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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 4, 2023?

31 free events take place on Monday, December 4 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 4 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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31 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Monday, December 4, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc The Cast of Tony Nominated Musical Legs Diamond Reunites
free events nyc Three Yiddish Plays by Women: Female Jewish Perspectives, 1880-1920 (in-person and online)
free events nyc An Evening with David M. Friedman, Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel (online)
free events nyc Avant-Garde Jazz and Spoken-Word Traditions at a Major NYC Concert Hall
free events nyc Dance Is Life: Latin Hustle
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Conference | Jewish Travel Literature in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries


Arrival 8:30 a.m. -  9:00 a.m.   Panel 1 - Perspectives on Palestine  9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Uriel Gellman, "Eyes to Zion: Contesting Images of the Holy Land in East European Jewish Travelogs" Yithak Lewis, "Beyond the Pale: Exploring the Horizons of Jewish Modernity in Nachman of Braslav’s Tales of Travel" Ken Frieden, "Reflections on Approaches to Hebrew Travel Narratives through Textualism, Cultural Studies, and Textual Referentialism" Panel 2 - Jewish Travelers to Asia 10:35 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. Mateusz Majman, "These Sufferers, Constantly Lamenting Their Bitter Fate”: The Image of the Mountain Jews in the Writings of Joseph Judah Chorny and Ilya Anisimov" Richard Marks, "On Jacob Sapir in India" Samuel Kessler, “Mapping the Bavli Through Text and Travel: The Case of Adolphe Neubauer’s La Géographie du Talmud (1868)”  Phil Keisman, "Awakening sympathy for our 'Unhappy brethren:' Towards a Reception History of Benjamin II and the Transnational Jewish Imagination" 12:30 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. Keynote Address 1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Melissa Klapper (Rowan University), "American Jewish Women Traveling to Europe"
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 am
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Workshop | Morning Meditation


Start your day by balancing your mind, body, and spirit during instructor guided meditation. This renowned practice lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, and strengthens the immune system.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many -- Includes Holiday Lights Tour


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 Holiday Lights Tour
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Lecture | Holocaust Remembrance and Testimony in Primo Levi’s If This Is A Man (online)


Speaker: Professor Subarno Chattarji, Professor, English Literature, Delhi University, Delhi, India
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Performance | On Display: A Live Human Sculpture Court


ON DISPLAY is a multi-disciplinary conversation about Inclusion through Art, featuring a live performance installation where the performers pose as sculptures dressed in wearable art pieces.  ON DISPLAY is a deconstructed art exhibit/fashion show - a commentary on the body as spectacle and society's obsession with body image. Members of the disability, performance, and fashion worlds are often stared at and objectified in their daily lives. Reverting the gaze is integral to disability culture. In this installation, the performers have the power to choose what they do or do not reveal, giving them control over a personal journey that cannot help but be affected by an audience. The tenuous and complex relationship between viewer and viewed that exists in performative work also permeates everyday life with people who are different in some physical way that draws attention to them whether they want to or not.    
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Concert | Brass Performance in the Park


The all-woman eGALitarian Brass will perform a mixture of seasonal favorites and familiar classical and pop gems from the brass quintet repertoire. Family fun for all ages to get in the holiday spirit.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Film | Flee (2021): Animated Documentary from Denmark (online)


The extraordinary true story of a man, Amin, on the verge of marriage which compels him to reveal his hidden past for the first time. Director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen 89 min. Followed by a Q&A with the director
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Discussion | Safeguarding Students from Antisemitism on Campus (online)


In the aftermath of Hamas’ terrorist attack on Israel, the ADL has recorded a vast increase in antisemitic incidents around the U.S. On campus, we’ve also seen an explosion of hate. What should you do when you or someone you know faces antisemitism on campus? What role does the U.S. Department of Education have in safeguarding students? What is Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and how does it protect Jewish students?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Lecture | A Strategy to Address Japan's Declining Fertility Rate


Speaker: Randall S. Jones, Research Associate, Center on Japanese Economy and Business
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:45 pm
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Concert | Student Standards Ensemble


Students are exposed to material that can be considered "standard" up to approximately 1965 and examine songs made popular via theatre, Broadway, film, and more. Concentrating on composers born in the later part of the 19th century, students memorize a substantial number of songs from that era in more than one key. Special emphasis is given to the subtleties of ballad playing as well as to the influence of the Jazz vocal tradition in shaping a personal instrumental approach to song.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Book Discussion | A Holly Jolly Ever After: A Holiday Story (online)


Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone discuss the next book in the Christmas Notch series, a new spicy story about an actress and a perpetually single former boy-band member reunited as costars on a steamy holiday film.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Film | Baby Doll (1956), Based on a Play by Tennessee Williams


Based on a play by Tennessee Williams, Baby Doll centers on Archie Lee Meighan, a failing cotton gin owner who is married to Baby Doll, a 19-year old childlike beauty whose father arranged the marriage for financial reasons. As Archie awaits the arrival of Baby Doll's 20th birthday, the day that they are supposed to consummate their marriage, he faces interference from business rival Silva Vacarro, who plots to seduce Baby Doll away from Meighan. Director: Elia Kazan Cast: Karl Malden, Carroll Baker, Eli Wallach
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Discussion | Exhibition Closing Reception and Conversation: The Afterlives of Incarceration


Closing night reception and program of The Afterlives of Incarceration for the acclaimed exhibition Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration curated by Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood. MacArthur Fellows Dr. Reuben Jonathan Miller (2022) and Dr. Emily Wang (2022) join Dr. Fleetwood (2021) in conversation about the afterlives of imprisonment. Dr. Miller is Associate Professor in the Crown Family School and Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. Dr. Wang is a professor in the Yale School of Medicine and directs the SEICHE Center for Health and Justice. Schedule 6 PM Closing Reception 7 PM Afterlives of Incarceration: Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood in conversation with Emily Wang, MD, MAS and Reuben Jonathan Miller, PhD 8 PM Final Look The exhibition will be on view from 10 AM - 9 PM on Monday, December 4.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | The Cast of Tony Nominated Musical Legs Diamond Reunites


The musical Legs Diamond told the story of a true-life gangster who always wanted to be in the theater business. The show, written by Charles Suppon and Harvey Fierstein, only lasted for 64 performances in the late 80s. But it has developed a cult following and it even received some Tony Award nominations, and Willa Kim was nominated for Drama Desk Award for her fantastic costume design. The original cast of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Legs Diamond reunites to celebrate this remarkable but largely forgotten musical. Join an evening of song and dance as the cast shares never-before-told stories about the making of the show. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Book Discussion | King: A Life (in-person and online)


Vividly written and exhaustively researched, Jonathan Eig’s bestselling book is the first major biography in decades of the civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. ― and the first to include recently declassified FBI files. Eig gives us an MLK for our times: a deep thinker, a brilliant strategist, and a committed radical who led one of history’s greatest movements, and whose demands for racial and economic justice remain as urgent today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Film | Onlookers (2023): Documentary on Travelling in Laos


A visually striking, immersive meditation on travel and tourism in Laos, reflecting on how we all live as observers. Traversing the country's dusty roads and tranquil rivers, watch as elaborate painterly tableaus unfold, revealing the whimsical and at times disruptive interweaving of locals and foreigners in rest and play. Director: Kimi Takesue 62 min. Followed by a discussion with the filmmaker
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Concert | The Bread of Angels: Wisdom and Music Behind Bars


Students from Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music collaborate with formerly incarcerated men and women to reveal the contemporary relevance of Dante’s Divine Comedy. The performance uses music and poetry to consider the parallels between contemporary journeys out of prison and Dante’s medieval journey out of hell. Featuring virtuoso gospel singer Naomi Wilson, a recording artist for Die Jim Crow Records. Followed by a dialogue on Dante, prison, and the arts moderated by Ron Jenkins (Visiting Professor, Yale Divinity School).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Marx for Cats: A Radical Bestiary (online)


What is the role of cats in history’s struggle between economic freedom and limitation? Might we view them as comrades? Jodi Dean and Leigh Claire La Berge discuss La Berge's book which uses 1200 years of economic history to argue not only that Marxism has the ability to be an interspecies project, but that it already is one.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Performance | Three Yiddish Plays by Women: Female Jewish Perspectives, 1880-1920 (in-person and online)


Expertly edited by Alyssa Quint and Elissa Bemporad, this volume brings together plays penned in Russia, Poland, and the United States from over a century ago. Each play grapples with enduring women's issues, including motherhood, pregnancy and abortion, financial independence, and self-realization, and each from a woman's perspective. There will be performances of scenes led by Allen Lewis Rickman, and discussion with editors Quint and Bemporad and translators Rickman and Miro Mniewski.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Tour | Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Harry Potter Store


An employee from the store will give a guided tour, showing all the cool easter eggs and hidden gems of the place. The tour is about an hour long, though may go longer if they're taking lots of photos and asking lots of questions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Dance Performance | Dance Works-in-Progress


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. With: Laila J. Franklin, Umami Playground Dance Company, Paul Hamilton
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Discussion | Expressing the Feminine Divine: A Discussion Between Artists (online)


Artists damali abrams, Katerina Lanfranco, and Hiba Schahbaz in conversation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Lecture | The Reign of Tutankhamun: What New Evidence Reveals (online)


In spite of Tutankhamun’s tomb — excavated 101 years ago — being the richest burial chamber discovered in Egypt, his reign has been obscured due to the erasure of his memory by later Pharaohs and a dearth of hard evidence. He was long considered an unimportant king, and his sovereignty was largely disregarded because of its short duration of less than 10 years. However, considerable documentation to the contrary is available nowadays. This lecture by Professor Nozomu Kawai of Kanazawa University, presented in collaboration with ARCE’s New York Chapter and National Headquarters, introduces the current understanding of Tutankhamun and his time utilizing new information.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Classical Music | Contemporary Chamber Music


   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Classical Music | Ensemble Works (In Person AND Online)


AXIOM ensemble; Jeffrey Milarsky, Music Director. Program Louise Talma (1906-1996), Full Circle Alexandros Darna, Fables (world premiere) Harrison Birtwistle (1934-2022), Tragoedia Oliver Knussen (1952-2018), Requiem—Songs for Sue
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Discussion | An Evening with David M. Friedman, Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel (online)


David Friedman served as the United States Ambassador to Israel from 2017 to 2021. He played a pivotal role in the United States moving its embassy to Jerusalem and recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Friedman is the author of Sledgehammer: How Breaking with the Past Brought Peace to the Middle East. MODERATORS: Dr. Alan Kadish President, Touro University Samuel J. Levine Professor of Law, Director of the Jewish Law Institute
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free

Jazz | Avant-Garde Jazz and Spoken-Word Traditions at a Major NYC Concert Hall


Over the past 25 years, Leyland James Kirby has released more than a dozen full-length albums which were initially inspired by the trapped-in-time ballroom from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining before then exploring audio representations of memory deterioration. His explorations of nostalgia and deterioration recreate the atmosphere of a 1930s dance hall with a warped, confusing and haunting verisimilitude. The avant-jazz poet and musician Moor Mother opens the evening with the premiere of a brand new performance based on her 2021 album Black Encyclopedia of the Air. In this first-ever live presentation, Moor Mother will celebrate the poetry and spoken word traditions of the '60s and '70s, featuring an array of special guest appearances by legendary artists including Armand Hammer (Billy Woods & Elucid), lojii, Lonnie Holley, the innovative jazz band Irreversible Entanglements, dancer Kayla Farrish, and tap dancer Melissa Almaguer, with projections by Samvel Krajian.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
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Dance Lesson | Dance Is Life: Latin Hustle


A free Latin Hustle dance class taught by professional Latin Hustle Dance Champions Veronica Castilla and Ahtoy Juliana, followed by a social dance party with legendary veteran Hustle DJ Nelson "Paradise" Roman. All are invited to this interactive and educational event that empowers participants to come together and express themselves through social dance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free

Jazz | Ensemble Plays Works by Herbie Hancock


This ensemble focuses on the music of Herbie Hancock, with primary emphasis on songs from the acoustic albums of the 1960’s, and covering the funky electric albums of the 70’s and 80’s, as well as his eclectic recent recordings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Classical Music | Viola Works by Hindemith, Enescu, and More (In Person AND Online)


Program Arnold Bax (1883-1953), Sonata for Viola and Piano Arvo Pärt (b.1935), Fratres Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979), Sonata for Viola and Piano Hindemith (1895-1963), Viola Concerto "Der Schwanendreher" Stamitz (1745-1801), Viola Concerto Henri Vieuxtemps (1820-1881), Sonata for Viola and Piano in B-flat Enescu (1881-1955), Concertpiece
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Vivaldi and More for Trumpet (In Person AND Online)


Richard Stinson, Trumpet. Program Rodion Shchedrin (b. 1932), In The Style of Albeniz Kevin McKee (b. 1980), Centennial Horizon Reinhold Gliere (1875-1956), Concerto for Coloratura Soprano Op. 82 Vivaldi (1678-1741), Concerto for Two Trumpets in C Major, RV 537 Carl Hohne (1860-1927), Slavische Fantasie Robert Sanders (1906-1974), Quintet in B-flat Major
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
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