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August 16, 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, August 16, 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, August 16, 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 (August 16, 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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Get a taste of free culture and free entertainment in New York City (NYC)!

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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
free events,
free things to do
that happen in New York City
every day of the year
is truly amazing.

So don't miss the opportunities
that only New York provides:
stop wondering what to do;
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free events to go to,
free things to do in NYC
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Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides:
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  • free movies in NYC
  • free jazz in NYC
  • free poetry readings in NYC
  • free tours/hikes in NYC
  • free city walks in NYC
  • free Yoga /Tai Chi in NYC
  • fairs and parades in NYC
  • free theater in NYC
  • free tickets to concerts, theater and dance performances in NYC

'New York is abuzz with so much culture that they're giving it away.' (The New York Times article about Club Free Time).

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28 free  things to do in New York City (NYC) today:
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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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10:00 am
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Tours, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Workshop | Yoga in the Park


They welcome all levels of practice. Every pose can be modified, adapted or adjusted to your liking. Be sure to bring your own yoga mat.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, Yoga in the Park

Workshop | Adult Zumba


Exercise in disguise! Join in on the fun featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Bring your friends and come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training and a lot of fun.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Workshops, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, Adult Zumba

Discussion | Systemic Racism Summit (online)


This summit brings together media personalities, activists, educators, clergy, and others to discuss and look at solutions to the effects of continued systemic racism directed at the African-American, Caribbean-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American populations, among others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Discussions, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, Systemic Racism Summit (online)

Workshop | Blitz Chess & Backgammon


A lunch time program for passersby to play a quick game of chess or backgammon. Using clocks, opponents will play 5 minute games that are fast, furious and fun. An instructor will be on hand to offer pointers and tips to improve your game.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, Blitz Chess & Backgammon

Workshop | Juggling in the Park


Jugglers use the park throughout the year to provide free classes to the public. Stop by for 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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12:30 pm
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Workshops, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, Juggling in the Park

Workshop | Juggling in the City


Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in Midtown Manhattan. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Workshops, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, Juggling in the City

Author Reading | Overkill: From New York Times Bestselling Author Sandra Brown (online)


Brown delivers another riveting thriller where a conflict of conscience for a former football star and an ambitious state prosecutor swiftly intensifies into a fight for their lives.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Author Readings, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, Overkill: From New York Times Bestselling Author Sandra Brown (online)

Workshop | Origami Workshop


Learn the art of creative paper folding in the Japanese tradition. All ages and skill levels are welcome, and materials are provided. Classes are taught by Gay Merrill Gross, author of eleven origami and paper-folding books.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Drop-In Chess


Play the popular strategy game while getting pointers and advice from an expert. Chess improves concentration, problem solving, and strategic planning -- plus it's fun. For ages 5 and up (adults welcome).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:30 pm
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Workshops, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, Drop-In Chess

Dancing | Dance Party (in-person and online)


Uptown Vinyl Supreme's DJ Sunny Cheeba spins underneath the iconic marquee to get people ready for Amateur Night. Whether it's online or in person, you don't want to miss it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Dancings, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, Dance Party (in-person and online)

Workshop | Game Nights in the Park


Stop in during weekly game nights and socials to learn a new game, hone your skills, and meet new people
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, Game Nights in the Park

Dance Lesson | Salsa Social


Come alone and make some friends, bring a date or bring the family. Come as you are, everyone is welcome and dancers of all levels are encouraged to participate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Dance Lessons, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, Salsa Social

Workshop | Sweat Sessions Workout


Classes will consist of a variety of modalities including yoga, bootcamp, dance cardio, boxing, pilates, and more. Start times: 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm Tuesdays, August 2-30, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, Sweat Sessions Workout

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, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers

Poetry Reading | Poetry in the Park


Award-winning poetry by established and emerging poets throughout the summer. Jameson Fitzpatrick James Fujinami Moore John Murillo Sam Ross Hosted by Jason Schneiderman
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, Poetry in the Park

City Walk | St. Vincent’s Love Triangle Tour: Sexual Health, Civil Rights, and Memory in the Village


The landscape of Greenwich Village conceals a battleground for reproductive and LGBT rights. Participants will join us for a tour of the area’s hidden sexual health history and activism flashpoints. The former St. Vincent’s Hospital—which played a central role at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic—will serve as a point of departure as we explore the neighborhood amid shifting land values and the fight for sexual and reproductive rights. We will meet in front of the NYC AIDS memorial at St. Vincent’s Triangle. Robert Brenner is a licensed New York City tour guide, a certified member of the Guides Association of New York City (GANYC), and an almost lifelong New Yorker. In 2014 he started his own walking tour company, PigFeetWalkingTours.com, dedicated to lesser-known aspects of New York City history. Since then he has led walking tours for the Municipal Arts Society, the Historic District Council, the Van Alen Institute, Untapped Cities, New York Adventure Club, and many other organizations. He is currently pursuing a MALS in New York Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, St. Vincent&rsquo;s Love Triangle Tour: Sexual Health, Civil Rights, and Memory in the Village

Dance Lesson | Bollywood & Bhangra Dance Class


Dancers of all levels are invited to learn technique from the best. Originating in India, these dance forms highlight rhythm, expression and passion. Bhangra, particularly, is a high-energy folk dance with origins in Punjab, India, a dance now learned and loved by many. Ajna Dance Company was founded to foster diversity and inclusion by making Indian dance and culture more accessible to all. HRPK is delighted to partner with Ajna Dance to bring dance to Park patrons in person this summer. Dance the night away under the shimmering NYC lights and sensational HRPK skies — all while learning a new move or two.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, Bollywood & Bhangra Dance Class

Workshop | Pilates in the Park


Instructor Melissa Ricci leads a flowing, multi-level pilates mat class that will tone and balance your muscles, align your body, strengthen your core, and give you renewed energy. Bring your own mat. Tuesdays, July 5-August 16, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Yoga on the River


From guided meditation and refreshing yoga to high-intensity workouts and weekly run clubs, there's something for all skill levels to enjoy this summer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, Yoga on the River

Poetry Reading | Ask the Brindled: Queer and Indigenous Hawaiian Poetry (online)


Praised by Craig Santos Perez as “an astonishing addition to the canon (or canoe) of Pacific Islander literature," No'u Revilla's collection reclaims narratives placed upon queer and Indigenous Hawaiians in a “gorgeous unfolding of story and polemic, audacity and song” (Rick Barot).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, Ask the Brindled: Queer and Indigenous Hawaiian Poetry (online)

Staged Reading | Silence: Alexander Graham Bell's Deaf Wife


It only takes one spark of love to change the world forever. Mabel Hubbard Bell was a strong, self-assured woman—bright, passionate, and a complete original. Despite a near-fatal case of childhood scarlet fever that cost her the ability to hear, she learned to talk and lip-read in multiple languages. At nineteen, she married a young inventor named Alexander Graham Bell and became the most significant influence in his life. This is Mabel's story, offering the unique perspective of a woman whose remarkable life was forever connected to her famous, distracted husband. From inspiring invention to promoting public service, Mabel and Alec challenged each other to become strong forces for good. Silence is a beautiful and true love story about how we communicate. Written by Trina Davies. Directed By Frances Hill. Featuring Cameron Bossert, Holland Lane Curtis, Caroline Hewitt, Scott Klavan.
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Staged Readings, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, Silence: Alexander Graham Bell's Deaf Wife

Dance Performance | The 41st Annual Battery Dance Festival (in-person and online)


Christina Carminucci, The Solidarity Series IV: Free Spirits Suite - World Premiere Accompanied by a live jazz band, the fourth original work of the Solidarity Series, is dedicated to presenting tap dance and jazz music together. Linotip, Diagonal & Cain - World Premiere The duet "Diagonal" is inspired by the famous Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi, one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th-century; a moment captured in the performance from his period in the Parisian atelier, where the artist lived, created and loved. "Cain" explores the story of Cain and Abel, the first contradiction of humanity. These pieces were created in partnership with the Romanian Cultural Institute. Fairul Zahid & Lasalle Dance Singapore, Allocentric, Singapore - World Premiere Hailing from Kuala Lumpur and now based in Singapore, award-winning choreographer Fairul Zahid explores the hierarchy of multiple social identities with music by Olafur Arnalds & Nils, with a cast of six dancers from Lasalle Dance Singapore. Buglisi Dance Theatre, Threads "Threads" takes inspiration from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as narrated by people from all over the world, beginning with Eleanor Roosevelt. Buglisi's newest exploration also includes indigenous voices that expose the traumatic unraveling of our society. These human stories create intimately woven threads that make up the fabric of life. Boca Tuya / Omar Roman de Jesus, Los Perros del Barrio Colosal Through the exaggerated mannerisms of daytime television, the six characters of "Los Perros del Barrio Colosal" take us on a wild romp through the challenges of creative decision-making. Diving dramatically into the adventure of an imagination yet to be physicalized, they ask us to consider the far side of the moments when our ideas threaten, with disjointed urgency, to swallow us whole.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, The 41st Annual Battery Dance Festival (in-person and online)

Discussion | Harlem on My Mind (online)


This discussion will showcase spirited intergenerational conversations that span across a series of relevant cultural and historical topics with Harlem-inspired thought leaders whose work and influence significantly contribute to Harlem and the Harlems of the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, Harlem on My Mind (online)

Workshop | Stargazing in the City


Head to the park for a walk and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association to see rare celestial sights. No experience is necessary and telescopes will be provided. Starts at dusk.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, Stargazing in the City

Play | As You Like It: A Musical Production of Shakespeare's Comedy


Public Works' acclaimed musical production of As You Like It brings together its diverse ensemble of both professional actors and community members from across New York. Adapted by Shaina Taub and Director of Public Works Laurie Woolery, featuring music and lyrics by Taub, this ambitious work of participatory theater has been hailed as "thrilling & terrifically vital" by The New York Times. Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind, and niece Celia are banished to the Forest of Arden. There, they discover a community of acceptance and transformational love, where all are welcomed and embraced. Laurie Woolery directs this magical adaptation of a beloved classic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Plays, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, As You Like It: A Musical Production of Shakespeare's Comedy

Movie in a Park | The Territory (2022): In Defense of the Amazon Rainforest


When a network of Brazilian farmers seizes a protected area of the Amazon rainforest, a young Indigenous leader and his mentor must fight back in defense of the land and an uncontacted group living deep within the forest. Director: Alex Pritz Stars: Neidinha Bandeira, Bitaté Uru Eu Wau Wau 83 min. Movie starts at dusk.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, August 16, 2022, 08/16/2022, The Territory (2022): In Defense of the Amazon Rainforest
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Performance | A Unique "Magic" Show!

Regular Price: $59
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Theater | Storytelling at its Best from Far Away

Regular Price: $51
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