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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 8, 2023?

31 free events take place on Friday, 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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31 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Friday, December 8, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc The Manchurian Candidate (2004) with Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, and Liev Schreiber
free events nyc Museum Highlights Tour
free events nyc Winter Classical Music Festival
free events nyc Maison Cabaret
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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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8:30 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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Workshop | Adult Zumba


Exercise in disguise! Join in on the fun featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Bring your friends and come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training and a lot of fun.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Slide Lecture | Contemporary Visions of African American Culture in Public Art (online)


Art historian and lecturer Sylvia Laudien-Meo presents an illustrated presentation and discussion. Public art in New York reflects cultural growth and changing global dynamics. Advances in social awareness, human rights, travel, and education are expanding views and inclusiveness in the art world. As political and civil equality has become a right not a priviledge, more artists of color are commissioned to create art in public places of prominence. Talks include influential art by Martin Puryear, Mildred Howard, and James Yaya Hough in Battery Park City, and local and international art by Kara Walker, Nari Ward, Simone Leigh, Hank Willis Thomas, and others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Film | Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (2023) with Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates


Eleven-year-old Margaret moves to a new town and starts to contemplate everything about life, friendship, and adolescence. She relies on her mother, Barbara, who offers loving support, and her grandmother, Sylvia, who's coming to terms with finding happiness in the next phase of her life. Questions of identity, one's place in the world, and what brings meaning to life soon bring them closer together than ever before. Director: Kelly Fremon Craig Cast: Abby Ryder Fortson, Rachel McAdams, and Kathy Bates Rachel McAdams made her Hollywood film debut in the comedy The Hot Chick. She rose to fame in 2004 with the comedy Mean Girls and the romantic drama The Notebook. In 2005, she starred in the romantic comedy Wedding Crashers, the psychological thriller Red Eye, and the comedy-drama The Family Stone. Kathy Bates is an American actor and director. Known for her roles in comedic and dramatic films and television programs, she has received various accolades throughout her career spanning over five decades, including an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Primetime Emmy Awards, in addition to nominations for a Tony Award and two British Academy Film Awards.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Film | The Manchurian Candidate (2004) with Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, and Liev Schreiber


Years after his squad was ambushed during the Gulf War, Major Ben Marco finds himself having terrible nightmares. He begins to doubt that his fellow squad-mate Sergeant Raymond Shaw, now a vice-presidential candidate, is the hero he remembers him being. As Marco's doubts deepen, Shaw's political power grows, and, when Marco finds a mysterious implant embedded in his back, the memory of what really happened begins to return. Director: Jonathan Demme Cast: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber, Jeffrey Wright, Kimberly Elise Denzel Washington is an American actor, producer and director. In a career spanning over four decades, Washington has received numerous accolades, including a Tony Award, two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and two Silver Bears. He was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2019, and in 2020 The New York Times named him the greatest actor of the 21st century. In 2022, Washington received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Meryl Streep is an American actress. Often described as "the best actress of her generation," Streep is particularly known for her versatility and accent adaptability. She has received numerous accolades throughout her career spanning over four decades, including a record 21 Academy Award nominations, winning three, and a record 32 Golden Globe Award nominations, winning eight. Liev Schreiber is an American actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and narrator. He became known during the late 1990s and early 2000s after appearing in several independent films, and later mainstream Hollywood films, including the first three Scream horror films (1996-2000), Ransom (1996), Phantoms (1998), and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Midday Music


Featuring classical music students from the Music Performance Program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshop | Enjoy an afternoon of crafting and conversation


Bring your own project or choose something from a provided collection to work on during this freeform crafting workshop. The workshop will include materials for sewing, knitting, crochet, coloring, paper crafts, and puzzles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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Film | The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) with Pierce Brosnan


Bored billionaire Thomas Crown decides to entertain himself by stealing a Monet from a reputed museum. When Catherine Banning, an investigator for the museum's insurance company, takes an interest in Crown, a complicated back-and-forth game with romantic undertones begins between them. In an attempt to find out where Banning's loyalties lie, Crown returns the painting and essentially turns himself in, hoping that Banning's feelings for him will lead to an escape. Director: John McTiernan Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Denis Leary, Fritz Weaver, Frankie Faison Pierce Brosnan is an Irish actor and film producer. He is best known as the fifth actor to play secret agent James Bond in the Bond film series, starring in four films from 1995 to 2002 (GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day) and in multiple video games.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free

Conference | Between the Black Sea and the Bering Strait: Environmental Histories Across a Subcontinent


2:00 – 2:15pm | Opening Valentina Izmirlieva (Columbia University)   2:15 – 3:45pm | Session 1: Climate Histories Across a Subcontinent Moderator: Julia Lajus (Columbia University) Pey-Yi Chu (Pomona College, CA), Toward Crucial Climate Histories of Eurasia Jonathan Oldfield (University of Birmingham, UK), Geoengineering the Climate: Soviet and Russian Perspectives Ryan Jones (University of Oregon), The Russian Far East and the Shock Decarbonization of the 1990s 4:00 – 5:30pm | Presentation of the book Thinking Russia’s History Environmentally Catherine Evtuhov (Columbia University) David Moon (University College London, UK) Julia Lajus (Columbia University) John McNeill (Georgetown University) Jane Costlow (Bates College, ME) Anna Olenenko (University of Alberta, Canada) Anna Mazanik (Max Weber Foundation/LMU Munich, Germany) Ronald Meyer (Columbia University) Jennifer Goetz (Columbia University) 5:30 – 6:15pm | Screening of the Film Anarcadia Ruth Maclennan, artist (Institute Associate, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, UK)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Gallery Talk | Museum Highlights Tour


A highlights tour of these exhibitions: A Collection without Borders -- celebrates the art and culture of Spain, Portugal, Latin America, Goa and the Philippines. Includes a wide range of paintings and decorative arts. Featuring works by Velazquez, Goya, El Greco, Murillo, Tapies, Viladrich, Arrieta, and many more. Anatomy of a Fresco: Drawings of Jose Clemente Orozco from the Wornick Collection -- Anatomy of a Fresco features a rare group of figurative sketches for portraits and preparatory works for large-scale murals made during the Mexican Mural Movement. Sorolla's Vision of Spain -- The monumental series of 14 paintings known as Vision of Spain by the Valencian master Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida. A truly unique, immersive experience that captures the essence of turn-of-the-century rural Spain. Sculpture on the Audobon Terrace -- Immerse yourself in Penetrable, an interactive sculpture created by Jesus Rafael Soto, as well as Marta Chilindron's Orange Cube 48, the inaugural selection for Art on the Audubon Terrace, a partnership with the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free

Book Discussion | Side Hustle Safety Net: How Vulnerable Workers Survive Precarious Times


Alexandrea Ravenelle's book is the first major study of how the pandemic affected gig workers—a sociological exploration that reads like a novel.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Festival | Bloomingdale Bright Lights Tree Lighting


Kick off the holiday season with music, giveaways and a tree lighting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Film | Mixed by Erry (2023): Music Pirates


The rise and fall of the empire of two DJs from Naples and their pirated compilation cassettes that marked the young people of the nineties.   Directed by Sydney Sibilia Starring: Luigi D'Oriano, Emanuele Palumbo, Giuseppe Arena 110 min. In Italian with English subtitles Followed by a brief Q&A with actor Lucia Sardo
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Concert | 3 Folk Music Acts (online)


Featuring: 6:00 pm: Andrea Wittgens 6:30 pm: Jeanne Marie Boes 7:00 pm: Michael Patrick F. Smith
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Melissa Shook: Krissy's Present


30 black-and-white photographs made between 1965 and 1983 by the late American artist Melissa Shook (1939-2020). In the mid-1960s Shook, a single mother, began photographing her mixed-race infant daughter Kristina – “Krissy.” Krissy recalls she could think of no other way to have grown up with her mother, holding the camera and photographing her all the time. “My earliest memories are of being photographed with my friends on the Lower East Side of Manhattan—running naked on the street or playing games in my friends’ apartments. My mother Melissa chasing after us—not interrupting us –clicking away with her camera, an extension of her.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Orsolya Áder: Expressive Vision


Up-and-coming Hungarian painter Orsolya Áder’s first solo exhibition presents an exciting array of abstract paintings, which reflect the science of the ’Divine Ratio’ and revolve around the idea of the spatial play of the three dimensions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screening | Secret Sixteen Screening


This event pairs 16mm films from the Cinema Studies Archive with lo-fi gems, oddball curiosities, and pre-internet obscurities. There's a surprise here for everyone!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Enescu and More for Violin and Piano


Lauren Conroy, violin; Matthew Schultheis, piano. Program George Benjamin (b. 1960), Three Miniatures Tōru Takemitsu (1930-1996), Hika György Kurtag (b. 1926), Signs, Games, and Messages Oliver Knussen (1952-2018), Prayer Bell Sketch Tōru Takemitsu (1930-1996), Les yeux clos II Enescu (1881-1955), Impressions d’enfance
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Classical Music | Winter Classical Music Festival


Chamber Ensembles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free

Author Reading | 3 New Books


Welcome Long Day Press authors Jessica Anne, Bessie Flores Zaldívar, and Christian TeBordo for readings from their newest books: Sex With My Family, Rain Revolutions, and We Go Liquid (originally published by Impetus Press). After the event, Jessica, Bessie, and Christian will sign copies of their books.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Reassembly: Field Notes for Unknowing


An evening of readings and presentations by devynn emory, Samita Sinha, Joseph M. Pierce, David Thomson, and Danspace's Judy Hussie-Taylor and Seta Morton. Reassembly consists of “musings on artistic transmission and institutional transactions, scores for our organs, financial literacy resources, books and podcast recommendations, questions for stargazing,” writes editor Seta Morton.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concert | Cello, Guitar, Flute, and Piano Works


Pin-hui Tsai, cello; Mariano Aguirre, guitar; Justin Lee, flute; Denise Fillion, piano. Program Taylor Perkinson (1932-2004), Lamentations - Black/Folk Song Suite for Solo Cello Leo Brouwer (b. 1939), Elogio de la Danza José Luis Merlín (b. 1952), Suite del Recuerdo
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Dance Performance | December Dance Concert


Featuring the Second Avenue Dance Company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Cabaret | Maison Cabaret


A French-themed celebration of song, performance, camp and drag. Hosted by Thee Suburbia, Maison Cabaret features performances by Cholula Lemon and Raquel Cion. Costumes encouraged: French-themed, sparkles, or come as you are.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Works by Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and More


Works by Barber, Beethoven, Chopin, Gluck-Sgambati, Falla, Gounod-Liszt, Joplin, Prokofiev, Ravel, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Debussy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Club | Jokes and Jazz


As Frank Zappa famously asked, does humor belong in music? You'll find the answer to be a resounding "yes" at this intersection of songs and stand-up, featuring the creative force behind Jokes and Jazz, comedian Wali Collins (Hulu, Comedy Central).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Dvorak and More for Piano, Violin, and Cello


Daniel Epstein, piano; Xiao Wang, violin; Ben Larsen, cello. Program Melanie Bonis (1858-1937), Soir-Matin, Op. 76 Adolphus Hailstork III, (b. 1941), Piano Tio Dvorak (1841-1904), Trio in F Minor, Op. 65
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Dance Performance | Dance Fall 2023


Featuring works created by guest choreographers Ogemdi Ude (Movement Research Artist-in-Residence) and Katie Workum, along with student-created works from Mariana Valencia's Textual Strategies in Performance course. All choreography will be performed by students of the Contemporary Dance Program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Winter Classical Music Festival


Chamber Ensembles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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