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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on January 21, 2023?

25 free events take place on Saturday, January 21 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 21 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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25 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Saturday, January 21, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many
free events nyc Winter Wildlife Hike: Marine Ecology
free events nyc Jewish History: Centuries of Art
free events nyc Clue (1985): Murder, Mystery, and Comedy All In One
free events nyc King Richard (2021) with Will Smith
free events nyc Invention and Design: Medieval Drawings and Their Contexts
        

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
10:00 am
Free
Tours, January 21, 2023, 01/21/2023, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Film | The Secret Life of Pets (2016): Animated Dog Adventure


The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes. Director: Chris Renaud Stars: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Lake Bell 87 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, January 21, 2023, 01/21/2023, The Secret Life of Pets (2016): Animated Dog Adventure

Birdwatching | Introduction to Birdwatching Walk


Whether you’re just starting out or have already joined the birding ranks, this introductory walk is for you. A member of the Brooklyn Bird Club and the Park Alliance lead an introductory walk to learn the basics of birding and search for the dozens of species that visit the Park through all seasons. All levels are welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring binoculars if you have them.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, January 21, 2023, 01/21/2023, Introduction to Birdwatching Walk

Talk | The History of the Maharaja (online)


Historian and author Manu S. Pillai delves into the history of India's maharajas, revealing the political complexities behind the character. Stories of sedition, secret political alliances, and espionage will have you asking if the stereotypes of the Maharajas were ever valid. (Maharaja is a Sanskrit title for a "great ruler", "great king" or "high king"). Manu S Pillai is the author of the award-winning The Ivory Throne (2015), Rebel Sultans (2018), The Courtesan, The Mahatma & The Italian Brahmin (2019), and, most recently, False Allies (2021).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, January 21, 2023, 01/21/2023, The History of the Maharaja (online)

Hike | Winter Wildlife Hike: Marine Ecology


Observe, count, and measure fish and invertebrates native to Gerritsen Creek. Then join the Rangers on a waterfowl focused birdwatching hike, as you learn about methods of observing wildlife.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Hikes, January 21, 2023, 01/21/2023, Winter Wildlife Hike: Marine Ecology

Birdwatching | Birding: Bald Eagle Watch


New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots. Winter is a spectacular time for observing bald eagles in New York City parks. See if you can spot any on this adventure. Bring your own binoculars.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, January 21, 2023, 01/21/2023, Birding: Bald Eagle Watch

Museums | Jewish History: Centuries of Art


One of the largest collections of art and Jewish culture in the world, it focuses both on artifacts of Jewish history and on modern and contemporary art. Works in the collection are presented as distinctive creative expressions and as bearers of the stories of those who made, owned, used, preserved, and sometimes transformed them. The exhibition speaks of the vast range of Jewish experiences across the globe and over time, made tangible through artistic expression. It is both a mirror of Jewish identities and an inspiration for the formation of new ones.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free
Museumss, January 21, 2023, 01/21/2023, Jewish History: Centuries of Art

Hike | Sensory Perception Hike


Engage your sense of touch, smell, sight, and hearing as we explore the natural world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Hikes, January 21, 2023, 01/21/2023, Sensory Perception Hike

Museums | Special Viewing: New Acquisitions of Works on Paper 


This limited-viewing exhibition will feature works on paper by el Greco, Goya, Fernaõ Gomes, Volkmar Machado, and Lázló.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, January 21, 2023, 01/21/2023, Special Viewing:&nbsp;New Acquisitions of Works on Paper&nbsp;

Hike | Squirrel Appreciation Hike


Celebrate Squirrel Appreciation day with a short, family-friendly hike in search of signs of squirrels: what they eat, where they live, tracks on the ground, and more. Perhaps you’ll even see a bushy tail or two.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Hikes, January 21, 2023, 01/21/2023, Squirrel Appreciation Hike

Park Walk | Winter Tree ID Walk


.Explore the main strategies for tree identification during the winter months. On this tree ID walk, identify some of the most common genus and species found on NYC streets and parks, Acer, Tilia, Quercus, Fraxinus, and more, using their different branching structure, buds, and barks. Facilitated by Will Thompson, arborist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, January 21, 2023, 01/21/2023, Winter Tree ID Walk

Performance | Audience Participation Theater Experience


Guided by questions and prompts, audience members create a shared script together in A Thousand Ways, an entirely participatory theater experience. Obie Award-winning performance troupe 600 Highwaymen present A Thousand Ways (Part Three): An Assembly. The final experience of their triptych of encounters between strangers is an intimate reckoning -- of how small we are in the face of awesome natural forces, and of our mutual dependence. An Assembly tasks an audience of 16 strangers to reconstruct an evocative story of perseverance and ruin. This unique theatrical event tests the ways we arrange ourselves after so much time apart. This experience will be discovered and enacted by audience members in collaboration with each other. The instructions for the performance are written on notecards, and audience members read what is written on them. Written & Created by Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone 600 Highwaymen (Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone), are "standard bearers of contemporary theater-making" (Le Monde), who have "quietly been shaking up American theatre since 2009" (The Guardian). They are recipients of Switzerland's ZKB Patronize Prize, and their work has been nominated for two Bessie Awards, a Drama League Award, and Austria's Nestroy Prize. In 2016, Abigail and Michael were named artist fellows by the New York Foundation for the Arts and are currently Associate Artists of IN SITU, the European platform for artistic creation in public space.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Performances, January 21, 2023, 01/21/2023, Audience Participation Theater Experience

Festival | Lunar New Year Celebration


Lion dance. The art of calligraphy. A celebration of tradition and community. Enjoy the neighborhood’s festivities to usher in the Year of the Rabbit.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Festivals, January 21, 2023, 01/21/2023, Lunar New Year Celebration

Performance | Audience Participation Theater Experience


Guided by questions and prompts, audience members create a shared script together in A Thousand Ways, an entirely participatory theater experience. Obie Award-winning performance troupe 600 Highwaymen present A Thousand Ways (Part Three): An Assembly. The final experience of their triptych of encounters between strangers is an intimate reckoning -- of how small we are in the face of awesome natural forces, and of our mutual dependence. An Assembly tasks an audience of 16 strangers to reconstruct an evocative story of perseverance and ruin. This unique theatrical event tests the ways we arrange ourselves after so much time apart. This experience will be discovered and enacted by audience members in collaboration with each other. The instructions for the performance are written on notecards, and audience members read what is written on them. Written & Created by Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone 600 Highwaymen (Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone), are "standard bearers of contemporary theater-making" (Le Monde), who have "quietly been shaking up American theatre since 2009" (The Guardian). They are recipients of Switzerland's ZKB Patronize Prize, and their work has been nominated for two Bessie Awards, a Drama League Award, and Austria's Nestroy Prize. In 2016, Abigail and Michael were named artist fellows by the New York Foundation for the Arts and are currently Associate Artists of IN SITU, the European platform for artistic creation in public space.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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Performances, January 21, 2023, 01/21/2023, Audience Participation Theater Experience

Film | Clue (1985): Murder, Mystery, and Comedy All In One


Six guests are anonymously invited to a strange mansion for dinner, but after their host is killed, they must cooperate with the staff to identify the murderer as the bodies pile up. Dir: Jonathan Lynn With Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren, and Colleen Camp. 94 Min. Rated PG.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Films, January 21, 2023, 01/21/2023, Clue (1985): Murder, Mystery, and Comedy All In One

Film | King Richard (2021) with Will Smith


King Richard was named one of the ten best films of the year by both the American Film Institute and the National Board of Review. It earned six nominations at the 94th Academy Awards including Best Picture, and won Best Actor for Will Smith. Armed with a clear vision and a brazen, 78-page plan, Richard Williams is determined to write his two daughters, Venus and Serena, into history. Training on tennis courts in Compton, CA, Richard shapes the girls' unyielding commitment and keen intuition. Together, the Williams family defies seemingly insurmountable odds and the prevailing expectations laid before them. Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green With Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Tony Goldwyn, Jon Bernthal. 2 hour, 24 minutes. Willard Carroll Smith II is an American actor and rapper. He began his acting career starring as a fictionalized version of himself on the NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-1996). Noted for his work in film, television, and music, Smith has received multiple accolades, including an Academy Award and four Grammy Awards. As of 2022, his films have grossed over $9.3 billion globally, making him one of Hollywood's most bankable stars.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Films, January 21, 2023, 01/21/2023, King Richard (2021) with Will Smith

Festival | Lunar New Year Family Festival


It's almost time to celebrate. Ring in the Year of the Rabbit with an afternoon of festivities for the whole family-- hop, skip, or jump on over.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Festivals, January 21, 2023, 01/21/2023, Lunar New Year Family Festival

Performance | Audience Participation Theater Experience


Guided by questions and prompts, audience members create a shared script together in A Thousand Ways, an entirely participatory theater experience. Obie Award-winning performance troupe 600 Highwaymen present A Thousand Ways (Part Three): An Assembly. The final experience of their triptych of encounters between strangers is an intimate reckoning -- of how small we are in the face of awesome natural forces, and of our mutual dependence. An Assembly tasks an audience of 16 strangers to reconstruct an evocative story of perseverance and ruin. This unique theatrical event tests the ways we arrange ourselves after so much time apart. This experience will be discovered and enacted by audience members in collaboration with each other. The instructions for the performance are written on notecards, and audience members read what is written on them. Written & Created by Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone 600 Highwaymen (Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone), are "standard bearers of contemporary theater-making" (Le Monde), who have "quietly been shaking up American theatre since 2009" (The Guardian). They are recipients of Switzerland's ZKB Patronize Prize, and their work has been nominated for two Bessie Awards, a Drama League Award, and Austria's Nestroy Prize. In 2016, Abigail and Michael were named artist fellows by the New York Foundation for the Arts and are currently Associate Artists of IN SITU, the European platform for artistic creation in public space.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Performances, January 21, 2023, 01/21/2023, Audience Participation Theater Experience

Gallery Talk | Invention and Design: Medieval Drawings and Their Contexts


An exploration of the remarkably varied motives, roles, and functions of architectural, portrait, and stained glass design drawings during the late Middle Ages. Panelists will include three specialists of medieval European art and architecture: Dr. Nancy Wu, Educator Emerita at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dr Nicholas Herman, Lawrence J. Schoenberg Curator at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies and Medieval Studies Librarian at Penn Libraries at the University of Pennsylvania, and Ellen Konowitz, Associate Professor at SUNY New Paltz.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free
Gallery Talks, January 21, 2023, 01/21/2023, Invention and Design: Medieval Drawings and Their Contexts

Classical Music | Serene organ meditations in an intimate venue


Enjoy a program of hymns, anthems, and voluntaries for the organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, January 21, 2023, 01/21/2023, Serene organ meditations in an intimate venue

Performance | Audience Participation Theater Experience


Guided by questions and prompts, audience members create a shared script together in A Thousand Ways, an entirely participatory theater experience. Obie Award-winning performance troupe 600 Highwaymen present A Thousand Ways (Part Three): An Assembly. The final experience of their triptych of encounters between strangers is an intimate reckoning -- of how small we are in the face of awesome natural forces, and of our mutual dependence. An Assembly tasks an audience of 16 strangers to reconstruct an evocative story of perseverance and ruin. This unique theatrical event tests the ways we arrange ourselves after so much time apart. This experience will be discovered and enacted by audience members in collaboration with each other. The instructions for the performance are written on notecards, and audience members read what is written on them. Written & Created by Abigail Browde & Michael Silverstone 600 Highwaymen (Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone), are "standard bearers of contemporary theater-making" (Le Monde), who have "quietly been shaking up American theatre since 2009" (The Guardian). They are recipients of Switzerland's ZKB Patronize Prize, and their work has been nominated for two Bessie Awards, a Drama League Award, and Austria's Nestroy Prize. In 2016, Abigail and Michael were named artist fellows by the New York Foundation for the Arts and are currently Associate Artists of IN SITU, the European platform for artistic creation in public space.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Performances, January 21, 2023, 01/21/2023, Audience Participation Theater Experience

Opening Reception | Xiao Kegang: Detour


Xiao Kegang’s first solo exhibition in the US. In “Detour,” life’s most unanticipated occurrences have guided the artist’s painting and his incorporation of setbacks have created a visually distinct artistry. The show consists of 19 paintings on a variety of scales, ranging from 16 inches to 10 feet, “detouring” through the totality of the artist’s recent experiments in painting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 21, 2023, 01/21/2023, Xiao Kegang: Detour

Classical Music | Ensemble and Orchestral Pieces by Mozart, Brahms, and More (In Person and Online)


MAP Wind Ensemble; MAP String Ensemble; MAP Orchestra; Terry Szor, Conductor. Program: William Grant Still (1895 - 1978) Entrance of the Porteuses Julie Giroux (1961 - ) Shine Frank Ticheli (1958 - ) Shenandoah Dizzy Gillespie (1917 - 1993) Manteca Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791) Rondo from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957) Andante Festivo Angelique Kidjo (1960 - ) YanYanKliYan Senamido No. 2 Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897) Hungarian Dance No. 5 Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897) Hungarian Dance No. 6 Manuel de Falla (1876 - 1946) Miller's Dance from The Three-Cornered Hat Suite No. 2 Manuel de Falla (1876 - 1946) Ritual Fire Dance
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, January 21, 2023, 01/21/2023, Ensemble and Orchestral Pieces by Mozart, Brahms, and More (In Person and Online)

Reading | Seen, Sound, Scribe: Spoken Word and Conversation


Brooklyn’s Mahogany L. Browne, a prolific writer and important advocate for public art, is Lincoln Center’s inaugural poet-in-residence. She has written works of fiction, stage plays and critical essays to accompany her half-dozen poetry collections and another six anthologies as editor. Browne's recently released book-length poem, I Remember Death by Its Proximity to What I Love, explores the binding and boundaries of incarceration. For her Seen, Sound, Scribe series, Browne curates thought-provoking and politically driven evenings of spoken word, spirited conversation, and presentations of new work. Tonight's program features talks and readings with rising stars of the literary world and opportunities for attendees to share and discuss their own poetry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, January 21, 2023, 01/21/2023, Seen, Sound, Scribe: Spoken Word and Conversation
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