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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 18, 2023?

18 free events take place on Monday, December 18 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 18 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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18 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Monday, December 18, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Piano Works by Brahms, Prokofiev, and More (In Person AND Online)
free events nyc Holiday Songs from the Stoop of a Mansion
free events nyc Antisemitism on Campus (online)
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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 | Night: Page One (online)


Speaker: Professor David Patterson, Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism & Policy, Senior Research Fellow; Hillel A. Feinberg Distinguished Chair in Holocaust Studies, Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Lecture | Of Bodies and Sound: A Performance-Lecture (online)


Amsterdam-based Kosovar artist Astrit Ismaili's performance lecture extends their practice, which so heavily relies on the body and presence, into the digital space. Ismaili's work centers on how bodies are constructed, modified, and interpreted through contemporary society, but also how they are heard, asking what it means to sonify a body politic. Exploring the politics of the body and voice, they aim to disrupt prevailing narratives around representation, imagining new and radical ways of thinking on how bodies inhabit and occupy space. Their work proposes bodies that consist of both imaginary and material realities, using alter egos, body extensions and wearable musical instruments to embody different possibilities for becoming and transformation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 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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12:30 pm
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Gallery Talk | Marvels of My Own Inventiveness: 5 Black Painters (online)


The exhibition Marvels of My Own Inventiveness foregrounds the formal innovations of five Black painters working in and around abstraction: Mary T. Smith, Claude Lawrence, J. B. Murray, Leonard Daley, and Purvis Young. In this presentation, Sade Ayorinde and Brooke Wyatt will reflect on their curatorial goals and discuss their collaborative decision-making process as it unfolded to shape the exhibition. The curators share behind-the-scenes insights on how they transformed the gallery into a visually arresting space foregrounding painterly interventions by contemporary Black self-taught artists from the Museum's collection. They will invite viewers to study the paintings while learning more about the artists' intentions and creative process.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Sephardi: Cooking the History. Recipes of the Jews of Spain and the Diaspora, from the 13th Century to Today (online)


Helene Jawhara Piner will delve into the love story of Jewish food and its history in Spain, focusing on the construction and evolution of the food of the Jews in the long-term. Piner will underscore how the history of Spain, mainly during the Inquisition, shaped the culinary practices of the Jewish conversos and give an understanding of Jewish history through the analysis of the important role played by food habits.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free

Lecture | Do Jews Believe in Heaven? The Afterlife in Judaism (online)


Demystify the afterlife traditions of Judaism with Rabbi Pinchas Giller. Do Jews believe in heaven? Or some other afterlife? These are common questions, with no easy answers. Some Jews believe that there is no afterlife tradition in Judaism, but in fact, the afterlife has its own history in Jewish thought. This course will review the afterlife traditions of Judaism and will provide some startling insights into the effect of the afterlife on Jewish theology and traditional life. First of 4 sessions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Classical Music | Piano Works by Brahms, Prokofiev, and More (In Person AND Online)


Rongrong Liang, Piano. Program Brahms (1833-1897), Ballades, Op.10 Alban Berg (1885-1935), Piano Sonata Op.1 Prokofiev (1891-1953), Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op.16
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
Free

Film | Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) Starring Judy Garland


Meet Me in St. Louis is a classic MGM romantic musical comedy that focuses on four sisters on the cusp of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. The film spotlights the sisters' education in the ways of the world, which includes, but isn't limited to, learning about life and love, courtesy of the prototypical boy next door. In the end, love -- accompanied by song, dance and period costumes, all in glorious Technicolor -- conquers all. Director: Vincente Minnelli Cast: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer, Tom Drake, Marjorie Main Judy Garland was an American actress and singer. She attained international stardom and critical acclaim as an actress in both musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist, and on the concert stage. Renowned for her versatility, she received an Academy Juvenile Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Special Tony Award. Garland was the first woman to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, which she won for her 1961 live recording titled Judy at Carnegie Hall.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Concert | Holiday Songs from the Stoop of a Mansion


Your favorite songs and carols will be performed by the Principal Quintet of the Gramercy Brass Orchestra under the direction of Trumpeter John Henry Lambert Jr. who grew up in the neighborhood of Gramercy Park and who founded in 1982 the Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York, an ensemble that has ever since delighted audiences around the country, and won numerous awards, including twice the First Place Winner of the North American Brass Band Competition. Enjoy the glorious sounds of holiday brass amidst the seasonal finery of Gramercy Park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Piano Works by Bach, Glass and Ravel (in-person and online)


Pianist Antonio Valentin performs a solo recital. The program includes J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, Etude No. 11 from Etudes Book II by Phillip Glass, and Maurice Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Club | Graphic Novel Book Club


Comic books and graphic novels have long been popular with a wide range of readers and influential for many in creative endeavors. These graphic works have become an important means of artistic and literary innovation, while gaining long overdue scholarly and academic attention. Over the past few decades, the popularity of comic books and graphic novels has significantly risen.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshop | Old School R&B Dance Fitness


A fun and exciting workout that uses easy to follow dance steps to maintain cardiovascular health. This class is created for all levels and you do not need any prior dance experience to participate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Discussion | The Art and Activism of Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis


In celebration of what would have been Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis’s 75th wedding anniversary, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Kara Young, cast members of the Broadway revival of Ossie Davis’s award winning play Purlie Victorious, will read from the archival collection of letters between this couple. Their daughter, Hasna Muhammad, and CEO of National Black Theater, Sade Lythcott, will join in a conversation about the play and the art/activism of Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis following the reading. Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee were actors, directors, writers, and activists whose careers spanned the mediums of theatre, television, radio, film, and print. Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee 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. December 18 is also the 106th birthday of Ossie Davis (1917-2005).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Discussion | Artists as Curators (online)


Panelists: Issac Aden, artist, curator and writer Audrey Frank Anastasi, artist, educator and philanthropist Patrica Fabricant, artist, curator and book-cover designer Moderator Mitch Pilnick, arts insurance specialist and ATOA board member,
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Classical Music | Oboe Works by Mozart and More (In Person AND Online)


Kara Faith Poling, Oboe. Program Grazyna Bacewicz (1909-1969), Sonatina for Oboe and Piano Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013), Sonate pour Hautbois et Piano Mozart (1756-1791), Divertimento in F Major, K.213 Leopold Wallner (1847-1913), Elegie for English Horn and Piano Franz Reizenstein (1911-1968), Three Concert Pieces
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free

Talk | Antisemitism on Campus (online)


A converation with Alyza Lewin, president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, a nonprofit established to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and promote justice for all. The Brandeis Center conducts research, education, and legal advocacy to combat the resurgence of antisemitism on college and university campuses. It empowers students by training them to understand their legal rights and educates administrators on best practices to combat racism and antisemitism on campus.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:30 pm
Free
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