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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on January 16, 2021?

16 free events take place on Saturday, January 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 January 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 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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16 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Saturday, January 16, 2021

All events are free unless otherwise noted. ONLINE EVENTS ARE MARKED AS SUCH.

Play | Twilight: Los Angeles, Tony-Nominated Play Written and Performed by Pulitzer Prize Nominee Anna Deavere Smith (virtual, streaming for 24 hrs)


Twilight: Los Angeles is about the 1992 Los Angeles riots. The play is composed of a series of monologues by real people connected directly and indirectly to the riots. Anna Deavere Smith chose the texts of the monologues and the subjects from interviews that she had conducted with more than 300 individuals in the process of researching the play. Disrected by three-time Emmy Award winner Marc Levin. Twilight: Los Angeles was nominated in 1994 for a Tony Award for Best Play. It won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show. The original Broadway production opened in 1994. The show contains graphic violence, mature content.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 am
Free
Plays, January 16, 2021, 01/16/2021, Twilight: Los Angeles, Tony-Nominated Play Written and Performed by Pulitzer Prize Nominee Anna Deavere Smith (virtual, streaming for 24 hrs)

Concert | United in Song: Audra McDonald, Josh Groban, Yo Yo Ma, the American Pops Orchestra and Others (virtual, streaming for 24 hrs)


Untited in Song is an evening of powerful performances to unite and celebrate our country, affirming our commitment to come together as Americans through the arts. Featuring Renee Fleming, Joshua Bell, Patti LaBelle, Audra McDonald, Josh Groban, Yo Yo Ma, Morgan James, Anna Deavere Smith, Soloman Howard, Brian Stokes Mitchell, the American Pops Orchestra, conducted by Luke Frazier, and the National Symphony Orchestra,conducted by Joann Falletta.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 am
Free
Concerts, January 16, 2021, 01/16/2021, United in Song: Audra McDonald, Josh Groban, Yo Yo Ma, the American Pops Orchestra and Others (virtual, streaming for 24 hrs)

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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Fairs, January 16, 2021, 01/16/2021, Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors (in-person)

Museums | British Decorative Arts, Design, Sculpture (in-person)


Almost seven hundred works of art: British decorative arts, design, and sculpture created between 1500 and 1900. The exhibition provides a fresh perspective on the period, focusing on its bold, entrepreneurial spirit and complex history. You will find a 17th century staircase with exquisite naturalistic carvings; three magnificent historic interiors from Kirtlington Park, Croome Court, and Lansdowne House; one hundred English teapots; an array of enameled candlesticks, silver toys, necessaires, gold boxes and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, January 16, 2021, 01/16/2021, British Decorative Arts, Design, Sculpture (in-person)

Fair | Open-Air Market: Artisan Goods, Gifts, Food Vendors (in-person)


Enjoy local crafts, artisan provisions, and exquisite gifts from around the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Fairs, January 16, 2021, 01/16/2021, Open-Air Market:&nbsp;Artisan Goods, Gifts, Food Vendors (in-person)

Workshop | 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. Schedule: Tuesday 6-7pm Wednesday 12-1pm Saturday 12-1pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, January 16, 2021, 01/16/2021, 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
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2:00 pm
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Concerts, January 16, 2021, 01/16/2021, Jazz Band in a Park: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and More (in-person)

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
2:00 pm
Free
Theaters, January 16, 2021, 01/16/2021, Open 'Tho Shut: Pop-Up Theater Outdoors (in-person and virtual)

Poetry Reading | Poetry by International Poets (virtual)


Featuring distinguished international poets across borders and languages, poems will be read in English and the original language. There event will conclude with a talkback with the poets. Curated and hosted by Saviana Stanescu. Featured poets: Hebert Abimorad (Uruguay/Sweden), Muhsine Arda (Turkey), Sanaz Davoodzadeh Far (Iran/Luxemburg), Lidija Dimkovska (Macedonia/Slovenia), Hilal Karahan (Turkey), Ioana Ieronim (Romania/US), Noe Morales Munoz (Mexico), Saviana Stanescu (Romania/US), Vadim Terekhin (Russia), Rossy Toledo(Mexico/US)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, January 16, 2021, 01/16/2021, Poetry by International Poets (virtual)

Discussion | George Clooney and Creative Team Discuss Sci-Fi Drama The Midnight Sky (virtual)


This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine (George Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully (Felicity Jones) and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe. Clooney directs the adaptation of Lily Brooks-Dalton's acclaimed novel Good Morning, Midnight. Join the discussion with director George Clooney, producer Grant Heslov, cinematographer Martin Ruhe, production designer Jim Bissell and visual effects supervisor Matt Kasmir. Moderated by Jim Hemphill.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free
Discussions, January 16, 2021, 01/16/2021, George Clooney and Creative Team Discuss Sci-Fi Drama The Midnight Sky (virtual)

Discussion | Amazon Prime's The Expanse: The Cast in Conversation (virtual)


Join the stars of The Expanse as they spill on Season 5 of Amazon Prime Video’s emotional, action-packed TV series. Based on James S.A. Corey’s revolutionary New York Times bestselling books (themselves modern masterworks of science fiction), The Expanse has been acclaimed as one of the best sci-fi TV series of the last decade, compared by fans to Game of Thrones for its epic scale. Go behind the scenes with cast members and executive producer Dan Nowak as they talk with Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Discussions, January 16, 2021, 01/16/2021, Amazon Prime's The Expanse: The Cast in Conversation (virtual)

Concert | Saturday Live Music (in-person)


Take a dash of Herb Albert, a pinch of David Bowie, add a handful of Andy Kaufman, and you have Robert Whaley and his band. 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 16, 2021, 01/16/2021, Saturday Live Music (in-person)

Jazz | Legendary Saxophonist Charles Lloyd (virtual)


Tenor saxophonist and flutist Charles Lloyd has a career span of over 60 years. This evening he will perform from his most recent album, Kindred Spirits. Lloyd will be joined by pianist Gerald Clayton, guitarist Anthony Wilson, bassist Reuben Rogers, and drummer Justin Brown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, January 16, 2021, 01/16/2021, Legendary Saxophonist Charles Lloyd (virtual)

Performance | Disclaimer: A Classic Whodunnit (virtual)


Disclaimer: This LIVE in-Zoom event contains propaganda, vague promises of Persian food, minimally invasive audience participation, and (gasp) MURDER. Chef Nargis invites you to her virtual cooking class, and if you both do your jobs just right, you'll have more to look forward to than an aromatic dinner. Help prevent a perpetually impending war from the safety of your home! Disclaimer examines identity and fear, the stakes of cultural (mis)representation, the quest for togetherness, and the seductiveness of a classic whodunnit. Written by Tara Ahmadinejad Created by Piehole (U.S.)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Performances, January 16, 2021, 01/16/2021, Disclaimer: A Classic Whodunnit (virtual)

Slide Lecture | David Ruffin and The Temptations: Music History (virtual)


Celebrate David Ruffin's 80th birthday with video selections of his best musical performances from both the Temptations and as a solo artist. Known for his unique raspy and anguished baritone vocals, Ruffin was ranked as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine in 2008. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 for his work with the Temptations. This is a musical history program where the host provides the historical context of various topics with an emphasis on pop culture (as opposed to music theory) including selected video recordings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Slide Lectures, January 16, 2021, 01/16/2021, David Ruffin and The Temptations: Music History (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 16, 2021, 01/16/2021, Stand Up Comedy (virtual)
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Play | Heartwarming Holiday Play with Broadway Actors

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Musical | Holiday Musical by Grammy Nominee

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