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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 11, 2023?

25 free events take place on Monday, December 11 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 11 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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25 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Monday, December 11, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Politicizing Islam in Central Asia: From the Russian Revolution to the Afghan and Syrian Jihads
free events nyc Holiday Building Tour/Chanukah Celebration
free events nyc A Conversation with Broadway Star Andre De Shields
free events nyc Open Studios
free events nyc Hybrid Ensemble Concert Featuring Works by Debussy, Chopin, and More
free events nyc Works by Rachmaninoff for Piano, Violin, and Cello
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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
Free

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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Tour | Holiday Building Tour/Chanukah Celebration


In honor of the Festival of Lights, the museum is offering a very special building tour. At the turn of the 20th century, one-third of Eastern Europe’s Jews passed through Ellis Island on the way to a new life in a new land. During this era, the Lower East Side became home to the largest Jewish community in the world, and its new residents brought customs and traditions that were adapted to fit into their new home. Head upstairs to the beautifully restored Main Sanctuary with Education and Accessibility Senior Manager Scott Brevda and Curator and Archivist Nancy Johnson to explore the landmark building and exhibit Lighting the World: Menorahs Around the Globe, the historic Aharon Ben Zalman menorah collection. Learn about the building and its Moorish Revival architecture, Jewish history on the Lower East Side, and how Jewish immigrants displayed their American pride and incorporated it into their new lives.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
$10-$15 suggested admission...

Book Discussion | Politicizing Islam in Central Asia: From the Russian Revolution to the Afghan and Syrian Jihads


Few observers anticipated a surge of Islamism in Central Asia after seventy years of forced communist atheism. Yet, Islamism became the dominant form of political opposition in post-Soviet Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Author Kathleen Collins explores the causes, dynamics, and variation in Islamist movements--first within the USSR, and then in the post-Soviet states of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Drawing upon extensive ethnographic and historical research, she explains the strategies and relative success of each Central Asian Islamist movement. Collins argues that in each case, state repression of Islam, by Soviet and post-Soviet regimes, together with the diffusion of religious ideologies, motivated successive waves of Islamist mobilization. Sweeping in scope, this book traces the origins and trajectories of Central Asian Islamist movements from the Soviet era through the Tajik civil war, the Afghan jihad against the United States, and the foreign fighter movement in Syria.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free

Tour | Holiday Building Tour/Chanukah Celebration


In honor of the Festival of Lights, the museum is offering a very special building tour. At the turn of the 20th century, one-third of Eastern Europe's Jews passed through Ellis Island on the way to a new life in a new land. During this era, the Lower East Side became home to the largest Jewish community in the world, and its new residents brought customs and traditions that were adapted to fit into their new home. Head upstairs to the beautifully restored Main Sanctuary with Education and Accessibility Senior Manager Scott Brevda and Curator and Archivist Nancy Johnson to explore the landmark building and exhibit Lighting the World: Menorahs Around the Globe, the historic Aharon Ben Zalman menorah collection. Learn about the building and its Moorish Revival architecture, Jewish history on the Lower East Side, and how Jewish immigrants displayed their American pride and incorporated it into their new lives.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
$10-$15 suggested admission...

Discussion | Open Archive for Civil Rights Activists Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis


An interactive display and discussion of selected material from the Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee papers to celebrate what would have been their 75th wedding anniversary. Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee were actors, directors, writers, and activists whose careers spanned the mediums of theatre, television, radio, film, and print. Their papers date from 1932 to 2015, and chronicle the couple's artistic careers as performers and authors, as well as their work as civil rights activists. Get up close and personal with the selected items.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Mothers, Midwives and Reimagining Birthing in the South Bronx: Breathe, Now Push


It is a tragic and unjust paradox that the United States, the highest income country in the world and the country with the largest budget for perinatal care, has rising rates of maternal mortality that disproportionately affect women of color. Author Jennifer Dohrn examines the systems that perpetuate disparities in care, from global to local, and describes essential components needed for change, using oral histories as evidence for the way forward towards maternal health as a human right. Hear the stories and experiences of twelve women who received care at the birthing center that changed their lives.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concert | Holiday Caroling with The Broadway Carolers


With over 25 years of experience, Broadway Carolers perform across the region and are committed to bringing light into people’s lives during the holiday season. They have performed at houses and apartments, parks and country clubs, and NYC landmarks.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
Free

Festival | Holiday Lighting Celebration: Music, Hot Chocolate, Pastries


'Tis the season! This is holiday lighting celebration is open to all! Come by and spread holiday cheer - enjoy music, hot chocolate, tea, and pastries (while supplies last.)   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Other | Live Trivia Hour: Jeopardy! Edition


Are you a fan of the game show Jeopardy!? Come test your knowledge and join the Live Trivia Hour.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Discussion | Guatemala: Democracy in the Crosshairs (online)


Guatemala today is suffering a growing crisis of the rule of law: the criminalization of anti-corruption efforts, the suppression of protest, and the persecution of human rights defenders. These dynamics are unfolding against a backdrop of uncertainty regarding whether President-Elect Bernardo Arevalo will be allowed to assume office in January. This panel brings together former diplomats, academics, human rights defenders, and exiles to examine these dynamics and to ask how Guatemalans and the international community can respond to this crisis. Speakers: Anders Kompass, Former Swedish Ambassador to Central America & Senior Official at the United Nations Claudia Escobar, Distinguished Visiting Professor & Scholar at the School of Policy & Government, George Mason University Flor de Maria Galvez, Human Rights Lawyer & Former CICIG Mandatary Jorge Santos, General Coordinator of the Unit for Human Rights Defenders Protection UDEFEGUA Moderator: Jo-Marie Burt, Professor at George Mason University & Senior Fellow at WOLA   The event will be given in English and Spanish
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Film | The King and I (1956): musical


In this film adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, widowed Welsh mother Anna Loenowens becomes a governess and English tutor to the wives and many children of the stubborn King Mongkut of Siam. Anna and the king have a clash of personalities as she works to teach the royal family about the English language, customs and etiquette, and rushes to prepare a party for a group of European diplomats who must change their opinions about the king. Driector: Walter Lang Cast: Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno, Martin Benson, Rex Thompson
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Discussion | A Conversation with Broadway Star Andre De Shields


The Billy Rose Theatre Division celebrates five decades Broadway actor Andre De Shields. In this discussion with De Shields, there will be a screening of video clips of his many performances, exploring his illustrious career from the 1969 Chicago production of Hair to his critically praised turn as Ben Loman in the 2022 revival of Death of a Salesman. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Open Studios | Open Studios


Senior students will open their studios for viewing along with other exhibition spaces throughout the building.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Discussion | An Evening with Kennedy Center Honoree and Composer Tania León (in-person and online)


Tania León is a trailblazer as a composer, conductor, and educator. Born in Havana, Cuba, León has achieved acclaim over an illustrious career. In 2021, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in recognition of her orchestral work Stride and, in 2022, was inducted into the prestigious ranks of Kennedy Center honorees. Through her years as a faculty member, she has inspired generations of students, recently concluding her tenure as a distinguished professor emerita. León joins in conversation about her extraordinary musical journey with Terrance McKnight, WQXR radio host, writer, and pianist. A concert follows the discussion, featuring a number of León's dazzling works performed by students, faculty, and guest artists. Works and Performers: “Oh Yemanja” (from Scourge of Hyacinths) Charlotte Mundy, soprano  Kirsten Jermé, cellist Antonio Valentin, pianist Mistica Ursula Oppens, pianist Esencia Bergamot Quartet 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Lecture | Black Ontology: The Subversive Beauty of Soul


A lecture by curator Valerie Cassel Oliver.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Club | LGBTQ+ Book Club: Queer Romance


LGBTQ+ Book Club meets monthly to read and discuss fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels centered around queer individuals, communities, and experiences. Please note that these books deal frankly, sometimes explicitly, with contemporary issues and all works discussed are artistic expressions selected for an adult audience. The theme of our this meeting is Queer Romance to warm up as we descend into the chilly months of winter. There will be an overview of some favorite romance titles and authors that fit the theme. Throughout the meeting there will be ample opportunity to discuss the titles shared that evening as well as any other swoon-worthy titles you come prepared to share! There is no prior reading or knowledge required - this is a space for folks to meet and share their love of (or fall in love with) LGBTQ+ literature.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Mothers of Invention: The Feminist Roots of Contemporary Art (online)


Offering a radical rewriting of the history of contemporary art from a feminist perspective, four distinguished authors -- Eleanor Heartney, Helaine Posner, Nancy Princenthal and Sue Scott -- explore the lineages of performance, abstraction, craft and ecofeminism in ways that reveal the debt these important genres owe to the work of pioneering women artists. The painters, sculptors and performance artists featured here have shaped ideas now dominating the art world: the vulnerability of the environment, the rise of activist art, the challenge to the reign of high technology (including digital culture), and the development of a new language of abstraction. Having demolished the linear narrative of modernism, the privileging of a white male ethnocentric vision, the division of high and low art and the separation of art from larger social issues, feminist artists laid the groundwork for the globalised, multi-media, postmodern art world of today. Illustrated with a spread of work from the last sixty years (and including contextual discussion of earlier practitioners), this book makes a compelling case for placing feminist art and artists at the heart of contemporary art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Opera | Shir Hashirim (The Song of Songs): A 1911 Operetta (online)


A performance of the music of Shir Hashirim (The Song of Songs), a 1911 operetta by Joseph Rumshinsky and Anshel Shor. Premiered in NYC, Shir Hashirim was subsequently performed around the world. It was so popular that a 1935 film was made based on it, and, according to Rumshinsky, a young George Gershwin could play the whole score by heart. Shir Hashirim is a musical comedy which features several interlocking love triangles that include an aging composer along with his children and their lovers and friends. The work also touches on serious topics including love, mortality, and women's suffrage. Reconstructed from a variety of archival materials collected at YIVO, UCLA, and the Library of Congress, the operetta will be performed by students of the Bard Conservatory Vocal Arts Program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Jazz | An Evening of Jazz & Poetry


This kick-off event featuring Jerome Jennings and Naomi Extra’s Get Free Collective will celebrate the fortieth year anniversary of the groundbreaking poetry anthology Confirmation: An Anthology of African American Women (1983) co-edited by Amina and Amiri Baraka. Confirmation featured work by black women poets–Abbey Lincoln, Amina Baraka, Lucille Clifton, Rashidah Ismaili and others–who engaged with jazz through the written and spoken word.  The event will feature original poetry performed by poet and multi-disciplinary artist, Naomi Extra, live jazz performance led by drummer, Jerome Jennings, a short conversation on the anthology, and special guests.
   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: Shantelle Courvoisier Jackson, Kat Sotelo, Maho Ogawa
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concert | Hybrid Ensemble Concert Featuring Works by Debussy, Chopin, and More


The Hybrid Ensemble concert is an improvisational meeting of chamber and jazz featuring music by Debussy, Chopin, Mathisen.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Works by Brahms and More for Violin, Clarinet, Viola, Cello, and Piano


Tai Murray, violin; Todd Palmer, clarinet; Melissa Reardon, viola; Julia Bruskin, cello; Aaron Wunsch, piano. Program Brahms (1833-1897), Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, op. 114 Nino Rota (1911-1979), Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano Caroline Shaw (b. 1982), Thousandth Orange for Piano Quartet Brahms (1833-1897), Piano Quartet in C Minor, op. 60
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Jazz | Laptop Ensemble


This electronic band will explore the use of the laptop computer as a primary performance instrument in order to push the boundaries beyond acoustic ensembles. They will explore various sound producing techniques such as synthesis, sampling, drum machines, and live-processing effects. The focus will be the human-led performativity of the laptop to find new sounds, new rhythmic and tuning systems and new musical gestures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Rachmaninoff for Piano, Violin, and Cello


Yoojung Kim, piano; Filip Pogady, violin; and Daniel Gaisford, cello, perform Rachmaninoff's "elegiac" piano trios.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
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