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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on February 17, 2024?

24 free events take place on Saturday, 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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24 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Saturday, February 17, 2024

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Traditional English Sword Dancing
free events nyc Lunar New Year Family Festival
free events nyc Piano Works by Beethoven, Chopin, and More (In New Jersey)
free events nyc Here Be Sirens: A "Hilarious, Furiously Inventive" Opera
free events nyc Brazilian Singer and Grammy-Winning Percussionist
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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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Dance Performance | Traditional English Sword Dancing


Ten performing groups to perform a variety of English-based dance forms. These are family-friendly showcases built on ancient wintertime traditions. Half Moon Sword will present its 38th annual New York Sword Dance Festival. The event will feature ten performing troupes from across the northeastern U.S. in a captivating performance. The Festival, which New York-based Half Moon Sword inaugurated in 1986, was the first event in North America to focus on English-style sword dancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
Free

Festival | Lunar New Year Celebrations


The neighborhood Lunar New Year celebration. Immerse yourself in the vibrant celebrations featuring lively lion dance performances, engaging Chinese Calligraphy Workshops, and maritime-inspired craft activities to usher in the Year of the Dragon. The area will come alive with three dynamic lion dance performances starting at 1:00pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Hike | Park Super Hike


Experience the wonders of America’s pre-eminent city park, rich in both history and mystery. Not just any hike, the Rangers will be leading a super hike, from the sculpted southern end up through the Ramble and ending in the middle of the park, talking about nature, history, and all other things the park along the way.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Hike | Winter Nature Hike


Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and a fun way to reduce stress. This hike is through one of Brooklyn’s most famously pastoral parks and escape the busy feel of the city in the tranquility of winter nature.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshop | Origami Meetup


OMG NYC (Origami Meetup Group! New York City) is a group for people to come together and share in the beautiful art of Origami - an ancient art of folding various mediums, most commonly paper. The word comes from the combination of the Japanese verb oru (to fold) and the noun kami (paper). Other materials often folded are fabric, wire mesh, sheet metal, tissue, thin plastic, cardboard, and straws.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 am
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Gallery Talk | Something Beautiful: Reframing La Coleccion


A tour to explore and discuss the on-view sections of the exhibition, the gallery's most ambitious presentation of its unique, complex, and culturally diverse permanent collection in over two decades. Start times: 1pm, 2:30pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Warlord Hitler: With Reference to the Campaign in Southern Russia in 1942 (online)


Alan Donohue will speak on his book, a study of Adolf Hitler in his role as military commander and strategist from the beginning of the Second World War until the end of 1942, examining in detail the campaign in southern Russia that year. The thesis challenges the post-war narrative of Hitler as a dilettante who was solely responsible for the strategic and operational errors that led to Germany’s defeat in the war. Instead, Donohue's research highlights that decisions made by Hitler with respect to such disparate themes as strategy, operations, logistics, intelligence, economics, air and naval power, and coalition warfare were generally sound if viewed from his perspective, even if they were not ultimately successful. The analysis also gives an overview of his own ideas concerning all aspects of military affairs, such as intelligence, command and morale. The careful analysis of Hitler’s decision-making process offers a unique contribution to Second World War scholarship and moves beyond a superficial understanding that the war’s outcome was a result of Hitler’s ineptitude as a military leader.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Talk | Finding Hip Hop through Africa's Beat


This talk by @theancestorsspeaks will feature a clip from the film We Are The Endless Roar.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshop | SharQui: The Bellydance Workout


In a SharQui class, you’ll learn new moves and combinations in flow. You’ll gradually build up to more complex movements starting with the very basics! If you can walk in place, you can belly dance with SharQui. This class is taught to music with easy-to-follow steps that will surely get your heart pumping. Instructor: Kaitlin Hines-Vargas
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Dance Performance | Traditional English Sword Dancing


Ten performing groups to perform a variety of English-based dance forms. These are family-friendly showcases built on ancient wintertime traditions. Half Moon Sword will present its 38th annual New York Sword Dance Festival. The event will feature ten performing troupes from across the northeastern U.S. in a captivating performance. The Festival, which New York-based Half Moon Sword inaugurated in 1986, was the first event in North America to focus on English-style sword dancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:30 pm
Free

Film | Green Book (2018) with Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali


Dr Don Shirley is a world-class African-American pianist, who is about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip, a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighbourhood in the Bronx. Despite their differences, the two men soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation. Director: Peter Farrelly Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini Viggo Mortensen is an American actor. Mortensen gained international attention for playing Aragorn in the fantasy trilogy The Lord of the Rings (2001–2003). He gained acclaim for his collaborations with filmmaker David Cronenberg in the thrillers A History of Violence (2005), Eastern Promises (2007), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor, and A Dangerous Method (2011). He gained additional Academy Award nominations for his leading roles as an anarchist father in Captain Fantastic (2016) and as Tony Lip in Green Book (2018). Mahershala Ali is an American actor. He has received multiple accolades, including two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2019, and in 2020, The New York Times ranked him among the 25 greatest actors of the 21st century.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | Harriet (2019) with Leslie Odom Jr. and Janelle Monáe


From her escape from slavery through the dangerous missions she led to liberate hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad, the story of heroic abolitionist Harriet Tubman is told. Director: Kasi Lemmons Cast: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Janelle Monáe Leslie Lloyd Odom Jr. is an American actor and singer. He made his acting debut on Broadway in 1998 and first gained recognition for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in the musical Hamilton, which earned him a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album in the same year. His performance was captured in the Disney+ live stage recording of Hamilton which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role in a Limited Series or Movie nomination. Janelle Monáe is an American singer, songwriter, rapper and actress. She has received ten Grammy Award nominations, and won a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Children's and Family Emmy Award. Monáe has also been honored with the ASCAP Vanguard Award, as well as the Rising Star Award (2015) and the Trailblazer of the Year Award (2018) from Billboard Women in Music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Concert | Chamber Music on the Water


A one hour performance (no intermission), including a Q & A session with the musicians. The program is announced at the performance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Festival | Lunar New Year Family Festival


Get ready to soar into the festivities as we welcome the Year of the Dragon with an afternoon of legendary fun for the whole family! Featuring Spring Festival Dances with the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
$5

Classical Music | Early English Misic for Viol, Harp, and Voice


Arnie Tanimoto, viol; Parker Ramsay, harp; Lucine Musaelian, viol and voice; Ryan Cheng, viol; Thomas Fields, viol; Charles Reed, viol, perform early English music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:30 pm
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Dance Performance | Traditional English Sword Dancing


Ten performing groups to perform a variety of English-based dance forms. These are family-friendly showcases built on ancient wintertime traditions. Half Moon Sword will present its 38th annual New York Sword Dance Festival. The event will feature ten performing troupes from across the northeastern U.S. in a captivating performance. The Festival, which New York-based Half Moon Sword inaugurated in 1986, was the first event in North America to focus on English-style sword dancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:30 pm
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Classical Music | Serene organ meditations in an intimate venue (In Person AND Online)


Enjoy a program of hymns, anthems, and voluntaries for the organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Classical Music | Piano Works by Beethoven, Chopin, and More (In New Jersey)


ACIMA Young Artists, winners of a piano competition, perform works by Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

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
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free

Concert | Indie Folk Singer-Songwriter's Introspective Soundscapes


Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Noah Weinman is the entrancing voice behind Runnner, an indie folk project that dives deep into the darker waters of longing, misunderstanding, and loss. Equally adept on banjo, guitar, piano, synths, and trumpet, Weinman has made creative leaps and bounds from his Bandcamp beginnings of foggy home recordings to his current more complexly produced, introspective soundscapes. His debut album is 2023's like dying stars.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Concert | Brazilian Singer and Grammy-Winning Percussionist


Sarah Cabral, originally from southern Brazil, is a musical force drawing on diverse influences like modern jazz, avant-garde, and classical genres. She is currently based in New York City and captivates audiences at notable venues and festivals across the country. Mauro Refosco, a Grammy-winning percussionist, began his touring journey as David Byrne's percussionist. He later joined the innovative ensemble, The Lounge Lizards, and founded his own band, Forro in the Dark, which has produced four full-length albums.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Cello Works by Beethoven, Brahms, and More (In Person AND Online)


Osheen Manukyan, Cello. Program Beethoven (1770-1827), 7 Variations in E-flat Major, WoO 46 on "Bei M?nnern, welche Liebe f?hlen" from Mozart's Magic Flute Sulkhan Tsintsadze (1925-1991), 5 Pieces on Folk Themes Brahms (1833-1897), Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:30 pm
Free

Classical Music | Clarinet Works by Leonard Bernstein and More (In Person AND Online)


Yoonah Kim, Clarinet. Program Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990), Sonata for Clarinet and Piano Tigran Mansurian (b. 1939), Parabel for Solo Clarinet Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020), 3 Miniatures Mieczys?aw Weinberg (1919-1996), Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Op.28 Arvo P?rt (b. 1935), Spiegel im Spiegel for B-flat Clarinet and Organ
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:30 pm
Free
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