Summer Free Events in New York City Showcased by

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Summer is at its height in New York City and so is free entertainment. In summertime New York you can go to movies free of charge, pay nothing to listen to the best live music, be it Latin, hip-hop, jazz, or classical, pay homage to free theater in a most unexpected location, take a free tour, have glass of wine at a gallery opening, or get a free dancing lesson. While some of these free events are well publicized (like “Metropolitan Opera in the Parks” or “Shakespeare Festival in the Park”), most are found by a lucky chance.

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Club freeTime, a company specializing in listings of free cultural and free entertainment events in New York City, makes sure that New Yorkers and visitors to New York are informed about free events that are less publicized, but no less enjoyable.

Here is a sample of free events that the Club freeTime website ( lists on a day in July:

  •      Broadway stars perform hit songs;
  •      Tai Chi workshop;
  •      Wall Street tour;
  •      “Taming of the Shrew” by William Shakespeare;
  •      Southwestern group Calexico fuses folk, jazz, funk, Latin rhythms, and guitar;
  •      New York Philharmonic performs works by Wagner, Lalo, Tchaikovsky.

These events are among 34 listings of free events for that day.

“[Club freeTime’s] ability to find high-quality free events is phenomenal,” said Oleg Geller, Club freeTime member from Brooklyn. “Free of trivial articles and unnecessary artwork, Club freeTime is extremely efficient in delivering the very gist of the best of the values in New York recreational and cultural scenes.”

While anyone who visits can see an event description, date and time, members have access to events addresses.

A visitor to can:

Club freeTime was started in 1987 by Natella Vaidman, who came to New York form Moscow and was amazed by the variety and quality of the city’s free entertainment and cultural offerings.

About Club freeTime

Club freeTime (under its initial name of Free Time) was the subject of a column in the New York Times and is prominently featured in number of guide books about New York.


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