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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on June 17, 2018?

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 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! 30 free events take place on June 17 in New York City.

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out June 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 June . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

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Here is what we find especially interesting on the free events scene in the month of June: New York Philharmonics Concerts in the Parks, Metropolitran Opera Recitals, Make Music New York Day which always takes place on June 21st, Washington Square Music festival on Tuesday nights.

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 one is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm.
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30 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on June 17, 2018 are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Taste of Jewish Culture Street Festival
free events nyc Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival
free events nyc Nkumu Katalay: King of Rumba Soukous Music of the Congo
free events nyc Parade of vintage trains
free events nyc 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, take your pick!
free events nyc Organist performed at the Notre-Dame de Paris, Westminster Abbey and more
free events nyc Of Granite & Glass: A Singular Dance Spectacle
free events nyc Naamah’s Ark: The Story of the Ark from the Perspective of Noah’s Wife
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Join Silvana Pizzuti to learn and practice Tai Chi, a slow-moving martial art with health benefits for all fitness levels. Every Sunday from June 3-August 12, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, Tai Chi Workshop

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Learn about the park’s wildlife by joining knowledgeable naturalists on guided nature walks along the Park’s esplanade. Don’t forget to take photos! Sundays, June 3-September 30, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, River Nature Walk

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Sharyn Hahn lead you through some warm-up poses and a vinyasa flow as well as several short meditations, creative visualization, and intention-setting writing or sketching activities. You will leave feeling more flexible, relaxed, energized, with a mantra that you can carry with you throughout the week. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one, and they do have some if you need to borrow one for the class. Also bring a journal and something to write with. You will be writing a few times during the class, and if you prefer to sketch or want to do both, that is fine. Wear comfortable clothing, and feel free to bring a warm or cool drink to keep you hydrated (with a secure lid). All levels are welcome. If you have never done yoga you will be able to participate as well.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, Deep Yoga and Journaling

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Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Fairs, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, Street Fair

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The Taste of Jewish Culture Annual Street Festival is a signature event that brings together thousands of foodies and dozens of purveyors of delicious food for a day of eating, learning, and celebrating in New York. The theme “Diversity is Delicious” highlights the many contributions that immigrants have made and continue to make to our world cuisine and our community. Featuring live special performances: • 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15 – Aaron Alexander & NY Klezmer Series All-Stars with dance leader Sarah Myerson • 1:00 – Special performance by the Fiddler on the Roof cast presented by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene • 2:00 & 3:00 – Interactive “Instant Yiddish” with Kolya Borodulin
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free
Festivals, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, Taste of Jewish Culture Street Festival

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A journey through the vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the City’s most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the famous Flatiron Building. Tour guides:  Miriam Berman, historian and the author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks and New York in Words and Images, a book of New York postcards. Fred Cookinham, historian, author of The Age of Rand: Imagining an Objectivist Future World. Mike Kaback, a native New Yorker, has an unquenchable enthusiasm for everything about this city. No advance registration is required. This tour repeats every Sunday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, Flatiron District Walking Tour

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Tours take place at various times during the day, all day long: 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
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11:00 am
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Tours, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, take your pick!

Screening |


The German national soccer team (Die Mannschaft) will defend its title as world champions at the 21st FIFA World Cup taking place in Russia. This will be Germany's 18th appearance at the World Cup and a possible fifth title, which would tie record holder Brazil, is at stake. Watch live streams of all of the German team’s matches. Enjoy light refreshments and cheer for your favorite team together with other fans at this live broadcast.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, 2018 FIFA World Cup: Germany v Mexico

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Ride the rails in historic style by hopping on and off six different types of vintage train cars, including the oldest train cars in the Transit Museum fleet – the BRT Brooklyn Union Elevated cars dating back to 1904! Metrocard is required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
$2.75
Parades, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, Parade of  vintage trains

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Yoga is back as a summer offering twice a week. Open for all ages. Bring your own mat or borrow one while supplies last, first come first served.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, Yoga Downtown

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Celebrate the diverse ethnic communities of the Lower East Side/Chinatown neighborhood. The landmark synagogue as its centerpiece, this neighborhood festival spills out onto the street with a mash-up of Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican tastes, traditions, sights, and sounds. Enjoy outdoor performances of Chinese opera, Chinese folk, klezmer, cantorial, and Puerto Rican folk music. Watch fascinating demonstrations by a Hebrew and a Chinese scribe, Puerto Rican mask maker, and other folk artists. Learn how to braid challah bread, roll dumplings and craft empanadas. Or try your hand at crafts including yarmulke making, mask making, lace making and more. You can also go head-to-head with community mavens in a fierce game of mah jongg. Best of all, kosher egg rolls, egg creams and empanadas will be available for purchase all day.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Festivals, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival

Other |


Artist Erwin Wurm has transformed a vintage Volkswagen Microbus into an overstuffed food truck serving free dogs! It's an absurd, yet approachable art experience that will encourage visitors to rethink the fundamental definitions of sculpture. Wurm's choice of the hot dog hints at the gastronomic connections between the City’s most iconic street food and his Austrian homeland, while he considers the act of eating to be an additive sculptural process in its own right.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Others, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, The Hot Dog Bus hands out free hot dogs

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Duration: 1.5 hours. Distance: 1 mile. Gowanus is an intensely contaminated community that is simultaneously undergoing multiple processes of environmental remediation and gentrification. The tour will explore these dynamics and the challenges and opportunities posed by the Gowanus Canal Superfund Clean Up, the rapid disappearance of commercial establishments and services that are affordable to low and moderate-income households and the recently announced housing authority plan to build market-rate apartments at Wyckoff Gardens. You will also learn about the Turning the Tide initiative, a multi-neighborhood effort that focuses on building social and environmental resiliency in five Brooklyn public housing developments in the face of climate change. Sites Covered: Union Street Bridge Thomas Greene Park Gowanus Houses Community Center Wyckoff Gardens Infill Site 150 4th Avenue Rent Stabilized Demolition Site Whole Foods Market Waterfront
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, Environmental Justice in Gowanus Tour

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No experience is necessary though rowing does require some physical dexterity. Community Rowing events are free sessions that include a basic introduction to rowing for first timers (safety orientation, rowing technique, and terminology) and of course plenty of actual rowing on the Hudson River. The rows take place in five-person wooden rowboats built on site. The rows last, depending on river conditions and crew experience, between one and three hours. Please arrive on-time as the crews will be assigned before 1PM. Bring extra water, a hat, and sunscreen as you will be rowing outdoors in the hot sun. Rowing is weather dependent and will be canceled for high winds, rain, or thunderstorms. All participants must sign a waiver and be able to climb a ladder. Every Sunday from June 10-October 21, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, Community Rowing

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Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home. Experienced Rangers teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of our waterways on every fishing program. Whether you choose to grab a simple bamboo pole at a quiet lake or join more advanced saltwater programs, they have a program that fits your skill level. All equipment is provided; this program is recommended for ages 8 years and older. Participation is first-come, first-served.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, Saltwater Fishing

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From the artist, Cori Olinghouse: "Grandma is an evening-length performance where I conjure my late Grandma, Addie Lee Holder. Set in an American landscape of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, I excavate the effects of television, consumerism, and familial pasts as portals. Until the age of 94, Grandma delighted in her daily Twinkies and Mr. Pibb’s, acquired from the local Piggly Wiggly. She saved tourist sweatshirts wrapped neatly in plastic sheeting, collected crocheted Barbie clothes, refrigerator magnets, and a vast array of thimbles". Cori Olinghouse is an interdisciplinary artist, archivist, and curator. Her work has been commissioned by Danspace Project, New York Live Arts, BRIC Arts Media, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Movement Research, and Brooklyn Museum of Art. Recently, she was the recipient of The Award (2015-2016), and a participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2016-2017).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, Grandma: Performance Art That Conjures the Past

Park Walk |


Explore the southwest of Central Park with Central Park Conservancy tour guides, and see it like never before. From a planned military parade ground to the site commemorating a famous activist for peace, one of the most-visited areas of the Park has some secrets to share with even the most seasoned Park-goer. Highlights of this tour include: Maine Monument, the Children’s District, Sheep Meadow, Tavern on the Green, and Strawberry Fields.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, Stroll to Strawberry Fields

Concert |


Dancing with Nkumu Katalay is a must! He has been called the king of rumba soukous music. Born in the capital city Kinshasa of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nkumu blends the music of his homeland with contemporary sounds from the Americas to create a rhythmic beat.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Concerts, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, Nkumu Katalay: King of Rumba Soukous Music of the Congo

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This delightful new comic opera in English is inspired by the true story of the theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911, with Pablo Picasso as one of the original suspects. The score is a pastiche of brilliant, effervescent music by Rossini and is sung by talented young singers from th Bronx Opera.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, The Theft of a Smile: Did Picasso Steal the Mona Lisa?

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HOW? invites its actors and the audience to explore violence in society. Each performance will be different—reflecting the ever-shifting nature of young peoples’ lives—and will uncover uncomfortable aspects of the characters on stage. It’s a thought-provoking performance that will elicit laughter, fear, and sadness and raise questions that will stick around long after the audience leaves the theater. By novelist Lois Lowry (The Giver). For ages 13 and up.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, A thought-provoking performance that will elicit laughter, fear, and sadness

Classical Music |


Organist James F. Mellichamp has made prominent appearances throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. His concerts include solo recitals at such notable venues as the Washington Cathedral, Berlin Cathedral, the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, and Westminster Abbey.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:15 pm
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Concerts, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, Organist performed at the Notre-Dame de Paris, Westminster Abbey and more

Book Discussion |


Celebrate James Joyce with Robert Seidman, co-author of Ulysses Annotated. Seidman will be marking the day of Leopold Bloom’s odyssey through the streets of Dublin. A talk on Ulysses will be followed by general discussion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, Bloomsday Celebration: A Talk on James Joyce's Ulysses

Dance Performance |


Choreographer Catherine Galasso work is based on Boccaccio’s 14th century Decameron. The performance will combine her signature cinematic tableaux, whimsical nonlinear narratives, and charismatic performers to engage in a choreographic dialogue with the architecture and atmosphere of the venue. Performers will move between episodic and virtuosic movements on multiple planes, shaped closely by the grandeur and intrigue of the venue’s grand marble staircase, transforming the space into a singular spectacle. Catherine Galasso is a Brooklyn-based choreographer born in New York and raised in Italy. Past performances have been presented by places such as SFMoMA, Joyce SoHo, La MaMa, Danspace Project, MoCA Santa Barbara, the Bibliotheque National in Paris, the International Theater Festival in Kosovo, as well as underground Wall Street bank vaults and decaying 4-story homes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
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Dance Performances, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, Of Granite & Glass: A Singular Dance Spectacle

Dance Lesson |


Learn to dance like a pro at these Salsa, Cha-Cha and Bachata lessons and group social dances led by master teachers from the Piel Canela Dance and Music School and featuring DJ Ray Colon. Every Sunday from June 3-24, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, Let's Dance!: Salsa, Cha-Cha and Bachata Lessons

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Shakespeare's comedy portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons. With these outdoor performances, audience members experience the plays how they were originally done at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre 400 years ago – in the open-air, in the round, on the water. The actors wear Elizabethan costumes and perform inside a theatre complete with chairs, audio, and lights.
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Plays, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, A Midsummer Night's Dream: Open-Air Shakespeare

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A husband and wife live in an impoverished neighborhood in north Philadelphia while they raise their daughter and run a recording studio in their basement. Director: Jonathan Olshefski. 104 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, Quest (2017): Dreaming in Philadelphia

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In fair Verona, the long-standing feud between families Montague and Capulet cause tragic results for their respective children, Romeo and Juliet. After meeting at a masked ball, Romeo and Juliet fall in love, only to discover the surname of their beloved. Revenge, love, and a secret marriage force the lovers to take drastic measures. In the end, both families learn the perils of needless violence. This summer will bring to life one of Shakespeare's most well known tragedies in a dynamic adaptationt. They will transform the park into Verona, with six actors playing all the roles in this fast-paced tour de force production. Tuesdays-Sundays, June 5-24
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, Romeo & Juliet: Shakespeare's Classic Tale of Two 'Star-Cross'd Lovers'

Classical Music |


This dramatic oratorio by composer Marisa Michelson and librettist Royce Vavrek tells the story of Noah’s Ark from the perspective of Noah’s wife. Naamah is a strong woman who must guide the diverse species of animals in coming together as the Ark reaches dry land. From the birds to the hippos, each group has its own concerns. Can they learn to live together after the crisis has passed? In a new version of the piece, community members from Lower Manhattan join MasterVoices, led by Ted Sperling, in shared music-making to explore themes of diversity, the role of women in society and the possible devastation of climate change. Composer: Marisa Michelson Librettist: Royce Vavrek Performed by MasterVoices Conductor: Ted Sperling Naamah: Victoria Clark Merman: Sachal Vasandani
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, Naamah’s Ark: The Story of the Ark from the Perspective of Noah’s Wife

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silent :: partner explores the ideas of collective memory and its relationships to monuments. In front of the venue stands a bronze statue of George Washington, erected in 1882—the same year the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed. Through the piece, artist Enrico D. Wey ruminates on the immaterial parts of the venue and the structure of memory itself. He ultimately creates an intangible monument, not made of stone or metal, but rather of movement, sound and language. “What decides(,) what remains, what remains silent?” Wey asks. “As we pass through these walls that stood/stand/will stand before us, we occupy a space with silent partners. With them, we flow outward, not forward, and in hushed tones, speak volumes.” Composer and sound designer: Fran MM Cabeza de Vaca Lighting designer and production manager: Elliott Cennetoglu Costume designer: Oana Botez
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Performances, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, silent :: partner: Performance Art on Collective Memory and Monuments

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Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Jitney, The Piano Lesson) directs a sumptuous new production of Othello. Set amid war and palace intrigue in the 17th-century Mediterranean, this classic drama about a noble Black Venetian general whose marriage is sabotaged by theater’s most infamous villain, Iago, remains Shakespeare’s most urgent and relevant tragedy today. A lush, romantic vision gives way to the violent tangle of love and jealousy, race and revenge in this must-see production. May 29-June 3; June 5-9; June 14-18; June 20-24.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, June 17, 2018, 06/17/2018, Othello: Shakespeare's Classic Drama
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