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

20 free events take place on Saturday, February 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 February 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 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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20 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Saturday, February 18, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Winter Ice Sculpture Show
free events nyc Selma (2013): historical drama
free events nyc New York Sword Dance Festival
free events nyc A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Ballet Hispanico Founder Tina Ramirez
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Birdwatching | Birding: Bald Eagle Watch


New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots. Winter is a spectacular time for observing bald eagles in New York City parks. See if you can spot any on this adventure. Bring your own binoculars
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, February 18, 2023, 02/18/2023, Birding: Bald Eagle Watch

Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


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
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Tours, February 18, 2023, 02/18/2023, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Birdwatching | Introduction to Birdwatching Walk


Whether you’re just starting out or have already joined the birding ranks, this introductory walk is for you. A member of the Brooklyn Bird Club and the Park Alliance lead an introductory walk to learn the basics of birding and search for the dozens of species that visit the Park through all seasons. All levels are welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring binoculars if you have them.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, February 18, 2023, 02/18/2023, Introduction to Birdwatching Walk

Dance Performance | New York Sword Dance Festival


Half Moon Sword will present its 37th annual New York Sword Dance Festival. The event will feature nine performing troupes from across the northeastern U.S.. Sword dancing is a winter celebration practiced in the farming and coal-mining regions of northern England, where the annual visit of the local sword dancers to the village homes was thought to guarantee good luck for the year. The sestival will feature both mystical, stately longsword and vigorous rapper sword dancing, with live music on fiddle, accordion, and other instruments. In both types of sword dance, the dancers are linked in a ring by the “swords” they hold in their hands while they work as a team to weave intricate figures and patterns without breaking the circle. The dances are thought to have roots in ancient Half Moon Sword rituals, traces of which can still be seen in these present-day displays of skill.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, February 18, 2023, 02/18/2023, New York Sword Dance Festival

Birdwatching | Birding: Winter Waterfowl


Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots in New York City to see winter waterfowl. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Please bring your own binoculars.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Birdwatchings, February 18, 2023, 02/18/2023, Birding: Winter Waterfowl

Tour | Guided Tour of the 1908 Lightship Ambrose


Visitors can tour the multiple decks of this National Historic Landmark to see the living and working spaces once inhabited by sailors stationed on Ambrose, as well as the special features that allow the ship to fulfill its mission of staying on station, being seen, and being heard. Ambrose was the first vessel to join the museum's fleet and the very first lightship to guard the largest shipping channel in and out of the ports of New York and New Jersey--the Ambrose Channel. Start times: 11:30am, 1:30pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
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Tours, February 18, 2023, 02/18/2023, Guided Tour of the 1908 Lightship Ambrose

Workshop | Cultivating Emotional Balance: Exploring Fear and Worry (online)


Fear, worry, and anxiety are our frequent companions. From an evolutionary point of view, they are supposed to help us deal with the unexpected, ensuring survival, and, ideally, even helping us offer greater service to the world that so badly needs profound change. However, if the deeper patterns associated with these emotional states become obscured from our view—so much that reactions arise merely automatically—our life can become quite difficult. The Cultivating Emotional Balance program, developed upon the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, includes both contemplative tools and psychological tools that can help us harness the primordial energy of fear and turn it into a helpful tool assisting our wellbeing. In this 3-hour online session, teacher Michael Lobsang Tenpa will offer the basics of the CEB approach, facilitate an in-depth exploration of different approaches to fear, and share some tools for calming our system down in moments of uncertainty. The workshop will include guided meditations, journaling, explanations, and optional group activities, all done in the spirit of tender enquiry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, February 18, 2023, 02/18/2023, Cultivating Emotional Balance: Exploring Fear and Worry (online)

Festival | Winter Ice Sculpture Show


The show is an excit-ing one-day event where vis-i-tors will be able to expe-ri-ence live ice carv-ing, enjoy music, and vote on their favorite works for the "People's Choice Award," pre-sent-ed to the fan favorite. Ice sculp-ture com-pe-ti-tions and exhi-bi-tions have a long his-to-ry around the world but are not typ-i-cal-ly seen on a grand scale in New York City -- and are often lim-it-ed to artists who spe-cial-ize in ice carv-ing. This Win-ter Ice Show strives to democ-ra-tize this pop-u-lar activ-i-ty, trans-form-ing it into one open to all artists regard-less of dis-ci-pline and pre-vi-ous experience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Festivals, February 18, 2023, 02/18/2023, Winter Ice Sculpture Show

Gallery Talk | DomesticanX: Exhibition Walkthrough


A gallery tour to explore and discuss the on-view exhibition that explores the concept of “domesticana,” first theorized by artist, scholar, and critic Amalia Mesa-Bains in the 1990.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, February 18, 2023, 02/18/2023, DomesticanX:&nbsp;Exhibition Walkthrough

Dance Performance | New York Sword Dance Festival


Half Moon Sword will present its 37th annual New York Sword Dance Festival. The event will feature nine performing troupes from across the northeastern U.S.. Sword dancing is a winter celebration practiced in the farming and coal-mining regions of northern England, where the annual visit of the local sword dancers to the village homes was thought to guarantee good luck for the year. The sestival will feature both mystical, stately longsword and vigorous rapper sword dancing, with live music on fiddle, accordion, and other instruments. In both types of sword dance, the dancers are linked in a ring by the “swords” they hold in their hands while they work as a team to weave intricate figures and patterns without breaking the circle. The dances are thought to have roots in ancient Half Moon Sword rituals, traces of which can still be seen in these present-day displays of skill.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, February 18, 2023, 02/18/2023, New York Sword Dance Festival

Film | Selma (2013): historical drama


The marches from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery to secure voting rights for black Americans are depicted in this docudrama set during the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, and which focuses on the actions of Martin Luther King Jr. Director: Ava DuVernay. With David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Giovanni Ribisi, Cuba Gooding Jr., Oprah Winfrey. 128 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Films, February 18, 2023, 02/18/2023, Selma (2013): historical drama

Film | CANCELLED A Woman of Affairs (1928) with Greta Garbo


A silent melodrama about a reckless girl caught up in a milieu of theft, alcoholism and suicide. Dir: Clarence Brown. With John Gilbert, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Lewis Stone. 96 Min. Greta Garbo (1905 - 1990) was a Swedish-American actress. Regarded as one of the greatest screen actresses, she was known for her melancholic, somber persona, her film portrayals of tragic characters, and her subtle and understated performances. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Garbo fifth on its list of the greatest female stars of classic Hollywood cinema.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, February 18, 2023, 02/18/2023, CANCELLED A Woman of Affairs (1928) with Greta Garbo

Jazz | Emerging NYC Jazz Pianist


Sean Mason is a jazz pianist and composer based in New York City, quickly emerging as one of the premier talents of his generation. Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Mason took to the piano at age 13, teaching himself to play by ear the music of his upbringing; gospel, R&B and soul which quickly evolved into a highly original jazz style. His unique voice in jazz is steeped in Southern culture, giving extended time for groove without needing to fill in the space, while also displaying a range of vocabulary far beyond his years.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 18, 2023, 02/18/2023, Emerging NYC Jazz Pianist

Gallery Talk | Juan Francisco Elso: Por América: Exhibition Walkthrough


A gallery tour to explore and discuss the on-view exhibition that examines the brief yet significant career of the late Cuban artist Juan Francisco Elso (1956-1988).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, February 18, 2023, 02/18/2023, Juan Francisco Elso: Por Am&eacute;rica:&nbsp;Exhibition Walkthrough

Lecture | Intersection of Art, History, Ritual and Memory


This talk explores the sacred and spiritual aspects of the African Burial Ground National Monument and the symbols around the Circle of the Diaspora. Presented by Dr. Patricia Leonard, an educator and world traveler with special interest in the textile arts and spiritual traditions in West African and African Diaspora societies. She is the founder of Sankofa House Education which develops and presents lectures and media programs for teens, young adults, and lifetime learners. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, February 18, 2023, 02/18/2023, Intersection of Art, History, Ritual and Memory

Dance Performance | New York Sword Dance Festival


Half Moon Sword will present its 37th annual New York Sword Dance Festival. The event will feature nine performing troupes from across the northeastern U.S.. Sword dancing is a winter celebration practiced in the farming and coal-mining regions of northern England, where the annual visit of the local sword dancers to the village homes was thought to guarantee good luck for the year. The sestival will feature both mystical, stately longsword and vigorous rapper sword dancing, with live music on fiddle, accordion, and other instruments. In both types of sword dance, the dancers are linked in a ring by the "swords" they hold in their hands while they work as a team to weave intricate figures and patterns without breaking the circle. The dances are thought to have roots in ancient Half Moon Sword rituals, traces of which can still be seen in these present-day displays of skill.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:30 pm
Free
Dance Performances, February 18, 2023, 02/18/2023, New York Sword Dance Festival

Classical Music | Serene organ meditations in an intimate venue


Enjoy a program of hymns, anthems, and voluntaries for the organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, February 18, 2023, 02/18/2023, Serene organ meditations in an intimate venue

Dance Performance | A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Ballet Hispanico Founder Tina Ramirez


Featuring performances by the Ballet Hispanico Company and School of Dance and guest artists. Tina Ramirez founded Ballet Hispanico in 1970 and served as Artistic Director until 2009. Under her direction over 45 choreographers created works for the Company, many of international stature and others in the early stages of their career, including Talley Beatty, Ramon Oller, Maria Rivera, and William Whitener, among many others. Ramirez grew Ballet Hispanico from a local community centered dance company into a world- renowned organization with a celebrated professional dance Company, a scholarship-rich School of Dance, and extensive community arts programs and partnerships. As a trailblazer for women and communities of color, she was the recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Our iconic founder died peacefully on September 6, 2022, surrounded by family. Ramirez was a tireless, brilliant, singular woman who leaves behind a rich legacy of bringing dance, cultural connection, and transformation to students and communities throughout the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
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Dance Performances, February 18, 2023, 02/18/2023, A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Ballet Hispanico Founder Tina Ramirez

Book Discussion | A Pill for Promiscuity: Gay Sex in an Age of Pharmaceuticals


Editor Andrew Spieldenner in conversation with contributors Justice Jamal Jones and Theodore (Ted) Kerr for the launch of this book that brings together artists, academics, and artists from various disciplines to reflect on how gay sex has changed in a post-PrEP era.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, February 18, 2023, 02/18/2023, A Pill for Promiscuity: Gay Sex in an Age of Pharmaceuticals

Classical Music | Vocalists Perform Works By Schubert, Richard Strauss, Purcell, and More


Vocalists Rebecca Marchan, Sarah Curtis, Sam Cancelarich, Victoria Guzman, and Alan Egre perform pieces by Schubert, Modesta Bor, Ned Rorem, Richard Strauss, Jarrar, Wolf, Purcell, and more for an evening of art song. About the Composers Schubert (1797-1828) was an Austrian composer of the late Classical and early Romantic eras. Despite his short lifetime, Schubert left behind a vast oeuvre, including more than 600 secular vocal works (mainly lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music, and a large body of piano and chamber music. Modesta Bor (1926-1998) was a Venezuelan composer who composed for orchestra, chamber ensemble, piano, and vocal performance, writing more than 95 choral works for mixed and 130 for equal-voice choir. Ned Rorem (1923-2022) was an American composer of contemporary classical music. Best known for his art songs, which number over 500, Rorem was the leading American of his time writing in the genre. Although he wrote works for piano, orchestra, and chamber ensemble and solo instruments, he considered all of his music vocal and song-like in nature. Richard Strauss (1864-1949) was a German composer, conductor, pianist, and violinist. Considered a leading composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras, he has been described as a successor of Wagner and Liszt. Along with Gustav Mahler, he represents the late flowering of German Romanticism, in which pioneering subtleties of orchestration are combined with an advanced harmonic style. Felix Jarrar is a composer and pianist who has performed at Symphony Space, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, and more. His works have been performed by artists from the Metropolitan Opera. Hugo Wolf (1860-1903) was an Austrian composer of Slovene origin, particularly noted for his art songs, or Lieder. He brought to this form a concentrated expressive intensity which was unique in late Romantic music. Purcell (1659-1695), whose style of Baroque music was uniquely English, was also known for incorporating Italian and French elements into his pieces. He is generally considered among the greatest English opera composers.
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Concerts, February 18, 2023, 02/18/2023, Vocalists Perform Works By Schubert, Richard Strauss, Purcell, and More
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