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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 31, 2020?

17 free events take place on Thursday, December 31 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 31 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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Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Thursday, December 31, 2020

All events, things to do on Thursday, December 31, 2020 are free unless otherwise noted.

Concert | Gala Event: Meryl Streep, Lang Lang, Kronos Quartet, Royal Conservatory Orchestra and Many More (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


The Royal Conservatory of Toronto presents a gala concert featuring some of the biggest names in music and entertainment. Participants include Meryl Streep, Lang Lang, Chilly Gonzales, Kronos Quartet, k.d. lang, Jan Lisiecki, Rhiannon Giddens, Skratch Bastid, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sondra Radvanovsky, Zakir Hussain, James Ehnes, Daniel Hope, Lighthouse, Barbara Hannigan, Tanya Tagaq, Gerald Clayton, Alex Cuba, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Royal Conservatory Orchestra with Johannes Debus, ARC Ensemble, Afiara Quartet. The concert can be streamed anytime of the day and night (available until Jan 1st).
   New York City, NY; NYC
_12:00 am
Free
Concerts, December 31, 2020, 12/31/2020, Gala Event: Meryl Streep, Lang Lang, Kronos Quartet, Royal Conservatory Orchestra and Many More (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Musical | Peter Pan: Family Adventure! (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


Based on J.M. Barrie's beloved tale about the boy who wouldn't grow up, this heartwarming musical dazzles with a score written by George Stiles and lyrics by Anthony Drewe--the award-winning songwriting duo behind Broadway's smash hit Mary Poppins. Sail away on a high-flying journey with Peter, Wendy, John, and Michael to the enchanted world of Neverland--but beware of Captain Hook and the ticking crocodile. The show will be streamed anytime of the day and night until Jan 1st.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_12:00 am
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Musicals, December 31, 2020, 12/31/2020, Peter Pan: Family Adventure! (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Fair | Winter Village: Holiday Shops, Ice Skating and More (in-person)


This Winter Village is Manhattan's winter wonderland. European inspired open-air market hosts artisans from New York City and around the world. Holiday shops are housed in custom-designed kiosks. Ice rink is open daily 8 am - 10 pm; skate for free with your own skates, or rent for a fee; reservations required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_11:00 am
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Fairs, December 31, 2020, 12/31/2020, Winter Village: Holiday Shops, Ice Skating and More (in-person)

Workshop | Cardio Yoga (virtual)


You will start off with 10 minutes of cardio + arm workouts and end with abs + a cool down stretch.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_1:00 pm
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Workshops, December 31, 2020, 12/31/2020, Cardio Yoga (virtual)

Classical Music | J.S. Bach Performed on Baroque Instruments (virtual)


Violists da gamba John Mark Rozendaal and Adam Young perform Martin Davids' masterful transcription of J.S. Bach's Fugue in C Major from the Sonata III for solo violin. The piece is J.S. Bach's longest fugue, one of his most exciting, challenging, and beloved works.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_1:15 pm
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Concerts, December 31, 2020, 12/31/2020, J.S. Bach Performed on Baroque Instruments (virtual)

Workshop | Meditation: Let Go of 2020 and Set Intentions for 2021 (virtual)


You will offer yourself compassion for the struggles you have experienced this year, and cultivate a state of mind that will allow you to move forward with an open heart. Guided by Elizabeth Pyjov, the meditation will combine elements of mindfulness, compassion, self-compassion and intention-setting practice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_2:00 pm
Free
Workshops, December 31, 2020, 12/31/2020, Meditation: Let Go of 2020 and Set Intentions for 2021 (virtual)

Musical | Meet Me in St. Louis: Adaptation of Broadway Musical (virtual)


In this heartwarming holiday musical, the Smith family grapples with life changes and new love in a bustling St. Louis on the brink of the 1904 World's Fair. This special digital adaption from Charlotte Moore (Anna Smith in the original Broadway cast) will include favorite tunes, including "The Trolley Song," "The Boy Next Door," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," along with the romantic suitors, comedic misunderstandings, and jovial pranks that make this classic musical a holiday treat for families of all ages. This production is an abridged version of the Broadway musical Meet Me in St. Louis (1989), based on the 1944 film of the same name starring Judy Garland.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_3:00 pm
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Musicals, December 31, 2020, 12/31/2020, Meet Me in St. Louis: Adaptation of Broadway Musical (virtual)

Classical Music | Mozart, Homage to Bach, Rendition of Verdi's Rigoletto (virtual)


Ring in the New Year with clarinetist Yoonah Kim who will perform a beautiful homage to Bach, a special rendition of Verdi's "Rigoletto," and Mozart Duos (arranged by Yoonah) with special guest violinist Stefan Jackiw.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_5:00 pm
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Concerts, December 31, 2020, 12/31/2020, Mozart, Homage to Bach, Rendition of Verdi's Rigoletto (virtual)

Concert | Piano Music Live (in-person)


The Juilliard School pianist(s) performs at a beautifully decorated public venue for the enjoyment of anyone who is passing by.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_5:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 31, 2020, 12/31/2020, Piano Music Live (in-person)

Play | Short Plays by Emmy Nominee: Love, Pain, Passion and Joy (virtual)


Crossroads is a collection of 6 plays, written and directed by Obie winner and Emmy-nominated Israela Margalit (Gold Medal The New York Film and Television Festival). Cast: Matthew Boston, Christian Conn, Tracey Conyer Lee, Lynda Gravatt, Renata Hinrichs, PJ Johnnie, Rita Rehn, Sturgis Warner, Keona Welch, Jennifer Dorr White.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_5:30 pm
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Plays, December 31, 2020, 12/31/2020, Short Plays by Emmy Nominee: Love, Pain, Passion and Joy (virtual)

Classical Music | Grammy-Nominated Clarion Choir: Excerpts from Rachmaninoff's Vespers (virtual)


Clarion Choir's annual performances of Russian sacred music have garnered critical praise and also become a fixture for classical music lovers on New Year's Eve and Day. This year, they are delighted to offer an exclusive behind-the-scenes preview and performances from their most recent recording project: Rachmaninoff's Vespers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 31, 2020, 12/31/2020, Grammy-Nominated Clarion Choir: Excerpts from Rachmaninoff's Vespers (virtual)

Concert | Piano Music Live (in-person)


The Juilliard School pianist(s) performs at a beautifully decorated public venue for the enjoyment of anyone who is passing by.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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_6:00 pm
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Concerts, December 31, 2020, 12/31/2020, Piano Music Live (in-person)

Concert | Saturday Live Music: New Years' Edition (in-person)


Take a dash of Herb Albert, a pinch of David Bowie, add a handful of Andy Kaufman, and you have Robert Whaley and his band. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 31, 2020, 12/31/2020, Saturday Live Music: New Years' Edition (in-person)

Concert | Bring the New Year In: Medieval and Traditional Music (virtual)


Shira Kammen vielle, medieval harp, and voice; Allison Zelles Lloyd voice and medieval harp Program Christmas Day in the Morning, Shetland traditional tune Hac in Die Salutari, Anon., Florence MS, 13th c.  Da Day Dawn, Shetland traditional tune. Ce jour de l’an, Baude Cordier (1380-1440)  Holly and His Merry Men, text: Anon, 15th c. English, music: John Fleagle (1952-1999),  Ispariz, based on melodies of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), arr. S. Kammen Bonjour Bon Mois, Guillaume Dufay (1397-1474) Festa Januaria, Anon., 13th c. conductus, 2nd verse by Christopher Page Bring the New Year In, English Mummers’ Play song, learned from the singing of  Nowell Sing We Clear, with John Roberts & Tony Barrand
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 31, 2020, 12/31/2020, Bring the New Year In:&nbsp;Medieval and Traditional Music (virtual)

Jazz | New Year's Eve Celebration: Songs by Gershwin, Porter and More (virtual)


Pianist, bandleader, composer Emmet Cohen and guests will play holiday classics including What Are You Doing New Year's and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, as well as Gershwin, Cole Porter, and rare gems like Good Morning Heartache! Performers Emmet Cohen, piano Russell Hall, bass Kyle Poole, drums Houston Person, saxophone Samara Joy, vocals
   New York City, NY; NYC
_7:30 pm
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Concerts, December 31, 2020, 12/31/2020, New Year's Eve Celebration: Songs by Gershwin, Porter and More (virtual)

Dance Performance | New Year's Eve Dance Spectacular (virtual)


Enjoy holiday performances by Metamorphosis Dance Company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
_8:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, December 31, 2020, 12/31/2020, New Year's Eve Dance Spectacular (virtual)

Jazz | New Year's Eve Celebration: Songs by Gershwin, Porter and More (virtual)


Pianist, bandleader, composer Emmet Cohen and guests will play holiday classics including What Are You Doing New Year's and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, as well as Gershwin, Cole Porter, and rare gems like Good Morning Heartache! Performers Emmet Cohen, piano Russell Hall, bass Kyle Poole, drums Houston Person, saxophone Samara Joy, vocals
   New York City, NY; NYC
_10:30 pm
Pay what you...
Concerts, December 31, 2020, 12/31/2020, New Year's Eve Celebration: Songs by Gershwin, Porter and More (virtual)
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Theater | (IN-PERSON) A Thriller by Tony Winner

Regular Price: $35
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Dance Performance | (IN-PERSON) Modern Ballet

Regular Price: $48
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