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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on April 1, 2022?

33 free events take place on Friday, April 1 in New York City. 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 today, tonight, tomorrow and 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!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out April 1 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of April . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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33 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Friday, April 1, 2022

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment: A Reader's Guide by Deborah Martinsen (online)
free events nyc The Sacred Band: Three Hundred Theban Lovers Fighting to Save Greek Freedom (online)
free events nyc The Dance Floor: Aurora y Zon del Barrio
free events nyc Grammy Winning Quartet Performs Works By Tchaikovsky And More
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Workshop | Tai Chi


Improve balance, strength and focus through gentle exercises. The sights and sounds of the river provide a serene background for the ancient flowing postures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 am
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Museums | Art and Sculpture Museum and Garden


The museum was designed and created in 1985 by one of the twentieth century's most important and critically acclaimed sculptors Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). Through a lifetime of artistic experimentation, he created sculptures, gardens, furniture and lighting designs, ceramics, architecture, and set designs. The museum aims to preserve and display Noguchi's work. Covid protocol applies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Film | The Duchess (2008): Historical Drama with Keira Knightley (online, streaming for 24 hrs)


Chronicles the life of 18th century aristrocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, an ancestor of Princess Di. Directed by Saul Dibb
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Discussion | Black Lives in Global Contexts: Opera’s Artistic Architectures (online)


Trinidadian soprano Natalia Dopwell and Brooklynite contralto Nicole Mitchell have a conversation about performing within—and renovating—the complex architectures of opera, a classically European art form. Karen Kabiener (Liberal Studies, NYU) will moderate and Suzanne Maria Menghraj (Liberal Studies, NYU) will host the discussion, the seventh in a series that considers what forces shape Black lives as they are lived around the globe. Taking as its premise the notion that all aspects of Black lives matter, the Black Lives in Global Contexts series features Liberal Studies faculty, students, alumni, and guests in open, inclusive discussion about how migration, erasure, racial capitalism, cultural appropriation, cross-cultural representation, and other manifestations of globalism impact the lives of people of African descent the world over.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshop | Juggling in the Park


Jugglers use the park throughout the year to provide free classes to the public. Stop by for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Discussion | Ukrainian Scholars on War, Genocide, and the Holocaust (online)


The horrific war launched by Russia against the people of Ukraine on 24 February 2022 has brought, and continues to bring, devastation to the lives of millions and has triggered Europe's greatest refugee crisis since World War II. Please join us to hear the voices of four Ukrainian scholars whose work advances our understanding of intra-ethnic relations, genocide, and the Holocaust in Ukraine. Please join us in showing support. Russia's attack on Ukraine has resulted in the destruction of cities and towns, the death of thousands, and the displacement of millions. Ukrainian scholars Yuliya Abibok, Ihor Dvorkin, Artem Kharchenko, and Anatoly Podolsky, whose lives have been disrupted by Russia's aggression, speak from and about Kyiv, Lviv, and Kharkiv, and discuss their work and their experiences of war.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Gallery Talk | Woody Guthrie: People Are The Song: Exhibition Tour (online)


Morgan docents lead an interactive visual tour of the exhibition. Participants will view (and hear!) highlights from the exhibition that tell the story of this great American troubadour and writer who authored more than three thousand folk songs and remains one of the most influential songwriters and recording artists in American history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Classical Music | Piano Recital (in-person and online)


With Albert Cano Smit
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Opening Reception | E. Jane: Where there's love overflowing


New York-based artist E. Jane envisions an exhibition as a score, presenting digital drawings, gouache wall paintings, and sculptural video installation surrounding a central, empty stage. These works draw upon the artist’s archive of performances of the powerful ballad "Home", originally sung by Stephanie Mills as Dorothy in The Wiz in its Broadway premiere in 1975. The song’s lyrics reclaim the idea of a home full of love as one of your own imagination. Jane considers its relevance to generations of Black femme divas from Diana Ross in the film adaptation of The Wiz, to Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, and Jazmine Sullivan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Gallery Talk | Multitudes: Exhibition Tour


From extraordinary early American portraits and dazzlingly complex quilts to playful whimsy bottles, delicately hand-tinted photographs, and fragments of rare twentieth-century art environments, this is an exhibition that celebrates six decades of collecting at the American Folk Art Museum across four centuries of folk and self-taught art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Classical Music | Flute Recital (in-person and online)


With Catherine Boyack
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Lecture | Rewriting Leskov: On Three Adaptations of Lefty (online)


Nikolai Semyonovich Leskov (1831 - 1895) was a Russian novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and journalist, who also wrote under the pseudonym M. Stebnitsky. Praised for his unique writing style and innovative experiments in form, and held in high esteem by Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov and Maxim Gorky among others, Leskov is credited with creating a comprehensive picture of contemporary Russian society using mostly short literary forms. The Tale of Cross-eyed Lefty from Tula and the Steel Flea is among Leskov's most famous and most ambiguous works. After reconstructing the story's elusive main idea, this talk will review several striking episodes in the 20th- and 21st-century reception of Lefty: Soviet editions of the 1920s and 1930s, the literary adaptation by Babette Deitch and Avraham Yarmolinsky published in New York in 1943, Boris Alexandrov's ballet Lefty (1950, first staged in 1954 in Sverdlovsk and then in 1976 in Leningrad), and finally, the newest production of Leskov's story at the Moscow Theater of Nations directed by Maxim Didenko and playwright Valery Pecheykin (2021). Which of Leskov's co-authors was closest to his idea and why? In search of an answer to this question, we will consider each of these adaptations in political and historical context. Maya Kucherskaya is a professor of literature, writer of fiction and nonfiction and head of the first MFA program in Russia (National Research University "Higher School of Economics") and currently a Visiting Scholar at the Columbia University Harriman Institute. Her research interests include a variety of aspects of the history of Russian literature such as the era of the 1860s, Leskov's prose and the history of literary education in the 20th century. She is the author of more than 60 academic articles on these and other topics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
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Play | Arlington: Isolated in a Dystopian Future


In Enda Walsh's play, set in a dystopian future, Isla dreams of a new world and waits for her number to be called. A Young Woman finally understands her own horrifying fate, while a Young Man faces a stark decision. Evocative of Orwell's 1984, Enda Walsh's play uses dance, video and poetry to take an elegiac look at the ways we resist isolation and entrapment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | Peter Rabbit (2018): Animated Children's Classic


Feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter's classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer's vegetable garden. Director: Will Gluck Stars: James Corden, Fayssal Bazzi, Domhnall Gleeson 95 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021): With Oscar Winner Jessica Chastain


An intimate look at the meteoric rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Baker. Director: Michael Showalter Starring: Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Cherry Jones 126 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Artifacts of Orthodox Childhoods: Personal and Critical Essays (online)


The texts, songs, toys, and other material artifacts of childhood play an important role in the development of the child, especially in closed communities like the Orthodox Jewish community. With their essays, edited by Dainy Bernstein, as a jumping-off point, Meira Levinson, Hillel Broder, and Miriam Moster discuss these artifacts through scholarly and personal lenses. They consider the normative and subversive aspects of a Middle Grade series about Devora Doresh, Orthodox girl detective; the long-lasting effects of a child's first siddur (prayer book); and the dynamics at play in ultra-Orthodox songs about Chanukah.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment: A Reader's Guide by Deborah Martinsen (online)


A roundtable discussion to celebrate the publication of the new book. With speakers Katherine Bowers (University of British Columbia), Erica Drennan (Barnard College), Kate Holland (University of Toronto), Greta Matzner-Gore (University of Southern California), Ronald Meyer (Harriman Institute), and Marcia Morris (Georgetown University).
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free

Gallery Talk | Ethel Reed: I Am My Own Property: Curatorial Tour


Chief Curator Angelina Lippert takes an inside look at the museum’s newest exhibition. Learn about this pioneering graphic designer, one of a handful of American women to make a name for herself in the field at the turn of the 19th century. Delve deeper to explore the dark and oftentimes defiant thread that ran just beneath the surface of her otherwise cheerful compositions, and get familiar with how this edgy artist’s complicated biography influenced her work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Duane Michals: Kaleidoscope (online)


Duane Michals is 90. In keeping with the creativity that permeates his career, Michals’ ideas, ambitions, and interests remain limitless. Filling the gallery and bursting with color and energy, Duane Michals: Kaleidoscope presents new sculptures, paintings on paper, film, and photographs. Michals’ work continues to innovate and surprise viewers, as well as himself. His curiosity pushes him to explore the possibilities of different mediums, allowing new boundaries of expression.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Fred Sandback: Installations, Drawings, More


Featuring installations, wood reliefs, drawings, and prints that span the artist’s career, this exhibition explores the range of Fred Sandback’s sculptural and spatial concerns.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Stand with Ukraine: Group Exhibition


The art show aims to create an artistic platform for artists and viewers to learn more about the pain and struggle that citizens in Ukraine are dealing with. This original art show in support for Ukraine will be hosted by NYC Art Movement and curated by David De Hannay, a human rights activist and founder of NYC Art Movement. NYC Art Movement is a community of artists that is motivated by democratic creative freedom. Inspired by the vibrancy and multiculturalism of New York, the artists associated with NYC Art Movement desire to provide political commentary on the modern human condition at home and abroad. New York City is the home of the largest Ukrainian community in the United States, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine has mobilized the community to come together to fight for the sovereignty of the peaceful nation. NYC Art Movement is hosting an art show to highlight artists within the collective who have connections to Ukraine and want to not only denounce the unjustified war but also to highlight Ukrainian culture. There are also Ukrainian artists participating in the show.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Gallery Talk | The Utopian Avant-Garde: Curatorial Tour


Chief Curator Angelina Lippert leads an exciting tour. Explore the highs and lows of the golden age of Soviet graphic design with one of the foremost experts on poster history. Featuring posters by Alexander Rodchenko, the Stenberg brothers, and many more of the most influential Russian graphic artists of their time.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Museums | Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary


Discover art that traverses Asia's diverse cultures, regions, and narratives. The Museum's special exhibitions celebrate art forms that range from ancient to contemporary, including photography and multimedia, while its permanent collection galleries are focused primarily on art from the Himalayan region. Covid protocol applies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Performance | Belly of the Wail: A Score


A series of immersive performances of a musical composition conceived by Sable Elyse Smith, composer Tariq Al-Sabir, and vocalist and artist Freddie June on the occasion of Beneath Tongues, currently on view. Within the exhibition, the triadic composition functions as another text, a B-side to the exhibition’s forthcoming catalogue, that draws from principles of improvisation and looping to create capaciousness. Its three segments (“The Storm,” “The Belly” and “The Reemergence”) consist of a freedom song written by Freddie June that is continuously stretched and reshaped. The score looks to the essence of wailing, shouting, screaming, inhaling and exhaling, “those things we do with the breath,” writes Smith, that make the unspeakable corporeal, that make life rather than noise. June and Al-Sabir will be accompanied by an ensemble of vocalists and musicians. Start times: 6:30pm, 7:30pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Gallery Talk | Isometric: Exhibition Tour


Ever wonder what goes into making a museum exhibition? Join Isometric Studio for an in-depth tour on how they designed two new shows, taking inspiration from the posters to create engaging and unique installations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | The Sacred Band: Three Hundred Theban Lovers Fighting to Save Greek Freedom (online)


Dr. James Romm of Bard College discusses his book, a "striking...fascinating" (Booklist) deep dive into the last decades of ancient Greek freedom leading up to Alexander the Great's destruction of Thebes--and the saga of the greatest military corps of the time, the Theban Sacred Band, a unit composed of 150 pairs of male lovers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Classical Music | Baroque Music on Period Instruments


A program of sonorous joy featuring some of the most charming and popular Baroque music pieces ever written, performed on period instruments. Artists: Margalit Cantor, Baroque cello; Marina Fragoulis, Baroque violin; Adam Cockerham, theorbo, lute, Baroque guitar
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Play | Dress in Code: The Stories We Want to Believe


In Li-ying Chien's play, Jun-fan is startled awake from a nightmare again. A Nurse offers a cure: Write down the story, she tells. It could be the story of Jun-fan's past lives. There may be unfinished business to resolve. Who knows- We all choose the stories we want to believe. And whatever we believe in makes us who we are.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Classical Music | Grammy Winning Quartet Performs Works By Tchaikovsky And More


New York Classical Players; Dongmin Kim, conductor; Parker Quartet; Madeline Fayette, cello. NYCP presents the world premiere of Jeremy Gill's Motherwhere Bagatelles for Strings, after Ban. Program Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Andante Cantabile Jeremy Gill (1975-) Motherwhere: Bagatelles for Strings, after Ban (premiere) Tchaikovsky Serenade Recent collaborators of American composer, conductor, and pianist Jeremy Gill include conductors JoAnn Falletta, Stuart Malina, Steven Osgood, Gil Rose, and Jaap van Zweden; pianists Ching-Yun Hu, Orion Weiss, and Shai Wosner; the vocal sextet Variant 6, and the Grammy-winning Parker Quartet. Jeremy has written major works for flutist Mimi Stillman, oboist Erin Hannigan, clarinetist Chris Grymes, and pianist Peter Orth, and the Buffalo Philharmonic, Chautauqua Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, and New York Classical Players have each commissioned his music since 2016.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Dancing | The Dance Floor: Aurora y Zon del Barrio


?VAYA! is a showcase for the best Latin band dance music the city has to offer. ?VAYA! offers devotees of salsa and Latin music a home on the Upper West Side to enjoy friendly community, vibrant live orchestras, and a smoking-hot dance floor. Whether you are coming to dance or just to listen to music, nuestra casa es tu casa. This season of ?VAYA! celebrates some of the series' inaugural groups, such as performers Aurora y Zon del Barrio. Aurora Flores, a respected ethnomusicologist in her own right, stands out as the rare female bandleader in her field. Aurora will direct her 15-piece band, with special guest Fania All-Star Nicky Marrero and Cuatro player Prodigio, through an exploration of a century of Nuyorican musical history. Much-loved comedian Sara Contreras brings the laughs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free

Play | Orpheus in the Underworld: Classic Story


The story of Orpheus, a renowned musician, who is so distraught over the death of his wife Eurydice that he attempts to rescue her from the Underworld, the place of the dead. In Director Marc Verzatt's gifted hands, the story really focuses on Eurydice, who is disillusioned by her husband, abandoned by Pluto, beguiled by Jupiter and ultimately finds love with the one man who never lied to impress her.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Tenor Performs Schubert, Britten and More (in-person and online)


Patrick Bessenbacher, Tenor. Program BRITTEN On this Island POULENC Duex poemes de Louis Aragon POULENC Bleuet SCHUBERT Drei Schubert Lieder R. STRAUSS 4 Lieder, Op. 27 LORI LAITMAN The Apple Orchard
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
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Classical Music | Mozart and Others (in-person and online)


David Alexander, French Horn Program JORG WIDMANN "Air" for Solo Horn YORK BOWEN Sonata in E-flat for Horn and Piano NIKOLAUS VON KRUFFT Sonata for Horn and Piano in E Major MOZART Horn Quintet in E-flat Major
   New York City, NY; NYC
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