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Free Things to Do in Manhattan This Weekend - July 12-July 14


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There's no denying that Manhattan is the sparkle in New York City's eye, but that doesn't mean you have to dump out your wallet to hang out there. City Guide's compiled all the best free things to do in Manhattan this weekend, and for those wanting to explore the city's most famous borough on the cheap, this is your go-to guide.

Sunset on the Hudson - Pier 45 in Greenwich Village
July 12, 2019 - New York

Experience summer at its best—with free Friday concerts set against beautiful sunsets in Hudson River Park. These New York artists will help start the weekend off right. Our eclectic lineup offers music for everyone - bring your friends, a blanket and enjoy some great music in your west side backyard.

Poster Potluck: Disability Pride Poster Making with the Museum, Arts and Culture Access Consortium - Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
July 12, 2019 - New York

Join fellow artists, activists, and cultural advocates for a poster making session to create posters for New York City's annual Disability Pride Parade. This event will be taking place outside in Cooper Hewitt's Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden, and is free to attend with registration. Poster board, stencils, paint, and drawing utensils will be provided. Please feel free to bring additional materials and snacks. Enter the garden on 90th street, in between Madison and 5th Avenue. Please email museumaccess@gmail.com for accommodation requests.

Free Comedy Show - O.P.P.A.
July 12, 2019 - New York

Comedy Evening is a completely free comedy show in the heart of the West Village featuring comedians who have appeared on Comedy Central, TruTV, Late Night with Stephen Colbert, and more! The show takes place in the downstairs/basement lounge of the venue. Please note that you must be 21+ to attend as the venue is a bar. While there is no cover or item minimum for the show, it is recommended that you get a drink (soda, beer, wine, etc.) or food item to support the bar and help keep the show free. Seating for the show begins at 7pm with the show starting at 7:30pm. Seating at the venue is limited and it is recommended that you get there before the show starts. Feel free to drop by Oppa/karaouke lounge before 7pm to enjoy the happy hour specials: $5 beer/$4 wines/$4 well drinks, $6 wings, $4 fries. The show was part of the New York Comedy Festival in 2018. http://nycomedyfestival.com/oppa-comedy-bar-crawl/ Past performers for the show include: Subhah Agarwal ("Comedy Central"), Myq Kaplan ("Comedy Central", "Conan"), and Tom McCaffrey ("Comedy Central"). Produced by YouJean Chang (https://www.instagram.com/youjeanchang/).

Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: 'Starry Night' with Ethan Bolker - MoMath (National Museum of Mathematics)
July 12, 2019 - New York

Ancient Greek philosophers modeled the world with the four essences: earth, air, fire, and water. Plato then attached those to the cube, octahedron, tetrahedron, and icosahedron, thinking of the dodecahedron, the fifth regular polyhedron, as representing the universe. Centuries later Paolo Uccello, Johannes Kepler, and M. C. Escher explored a new type of dodecahedron built entirely from pentagrams (five-pointed stars) instead of pentagons. Join mathematician Ethan Bolker as we weave together history, art, math, and twelve five-pointed stars, creating your very own stellated dodecahedron to take home! Thanks to the generous support of Two Sigma, this program is free to attendees

Harry Potter (Book) Trivia - Slate NY
July 12, 2019 - New York

See if you've got what it takes to be a 'Prefect' at Harry Potter Trivia at Slate NY on Tuesday, June 18 at 8pm for FIVE rounds of Ordinary Wizarding Levels that will challenge your memory of the beloved books! The Hog's Head fills up quickly, so be sure to make your reservations at; http://Potter061819.Eventbrite.com The best way to reserve tickets is by selecting a team captain and having them be in charge of tickets for ALL team members.

Grand Central Food Festival - O 45th Street from 3rd - Lexington Ave
July 12, 2019 - New York

NY locals and tourists take to the streets of our great city to meet, greet and enjoy what summer in N.Y. is all about. One of the few, FREE things, left to do in NYC. Street Fairs are a Welcome break for all to enjoy the streets without cars, bikes and construction sites that plague our usual day to day. Experience the 20+ Authentic food booths, Browse the 50+ merchandise booths that sell a huge variety of goods that range from handmade metal statues to African baskets to the year's hottest trends in jewelry & fashion accessories and much more. Bring the dog along too!

Millennial Choirs & Orchestras - Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
July 12, 2019 - New York

Performers Millennial Choirs & Orchestras

FREE Tickets!! All Star Stand Up Comedy Show! - Broadway Comedy Club
Through July 12, 2019 - New York

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HRPK Green Team - Hudson River Park
July 13, 2019 - New York

Gain meaningful experience working with friends, community members and like-minded individuals looking to beautify and maintain Hudson River Park's picturesque waterside landscape! This volunteer program is an exciting opportunity for community members to nurture their inner green thumb alongside their neighbors while improving public greenspace. Members of the HRPK Green Team will work with our seasoned horticulture staff and participate in landscape enhancement activities including planting, weeding, pruning, mulching, trimming of ornamental grasses, addition of soil amendments, cleaning of vegetation beds and other general gardening activities.

FREE Tickets!! All Star Stand Up Comedy Show! - Broadway Comedy Club
July 13, 2019 - Midtown

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Lohninger & Fischbacher - Symphony Space
July 13, 2019 - New York

"Elisabeth Lohninger is a powerful performer and a highly-skilled improviser and composer." - New York Times "Lohninger's ear for melody and intellect for smart lyrics have few peers. Add to this a warmly centered alto voice, well captured here, and a complete package of delight emerges. Soul Garden is less a jazz recording than a vocal music recording. Lohninger uses jazz techniques in music of a much wider appeal. This is music for grown-ups dealing with grown-up things: love, the environment, the Beatles." - C. Michael Bailey,All About Jazz "Lohninger shapes an adventurous but accessible session that ideally showcases her voice. Dark and dense as blackberries yet lustrous as pearls, it is a stunning instrument that deserves smart, sympathetic support." - Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

Science Saturday at Pier 84 - Pier 84 in Maritime Entertainment District
July 13, 2019 - New York

Dive into science with your family this summer for catch and release fishing, microscopic investigations, River-inspired crafts and more.

Fashion on the Hudson Runway Show - Riverbank State Park
July 13, 2019 - New York

his is your invitation to the most anticipated show of the Summer, FASHION ON THE HUDSON, held Saturday July 13, 2019 in Riverbank State Park Cultural Center, 679 Riverside Drive at West 145th Street.

Fashion on the Hudson Runway Show - Riverbank/State Park
July 13, 2019 - New York

This is your invitation to the most anticipated show of the Summer, FASHION ON THE HUDSON, held Saturday July 13, 2019 in Riverbank State Park Cultural Center, 679 Riverside Drive at West 145th Street. Fashion on the Hudson features the Fashion Industry Finest Independent Designers, showcasing their latest collections. We present models of all sizes, heights and ages to reflect the REAL WORLD of fashion. If you would like to audition, sign up for a model ticket and come on out. We welcome you to attend our FREE FASHION SHOW AND AFTER PARTY. To attend the Fashion Show, just click and get your tickets, for the After Party, you will need to be 18 years and over. This is one of the longest running FREE show in Fashion history, 22 years, so come on out and celebrate. This is a FAMILY ORIENTATED Show, that everyone can enjoy. We welcome the disabled and handicapped. We look forward to having you, get your FREE ticket TODAY.

Shaker Sessions with The MM Crew! on The Roof (All Vinyl ) - Broken Shaker at Freehand New York
Through July 13, 2019 - New York

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Second Stage Theater - The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Through July 13, 2019 - New York

Come celebrate the decades of plays and musicals that have defined Second Stage as the home for living American playwrights. In 1979, a new theater was born with a novel idea: give a second chance to American plays that are worthy of a second look. Second Stage Theater started in a cramped 100-seat space on the 16th floor of a hotel on the Upper West Side. That first production was far from an easy or auspicious launch – the director and three actors quit, one at the very last minute (luckily, a young actor named Jeff Daniels agreed to step in and perform).

Design Dialogue - Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
July 14, 2019 - New York

Cooper Hewitt offers a free program for individuals with Alzheimer's or other dementias and their care partners to experience and discuss design objects and exhibitions in a small group. Led by museum educators, these dialogues provide a social environment for exploring design objects and stories and participate in hands-on learning experiences.

Shell-Ebrate Oysters - Pier 25 in Tribeca
July 14, 2019 - New York

Learn the incredible history of oysters and their ecological importance while working alongside Park staff to support oyster research efforts.

Liquid Math - Symphony Space
July 14, 2019 - New York

"a vocally lustrous earful"- The Philadelphia Inquirer "elaborately ornamental, with a martini-dry wit"- CafeteriaRusticana.com "a rich mezzo that dazzled the ears"- The Syracuse Post-Standard "musically superb"- BistroAwards.com "grandly libidinous... luxurious vocalism, good looks and theatrical poise"- Opera News "note-perfect... a charismatic presence" - The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "enormous fun... sparkling arrangements" - American Popular Song Society Kathryn Allyn has been called "a vocally lustrous earful" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, "elaborately ornamental" and "a martini dry wit" by CafeteriaRusticana.com, "note perfect" and "a charismatic presence" by the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, "a mezzo that dazzled the ears" by the Syracuse Post-Standard, "musically superb" by BistroAwards.com and, in a personal favorite, "grandly libidinous" by Opera News; as a jazz singer, she has appeared at NYC's The Cutting Room, The Underground, The West End Lounge, TomiJazz, Somethin' Jazz and Stage72. In her former life as a classical singer, Kaye appeared in leading roles or as a soloist at New York City Opera, Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall and Opera Orchestra New York; appeara... (read more)

Pride on Astor Fair - On Astor Place from Broadway - Lafayette St
July 14, 2019 - New York

NY locals and tourists take to the streets of our great city to meet, greet and enjoy what summer in N.Y. is all about. One of the few, FREE things, left to do in NYC. Street Fairs are a Welcome break for all to enjoy the streets without cars, bikes and construction sites that plague our usual day to day. Experience the 20+ Authentic food booths, Browse the 50+ merchandise booths that sell a huge variety of goods that range from handmade metal statues to African baskets to the year's hottest trends in jewelry & fashion accessories and much more. Bring the dog along too!

Bollywood Beats @ Stage48 NYC - A Weekly Saturday Night DesiParty - Stage48
Through July 14, 2019 - New York

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Summer: Uptown Shakespeare in the Park - Marcus Garvey Park
Through July 28, 2019 - New York

Dionysus, the god of wine, prophecy, religious ecstasy, and fertility, returns to his birthplace in Thebes in order to clear his mother's name and to punish the insolent city state for refusing to allow people to worship him.

Big City Fishing Mondays on Pier 25 - Pier 25 in Tribeca
Through August 08, 2019 - New York

Adults and kids aged 5+ learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about river science topics. We provide the rods, reels and instruction.

Big City Fishing Sundays on Pier 84 - Pier 84 in Maritime Entertainment District
Through August 25, 2019 - New York

Adults and kids aged 5+ learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about river science topics. We provide the rods, reels and instruction.

Open Field Lab - Pier 84 in Maritime Entertainment District
Through August 25, 2019 - New York

Explore HRPK Estuary Lab's current scientific research and monitoring efforts at these weekly participatory field labs. Take a closer look at plastic pollution in the River with microscopic exploration and learn more about our Park Over Plastic initiative. Assist in the ongoing biological survey of the Park's aquatic environment through oyster monitoring and collection of environmental DNA.

Roving River - Hudson River Park
Through August 25, 2019 - New York

Every Sunday Keep an eye out for the Roving River tricycle – an exhibit of live Hudson River wildlife on wheels. Observe river animals up close and interact with smaller critters in a touch tank.

Big City Fishing Mondays on Pier 51 - Pier 51 in Greenwich Village
Through August 26, 2019 - New York

Adults and kids aged 5+ learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about river science topics. We provide the rods, reels and instruction.

Sunset Salsa with Talia - Pier 45 in Greenwich Village
Through August 27, 2019 - New York

Beginner Lessons: 6:30—7:30 PM Open Dance: 7:30—9:00 PM As the sun goes down, the heat goes up at Sunset Salsa with Talia Castro-Pozo, a HRPK favorite series. Every Tuesday in July and August, learn the steps with the experts then show off your new moves.

Healthy on the Hudson X Tai Chi - Pier 84 in Maritime Entertainment District
Through September 09, 2019 - New York

Hit the water and the turf this summer at our outdoor fitness series, with new workouts added at more locations along Hudson River Park's four-mile footprint.

Hudson River Nature Walk - Christopher Street fountain near Pier 45
Through September 22, 2019 - New York

Learn about Hudson River Park's wildlife by joining knowledgeable naturalists on guided nature walks throughout the summer along the Park's esplanade. Each nature walk is unique and offers a one-of-a-kind treasure hunt-like experience. Park Naturalists will meet participants at the Christopher Street Fountain, just north of Pier 40 at 9 a.m. sharp. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Loud noises and barking tend to startle wildlife and reduce viewing opportunities - please be considerate and leave your dog at home.

BUILD Brunch - Build Series NYC Studio
Through September 10, 2025 - New York

Digital entertainment program BUILD Series takes its popular and extensive live interview show to the next level, adding a new, daily morning talk show "BUILD Brunch," as BUILD Series continues its commitment to bring its fans closer to culture. Airing weekdays at 11am live on BUILDseries.com/Brunch, it will feature a roundtable of diverse, young and influential personalities speaking to breaking news, hot topics and the latest in entertainment. PLEASE READ BEFORE ARRIVAL: Doors open 30 minutes before showtime and CLOSE 5 minutes prior to each show. There will be a standby line for every show. VALID ID REQUIRED FOR ENTRY for security purposes (No age minimum). Please note we clear the studio after every event and we DO NOT permit autographs on our premises. This event will be streamed LIVE on BUILDseries.com! Make sure to check out the BUILD Series Newsletter for updates and information about our events:


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