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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on January 2, 2021?

16 free events take place on Saturday, January 2 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 January 2 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 January . 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)
Saturday, January 2, 2021

All events, things to do on Saturday, January 2, 2021 are free unless otherwise noted.

Musical | Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical with Broadway Stars! (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


In Fall 2020, Broadway fans came together on TikTok in an unprecedented collaboration to create a new musical based on the beloved Disney film Ratatouille. On January 1, 2021, Broadway will say bon appetit with a big Broadway feast! Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical will celebrate the delectable crowd-sourced creation by giving it the full high-kicking, lip-smacking Broadway treatment. It's your musical, cooked to perfection! Cast: Andrew Barth Feldman (Dear Evan Hansen), Emmy nominee and Broadway alum Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Wayne Brady (Kinky Boots), Tony nominee Kevin Chamberlin (Netflix's The Prom), Tony winner Andre De Shields (Hadestown), Adam Lambert (American Idol), Tony winner Priscilla Lopez (A Chorus Line), Tony nominee Ashley Park (Mean Girls) and others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 am
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Musicals, January 02, 2021, 01/02/2021, Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical with Broadway Stars! (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Film | Vikings From The British Museum (2014): Documentary (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


Vikings From The British Museum features the largest Viking warship ever found, Roskilde 6, along with interviews with Viking scholars from across the world. Bettany Hughes and Michael Wood of The British Museum explore the viking world from the homelands to its farthest reaches. Viking ship craft, trading, warfare and religion are brought to life through the spectacular objects that were brought together for this exhibition. The film can be watched anytime of the day and night.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 am
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Films, January 02, 2021, 01/02/2021, Vikings From The British Museum (2014): Documentary (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Play | Dick Whittington: A Tail of Wags To Riches (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


Dick Whittington tells the 'wags to riches tail' of a young man on an exciting quest for fame and fortune, but will the evil King Rat thwart his plans or will Fairy Bowbells save the day? All will be revealed in this magical show!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, January 02, 2021, 01/02/2021, Dick Whittington: A Tail of Wags To Riches (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Opera | Mozart's The Magic Flute by The Royal Opera (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


David McVicar's classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart's glorious opera, transporting the audience to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzling starry skies. The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart's kaleidoscopic score, from the Queen of the Night's vocal fireworks to Tamino and Pamina's lyrical love duets and Papageno's hearty, folksong-like arias. The event can be streamed anytime of the day and night until Jan 6th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 am
Free
Concerts, January 02, 2021, 01/02/2021, Mozart's The Magic Flute by The Royal Opera (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Discussion | Stephen King's The Stand: Whoopi Goldberg and Other Cast Members in Conversation (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


Join Academy Award-winning actor Whoopi Goldberg, Jovan Adepo and Odessa Young, stars of CBS All Access' new series The Stand, for a conversation with Emmy-nominated showrunner Benjamin Cavell with Variety's Danielle Turchiano about their new adaptation of Stephen King's classic novel. The Stand's dark, post-apocalyptic vision has taken on an uncanny new resonance during today's climate - portraying a world decimated by plague and a battle between the forces of good and evil. Find out why Cavell decided to adapt the story before the pandemic, how Goldberg, Adepo, and Young prepared for their roles, stories from behind the scenes, and more. The event can be streamed anytime of the day and night.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 am
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Discussions, January 02, 2021, 01/02/2021, Stephen King's The Stand: Whoopi Goldberg and Other Cast Members in Conversation (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Dance Performance | The Sleeping Beauty (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


Enjoy one of the most famous ballets of the repertoire, performed by The Stuttgart Ballet. This is a filmed performance from December, 2019 in the Opera House in Stuttgart.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 am
Free
Dance Performances, January 02, 2021, 01/02/2021, The Sleeping Beauty (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Fair | Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors (in-person)


Search for hidden gems as you browse antiques, vintage goods, architectural salvage and collectibles. There is also a selection of food vendors from Smorgasburg. Face covering is required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 am
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Fairs, January 02, 2021, 01/02/2021, Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors (in-person)

Museums | Disrupted Timeline of 150 Years of Fashion History (in-person)


The Costume Institute's exhibition About Time: Fashion and Duration (on view Oct 29 - Feb 7) will trace 150 years of fashion, from 1870 to the present, along a disrupted timeline. Employing philosopher Henri Bergson's concept of la duree--the continuity of time--the exhibition will explore how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate the past, present, and future. The concept will also be examined through the writings of Virginia Woolf, who will serve as the exhibition's "ghost narrator."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, January 02, 2021, 01/02/2021, Disrupted Timeline of 150 Years of Fashion History (in-person)

Fair | Holiday Shops, Ice Skating and More (in-person)


European inspired open-air market hosts artisans from New York City and around the world. Holiday shops are housed in custom-designed kiosks. Ice rink is open daily 8 am - 10 pm; skate for free with your own skates, or rent for a fee; reservations required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Fairs, January 02, 2021, 01/02/2021, Holiday Shops, Ice Skating and More (in-person)

Workshop | Learn Juggling in a Park (in-person)


Join in for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching the jugglers put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided and regularly sanitized. Participants are encouraged to: Wear face coverings at all times Maintain at least six feet of distance between fellow participants at all times Use the park's hand-washing stations to wash hands before and after juggling Refrain from juggling back-and-forth with others
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, January 02, 2021, 01/02/2021, Learn Juggling in a Park (in-person)

Jazz | Jazz Band in a Park: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and More (in-person)


David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band is inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and more. The band breathes life and passion into America's own great art form.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Concerts, January 02, 2021, 01/02/2021, Jazz Band in a Park: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and More (in-person)

Performance | Journey Around My Bedroom: Live Interactive Theater (virtual)


In Journey Around My Bedroom, Xavi is a little girl with a big imagination, stranded alone in her bedroom. When a mysterious visitor drops by looking for a missing part to fix his magical flying machine, they explore the hidden depths of her room and use the power of imagination to turn her isolation into an epic indoor voyage. Loosely inspired by a work of the same title by the 18th-century French writer Xavier de Maistre -- a peculiar travelogue conceived during six-weeks of house arrest - that transformed his confinement into a fresh perspective on his life. Written by Dianne Nora Lyrics by Dianne Nora & Hyeyoung Kim Songs and Music by Hyeyoung Kim Directed by Jaclyn Biskup Featuring Laura Kay, Starr Kirkland, Ashley Kristeen Vega
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Performances, January 02, 2021, 01/02/2021, Journey Around My Bedroom: Live Interactive Theater (virtual)

Theater | Open 'Tho Shut: Pop-Up Theater Outdoors (in-person and virtual)


"Open 'Tho Shut," a weekly series of free, live walk-by performances in which acts will be staged live in the theater's set shop for audiences of socially distanced passers-by.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Theaters, January 02, 2021, 01/02/2021, Open 'Tho Shut: Pop-Up Theater Outdoors (in-person and virtual)

Concert | Bossa Nova Live (outdoors, in-person)


Visit the courtyard for a socially distanced evening of live Brazilian music, featuring Bossa Nova band Rio 3-0: bassist Leonardo Lucini, drummer Arnaldo Buzack, and guitarist Billy Newman. 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, January 02, 2021, 01/02/2021, Bossa Nova Live (outdoors, in-person)

Musical | Meet Me in St. Louis: Adaptation of Broadway Musical (virtual)


In this heartwarming holiday musical, the Smith family grapples with life changes and new love in a bustling St. Louis on the brink of the 1904 World's Fair. This special digital adaption from Charlotte Moore (Anna Smith in the original Broadway cast) will include favorite tunes, including "The Trolley Song," "The Boy Next Door," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," along with the romantic suitors, comedic misunderstandings, and jovial pranks that make this classic musical a holiday treat for families of all ages. This production is an abridged version of the Broadway musical Meet Me in St. Louis (1989), based on the 1944 film of the same name starring Judy Garland.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Musicals, January 02, 2021, 01/02/2021, Meet Me in St. Louis: Adaptation of Broadway Musical (virtual)

Comedy Club | Stand Up Comedy (virtual)


Stand up comedy featuring comedians from HBO, The Tonight Show, CONAN, Amazon, Comedy Central, Netflix, TikTok, SNL, Colbert and more! Hosted by Rich Kiamco (The Howard Stern Show). Each Sat at 9 pm. Different lineup each week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, January 02, 2021, 01/02/2021, Stand Up Comedy (virtual)
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