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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on February 16, 2024?

22 free events take place on Friday, February 16 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 16 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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22 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Friday, February 16, 2024

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free events nyc The Foreigner's Smile: A New Italian Play
free events nyc Piano Works by Debussy, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and More
free events nyc Dominican-Inspired Ballads, Merengues and Bachatas
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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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Tours, February 16, 2024, 02/16/2024, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

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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Workshops, February 16, 2024, 02/16/2024, Adult Zumba

Book Discussion | The Survivors of the Clotilda: The Lost Stories of the Last Captives of the American Slave Trade (online)


Award-winning historian Hannah Durkin shares the revelatory true story of the survivors of the Clotilda, the last US slave ship, from their kidnapping in present-day Nigeria to the last survivor's death in Selma, Alabama in 1940.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, February 16, 2024, 02/16/2024, The Survivors of the Clotilda: The Lost Stories of the Last Captives of the American Slave Trade (online)

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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Concerts, February 16, 2024, 02/16/2024, Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)

Film | Carol (2015) with Cate Blanchett, regarded as one of the best performers of her generation


Aspiring photographer Therese spots the beautiful, elegant Carol perusing the doll displays in a 1950s Manhattan department store. The two women develop a fast bond that becomes a love with complicated consequences. Director: Todd Haynes Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Jake Lacy, Kyle Chandler Cate Blanchett is an Australian actor and producer. Regarded as one of the best performers of her generation, she is recognized for her versatility across independent films, blockbusters, and theater. She has received numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, four British Academy Film Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards, in addition to nominations for a Tony Award and two Primetime Emmy Awards.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Films, February 16, 2024, 02/16/2024, Carol (2015) with Cate Blanchett, regarded as one of the best performers of her generation

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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Workshops, February 16, 2024, 02/16/2024, Enjoy an afternoon of crafting and conversation

Film | Up In the Air (2009) with George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, and More


An idea from a young, new co-worker would put an end to the constant travel of corporate downsizer Ryan Bingham, so he takes her on a tour to demonstrate the importance of face-to-face meetings with those they must fire. While mentoring his colleague, he arranges hookups with another frequent-flier, and his developing feelings for the woman prompt him to see others in a new light. Director: Jason Reitman Cast: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Danny McBride, Melanie Lynskey, Amy Morton, Sam Elliott, J. K. Simmons, Zach Galifianakis George Clooney is an American actor and filmmaker. He is the recipient of numerous accolades, including a British Academy Film Award, four Golden Globe Awards, and two Academy Awards. Clooney has been honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2015, the Honorary César in 2017, AFI Life Achievement Award in 2018, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2022. Vera Farmiga is an American actress. Farmiga began her professional acting career on stage in the original Broadway production of Taking Sides (1996). After expanding to television and film, Farmiga's breakthrough came in 2004 with her starring role as a drug addict in the drama Down to the Bone. She received praise for starring in the 2009 comedy-drama Up in the Air, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Anna Kendrick is an American actress and singer. Her first starring role was in the 1998 Broadway musical High Society, for which she earned a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She made her film debut in the musical comedy Camp (2003) and had a supporting role in The Twilight Saga (2008–2011). She achieved wider recognition for the comedy-drama film Up in the Air (2009), which earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and for her starring role in the Pitch Perfect film series (2012–2017).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, February 16, 2024, 02/16/2024, Up In the Air (2009) with&nbsp;George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick,&nbsp;and More

Workshop | Ribbon Dancing


Instructor Margaret Yuen of the Red Silk Dancers will guide visitors to put their own spin on this traditional Chinese art. Classes will take place in in the heated space and feature music to set the tone. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Ribbons will be provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, February 16, 2024, 02/16/2024, Ribbon Dancing

Book Discussion | Inkface: Othello and White Authority in the Era of Atlantic Slavery


Author Miles P. Grier traces productions of Shakespeare's Othello from seventeenth-century London to the Metropolitan Opera in twenty-first-century New York. Grier shows how the painted stage Moor and the wife whom he theatrically stains became necessary types, reduced to objects of interpretation for a presumed white male audience. In an era of booming print production, popular urban theater, and increasing rates of literacy, the metaphor of Black skin as a readable, transferable ink became essential to a fraternity of literate white men who, by treating an elastic category of marked people as reading material, were able to assert authority over interpretation and, by extension, over the state, the family, and commerce. Inkface examines that fraternity’s reading of the world as well as the ways in which those excluded attempted to counteract it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, February 16, 2024, 02/16/2024, Inkface: Othello and White Authority in the Era of Atlantic Slavery

Film | Invisible Beauty (2023): A Fashion Revolutionary


Fashion revolutionary Bethann Hardison looks back on her journey as a pioneering Black model, modeling agent, and activist, shining a light on an untold chapter in the fight for racial diversity. Directors: Bethann Hardison, Frederic Tcheng 115 min. A discussion with the directors follows.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, February 16, 2024, 02/16/2024, Invisible Beauty (2023): A Fashion Revolutionary

Opening Reception | anything and everything the color red: Group Show


With work by Yasmeen Abdallah, Sammy Bennett, Marcy Chevali, James Cullinane, Meg Da Costa, Bruna D’Alessandro, Mike Estabrook, Elizabeth Ferry, Robert Goldkind, Maylyn Zero Iglesias, Ianthe Jackson, Vandana Jain, Will Kaplan, Tony Palocci, Alison Pirie, Mark Power, Alex Romero, Christopher Santiago, Melinda Kiefer Santiago, Lena Schwartz, Jordan Segal, Abby Sierros, Katerina Sokolovskaya, Micki Watanabe Spiller, Katherine Toukhy, Carletta Joy Walker, Maggie Wrigley, Amanda Wu, Rachel Yanku
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, February 16, 2024, 02/16/2024, anything and everything the color red: Group Show

Opening Reception | Austin Eddy: Longing for the Light, Love Letters from the Gloaming


Austin Eddy’s new monoprints is a love letter to the end of day; a time that signals a pause on work, the unfilled space on a schedule before settling into evening rituals and slumber. The quiet palette, subject matter, and the symbolism he discovered in the process of papermaking each contribute to the impression of stillness in these unique works that inspires internal reflection. The base of Eddy’s series are multi-process paper pulp paintings, many augmented with hand-drawn elements and collage. While experimenting with this medium he discovered that it recorded time in a more visual way than in his own studio drawing and painting practice. Once the layers of paper pulp dry and are passed through the press, they flatten into one image and the history of the mark making is compressed onto a single plane and essentially erased. The visual silence induces a state of harmony, as though they were never made but have always existed.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, February 16, 2024, 02/16/2024, Austin Eddy: Longing for the Light, Love Letters from the Gloaming

Discussion | A Conversation with Writer Rebecca F. Kuang


Rebecca F. Kuang is the bestselling author of the Poppy War Trilogy, Babel: An Arcane History, Yellowface, and Katabasis (forthcoming). Her work has won the Nebula, Locus, Crawford, and British Book Awards. She has been named to the 2023 Time100 Next list and the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2024. A Marshall Scholar, she has an MPhil in Chinese Studies from Cambridge and an MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies from Oxford. She is now pursuing a PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale, where she studies Sinophone literature and Asian American literature.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, February 16, 2024, 02/16/2024, A Conversation with Writer Rebecca F. Kuang

Screening | Ruff Cuts: Student and Alumni Films


Ruff Cuts is the School of Media Studies' main screening event, where students and alumni screen their films and receive feedback from their colleagues and professors. The event attracts professors, alumni, festival programmers, industry professionals, and students across the university.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, February 16, 2024, 02/16/2024, Ruff Cuts: Student and Alumni Films

Staged Reading | The Foreigner's Smile: A New Italian Play


A reading of the play by Nalini Vidoolah Mootoosamy, translated from Italian to English by Margherita Laera, University of Kent. Followed by a Q&A with the author. In English.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Staged Readings, February 16, 2024, 02/16/2024, The Foreigner's Smile: A New Italian Play

Book Discussion | Grace Hopper: Admiral of the Cyber Sea (online)


Naval historian Dr. Kathleen Broome Williams, to discusses her book on Dr. Grace Hopper, who was the first woman to reach flag rank in the US Navy. A mathematician by training, she became a computer scientist who helped propel the US Navy into the computer age.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, February 16, 2024, 02/16/2024, Grace Hopper: Admiral of the Cyber Sea&nbsp;(online)

Classical Music | Piano Works by Chopin and More


Piano works by Scott Joplin (1868-1917), William Albright (1944-1998), Chopin (1810-1849), Medtner (1880-1951), and others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, February 16, 2024, 02/16/2024, Piano Works by Chopin and More

Classical Music | Piano Works by Debussy, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and More


Edmund Arkus, piano, performs works by Debussy (1862-1918), Beethoven (1770-1827), Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909), and Liszt (1811-1886).
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, February 16, 2024, 02/16/2024, Piano Works by Debussy, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and More

Poetry Reading | Remember to Return: Poetry Toward Liberation (online)


A brilliant and necessary evening of poetry toward liberation, toward love, toward memory, toward return. The event will feature readings by the incomparable Kamelya Omayma Youssef, Lara Atallah, Mariam Bazeed, Sahar Delijani, Sahar Romani, Siham Inshassi, & Tala Abu Rahmeh, emceed by Malvika Jolly.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, February 16, 2024, 02/16/2024, Remember to Return: Poetry Toward Liberation (online)

Talk | The History of the Pocket


Dr. Hannah Carlson will discuss the surprising and riveting 500-year-old history of those subtle slits by our side.   Ever wonder why men’s clothes have so many pockets and women’s so few? Why are women so quick to jump for joy when their dress has pockets? It’s a subject that ignites immediate passion, as women have been deprived of pockets for centuries, while their well-pocketed male counterparts seem unconscious of their built-in good fortune. Dr. Hannah Carlson, author of Pockets: An Intimate History of How We Keep Things Close, will discuss the surprising and riveting 500-year-old history of those subtle slits by our side. She will reveal how we tuck gender politics, security, sexuality, and privilege inside our pockets—and why it matters. Hannah Carlson teaches dress history and material culture at the Rhode Island School of Design. Stylish pocket fashion is highly encouraged!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, February 16, 2024, 02/16/2024, The History of the Pocket

Opera | Here Be Sirens: A "Hilarious, Furiously Inventive" Opera


"...an erudite, hilarious, furiously inventive meditation on the siren myth." - The New Yorker "...inspired and strangely powerful...no one interested in smudging the boundaries of contemporary opera and theater should miss it." -The New York Times HERE BE SIRENS presents the daily life of three sirens, who kill time on their island as they await an endless procession of doomed sailors. Peitho revels in the luxurious sensuality of their rite; Phaino stonily enacts the ritual with no inner feeling; and Polyxo longs for escape into the world of the real, delving into centuries of scholarship and research on her species in an attempt to untwist their circumstances. As the opera goes on, the sirens re-enact the abduction of Persephone, encounter (and battle) their favored sisters the Muses, and leave no rock unturned to plumb the depths of their own origins, in this work of "audacious, genre-bending music theatre" (Wall Street Journal). Music & Words by Kate Soper (Pulitzer Prize Finalist) Directed by Jen Pitt For three sopranos and a grand piano, with: Marieke de Koker, India Rowland, Brooke Jones
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Concerts, February 16, 2024, 02/16/2024, Here Be Sirens: A "Hilarious, Furiously Inventive" Opera

Concert | Dominican-Inspired Ballads, Merengues and Bachatas


Jose Alberto Sanchez-better known as Joel Insuperable--in concert. Born in Paterson, New Jersey, Joel grew up in San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic, where his inclination towards bachata and Dominican country music was deep-seated. As a pianist, he was a member of the bands that accompanied such artists as Frank Reyes, Luis Vargas, Joe Veras and Renova; as a singer, he performed with Urbanda. Joel offers a completely diverse show in which he performs ballads, merengues, and bachatas; his live performances feature an ample repertoire. The musical quality, sound and, most importantly, pleasing the audience, are his utmost priority.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Concerts, February 16, 2024, 02/16/2024, Dominican-Inspired Ballads, Merengues and Bachatas
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