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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on April 20, 2017?

Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away! 29 free events take place on April 20 in New York City.
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Thu, April 20, 2017
29 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on April 20, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
Tour |
The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
Free
Tours, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
City Walk |
This is a 3-hour tour that begins with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of New York City for over 125 years, with spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tour then moves on to a stroll of Brooklyn Heights, America’s and New York City’s first suburb. The tour then explores the neighborhood DUMBO before ending at the Fulton Ferry landing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
Free
City Walks, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Park Walk |
Explore the southwest of the park with Conservancy tour guides, and see it like never before. From a planned military parade ground to the site commemorating a famous activist for peace, one of the most-visited areas of the Park has some secrets to share with even the most seasoned Park-goer. Highlights of this tour include: Maine Monument, the Children’s District, Sheep Meadow, Tavern on the Green, and Strawberry Fields.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
Free
Park Walks, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Secrets of the Southwest Park Tour
Conference |
There is nothing more magical than the lure and power of invisibility, and no stronger weapon. It challenges our scientific imagination to new ways of revealing and concealing—penetrating the unseen mysteries of black holes and gravitational waves, cloaking what we wish to hide from our adversaries. It infuses our literature and drives the mythical and religious underpinnings of culture. And by stripping populations of their place in society—the invisible “other” in the form of African Americans, women in Saudi Arabia, the homeless, veterans—it spurs us to action, to create change for the better. Join us as we investigate the concept of invisibility and interrogate what’s seen, what’s unseen, what’s unseeable, and what we do in response.With Simon Critchley, Wendy Doniger, Gerald Holton, Mona El-Naggar, Priyamvada Natarajan, Darryl Pinckney and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Conferences, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Invisibility: The Power of an Idea
Classical Music |
The keyboard works of Bach offered in 30-minute meditations by Patrick Allen, organist and master of choristers, and Mary Pan, organ scholar. Bach at Noon concerts takes place Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 13, 2016 to May 25, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Concerts, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Bach at Noon
Workshop |
Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Workshops, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Lunchtime Meditation
Tour |
You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Tour |
Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments. This tour takes place daily.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Harlem Tour
Tour |
Many people think of the New York City subway as one of the largest, most efficient, if not the cleanest mass transit systems in the world. Few, however, think of it as the largest and longest art gallery on the planet. Well, they don't know what they are missing. This lively walking AND subway riding tour visits over a dozen subway stations to experience a selection of these striking often whimsical works that go largely unnoticed by the general public. Join this climate controlled subway and walking art tour. Along the way you'll learn about and become expert at navigating the (in)famous NYC subway system. There's also the invaluable opportunity to confer about your other sightseeing plans with the acclaimed Bronx born, vastly experienced licensed NYC tour guide, Darryl Reilly. Tour takes place every Thursday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Subway Art Tour
Master Class |
Featuring violinist Joseph Lin, this special event provides music lovers with a rare opportunity to witness the interaction between gifted students and great artists as they examine and explore the arts of performance on the highest level.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Concerts, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Violin Master Class: Joseph Lin
Film |
An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality. 100 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Films, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Ava DuVernay's Oscar Nominee 13th (2016): Documentary on Blacks in Prison
Film |
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis.A one-handed stranger comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary. 81 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, John Sturges' Bad Day at Black Rock (1955): 3 Oscar Nominations
Film |
Stars: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom.Blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, the governor's daughter, from Jack's former pirate allies, who are now undead.243 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Gore Verbinski's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003): Nominated for 5 Oscars
Book Discussion |
Monthly book discussions to explore titles you've been meaning to read, or reread, and discuss with other lovers of literature. Participants should read each title before the discussion. This month's title is Bleak House by Charles Dickens.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Book Discussions, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Discuss Great Books in a Great Space
Concert |
Hirkaru Yonezaki, Violin 4 p.m. Mika Sasaki, Piano Lecture Recital 4 p.m. Philip Zuckerman, Violin 6 p.m. Madeline Olson, Harp 6 p.m. Jameel Amir Martin, Viola 8 p.m.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
Free
Concerts, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Student Recitals
Opening Reception |
Artists:John Connors ◆ Susan Demmet ◆ Denise Fryburg ◆ Teresa HommelJody Leight ◆ Valerie Lynch ◆ Phyllis Tracy Malinow ◆ Ingrid Sletten
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Opening Receptions, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Artists of Gallery35: A Group Show
Book Reading |
Art Thinking is a way of applying the mindsets of art and the tools of business at the same time. If you are making a work of art in any field, you aren't going from a known point A to a known point B but inventing point B. This framework will help you launch a career, a product, or a company, when you are the first mover, when you are honing a vision and carving your own path. Attendees will receive a master class in the tools of art thinking, which will help you to guide your career and your business from first principles by asking the right questions, to build nimble business structures and to skillfully manage risks and own the upside of the work you create.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
Free
Book Readings, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Amy Whitaker discusses her book Art Thinking
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture explores the quiet catastrophes dotting American cities, examining the losses and failures that led these ruins to become forsaken by communities that once embraced them
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Slide Lectures, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Matthew Christopher discusses his book Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream
Workshop |
Learn how to use a brush pen to write Chinese calligraphy with an experience instructor. No Chinese language knowledge required. Library will provide supplies. This class repeats Thursday evenings in March and April.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Chinese Calligraphy Class
Film |
Dirt and Deeds In Mississippi uncovers the largely unknown and pivotal role played by Black landowning families in the deep South who controlled over a million acres in the 1960s. They were prepared to put their land and their lives on the line in the fight for racial equality and the right to vote in America’s most segregated and violently racist state.  In the face of escalating terror, Black landowners and independent farmers provided safe havens, collateral for jail bonds, armed protection and locations for Freedom Schools. 81 min. There will be a discussion following the screening with Charlayne Haynes, producer; Michelle DePass, co-director, Tishman Environment and Design Center and Dean, Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy; Timon McPhearson, Associate Professor of Urban Ecology and Chair, Environmental Studies Program; and Mia White, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies and Milano. Moderated by Michelle Materre, Associate Professor of Media Studies and Film and curator/producer, Creatively Speaking Film Series.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Films, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, David Shulman's Dirt and Deeds in Mississippi (2016): Documentary on Black Farmers' Rights
Book Reading |
From the #1 bestselling author of The Historian comes a mesmerizing novel that spans the past and the present--and unearths the troubled history of a gorgeous but haunted country. In The Shadow Land, Elizabeth Kostova follows an American woman who moves to Bulgaria and finds herself embroiled in a mystery when she inadvertently finds an urn of human ashes and sets out to return them.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Elizabeth Kostova reads from her book The Shadow Land
Performance |
Musician, choreographer, and filmmaker Michael Holman presents a dramatized tour of his collection. With live storytelling and projected video/film scene-sequences, Holman will recount his personal history in the creation of hiphop culture. From the uptown throwdowns to downtown collaborations with Jean-Michel Basquiat and B-Boys, to the creation of the very first hiphop television show, Graffiti Rock (with Run DMC, Kool Moe Dee and the New York City Breakers), Holman's performance will capture his role in the Belle Epoch that was the early 1980s in New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Performances, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Confessions of a Subculturalist: A Dramatized Tour of a Hiphop Archive
Play |
An intern talks her way into an interview at a startup to escape a job she originally acquired because she lied about her gender, only to discover that her current employer is a co-owner – and her biggest competition is her own male alter-ego.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Plays, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, New Voices Playwrights Festival: The Intern of Two Start Ups by Alexander Kveton
Concert |
The Bogota-based champeta band channels the sounds and spirit of Colombia’s Caribbean coast in an energetic live show.Tribu Baharú is an afro-champeta music crew whose sound has evolved from the Colombian Caribbean and is influenced by the "Pico" (sound system) culture of Barranquilla and Cartagena. Champeta is a term that refers to a knife used by fishermen to remove fish scales and has been used to describe the music of Colombia's Atlantic Coast that have taken its influences from Colombian folk music, Central African Soukous-Rhumba (congo), Soweto Township-Jive, and other Carribbean-originated musics such as zouk, calipso, soca, compa, and reggae. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Concerts, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Tribu Baharú: Music from Colombia's Carribean Coast
Concert |
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM  Chamber Music Concert I
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Concerts, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Student Recitals
Jazz |
Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant and pianist Sullivan Fortner team up for an evening of swinging song. Salvant is the winner of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, and has been called “the finest jazz singer to emerge in the last decade” (The New York Times). New Orleans–born Fortner has made his mark studying and performing with The Marsalis Family, Donald Harrison, Roy Hargrove, and David Liebman, among other jazz luminaries.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Concerts, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Grammy-Winning Jazz Vocalist
7:30 pm
Regular: $35
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Concerts, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Works for violin and piano by Ravel and more
Tour |
New York is a skyscraper city and there is no better time to view Manhattan’s icons than after the sun sets and the lights go on. Fueled by competition and a dash of audacity, New York City is still producing one of mankind’s most remarkable skyline. NOTE** THIS TOUR SPENDS MUCH TIME INDOORS OR IN SUBWAYS AND GREAT FOR ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS. Please note they do utilize the subway on this tour so you will need $5 for subway.Takes place Thursdays and Saturdays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Tours, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, Midtown Manhattan Night Tour
Play |
When Janelle relocates to Texas for the opportunity of a lifetime, she and her partner, Kane, are reminded that the consequences of being in the wrong place at the wrong time can be horrific. For three Waller County police officers, how might those same consequences manifest themselves along racialized and gendered lines? graveyard shift, loosely inspired by the legacy of Sandra Bland, is a love story about collision, opposing ideologies, interests, truth, and how the characters in this play make sense of them. Or don't.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 pm
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Plays, April 20, 2017, 04/20/2017, New Voices Playwrights Festival: graveyard shift by korde arrington tuttle
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Play | Broadway performer in a moving play

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Classical Music | Symphony orchestra performs Mozart and more

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Classical Music | Choral works by Fauré, J.S. Bach and more

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Classical Music | One of the most popular choral works of all times

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