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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on February 24, 2023?

31 free events take place on Friday, February 24 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 24 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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31 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Friday, February 24, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Fresh, Fly, Fabulous: 50 Years of Hip Hop Style Symposium
free events nyc Guided Tour of the 1908 Lightship Ambrose
free events nyc Alexander Weissberg-Cybulski, Austrian Physicist Who Spread Word of the Gulag (online)
free events nyc The Banshees of Inisherin (2022) with Colin Farrell
free events nyc Collected Stories: When a Student Becomes a Rival
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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


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
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Symposium | Fresh, Fly, Fabulous: 50 Years of Hip Hop Style Symposium


A fashion symposium hosted and led by Elena Romero and Elizabeth Way. The symposium will draw on the expert voices of hip hop style from journalists, designers, and stylists to curators, professors, and archivists who will explore topics that center hip hop fashion as a force that has shaped American culture for five decades. Talks and panels focus on the role of jewelry, custom design, media, collecting, and designer brands in amplifying hip hop's impact on fashion and society. This symposium is held in conjunction with the exhibition Fresh, Fly, and Fabulous: Fifty Years of Hip Hop Style.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free

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, 12:30pm 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:30 am
Free

Book Discussion | Russian Nuclear Orthodoxy: The Church at War


A discussion with Dmitry (Dima) Adamsky on his book Russian Nuclear Orthodoxy and the Russian Orthodox Church’s contribution to the Kremlin’s war effort in the domestic and external realms, as well as on the battlefield itself. Moderated by Director Valentina Izmirlieva. Dmitry (Dima) Adamsky is a professor at the School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at Reichman University, and a Head of the BA Honors Track in Strategic Studies. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, a visiting fellow at the Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University, and a visiting professor at the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies, at the University of Zurich, and at Vytautas Magnus University. He has published extensively in the leading academic journals on military innovations, strategic culture, and the US, Russian and Israeli national security.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free

Discussion | Emerging Scholars on the State of the Field, Activism, and Advocacy


This panel will focus on the research and perspectives of young and emerging scholars, many of whom have been raising the importance of decolonizing Slavic studies even before the war in Ukraine began. Moderated by Jessica Pisano, Associate Professor, The New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College. Speakers: Karolina Koziura, PhD Candidate, New School for Social Research Mariia Shynkarenko, PhD Candidate, New School for Social Research Amanda Zadorian, Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics, Oberlin College
   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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Lecture | Alexander Weissberg-Cybulski, Austrian Physicist Who Spread Word of the Gulag (online)


This talk concerns the life of Alexander Weissberg-Cybulski (1901-1964), an Austrian-Jewish physicist, writer, businessman, communist, then anti-communist and gambler. In his twenties, Weissberg was a member of an international brotherhood of physicists at the peak of that science and of a cosmopolitan leftist milieu of European intelligentsia. He is best known for the book on his imprisonment in the USSR (The Accused, 1951), and for his testimony at the Paris trial of David Rousset vs. Lettres Francaises (1951), both instrumental in spreading knowledge about the Gulag. He also survived five years in prisons, a labor camp, Krakow ghetto and hiding in Nazi occupied Poland. On that second period, he wrote only one seven-page letter. In the last part of his life, he addressed the issues of war in his second book, written as a first person narration of Joel Brand, the man who in 1944 unsuccessfully negotiated with Adolf Eichmann for the lives of Hungarian Jews. Speaker Irena Grudzinska Gross emigrated from her native Poland after student unrest of 1968. She studied in Poland, Italy and in the United States; she received her PhD from Columbia University in 1982. She taught East-Central European history and literature at Emory, New York, Boston and Princeton universities. She is now a professor in the Institute of Slavic Studies at the Polish Academy of Science and a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
Free

Film | Harriet (2019): biographical film


Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, the movie tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history. Directed by Kasi Lemmons. With Joe Alwyn, Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monae, Jennifer Nettles, Tim Guinee. 125 Min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Film | Me Before You (2016) with Emilia Clarke


Young and quirky Louisa moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor, a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier. Will's cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined. Director: Thea Sharrock. With Sam Claflin, Vanessa Kirby, Charles Dance, Jenna Coleman. 110 minutes. Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose Clarke is a British actress best known for her portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones. She has received various accolades, including an Empire Award, a Saturn Award, three Critics' Choice Award nominations and four Primetime Emmy Award nominations. In 2019, Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Film | The Banshees of Inisherin (2022) with Colin Farrell


Two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one decides abruptly to end the relationship. Director: Martin McDonagh Cast: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Kerry Condon Colin Farrell is an Irish actor who has played a leading man in blockbusters and independent films since the 2000s. He has received numerous accolades, including two Golden Globe Awards and a nomination for an Academy Award.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free

Poetry Reading | New Poetry: My Phone Lies to Me / Field Study


This event celebrates the publicationedit ed by feminist media theorist Alex Juhasz in conversation with poet Chet'la Sebree’s lyrical book Field Study.  My Phone Lies to Me: Fake News Poetry Workshops as Radical Digital Media Literacy Given the Fact of Fake News is a book of poetry and media theory that draws from the Fake News Poetry Workshops Alex Juhasz held around the world between 2018 - 2022. Chet'la Sebree’s Field Study a “a lyric reckoning” on the themes of poetry, interracial desire, Black womanhood, and media and winner of the 2020 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | The Bad Guys (2022): animated comedy-adventure


The infamous Mr. Piranha, Mr. Snake, Mr. Shark, Ms. Tarantula, and Mr. Wolf find their lives of crime coming to an end as they face imprisonment. Determined to retain their freedom, the criminals band together to boost their public image and prove their goodness to their community with the help of their esteemed mentor, Professor Marmalade. Director: Pierre Perifel Cast: Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Awkwafina, Craig Robinson, Anthony Ramos
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Discover New Books (Online)


Need a new book for the month? Let the pros guide you through a virtual book tasting! Learn more about of a variety of new and popular books from the librarians of the New York Public Libraries.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Workshop | Codenames: Learn to Play the Popular New Game


This is an event where customers can play a featured game with the assistance of staff. Customers will be able to play the chosen game for free, so they can test out some of our most popular titles before unboxing them at home. The featured game will be suitable for all ages, and will be perfect for your next game night with family and friends. This event will feature the smash-hit Codenames. Two spymasters compete to make contact with their secret agents using one-word clues, all while trying to avoid a mysterious assassin. It will be an afternoon of frantic word association, smart deductions, and team competition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Alina Bliumis: Plant Parenthood


Bliumis composes flowers that have been used to induce abortion in various countries throughout history. Using watercolor and watercolor pencil on wood panels, the artist portrays the flowers in sexualized gestures as subtle odes to reproductive organs. Bliumis’ exhibition brings attention to the fact that the removal of safe, legal, medical abortions does not eliminate the means or will of women to find ways to regain control of their bodies.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Annette Hur: Act of Wings


Resonating with her decision to leave South Korea and against patriarchal entitlement and violence, Annette Hur’s abstractions combine her visceral dream imagery and the symbolism of traditional Korean painting. Intertwining color and metaphor into images of outstretched wings, Hur poetically mediates between the natural and the constructed. She balances figurative elements with asymmetrical patterns like those found in Hanbok attire, which allude to strife, phases, endurance, and hope. Bold movements of abstract creatures expand throughout the canvas as Hur carefully coordinates colors with compositional logic to build allegorical narratives teetering between determination and perseverance. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (In Person AND Online)


Join WNYC's Alison Stewart and Marlon James for a live conversation about Black Leopard, Red Wolf, followed by a special musical performance by TYGAPAW. Defying categorization and full of unforgettable characters, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is both surprising and profound as it explores the fundamentals of truth, the limits of power, and our need to understand them both.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | We Refuse, We Want, We Commit: Group Exhibition


This show focuses on the role of artists in building better technical systems for the Internet and beyond. The artists in the exhibition center technology and society in their work, in dialogue with themes of ethical technology, cautionary tales from the current Web, and artist approaches to building technology we want to see. It will open up the conversation about how artists and cultural workers can begin moving in solidarity to make meaningful change in technology—with the hope that just maybe, by reflecting on the current state of our digital lives, we can avoid repeating the same mistakes as we envision and create the future.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Zoe Wetherall: Lines of Nature


Through her photography, Zoe Wetherall portrays the structured geometry of both natural and constructed forms, using her camera to reveal the beauty of the subtle patterns hidden in the landscapes and architecture all around us.  Originally from Melbourne, Wetherall has been a resident of New York City since 2016. This series, focusing on US and Australian locations and shot from the baskets of hot-air balloons in flight, showcases her two home countries from a unique vantage point. Familiar landscapes become something quite different when viewed from great heights, with the distance sorting the noise and action of humanity far below into orderly, abstract designs.  The pronounced contrast of natural settings against the starkness of the built environment is of particular interest to Wetherall. Using a literal bird’s-eye view enables her to document this contrast and employ the visible landscape as a means of abstraction.Z
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lecture | Crescendo: On Major Artists Who Turned Their Final Years into a Moment of Lasting Achievement (online)


A virtual presentation by Richard Lacayo, former Time art critic, on how artists like Goya, Matisse, Hopper and Louise Nevelson made some of their most profound work in the final decades of their lives, even sometimes in the face of enormous personal challenges or brutal upheaval in the world outside.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | Debussy and His Writers, Dancers, and Painters: A Lecture-Recital


Catherine Kautsky (Lawrence University) talks about how Debussy interacted with poets, dancers, and artists of every conceivable genre, and how those interactions offer fascinating insights into the political and social milieu of fin-de siècle Paris. This presentation will feature piano music, texts, and images from the time, bringing together the arts and the historical context from which they emerged. The evening of French piano music will comprise a program of works by Debussy, Fauré, and Dutilleux. Performers to include: Chengyan Li Bryan Ojeda-Chevres Hongbo Cai Flannery Youngblood
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Film | Pedro Almodóvar's Parallel Mothers (2021): Philosophical Drama with Penélope Cruz


The story of two mothers who bond in unexpected way after giving birth the same day. Director: Pedro Almodóvar Stars: Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Israel Elejalde 123 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Lecture | Some Like it Hot: The History and Biology of Chili Peppers 


Join food historian and archaeologist Peggy Brunache, and biologist Sonya Hanson for a discussion of the sensory science of spice, the historical and cultural context of how chili peppers became so widespread, and the ways in which taste can be used to embody understanding. 5:30 p.m.: Doors open 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.: Lecture  7:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Reception Peggy Brunache is a lecturer on the history of Atlantic slavery at the University of Glasgow. Brunache's international media appearances include The Discovery Channel, BBC Television, the U.K.’s Channel Four, and Germany’s Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), among many others.  Sonya Hanson joined the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Biology in 2021 in the department of structural and molecular biophysics. Prior to joining the CCB, Hanson was a researcher at Oxford University, the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics at Columbia University, and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk | Tide to Table: Celebrating America's Oysters


Oysters support working waterfronts and are critical to restoring coastal habitats. Spend a night learning about oysters, modern growing practices, and emerging trends in oyster appreciation with Virginia Shaffer, a published food writer and the founder of Lady Oyster Blog, a website that documents the stories of oyster farms, raw bars, oyster tourism, and industry enthusiasts. An oyster shucker will be on hand to offer samples.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Reading | Collected Stories: When a Student Becomes a Rival


In Donald Margulies's play, a prominent writer and her student turned protege and confidante become threatening rivals as their two worlds clash, led up to by great mutual emotional investment. Performed by Patricia Bruder Debrovner and Kersti Bryan. Narrated by Bonnie Bean. Directed by Susan Horowitz. After the play, there will be an open discussion about the ethical issues raised and explored in the work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
$5 suggested donation

Book Discussion | Stealth: The Secret Contest to Invent Invisible Aircraft (online)


Dr. Peter Westwick of the University of California and Director of the Aerospace History Project at the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West will discuss his book.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Reading | We Killed the Moon: A Poetry Podcast Event


The launch of the latest podcast to spring out of the MFA Program. In celebration, there will be a reading from a selection of our interviewees, an introduction to the podcast itself and a whole lot of poetic fun. Readers include Matthew Tuckner, DeeSoul Carson, Bernard Ferguson, Erin Perez, Tariq Thomspon, and Eileen Myles. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Play | Medea: Euripides' Wronged Woman


For the sake of her husband, Jason, Medea left her home and gave him two sons in exile. But when Jason abandons his family for a new bride and a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. She begs King Kreon for one day's grace. Is one day enough time to carry out her plans? Will the gods provide her a way out? Will she take fate into her own hands and how far will she go? How far would you go, to take back your life? A directing thesis production by current student Tiffani Swalley.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Performance | Vamp!: A Celebration of All Things Queer


Beware the bloodlust of these unnatural beauties! Renowned Brooklyn drag and burlesque performance collective Switch n' Play presents VAMP!: a celebration of all things queer, bloodthirsty, and decadent. Born in the back room of a Brooklyn gay bar in 2017, this sixth iteration of VAMP! promises to be the most thrilling yet. An award-winning cast of queer and trans artists explores the radical power and pleasures of vampire mythology through innovative performances that will send chills down your spine and shivers through your soul. Switch n' Play present an evening of macabre delights and high-glam monstrosity, and they'll show you a queer revolution that definitely has teeth. Special guests: Vander Von Odd Iodine Quartz Sasha Velour 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Choral Work by Haydn and More at a Landmark Venue

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Play | A Play About a Famous Artist

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