5 free events happening in NYC: “Be More Chill” in Bryant Park, “Romeo and Juliet” in a parking lot and more

5 free events happening in NYC: “Be More Chill” in Bryant Park, “Romeo and Juliet” in a parking lot and more

Each week, ALL ARTS rounds up a selection of free performances and presentations taking place in New York City and beyond. Find this week’s top picks below.

Broadway in Bryant Park
Bryant Park, Manhattan
July 11; 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
A crowd favorite returns! Join cast members from “Be More Chill,” “King Kong,” “Stomp” and “Wicked” in singing the biggest hits from each production. The performances are part of Bryant Park’s yearly celebration of Broadway shows, bringing together theater fans and stars of the stage for free performances each week.

Salif Keita and Courtnee Roze at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival 
Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn
July 13; gates open at 6:30 p.m.
The music continues this summer at Prospect Park. Music legend Salif Keita will stage a return to the bandshell for the first time in more than a decade. Conga virtuoso Courtnee Roze is also slated to perform, dazzling audiences with the same talent that snagged her the winning title at Afropunk’s 2017 Brooklyn Battle of the Bands.

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: “Romeo and Juliet” 
The Clemente Parking Lot, Manhattan
Through July 27; Thursdays through Saturdays; 7 p.m.
The Drilling Company celebrates the 25th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot this year! To commemorate the milestone, company members will present arguably the most famous Shakespeare work: “Romeo and Juliet.”

Art-making presented by the Nogochi Museum
Queens Public Library, Queens
Mondays through August 12; 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
The museum is providing art supplies and an opportunity for collaborative creation each Monday through August. Join an art instructor from the museum for printmaking, collage, watercolor and mixed media sessions.

ImageNation Outdoors Film & Music Festival
Various locations, New York City
Select days through Sept. 20; 6 p.m.
The 17th annual celebration of soul cinema kicks off this month with a screening of “42: the Jackie Robinson Story,” timed to coincide with the baseball star’s 100th birthday. Live music, special opportunities to win prizes and more make this festival a must-see during New York City summers.

Top Image: Broadway in Bryant Park