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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 8, 2021?

24 free events take place on Wednesday, December 8 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 8 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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24 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Wednesday, December 8, 2021

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

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 08, 2021, 12/08/2021, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

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 08, 2021, 12/08/2021, Holiday Fair: Art, Jewelry, Home Goods and Delicious Eats

Book Discussion | Life as Activity: David Lamelas: A Book Launch (online)


Artist David Lamelas will be in conversation with contributing authors of the publication. On occasion of the exhibition Life as Activity: David Lamelas, currently on view at Hunter College,, a publication has been produced that includes texts on the artist by Professor Harper Montgomery and students in Hunter’s graduate programs in Art History and Studio Art. Essays focus on twelve works by Lamelas and include previously unpublished materials from the artist’s papers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, December 08, 2021, 12/08/2021, Life as Activity: David Lamelas: A Book Launch (online)

Author Reading | Sophie Halaby in Jerusalem: An Artist’s Life (online)


This talk will focus on the life and art of the little-known Jerusalem artist Sophie Halaby. The discussion will consider how researching Sophie Halaby helped Professor Laura Schor reframe her understanding of Jerusalem. The talk will also include details of the many adventures Schor underwent while working on the book, and will include slides of some of Halaby's wonderful art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, December 08, 2021, 12/08/2021, Sophie Halaby in Jerusalem: An Artist&rsquo;s Life (online)

Classical Music | Orchestra Performs Works By Strauss, Prokofiev, Webern (Online)


Lab Orchestra; Anna Handler, Conductor; Euan Shields, Conductor; Jherrard Hardeman, Conductor; Shira Samuels-Shragg, Conductor. Program Richard Strauss (1864-1949) Overture to Die Fledermaus Anton Webern (1883-1945) Passacaglia, Op. 1 Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) Suite from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 John Adams (1947-) The Chairman Dances  All audience members are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 08, 2021, 12/08/2021, Orchestra Performs Works By Strauss, Prokofiev, Webern (Online)

Lecture | Income Distribution, Varieties of Capitalism, and Growth Models (online)


The distribution of income plays a major role in understanding national growth models. Why have different varieties of capitalism, despite a global trend towards deregulation and income polarization, developed radically different patterns of income distribution? And how is income distribution related to persistent differences in such important determinants of growth models as working time, personal and corporate saving, and international imbalances? In this talk, Prof.Till van Treeck presents ongoing research on the relationship between income distribution and varieties of capitalism, with a focus on Germany and the United States.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, December 08, 2021, 12/08/2021, Income Distribution, Varieties of Capitalism, and Growth Models (online)

Film | Oliver Twist (1933): Drama Based On A Charles Dickens Novel


An orphan boy in 1830's London is abused in a workhouse, then falls into the clutches of a gang of thieves. 80 min. Director: William J. Cowen. Starring Dickie Moore, Irving Pichel, William 'Stage' Boyd.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, December 08, 2021, 12/08/2021, Oliver Twist (1933): Drama Based On A Charles Dickens Novel

Discussion | 4 Mystery Writers in Conversation (online)


Authors E. Lockhart, Karen M. McManus, Natasha Preston, and Holly Jackson will discuss their newest projects, mystery writing, and the best mystery and thriller recommendations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 08, 2021, 12/08/2021, 4 Mystery Writers in Conversation (online)

Book Signing | Artist Signs Copies of Her Book Hello Future


Dividing her time between Brooklyn and Dubai, artist Farah Al Qasimi’s is a bright and rising multidisciplinary work that examines postcolonial structures of power, gender and aesthetic in the Persian Gulf states and global cultural confluence and migration at-large. The book is a culmination of Al Qasimi’s photographic, performance and film practice, unified within her keen focus on surface and texture, and the revealing visual influences of the splashy and florid. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Signings, December 08, 2021, 12/08/2021, Artist Signs Copies of Her Book Hello Future

Talk | The Revolution Will Be Dramatized: Black Theater Now


Dennis A. Allen II was born and raised in Hempstead, New York. His play The Mud Is Thicker in Mississippi was a winner at the 35th annual Off-Off Broadway Samuel French Festival in 2010 directed by Dennis’s frequent collaborator Christopher Burris. He is a recipient of Atlantic Theater Company's inaugural 2014-15 Launch Commission, National Black Theatre's 2016-17 "I Am Soul Playwright Residency" and Clubbed Thumb's 2016-17 "Early Writers Group".
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, December 08, 2021, 12/08/2021, The Revolution Will Be Dramatized: Black Theater Now

Book Discussion | Building the Brooklyn Bridge, 1869-1883: An Illustrated History with Images in 3D (online)


Green-Wood Cemetery historian Jeff Richman pesents his new book. Learn about how the Brooklyn Bridge came into being, its human drama, and what makes it so special. This program is an exciting opportunity to explore the origins of this remarkable local and international icon. Some images shared in the slideshow will be 3D anaglyphs—providing an immersive experience to step into the 19th century at time of the Brooklyn Bridge’s construction. RSVP by November 22nd to receive a pair of 3D glasses to accompany the program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, December 08, 2021, 12/08/2021, Building the Brooklyn Bridge, 1869-1883: An Illustrated History with Images in 3D (online)

Author Reading | The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel (online)


As German Chancellor Angela Merkel steps down as head of state, a new biography details the unlikely rise and political brilliance of the most powerful woman in the world. Acclaimed biographer Kati Marton tells the intimate story of an outsider—a chemist and pastor’s daughter raised in East Germany—who ascended to become the unofficial leader of the West.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Author Readings, December 08, 2021, 12/08/2021, The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel (online)

Workshop | Bingo with Bindlestiff Family Cirkus


Come for fun, leave with prizes. Enjoy 5-6 games of Bingo hosted by Joel Jeske.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, December 08, 2021, 12/08/2021, Bingo with Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

Festival | Christmas Tree Lighting


Enjoy the Rob Susman Brass Quartet as children and grown-ups alike sing holiday songs. The sparkling lights on the resplendent tree will be turned on to mark the beginning of festive winter evenings. Santa Claus himself has promised to appear, candy canes in hand, and lead the children in the illumination countdown. Songbooks will  be provided so everyone can sing along as the 45-foot Christmas tree is lit for the season.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Festivals, December 08, 2021, 12/08/2021, Christmas Tree Lighting

Gallery Talk | The Work of Contemporary Artist Maria Nordman


The productive tension, in Nordman’s work, between opacity and visibility, fragment and totality, offers a structure to this lecture, which will unfold through quotation, indirect speech, and a re-mediated sequence of projected images of Nordman’s work up to 1990.  Speaker Olga Balema was born in Lviv, Ukraine, in 1984. Solo presentations of her work have been held at, among others, at Camden Art Centre, London; Kunstverein Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany; and Swiss Institute, New York. The artist has participated in national and international group exhibitions at venues including Haus der Kunst, Munich; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, December 08, 2021, 12/08/2021, The Work of Contemporary Artist Maria Nordman

Book Signing | My New Novel: Gothic, Spiky Humor


Ottessa Moshfegh will sign copies of her book. Matched with an artwork by Issy Wood, Moshfegh’s acerbic story inaugurates an imprint conceived by author Emma Cline and dedicated to publishing fiction by leading authors alongside contributions by celebrated contemporary artists. “Moshfegh and Wood share a gothic, spiky humor and an attunement to the darker currents of the world, the hidden realms where shame and desire intersect,” Cline observes.
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Book Signings, December 08, 2021, 12/08/2021, My New Novel: Gothic, Spiky Humor

Discussion | So Bad It's Good: Hot Takes with Two Design Experts (online)


Push Pin Studios rejected the stringent modernism of Madison Avenue advertising, opting for vibrant, humorous illustrations over slick photography and the Helvetica typeface. While the studio eventually grew to receive international acclaim for its design acumen, its disruptive style was initially perceived as "bad design." This event a design battle royale between a grand dame of typography, Gail Anderson, and the knight of contemporary kitsch, Zipeng Zhu as they put Push Pin under the microscope. This dynamic duo will be picking apart elements of "good" and "bad" design in the studio's output, discussing how those terms have stretched and evolved over the past 50 years, and where Push Pin stands within the canon today. Expect hilarity, design insight, and poster history a'plenty. Designer, writer, and educator Gail Anderson is Chair of BFA Design and BFA Advertising at the School of Visual Arts. Gail is an AIGA medalist and the recipient of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Lifetime Achievement Award, and she is a member of the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee for the US Postal Service. Zipeng Zhu is a Chinese-born artist, designer, art director, illustrator, and animator in New York City who wants to make every day a razzle-dazzle musical. His work has been exhibited all over the world including New York, Barcelona, Dubai, Mumbai, Shanghai, and other major museums and institutions. Now he runs his creative practice Dazzle Studio and gift shop Dazzle Supply to push dazzle to the next level.
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Discussions, December 08, 2021, 12/08/2021, So Bad It's Good: Hot Takes with Two Design Experts (online)

Poetry Reading | Towering Mind: Poetry (in-person and online)


Five poets read from their work. See link for COVID protocols.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, December 08, 2021, 12/08/2021, Towering Mind: Poetry (in-person and online)

Gallery Talk | Artists Talk: A 3-Person Collective (online)


On the occasion of the Whitney exhibition My Barbarian, the members of the group -- Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade -- will share the story of their 20 years of collective practice. From their earliest performances in Los Angeles clubs to their social and political theater productions, the conversation will tell the history of the group’s evolution and highlight their multivalent approach to performance.  
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Gallery Talks, December 08, 2021, 12/08/2021, Artists Talk: A 3-Person Collective (online)

Discussion | Dance and the Deaf Community (online)


This event features an American Sign Language-interpreted conversation with Brandon Kazen-Maddox and Alexandria Wailes discussing ASL Dance Theatre, working with the Deaf community, the role of a Director of ASL, and the relationship between dance, theater, ASL and music. Kazen-Maddox is a grandchild of deaf adults and third-generation native signer of ASL. He collaborates with and provides opportunities for deaf artists who share a passion for bringing artistic works of ASL Dance Theater to the stage, screen and beyond.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, December 08, 2021, 12/08/2021, Dance and the Deaf Community (online)

Jazz | Swing in the Holidays Concert (online)


Supporting the next generation of jazz stars is one of the most exciting and important aspects of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s work. This collective of up-and-coming talents includes pianist and Steinway artist Isaiah J. Thompson; bassist Endea Owens, a member of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert house band, Stay Human; and others who are taking the jazz scene by storm. Don’t miss this evening of hard-swinging music, which offers a glimpse at the music’s future.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, December 08, 2021, 12/08/2021, Swing in the Holidays Concert (online)

Author Reading | Coco at the Ritz: A Novel About the Godmother of Modern Fashion (online)


Acclaimed biographer and novelist Gioia Diliberto delves into an underexamined and politically charged moment in the life of the eternally enigmatic godmother of modern fashion, Coco Chanel, who was arrested on charges of treason to France in the wake of her wartime romance with a Nazi spy. Homing in on Chanel’s life at the Ritz Hotel in Paris in the aftermath of World War II, and the unknown details of her interrogation at the hands of the French authorities, the novel tells the story of one woman’s choices amidst the highest of stakes.
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Author Readings, December 08, 2021, 12/08/2021, Coco at the Ritz: A Novel About the Godmother of Modern Fashion (online)

Book Discussion | On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (online)


Historian Timothy Snyder and illustrator Nora Krug discuss the newly released graphic edition of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. Timothy Snyder’s book uses the darkest moments in twentieth-century history, from Nazism to Communism, to teach twenty lessons on resisting modern-day authoritarianism. Among the twenty include a warning to be aware of how symbols used today could affect tomorrow (“4: Take responsibility for the face of the world”), an urgent reminder to research everything for yourself and to the fullest extent (“11: Investigate”), a point to use personalized and individualized speech rather than clichéd phrases for the sake of mass appeal (“9: Be kind to our language”), and more.
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Book Discussions, December 08, 2021, 12/08/2021, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (online)

Concert | CANCELLED***Two-time Grammy Nominated Composer Performs Together With An Orchestra (Online)***CANCELLED


***THIS EVENT HAD BEEN CANCELLED*** Argentine-born and NY-based pianist and composer Emilio Solla's first band, Apertura, (1983-1989) was praised by Astor Piazzolla as one of the most interesting new sounds in the Buenos Aires scene in 1986. Ballo has performed all around Europe, Japan, the US and Latin America in many of the most important Jazz houses and festivals, such as Bim Huis, Lincoln Center, Marciac, Blue Note, Fasching and more. He will lead The College of Performing Arts's newest large ensemble, the New School Studio Orchestra, which is composed of students from the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music and Mannes School of Music, performing music from a wide variety of genres including jazz, soul, pop, and improvised music.
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Concerts, December 08, 2021, 12/08/2021, CANCELLED***Two-time Grammy Nominated Composer Performs Together With An Orchestra (Online)***CANCELLED
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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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Performance | Courtroom and Political Storis

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

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