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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on April 15, 2023?

31 free events take place on Saturday, April 15 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 15 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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31 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Saturday, April 15, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Black Comic Book Festival: Day 2
free events nyc Tartan Day Observance: Pipes and Drums
free events nyc Tu Nombre Verdadero: Experimental Caribbean Songs from Latin Grammy Winner
free events nyc Grammy Award Winning Jazz Drummer
free events nyc The Goddess (1934): Silent Film with a Live Score
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Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Festival | Black Comic Book Festival: Day 2


The 2023 Black Comic Book Festival marks 11 years of bringing together animators, Blerds, bloggers, cosplay lovers, fans, families, illustrators, independent publishers, and writers to celebrate Black comic books and graphic novels and provides a platform to get the works directly to readers. This event features panel discussions, workshops, and cosplay showcases, and highlights the work of creators from across the country.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free

Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Conference | Textrures of Change: Social Imaginaries, Narratives, and the Possibility of Politics


It has become common for political theorists and philosophers to insist on the neces- sity of new imaginaries and narratives. Crises of authority, financial meltdowns, and environmental disasters compel us to look for alternative frameworks and practices. While the urgency of this claim is undeniable, the conceptual ground for the creation of new imaginaries and narratives is still unclear. How do we define imaginaries and narratives in relation to our political and social life? How can they become normative and generate conceptual and practical shifts? And who is in a position to shape, direct, and take ownership of these emergent conceptions? This conference focuses on the current debate on political imaginaries and narratives to investigate some of these questions. As a starting point, we propose to challenge standard Marxist or epistemological approaches to the topic that either interpret imaginaries and narratives as ideological projections (a product of false conscious- \ness) or merely as individual, cognitive faculties. Rather, we suggest thinking about imaginaries and narratives as larger sensuous and embodied practices that re-orient material structures of domination and allow for a reflective rearticulation of collective demands. In particular, we set out to clarify: the meaning of “imaginaries” and/or “narratives” as forms of sense-making; their ability to shift existing discourses and power relations; the way in which they foster different ways of feeling, seeing, acting-in, and experiencing the world in a time of crisis; the way in which they are embedded in artistic and literary practices; and the way in which they address—or fail to address—marginalized subjects.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Concert | Tartan Day Observance: Pipes and Drums


The American-Scottish Foundation presents this lunchtime concert in honor of Tartan Day - the day on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320; the Declaration, dated April 6th, 1320, is widely seen as Scotland's most iconic document. Hear the sound of leading Pipe Bands as they prepare for the 25th Annual New York Tartan Parade. Music program includes: Shot of Scotch Scottish Police Community Choir Failte From the Hebrides Noisemaker Robert Burns World Federation Pipes and Drums with Alan Beck Morrison Academy Pipe Band St Columba's School Pipe Band Oban High School Pipe Band The Stony Creek Fife & Drum Corps Scots College Pipes and Drums, Sydney Shamrock and Thistle Pipes & Drums of Ocean County
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free

Tour | Governors Island Guided Walking Tour


Look into the past of Gov-er-nors Island and learn about its excit-ing trans-for-ma-tion and future. In these free one-hour walk-ing tours led by Gov-er-nors Island Guides, you'll exam-ine how his-toric preser-va-tion, inno-v-a-tive design, and envi-ron-men-tal stew-ard-ship make the Island what it is today: one of the most unique pub-lic spaces in New York City. Start times: 10:45am, 12:45pm, 2:45pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:45 am
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Festival | 2nd Annual Jackie Robinson Day Festival


Free family event features sports clinics, games, animal adoption, art, live music, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Hike | Discovery Hike: Forest Floor


There's a whole world beneath your feet! Join the Rangers as they explore the hidden microbiomes of the forest floor.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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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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11:00 am
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Gallery Talk | Residential Rising: Lower Manhattan Since 9/11: Curator's Tour


Museum's director Carol Willis will offer a gallery tour of the show, which focuses on Downtown's doubled population and transformed skyline over the past twenty years. Start times: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. 5pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free

Park Walk | Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers


Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky: an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Screening | Meredith Willson: America's Music Man


Dive deeper into the life and legacy of the renowned Iowan in the Iowa PBS documentary, Meredith Willson: America's Music Man, the composer, arranger, bandleader, and playwright behind The Music Man. He performed under Sousa and Toscanini. He scored films for the likes of Chaplin and wrote popular songs performed by Sinatra and The Beatles. And when the River City boys band marched on Broadway, Meredith Willson caught the whole world's ear. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshop | Contemporary Games Social


Play your favorite contemporary board games every Saturday afternoon. Featured games include but are not limited to Chameleon, Wavelength, Avalon, Parade, Splendor, Century Spice Road, Mountain Goats, No Thanks, Codenames, Werewords, Spyfall, Azul, Letter Jam, Dixit, In Kahootz, and Captain Sonar. A new game will be selected each week. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshop | SharQui: The Bellydance Workout


In a SharQui class, you’ll learn new moves and combinations in flow. You’ll gradually build up to more complex movements starting with the very basics. If you can walk in place, you can belly dance with SharQui. This class is taught to music with easy-to-follow steps that will surely get your heart pumping. Instructor: Kaitlin Hines-Vargas
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Hike | Signs of Spring Hike


Spring is in full swing. Urban Park Rangers lead a search for signs of spring like ephemeral wildflowers, fungi, songbirds, and more.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Film | Geostorm (2017): science fiction-disaster


When catastrophic climate change endangers Earth's very survival, world governments unite and create the Dutch Boy Program: a worldwide net of satellites surrounding the planet, that are armed with geoengineering technologies designed to stave off the natural disasters. After three years of successful protection, something starts to go wrong. Two estranged brothers are tasked with solving the program's malfunction before a worldwide Geostorm can engulf the planet. Director: Dean Devlin Cast: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris, Andy García, Alexandra Maria Lara, Daniel Wu, and Eugenio Derbez
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | The Affair of the Necklace (2001) with Hilary Swank, Adrien Brody, and Christopher Walken


In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country must avenge her family's fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklace. Director: Charles Shyer Cast: Hilary Swank, Jonathan Pryce, Simon Baker, Adrien Brody, Joely Richardson, Christopher Walken Hilary Swank came to international recognition for her performances as Brandon Teena, a transgender man in Kimberly Peirce's Boys Don't Cry (1999), and as Maggie Fitzgerald, an aspiring boxer, in Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby (2004). Both performances earned her critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards for Best Actress. She was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005. Adrien Brody received widespread recognition and acclaim after starring as Wladyslaw Szpilman in Roman Polanski's The Pianist (2002), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor at age 29, becoming the youngest actor to win in that category. Christopher Walken has earned an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as nominations for two Primetime Emmy Awards and two Tony Awards. He has appeared in supporting roles in films such as The Anderson Tapes (1971), Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976), Roseland (1977), and Annie Hall (1977), before coming to wider attention as the troubled Vietnam War veteran Nick Chevotarevich in The Deer Hunter (1978). His performance earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He was nominated for the same award for portraying con artist Frank Abagnale's father in Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can (2002).
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Workshop | Cardio Dance Workout


This creative and fun workout fuses dance and aerobics to improve cardio fitness and tone the body. Instructor: Masayo Kado
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Mister Timeless Blyth: A Biographical Novel: R.H. Blyth's Life of Zen and Haiku, Bridging East and West with Author Alan Spence


Alan Spence will be talking about his brand new book, Mister Timeless Blyth: A Biographical Novel: R.H. Blyth's Life of Zen and Haiku, Bridging East and West. Imprisoned during World War I as a conscientious objector and interned during World War II as an enemy alien, Reginald Horace Blyth was a poet, a scholar, a musician, a linguist, and a student of Zen who ultimately became teacher to an emperor. His pivitol works were published in Japan even during his internment. Blyth ultimately became the key link and mediator between the Imperial Household and the occupying American forces, whom many credit with saving Japan from chaos after the war. His fingerprints are everywhere today in the study of Zen, Haiku, and Japanese culture, and his work has influenced some of the most important writers of the 20th century-- including Huxley, Oshi, Aiken, Watts, Salinger, Kerouac, Ginsberg, and others. He was, in many ways, a man who changed the world. Mister Timeless Blyth is his story.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free

Dance Performance | Dance Works-in-Progress


Informal showings of new works in varying stages of development. Showings are followed by a reception, conversation, and Q&A between the artists. With Martita Abril / Andros Zins-Browne
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free

Lecture | The Foundations and Future of Biodesign


Biodesign is an expansive field that lies at the convergence of biotechnology, design, and speculation. This method of making draws inspiration from and collaborates with natural processes and biological organisms. Many designers, scientists, and investors see biodesign as an inevitable progression of the skills and techniques we use to create the objects and materials of our everyday lives. From construction materials to genome editing, biodesign is making an appearance everywhere. Additionally, increased interest in biodesign has come at a time when the convergence of science, technology, and near-intractable problems need multidisciplinary solutions. Many designers believe turning to nature will help humanity to solve some of our most pressing issues. This lecture series will explore the history of biodesign and new developments within the field, discussing its potential to be a leading field of the future. This course is perfect for those interested in learning more about biotechnology, biology, design, new developments in robotics, speculative design, and sustainability. Throughout the course, attendees will learn the techniques and science behind some of the most interesting and innovative design solutions and analyze their potential effects on the everyday systems of the future. Session 1: Introduction To Biodesign This session will explore the foundations of biodesign by defining what it is and providing its historical and cultural contexts. The lecturer will make distinctions between the different practices within the field and critically look at the plausibility of several projects and proposed solutions. This class will lay the contextual and semantic foundations needed to move through the lecture series with ease.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Classical Music | Chamber Choir and Chorale Concert


Malcolm Merriweather, conductor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Classical Music | Serene organ meditations in an intimate venue (In Person AND Online)


Enjoy a program of hymns, anthems, and voluntaries for the organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Dance Performance | Dance on Film: One & One Other (online thru Apr 24)


In a bizarre play between reality and absurdist fantasy, One & One Other is a dance film offering a window into the secret world that exists on the fringes of our late-night consciousness. At the heart of the film is the mind’s ability to transport us away from the mundane, habitual rhythm of life into the incongruous realm of our imagination; a place that oscillates between the fantastic and the harrowing. One & One Other is Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern and Emilie Leriche’s fifth collaboration together, driven by a shared ambition to push the boundaries of film and dance and uncover how the two media might meet, intersect, and disrupt each other.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Classical Music | Vocal Works by William Byrd and More


The Choir of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge; Anna Lapwood, conductor; and Andreana Chan, organ. Program Patrick Hadley (1899-1973), My beloved spake Kerry Andrew (1978-present), All things are quite silent Owain Park (1993-present), Awake my soul Cecilia McDowall (1951-present), Adoro, Te, Devote C.V. Stanford (1852-1924), The bluebird Caroline Shaw (1982-present), And the Swallow Gerald Finzi (1901-1956), Lo, the full, final sacrifice Arvo Pärt (1935-present), The deer’s cry Melissa Dunphy (1980-present), Halcyon Days Eric Whitacre (1970-present), Leonardo Dreams William Byrd (1674-1744), Sing Joyfully
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Concert | Tu Nombre Verdadero: Experimental Caribbean Songs from Latin Grammy Winner


Tu nombre verdadero is a multimedia performance, with music and lyrics by Rita Indiana and concept and direction by Noelia Quintero Herencia, that visits, through a post-pandemic abstract tale, different experiences of illness and death in the context of artistic practices and their markets. Rita Indiana is a Dominican-born, New York-based music composer and a key figure in contemporary Latin American literature. She is the author of five novels with translations to eight different languages and a driving force in experimental Caribbean popular music, receiving a nomination for a Latin Grammy in 2021. Noelia Quintero Herencia is a Puerto Rican filmmaker, multimedia artist, and researcher. During the 2000s, she created, directed, and produced the Suncoast Emmy winning documentary series on Puerto Rican art and culture, Prohibido Olvidar. She wrote and directed the documentary on urban art La Motora Roja tiene que aparecer (2008) and the film PAPI, which won the Dominican Soberano Award for Best Film in 2020. She is the longtime collaborator of Dominican writer and composer Rita Indiana, for whom she has developed and directed several music videos and performances. In 2021, her documentary Ellas, mujeres en la musica, won her another Suncoast Emmy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Film | The Goddess (1934): Silent Film with a Live Score


Composer, vocalist and instrumentalist Min Xiao-Fen is one of the world's leading performers on the pipa, the stringed lute that has been an integral part of Eastern musical culture for millennia. Her latest album, White Lotus, engages with a relatively more recent art form, presenting a reimagined soundtrack to director Wu Yonggang's 1934 silent film The Goddess. In duet with the innovative guitarist Rez Abbasi, Min infuses spirited life and soulful nuance to actress Ruan Lingyu's iconic but still-controversial portrait of a single mother who becomes a prostitute. Min will employ an array of traditional Chinese instrumentation and her exquisite voice to live score an English language-subtitled screening of this little-seen screen gem. Before the screening, Min Xiao-Fen and a special guest from the New York Asian Film Festival participate in a short conversation about the film and creative process.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Movie in a Park | Turning Red (2022): Animated Disney Fantasy


A 13-year-old girl named Meilin turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited. Director: Domee Shi Stars: Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh, Ava Morse 100 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Jazz | Grammy Award Winning Jazz Drummer


Jazz ensembles performance featuring special guest Terri Lyne Carrington. Terri Lyne Carrington is an American jazz drummer, composer, producer, and educator. She has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Clark Terry, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Joe Sample, Al Jarreau, Yellowjackets, and many others. She has won three Grammy Awards, including a 2013 award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, which established her as the first female musician to win a Grammy in this category. Carrington serves as founder and artistic director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice and The Carr Center in Detroit, Michigan. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free

Classical Music | Vocal Works by Giacomelli, Schubert, Handel, and More (In Person AND Online)


Mary Beth Nelson, mezzo-soprano. Program Giacomelli (1692-1740), Sposa son disprezzata from ANTONIO VIVALDI’s pasticcio, Bazajet Schubert (1797-1828), Verklärung, D. 59 Schubert (1797-1828), Schwestergruss, D.762 Schubert (1797-1828), Glaube, Hoffnung, und Liebe, D. 955 Handel (1685-1759), Ah che tu sei la fera....Non sara poco (HWV 35) Daniel Ficarri (1996-present), Lessons from the Neighborhood: Song cycle for Organ, String Quintet, and Mezzo Soprano (World Premiere)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 pm
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Classical Music | Works by J.S. Bach and More for Viola (In Person AND Online)


Bowie Ma, viola. Program J.S. Bach (1685-1750), Sonata for Viola da Gamba in G Major, BMV 1027 Henri Vieuxtemps (1820-1881), Viola Sonata in B-flat Major, Op.36 Jerome Begin, Gulf YuChan Li, Yun
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8:30 pm
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Classical Music | Choral Pieces at a Landmark Venue

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