There’s so much happening FREE in NYC every week of the summer season that we have launched this weekly roundup, in addition to our regular Friday morning list of free and cheap weekend events. Add these free film screenings, concerts and lectures and more to your “to do” list. Outdoor movies generally begin at dusk (8PM or 8:30PM), but check the links for specific times.
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- Monday, June 13
Crooked Brooklyn – Lecture by retired Brooklyn District Attorney prosecutor Michael Vecchione and journalist Jerry Schmetterer tell tales about corrupt judges, dirty politicians, killers and body snatchers. At the Mid-Manhattan Library, the branch of NYPL at Fifth Avenue and 40thStreet, across Fifth Avenue from the main branch with the lions out front, at 6:30PM
Hard Hittin’ Harry / screening: Afripedia with Q&A is tonight’s Summerstage free double-header event. Haiti-born DJ, Hard Hittin Harry (Harry D’Janite) is a Brooklyn, NY resident by way of Montreal, Canada and New Jersey, who entertains his audience blending unique styles of the latest and classic Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Funk, Reggae, Pop, Rock, Soca, Afrobeat, Haitian Kompas, Zouk, Kwaito, House, Techno. 7PM to 10PM at Halsey St. bet. Howard Ave. and Saratoga Ave., Brooklyn
- Tuesday, June 14
– FREE admission to the Met, Guggenheim and other museums along Fifth Avenue, plus music and dance performances, activities for kids and more at this annual street fair.
- Night at the Museums is next Tuesday. Same idea, with downtown museums, including free admission to the National September 11 Museum.
“Tomorrowland” (Movies Under the Stars): Poe Park, Fordham
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (Movies Under the Stars): Carroll Park, Carroll Gardens
Stargazing at the High Line – Every Tuesday until October 25th, take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York to see rare celestial sights. At the Diller-von Furstenberg Sundeck, on the High Line at West 14th Street
- Wednesday, June 15
Yiddish Soul: A Concert of Cantorial and Chassidic Superstars – Featuring Cantorial and Chassidic Stars Netanel Hershtik, Yanky Lemmer, Joseph Malovany, Lipa Schmeltzer, The Maccabeats, Zusha, and special guest Benny Friedman. The liturgical music of the Cantor has for centuries been the spiritual gateway for Jewish worshippers and communities around the world. The virtuosity and deeply emotional artistry of the world’s great Cantors has been a passion of music aficionados from the earliest days of the recording and film media (Al Jolson) and opera (Richard Tucker). Like Gospel, this sound has crossed over from religious to mainstream jazz and world music festivals and performing arts centers worldwide. 6PM to 10PM at at Rumsey Playfield, mid-Park at 72nd St.
Hudson River Dance Festival – See performances by three top NYC modern dance troupes, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Stephen Petronio Company and Urban Bush Women. On the Pier 63 Lawn at West 23rd St. at 6:30PM Part of the Summer-long River to River Festival. If you miss it tonight, no worries – you get a second chance tomorrow night.
“Ties That Bind: Short Films About Families” (Rooftop Films): Metrotech Commons, Downtown Brooklyn
“Minions” (Movies Under the Stars): St. James Recreation Center, Fordham
“Friday Night Lights” (Movies Under the Stars): Hamilton Fish Recreation Center
- Thursday, June 16
It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance,Defeating Homophobia and Winning True Equality – Best-selling author and Sirius XM radio host Michelangelo Signorile explores the present and future of gay rights and the challenges that lie ahead for LGBT Americans. This is an important discussion anytime, but especially now after the horror of the mass murder this weekend in Orlando by a homophobic man in the name of his religion. Note that this talk was scheduled before the murders. Also at the Mid-Manhattan branch of the NYPL.
Hudson River Dance Festival – The second and final night of a two-night celebration of modern dance, with performances by Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Stephen Petronio Company and Urban Bush Women. At the Pier 63 Lawn at West 23rd St. at 6:30PM
FAB Flicks celebrating favorite African-American films and stars every Thursday in June. This week it’s “Claudine” with Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones
Everybody Tango – FREE lessons in Argentine Tango by instructors from Strictly Tango NYC, followed by the chance to practice what you learned. 6:30PM to 9:30PM through August 6 at Pier I at 70th St., Riverside Park. There also are FREE Latin Dance lessons, including Bachata, on Sundays in June.
- Reminder that Midsummer Night Swing in Lincoln Center begins on June 21.
“Splash”: LIC Landing at Hunters Point South Park, Long Island City
“Tickled” (Rooftop Films): The Old American Can Factory, Gowanus
“The Lego Movie” (Movies Under the Stars): Concrete Plant Park, Longwood
“My Fair Lady” (Movies Under the Stars): Greenbelt Recreation Center, Emerson Hill
“Rocky” (Movies Under the Stars): John Jay Park, Upper East Side
“The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert” (Movies Under the Stars): McCarren Park, Williamsburg
- Friday, June 4
Good Morning America free summer concerts in Central Park. Today’s concert by Demi Lovato
Today Show free summer concerts in Rockefeller Plaza. Today’s concert by Charlie Puth
Sunset on the Hudson Friday night concerts by local musicians at 7pm on Pier 45 at Christopher St.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” (Movies Under the Stars): West Bronx Recreation Center, High Bridge
“Jaws” (Movies Under the Stars): Detective Russel Timoshenko Soccer Field in Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach, South Beach
“Antman” (Movies Under the Stars): MacNeil Park, College Point
“Minions” (Movies Under the Stars): Rochdale Park, South Jamaica
“Mavis” (Movies Under the Stars): Fort Greene Park, Fort Greene
“Daddy’s Home” (Movies Under the Stars): Owl’s Head Park, Bay Ridge