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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 15, 2023?

27 free events take place on Friday, December 15 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 15 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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27 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Friday, December 15, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many -- Includes Holiday Lights Tour
free events nyc John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023) with Keanu Reeves
free events nyc Holiday Classics from the 18th Century to the Present
free events nyc 11-Piece Ensemble Plays Modern Salsa
        

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
10:00 am
Free

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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Festival | Holiday Extravaganza: Photo Ops with Favorite Characters, Classic Movies, Interactive Activities for Kids, and More!


Santa Claus is coming to town! This venue is transforming into a wonderland of family entertainment, with a lineup of events that will make your holidays unforgettable. From the whimsical world of My Little Pony to the high-flying antics of the Harlem Globetrotters, there's something for everyone. Step into a Peanuts paradise for a cozy holiday experience or join Rosie Fuentes from PBS Kids' Rosie's Rules for a festive celebration. Each event offers exclusive screenings, photo ops, and interactive activities for the kids. November 25 - January 7, Wednesdays to Sundays. CFT members have to use a code (provided below the location) to get free admission.
   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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Gallery Talk | Spirit and Invention: Drawings of Giambattista and Domenico Tiepolo: Exhibition Tour (online)


Docents lead an interactive virtual tour of the exhibition. They will look closely at some of the highlights from the exhibition, exploring the Tiepolos’ process of drawing figures – both for independent works and in preparation for the monumental 18th century frescoes and ceiling paintings that still decorate palaces and churches throughout Italy and beyond.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Film | John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023) with Keanu Reeves


With the price on his head ever increasing, legendary hit man John Wick takes his fight against the High Table global as he seeks out the most powerful players in the underworld, from New York to Paris to Japan to Berlin. Director: Chad Stahelski Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, George Georgiou Keanu Reeves is a Canadian actor who had his breakthrough role in the science fiction comedy Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), and he reprised his role in its sequels. He gained praise for playing a hustler in the independent drama My Own Private Idaho (1991) and established himself as an action hero with leading roles in Point Break (1991) and Speed (1994). Greater stardom came for playing Neo in the science fiction series The Matrix, beginning in 1999. Laurence Fishburne is an American actor. He is a three time Emmy Award and Tony Award winning actor known for his roles on stage and screen. He has been hailed for his forceful, militant, and authoritative characters in his films. He is known for playing Morpheus in The Matrix series (1999-2003), Jason "Furious" Styles in Boyz n the Hood (1991), Tyrone "Mr. Clean" Miller in Francis Ford Coppola's war film Apocalypse Now (1979), and "The Bowery King" in the John Wick film series (2017-present).
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Film | Slave Bird (1929): Silent Film Noir and Live Music (online)


Slave Bird, a recently restored silent film, banned in its day, will be streamed live from the Urania National Film Theater in Budapest. This dramatic and fast-paced crime and love story from the late silent era features Hungarian-German actors. Censorship of the time tried to have the film banned in Hungary and only relented when screenings abroad proved to be a hit. The only surviving copy was passed to the Austrian Film Archive by a Dutch private collector, and from there the National Film Institute Hungary – Film Archive received it for restoration. Screening with live music accompaniment, original German intertitles, Hungarian and English subtitles.
   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 | Gran Turismo (2023) with Orlando Bloom


The true story of a team of unlikely underdogs -- a working-class gamer, a former race-car driver, and an idealistic motorsport executive -- who risk it all to take on the most elite sport in the world. Director: Neill Blomkamp Cast: David Harbour, Orlando Bloom, Archie Madekwe, Darren Barnet, Geri Halliwell Horner, Djimon Hounsou Orlando Bloom is an English actor. He made his breakthrough as the character Legolas in The Lord of the Rings film series. He reprised his role in The Hobbit film series. Considered by some to be the Errol Flynn of his time, he gained further notice appearing in epic fantasy, historical, and adventure films, notably as Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, Paris in Troy (2004), Balian de Ibelin in Kingdom of Heaven (2005), and the Duke of Buckingham in The Three Musketeers (2011).
   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 Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Murillo, Tápies, Viladrich, Arrieta, and many more. Anatomy of a Fresco: Drawings of José 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 Joaquín 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 Jesús 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
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2:00 pm
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Classical Music | Trumpet Works by Torelli, Gershwin, and More (In Person AND Online)


Evan Daniel Schreiber, Trumpet. Program Torelli (1658-1709), Sonata in D Major (G.1) Vassily Brandt (1869-1923), Concertpiece No. 2 for Trumpet and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 12 Katie Jenkins, Kaleidoscope Gershwin (1898-1937), Someone To Watch Over Me Gershwin (1898-1937), Three Preludes Michael Kamen (1948-2003), Quintet
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Chloe Wise: Told A Vision


Artist Chloe Wise’s latest work, a multimedia installation, replicates the sensation of channel surfing at the mercy of some unknown remote control holder. Fragments of commercials, despite their uncanny familiarity and authoritative language, advertise nothing in particular. These scenes evoke empty promises, tautologically promoting the idea of consumerism itself. As the film progresses, the messages become distorted, and language devolves into meaninglessness, approximating the incoherence of overheard snippets of conversation in a crowd.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Classical Music | Violin Works by Mozart, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and Ravel (In Person AND Online)


Claire Ahe Arias-Kim, Violin. Program Mozart (1756-1791), Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, K. 301 Debussy (1862-1918), Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Minor, L. 140 Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), Meditation in D Minor Ravel (1875-1937), Tzigane
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Opening Reception | Getting to Ick: Group Exhibition


Featuring the work of twelve artists: Ever Baldwin, Corydon Cowansage, Alison Croney Moses, Lucy Kim, Julia Kunin, Molly Lowe, Leeza Meksin, Bridget Mullen, Estefania Puerta, Douglas Rieger, Victoria Roth, and Grace Sachi Troxell. Focusing on the guttural and internal, this show probes at the experience of living in and having a physical body. Delving into pleasure, pain, and the banal, the artists in this show use abstraction to unveil bodily parts and experiences, considering the mechanisms of the flesh.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Dancing | In the Glow of the Holiday: Silent Disco


Enjoy the holiday season with the team with a neon glow Silent Disco! Listen to your DJ of choice while dancing and having fun with others. Don't forget your neon glow colors to light up the room along with the beautiful lights of the holiday season. Live DJs will add a special touch to the event. Instructor: LaSharn Cooper
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Reading | Sad Happens: 7 Writers Read


A book celebration with readings. Come out and shed a tear or two. Readings by: JP Brammer Aliyah Cohen Elia Einhorn T. Cole Rachel Brandon Stosuy Kate Thompson Dana Wachs
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Classical Music | Violin Works by Bach and Others (in-person and online)


Violinist Pala Garcia performs a recital joined by pianist Peter Kramer in Elebash Hall for the Ph.D./D.M.A. Programs in Music The program includes J.S. Bach’s Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001, Toshi Ichiyanagi’s Perspectives for solo violin, and Peter Kramer’s Procession Fragments, joined by Kramer on the piano.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Black Snow: Curtis LeMay, the Firebombing of Tokyo, and the Road to the Atomic Bomb (online)


Seven minutes past midnight on March 10, 1945, nearly 300 American B-29s thundered into the skies over Tokyo. Their payloads of incendiaries ignited a firestorm that reached up to 2,800 degrees, liquefying asphalt and vaporizing thousands; sixteen square miles of the city were flattened and more than 100,000 men, women, and children were killed. James Scott's Black Snow is the story of this devastating operation, orchestrated by Major General Curtis LeMay, who famously remarked: “If we lose the war, we’ll be tried as war criminals.” Scott reconstructs in granular detail that horrific night, and describes the development of the B-29, the capture of the Marianas for use as airfields, and the change in strategy from high-altitude daylight “precision” bombing to low-altitude nighttime incendiary bombing. Most importantly, the raid represented a significant moral shift for America, marking the first time commanders deliberately targeted civilians which helped pave the way for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki five months later.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Food and Fashion: A Running Co-Commentary


Co-editors Melissa Marra-Alvarez and Elizabeth Way explore the influence of food culture through the lens of fashion over the last 250 years. Based on their recent exhibition at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, they will examine how food themes and motifs are used to comment on topics from luxury, gender, and consumerism to sustainability, social activism, and body politics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concert | Holiday Classics from the 18th Century to the Present


Eli Asher, trumpet; Brandon Vazquez, trumpet; Lisa Pike, horn; Kevin Krumenauer, trombone, perform holiday favorites from the 18th century to the present, including, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Silver Bells, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Party | Readings, Live Performance by Grammy Nominated Guitarist, Games, Dancing, and More


This event will feature a special collections display featuring rare books, artwork, photographs, maps, and more that track the long history of censorship across the globe; readings by Substack superstars of censored works written by women; 16mm films curated from the Reserve Film and Video Collection telling stories of book bans old and new; activities and live performances by Grammy-nominated guitarist Gary Lucas; and more. Plus, dance the night away with music by Rimarkable, find your next great banned book with book matchmaking, try your hand at games and puzzles, or relax with crafts and coloring. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. For ages 21 and up. ID required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concert | 11-Piece Ensemble Plays Modern Salsa


Dance to the sounds of award-winning NYC-based La Excelencia an eleven-piece band inspired by the salsa music of the '70s and the sociopolitical landscape of today. Combining traditional salsa elements with a modern and unapologetic sound, their music invigorates social mindedness amidst a powerful and danceable soundtrack, the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable social dance ?VAYA! night at the Atrium. Founded in 2005, the band honed their sound by performing at local venues around NYC and eventually caught the attention of the international salsa community with their 2006 debut album, Salsa Con Conciencia. La Excelencia's in-your-face sound and energetic live performances reach outside of the salsa norm to propel the band to mainstream audiences and venues. Under the leadership and direction of founder Julian Silva, La Excelencia has enjoyed solid success and continues to keep their sights on the future with a commitment to giving voice to the next generation of salseros.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Film | The Red Light Bandit (1968): Brazilian Crime Thriller


The story of a famous Brazilian criminal, called The Red Light Bandit because he always used a red flashlight to break in the houses during the night. Working alone, he also used to rape his female victims. Director: Rogério Sganzerla Stars: Helena Ignez, Paulo Villaça, Pagano Sobrinho 92 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Classical Music | String Quartet


JACK Quartet. Program Zara Ali, New Work Rishin Singh, melancholy objects Seare Farhat, New Work Following the performance, there will be a screening of the film Lost & Founds by Iván Decoud.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Play | Fucking A: Innovative Twist on The Scarlet Letter


Suzan-Lori Parks' innovative twist on The Scarlet Letter is a timely and mystical story following a noble mother and her wayward son. The small town abortionist, Hester Smith, embarks on an unyielding quest to buy her imprisoned son’s freedom—and nothing will get in her way. Through a unique blend of storytelling and song, Hester’s branded letter A emerges as a thought provoking beacon of revenge, violence, and unflinching sacrifice. A student production.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Classical Music | Violin Works by Tchaikovsky, Enescu, Grieg, and More (In Person AND Online)


Oliver Neubauer, Violin. Program Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020), Cadenza for Solo Viola arr. for Solo Violin Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), “Lensky’s Aria” from Eugene Onegin for Violin and Piano, Op. 24 Enescu (1881-1955), Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano, Op. 25 "dans le caractère populaire roumain" Grieg (1843-1907), Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45
   New York City, NY; NYC
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