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Free Things to Do in Manhattan This Weekend - May 31-June 2


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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.

Free Comedy Show - ARlo at Arlo NoMad
May 31, 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,

Free Comedy Show - O.P.P.A.
May 31, 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").

Jazz Concert: Ginetta's Vendetta - Asser Levy Playground
May 31, 2019 - Manhattan

Join NYC Parks Arts, Culture & Fun and the Jazz Foundation of America for a live jazz concert with Ginetta, a triple-threat female powerhouse who plays pocket trumpet, sings and composes, while leading her acclaimed band Ginetta's Vendetta around the world. 10 times Grammy nominated artist, she studied at North Texas State University.

Films on the Green Presents Coco Before Chanel - Central Park Cedar Hill
May 31, 2019 - New York

Orphaned at a young age, Gabrielle Chanel (Tautou) learns to embroider and sew at a strict convent school before her singing ambitions lead her to perform in cafés and bars. She soon earns the nickname "Coco" and attracts the attention of Étienne Balsan (Poelvoorde), a rich gentleman intrigued by her stubborn ingénue. Swept up in her rich admirer's world, Coco draws the eyes of society towards her with her unique, elegant style but complications arise when she falls in love with the young Arthur Capel (Nivola).

Hair Philosophy Grand Opening Celebration - Hair Philosophy
May 31, 2019 - New York

Join Hair Philosophy at our grand opening event on May 31st at 192 Elizabeth Street!

The Pop UPS - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
June 01, 2019 - New York

Celebrate making, building, and learning with the pop-tinged sounds of this Grammy-nominated Brooklyn band with an appetite for construction.

New York Guitar Festival - Brookfield Place
June 01, 2019 - New York

New York Guitar Festival kicks off its 20th anniversary celebration with a tribute to blues legend Memphis Minnie. Arts Brookfield is thrilled to once again partner with New York Guitar Festival to present a free, outdoor concert at Brookfield Place celebrating the life and music of this influential blues guitarist.

Meet the Scientist: Dagmawit Getahun - American Museum of Natural History
June 01, 2019 - New York

Gelada monkeys, also known as the "bleeding heart" monkeys because of the bright red patches of skin on their chest, are found only in the highlands of Ethiopia. They are the world's only grass eating monkeys and spend most of their time on the ground rather than in the trees. While their range is currently very restricted, fossils show us that their ancestors lived all over the world. Join Dagmawit "Dag" Getahun, a biological anthropology PhD candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY, for an exploration of the evolutionary history of monkeys from Africa and Asia and how the study of these terrestrial primates might lead to insights about our own evolution.

Opening Show: Emily King / Durand Jones and the Indications / Madison McFerrin / DJ Reborn - City Parks Foundation
June 01, 2019 - New York

Long time Lower East Side resident Emily King may have moved upstate to Woodstock, but hers will always be an East Side Story. The child of musicians, dropped out of school at 16 and cut her teeth at local haunts CBGB and The Bitter End. In the fifteen years since she signed her first record deal with Clive Davis' J Records, her distinct brand of soulful R&B has been nominated for a Grammy and led to collaborations and performances with Nas, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Chaka Khan and Erykah Badu. She's joined by Durand Jones and the Indications, a soul group with a throwback sound that channels the likes of Jackie Wilson and Curtis Mayfield.

Jazz Concert: Eddie Allen - Jackie Robinson Recreation Center, Jackie Robinson Park
June 01, 2019 - New York

Join NYC Parks Arts, Culture & Fun and the Jazz Foundation of America for a live jazz concert with Eddie Allen; trumpeter, composer, arranger, author, and educator, known for his versatility. He has worked with legends like Art Blakey, Bette Midler, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, T.S. Monk, and Kool & the Gang.

The Sesame Street Road Trip - Eventbrite
June 01, 2019 - United States

Sesame Street is hosting a free, family festival in New York on June 1st! Join your Sesame Street friends for a fun, interactive family festival and stage show, a giant maze, a treasure dig, photo opportunities, sweepstakes, a cookies-and-milk snack station, and more! Need directions? Waze can help get you there.

Second Stage Theater - The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Through June 01, 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).

Manhattan - NYU Kimmel Center & Surrounding Area
June 02, 2019 - New York,

City of Science is a larger-than-life event where science, technology, engineering, and math collide! Washington Square Park and beyond transforms into a laboratory where you can put on a spacesuit and train like an astronaut. Spin till you're dizzy in a multi-access trainer, drive a rover, and hop aboard a fully functional flight simulator. You'll also be able to examine actual space dust, sit on a space commode, toss marbles into orbit, and much more

Manhattan - Kimmel Center for University Life
June 02, 2019 - New York

City of Science is a larger-than-life event where science, technology, engineering, and math collide! Washington Square Park and beyond transforms into a laboratory where you can put on a spacesuit and train like an astronaut. Spin till you're dizzy in a multi-access trainer, drive a rover, and hop aboard a fully functional flight simulator. You'll also be able to examine actual space dust, sit on a space commode, toss marbles into orbit, and much more. When you want to come back down to Earth, step inside the NYU Kimmel Center and enter our virtual reality world that goes from the macrocosm to the microcosm. Take a virtual tour of the International Space Station and the planets in our solar system, and get up close with insects and all kinds of living creatures in our national parks. Workshops, talks, interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, and exciting exhibitions will run throughout the day.

French Ball / A French Party - 5th&Mad
Through June 02, 2019 - New York,

We know that you miss to wiggle on the Demons of Midnight, slam a dance step on the Mia or sing on Djadja. So we organized the first French ball in NYC! The program is simple: DJ Ambiance and Max Austin will distill French grooves on 5th & Mad until very late, from Celine Dion to Aya Nakamura via Indochina, NTM, Émile & Image, Johnny, Alizée, Patrick Sébastien, Niska, Manau, Justice or Magic System! An old-fashioned evening with friends!

Seventh Sunday of Easter - St. Mark's Church-on-the-Bowery
Through June 03, 2019 - New York

Wherever you might be on your own spiritual journey, St. Mark's welcomes to you to celebrate with us every Sunday, here in the Bowery. Choir practice begins at 9:30 am, one hour before service begins.

Nanci - Theater Lab
Through June 06, 2019 - New york

The Gallery Series at Theaterlab presents Nanci, a new work-in-progress by Annie Hoeg and Ilana Khanin

BFPL Celebrates WorldPride - Brookfield Place
Through June 30, 2019 - New York

Join Brookfield Place in celebrating WorldPride NYC with activations and events taking place in multiple spaces throughout the complex during the month of June. Explore a large-scale installation in the Pavilion (6/1 – 7/1), visit WorldPride | Stonewall 50 AIDS Memorial Quilt Display Initiative in the Winter Garden (6/27 – 7/1), and snap a photo with a colorful instagrammable moment (6/27 – 7/1) on the Waterfront Plaza. For every post on social media that tags @BFPLNY and #BFPLpride in the Pavilion and on the Waterfront Plaza, $1 will be donated to an LGBTQIA+ charity.

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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