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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 3, 2021?

28 free events take place on Friday, December 3 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 3 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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28 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Friday, December 3, 2021

All events are free unless otherwise noted. ONLINE EVENTS ARE MARKED AS SUCH.

Workshop | Tai Chi


Improve balance, strength and focus through gentle exercises. The sights and sounds of the river provide a serene background for the ancient flowing postures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, Tai Chi

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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Tours, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Discussion | Collaboration and Democracy: Confronting Enemies, Opponents and Friends (online)


Collaboration with the enemy is a political “offense.” Collaboration with friends is a political necessity, and collaboration with opponents presents a puzzle in need of careful exploration and judgment. Colleagues from Afghanistan (Obaidullah Baheer), South Africa (Shireen Hassim), the United States (Jeffrey C. Isaac), Brazil (Daniel Peres) and Poland (Karolina Wigura) will discuss, informed by their contrasting political experiences and analyses, the “offense,” the necessity and the judgment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, Collaboration and Democracy: Confronting Enemies, Opponents and Friends (online)

Fair | Holiday Fair: Art, Jewelry, Home Goods and Delicious Eats


Loseyourself in glittering aisles of art, jewelry, home goods and delicious eats from local artisans and designers. It is the perfect place to do all your holiday shopping while soaking in the splendor of winter in New York City. Nov 29 - Dec 24 Monday - Saturday, 11am - 8pm Sunday 11am - 7pm Closed at 4pm on Christmas Eve
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, Holiday Fair: Art, Jewelry, Home Goods and Delicious Eats

Tour | In-Person Walking Tour: Artists, Writers, Musicians


A fun in-person walking tour with library manager Corinne Neary, and street photographer Michael Paul. Famed lyricist Yip Harburg spent hours of his childhood in the Tompkins Square Library reading room, years before he wrote the lyrics to the 20th Century's most famous song, Over the Rainbow. Poet Frank O'Hara, the "poet among the painters" lived on 9th Street and wrote poems while looking across the park at St Brigid's Church. Allen Ginsberg attended the first U.S. chanting of "Hare Krishna" in the park in 1966. World famous drag queens RuPaul, Lady Bunny, and Lypsinka performed at the Pyramid Club and the Wigstock festival.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, In-Person Walking Tour: Artists, Writers, Musicians

Symposium | Stilettos to Sneakers: A Virtual Shoe Symposium (online)


Scholars and curators and their new research on the social and cultural significance of shoes. Shoes have played an important role in human society for millennia, but interest in them has grown exponentially in the past few decades with Americans--especially women--buying more shoes. A growing cohort of men have begun collecting sneakers. This symposium explores the evolving significance of shoes over the centuries--in real life and in the cultural imagination. In this way, we hope to show the many ways in which shoes matter to us.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free
Symposiums, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, Stilettos to Sneakers: A Virtual Shoe Symposium (online)

Gallery Talk | Van Eyck to Mondrian: 300 Years of Collecting in Dresden (online)


A docent tour of the exhibition. The exhibition celebrates pivotal moments and key traditions in the history of European draftsmanship. Most remarkably, it will feature Jan van Eyck's Portrait of an Elderly Man (ca. 1435-40)--an exceptionally rare drawing by the great Netherlandish Renaissance painter, which has never before traveled to the United States.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
Free
Gallery Talks, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, Van Eyck to Mondrian: 300 Years of Collecting in Dresden (online)

Book Discussion | Mary McAleese, Former President of Ireland, Discusses Her Memoir Here's the Story (online)


Mary McAleese was inaugurated as the eighth President of Ireland in 1997. The first President from Northern Ireland, she was re-elected in 2004. She is currently Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin. In her recently published memoir, McAleese traces her astonishing life from her youth in Northern Belfast to her two triumphant terms as President of Ireland. In her book she also provides insights into the Northern Irish Peace Process and details her encounters with everyone from prime ministers to priests. Host James Carroll attended Georgetown University before entering the seminary to train for the Catholic priesthood. He received BA and MA degrees from St. Paul's College in Washington, and was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1969. Carroll served as Catholic Chaplain at Boston University until 1974, then left the priesthood to become a writer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, Mary McAleese, Former President of Ireland, Discusses Her Memoir Here's the Story (online)

Concert | Midtown Music


Accomplished musicians playing live music in a pop-up performance. Linger and listen for a song or two, come across an unexpected soundtrack during lunch or on your commute home, and be surprised by the melodies of midtown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, Midtown Music

Concert | Midtown Music


Accomplished musicians playing live music in a pop-up performance. Linger and listen for a song or two, come across an unexpected soundtrack during lunch or on your commute home, and be surprised by the melodies of midtown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, Midtown Music

Film | Little Women (2019): Oscar Winning Drama


Jo March reflects back and forth on her life, telling the beloved story of the March sisters - four young women, each determined to live life on her own terms. 135 min. Director: Greta Gerwig. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh. At the 92nd Academy Awards, Little Women received six nominations, including for Best Picture, Best Actress (Ronan), Best Supporting Actress (Pugh), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score,[94][95] and won for Best Costume Design.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Films, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, Little Women (2019): Oscar Winning Drama

Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: The Legacy of John Brown (online)


Dean Moss’s interdisciplinary performance piece johnbrown layers live choreography, video performances, sound recordings, and music to examine the legacy of abolitionist John Brown across generations. The work premiered at The Kitchen on October 16, 2014, the 155th anniversary of Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry. At the Artist's Institute, Moss places two excerpts from johnbrown, an audio work and a video-play, in conversation with Horace Pippin’s painting from 1942. In this afternoon talk, Moss will speak about his work, and reflect on John Brown's legacy in activism and art making today. Dean Moss is a dance-based multidisciplinary theater and media artist, curator, and lecturer. His current research investigates the fluidity of self through cross-cultural, multimedia performance collaborations that often incorporate audience participation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, Artist Talk: The Legacy of John Brown (online)

Gallery Talk | Tour of American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds


This hour-long tour, led by Nicole Haroutunian, take participants through the current exhibition to experience different perspectives of the works on view.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | Stillwater (2021): A Crime Drama With Matt Damon


A father travels from Oklahoma to France to help his estranged daughter, who is in prison for a murder she claims she didn't commit. 139 min. Director: Tom McCarthy Starring Matt Damon, Camille Cottin, Abigail Breslin. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, Stillwater (2021): A Crime Drama With Matt Damon

Workshop | Creative Writing Workshop


"A word after a word after a word is power." --Margaret Atwood Did you know that you’re already a writer? Be inspired by prompts to get your creative juices flowing! Practice storytelling in any format you choose, and learn about the most unique tricks for writing your next great American novel (or poem, or play, or story…). Writing with others is a great way to strengthen your skills; we will practice various critical responses that lift each other up and inspire us to be the best writers we can be!   This program will be meeting online. Meeting information will be sent to registrants ahead of workshop date.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, Creative Writing Workshop

Museums | Egyptian and Medieval Art, Renaissance Paintings, Rare Manuscripts and More


Founded in 1906, the museum and library was built in an Italian Renaissance-style and reflects America's Age of Elegance. In its collection, there is Egyptian art, Renaissance paintings, Chinese porcelains, ancient seals and tablets, medieval art objects as well as literary and historical manuscripts, early printed books, old master drawings, photographs.    Proof of at least one shot of a Covid-19 vaccine approved by the FDA or the WHO, valid ID, masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, Egyptian and Medieval Art, Renaissance Paintings, Rare Manuscripts and More

Book Discussion | Beyond Collaboration Overload: How to Work Smarter, Get Ahead, and Restore Your Well-Being (online)


Most organizations have created always-on work contexts that are burning people out and hurting performance rather than delivering productivity, innovation and engagement. Collaborative work consumes 85% of employees’ time and is drifting earlier into the morning, later into the night, and deeper into the weekend. The dilemma is that we all need to collaborate more to create effective organizations and vibrant careers for ourselves. But conventional wisdom on teamwork and collaboration has created too much of the wrong kind of collaboration, which hurts our performance, health and overall well-being. Rob Cross's new book solves this paradox by showing how top performers who thrive at work collaborate in a more purposeful way that makes them 18-24% more efficient than their peers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, Beyond Collaboration Overload: How to Work Smarter, Get Ahead, and Restore Your Well-Being (online)

Gallery Talk | You Won’t Bleed Me!: Exhibition Tour


Tatyana Fazlalizadeh gives an in-person artist’s tour of the exhibition. Attendees will get acquainted with the larger-than-life figures of Blaxploitation cinema through the informed lens of Fazlalizadeh’s artistry and expertise.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, You Won&rsquo;t Bleed Me!: Exhibition Tour

Film | Shaft (1971): Blaxploitation Classic


Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter. Director: Gordon Parks Stars: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi 100 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, Shaft (1971): Blaxploitation Classic

Classical Music | The Met's Balcony Bar from Home Featuring ETHEL and Friends in Concert (online)


Fix yourself a drink and experience The Met's Balcony Bar from home with ETHEL, one of the most acclaimed string quartets in the contemporary classical field. With an eye on tradition and an ear to the future, ETHEL is a leading force in concert music's reengagement with musical vernaculars, fusing diverse traditions into a vibrant sound. Expect familiar classical tunes mixed with a fair share of the group's signature cutting-edge repertoire. ETHEL is Ralph Farris (viola), Kip Jones (violin), Dorothy Lawson (cello), and Corin Lee (violin).
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Concerts, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, The Met's Balcony Bar from Home Featuring ETHEL and Friends in Concert (online)

Opening Reception | “In His Steps….” (3 journeys – 1 Path): Works That Praise God


This group exhibition features the work of three artists: WonSook Kim, Hei Myung Hyun and Namsook Kwon. Curator Grace Yoensook Ji personally selected these three artists for a simple narrative that expresses their work and channels their passion through the praise of God. Each of these artists’ body of works echoes, reflects, and complements each other as individual pieces and in unison.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, &ldquo;In His Steps&hellip;.&rdquo; (3 journeys &ndash; 1 Path): Works That Praise God

Open Studios | Open Studios


Artist Calli Roche shows his work. From the artist: "During the residency I will be exploring new thoughts surrounding identity, motherhood and belonging. Specifically, as it relates to trans-racial adoption, the Windrush generation, and queer families of choice. My hopes are to expand the width and breadth of my practice, both literally and conceptually. I have begun a series of boxes to relating to the confinement confronted when searching for liberation, housing narratives in the way that Henry Box Brown was housed when he shipped himself to freedom in 1849. This is the beginning, but not the fullness, of work I intend to create during my time at the gallery."
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Open Studioss, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, Open Studios

Workshop | How to Make Mistakes on Purpose Workshop


Mistakes often get a bad rap, but did you know that some of your favorite inventions like Velcro, Dynamite, and even Coca Cola started out as mistakes? Join artist, designer, and author Laurie Rosenwald for this interactive workshop that helps attendees reframe mistakes, discover new ways of looking at things, and get unstuck.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | Machiavellian Discourses on Afghanistan and Iraq (online)


Dr. Scott Savitz of the RAND Corporation will explore the lessons provided by Niccolo Machiavelli to offer insight and context on the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Lectures, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, Machiavellian Discourses on Afghanistan and Iraq (online)

Classical Music | Piano Works By Debussy, Prokofiev, Ravel And More


Weiwei Zhai, piano; Olga Gurevich, piano. Program Selections from Five Caprichos Carlos Chavez (1899-1978) Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. 46 Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Clair de Lune Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Valses nobles et sentimentales Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Juliet as a Young Girl Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) Montagues and Capulets Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) About The Performers Pianist Weiwei Zhai has played concerts at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Harvard Club of New York City, Trinity Church Wall Street, Yamaha Artist Services, and Beijing National Library Performing Arts Center. A first prize winner of the Concerto Competition at Manhattan School of Music (MSM), she performed the Scriabin Piano Concerto with conductor Philippe Entremont. In addition, she has played with celebrated conductor Christian Vasquez in Italy. Pianist Olga Gurevich has appeared at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street Y and more. She collaborated with Manhattan Symphonie, Richmond County orchestra, New York Session Symphony orchestra and performed as a member of numerous chamber music ensembles. Limited seating capacity - first come first served Must show Ticket or RSVP Confirmation Must present Vaccination Card or Excelsior Pass Must fill out Health Screening Survey and present confirmation email
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, Piano Works By Debussy, Prokofiev, Ravel And More

Reading | Soul Sister Revue Reading (online)


Soul Sister Revue asks the question “What does Soul mean to you?” Readers include Willie Perdomo (Smoking Lovely: The Remix), Tina Chang (Hybrida), Kai Coggin (Mining for Stardust), Aurielle Marie (Gumbo Ya Ya) and Ananda Lima (Mother/land)  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, Soul Sister Revue Reading (online)

Play | Four New Plays by Student Playwrights (online; strreaming through Dec. 4)


The festival will feature the following four new plays:  Isabel written by alum Ruth Tang (MFA '20) It's the staircase in the woods again. You know the one. Mysterious, abandoned, the one everyone says you shouldn't climb. Well—maybe if you did, everything would be different. Maybe you would become something else entirely. Something you've always feared you secretly already were. Blood on These Hands written by Luis Herrera A tale from the American Frontier told through the lens of the Latinx experience during these times. Through flashbacks and recollections we watch a journey of vengeance, betrayal, family, and redemption… “no matter what, one way er another blood is comin, and we’re gonna wash our hands with it…” The Last Aisle written by Rebecca Ford After a catastrophic event leaves the world as we know it unrecognizable, a few employees of Bargain Town super-center become trapped inside the store. As the weeks and months drag on, they struggle to get along, trust each other, and survive. Worlds Melt written by Preston Crowder In this tale of betrayal and redemption, the worlds of four people collide, forcing them to re-evaluate the true value of happiness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, Four New Plays by Student Playwrights (online; strreaming through Dec. 4)

Opera | Loose, Wet, Perforated: A Strange Game Show Competition (Online)


Join Guerilla Opera in an encore presentation of their 2016 production of “Loose, Wet, Perforated” with music and libretto by Nicholas Vines and stage direction by Austin Regan. Set in a parallel future, “Loose” and “Wet” compete in a strange game show, undergoing various obstacles to climb in rank in their secret Guild. Which character will rise to fame and fortune? Which will descend to isolation and despair? This production has adult content and is not suitable for children under the age of 14.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 03, 2021, 12/03/2021, Loose, Wet, Perforated:&nbsp;A Strange Game Show Competition (Online)
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Play | Heartwarming Holiday Play with Broadway Actors

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Play | Broadway Actors In A Thriller

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Concert | 'A Superb Performer' and Her Band

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Performance | Courtroom and Political Storis

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Classical Music | Schubert, Debussy and More: Voice and Piano

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