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New York is full of wonderful things to do beyond the must see and must do New York attractions such as the Empire State Building, Metropolitan Museum, Ellis Island, Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick's Cathedral. There are many more places to visit and places to see if you visit New York for more than several days, or if you live here!  

Go off the beaten path and find hidden treasures which cost you nothing, but are extremelly enjoyable and much less crowded then famous tourist spots.

Experience New York with no lines and no hassle.  Our site tells you all about free tours, free concerts, free movies, free theater performances, free lessons (tai chi, yoga, drawing, dancing, foreign languages, ets), etc you can take advantage of whether you live in the city or spend just a couple of days here.
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Best Free Events, Best Free Things to Do in New York City, NYC

We all know that best things in life are free, but nowhere it's true more than in New York (NYC).  Free shows, free concerts, free movies, free tours, free poetry readings, free lessons of any kind: yoga, tai chi, tango, dancing, drawing, photography,  and much much more happen all over the city every day of the year. Take a look at those free events that our editors think are the best things to do to in New York City at this point -- November 25, 2020 and on...   Please keep in mind that all those best things to do are free unless otherwise noted. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Dance Performance | Ballet: Nocturne, Set to Brahms (virtual)
Praised by the New York Times as "one of the small-scale delights of the New York dance scene," New Chamber Ballet is dedicated to the creation of new ballets performed to live chamber music. Enjoy the dance film Nocturne set to Brahms' Violin Sonata No. 1, Op.78. Choreographed by Miro Magloire. Performed by dancers Anabel Alpert, Megan Foley, Amber Neff, and Rachele Perla.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Nov 25
12:00 am

to 11:56 pm

Free

Dance Performances, November 25, 2020, 11/25/2020, Ballet: Nocturne, Set to Brahms (virtual)

Friday, November 27, 2020

Opera | Met Opera: Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor (virtual)
The tragic tale of "the bride of Lammermoor" has always been a favorite of opera-goers and sopranos alike. Yet with the riveting singing actress Natalie Dessay in the title role, Lucia's plight and descent into madness take on another dimension. Joseph Calleja is an ardent Edgardo, the man she loves but is not allowed to marry. Instead, her brother Enrico (Ludovic Tezier) forces her into a union with the rich Arturo (Matthew Plenk) to save the family fortunes. It proves too much to bear for Lucia--but certainly not for Met audiences, who hailed Dessay's stunning performance of this iconic bel canto role.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Nov 27
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, November 27, 2020, 11/27/2020, Met Opera: Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor (virtual)

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Play | Ann: Depiction of the Texas Governor Ann Richards by Emmy Winner Holland Taylor (virtual)
Enjoy a powerful and revealing look at legendary, larger-than-life Texas governor Ann Richards (1991-95) who enriched the lives of her followers, friends and family in this critically acclaimed play written by and starring Emmy Award-winner and Tony nominee Holland Taylor.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Nov 28
12:00 am

to 11:59 pm

Free

Plays, November 28, 2020, 11/28/2020, Ann: Depiction of the Texas Governor Ann Richards by Emmy Winner Holland Taylor (virtual)

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Play | Gloria: A Life, A Play About Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem, Directed by Tony Winner (virtual)
Experience a unique interpretation of feminist icon Gloria Steinem's life told by an all-female cast starring Emmy Award winner Christine Lahti and directed Tony Award winner Diane Paulus. Paulus was included in TIME Magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2014.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Nov 29
12:00 am

to 11:59 pm

Free

Plays, November 29, 2020, 11/29/2020, Gloria: A Life, A Play About Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem, Directed by Tony Winner (virtual)

Monday, November 30, 2020

Tour | Exploring Lake Baikal, Pearl of Siberia (virtual)
Lake Baikal is the world's deepest and oldest lake, containing nearly one-fifth of all the world's liquid fresh water. Located in Eastern Siberia, it is the heart of an ecologically and culturally diverse region. Andrew Gustafson lived for more than a year in the nearby city of Irkutsk and has traveled around the lake in summer and winter. He will take you on a virtual tour of the lake, sharing the natural, cultural, and political history of region, as well as his insights on living and traveling in Siberia.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Nov 30
12:30 pm

$5

Tours, November 30, 2020, 11/30/2020, Exploring Lake Baikal, Pearl of Siberia (virtual)

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Classical Music | J.S. Bach Competition Finals: Violin and Cello (virtual)
J.S. Bach Competition finals. The winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000. Finalists: Celina Bethoux, Violin Claire Bourg, Violin Dongyoung Jake Shim, Violin Geir?ru?ur Anna Gu?mundsdottir, Cello Maxime Quennesson, Cello    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 1
1:00 pm

Free

Concerts, December 01, 2020, 12/01/2020, J.S. Bach Competition Finals: Violin and Cello (virtual)
Concert | Magic of Christmas: Chorus, Orchestra, Ballet, Tchaikovsky and More (virtual)
This year the Portland Symphony Orchestra is bringing the Magic of Christmas to you! Watch this new, pre-recorded online concert led by Music Director Eckart Preu, with special guests soprano and jazz vocalist Alyson Cambridge, organist and tenor James Kennerley, the Magic of Christmas Chorus, the Portland Ballet, and Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus! Featuring Christmas classics as well as a world premiere holiday work and the beloved "Sleigh Ride!" The concert will be available to view through 11 pm, Dec 31.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 1
2:30 pm

to 11:55 pm

$12

Concerts, December 01, 2020, 12/01/2020, Magic of Christmas: Chorus, Orchestra, Ballet, Tchaikovsky and More (virtual)

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Staged Reading | Tennessee Williams's The Night of the Iguana with Golden Globe and Tony Winners (virtual)
In Tennessee Williams's The Night of the Iguana, a defrocked clergyman encounters inside disturbances amid outside disturbances during one stormy night at the Costa Verde Hotel in Acapulco as the world prepares for World War II. After four women of different ages and backgrounds, along with a 97-year-old poet, engage in the clergyman's spiritual struggles, their lives leap dramatically forward. And the catalytic, defrocked clergyman makes it through the night. Directed by Emily Mann. Cast: Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Dylan McDermott (Netflix's "Hollywood"), Emmy nominee and Tony winner Phylicia Rashad (Broadway's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Roberta Maxwell (Broadway's Summer and Smoke), Tony nominee Austin Pendleton (Broadway's Choir Boy), Jean Lichty (Off-Broadway's A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, The Traveling Lady), with Keith Randolph Smith (Broadway's Jitney, American Psycho), Carmen Berkeley (Off-Broadway's Our Dear Dead Drug Lord), Eliud Kauffman (Roundabout Theatre's 72 Miles to Go), Julio Macias (Netflix's "On My Block"), and others. Streaming online December 2-6.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Dec 2
12:00 am

to 11:59 pm

$12.32

Staged Readings, December 02, 2020, 12/02/2020, Tennessee Williams's The Night of the Iguana with Golden Globe and Tony Winners (virtual)

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Classical Music | Global Ode to Joy: Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Choir, Joyce DiDonato, Yo-Yo Ma (virtual)
Join artists around the world for Beethoven's 250th birthday, focusing on the seminal "Ode to Joy" from his Ninth Symphony. This global celebration, led by chief conductor of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra Marin Alsop, will include violinist and president of Beethoven-Haus Bonn Daniel Hope, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith as well as performances by soprano Joyce DiDonato with music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin, and the Stay at Home Choir with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Highlights from recent appearances by Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, Yo-Yo Ma, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) complete the festivities.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 3
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, December 03, 2020, 12/03/2020, Global Ode to Joy: Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Choir, Joyce DiDonato, Yo-Yo Ma (virtual)
Play | Time Stands Still: Broadway Show Revival, Directed by Tony Winner (virtual)
Time Stands Still is Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies' play about a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Laura Linney, Alicia Silverstone, Eric Bogosian, and Brian d'Arcy James return to the roles they originated on Broadway. They are once again directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 3
8:00 pm

$5

Plays, December 03, 2020, 12/03/2020, Time Stands Still: Broadway Show Revival, Directed by Tony Winner (virtual)

Friday, December 4, 2020

Lecture | How a Perturbed Microbiome Fuels Modern Epidemics with a Prominent Physician (virtual)
Dr. Martin J. Blaser's talk will concentrate on his groundbreaking work: the relationship of the human microbiome with health and diseases including asthma, obesity, diabetes, and cancer. In 2015, Dr. Martin J. Blaser was included in the Time Magazine list of the 100 most influential people in the world. For more than 20 years, Dr. Blaser has been actively studying the human microbiome, the bacteria that live inside the human body, which is the subject of his book, Missing Microbes: How the over-use of antibiotics is fueling our modern plagues, now published in 20 languages.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Dec 4
3:00 pm

Free

Lectures, December 04, 2020, 12/04/2020, How a Perturbed Microbiome Fuels Modern Epidemics with a Prominent Physician (virtual)
Opera | Met Opera: Bizet's Carmen (virtual)
Richard Eyre's stunning new production of Bizet's opera was the talk of the town when it was unveiled on New Year's Eve 2009. Elina Garanca leads the cast as the iconic gypsy of the title--a woman desired by every man but determined to remain true to herself. Roberto Alagna is Don Jose, the soldier who falls under her spell and sacrifices everything for her love, only to be cast aside when the toreador Escamillo (Teddy Tahu Rhodes) piques Carmen's interest. With dances created by star choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and conducted by rising maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin, this Carmen brings every aspect of Bizet's tale to thrilling life, from its lighthearted beginning to its inevitably tragic climax.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Dec 4
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, December 04, 2020, 12/04/2020, Met Opera: Bizet's Carmen (virtual)

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Classical Music | Organ Christmas Music: Messiaen's La Nativite du Seigneur at a Magnificent Church (virtual)
Organist Nicolas Haigh plays Messiaen's masterful cycle. Arguably the most distinctive and progressive voice in twentieth-century French music, and certainly the most significant organist-composer since Bach, Olivier Messiaen is best known for his cycle of nine pieces entitled La Nativite du Seigneur (The Birth of the Saviour). Written in 1935, the music speaks directly of the joy, peace and wonder of Christmas.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 5
3:00 pm

$5

Concerts, December 05, 2020, 12/05/2020, Organ Christmas Music: Messiaen's La Nativite du Seigneur at a Magnificent Church (virtual)

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Park Walk | Foraging Tour: Red Berries, Kentucky Coffee Tree, Japanese Mushrooms, Black Walnuts (in-person)
Thanks to its varied habitats and combination of native and introduced species, this world-famous park is a great place for edible and medicinal wild plants and mushrooms in late fall. Herbs, greens, fruits, nuts, and mushrooms will all be in season simultaneously. Tart crab apples will be everywhere, and they're ripe only now, when they appear rotten. Another lemony-flavored fruit is the linden viburnum, a shrub with clusters of red berries that taste like a combination of lemon and raspberry. Another great fruit that is only good at the end of the season, and when it also looks rotten, is the American persimmon. Another "fruit" is the pod of the Kentucky coffee tree whose seeds make great-tasting caffeine-free coffee. You will also find burdock, one of the tastiest and most healthful root vegetables. While most nut trees are already out of season, ginkgo trees will be at their peak as well as the black walnuts. Given enough rain beforehand, you'll find gourmet oyster mushrooms, brick tops, pear-shaped puffballs, and Japanese enoki mushrooms. The tour will last for about 4 hours. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Dec 6
11:45 am

$20 suggested donation,...

Park Walks, December 06, 2020, 12/06/2020, Foraging Tour: Red Berries, Kentucky Coffee Tree, Japanese Mushrooms, Black Walnuts (in-person)

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Performance | Chanukah Spectacular with Broadway and the Yiddish Stage Actors (virtual)
Usher in the Festival of Lights with an evening of music and community spanning the globe with over 50 stars from Broadway and the Yiddish Stage. Special Guest Appearances by Emanuel Azenberg, Mayim Bialik, Billy Crystal, Tovah Feldshuh, Beanie Feldstein, Joel Grey, Carol Kane, Barry Manilow, Mandy Patinkin, Itzhak Perlman, Eleanor Reissa, Neil Sedaka, Steven Skybell Dr. Ruth, Jerry Zaks and more! Presented by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 8
7:00 pm

Free

Performances, December 08, 2020, 12/08/2020, Chanukah Spectacular with Broadway and the Yiddish Stage Actors (virtual)

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Dance Performance | Nutcracker: Holiday Classic Outdoors (in-person)
Nutcracker offers audiences an opportunity to experience the magic of this timeless production live, from outside of the ballet company's studio, for the whole family to enjoy. The first of its kind, this production fuses ballet, hip-hop and an array of world dance genres that celebrate dances and artists from around the globe. Performance is 20 mins long. Audience members must wear masks and remain 6 feet away from others not in your household.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 10
5:30 pm

Free

Dance Performances, December 10, 2020, 12/10/2020, Nutcracker: Holiday Classic Outdoors (in-person)
Play | Barbecue: Drama with Golden Globe Winner S. Epatha Merkerson, Tony Winner Laurie Metcalf and Others (virtual)
In Robert O’Hara’s rollicking Barbecue, the O’Mallerys have gathered in their local park to share some barbecue and rousing straight talk while they await their youngest sister’s arrival. What appears to be a festive occasion is actually something quite different. O’Hara, who staged this year’s Broadway's acclaimed Slave Play, directs a company that includes: Colman Domingo, S. Epatha Merkerson, Tamberla Perry, Kimberly Hebert Gregory, Heather Simms, Laurie Metcalf, Carrie Coon, David Morse, Kristine Nielsen and Annie McNamara.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 10
8:00 pm

$5

Plays, December 10, 2020, 12/10/2020, Barbecue: Drama with Golden Globe Winner S. Epatha Merkerson, Tony Winner&nbsp;Laurie Metcalf and Others (virtual)

Friday, December 11, 2020

Dance Performance | Nutcracker: Holiday Classic Outdoors (in-person)
Nutcracker offers audiences an opportunity to experience the magic of this timeless production live, from outside of the ballet company's studio, for the whole family to enjoy. The first of its kind, this production fuses ballet, hip-hop and an array of world dance genres that celebrate dances and artists from around the globe. Performance is 20 mins long. Audience members must wear masks and remain 6 feet away from others not in your household.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Dec 11
6:30 pm

Free

Dance Performances, December 11, 2020, 12/11/2020, Nutcracker: Holiday Classic Outdoors (in-person)

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Performance | Circus Showcase Extravaganza Live! (virtual)
Omnium: A Bold New Circus transports the audience into a world of wonder, inspiring all with extraordinary feats of human accomplishment and the astounding potential of the human spirit. The company was founded by Lisa B. Lewis who spent many years working with the Big Apple Circus on their groundbreaking Circus of the Senses performances. The acts will include the following performers: - International pole champion Jason Span (First Place, U.S. Pole Sports and Arts National Championship, Silver Medalist at World Championship); - International funny man, Max-I-Mime (Cirque du Soleil and Deafway); - Acclaimed aerialist Jennifer Bricker and musician Dominic Bauer team up for a breathtaking multidisciplinary artistic display; - Noemi and Elan Espana, 6th generation performers of the legendary Espana family; - Jenny Vidbel and her equestrian ballet; - Acclaimed Brazilian strongmen Dupla Mao Na Roda (4 hands, two wheels); - Guest spots from juggler Kevin Kujawa and Brian Velazquez - Hosts Johnathan Lee Iverson (the last Ringmaster of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey) and Brandon Kazen Maddox    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 12
5:00 pm

Tickets start at...

Performances, December 12, 2020, 12/12/2020, Circus Showcase Extravaganza Live! (virtual)

Monday, December 14, 2020

Theater | King and No King: Jacobean Tragicomedy (virtual)
Absolute power corrupts absolutely in this delicious Jacobean tragicomedy. Arbaces, the King of Iberia, conquers Tigranes, King of Armenia, and offers him noble treatment -- and his sister, Panthea, for a wife. But it's been awhile since Arbaces has seen Panthea, and when he does, he is seized with incestuous passion. Arbaces resists this forbidden love with all his might -- until she professes she loves him too! But now, what to do about Tigranes? By Beaumont and Fletcher Directed by Jose Zayas    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Dec 14
7:30 pm

Free

Theaters, December 14, 2020, 12/14/2020, King and No King: Jacobean Tragicomedy (virtual)

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Classical Music | Acclaimed Pianist Performs at an Intimate Venue (virtual)
Simone Dinnerstein's "majestic originality of vision" (The Independent) has made her one of today's most sought-after pianists. She has played with the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra and many more. She has performed in venues from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center to the Berlin Philharmonie, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Seoul Arts Center and the Sydney Opera House.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 15
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, December 15, 2020, 12/15/2020, Acclaimed Pianist Performs at an Intimate Venue (virtual)
Classical Music | Piano Pieces by Beethoven, Couperin, Liszt, Sibelius, Bartok (virtual)
NYU piano students perform. Program George Tsontakis (b. 1951) Bagatelle Beethoven (1770-1827) Bagatelles, Op. 33, Nos. 1-4 Beethoven (1770-1827) Bagatelles, Op. 33, Nos. 5-7 William Bolcom (b. 1938) Nine New Bagatelles Beethoven (1770-1827) Bagatelle in c minor, WoO. 52 Vladimir Ryabov (b. 1950) Bagatelles, Op. 46, Nos. 4-6 Liszt (1811-1886) Bagatelle sans tonalite, S.216a Beethoven (1770-1827) Bagatelles, Op. 119 Beethoven (1770-1827) Bagatelle in C Major, WoO. 56 Bartok (1881-1945) Bagatelles, Op. 6, Nos. 1-6 and more    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Dec 15
8:00 pm

Free

Concerts, December 15, 2020, 12/15/2020, Piano Pieces by Beethoven, Couperin, Liszt, Sibelius, Bartok (virtual)

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Tour | Factory Visit at the Brooklyn Navy Yard: Sustainable Manufacturing (virtual)
Since 2003, IceStone has been manufacturing countertops in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Made from 100% recycled glass, cement, and pigment, their unique designs and innovative production process have made IceStone a leading company in sustainable manufacturing. On this virtual tour, you will explore their products and process with Marketing Director Ashon McCollin, who will walk you through their factory, discuss commercial and residential projects they have worked on, and highlight the company's initiatives to support the environment and their workers.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Dec 17
12:30 pm

$5

Tours, December 17, 2020, 12/17/2020, Factory Visit at the Brooklyn Navy Yard: Sustainable Manufacturing (virtual)

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Concert | Big Band Swing: Christmas Spectacular (live-streamed, virtual)
Celebrate the holiday season with Rock This Town Orchestra's Holiday Spectacular. You will hear hits from 50's Rock N Roll, as well as holiday classics in a big band swing style such as Jingle Bells, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, White Christmas, Jump Jive & Wail, Sleepwalk and many more.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Dec 19
8:00 pm

Tickets start at...

Concerts, December 19, 2020, 12/19/2020, Big Band Swing: Christmas Spectacular (live-streamed, virtual)

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Jazz | Harp and Double Bass at an Intimate Venue (virtual)
Genre-defying harpist Brandee Younger and bassist Dezron Douglas join together for an incredible evening of inspired jazz works.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Jan 21
7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, January 19, 2021, 01/19/2021, Harp and Double Bass at an Intimate Venue (virtual)
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