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Sat, March 6, 2021. New York is full of wonderful things to do beyond the Empire State Building, Metropolitan Museum, Ellis Island, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, etc. 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 yiou all about free tours, free concerts, free movies, free theater performances, free dsicussions, etc. you can take advantage of whether you live in the city or spend just a couple of days here.

DOWNTOWN

First, go Downtown and see where New York began: visit City Hall, view the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline, walk by the fortification that was intended to prevent a British invasion in 1812, bike (or just walk) along Hudson River passing all those beautiful Battery Park City Parks with their impressive open space design and public sculptures, sit down for a pleasant meal at one of small Financial Center eateries, go inside the Palm Atrium and take a look at the 9/11 memorial from there.

Then tour New York's beautiful City Hall free of charge. New York City Hall is one of the oldest continuously used City Halls in the nation that still houses its original governmental functions. New York's City Hall is considered one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, the building was an early expression of the City's cosmopolitanism. City Hall is a designated New York City landmark, and its rotunda is a designated interior landmark as well. The tours that do not require reservations, but do require a signup, are run on Wednesdays at noon. The registration takes place on the day of the tour between 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM. You will need an advanced reservation for Thursday tours. They take place at 10 am for groups and at 10:30 am for individuals.

Your next adventure is to see the Statue of Liberty, but we do not reccomend to take the Statue of Liberty Ferry.
The best way to see the Statue of Liberty is to take a 25-minute water trip from Lower Manhattan to Staten Island by free-of-charge Staten Island Ferry. On a way there the Statue of Liberty will attract your undivided attention. On the way back (another 25 min) you will not be able to take your eyes off the stunning vistas of New York Harbor and the Manhattan skyline. The ferry runs every 30 min most part of the day. It runs more often during rush hours: 7 am - 8:45 am and between 5 pm and 6:45 pm; but the ferries are packed during rush hour trips; this is not a good time to take a leisurely ride.

Go West young woman (or man) once you are back on Manhattan Island: pass Battery Park (you may want to stop at the Castle Clinton - no connection with the President's family).

UPTOWN
Your Uptown trip should include a walk around Columbia University Campus, visit to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and mostly overlooked gem that the Riverside Church is.

Walk around Columbia University Campus
The University founded as King’s College in 1754. It's historic main campus consists of 71 buildings on 36 acres and was originally designed by the famous architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White. Low Memorial Library is our favorite building there. If you are not sure you want to go all the way uptown to see it, you may take a virtual tour at http://www.columbia.edu/acis/tour/start.html

And if you decide that Uptown does worth your time, then there are two other sites you do have to pay a visit to: Riverside Church and The Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
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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).  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 -- March 6, 2021 and on...
Please keep in mind that all those best things to do are free unless otherwise noted. 

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Performance | Cirque du Solieil's Crystal: Highlights from the Ice Spectacular (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)
Glide off into an imaginary frozen playground of Crystal, in which world-class skaters and phenomenal acrobatic performers collide gracefully on ice.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Mar 6
12:00 am

to 11:59 pm

Free

Performances, March 06, 2021, 03/06/2021, Cirque du Solieil's Crystal: Highlights from the Ice Spectacular (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)
Tour | Harry Potter London Film Locations (virtual)
Wave your magic wand and join your tour guide David for this spellbinding Harry Potter London film locations tour. You'll be visiting some of the most enchanting London sites that were actually used as film locations or were the inspiration for places featured in the books. You'll discover one of the locations for The Leaky Cauldron Pub and the bridge destroyed by the Death Eaters. Take in other iconic London sights such as The Clink, Bankside, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern, Tower Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral and so much more.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Mar 6
10:30 am

Free

Tours, March 06, 2021, 03/06/2021, Harry Potter London Film Locations (virtual)
Park Walk | Foraging Tour: Kentucky Coffee Trees, Ginkgo Nuts, Lemony Flavored Sheep Sorrel, and More (in-person, outdoors)
Most foragers associate nuts with autumn, but ginkgoes remain in season through early spring, and the trees, relics from the days of the dinosaurs, have been planted throughout this park. You'll be finding large stands of field garlic, with mild-flavored onion-like bulbs, plus the tender young leaves, which you use like chives. The season's first sweet-and-sharp daylily shoots will be arising. Chickweed, which tastes like corn-on-the-cob, grows in sunny spots throughout the park. Ground ivy, a.k.a. gill-over-the-ground, is an attractive member of the mint family quite tolerant of the cold. This resident of wet lawns makes a delightful tea that's used in herbal medicine. Sassafras, the original source of root beer, is in season all year. You'll also find Kentucky coffee trees, with seeds you can roast for making caffeine-free coffee, or to season chocolate recipes. The tour will last for about 4 hours. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Mar 6
11:45 am

$20 suggested donation,...

Park Walks, March 06, 2021, 03/06/2021, Foraging Tour: Kentucky Coffee Trees, Ginkgo Nuts, Lemony Flavored Sheep Sorrel, and More (in-person, outdoors)
Tour | Harriet Tubman and Maryland's Underground Railroad Sites (virtual)
Join the tour of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad sites in Maryland, a network of secret routes and safe houses used by enslaved African-Americans to escape into free states and Canada. Learn how Harriet successfully escaped from slavery and how she then heroically led others to freedom. The program will focus on Harriet Tubman's (1822-1913) inspirational life and feature many of the Underground Railroad sites in Maryland associated with her.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Mar 6
3:00 pm

Donation of any...

Tours, March 06, 2021, 03/06/2021, Harriet Tubman and Maryland's Underground Railroad Sites (virtual)
Opera | Met Opera: Dvorak's Rusalka (virtual, streaming for 23 hours)
Otto Schenk's storybook production perfectly captures the fairy-tale world of Dvorak's supremely romantic opera. Star soprano Renee Fleming, in one of her most acclaimed portrayals, takes on the title role of the water nymph who longs to be human, opposite Piotr Beczala as the Prince, the object of her affection. John Relyea is the Water Gnome, Dolora Zajick sings the witch Jezibaba, and Emily Magee is the Foreign Princess. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Mar 6
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, March 06, 2021, 03/06/2021, Met Opera: Dvorak's Rusalka (virtual, streaming for 23 hours)
Jazz | Gala Concert with The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (virtual)
Enjoy Stompin' at the Savoy virtual Gala with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Mar 6
10:00 pm

Free

Concerts, March 06, 2021, 03/06/2021, Gala Concert with The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (virtual)

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Film | Girl with the Pearl Earring (2003): With Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)
Delft, Holland 1665. Seventeen-year-old Griet must work to support her family and becomes a maid in the house of Johannes Vermeer, where she gradually attracts the master painter's attention. Johannes and Griet must hide their inspiration of each other from his volatile wife Catharina. The wealthy and troublemaking Master van Ruijven senses the intimacy between the artist and his maid and contrives a commission for Vermeer to paint Griet alone. The result will be one of the greatest paintings ever created, but at what cost? Directed by Peter Webber.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Mar 7
12:00 am

to 11:59 pm

Free

Films, March 07, 2021, 03/07/2021, Girl with the Pearl Earring (2003): With Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)
Jazz | Jazz Band in a Park: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and More (in-person, outdoors)
David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band is inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and more. The band breathes life and passion into America's own great art form.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Mar 7
12:00 pm

to 2:00 pm

Free

Concerts, March 07, 2021, 03/07/2021, Jazz Band in a Park: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and More (in-person, outdoors)
Classical Music | Music for String Orchestra (virtual)
The Orchestra Now, led by assistant conductor Andres Rivas, performs a program of four pieces: English composer Bruce Montgomery's 1950 work Concertino for String Orchestra, the Serenade for String Orchestra by American composer Victor Herbert, Swedish composer Ingvar Lidholm's Music for Strings, and the 1934 piece Impresion nocturna from Spanish composer Andres Gaos.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Mar 7
2:00 pm

Tickets start at...

Concerts, March 07, 2021, 03/07/2021, Music for String Orchestra (virtual)
Play | Shakespeare's The Tempest: Live Theatre For Our Times (virtual)
On a distant island a man waits. Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake, they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Mar 7
5:00 pm

Free

Plays, March 07, 2021, 03/07/2021, Shakespeare's The Tempest: Live Theatre For Our Times (virtual)

Monday, March 8, 2021

Theater | Letters Live with Gillian Anderson, Daisy Ridley (Star Wars), Oscar Winner Olivia Colman and More (virtual)
In Letters Live, remarkable letters are read by a diverse array of outstanding performers, including performances from Olivia Colman, Gillian Anderson, Daisy Ridley, Caitlin Moran, Rose McGowan, Adwoa Aboah, Louise Brealey and more. Plus music from Roxanne Tataei. The show will be available for 7 days starting from March 8th.    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Mar 8
2:00 pm

Free

Theaters, March 08, 2021, 03/08/2021, Letters Live with Gillian Anderson, Daisy Ridley (Star Wars), Oscar Winner Olivia Colman and More (virtual)
Discussion | Race to City Hall: Andrew Yang, Mayoral Candidate (virtual)
Andrew Yang joins 92Y CEO Seth Pinsky for a one-on-one conversation about his mayoral run. What is his vision for New York City, and his plans for public health, economic recovery, housing, racial justice, education, the arts and culture?    New York City, NY; NYC

Mon, Mar 8
7:00 pm

Free

Discussions, March 08, 2021, 03/08/2021, Race to City Hall: Andrew Yang, Mayoral Candidate (virtual)

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Concert | Bach, Bartok, Broadway, The Beatles and More on Strings! (in-person)
String trio performs musical selections from Bach, Bartok, Broadway to the Beatles!
   New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 11
5:00 pm

to 7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, March 11, 2021, 03/11/2021, Bach, Bartok, Broadway, The Beatles and More on Strings! (in-person)
Dance Performance | New York City Ballet (virtual)
1972 neoclassical masterpiece Stravinsky Violin Concerto, featuring Sterling Hyltin, Ask la Cour, Sara Mearns, and Taylor Stanley. Available to view through March 18.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 11
8:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, March 11, 2021, 03/11/2021, New York City Ballet (virtual)

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Play | MLK: If He Had Sneezed, A Historical Play (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)
Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on Apr 4, 1968. But, did you know that in 1958 he was nearly stabbed to death by Izola Curry while visiting New York City? The virtual play explores the incident from the people who were there and ponderes the unanswered question.. WHY? Written & directed by Michael Green The event will be streaming until Mar 28th.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Mar 13
12:00 am

to 11:59 pm

Free

Plays, March 13, 2021, 03/13/2021, MLK: If He Had Sneezed, A Historical Play (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)
Concert | Sounds of Persia with a Renowned Master of Persian Santoor and a String Quartet (virtual)
Be transported into another sound world as you listen to a traditional improvised solo by the world's leading master of Persian santoor, Dr. Dariush Saghafi. Then hear the world premiere of a piece for singing string quartet by Dr. Reza Vali using the Persian Dastgah-Magham modal system.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Mar 13
12:00 pm

Free

Concerts, March 13, 2021, 03/13/2021, Sounds of Persia with a Renowned Master of Persian Santoor and a String Quartet (virtual)
Concert | Three-Time Emmy-Nominated Pianist/Composer: Jazz and Classical Music (virtual)
Pianist and composer Steve Sandberg will mix performances from the solo piano repertoire, including Debussy, Liszt, Schubert, with his original compositions. Michael O'Brien (bass) and Rudy Royston (drums) will accompany on the original pieces and the expansive improvisations which draw from Latin, African, Balkan, and East Indian traditions.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Mar 13
8:00 pm

Free

Concerts, March 13, 2021, 03/13/2021, Three-Time Emmy-Nominated Pianist/Composer: Jazz and Classical Music (virtual)

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Discussion | Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe and Tony-Winning Composer and Songwriter Alan Menken (virtual)
Enjoy music and conversation with Alan Menken, best known for his scores and songs for films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), Pocahontas (1995), Enchanted (2007), Tangled (2010) and many more. His accolades include eight Academy Awards, a Tony Award, eleven Grammy Awards, and seven Golden Globe Awards.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Mar 16
9:00 pm

Free

Discussions, March 16, 2021, 03/16/2021, Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe and Tony-Winning Composer and Songwriter Alan Menken (virtual)

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Concert | Mix of Bluegrass, Appalachian Fiddle Tunes, Jazz, and More (virtual)
Weaving traditions from across America, including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz, Invoke quartet has always been innovative in its approach to music making. In "Meeting the Moment" program, Invoke will marry some of their fresh crop of music created during the pandemic with a few of their beloved, folky, classic originals.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 18
5:00 pm

Free

Concerts, March 18, 2021, 03/18/2021, Mix of Bluegrass, Appalachian Fiddle Tunes, Jazz, and More (virtual)
Discussion | The MTA Chairman and CEO in Conversation on the Future of NY (virtual)
How do we recalibrate reality to create a better, brighter future for New York? Join the conversation with Scott Rechler, chair of the Regional Plan Association and CEO of RXR Realty, and Chairman and CEO of the MTA Patrick Foye.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 18
7:30 pm

Free

Discussions, March 18, 2021, 03/18/2021, The MTA Chairman and CEO in Conversation on the Future of NY (virtual)

Friday, March 19, 2021

Discussion | What's at Stake in the NYC Elections? Local Political Journalists in Conversation (virtual)
On November 2, 2021 NYC will hold its local general elections, where not only the mayor, but many other key city officials, will be decided. Much of the political jockeying, however, will happen ahead of the primary elections that take place in June. With so many candidates on the ticket, and the future of a city emerging from crisis in the balance, making an informed choice at the ballot is as important as ever. Join a revealing and broad-ranging discussion with local political reporters who have been on the ground, covering the candidates and issues in depth: o Sally Goldenberg, Senior Reporter and City Hall Bureau Chief for Politico New York o Ben Max, Executive Editor at Gotham Gazette o Gloria Pazmino, Political Reporter at Spectrum News NY1 Moderated by Rachel Meltzer, Associate Professor and Chair, Public and Urban Policy, The New School    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Mar 19
12:00 pm

Free

Discussions, March 19, 2021, 03/19/2021, What's at Stake in the NYC Elections? Local Political Journalists in Conversation (virtual)
Opera | LA Opera's Breaking The Waves: '..powerful, permeating mood. Dark and daring' - NYTimes (virtual)
Missy Mazzoli's Breaking The Waves is a compelling adaptation of Lars Von Trier's 1996 cinematic masterpiece. After a near-fatal accident leaves Bess's new husband, Jan, paralyzed, he implores her to take lovers (quite the ask). Torn between her husband's wishes and the traditional values of her small community and her church, she determinedly follows her faith to a tragic end. Winner of the 2017 award for "Best New Opera" by the Music Critics Association of North America. "It is not easy to find new operas that command attention, tell their story lucidly and create a powerful, permeating mood. Dark and daring, 'Breaking the Waves' does all this with sensitivity and style." - New York Times The streaming will be available until Apr 12th.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Mar 19
2:00 pm

Free

Concerts, March 19, 2021, 03/19/2021, LA Opera's Breaking The Waves: '..powerful, permeating mood. Dark and daring' - NYTimes (virtual)

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Play | Eleanor and Alice: Tony Winner in a Radio Play About Two Remarkable Roosevelts (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)
Eleanor and Alice Roosevelt - friends, cousins, and rivals - meet at eight crucial moments over the course of their lives. They feud, laugh, commiserate, and argue over their husbands, children, the nature of politics and the state of the world. One a Democrat and one a Republican, throughout 63 years of meetings they witness a changing world from their own unique vantage points as two of the most influential women of the 20th century. Eleanor and Alice, through their accomplishments, ultimately help build a foundation that benefits women in politics today. By Ellen Abrams Directed by Frances Hill Starring Tony winner Trezana Beverley and Mary Bacon The event will be streaming until Mar 23rd.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Mar 20
12:00 am

to 11:59 pm

Free

Plays, March 20, 2021, 03/20/2021, Eleanor and Alice: Tony Winner in a Radio Play About Two Remarkable Roosevelts (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)
Classical Music | Carmen and Vivaldi by The Orchestra Now (virtual)
The Orchestra Now resident conductor Zachary Schwartzman leads an arrangement of orchestral music from Bizet's classic opera Carmen by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin, and a concerto for strings by Vivaldi. Also on the program are a work by Frank Martin and a memoriam for composer Benjamin Britten by Arvo Part.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Mar 20
8:00 pm

Free

Concerts, March 20, 2021, 03/20/2021, Carmen and Vivaldi by The Orchestra Now (virtual)

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Concert | Broadway Stars of Les Miserables, Wicked, Aladdin and More in Benefit Concert (virtual)
The concert will be hosted by Broadway legends Gary Morris (Les Miserables, La Boheme) and Rema Webb (The Color Purple, The Lion King, The Book of Mormon), with appearances by the following: Max Bartos (Sing Street) Alexandra Billings (Wicked) Danny Gardner (NY Spectacular starring the Rockettes & Dames at Sea) Larry Gatlin (The Will Rogers Follies) Kelli James (Les Miserables) Chrissie Levasseur (Les Miserables) Eric Nelsen (Tony Award Nominee - The Inheritance) Michael James Scott (Aladdin), Emily Skinner (Tony Award Nominee - Side Show, The Cher Show, Prince of Broadway, Billy Elliott & The Full Monty), Rena Strober (Les Miserables) The DEA Educational Foundation celebrates 20 Years of Inspiring Our Youth & Communities through education and prevention.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Mar 25
8:00 pm

Free

Concerts, March 25, 2021, 03/25/2021, Broadway Stars of Les Miserables, Wicked, Aladdin and More in Benefit Concert (virtual)
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