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Free Things to Do in Manhattan This Weekend - July 19-July 21


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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.

Voice of Authority - 59E59 Theaters
July 19, 2019 - New York

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Sunset on the Hudson - Pier 45 in Greenwich Village
July 19, 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.

Free Comedy Show - O.P.P.A.
July 19, 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/).

Harry Potter (Book) Trivia - Slate NY
July 19, 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.

Apollo Teen Takeover 2019 - Apollo Theater
July 19, 2019 - New York

The Apollo Theater has served as a stage for numerous artists who are well-known today. Through Apollo Teen Takeover, young artists are given the opportunity to showcase their talents at one of the world's most famous theaters. Curated by Apollo Theater Academy high school interns, Teen Takeover is an annual event that brings together young NYC artists seeking to share and celebrate creativity. This year's Teen Takeover: For The Culture, features performing and visual artists whose work represents New York's diversity and the cultures that reflect the artistry within New York's unique arts landscape.

Bard in the Park - Clinton Cove
July 19, 2019 - New York

Celebrate the solstice with free BARD IN THE PARK! Bringing Shakespeare to Clinton Cove for four performances this summer, join local artists for A Midsummer Night's Song.

Healthy on the Hudson X New York Outrigger Sessions - Pier 66 in Maritime Entertainment District
July 20, 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. Get on the water in HRPK at select outrigger paddle sessions! Participation is limited, book your spot early!

Voice of Authority - 59E59 Theaters
July 20, 2019 - New York

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Times Square Summer Fair - On Broadway from 47th - 57th St
July 20, 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 50+ Authentic food booths, Browse the 300+ 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!

Linda Loves Bingo - (Le) Poisson Rouge NYC
July 20, 2019 - New York

WIN BIG AT NYC'S #1 DRAG GAME SHOW—LINDA LOVES BINGO! Join hostess Linda Simpson as players vie for a treasure trove of prizes, from discount-store delights to a cash jackpot. Thrills, laughs and prizes galore! Bring along your friends, relatives, your special someone, or just come alone—Anyone can be a winner at this fun-filled affair! Great for birthday celebrations and other special gatherings. (Arrive early for best seats.)

Second Stage Theater - The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Through July 20, 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).

FREE Tickets to Comedy Funday - The Lantern
July 21, 2019 - New York

The Unusual Culprits comedy team bring you a hysterical lineup of comedians you may have seen on networks like MTV, Comedy Central, Colbert and more! Happy Hour drink specials and no cover charge! Critics say "It's a Sunday show that feels like a Saturday!" The perfect event to end the weekend and one you cannot miss!

Free Stand up comedy - Beauty Bar
July 21, 2019 - New Yor

Every Sunday starting @9:30 free stand up comedy from comedians seen on late night, Comedy Central and more!

Shell-Ebrate Oysters - Pier 25 in Tribeca
July 21, 2019 - New York

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

Grand Bazaar NYC's 4th Annual Ice Cream Blizzard - Grand Bazaar NYC
July 21, 2019 - New York

Manhattan's largest weekly curated market, Grand Bazaar NYC, will host its 4th Annual Ice Cream Blizzard on Sunday, July 21st. 15 ice cream makers will be on hand to wow and delight in addition to 130 independent vendors of all varieties. It's just the kind of blizzard New Yorkers will welcome on a hot, sunny July day.

A Weekly Saturday Night DesiParty - Stage48
Through July 21, 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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