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Kids Night On Broadway
Children age 6-18 can attend participating Broadway shows for free when accompanied by a full paying adult, plus family friendly restaurant and parking discounts, and a free pre-theatre party on Tuesday nights in January and February.
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Broadway Bears
An annual auction featuring one of a kind teddy bears, outfitted in original, handmade costumes by Broadway's leading costume designers, representing characters from plays and musicals, past and present, held in mid February.
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St Patrick's Day Parade
New York's Irish community parades up Fifth Avenue clan by clan from 44th Street to 86th Street starting at 11am on 17th March, reviewed from the steps of Saint Patrick's Cathedral by the Archbishop of New York.
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Ringling Bros And Barnum & Bailey Circus Parade
Midnight animal parade through the Queens-Midtown Tunnel along 34th Street to Madison Square Gardens that opens the annual season in late March and the reverse journey that closes it in early May.
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Manhattan Theatre Club 6@6
A free series of rehearsed readings of new work, made up of five plays and one musical, at 6pm on Monday evenings at City Center during April, May and June.
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East River Music Project
Offers free rock concerts on the last Saturday afternoon in the month from May to August in the 1,000 capacity East River Amphitheatre.
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River To River Festival
Hundreds of music, dance and visual arts performances and events at a variety of historic Lower Manhattan venues from the World Financial Center to South Street Seaport from June to September.
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Stars In The Alley
Performers from current Broadway musicals take part a free outdoor concert of highlights from their productions in Shubert Alley on the Wednesday morning of Theatre Week, which precedes the Tony Awards ceremony early June.
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The Naumburg Bandshell Concerts
The century old classical bandshell in Central Park, located just south of the 72nd Street cross drive, hosts classical concerts during June, July and August.
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Museum Mile Festival
The nine museums offer free entry, and 5th Avenue is closed to traffic from 82nd to 104th Street and given over to live bands, musicians and street entertainers on the second Tuesday evening in June.
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Broadway Under The Stars
An evening of open air entertainment by Broadway performers and an full orchestra on the Great Lawn in Central Park (79th Street or 81st Street entrances), with a fireworks finale, on a Monday in the second half of June.
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Mermaid Parade
Coney Island returns to the 'kiss me quick' roots of its 1920s heyday as New York's man in the street recreation option, with a parade along Surf Avenue from W 15th Street to W 10th Street, starting at 2pm on the first Saturday after the summer solstice.
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Bryant Park
The park running along the back of the New York Public Library offers free show, classical and jazz concerts, and dance performances, at breakfast, lunchtime and early evening, plus open air evening film performances, from June to August.
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Seaport Music Festival
Free rock, pop and jazz concerts at South Street Seaport, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings during June, July and August.
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New York Classical Theatre
The company stages roving performances of Shakespeare productions in Central Park, starting just inside the entrance at 103rd Street and Central Park West, at 7pm on Thursday to Sunday evenings in June, July and August.
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Central Park SummerStage
Free weekend afternoon concerts, dance, spoken word and entertainment events, also sometimes on weekday evenings from June to August, at Rumsey Playfield.
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Battery Park City
Free outdoor poetry readings, cabaret, blues and classical music concerts at various locations in the park from June to September.
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Shakespeare In The Park(ing) Lot
A grittier free outdoor Bard fest than the one in Central Park, with plays performed in a parking lot on Ludlow Street (Broome Street-Delancey Street) Thursdays to Saturdays at 8pm between June and August.
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Broadway Barks
An annual star studded fundraising event and adopt-a-thon for dogs and cats benefiting animal shelters in Shubert Alley on a Saturday in early July.
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Washington Square Music Festival
Free outdoor classical and jazz concerts in July.
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Summer In The Square
Free performances of music, dance and children's storytelling at lunchtime and early evenings during July and August. A free walking tour leaves the Abraham Lincoln Statue every Saturday at 2pm.
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Hudson River Park
Free open air film shows - they even have free popcorn - on Wednesdays at Pier 54 and Fridays at Pier 27, plus concerts, barbeques and fireworks during July and August.
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Brooklyn Bridge Park
Free open air films at dusk on Thursday nights during July and August, under the Gothic span of the bridge with the Manhattan skyline in the background.
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Seaside Summer Concerts
Free open air concerts in the Asser Levy Seaside Park in Coney Island, opposite New York Aquarium, on Thursday evenings during July and August.
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Shakespeare In The Park
The Public Theater presents Shakespeare (and others) in Central Park, often with Broadway and Hollywood names, at the open air Delacorte Theatre in August and September. Tickets available on the day of performance at 1pm are free - the queue has been known to start at 7am but 11.30am is a reasonable choice.
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Lincoln Center Out Of Doors
A free daytime and evening programme of music of all kinds, dance and entertainment on the plazas of Lincoln Center during August.
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Broadway On Broadway
The new Broadway season is launched with Broadway On Broadway, a free concert on a stage constructed in Times Square, with excerpts from the current musicals and sneak previews of upcoming shows on the Sunday after Labour Day (the first Monday in September).
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Play Outside
A programme of outdoor theatre performances of all kinds in parks in all five boroughs across the city Thursdays to Sundays during September.
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Broadway Flea Market
An annual star studded fundraising Flea Market and Grand Auction, with stalls packed with everything from theatrical memorabilia to home made cakes, takes place on the third Sunday in September.
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Open House New York
A scheme that allows public access to architecturally interesting but usually private buildings on the second weekend in October.
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New York's Village Halloween Parade
A parade along Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to W 23rd Street that styles itself as 'the nation's most wildly creative participatory event', starting at 7pm on 31st October.
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Grand Central Terminal
A free laser show, choreographed to seasonal music, is projected on to the famous sky ceiling of the main concourse every half hour from 11am to 9pm each day from mid November to the end of December.
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The world's greatest street parade bar none - real street theatre from 9am on Thanksgiving Day (the 4th Thursday in November) Central Park West W 77th Street to Columbus Circle, then Broadway to Macy's at W 34th Street.
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Rockerfeller Center Tree Lighting
The world's most famous Christmas tree gets the world's most spectacular lighting ceremony on the last Wednesday evening in November.
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Winter's Eve At Lincoln Center
A free concert at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, plus evening restaurant, shopping and entertainment promotions in the area on the first Monday in December at 6pm.
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Times Square Christmas Tree Lighting
Broadway performers join in the Christmas tree lighting ceremony singing carols and Christmas songs near the tkts booth between matinee and evening shows on the second Wednesday in December.
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New Year's Eve Times Square
Events start at 6pm and include a live show with music, pyrotechnics and 2 tons of confetti, culminating in the 6ft crystal, mirror and light ball descending the 77ft flagpole above One Times Square.
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