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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on February 17, 2021?

15 free events take place on Wednesday, February 17 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 February 17 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 February . 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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Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Wednesday, February 17, 2021

All events, things to do on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 are free unless otherwise noted.

Festival | Lion Dance, The Wishing Tree, Crafts: Lunar New Year Celebration (in-person, outdoors)


New York Chinese Cultural Center presents a lion dance celebrating the Lunar New Year. This traditional dance is performed to bring good fortune and prosperity to viewers of all ages! Visit the wishing tree in the park before or after the dance. There will also be take-away kid-friendly art project materials on first come first served basis. Find a spacious spot in the park to make your creation or bring the craft kits home! Schedule: Take-away Craft: 10:30am - 12:30pm Wishing Tree: 11am - 1pm Lion Dance: 12:00pm - 12:15 pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free
Festivals, February 17, 2021, 02/17/2021, Lion Dance, The Wishing Tree, Crafts: Lunar New Year Celebration (in-person, outdoors)

Workshop | Ribbon Dancing: Family Friendly Class (in-person, outdoors)


With a flick of the wrist, learn how to wave long ribbons in the air to create rainbows, waterfalls, dragons, and more. Celebrate the Lunar New Year by learning this traditional Chinese art. Sanitized ribbons will be avalible in kid-friendly sizes to borrow, but participants can also bring their own ribbons or wear gloves. Attendance is capped to allow for safe distancing. First come, first served.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Workshops, February 17, 2021, 02/17/2021, Ribbon Dancing: Family Friendly Class (in-person, outdoors)

Tour | Walking Tour at Major Midtown Square (in-person)


Join in for an enjoyable walking tour and learn about a successfully transformation of "Needle Park" of the 1970s into Manhattan's Town Square of today. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Tours, February 17, 2021, 02/17/2021, Walking Tour at Major Midtown Square (in-person)

Play | The Night Watcher: Intimate Look at Parenthood (virtual)


The Night Watcher is an auto-biographical, one-woman play by actress-playwright Charlayne Woodard. Simultaneously a best friend, advisor, confidant, and sage to the many young people who call her "Auntie," Charlayne Woodard is childless only by biological standards. Told with penetrating grace and candor, Woodard beautifully weaves together stories of the ordinary and extraordinary ways she has mentored the children in her life. Declared "thoughtful, vivid, entertaining, and poignant" in its original run, The Night Watcher is an intimate look at the various definitions of parenthood. Written and performed by Charlayne Woodard. This is an encore viewing, originally presented in 2009/2010 season. It will be streaming until Feb 28th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Plays, February 17, 2021, 02/17/2021, The Night Watcher: Intimate Look at Parenthood (virtual)

Tour | Yellowstone's Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces Live (virtual)


Take a meander along the Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces and through time to learn how ancient seas, continental shifts, ice ages and volcanism have created the beautiful, otherworldly springs that lay before us today--and learn why it could look different tomorrow! Led by Ashea, who spent twenty five years exploring the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Tours, February 17, 2021, 02/17/2021, Yellowstone's Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces Live (virtual)

Park Walk | Central Park Walk (virtual)


Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States. Enjoy its sweeping views and stunning vistas during the virtual walk. The tour takes place each Wed at 12:30 pm. Every walk takes place in a different part of the park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Park Walks, February 17, 2021, 02/17/2021, Central Park Walk (virtual)

Theater | Belfast Blues: tour-de-force... a powerful evening of theatre - Backstage (virtual)


Passionate, riveting, and often humorous, Belfast Blues is a tapestry of autobiographical stories told from Hughes' perspective as a little girl coming of age in the war-torn Belfast of the 1980s. These stories bear insightful witness to the many faces of "trying to live a normal life" amidst the violence born of the longstanding conflict between Catholics and Protestants. At thirteen, Hughes temporarily left The Troubles to star in a TV movie, Children in the Crossfire, directed by George Schaefer, only to return home to a different kind of confusion and pain. Written and performed by Geraldine Hughes Directed by Carol Kane
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Theaters, February 17, 2021, 02/17/2021, Belfast Blues: tour-de-force... a powerful evening of theatre - Backstage (virtual)

Classical Music | Exuberance is Beauty: William Blake, the Viol, and the Book (virtual)


Members of the New York viol consort Parthenia join curators from the Morgan Library & Museum in a co-presentation of the "exuberant beauty" of visionary poet William Blake (1757-1827) and the music he inspires in our time. Featuring Will Ayton's 2002 song cycle scored for viola da gamba and voice, A Reliquary for William Blake, the program will be contextualized with an introduction to the Morgan's exceptional holdings of Blake's illuminated printing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free
Concerts, February 17, 2021, 02/17/2021, Exuberance is Beauty: William Blake, the Viol, and the Book (virtual)

Workshop | Powerpoint for Beginners (virtual)


Learn how to create a slideshow presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint. Topics include creating and editing slides, inserting images and clipart, and running your slideshow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Workshops, February 17, 2021, 02/17/2021, Powerpoint for Beginners (virtual)

Dance Lesson | Afro-Haitian Dance (virtual)


For this class join Julio Jean, a renowned master Haitian dance teacher and choreographer with over 20 years of experience. All ages and experience levels welcome. Dress in comfortable clothes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, February 17, 2021, 02/17/2021, Afro-Haitian Dance (virtual)

Concert | R&B Hits of the 90's-00's (outdoors, in-person)


Step back in time with live music featuring 90s+00s R&B cover by Sanduba (Portuguese slang for "a sandwich"), led by Arnaldo Buzack and Julie Schatz (Lady Beatz). Take a seat in the courtyard and enjoy the show. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Concerts, February 17, 2021, 02/17/2021, R&B Hits of the 90's-00's (outdoors, in-person)

Lecture | From Revolution to the Presidency: New York City’s Impact on George Washington (virtual)


In honor of Presidents’ Day and George Washington’s Birthday, join Morris-Jumel Mansion and Fraunces Tavern Museum for a look at George Washington’s experiences in New York City, and New Yorkers themselves, and how they played a formative role in his life and career. From soldier to commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and then as first president of the United States, Washington’s time in the City and at both historic buildings shaped the course of his life and legacy today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Lectures, February 17, 2021, 02/17/2021, From Revolution to the Presidency: New York City&rsquo;s Impact on George Washington (virtual)

Theater | YES! Reflections of Molly Bloom: a veering, vivid, ribald monologue expertly performed - The NYTimes (virtual)


It is Ireland in the early hours of June 17th, 1904. Molly Bloom’s husband–the wandering philandering Leopold “Poldy” Bloom–has just come home & fallen asleep in their Dublin row house. Molly–a daughter, a mother, a lover and a long-suffering wife–patrols the pathways of her wild and leaping consciousness. She is lustful. Scared. Exuberant. Heartbreakingly lonely. Vivaciously reckless. And profoundly funny. With an empty nest, an unfulfilling affair and a marriage long past its prime, Molly must find a way back to the rock-bed of love that she and Bloom once shared. Her unsentimental stream of consciousness is a song of songs that reaches backwards and forwards across the centuries. Written one hundred years ago, Joyce’s words seem carved not just for today, but tomorrow too. Time ticks within time, dreams are upended, and life is thrown off balance. Molly seeks to reanimate love and ends up discovering herself. Dublin becomes Gibraltar, age becomes youth and a small room in Dublin becomes the world. From the novel Ulysses by James Joyce Adapted by Aedín Moloney & Colum McCann Music by Paddy Moloney Performed by Aedín Moloney
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theaters, February 17, 2021, 02/17/2021, YES! Reflections of Molly Bloom:&nbsp;a veering, vivid, ribald monologue expertly performed - The NYTimes (virtual)

Discussion | Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Ali G) and Comedy Legend Eric Idle in Conversation (virtual)


Since emerging from the 11 O'Clock Show, Sacha Baron Cohen's dangerous and immersive style of performance has brought to life such hilarious and memorable characters as Borat, Bruno and Ali G while also delivering powerful dramatic work, playing real-life social activist Abbie Hoffman in Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7 as well as his nod to Peter Sellers in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. Baron Cohen has just earned three Golden Globe nominations, as producer and as star of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm and for his supporting performance in The Trial of the Chicago 7. Sacha will be joined by Eric Idle (Monty Python) in conversation about character work. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:00 pm
Free
Discussions, February 17, 2021, 02/17/2021, Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Ali G) and Comedy Legend Eric Idle in Conversation (virtual)

Performance | Burlesque, Comedy, Music and Variety Artists (virtual)


TRiPTease Burlesque is a weekly burlesque and variety show in LA. Enjoy a rotating weekly mix of burlesque, comedy, music, variety artists, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 pm
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Performances, February 17, 2021, 02/17/2021, Burlesque, Comedy, Music and Variety Artists (virtual)
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