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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 18, 2017?

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 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! 34 free events take place on December 18 in New York City.

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out December 18 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 December . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

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Here is what we find especially interesting on the free events scene in the month of June: New York Philharmonics Concerts in the Parks, Metropolitran Opera Recitals, Make Music New York Day which always takes place on June 21st, Washington Square Music festival on Tuesday nights.

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 one is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm.
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34 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on December 18, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.

Tour | Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour


The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour 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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City Walks, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour

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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Tours, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour

Tour | Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour


New York City is a mecca for graffiti and street art, making it a very attractive playground for artists from around the world. Bushwick, in a working class district on the north side of Brooklyn adjacent to Williamsburg, has been attracting artists for some time now. The neighborhood has a fair collection of art studios and galleries, but it’s Bushwick’s industrial landscape that’s attracting the street artist. If you came looking for 1960′s Greenwich Village, you’ll find something brewing in Bushwick.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour

Tour | Midtown Manhattan Tour


Arguably the world's most valuable, busiest and most crowded pieces of real estate, Midtown Manhattan is what most visitors think of when they think of New York City. Home to some of the city's most iconic architecture, from Gothic to Post-Modern and from Beaux-Arts to Art Deco (lots of Art Deco). it's not difficult to understand why. But just behind the massive facades, lie facinating histories just waiting to be unveiled.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Midtown Manhattan Tour

Film | Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life (1946): Holiday Classic


Stars: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore. An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. 130 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life (1946): Holiday Classic

Gallery Talk | Lunchtime Tour: Leonard Bernstein at 100


Doug Reside, Lewis and Dorothy Cullman Curator for the Library's Billy Rose Theatre Division, leads a tour of the Leonard Bernstein at 100 exhibition, examining in detail Leonard Bernstein's theatrical works, including his breakout Broadway hit On the Town, his most revered masterpiece West Side Story, plus works from later in his career, such as 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and Mass.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Gallery Talks, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Lunchtime Tour: Leonard Bernstein at 100

Concert | The Original Dickens Carolers


The Original Dickens Carolers will entertain with a large selection of holiday favorites. Their song list includes traditional Christmas carols, secular holiday songs and contemporary favorites.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
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Concerts, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, The Original Dickens Carolers

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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Tours, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

Film | Mark Sandrich's Top Hat (1935): Fred and Ginger Hoof It


Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton. An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer. 101 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Mark Sandrich's Top Hat (1935): Fred and Ginger Hoof It

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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Tours, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown 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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Tours, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Harlem Tour

Tour | Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour


Greenwich Village is among Manhattan's most desirable and expensive residential neighborhoods. It's history, however, betrays it's monied status. The Village, with it's quiet, shaded streets, lined with lovely brick and brownstone townhouses, was once the incubating ground of artistic, social and political movements that have helped shape US history. From the Beats to the Folk Movement, from workers rights to gay rights, the Village has often been the center of it all.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour

Tour | Christmas Movie Tour


See the side of New York City that you have come to know and love through your favorite holiday movies. Visit some of the most iconic spots from favorite films such as Elf, Home Alone 2, Serendipity, Scrooged and Miracle on 34th Street. In addition to film sites, you will get to experience some of the beautiful holiday decorations and displays as you walk through the city.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Tours, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Christmas Movie Tour

Screening | Celebrating the Life and Work of Dancer Trisha Brown


Screening from the Trisha Brown Archive, curated by Cori Olinghouse. - Skunk Cabbage, Salt Grass, and Waders (1967; filmed performance at Galleria - L’Attico, Rome, Festival Di Danza Vola Musica Dinamite, June 11, 1969) - Dancing on the Edge (1981, WGBH, featuring Opal Loop, Watermotor for Dancer and Camera, and Locus/Altered, with a lecture demonstration at Bennington College) - Set and Reset: Version 1 (1995, WGBH) - Aeros by Burt Barr
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | Henry Koster's The Bishop's Wife (1947): Oscar-Winning Comedy-Fantasy


Stars: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven. An angel in human form enters the life of a bishop in order to help him build a new cathedral and repair his fractured marriage. 109 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Henry Koster's The Bishop's Wife (1947): Oscar-Winning Comedy-Fantasy

Workshop | Who's the King? Chess


All ages are welcome. Play a game of chess.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Who's the King? Chess

Screening | Short Film Festival


The Phone Call (2013), 22 minutes This Oscar-award winning short film follows Heather (Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water, Blue Jasmine), a shy lady who works at a helpline call center. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever. Wish 143 (2009), 24 minutes When a fifteen-year-old boy discovers he has months to live he is granted one wish from the Dreamscape Charity. However, David doesn't want to go to Disneyland or meet a star footballer, what he really wants is an hour alone with a naked woman. 97% (2013), 8 minutes While riding the subway, Bert receives an dating app alert that the girl of his dreams is nearby. Now he has to find her in a crowded car before the train reaches the end of the line. A Single Life (2014), 3 minutes When playing a mysterious vinyl single, Pia is suddenly able to travel through her life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Short Film Festival

Talk | Nutrition Education: Eat Well, Play Hard


Want to learn more about the intersections of healthy eating and exercise for an overall balanced lifestyle? Come to talk on nutrition education during the Weill Cornell Medicine Wellness Series. Meira Abramowitz, MD, an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Attending Physician at the Jill Roberts Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Weill Cornell Medicine, is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Dr. Abramowitz was the primary co-investigator on several projects characterizing inflammatory bowel disease in the Afro-Caribbean population, and has presented her work at national meetings.   As an attending physician at the Jill Roberts Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Dr. Abramowitz is an integral member of the healthcare team, offering comprehensive care including nutritional support and social services for patients with inflammatory bowel disease, as well as for patients with other gastrointestinal disorders.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Nutrition Education: Eat Well, Play Hard

Author Reading | Award-winning playwright Ken Urban discusses his new play Nibbler


Members of the original Amoralists cast (and some surprise guests) wil read scenes from this Christmas-time play and Urban's other acclaimed works. Come for the hilarious holiday drama, stay for the Q&A, wine and nibbles.
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Author Readings, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Award-winning playwright Ken Urban discusses his new play Nibbler

Workshop | Body Blast: Dance and Sculpt


Bring a towel or an exercise mat. Come in comfortable clothing.
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Workshops, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Body Blast: Dance and Sculpt

Concert | Holiday Songbook


A concert of new holiday music by Broadway composers and lyricists sung by Broadway vocalists, presented by Arts and Artists of Tomorrow, and directed by John Znidarsic.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | Roger Corman's The Trip (1967): Drugged-Out Divorcee


Stars: Peter Fonda, Susan Strasberg, Bruce Dern. After his wife leaves him, a disillusioned director dives into the drug scene, trying anything his friend suggests. 82 min.
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Films, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Roger Corman's The Trip (1967): Drugged-Out Divorcee

Classical Music | Student Piano Recital


Chris Reynolds, Collaborative Piano  6:00PM Isabelle Seula Lee, Baroque Violin  8:00PM
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Classical Music | Violin and Piano Works by Penderecki, Ravel, Paganini, Mozart, Brahms


Program: W. A. Mozart: Six Variations on “Hélas, j’ai perdu mon amant”, KV 360 (374b) J. Brahms: Violin Sonata no.2 in A major, op.100 K. Penderecki: Violin Sonata no.1 N. Paganini: Cantabile, op.17 A. Schnittke: Violin Sonata no.1 M. Ravel: Tzigane   With: Daniele Sabatini, violin Simone Rugani, piano
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Concerts, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Violin and Piano Works by Penderecki, Ravel, Paganini, Mozart, Brahms

Film | Bonni Cohen's An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017): Documentary Sequel


A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. 98 min.
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Films, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Bonni Cohen's An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017): Documentary Sequel

Workshop | Oye Group Poet’s Corner


The Poets Corner is a workshop for teens and adults meant to empower participants in writing creatively with different styles of poetry and structure. Led by a different poet instructor every month, the aim is to create a nurturing space for participants to use as an outlet for documenting their own stories and emotions. Writers create unique pieces at every workshop and are encouraged to participate in an open mic session the same evening to share their work. Free food and refreshments provided. For ages 14 and up.
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Tour | Holiday Lights Tour


It's time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all our on our New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.
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Tours, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Holiday Lights Tour

Poetry Reading | Poets with Attitude


Features Eve L. Ewing, Sam Sax (pictured), and Fran Tirado.
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Poetry Reading | An Invocation: The Poetics of Haunting


How does history – particularly the history of war, colonialism, and marginalization – impact the work of Asian American poets across time and space? How does language act as a haunting space of intervention and activism? Poet and scholar Jane Wong raised these questions with her digital multimedia project, The Poetics of Haunting. For the last workshop event of 2017, Wong and poets Carlina Duan, Christine Shan Shan Hou, and Muriel Leung read work and share images that boldly invoke historical and familial ghosts so that we may feel their presence.
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Concert | Chamber Waves Concert


A student concert of live electronic music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Chamber Waves Concert

Comedy Club | The Mosquito Comedy/Variety Show


Actress and Emmy Award-winning commentator Nancy Giles (CBS' Sunday Morning) curates / hosts "The Mosquito," her fast and furious monthly variety show with stand-ups, sit-downs and music.  Nancy Giles, who starred on ABC-TV's China Beach and Delta series, will be joined by a rotating cast of regulars who have in the past included: Pat Candaras, Cynthia Kaplan, Peri Gaffney, Kathryn Rossetter, Sheila Head, Susan Burns, Sue Giles, Nancy Shayne and more.
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Comedy Clubs, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, The Mosquito Comedy/Variety Show

Dance Performance | Experiments in Dance


A free, high visibility low-tech forum for experimentation, emerging ideas and works-in-progress held in the Fall and Spring seasons. Artists are selected by a rotating committee of peer artists, and join Movement Research Artists-In-Residence and international guests each season in performing at the historic Judson Memorial Church. Featuring: Aeternus Dance Company Stanley Gambucci Julie Mayo Mei Yamanaka Works          
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Dance Performances, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Experiments in Dance

Discussion | Reparations, Live!


Uninspired by one-size-fits all strategies to make amends for centuries of spiritual and physical turmoil? Tired of the same-old-same-old offers of animals and land you have no use for? Why shouldn’t the currency of your reparations be as specifically and thoughtfully tailored to you and your lifestyle as the uniquely ingrained burdens of white supremacy? Shouldn’t the settlement reflect damages? And why should the offender get to decide what retribution looks like? At Reparations, Live! I'll invite some of today’s brightest thinkers and makers to tell us what America owes them, and brainstorm the infinite paths to getting paid. Tonight's panel: Kimberly Drew Diamond Sharp Jayson P. Smith Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib Host: Morgan Parker
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Discussions, December 18, 2017, 12/18/2017, Reparations, Live!
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Performance | A science show!

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Play | Parody of Golden Globe winning TV show

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Classical Music | Piano works by Beethoven, J.S.Bach, Rachmaninoff and more

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