Here are the best FREE things to see and do in New York City this week, June 11-15, including concerts, films, and the annual Night at the Museums with FREE admission to more than a dozen museums in Lower Manhattan.
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Metropolitan Opera Summer Concert Series – Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy FREE opera under the stars with stars from the Met.
- Concerts are in all five boroughs.
SummerStage schedule of FREE concerts in NYC parks in all five boroughs, now underway. This week includes a concert by Big Daddy Kane.
- See the full summer schedule here.
NYC Free Monday, June 18
Bryant Park Summer Film Series – The annual and popular film series begins tonight, with a different film each Monday for ten Mondays, through the end of August. Tonight, it’s The Breakfast Club.
NYC Free Tuesday, June 19
Night at the Museums -Get FREE admission to 15 museums and cultural institutions in Lower Manhattan, including the National September 11 Museum, plus guided walks and discounts at restaurants and bars, at this annual event.
- There also are discounts at downtown restaurants, and more.
NYC Free Thursday, June 21
France Rocks Festival: Elida Almeida – Winner of Radio France International’s Prix Découvertes in 2015, Elida Almeida is a fresh new Cape Verdean voice on the world music scene. Born on the island of Santiago and raised on Maio, she developed her vocal techniques with simple church singing while she helped her mother sell fruits and vegetables at local markets. A determined woman and committed champion of the right to education, Almeida left the rural world to write her love and protest songs. Blending Cape Verdean beats with warm vocals and a fiery joie de vivre, Almeida has become a celebrated presence at world music venues across Europe, Africa, and North America.
- 7:30pm, David Rubenstein Atrium, 61 West 62nd Street, located on the west side of Broadway, between 62nd and 63rd streets.
- Seating is first come, first served. When the venue reaches capacity, a standby line will form outdoors.
NYC Free Friday June 22
Spiral: Fear Breaks us Apart – Flight or Fight? As anti-Semitism explodes across the planet, the 500,000 Jews of France are caught in a chilling cycle of fear, hatred and violence. Physical assaults, verbal harassment and the growing social acceptability of bigotry have forced them into an impossible, if familiar, quandary: whether to pack up for Israel or remain at home to battle the rising hostility.
Using clips from her new film SPIRAL, director and veteran journalist Laura Fairrie will talk about the origins of this dilemma, the ordinary French Jews wrestling with it and answer questions about the deeper challenge of whether we can learn to live together in an increasingly fractured world of deep political, social and racial division. The film, which premiered at DOC NYC, was produced by the Cohen Media Group (led by Charles S. Cohen, a Temple Emanu-El Trustee), and the free screening is sponsored by Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center.
- A FREE ticket is required for admission, to manage seating. Screening is at 6pm at the Quad Cinema in the Village.
NYC Free Tuesday and Thursday
Bryant Park’s yoga classes, believed to be the largest regularly scheduled FREE outdoor series of its kind in the world, are now underway. The twice-weekly classes are Tuesday mornings on the Upper Terrace 10 AM-11 AM, and Thursday evenings on the Lawn 6 PM-7PM.
- Bring your own mat.
Daily through June 30
Meet 200 women who will change the way you see the world, at a special FREE interactive photo and video exhibit. The exhibit highlights diversity and equality through the stories of 200 women from around the world, who were asked five fundamental questions on the theme ‘what is most important to you’.
- The 200 Women exhibition is sponsored by BMW, and is at Pen + Brush, 29 East 22nd St., through June 30, then travels to Munich, Germany, BMW’s headquarters city.