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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 18, 2019?

25 free events take place on Wednesday, December 18 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 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!

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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Wed, December 18, 2019
25 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Midday Jazz: Yuletide Celebration Part 2
free events nyc Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946): Five Time Oscar Nominated Christmas Fantasy Drama
free events nyc Event Horizon: New Italian Theater
free events nyc The Jewishness of Key Intellectuals and Cultural Figures of Our Times

Workshop | Boot Camp


The Rise NYC, a community-driven pop-up fitness group, hosts a Boot Camp. Rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, push-ups, burpees, and mountain climbers ensure a mixture of cardio and strength training that will keep you coming back, and seeing results. No equipment necessary; smiles and high fives encouraged. Rain or shine. Every Wednesday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 am
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Workshops, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, Boot Camp

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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Tours, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Film | !!!CANCELLED!!! The Lincoln Lawyer (2011): Neo-Noir Thriller With Matthew McConaughey !!!CANCELLED!!!


A lawyer defending a wealthy man begins to believe his client is guilty of more than just one crime. 118 min. Director: Brad Furman. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:15 am
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Films, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, !!!CANCELLED!!! The Lincoln Lawyer (2011): Neo-Noir Thriller With Matthew McConaughey !!!CANCELLED!!!

Concert | Christmas Caroling


Performances of classic Christmas carols and other holiday songs
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Concerts, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, Christmas Caroling

Tour | City Hall Tour For Individuals


The tour of City Hall includes a discussion of the building's history, art, architecture, and civic function. The building is the oldest city hall in the United States that still houses its original governmental functions, such as the office of the Mayor of New York. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, New York City Hall is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Tours, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, City Hall Tour For Individuals

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. "The term 'baroque' has been widely used since the 19th century to describe the period in Western European art music from about 1600 to 1750... Many famous composers from the first part of the baroque period came from Italy and have a link with Venice, including Claudio Monteverdi and Antonio Vivaldi. Monteverdi was born in Cremona, but moved to Venice where he was 'maestro di capella' at the San Marco basilica. Vivaldi was born in Venice and was one of the greatest baroque composers. It is thanks to these strong musical traditions of Venice that we have today's music. Without Venetian church music and Monteverdi's advances with polyphony, the great traditions of choral music in England, France, and Germany would never have developed. Without the operas written by Monteverdi, Cavalli and Vivaldi, not only would the later styles of opera never have been invented. There would be no basis for the American Musical or the German and Viennese Operetta, the Spanish Zarzuela, and even rock, pop, and contemporary music as we know it." The Venice Insider Bach at Noon concerts take place every Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 10, 2019 to May 20, 2020.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Concerts, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, Bach at Noon

Workshop | Battery Park City Adult Chorus


Directed by Church Street School for Music and Art, the BPC Chorus is open to all adults who love to sing. Learn a mix of contemporary and classic songs, and perform at community events throughout the year. Wednesdays, September 6-December 18, 2019
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, Battery Park City Adult Chorus

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, 2019, 12/18/2019, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

Workshop | Lunchtime Meditation


Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Workshops, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, Lunchtime Meditation

Jazz | Midday Jazz: Yuletide Celebration Part 2


Performers Danny Bacher, Alexis Cole, Melissa Hamilton, Erli Perez, Daryl Sherman, Ronny Whyte, Boots Maleson and David Silliman. Yule or Yuletide ("Yule time" or "Yule season") is a festival historically observed by the Germanic peoples. Scholars have connected the original celebrations of Yule to the Wild Hunt, the god Odin, and the pagan Anglo-Saxon Modraniht.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
$10.00 suggested donation
Concerts, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, Midday Jazz: Yuletide Celebration Part 2

Film | Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946): Five Time Oscar Nominated Christmas Fantasy Drama


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. Director: Frank Capra. Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore. It's a Wonderful Life was nominated for five Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Film Editing and Best Sound Recording.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Films, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946): Five Time Oscar Nominated Christmas Fantasy Drama

Jazz | Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio


Bill Wurtzel, a renowned jazz guitarist, has performed worldwide with many jazz greats. His style in his own words: "I love mainstream jazz and the American songbook. Albums I've played on range from gospel, mainstream and soul jazz to Christmas songs in Latin."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio

Lesson | How To Find Genealogical Clues in Family Photos


This class invites attendees to explore genealogy research through family snapshots and other historic photographs. Attendees will gain insights on how to solve family mysteries and find genealogy clues through close inspection of photographic imagery - from newspaper images to heirloom portraits.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Lessons, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, How To Find Genealogical Clues in Family Photos

Gallery Talk | Artists Talk: Artifacts 2019


Moderator: Agnes Wielgosz. Panelists: Carla Pivonski, Laura Murray, Evan Sebastian Lagache.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, Artists Talk: Artifacts 2019

Book Club | In a Lonely Place: A Mystery Novel Adapted Into A Film Noir


Many of us know the movie, but how many of us have read the book? This course examines the forces at play during the 1930s and 40s which gave rise to cynical depictions of American society and culture in literature, to which Hollywood responded with the creation of film noir. Novels that reflect pressing social and political issues of the times, including gender, race and economics will be read and discussed and subsequently a scene or two from each film will be watched as it is considered as a literary adaptation. This session In a Lonely Place (1947) mystery novel by Dorothy B. Hughes will be discussed. It was made into the classic film noir under the same title starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in 1950.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Clubs, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, In a Lonely Place: A Mystery Novel Adapted Into A Film Noir

Staged Reading | Event Horizon: New Italian Theater


An evening celebrating the publication of the second edition of the Italian Playwrights Project with a reading of Event Horizon by Elisa Casseri, translated by Adriana Rossetto. The center collaborated again with Valeria Orani and Umanism NY to publish a volume with some of the innovative and engaging playwrights from Italy. The anthology includes Event Horizon, Armando Pirozzi's A Notebook for Winter (translated by Adriana Rossetto), Giuliana Musso's My Hero (translated by Patricia Gaborik), and Fabrizio Sinisi's The Great Walk (translated by Thomas Simpson).
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Staged Readings, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, Event Horizon: New Italian Theater

Lecture | The Global Village: Experimental Art in South Korea, 1960s and 1970s


In this lecture, curator Hui Kyung An will discuss how the notion of "experiment" emerged and transformed vis-à-vis rapidly changing socio-political and material conditions in Korea during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The lecture will also introduces the practices of these seminal South Korean artists who were not only pioneering in their experimental spirit but engaged with the flourishing international contemporary art community.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, The Global Village: Experimental Art in South Korea, 1960s and 1970s

Screening | Two 16mm Short Movies On Modern Sculpture


This program looks at two very different approaches to sculpture as they relate to “the modern”. Landscape architect Isamu Noguchi, whose career is often (questionably) summarized as a Modernist synthesis of East and West, talks about his life and his work as it spanned across pressure points of global conflict and modern art itself—while Kienholz  DIY aesthetic evokes a messy assemblage of modern life and Americana, often provocative, always haunting. Noguchi: a sculptors world (1973), (28 min.) Director: Arnold Eagle. Sculptor Isamu Noguchi talks about his life and work as he is shown in different countries working on projects. Shows examples of his work including the Unesco Park in Paris, and his Billy Rose Gardens in Jerusalem. Presents photographs of his ballet set designs and fountains at the Osaka World Exposition. Kienholz on Exhibit (1969), (21 min.) Director: June Steel. Studies the relationship between the sculptures of Edward Kienholz and the reactions of the viewers to them. The setting is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where visitors are both fascinated and repulsed by Kienholz's work which barely escapes being banned as pornographic trash.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, Two 16mm Short Movies On Modern Sculpture

Play | Clybourne Park: Scathing Satire


An often scathing, intentionally offensive satire about racism and social change, this multi-award-winning play explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Trapped in a societal purgatory of ineptitude and anxiety, the first act takes place in a recently sold house in a white middle-class neighborhood of Chicago in 1959. The second act is set in 2009 in the same house, recently re-sold, now in a predominantly African-American neighborhood facing gentrification. A studnt production. Written by Bruce Norris.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, Clybourne Park: Scathing Satire

Tour | Christmas and Holiday Lights Tour


See the holiday lights of midtown.  Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Remember to bring your Metrocard.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, Christmas and Holiday Lights Tour

Talk | The Jewishness of Key Intellectuals and Cultural Figures of Our Times


Professor Irwin Wall will be looking at the "Jewishness" of Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, and Franz Kafka. All four were born ethnically Jewish and culturally German. To what extent did they identify as Jews, what role did their Jewish origins play in determining the course of their careers, and to what extent did their understanding of Judaism and Jews influence their life work?
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Talks, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, The Jewishness of Key Intellectuals and Cultural Figures of Our Times
7:30 pm
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Plays, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, Family Drama
8:00 pm
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Musicals, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, A Musical About Love
8:00 pm
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Plays, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, Drama by Tony-Nominated Playwright
9:30 pm
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Concerts, December 18, 2019, 12/18/2019, Romantic Songs: Jazz, Reggae and More
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Classical Music | Piano Works by Beethoven, and More

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Musical | A Musical About Love

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