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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. It's not hard to find free things to do in New York City this weekend. After all, NYC is a place that has it all— from food festivals and block parties to nature walks and fishing off the piers. 

Sunset on the Hudson - Pier 45 in Greenwich Village
August 23, 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.

Dixon Connect - Dixon Place
August 23, 2019 - New York

This is a Networking Event for everyone creative at Dixon Place Cocktail Lounge! With "MAX4" Performance Segment. MAX4 presents 4 live performances of max 4 minutes each.

Grand Central Food Block Party - On 41st Street from 3rd - Lexington Ave
August 23, 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!

Carlos Dias - 'The Living Room' - Symphony Space
August 23, 2019 - New York

The Brazilian-born, Manhattan-based singer, musician and actor, Carlos Dias has led a remarkably eclectic international career. He has appeared in many of Brazil's highest-rated novelas (soap operas) and musical productions imported from Broadway; sung pop-jazz at top New York venues; worked as an acrobatic dancer; and recorded several CDs of dance music and American standards. In his performance "The living room", Carlos Dias as a soloist, travels through his Brazilian roots from the Capoeira and Bossa Nova to Jazz. Playing his Berimbau, the pandeiro and the guitar, he talks about his music influences. Come to be part of his living room!

Carlos Dias - 'the Living Room' - Symphony Space
August 23, 2019 - New York

The Brazilian-born, Manhattan-based singer, musician and actor, Carlos Dias has led a remarkably eclectic international career. He has appeared in many of Brazil's highest-rated novelas (soap operas) and musical productions imported from Broadway; sung pop-jazz at top New York venues; worked as an acrobatic dancer; and recorded several CDs of dance music and American standards. In his performance "The living room", Carlos Dias as a soloist, travels through his Brazilian roots from the Capoeira and Bossa Nova to Jazz. Playing his Berimbau, the pandeiro and the guitar, he talks about his music influences. Come to be part of his living room!

Carlos Dias - 'The Living Room' - Symphony Space
August 23, 2019 - New York

The Brazilian-born, Manhattan-based singer, musician and actor, Carlos Dias has led a remarkably eclectic international career. He has appeared in many of Brazil's highest-rated novelas (soap operas) and musical productions imported from Broadway; sung pop-jazz at top New York venues; worked as an acrobatic dancer; and recorded several CDs of dance music and American standards. In his performance "The living room", Carlos Dias as a soloist, travels through his Brazilian roots from the Capoeira and Bossa Nova to Jazz. Playing his Berimbau, the pandeiro and the guitar, he talks about his music influences. Come to be part of his living room!

The living room - Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
August 23, 2019 - New York

In his performance "The living room", Carlos Dias as a soloist, travels through his Brazilian roots from the Capoeira and Bossa Nova to Jazz. Playing his Berimbau, the pandeiro and the guitar, he talks about his music influences.

Linda Loves Bingo *No Bingo* - (Le) Poisson Rouge
August 23, 2019 - New York

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL NOT HAVE BINGO ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

Black Public Media 40th Anniversary!!! 2019 ImageNation Outdoors Film & Music Festival - St. Nicholas Park
August 23, 2019 - New York

In the 1970s, the Bronx was on fire. Left unprotected by the city government, nearly a half-million people were displaced as their close-knit, multiethnic neighborhood burned, reducing the community to rubble. While insidious government policies caused the devastation, Black and Latino residents bore the blame. In this story of hope and resistance, Bronx native Vivian Vazquez exposes the truth about the borough's sordid history and reveals how her embattled and maligned community chose to resist, remain and rebuild.

AFRO_SOCA - Esplanade Plaza
August 24, 2019 - New York

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The Broadway Mentors - The Triad
August 24, 2019 - New York

Students, ages 11 - 16 years old, will perform in Cabaret fashion, featuring many obscure and well known Golden Age of Broadway Songs. Directed by Sidney J. Burgoyne. Musical Director - Seth Weinstein. Join us in celebration with our Young Artists, sharing their joy and passion for this wonderful genre. Please Note: The Triad has a 2-beverage minimum per person.

Blues BBQ Festival - Pier 97 at Hudson River Park Greenway
August 24, 2019 - New York

Hudson River Park's beloved Blues BBQ Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this season! Join the party to close out your summer with a fantastic lineup of artists from across the United States. Enjoy barbecue from local New York City favorites, and sip on beverages while you listen to one of our most exciting lineups ever!

Kahvë : The Turkish Coffee Therapy Session - Dixon Place
August 24, 2019 - New York

Kahvë is an interactive fortune reading session that's part comedy & part group therapy. Get your coffee grounds read by comedic podcast host Uluç Ülgen in front of a live audience.

Eighth Avenue Festival - On 8th Avenue from 42nd - 57th St
August 24, 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 500+ 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!

FAMILY DANCE - Esplanade Plaza
August 24, 2019 - New York,

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Free Things to Do in Manhattan This Weekend

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Arthur Sadowsky & the Troubadours - Symphony Space
August 24, 2019 - New York

Arthur Sadowsky is the music director and bandleader for the relatively well known NYC jazz band Arthur Sadowsky & The Troubadours. The band has performed at some of the most well-known jazz clubs locally in the U.S. (The Iridium, The Blue Note, The 55 Bar, House of Blues, B.B. King Blues, Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, The Zinc Bar, NUBLU Classic, etc) and internationally (in Canada and Europe). Here is what the critics have to say about Sadowsky's music: "Jazz fans are in for a treat when Arthur Sadowsky & The Troubadours play their very special brand of modern jazz and world music. The band is performing Arthur's original music and arrangements mixed with a very special focus on John Coltrane's and Miles Davis' compositions and his signature interpretations of all-time jazz classics. "Every member of the band is a virtuoso musician who represents the 'cream of the crop' of today's jazz scene in New York," stated Arthur Sadowsky in an email to the DownBeat Magazine. "The band focuses on Coltrane's signature interpretation of jazz classics like 'My Favorite Things', and are very careful to reproduce his famous 1961 arrangement and the way he used to play the melody, yet ma... (read more)

Blues Bbq Festival - Pier 97 in Clinton
August 24, 2019 - New York

Hudson River Park's beloved Blues BBQ Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this season! Join the party to close out your summer with a fantastic lineup of artists from across the United States. Enjoy barbecue from local New York City favorites, and sip on beverages while you listen to one of our most exciting lineups ever!

Experience the Joys and Benefits of Handwriting - Housing Works Bookstore Cafe & Bar
August 24, 2019 - New York

Time to come put pen to paper and join The Writing Den! We supply the writing materials, tools, and postage, then mail everything afterward, and deliver any correspondence received at the next month's den. Our den leaders are there to help choose that special card or check a mailing address.

'Kids Night Out', Celebarting Harlem Week!!! 2019 Imagenation Outdoors Film & Music Festival - St. Nicholas Park (135th Street)
August 24, 2019 - New York

Dir. Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti, Rodney Rothman, 116 min. USA In this 2019 academy Award winner, Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from another dimensions to stop a threat for all realities. Proceeded by a back to school backpack giveaway, STEM games and more!

Linda Loves Bingo - (Le) Poisson Rouge
August 24, 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.)

Tunes at Thalia - Symphony Space
August 25, 2019 - New York

Join in and sing at Tunes at Thalia, part of the long-running open mics presented at Bar Thalia at Symphony Space, New York City. A full evening of Broadway showtunes, American Songbook favorites, jazz standards, and more awaits you! Bring the song you love to sing or try out that new piece you've been working on. Hostess Arianna Armon (the "Bel Canto and Can Belto" coloratura soprano from The Buxton Gilbert & Sullivan Festival, New York's Second Act Series, and Ponycon's "Lady Aria") will be on mic to guide singers and performers throughout the evening (www.ariannaarmon.com). Signup starts at 6pm, show runs 7pm to 9pm. No cover or minimum. Please bring sheet music already transposed in your preferred key, and bring multiple options to avoid song duplication.

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

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

Free Things to Do in Manhattan This Weekend

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Summer Brunch & Shop - Grand Bazaar NYC
August 25, 2019 - New York

Summer + Seafood + Shopping = a perfect Sunday at NYC's biggest curated weekly market, Grand Bazaar NYC, part of our 3-part Summer bunch series. Sip fresh oysters, bite into a juicy lobster roll, spoon into delicious seafood Pallela dish, snack on grilled octopus or eel skewers, or enjoy scrumptious shrimp tacos with your friends while exploring the Bazaar's 150+ vendors! Many you can't find elsewhere. You never know what great finds and deals you'll make!!! Come hungry and ready to shop from talented local artisans and independent dealers! 100% of Grand Bazaar NYC's profits are donated to four local public schools, benefiting over 4,000 children.

Tunes at Thalia - Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
August 25, 2019 - New York

Tunes at Thalia, part of the long-running open mics presented at Bar Thalia at Symphony Space, New York City. A full evening of Broadway showtunes, American Songbook favorites, jazz standards, and more awaits you! Bring the song you love to sing or try out that new piece you've been working on.

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.

Graffiti Warriors: Bama and Pistol, Pioneers of Subway Art - The Village Alliance
Through September 13, 2019 - New York

This is free and open to the public. In the early 1970s, the felt-tipped, penned initials on New York City's subway morphed into multicolored lettering and illustrations sprayed on the trains and tunnels with aerosol paint cans. Inner-city kids from the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn viewed the trains as a rolling canvas showcasing their art for all New Yorkers, rich and poor alike. In so doing, they pioneered an indigenous urban American art form--graffiti, now recognized worldwide as the visual component of hip-hop culture. This exhibition celebrates the past and present art of two graffiti artists--Richard Admiral, Jr. and his buddy Lonnie Heller, aka Bama and Pistol--who helped pioneer subway graffiti before the art form was chronicled by acclaimed photographers Henry Chalfant and Martha Cooper in the late '70s.

Harlem Week !!! 2019 Imagenation Outdoors Film & Music Festival - St. Nicholas Park
Through September 17, 2019 - New York

This adaptation of the James Baldwin Novel, stars Academy Award winner Regina King, Coleman Domingo, Michael Beach, Teyonah Parris, Aunjanue Ellis and newcomer Kiki Layne. The film follows a pregnant woman in who Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime he did not commit.

Free Things to Do in Manhattan This Weekend

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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.


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