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Free Things to Do in Manhattan This Weekend - June 28-June 30

June 24, 2019 - by CG Directory Editor
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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
June 28, 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 - ARlo at Arlo NoMad
June 28, 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.

Carlos Dias - 'The Living Room' - Symphony Space
June 28, 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
June 28, 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
June 28, 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!

Harry Potter (Book) Trivia - Slate NY
June 28, 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.

MOCA Cinema Series - Columbus Park
Through June 28, 2019 - New York

Join NYC Parks and the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) this June for four outdoor film screenings in Columbus Park. This summer, NYC Parks in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, will host movie showings throughout the five boroughs. Movies begin at dusk. For more information visit nyc.gov/parks or call 311.

Whiskey and Cheese at The Flatiron Room - The Flatiron Room
June 29, 2019 - New York

Whiskey and cheese is a match made in single malt heaven.

QUIET STORM Comedy Show - The Late Late
June 29, 2019 - New York

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A Medley of Classical Instrumental and Gospel Music at Carnegie Hall - Zankel Hall
June 29, 2019 - New York

A Medley of Classical Instrumental and Gospel Music features classical musicians, dancers, and singers in the New York City area. The proceeds from this performance will benefit Haitian Americans in Action Inc. (HAIA), Making the Impossible Possible (MIPO), and Beyond Borders—Ending Child Slavery in Haiti Program.

Jazz Brunch: Cait and the Critters - Fine & Rare
June 29, 2019 - New York

Jazz Brunch: Cait and the Critters

The Natalie Dietz Trio - Fine & Rare
June 29, 2019 - New York

The Natalie Dietz Trio

Family Time at Bhs Dumbo- Storytelling - Brooklyn Historical Society Dumbo
June 29, 2019 - Dumbo

Check out the exhibit Waterfront, then stay for a story time event featuring a reading by an author, one of BHS's educators, or a professional storyteller. Story time programs also include a hands-on component.

Second Stage Theater - The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Through June 29, 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).

Kiki Kogelnik's Art at Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery - Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Through June 29, 2019 - New York

A social butterfly and fashion plate as well as an artist, Kiki Kogelnik (1935–1997) was born in Austria, but moved to NYC in 1961, just as Pop Art was starting to take off. Her work, however, wasn't about the cartoons, product brands, celebrities, advertising and other subjects associated with Warhol, Lichtenstein, Rosenquist, etc. Rather, her paintings and sculpture bounced off of couture design for sly observations on gender and the constraints imposed on women by culture and commerce.

Jazz Brunch: Live Jazz Trio - Fine & Rare
June 30, 2019 - New York

Live Jazz Performance

Tunes at Thalia - Symphony Space
June 30, 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.

Unity of New York Sunday Service - Symphony Space
June 30, 2019 - New York

Unity of New York is a joyful, diverse, and welcoming spiritual community that honors all paths to God. Their mission is to serve the NYC community through spiritual teaching, music, prayer and outreach. They come together at their weekly Sunday Celebration Services (11am, right here at Symphony Space) to discover the power within all to unleash divine potential, know Oneness with God and each other. Unity affirms the power of prayer and the power of thoughts to create our own reality, helping people experience a stronger connection with God every day. Come for the Music... Stay for the message!

Summer Brunch & Shop - Ladies Day - Grand Bazaar NYC
June 30, 2019 - New York

Whether she is your best friend from grade school, your roommate since you moved to the Big Apple, or your brand-new gym gal pal, take a day to celebrate the amazing woman in your life! Join us for a day of walking, talking, eating, and shopping at the Bazaar's first Ladies Day, part of our 3-part Summer brunch series. Feel the positive buzz from a curated selection of women-owned small businesses; from handmade crafts, vintage fashion and accessories to delicious artisanal foods. Make sure you stop and talk to these amazingly creative women who help keep NYC creative and vibrant! Ladies, expect to get preferred treatment and special discounts when treating yourself at the Bazaar. Come hungry and ready to shop the 150+ local merchants, indoors and outdoors! 100% of Grand Bazaar NYC's profits are donated to four local public schools, benefiting over 4,000 children.

Summer Brunch & Shop – Ladies Day - Grand Bazaar NYC
June 30, 2019 - New York

Whether she is your best friend from grade school, your roommate since you moved to the Big Apple, or your brand-new gym gal pal, take a day to celebrate the amazing woman in your life! Join us for a day of walking, talking, eating, and shopping at the Bazaar's first Ladies Day, part of our 3-part Summer brunch series. Feel the positive buzz from a curated selection of women-owned small businesses; from handmade crafts, vintage fashion and accessories to delicious artisanal foods. Make sure you stop and talk to these amazingly creative women who help keep NYC creative and vibrant! Ladies, expect to get preferred treatment and special discounts when treating yourself at the Bazaar. Come hungry and ready to shop the 150+ local merchants, indoors and outdoors! 100% of Grand Bazaar NYC's profits are donated to four local public schools, benefiting over 4,000 children.

World Pride & Disco Pride Mass - St. Mark's Church-on-the-Bowery
June 30, 2019 - New York

Join us for our annual disco pride mass! And stick around after Sunday service, if you can, to join us in the New York City pride march to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969.

Free Rooftop Party at La Terraza with music by DJ Prostyle @ La Terraza NYC - La Terrazza
Through June 30, 2019 - New City

Grab a friend or 3, sign up for FREE tickets and come up to enjoy the best DJ's in NYC spinning the hottest songs of today and yesterday while dancing under the stars and skyscraper lights to one of Manhattan's nicest views. TONIGHT is Music by DJ Prostyle!

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.

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.

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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