:15 pm
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Concerts, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, Baroque Music For Cello (virtual)

Workshop | Photography: Capturing the Magic of Flowers (virtual)


Join Anne Belmont as she shares her passion for flower and botanical photography. Anne will give you a peek into her approach to flower photography, how certain lenses help her create impact and emotion in her images and why these lenses unleash creativity. She will give detailed descriptions and tips for using each of her favorite lenses for flowers, helping you to understand and master these unique and artistic lenses.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Workshops, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, Photography: Capturing the Magic of Flowers (virtual)

Open Studios | Gallery Night: Over 40 Galleries in Manhattan Neighborhood Welcome Visitors (in-person)


Over 40 galleries will be open late to celebrate their current exhibitions throughout the neighborhood. Please see the map of participating venues below. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free
Open Studioss, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, Gallery Night: Over 40 Galleries in Manhattan Neighborhood Welcome Visitors (in-person)

Concert | Cello and Guitar Duo: “baroque folk good for the head and heart” (virtual)


Lemoncello is a collaborative project of Irish songwriter, guitarist Laura Quirke and cellist Claire Kinsella. They play music from their debut EP, Stuck Upon the Staircase (“baroque folk good for the head and heart”—Irish Times), and latest release, Oil and Water. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Concerts, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, Cello and Guitar Duo:&nbsp;&ldquo;baroque folk good for the head and heart&rdquo; (virtual)

Workshop | Astronomy: Explore Sounds from Space (virtual)


Take a tour from the Earth's atmosphere to other planets and the Sun. Hear some amazing and natural sounds from the universe along with different sound clouds of space and in our solar system. Hosted and co-produced by John "Das" Galloway, founder of the Kerbal Space Academy, and moderated by Summer Ash, an astrophysicist, rocket scientist and freelance writer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
Free
Workshops, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, Astronomy: Explore Sounds from Space (virtual)

Workshop | High-Intensity Interval Workout (virtual)


This high-intensity interval (“HIIT”) class will keep your body moving and the sweat dripping! This class will incorporate combinations of 20 seconds of work + 10 seconds of rest; 30 seconds of work + 15 seconds of rest; and 40 seconds of work + 20 seconds of rest. No equipment needed; mat and towel are optional. All fitness levels welcome!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, High-Intensity Interval Workout (virtual)

Movie in a Park | Giving Voice (2020): Documentary, Sundance Film Festival Winner (drive-in theater, in-person)


The words of August Wilson are brought to life by a new generation in Giving Voice, following students in an annual monologue competition inspired by America's preeminent playwright for the opportunity to perform on Broadway. Appearances by Viola Davis and Denzel Washington. Directed by James D. Stern & Fernando Villena.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Movie in a Parks, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, Giving Voice (2020): Documentary, Sundance Film Festival Winner (drive-in theater, in-person)

Play | My Dinner with Mary: Musical Drama (virtual)


Broadway veterans, Mary Ellen Ashley and Mary Tierney both have had quite successful and satisfying careers. Now in their golden years, Mary invites Mary Ellen to dinner to question why they didn't stay close. What caused them to become estranged? Was it guilt from an illicit affair? Or envy that caused betrayal? Yet after sorting through some cloudy memories, the truth comes out. Or does it? When they start sharing moment-to-moment intimacies, Mary proposes that they collaborate on a play about their lives. Mary Ellen agrees but thinks it should be a musical. In the process of creating their legacy project, their bond begins to grow stronger. Fact, fiction, fantasy, and frustration all blend together in a bittersweet tale of two actors trying to find meaning at this stage of their lives. What results are touching and totally unpredictable. Coni Koepfinger, playwright Byron C. Saunders, director
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, My Dinner with Mary: Musical Drama (virtual)

Classical Music | An Exploration of Music From 17th Century Italy (virtual)


Dongmyung Ahn, violin; Charles Weaver, theorbo Program Giovanni Battista Fontana (1589-1630) Sonata Seconda Dario Castello (1602-1631) Sonata Seconda from Sonate, Concertate in Stil Moderno, Book 2 Biagio Marini (1594-1663) Sonata Variata, Op. 8 (1626)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, An Exploration of Music From 17th Century Italy (virtual)

Staged Reading | Caryl Churchill's Seagulls: Drama by One of Britain's Finest Playwrights (virtual)


Valery was living an ordinary life as a wife and mother when she discovered an extraordinary gift – the ability to move objects with her mind! With the encouragement of her store manager turned business manager Di, she gains international acclaim, culminating in an invitation to Harvard for testing. They are excited to tap into her potential and she is beginning to feel the mounting pressure -- what could possibly go wrong? This is a reading of Caryl Churchill's one-act play, Seagulls, followed by a conversation about the show. One of the most influential contemporary playwrights, Caryl Churchill has been lauded for "changing the language" of theater with her unique works that disrupt the form. Her plays Cloud 9 and Top Girls received Obie Awards. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, Caryl Churchill's Seagulls: Drama by One of Britain's Finest Playwrights (virtual)

Performance | Comedy PUN Compuntition! "Endearingly homemade and impressively high-caliber show.” – The NYTimes (virtual)


The Punderdome® is the wild and crazy pun compuntition.  Twelve pun-masters will punticipate in a pun-making tournament – comprised of Punderdome® Champs as well as Bonafide Pun Champs and Celebrities from different countries. The night’s activities will also include “Can You Beat a ’Dome Champ?” where a Challenger gets a decided advantage in punning one-on-one vs. a ’Dome Champ of their choosing.  Audience voting will decide the outcome!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Performances, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, Comedy PUN Compuntition! "Endearingly homemade and impressively high-caliber show.&rdquo; &ndash; The NYTimes (virtual)

Play | On Beckett / In Screen: "CRITIC'S PICK! Captivating...radiant, living theater" - New York Times (virtual)


On Beckett / In Screen, An Exploration of the Works of Samuel Beckett. In this intimate evening, master clown and Tony winner Bill Irwin's approach to the comic, the tragic, to every side of Beckett's work - including "Waiting for Godot," "The Unnamable," and "Texts for Nothing" - will allow audiences to experience the Nobel Prize winner's language in compelling new ways. Conceived and performed by Bill Irwin Directed for camera by M. Florian Staab and Bill Irwin
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, On Beckett / In Screen: "CRITIC'S PICK! Captivating...radiant, living theater" - New York Times (virtual)

Concert | Soccer Mommy: Rising Star (virtual)


Sophia Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, released her first studio album, Clean, in  2018 which led her to sell out tour dates and play major music festivals around the world. Her follow up, Color Theory, was released in 2020. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, Soccer Mommy: Rising Star (virtual)

Classical Music | The New York Philharmonic Gala Concert (virtual)


Show your love for New York City and its great orchestra by joining the virtual celebration of this vibrant metropolis. The Philharmonic comes together with an array of special guests to inspire its audience members and to celebrate its hometown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, The New York Philharmonic Gala Concert (virtual)

Discussion | Artsakh: A Cry from the Mountains – an evening dedicated to Armenia (virtual)


This evening dedicated to Armenia will feature Hayk Demoyan, Director of the Aurora Prize and former director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. It will include additional performances and remarks from Arthur Ghukasyan of High Fest International Performing Arts Festival, Vahan Badalyan of the National Centre of Aesthetics and Art Director of Small Theatre in Yerevan, cellist Karen Ouzounian, artist Kevork Mourad and members of the Arlekin Players Theater Company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Discussions, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, Artsakh: A Cry from the Mountains &ndash; an evening dedicated to Armenia (virtual)

Jazz | Grammy Winning Saxophonist and Her Band (virtual)


Grammy award winning baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian's LSQ with pianist Helen Sung, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer E.J. Strickland.  Lauren is the winner of the “Rising Star” Baritone Saxophonist in the 67th Downbeat Critics Poll. As a sidewoman, she can be heard regularly with the Mingus Big Band, and has performed with the Dizzy Gillespie all star big band, Christian McBride’s Big Band, Robin Eubanks Big Band, and the legendary Count Basie Orchestra. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, Grammy Winning Saxophonist and Her Band (virtual)

Discussion | Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Performances by Rene Fleming, Joyce DiDonato and Conversation (virtual)


Hosted by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, and including interviews with Justice Ginsburg's children, the event celebrates and honors the groundbreaking justice who famously loved opera and classical music. Opera singers Joyce DiDonato, Renee Fleming, Denyce Graves, and Patrice Michaels will perform.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Discussions, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Performances by Rene Fleming, Joyce DiDonato and Conversation (virtual)

Dance Performance | Paul Taylor Dance Company: Modern is Now (virtual)


The Taylor Company continues to innovate in ways that are modern and of the moment. Hosted virtually by Michael Novak, Artistic Director, and Alicia Graf Mack, Dean and Director of the Dance Division at The Juilliard School, this program will highlight the Taylor Company's unparalleled artistry and unveil never-before-seen archival excerpts. It will also include special guest appearances from an exceptional roster of friends and fans, and share work on screen that reminds us that modernism continues to provide a fresh lens for understanding our common experience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, Paul Taylor Dance Company: Modern is Now (virtual)

Other | The Fresh Air Fund's 2020 Gala with Special Guest Mariah Carey (virtual)


2020 Virtual Gala will open and close with sets by DJ Cassidy, will be hosted by celebrity costume designer, stylist June Ambrose, feature Fresh Air teens and alums, and special appearances by Mariah Carey and Sean Combs. The Fresh Air Fund has provided free summer experiences, such as summer camps and academic enrichment and leadership programs, to more than 1.8 million NYC children from low-income communities since 1877. Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, The Fund continues to provide safe, fun, engaging and enriching experiences for the youth to keep the magic of summer alive through virtual and outdoor programs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Others, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, The Fresh Air Fund's 2020 Gala with Special Guest Mariah Carey (virtual)

Theater | Uncle Vanya: Adaptation by LaBute, with Alan Cumming, Ellen Burstyn and Others (virtual)


Neil LaBute's World Premiere adaptation of Anton Chekov's Uncle Vanya sees Alan Cumming take on the titular role joined by Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn, Constance Wu, Samira Wiley, K. Todd Freeman, Anson Mount, Mia Katigbak and Manik Choksi. Gabriel Ebert narrates the proceedings in an evening directed by Danya Taymor (Heroes of the Fourth Turning).
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
$5
Theaters, November 19, 2020, 11/19/2020, Uncle Vanya: Adaptation by LaBute, with Alan Cumming, Ellen Burstyn and Others (virtual)
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