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Free things to do, free events that take place in New York City every day of the year are truly amazing. So if you're looking for something interesting to do today (September 1, 2015) or on any other day of the year don't miss those free-of-charge opportunities that only New York provides! You can find lots of high quality, off the beaten path, unique free events, free things to do which will take your breath away!

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Where else but in New York City can you listen to a world-class musician, discuss a book with a famous author, take a part in poetry reading, have a glass of wine at an art exhibition opening, and all that on the same day, and all that free of charge, and all of that on any day of the year, whether it's December or July, April or November!

The trick is to know about those free events, free things to do BEFORE they happen, not after the fact. That's where Club Free Time comes in handy! Become a Club Free Time member and start using these unique New York City (NYC) opportunities today, September 1, 2015!

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Club Free Time is your perfect guide to Free Entertainment and Free Culture in the City That Never Sleeps.

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New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment whether it's summer or winter, spring or fall, January or June, May or September. In October and March New York City cultural scene is at its busiest. The same goes for free events, free things to do. That is contrary to the common misconception that most of free events happen in New York City in summer. That 'summer' misconception is due to big publicity that some of New York City summer free events get.
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In addition to providing information about free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC), Club Free Time offers its members complimentary tickets to classical music concerts, dance performances and theater: when a producer wants that special buzz of the 'full house' - Club Free Time members are welcomed for their enthusiasm and sophistication!

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Get a taste of free culture and free entertainment in New York City (NYC)!

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Experience an entirely new perspective on New York. 'Open up a whole new cultural world... in one of the most vibrant capital cities in the world, sampling cultural delights beyond anyone's wildest dream.' Rupert Parker, journalist, photographer, cameraman, and TV producer
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The quality and quantity of
free events,
free things to do
that happen in New York City
every day of the year
is truly amazing.

So don't miss the opportunities
that only New York provides:
stop wondering what to do;
start taking advantage of
free things to do,
free events to go to
in NYC
today!

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Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides:
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  • free poetry readings in NYC
  • free tours/hikes in NYC
  • free city walks in NYC
  • free Yoga /Tai Chi in NYC
  • fairs and parades in NYC
  • free theater in NYC
  • free tickets to concerts, theater and dance performances in NYC
  • free things to do in NYC

'New York is abuzz with so much culture that they're giving it away.' (The New York Times article about Club Free Time).

Free Events, Free Things to Do in New York City (NYC) today:
Tuesday, September 01, 2015

All events, activities, things to do today, Tuesday, September 1, 2015 are free unless otherwise noted.

Concert | Maddie and Tae, Country Twosome
Nashville's Maddie and Tae had a country hit this year with "Girl in a Country Song." They're currently an opening act on Dierks Bentley's summer tour. Attendees are advised to get there early.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 am
Free
Concerts, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Maddie and Tae, Country Twosome
Workshop | Park Tai Chi
Classes for all ages and experience levels. Park Tai Chi is provided by the Tai Chi Chuan Center and led by teachers and students who train at CK Chu Tai Chi under the direction of Jeremy Hubbell. Classes are rain or shine. Takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays through September 24.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 am
Free
Workshops, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Park Tai Chi
Workshop | Tuesday Tai Chi
Join neighbors from the Taoist Tai Chi Society for an introductory class. Tai Chi movements are believed to help calm the emotions, focus the mind, and strengthen the immune system. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to discover a new discipline and feel better in a natural, open-air space. Beginners welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Workshops, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Tuesday Tai Chi
Workshop | Park Yoga
Perfect your downward dog under the trees and on the lush lawn at the 12th season of outdoor yoga classes, presented by Athleta with instructors curated by Yoga Journal and media support from Flavorpill. Mats are provided by Athleta - no need to bring your own.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshops, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Park Yoga
Tour | SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown 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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10:00 am
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Tours, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Tour | All-in-One Downtown Tour
This tour utilizes your feet and the New York City Subway* to transport you from Lower Manhattan, the birthplace of New York, through Wall St and the Financial District, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chinatown and Midtown Manhattan. There will be ample opportunities for memorable pictures. You'll get the chance to savor NY's best pizza and cannoli and other treats, learn how to play NY handball, maybe bargain with a shopkeeper in Chinatown, observe a game of street chess in Greenwich Village, people watch and window shop in SoHo, and kick back on the Highline Park. Along the way, you'll master the subway and learn about New York's Finest!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, All-in-One Downtown Tour
City Walk | Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
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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10:00 am
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City Walks, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
Park Walk | Mid-Park Welcome Tour
Explore the Park’s central features including the Lake and Ramble woodland, then marvel at the views from Belvedere Castle. Route involves many hills, stairs, and uneven paths. 45 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
Free
Park Walks, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Mid-Park Welcome Tour
Tour | Explore Castle Williams Tour
Castle Williams, the centerpiece of the system of fortifications designed to guard New York City just prior to the War of 1812, has long been off-limits to the public. After an extensive rehabilitation project in 2011, the National Park Service opened the Castle's to the general public for the first time in the fort's 200-year history. Tours of the Castle take visitors through all three levels and the roof. Tours are approximately 30 minutes in length. Visitors are advised that tours require climbing three flights of stairs. The Castle's upper floors are not handicap-accessible. Start times: 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 am
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Free
Tours, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Explore Castle Williams Tour
Workshop | Learn Juggling in the Park
Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided. Lessons are weather permitting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Learn Juggling in the Park
Concert | Frank Owens, Pianist, Conductor, Composer, Musical Director
Frank Owens has had a career in virtually all aspects of the music profession. His television credits include the First David Letterman Show in 1980 and It's Showtime at the Apollo. He has worked with an array of singers and received a gold record for his Rhythm Concept of Tony Orlando and Dawn's Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Frank Owens, Pianist, Conductor, Composer, Musical Director
Gallery Talk | Exhibition Tour: Public Eye, 175 Years of Sharing Photography
Join a 45-minute docent led tour of the exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Gallery Talks, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Exhibition Tour: Public Eye, 175 Years of Sharing Photography
Tour | Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international monetary gold on bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Learn why Federal Reserve has "Federal" in its name, while it's a private bank, not Federal at all. Tour times: 1:00pm, 2:00pm. This tour takes place Mondays through Fridays, except bank holidays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Tours, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Tour | Harlem 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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Harlem Tour
Gallery Talk | Exhibition Tour: Public Eye, 175 Years of Sharing Photography
Join a 45-minute docent led tour of the exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:30 pm
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Gallery Talks, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Exhibition Tour: Public Eye, 175 Years of Sharing Photography
Workshop | Citizen Cartography: Building a Virtual Atlas of New York
Help NYPL build the geospatial library of the future! This workshop will get you oriented with the set of tools the Library has developed that enables librarians and the general public to add valuable geographic context to old maps by overlaying digital images of historical maps onto a contemporary digital map through a process called georectification, or "warping" maps. This means overlaying digital images of historic maps onto a contemporary digital map (similar to Google Maps), transforming them into tiles of a virtual atlas.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Workshops, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Citizen Cartography: Building a Virtual Atlas of New York
Workshop | Scrabble Game Social
Join weekly Game Socials to meet up with like-minded players interested in the same games as you. On Tuesdays, they play the classic word game Scrabble.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Workshops, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Scrabble Game Social
Workshop | Learn Juggling in the Park
Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided. Lessons are weather permitting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshop | Yogasmoga: Outdoor Yoga
Yogasmoga will be hosting an outdoor yoga class. This class will take place on September 1 and September 8, 2015.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Park Walk |
Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky. Free 75-minute long tours led by docents, knowledgeable volunteer guides who offer you an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to guarantee a spot.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Park Walks, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Public Tour: From Freight to Flowers
Film | Howard Davies' Copenhagen (2002): When Physicists Meet
Starring Stephen Rea, Daniel Craig, and Francesca Annis. A television adaptation of Michael Frayn's celebrated and award-winning stage play about the meeting between physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg in 1941 Copenhagen. 90 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Films, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Howard Davies' Copenhagen (2002): When Physicists Meet
Book Discussion | Science Fiction Book Discussion: The Time Machine
By H.G. Wells.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussions, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Science Fiction Book Discussion: The Time Machine
Workshop | Waterfront Workout: Pilates
These Pilates mat classes with the Fitness Guru will teach you to properly activate the muscles of your abdomen and back to create an incredible amount of stability in your torso.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Waterfront Workout: Pilates
Poetry Reading | The Poets of Kundiman Press
Featuring: Cathy Park Hong, Sandra Lim, Lo Kwa Mei-en, Brenda Shaughnessy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, The Poets of Kundiman Press
Book Reading |
Linda Hirshman's dual biography explores how the relationship between Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Republican and Democrat, Christian and Jew, western rancher's daughter and Brooklyn girl transcends party, religion, region and culture.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Book Readings, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Linda Hirshman reads from her book Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World
Open Mike Reading | Super Storytellers
No Name Comedy/Variety Show producer Eric Vetter brings New York's best established and emerging authors and storytellers including Cyndi Freeman, Jennifer Glick and Sandi Marx, plus two surprise guests. The show will also include a "Magic Hat Open-Mic" where audience members can sign up for a chance at four minutes of stage time to share their own story.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Open Mike Readings, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Super Storytellers
Discussion | Actor Edward Burns discusses his TV series Public Morals
Join writer, director, executive producer, and actor Edward Burns for a moderated conversation about the new TV series from TNT. The police drama takes place in 1960s New York and centers on Terry Muldoon (Burns), an officer of the Public Morals Division. Fighting vice and trying not succumb to its temptations, Muldoon tries to make the city a safer place to raise his family.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Actor Edward Burns discusses his TV series Public Morals
Poetry Reading | Rachel B. Glaser reads from her book Paulina and Fran
The launch of the much-anticipated debut novel from the poet &amp; short story author. Readings and conversation with Glaser, Leopoldine Core, Mark Leidner, and Elisa Albert.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Rachel B. Glaser reads from her book Paulina and Fran
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm

Regular: $66.25
Member: $0.00
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Theaters, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, A play about a famous American figure
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm

Regular: $15
Member: $0.00
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Performances, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Exploration of music and story telling
Tour | 9/11 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour
A renaissance is taking place on the southern tip of Manhattan Island. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001, a concerted effort has been undertaken to redevelop this part of the city, with the redevelopment of the World Trade Center and the construction of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum. And from twilight into the night is the right time to pay a visit to this part of New York City. From the Memorial to the Woolworth Building, City Hall to the Brooklyn Bridge, some of the your most memorable experiences in the city await you.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Tours, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, 9/11 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour
Screening |
Valery Gergiev conducts and Mariusz Treliński directs a provocative and critically acclaimed double bill, beginning with the company premiere of Tchaikovsky’s fairy tale Iolanta. Anna Netrebko stars as the title character, a blind princess, with Piotr Beczala as the heroic Vaudémont and Aleksei Markov as Robert. Bluebeard’s Castle stars Mikhail Petrenko as the forbidding title character and Nadja Michael as Judith, his unlucky new bride. "Opera on Screen" takes place daily from August 29th to September 7th.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Screenings, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Opera on Screen: Iolanta/Bluebeard's Castle
7:30 pm
to 9:30 pm

Regular: $25
Member: $0.00
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Theaters, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, dark, terrifying drama
Jazz |
New Music Horizons, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to promoting the work of emerging jazz and classical composers, will present a free concert. This concert will feature the work of two jazz composers, David Smith and Mark Wade. The program will include a pre-concert talk by the composers in which they will discuss examples of the music that their ensembles will perform; a performance of the music; and an informal post-concert audience Q&amp;A session where people can talk with the artists about what they heard and experienced. Audience members will have the unique opportunity to meet a living composer and learn about the music directly from the artist. The David Smith Quintet features David Smith on trumpet, Dan Pratt on saxophones, Nate Radley on guitar, Gary Wang on acoustic bass, and Anthony Pinciotti on drums. The Mark Wade Trio features Tim Harrison on piano, Mark Wade on acoustic bass, and Anthony Pinciotti on drums.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Concerts, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Jazz: The David Smith Quintet / The Mark Wade Trio
8:00 pm
Regular: $35
Member: $0.00
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Concerts, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Piano works of Beethoven, Chopin, and more
Workshop |
You don't have to leave New York City to see the stars. Gaze at the stars, planets, and moon through the high-powered telescopes of the Amateur Astronomers Association, and chat with the experts about the sights you see.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Free
Workshops, September 01, 2015, 09/01/2015, Stargazing in the Park
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Theater | dark, terrifying drama

Regular: $25; Member: $0.00

Concert | Tribute to a rock legend

Regular: $18; Member: $0.00

Concert | Piano works of Chopin, and more

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