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

32 free events take place on Wednesday, June 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 June 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 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 16, 2021

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

Play | A Picture of Autumn: Comedy, "the echoes of Chekhov are unmistakable" (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


A Picture of Autumn made its debut on February 11, 1951 in a one-night 'try-out' performance presented by the Repertory Players, at the Duke of York's Theatre on London's West End. Despite promising reviews, the play was never picked up. Instead, N.C. Hunter enjoyed great success with his plays Waters of the Moon, A Day by the Sea and A Touch of the Sun, which dominated the West End throughout the fifties. Meanwhile, A Picture of Autumn gathered dust until this acclaimed production--the play's first in over 60 years. The streaming will be available until Jun 13th. By N.C. Hunter Directed by Gus Kaikkonen
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, A Picture of Autumn: Comedy, "the echoes of Chekhov are unmistakable" (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Dance Performance | New York City Ballet: Balanchine's Vienna Waltzes (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


New York City Ballet presents Balanchine's Vienna Waltzes. Created in 1977 and set to waltzes by Johann Strauss II, Franz Lehar, and Richard Strauss, this work of grand scale features more than 50 dancers. Through Rouben Ter-Arutunian's evolving scenery, Ronald Bates' lighting, and Karinska's costumes, the last that the famed designer created for the Company, the ballet transforms from a sylvan forest glen to a dance hall to a glittering society cafe to, at last, a majestic mirrored ballroom. This performance was filmed in 2013 and features Rebecca Krohn, Tyler Angle, Megan Fairchild, Anthony Huxley, Erica Pereira, Sean Suozzi, Teresa Reichlen, Ask la Cour, Maria Kowroski and Jared Angle in the principal roles. The streaming will be available until Jun 17th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 am
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Dance Performances, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, New York City Ballet: Balanchine's Vienna Waltzes (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

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 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Boot Camp Workout

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 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Elements of Nature Drawing

Tour | Yellowstone's Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces Live (virtual)


Take a meander along the Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces and through time to learn how ancient seas, continental shifts, ice ages and volcanism have created the beautiful, otherworldly springs that lay before us today--and learn why it could look different tomorrow! Led by Ashea, who spent twenty five years exploring the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, Yellowstone's Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces Live (virtual)

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


Grief expert Claire Bidwell Smith will be joined by Kate Fagan, Emmy Award-winning journalist and best-selling author, to explore or collect grief and anxiety.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, Holding Space: Coping with Anxiety and Loss (virtual)

Jazz | Improvising Trombone Player, Vocalist, Arranger and Composer (IN PERSON)


Alevtina Wilcox is undoubtedly a unique phenomenon on a jazz stage - not just a talented lady, but a complete improvising trombone player, vocalist, arranger and composer. She has had an unforgettable chance to play with many world-renowned jazz artists such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard, Vinnie Colaiuta, Keiko Matsui, Terry Lyne Carrington, James Genus, John Beasley, Ben Williams.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, Improvising Trombone Player, Vocalist, Arranger and Composer (IN PERSON)

City Walk | Black Gotham Experience Tour: The African Diaspora in Lower Manhattan (in-person)


A walking tour that reveals connections between sacred and historic spaces of the African Diaspora in Lower Manhattan. The tour will have special emphasis on the African Burial Ground Commons and Historic District featuring the African Burial Ground Memorial, Black Lives Matter Plaza and the Triumph of the Human Spirit Monument. To keep staff and audience safe, every person be assessed for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors before entering one of our venues. Audience members will receive a health survey that they must fill out prior to entering the venue. Audience members and staff will be required to wear face coverings at all times while in attendance at a River To River event. They also ask that during the performance, audience members keep a distance of 6 feet between yourself and others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:30 pm
Free
City Walks, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, Black Gotham Experience Tour: The African Diaspora in Lower Manhattan (in-person)

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
5:00 pm
Free
Workshops, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Kayaking

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 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, (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 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Japanese Sword Lessons

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 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Yoga on The Green

Workshop | 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
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, Outdoor Fitness

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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, (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
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Sunset Yoga

Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: Ayana Evans (virtual)


Ayana Evans is a NYC-based artist. She received her MFA in painting from Temple University and her BA in Visual Arts from Brown University. Evans has performed at El Museo del Barrio, The Barnes Foundation, The Bronx Museum, Newark Museum, the Queens Museum and countless public locations for her guerilla style performances. Her international work includes shows at FIAP performance festival in Martinique, Tiwani Contemporary in London, and Ghana'a Chale Wote festival.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, Artist Talk: Ayana Evans (virtual)

Workshop | (In PERSON) Healthy on the Hudson: HIIT Class


A dynamic and challenging HIIT class (adaptable to all levels of ability) on one of the park's newest piers. Wednesdays, June 16-September 29, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, (In PERSON) Healthy on the Hudson: HIIT Class

Author Reading | Freedom to Publish (virtual)


As news outlets laud a new Black renaissance in the visual and literary arts, Dr. Haki Madhubuti, founder and publisher of Third World Press and Chris Jackson, publisher and editor-in-chief of One World, discuss the challenges and freedoms that come with choosing what gets published and subverting dominant narratives.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, Freedom to Publish (virtual)

Jazz | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Jazz at the Pier: Whitney Marchelle


This seasonal favorite combines smooth tunes with beautiful evenings on the Park's green piers for an entire summer of rejuvenating riverfront jazz.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Jazz at the Pier: Whitney Marchelle

Performance | A Girl's Bedroom: An Endless Walk (virtual)


At the age of 6, a girl leaves her bedroom and family home and walks. She never stops. Until now. Enda Walsh's short play was first performed at the 2015 Galway International Arts Festival, and was revived at the 2016 Galway International Arts Festival. Directed by Taylor Haven Holt
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, A Girl's Bedroom: An Endless Walk (virtual)

Author Reading | Life on the Line: Young Doctors Come of Age in a Pandemic (virtual)


Author Emma Goldbert's gripping account of six young doctors enlisted to fight COVID-19. In March 2020, soon-to-graduate medical students in New York City were nervously awaiting “match day” when they would learn where they would begin their residencies. Only a week later, these young physicians learned that they would be sent to the front lines of the desperate battle to save lives as the coronavirus plunged the city into crisis. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, Life on the Line: Young Doctors Come of Age in a Pandemic (virtual)

Dance Performance | Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Celebrates Juneteenth (virtual)


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in performance at Lincoln Center. This program includes Wayne McGregor's "Chroma," Ronald K. Brown's "Grace," Robert Battle's "Takademe," and Alvin Ailey's "Revelations." Find comfort and joy in the beauty of dance by virtually connecting with these performances.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Celebrates Juneteenth (virtual)

Classical Music | Chamber Music (virtual)


PhiloSonia's end-of-season celebration week: each night from June 14th through Friday June 18th at 7pm, enjoy a different piece of music. Here's what pieces you can expect to hear: Andrew Norman Sabina from The Companion Guide to Rome for String Quartet Carlos Simon An Elegy: A Cry from the Grave  and Warmth of Other Suns for String Quartet Hugo Wolf Italian Serenade for String Quartet Tchaikovsky String Sextet in D minor "Souvenir de Florence" Op. 70 Brahms Piano Quintet in f minor, Op. 34 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, Chamber Music&nbsp;(virtual)

Discussion | Choreoegraphers in Discussion (Zoom)


Choreographer Kyle Marshall discusses the work Stellar with performer, educator, and dance writer Charmaine Warren, who has mentored Marshall since he was resident emerging choreographer of the 2016 "Dance on the Lawn" Montclair Dance Festival, of which Warren is founder/producer and artistic director.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, Choreoegraphers in Discussion (Zoom)

Open Mike | Classical Conversations (virtual)


Classical Conversations features American jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch sharing stories with iconic pianist Emanuel Ax in a discussion hosted by arts presenter Ken Fischer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Open Mikes, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, Classical Conversations (virtual)

Performance | The Amazing History of the Roller Coasters of Coney Island (virtual)


For over a century, Coney Island has played a critical role in the development of both the amusement park and the roller coaster. Over that time, over 50 different roller coasters have operated in less than one square mile of ocean front, thrilling millions of visitors each summer. In this illustrated talk, Richard Munch, one of the founding members of the American Coaster Enthusiasts and Historian of the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives, traces the historical ups and downs of Coney’s long list of gravity thrill rides, from 1884 to the present. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, The Amazing History of the Roller Coasters of Coney Island (virtual)

Discussion | The Stars of Girls5eva in Conversation (virtual)


The creator and stars of Peacock’s acclaimed new series Girls5eva – Meredith Scardino, Sara Bareilles, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell, and Busy Philipps – have a conversation about the making of the show with TV Guide Magazine’s Damian Holbrook. Following the members of a one-hit wonder ‘90s girl group as they take one more shot at making their pop dreams come true, Girls5eva is being hailed as a smart, hilarious take on the music industry, fame, and the ‘90s nostalgia machine. Hear the creator and stars discuss making a comedy about music, the enduring power of ‘90s pop, stories from behind the scenes, and much more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, The Stars of Girls5eva in Conversation (virtual)

Author Reading | Should We Stay or Should We Go: A Couple's Suicide Pact (Zoom)


Lionel Shriver returns with a highly compelling and dramatic novel about a couple’s late-age suicide pact. Shriver’s book unfolds in a series of vignettes that depict the various versions of the couple’s story as they attempt to control their fate, ultimately leading them to question their plans for their “final” days. Shriver will discuss the novel with essayist and author Meghan Daum.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, Should We Stay or Should We Go: A Couple's Suicide Pact (Zoom)

Author Reading | The Great Mistake: A Secret Breaks Free (Zoom)


Jonathan Lee shares his enveloping, exultant new novel. Andrew Haswell Green is dead, shot at the venerable age of eighty-three, when he thought life could hold no more surprises. Green was born to a poor farmer, yet without him there would be no Central Park, no Metropolitan Museum of Art, no Museum of Natural History, no New York Public Library. And Green had a secret, a life locked within him that now, in the hour of his death—alone, misunderstood—is set to break free.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, The Great Mistake: A Secret Breaks Free (Zoom)

Opera | Met Opera: Verdi's La Traviata (virtual, streaming for 23 hours)


Willy Decker's stunning production of Verdi's unforgettable drama stars the riveting singing actress Natalie Dessay as Violetta. Exhausted by her restless life as a courtesan, Violetta knows she will die soon. But then she meets the young and idealistic Alfredo (Matthew Polenzani), who offers her true love--with tragic consequences. Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Giorgio Germont, Alfredo's stern father, and Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium. From April 14, 2012.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, Met Opera: Verdi's La Traviata (virtual, streaming for 23 hours)

Film | (IN-PERSON, drive-in theater) Coming to America (1988): Iconic Eddie Murphy Comedy


This unforgettable '80s comedy, starring and based on a story by Eddie Murphy, follows Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy), a charming prince from Africa who migrates to Queens to find love and a queen for his throne, with the help of his friend Semmi (Arsenio Hall). After being invited by local Queens residents to attend a rally to raise money for their neighborhood, Prince Akeem encounters a possible match: Lisa McDowell (Shari Headley), the daughter of a local restaurant owner. Prince Akeem decides to take on a job at McDowell's in order to win Lisa's heart. Full of iconic moments and characters, Coming to America brings warmth and humor to the immigrant experience. Directed by John Landis Rated: R
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, (IN-PERSON, drive-in theater) Coming to America (1988): Iconic Eddie Murphy Comedy

Film | The Most Dangerous Game (1932): Horror Film and Live Comedy (virtual)


A live comedy show and horror movie screening. Hoff Matthews (Comedy Central) and co-producers Andrei Alupului (Come Ova, UCB), Mary Bess Pritchett (An Inconvenient Talk Show), and George Gordon (Laugh Track Festival, Your Good Friend) host this high octane 1932 horror thriller starring Joel McCrea and the original scream queen Fay Wray. Don’t miss new skits, bits, games, and more as they hunt down film trivia, Easter eggs, and special segments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, June 16, 2021, 06/16/2021, The Most Dangerous Game (1932): Horror Film and Live Comedy (virtual)
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