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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on June 9, 2021?

32 free events take place on Wednesday, June 9 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 June 9 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!

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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32 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

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

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Boot Camp Workout


The Rise NYC, a community driven pop-up fitness group, hosts an early morning boot camp. Rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, push-ups, burpees, and mountain climbers ensure a mixture of cardio and strength training that will keep you coming back, and seeing results. No equipment necessary; smiles and high-fives encouraged!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Boot Camp Workout

Park Walk | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Marcus Garvey Park Walk


Approximately 2 miles. With Jim Mackin.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Marcus Garvey Park Walk

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Elements of Nature Drawing


The park, with its amazing gardens and views of the Hudson River and New York Bay, is the perfect setting to practice your art. Participants are expected to bring their own drawing and painting supplies, including drawing boards and containers of water if they are planning to paint. They will supply drawing paper and watercolor paper only. • Masks and contact information required upon arrival. • Participants must maintain six feet of physical distance between households. • All programs will be held in accordance with New York State reopening guidance. Wednesdays, May 12-June 30, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Elements of Nature Drawing

Tour | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Walking Tour at Major Midtown Square


Join in for an enjoyable walking tour and learn about a successfully transformation of "Needle Park" of the 1970s into Manhattan's Town Square of today. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Walking Tour at Major Midtown Square

Discussion | Trauma’s Field of Distortion (virtual)


Walter Benjamin noted that to "articulate the past historically does not mean to recognize it the way it really was." Indeed, history may be written by the victors, yet the present and immediate past are constantly being rewritten or repictured by victims, witnesses and perpetrators of violence in ways large and small. The Indian novelist Megha Majumdar, the Ethiopian-American writer and photographer Maaza Mengiste, and the German-Lebanese novelist and slam poet Pierre Jarawan join Tess Lewis to discuss their latest novels and the distorting effects trauma and shame exert on individual and collective identities.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, Trauma&rsquo;s Field of Distortion (virtual)

Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: Angélica Dass (Zoom)


Gain insight to the research and work of artist Angélica Dass In a creative practice that constructs archives of personal narratives around race, gender, parenthood, Angélica Dass combines photography and activism to expose ongoing social injustices. In this new public talk, which also celebrates the publication of The Colors We Share (Aperture, 2021), the artist challenges us to reconsider how we think about skin colour and racial identity, and the influence photography has on how we are seen, how we see ourselves and what we present to the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, Artist Talk: Ang&eacute;lica Dass (Zoom)

Discussion | Holding Space: Coping with Anxiety and Loss (virtual)


Grief expert Claire Bidwell Smith in conversation with 13thirty Cancer Connect's Charles Cote, who's poetry laments and celebrates the life embodied in loss. The pair will explore grief, recovery, and transformation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Discussions, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, Holding Space: Coping with Anxiety and Loss (virtual)

Jazz | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Gotham Yardbird Sanctuary: Jazz in Performance


Gotham Yardbird Sanctuary is a not-for-profit organization that was founded in response to the 2020 global pandemic and it's impact on NYC's Jazz community and local businesses. GYS provides free-to-all Live Jazz performances in various places all over NYC, such as restaurants and bars, art museums and galleries, food courts, churches, organic rooftop gardens. etc. About the Artist: The Japanese-born pianist, composer Kyoko Oyobe has been a mainstay in the New York Jazz scene since 2005. She started playing piano at the age of four. At the age of 17 her mother started inviting famous Japanese musicians, such as Terumasa Hino to give concerts at their home. At the age of 19 she was greatly inspired by a live performance of Kensaku Tanikawa and began playing jazz piano. In 2000 she started traveling to New York. She studied under Frank Hewitt, Jean Michel Pilc and Gil Coigns. In October 2005 she moved to New York and it didn't take long for Kyoko to make her mark.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Gotham Yardbird Sanctuary: Jazz in Performance

City Walk | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Battery Park City Tour: South Residential Neighborhood


The first tour explores Battery Park City's southern district, which is home to the Skyscraper Museum and includes some of BPC's earliest landscapes and infrastructure, as well as the residential enclaves built in the 1990s, following the 1979 Cooper Eckstut Master Plan. Visit historic Pier A, Wagner Park, and South Cove, as well as the green spaces that connect to the Esplanade, the first waterfront park in New York since the Brooklyn Heights Esplanade in 1951, and learn about the developing Resilience Action Plan of BPCA. Tour duration is around 60 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Battery Park City Tour: South Residential Neighborhood

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Kayaking


Glide along the water while kayaking this summer! All levels are welcome. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. Wednesdays, June 2-August 25, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Kayaking

Lecture | The Reappearing Pheasant: An Introduction to Contemporary Italian Poetry (virtual)


Thirty years after The Disappearing Pheasant - a series of events on contemporary Italian poetry that took place at Casa Italiana during its first year of existence - Prof. Luigi Ballerini, poet, literary critic, and the first Director of Casa Italiana presents a new iteration of the project that will span the upcoming semesters and will feature lectures, seminars, readings, performances, exhibits, and much more. As a preview, Ballerini is giving three lectures entitled The Reappearing Pheasant that will lay the groundwork for all that is to come in the near future.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, The Reappearing Pheasant: An Introduction to Contemporary Italian Poetry (virtual)

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Fitness on the Waterfront


Your one-stop-shop for a complete body and mind workout. Barre seamlessly blends moves from ballet, Pilates, strength training, and yoga. You will be guided through a series of micro-movements and active holds, using your body weight for resistance. These small, isolated movements yield extensive results: long, lean, sculpted lines. You’ll work muscles you didn’t even know you have and feel them for days after. What to bring/wear: Yoga or Pilates mat, water and hand towel. Wear comfortable workout clothes – pants, leggings, or capris, and a workout tank or t-shirt. Grip socks optional, bare feet welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Fitness on the Waterfront

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Japanese Sword Lessons


The New York Budo Association teaches the art of traditional Japanese Sword, specifically Ryushin Shouchi Ryu, under the headmaster Kunikazu Yahagi Sensei. Classes involve learning how to properly handle a Japanese sword – warm-up, drawing, cutting, and sheathing the sword, solo forms, partner practice, as well as basic dojo etiquette. June 9-30, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Japanese Sword Lessons

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Outdoor Fitness


Get fit during this outdoor workout series aimed to help you build strength, get toned, and relax. A variety of fun and challenging classes will be taught by instructors from top NYC fitness studios. Wednesdays, May 12-September 8, 2021
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Workshops, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Outdoor Fitness

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Yoga on The Green


Join a class with Thai James. Bring your own mat. Face masks mandatory.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Yoga on The Green

Concert | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) R&B Hits of the 90's-00's


Step back in time with live music featuring 90s+00s R&B cover by Sanduba (Portuguese slang for "a sandwich"), led by Arnaldo Buzack and Julie Schatz (Lady Beatz). Take a seat in the courtyard and enjoy the show. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
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Concerts, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) R&B Hits of the 90's-00's

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Sunset Yoga


Namaste! Unwind from the day with outdoor yoga. Immerse yourself in this meditative practice- surrounded by the Hudson’s peaceful aura. Strengthen the body and cultivate awareness in a relaxed environment as your instructor guides you through alignments and poses. All levels are welcome. Participants are expected to bring their own equipment: yoga mat, yoga blocks, water, etc. • Masks and contact information required upon arrival. • Participants must remain six feet of physical distance for the duration of the program. • All programs will be held in accordance with New York State reopening guidance. Wednesdays, May 12-June 30, 2021
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Park Walk | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Tide Deck Tour


The design of the park's Pier 26 is inspired by the Manhattan shoreline that would have existed prior to Henry Hudson's 1609 expedition. The pier includes a series of ecological communities representing this native landscape, including from a woodland forest to the rocky tidal zone and the Hudson River itself. One of the most unique of these native coastal environments is a manufactured rocky tidal marsh, the Tide Deck which is located on the western end of the Pier. The Tide Deck and its marsh plants ebb and flood with our daily tidal cycle, and features many interesting habitat enhancements including tide pools. Take a socially distant tour on the Tide Deck walkway. Staff will talk about this special environment. Please note that COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place for this event.
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Park Walks, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Tide Deck Tour

Author Reading | Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch: A 1618 Trial (Zoom)


Rivka Galchen explores the awesome absurdity of our society in her newest novel. She transports us back to 1618 to revisit the trial of Katharina Kepler, who is accused of being a witch in the small town of Leonberg, Germany. During her trial, her son Johannes, a successful mathematician, must turn his attention away from the planets to help defend his mother.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch: A 1618 Trial (Zoom)

Discussion | In the Heights: From University to Silver Screen (virtual)


To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, a live conversation between Hispanic Society Museum & Library Director Guillaume Kientz and Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Executive Director, Niria Leyva-Gutierrez, Ph.D. In the Heights: From University to Silver Screen features images that trace the development of the award-winning musical, In the Heights, from its inception at Wesleyan University (written and directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda) through its Off-Broadway and Broadway productions (music and lyrics by Miranda, book by Quiara Alegría Hudes and directed by Thomas Kail), and on to the current Warner Brother’s film (songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, screenplay by Quiara Alegría Hudes and directed by John M. Chu). The musical tells the story of the dreams, loyalties, and resilience of a group of families, friends, and neighbors confronting a changing community. 
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Discussions, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, In the Heights: From University to Silver Screen (virtual)

Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: Alanna Fields (Zoom)


To commemorate the final day of 2020 Workspace Resident Alanna Fields’ exhibition, Baxter St is pleased to host an artist-on-artist conversation between Fields and artist and former Workspace Resident Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.  The pieces in Mirages of Dreams Past build upon Fields’s acclaimed recent series Audacity (2019-20) and As We Were (2019), in which wax served as a means to seal and memorialize Black queer life and visually address how it has historically been obscured and concealed. In the new works, however, the wax begins to frame rather than conceal: nature, vibrant interiors, and images of home come into focus.
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Gallery Talks, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, Artist Talk: Alanna Fields (Zoom)

Workshop | Intro Class on Acupressure Essentials: Opening Energy Channels to Boost Health and Well-Being (virtual)


According to traditional Chinese medicine, there is a network of channels ("meridians") running through the human body in which Qi - our life force, circulates. Along these channels, there are key "acupoints," focal points at specific locations on these energetic pathways that, if stimulated in the correct manner, can help regulate and balance the body, mind and spirit. In this course, receive a brief theoretical overview of how these acupoints can offer us access to both the physical and emotional aspects of ourselves. We will then learn acupressure techniques for specific points and how to use the power of the mind to facilitate self-love, deep healing and transformation. Acupuncturist, therapist and martial artist William Kaplanidis talks about how you can use acupressure techniques to help address a wide range of symptoms and ailments, including pain, digestive problems, nasal congestion, eye strain, headaches, PMS, anxiety, insomnia, trauma, depression and more. No previous experience is necessary.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, Intro Class on Acupressure Essentials: Opening Energy Channels to Boost Health and Well-Being (virtual)

Classical Music | Orchestra of St. Luke's Musicians: Portraits of Josephine (virtual, live stream)


Orchestra of St. Luke's musicians will perform a livestreamed concert of composer Valerie Coleman's Portraits of Josephine. Written for woodwind quintet, this work celebrates the life of the famed performer and social justice activist Josephine Baker. Playwright and actor Kirya Traber will premiere her own original narrative to connect Coleman's musical depictions of Baker's origins, adventures, and legacy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, Orchestra of St. Luke's Musicians: Portraits of Josephine (virtual, live stream)

Concert | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Picnic Performance: New York Philharmonic


The 2021 return of Picnic Performances includes twenty-five live and in-person music, dance, and theater events produced in partnership with a diverse and storied lineup of New York City's performing arts institutions. All events open to the public with limited capacity and audience registration required. The park will observe all New York City and New York State guidelines immediate to the time of the performance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Picnic Performance: New York Philharmonic

Author Reading | In: A Graphic Novel (virtual)


A virtual event with Will McPhail for the launch of his new book, a poignant and witty graphic novel by a leading New Yorker cartoonist, following a millennial's journey from performing his life to truly connecting with people.
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Author Readings, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, In: A Graphic Novel (virtual)

Author Reading | Languages of Truth: Salman Rushdie Introduces His Latest Book (virtual)


The Booker Prize–winning, internationally bestselling author discusses a newly collected edition of nonfiction writing, much of it in print for the first time ever.
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Author Readings, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, Languages of Truth: Salman Rushdie Introduces His Latest Book (virtual)

Performance | The K of D: Eerie Power of Dying Kiss (virtual)


After a reckless car accident kills her twin brother, young Charlotte McGraw becomes a fascination to others when it appears she has received an eerie power from his dying kiss. Over the course of a hot summer, a continuing chain of odd events leaves the residents of a small Ohio town stopped in its tracks – as they learn to fear the literal kiss of death beneath their everyday facades. Written by Laura Schellhardt Directed by Cait Robinson  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, The K of D: Eerie Power of Dying Kiss (virtual)

Jazz | Jazz Jam (virtual)


Led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter and the house band, various musicians from NYC and around the world share their music, celebrating the works of LGBTQ composers and performers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, Jazz Jam (virtual)

Slide Lecture | More than Munchkins: A History of Performing Little People (Zoom)


For centuries, Little People have been a mainstay of popular entertainment. In this illustrated talk, author and performer Trav S.D. traces the historical ups and downs of very short-statured entertainers from medieval times through the era of P.T. Barnum and dime museums, to side shows and circuses, to vaudeville, to movies and television. Along the way, we trace the evolution of the Little Person’s image in popular culture, from one of cruel derision in the age of the court jester…to one of glamour, as personified by sex symbol and Emmy-winning actor Peter Dinklage…to a virtual return to carny days on reality TV.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Slide Lectures, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, More than Munchkins: A History of Performing Little People (Zoom)

Film | (IN-PERSON, drive-in theater) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018): Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film


Into the Spider-Verse introduces to the Spider-Man mythology a dynamic new character, Miles Morales, a thirteen-year-old living in Brooklyn secretly training to be the new Spider-Man. With the help of new Spidey friends, including his reluctant mentor and original Spider-Man Peter Parker and Spider-Woman Gwen Stacy, Miles learns to find the hero inside himself. Thrillingly animated with a variety of styles, this fast-paced, Oscar-winning film creates a world of limitless possibilities, where more than one person can wear the mask. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman. Featuring the voices of Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Kimiko Glenn.
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Films, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, (IN-PERSON, drive-in theater) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018): Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film

Author Reading | Pure Flame: A Ferocious Reckoning with Feminism, Family, and Motherhood (Zoom)


Through a blend of memoir, social history, and cultural criticism, Michelle Orange pursues a chain of personal, intellectual, and collective inheritance, tracing the forces that helped transform the world and what a woman might expect from it. Told with warmth and rigor, Orange's account of her mother's life and their relationship is pressurized in critical and unexpected ways, resulting in an essential, revelatory meditation on becoming, selfhood, freedom, mortality, storytelling, and what it means to be a mother's daughter now. Orange is joined in conversation by Adelle Waldman.
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Author Readings, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, Pure Flame: A Ferocious Reckoning with Feminism, Family, and Motherhood (Zoom)

Talk | Line Death Dance: Book Presentation, Film Launch, and Artist Talk (virtual)


Line Death Dance was originally a performance residency conceived by artist Melanie Maar for ritualizing The Chocolate Factory Theater’s transition from their old building into their new one in Queens. After two live performance phases, the pandemic redirected her to envision and create in other mediums and the project became a newsletter presenting the works of featured artists in light, sound, design, dance, film and visual art. Now in the form of a book (co-edited by Maar and Laura Atwell) with images from the dance, these newsletters will be presented along with a short film (made in the yet un-rennovated space and its surroundings) made as a sequel to the project, and artist talk - all in a celebration of the birthing of these works.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, June 09, 2021, 06/09/2021, Line Death Dance:&nbsp;Book Presentation, Film Launch, and Artist Talk (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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