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May 28, 2022. Free shows, concerts, movies, tours are New York (NYC) best kept secret! New York City never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment whether it's day or night, weekday or weekend, summer or winter, spring or fall, January or June, May or September. If you are looking for inexpensive things to do and where to go in Manhattan today, tonight, tomorrow, or any other time, or any other day of any week - you came to the right place: just click on any day on the calendar dispayed on the every page of our site and you will see how many events you can attend in Manhattan free of charge on that very day.

New York's cultural scene is at its busiest in October and March (and the same goes for free events, free things to do), but other months of the year still offer incredible amount of high quality, off the beaten path, unique free events, free things to do which will take your breath away! So if you looking for something to do in April or November, December or February, you will find tons of free things to do, free events to go to. (In June, July and August lots of those free events take place outdoors, of course).

So do not wot till tomorrow, start using these unique New York City opportunities today, May 28, 2022!

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Where else but in New York City can you listen to a world-class musician, discuss a book with a famous author, take a part in poetry reading, have a glass of wine at an art exhibition opening, and all that on the same day, and all that free of charge, and all of that on any day of the year, whether it's December or July, April or November!

The trick is to know about those free events, free things to do BEFORE they happen, not after the fact. That's where Club Free Time comes in handy! Become a Club Free Time member and start using these unique New York City (NYC) opportunities today, May 28, 2022!

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Club Free Time is your perfect guide to Free Entertainment and Free Culture in the City That Never Sleeps.

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Free things to do, free events that take place in the City every day of the year are truly amazing. So if you're looking for something interesting to do today (May 28, 2022) or on any other day of the year don't miss those free-of-charge opportunities that only New York provides! You can find lots of high quality, off the beaten path, unique free events, free things to do which will take your breath away!

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In addition to providing information about free events, free things to do in New York, Club Free Time offers its members complimentary tickets to classical music concerts, dance performances and theater: when a producer wants that special buzz of the 'full house' - Club Free Time members are welcomed for their enthusiasm and sophistication!

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Experience an entirely new perspective on New York. 'Open up a whole new cultural world... in one of the most vibrant capital cities in the world, sampling cultural delights beyond anyone's wildest dream.' Rupert Parker, journalist, photographer, cameraman, and TV producer
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The quality and quantity of
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every day of the year
is truly amazing.

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that only New York provides:
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44 free  things to do in New York City (NYC) today:
Saturday, May 28, 2022

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Birdwatching | Birding: Warbler Watch


Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots in New York City to see spring migratory birds. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Please bring your own binoculars.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Birding: Warbler Watch

Birdwatching | Birding: Spring Migration


Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots in New York City to see spring migratory birds. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Please bring your own binoculars. Join the Urban Park Rangers on a birding adventure around Fort Greene Park looking for spring migrants such as warblers, sparrows and birds of prey.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Birdwatchings, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Birding: Spring Migration

Birdwatching | Introduction to Birdwatching Walk


Whether you’re just starting out or have already joined the birding ranks, this introductory walk is for you. A member of the Brooklyn Bird Club and the Park Alliance lead an introductory walk to learn the basics of birding and search for the dozens of species that visit the Park through all seasons. All levels are welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring binoculars if you have them. Saturdays, March 26-September 17, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Birdwatchings, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Introduction to Birdwatching Walk

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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10:00 am
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Park Walks, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers

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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10:00 am
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Fairs, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Street Fair

Fair | Street Market: Art, Jewelry, Antiques and More


Shop for vintage clothing, furniture, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, art, handicrafts, and more.  Every Sat, Sun 10 am - 5 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Fairs, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Street Market: Art, Jewelry, Antiques and More

Workshop | Dance Fitness


Get and stay fit in this outdoor class. Saturdays, May 7-Sept. 24, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshops, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Dance Fitness

Performance | New York Yo-Yo Show


What do you get when you combine the singing and dancing of the Broadway Theater with jaw-dropping yoyo skills? You get The New York Yoyo Show!  Brian Kilmowski (the yoyo guy) gives a truly unique performance and free yoyo lessons. Attendees will be captivated with advanced yoyo demos, Broadway-style musical numbers, modern yoyo magic, and the grand finale, featuring the World's Longest Yoyo String.   The New York Yoyo Show is for people of all ages and skill levels.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Performances, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, New York Yo-Yo Show

Hike | Waterfront Meditation Hike


Urban Park Rangers lead a walk along the waterfront while we meditate and find inner peace and tranquility to the sounds of waterways in the distance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Hikes, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Waterfront Meditation Hike

Festival | 27th Annual Arts Festival: Theater, Dance, Music, Film, Cabaret, Street Fair, and More


Join the fun of this annual festival of the arts: music, dance, kids' entertainment, theater, poetry, video and more. Outdoors: food vendors, performances, cultural fair Indoors: variety acts, theatrical performances (Proof of vaccination will be required for all indoor events)
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Festivals, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, 27th Annual Arts Festival: Theater, Dance, Music, Film, Cabaret, Street Fair, and More

Festival | Japan Performing Arts Early Summer Festival


Japan Per-form-ing Arts presents their free Ear-ly Sum-mer Fes-ti-val. Japan-ese food ven-dors, per-for-mances, a play-ground area, kimono dress-ing demon-stra-tions and work-shops on Awaodori and Gujo Odori.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Festivals, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Japan Performing Arts Early Summer Festival

Park Walk | Meditation Through Movement Walk


Enjoy the beautiful wooded setting of the park's trails through a guided meditative walk. Easy walking terrain. Sundays and Saturdays through June 30, 2022.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Park Walks, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Meditation Through Movement Walk

Workshop | Art en Plein Air


An instructor from the Art Students League leads a visual exploration of our beautiful park. Learn to draw or paint from observation with your favorite drawing supplies. No experience is necessary.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshops, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Art en Plein Air

Birdwatching | Birding: Raptors


Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots in New York City to see birds of prey. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Please bring your own binoculars.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Birdwatchings, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Birding: Raptors

Hike | Discovery Hike: Urban Forest


Urban Park Rangers guide you through the city’s very own forest. Learn about the importance and benefits of trees in urban areas in this immersive nature walk.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Hikes, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Discovery Hike: Urban Forest

Performance | Flux Saturday: An Experimental Sound Event


An experimental sound event featuring performances and sound installations. Performers from the NYC area working in sound art, generative artmaking practices, live-coding, homemade instruments, art and code, experimental voice, modular synth and more will present their work at Flux Factory This event is held in conjunction with Drone Day, an annual celebration of drone, community and experimental sounds. Performances will be held outside. Sound installa-ions will be presented indoors and outdoors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Performances, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Flux Saturday: An Experimental Sound Event

Classical Music | Ancient and Ecstatic: Orchestral Works by J.S. Bach, and More


Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra; Stephanie Zyzak, Violin; Chris Whittaker, Music Director Program Christopher Theofanidis Peace Love Light YOUMEONE from Visions & Miracles J.S. Bach Contrapunctus 1-4 from The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080 Sufjan Stevens Suite from “Run Rabbit Run” (arr. by Michael P. Atkinson) Stacy Garrop Lo Yisa Goy Clarice Assad Dreamscapes  Adolphus Hailstork Sonata de Chiesa About the Program Music inspired by the ineffable and the divine. Christopher Theofanidis’ work from Visions and Miracles is taken from the words of Timothy Leary and inspired by Spanish medieval music. Sufjan Steven’s wordless song cycle is an “aural environment” for the animals of the Chinese zodiac arranged for string orchestra by Michael P. Atkinson. Clarice Assad’s Dreamscapes is a dazzling meditation on the workings of the unconscious mind featuring violinist Stephanie Zyzak; Stacy Garrop’s Lo Yisa Goy is a wordless utterance of the Hebrew prayer for peace. The program concludes with Adolphus Hailstork’s “Church Sonata,” inspired by the composer's fascination with cathedrals. Masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccination required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Concerts, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Ancient and Ecstatic: Orchestral Works by J.S. Bach, and More

City Walk | Harlem AIDS Tribute Walk


This walk honors sites, people, and histories of Harlem critical to understanding the artistic and creative aspects of the AIDS epidemic. The tribute walk will visit the last addresses of Elks Lodge, Lenox Lounge, B. Michael Hunter, and the Minority Task Force on AIDS, with contributions from speakers Tracey Africa, David Ultima, Michael Henry Adams, Robert Penn, and Suki Terada Ports.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:30 pm
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City Walks, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Harlem AIDS Tribute Walk

Performance | Islands in the Sea: Performance Art


Artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya transforms the site that honors the grieving process. Nine sculptures serve as beacons of reflection, lighting a path forward from losses that so many of us have suffered in the last few years. With this installation, visitors engage in a ritual reminiscent of Loi Krathong, a celebrated Thai festival of gratitude, forgiveness, and respect. Participants are invited to release a floating vessel to carry away their burdens, worries, or grief gently into the pool. Each vessel reflects the sky as it drifts along the water, forming a flotilla of shared struggle. The installation serves as a gentle reminder that while grief never fully leaves us, we can temper sorrow by embracing the many forms that grief and healing may take.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Performances, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Islands in the Sea: Performance Art
5:00 pm
Regular: $20
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Comedy Clubs, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Family Friendly Show

Opera | Handel's Masterpiece Orlando: Hero of Love in a Garden


Hans Tashjian, Bass; Jeffrey Mandelbaum, Countertenor; Elyse Anne Kakacek, Lyric Soprano; Heather Hill, Soprano; Hai-Ting Chinn, Mezzo Soprano; Rebecca Pechefsky, Harpsichordist, Baroque String Quartet (Rebecca Nelson, Rafa Prendergast, Jessica Park & Cullen O'Neil) Orlando, a knight from the Crusades, is originally the central character of an epic poem by Ludovico Ariosto. The story dramatizes his struggle between love and military glory. However, this production updates this conflict to reflect contemporary sensibilities, centering the questions of what it means to love truly, and how to endure pain and loss. George Frideric Handel brought baroque opera to its apogee, as his compositional brilliance amplified music's distinct power to communicate drama. Opera began as an experiment to demonstrate music's ability to reveal and manipulate the emotions behind a text, as opposed to solely mimicking the words. Baroque music relies heavily on a technique of bittersweet dissonance resolving into consoling consonance, which impacts a listener viscerally. The term "baroque" connotes this kind of lavish intensity, which captivates audiences' passions, bringing them personally into the experience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Concerts, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Handel's Masterpiece Orlando: Hero of Love in a Garden
6:30 pm
Regular: $20
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Performances, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Magic Show

Book Discussion | Art Worker: Doing Time in the New York Artworld


Alan Moore’s memoir that casts a raking light on a classic period in cultural history—the 70s and 80s in downtown Manhattan. Confirmed participants in the panel discussion: Marc H. Miller, Yasmin Ramirez, Leonard Abrams, Alan W. Moore, Stephen Zacks. The New York City artworld of the late 20th century seems far more fluid and changeable, with many more positions for its different actors to inhabit than the artworld of today. The market rules in all spheres of image-making, enforced by super-high valuations of traditional artwork, and global social media and streaming platforms. From art critic and video artist to radical organizer and academic, Moore played multiple roles in a seething scene of art galleries, nightclubs, and small publications. Written in an accessible style, Art Worker is in three parts, with characters, anecdotes, footnotes, and an extensive bibliography. It’s a book by a scholar written for a general audience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussions, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Art Worker: Doing Time in the New York Artworld

Classical Music | Ancient and Ecstatic: Orchestral Works by J.S. Bach, and More


Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra; Stephanie Zyzak, Violin; Chris Whittaker, Music Director Program Christopher Theofanidis Peace Love Light YOUMEONE from Visions & Miracles J.S. Bach Contrapunctus 1-4 from The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080 Sufjan Stevens Suite from “Run Rabbit Run” (arr. by Michael P. Atkinson) Stacy Garrop Lo Yisa Goy Clarice Assad Dreamscapes  Adolphus Hailstork Sonata de Chiesa About the Program Music inspired by the ineffable and the divine. Christopher Theofanidis’ work from Visions and Miracles is taken from the words of Timothy Leary and inspired by Spanish medieval music. Sufjan Steven’s wordless song cycle is an “aural environment” for the animals of the Chinese zodiac arranged for string orchestra by Michael P. Atkinson. Clarice Assad’s Dreamscapes is a dazzling meditation on the workings of the unconscious mind featuring violinist Stephanie Zyzak; Stacy Garrop’s Lo Yisa Goy is a wordless utterance of the Hebrew prayer for peace. The program concludes with Adolphus Hailstork’s “Church Sonata,” inspired by the composer's fascination with cathedrals. Masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccination required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Ancient and Ecstatic: Orchestral Works by J.S. Bach, and More
7:00 pm
Regular: $20
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Concerts, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Cabaret/Vaudeville: German Hits of the 20's and 30's
7:00 pm
Regular: $22
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Dance Performances, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Classical and Contemporary Ballet
7:00 pm
Regular: $47
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Performances, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Comedy, 'Deeply Funny'
7:00 pm
Regular: $25
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Theaters, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Stories Spanning Four Eras of American History
7:30 pm
Regular: $30
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Plays, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Broadway Actors in a Comedy at a Major NYC Theater
7:30 pm
Regular: $20
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Plays, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Comedy and Drama
8:00 pm
Regular: $15
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Performances, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, A Mix of Stand-Up, Theatre, Storytelling, and Improv
8:00 pm
Regular: $49
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Musicals, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Broadway Actors in a Hit Musical
8:00 pm
Regular: $35
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Musicals, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Broadway Musical Revival
8:00 pm
Regular: $39
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Musicals, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Classic Love Story

Dance Performance | Crossroads: Dance and Film


Crossroads is a dance, film, and cross-disciplinary performance series that will feature works by 10 artists with diverse aesthetic and conceptual approaches to performance and storytelling. The series centers the voices of queer, BIPOC, and feminist artists. The format provides artists with both an opportunity to present work in a low-pressure setting that encourages experimentation, and space to share their creative practices with other artists and audiences. The series is multigenerational, focusing on community to foster a network of support, exchange, and dialogue. In addition to the performances, Crossroads offers workshops by participating artists and collaborators. Features Angel Acuña, Yoshiko Chuma, Symara Johnson, Anabella Lenzu, Amanda Loulaki,Molly&Nola, Doron Perk, Paz Tanjuaquio, Dane Terry, and Pioneers Go East Collective.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Crossroads: Dance and Film
8:00 pm
Regular: $40
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Plays, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Drama: Corporate Greed and Crime
8:00 pm
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Musicals, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Exuberant New Musical at One of the Major NYC Theaters

Movie in a Park | Encanto (2021): Non-Magical in a Magical World


A Colombian teenage girl has to face the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers. Directors: Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Charise Castro Smith Stars: Stephanie Beatriz, Maria Cecilia Botero, John Leguizamo 102 min. Grab a blanket and come enjoy a movie. Movie begins at dusk.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:30 pm
Free
Movie in a Parks, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Encanto (2021): Non-Magical in a Magical World
8:30 pm
Regular: $25
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Comedy Clubs, May 28, 2022, 05/28/2022, Stand Up Comedy
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Play | Broadway Actors in a Drama by One of NYC's Leading Theater Companies

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