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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on June 17, 2021?

33 free events take place on Thursday, June 17 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 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!

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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Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Thursday, June 17, 2021

All events, things to do on Thursday, June 17, 2021 are free unless otherwise noted.

Screening | The Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


Adam Golka performs the Complete Beethoven Sonatas at Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue and probes their legacy with filmmaker Zac Nicholson. The complete cycle will be available through July 30th.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, The Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Fair | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Market in Midtown: Food, Art, Collectibles and More


Take part in outdoor shopping experience at this beautiful location. You will find a diverse mix of original art, antique collectibles, jewelry and cuisines from local small businesses.  The market is open daily through Jun 20th, 11 am - 8 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Market in Midtown: Food, Art, Collectibles and More

Screening | Ink: Clips and Conversation on the Play (virtual; streaming through July 15)


In 2019, Manhattan Theatre Club co-produced the American premiere of Ink written by Tony nominee James Graham and directed by Tony nominee Rupert Goold, following an acclaimed debut at The Almeida Theatre and subsequent West End transfer. Relive the electrifying production through selections of footage and conversation with the playwright and director.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Screenings, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, Ink: Clips and Conversation on the Play (virtual; streaming through July 15)

Discussion | Discussion on Artist Gerhard Richter (virtual)


Join Dia educators for engaging conversations around one artist's practice or work on view at Dia Beacon. Dia educators will discuss the work of artist Gerhard Richter.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, Discussion on Artist Gerhard Richter (virtual)

Workshop | Hatha Yoga (virtual)


Take an afternoon break and join Lisa for a rejuvenating Hatha Yoga class. This class puts an emphasis on posture and breathing and is an excellent way to relax the body and strengthen the mind.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, Hatha Yoga (virtual)

Discussion | Food for Thought: A Mindful Moment (virtual)


The year 2020 was like no other, and we found ourselves pressing pause, pivoting, disconnecting, and disengaging. Moving forward in 2021, we are coming up for air and figuring out how we press play on our lives. This year’s Food for Thought digital series will focus on topics in pursuit of three goals – to restart, revive, and reconnect. Clinical hypnotherapist and wellness expert Joanne Davies will be joined by mindset and meditation coach Kirsty Raynor (@kirstyraynor) to discuss how to approach mindfulness and meditation as a newcomer or as an individual hoping to expand one’s practice, different methods of meditation, and how achieving the right mindset can help you improve your wellbeing and accomplish goals.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, Food for Thought: A Mindful Moment (virtual)

Conference | No Small Voice (virtual)


A half-day of readings, author talks, and panel discussions for young people, featuring prose and poetry, and comic books and storybooks
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Conferences, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, No Small Voice (virtual)

Classical Music | Bach, Mozart, Corelli (virtual)


The harpsichord takes a vocal line in an aria by Bach. The violin is relegated to accompaniment in a keyboard sonata by the 8-year-old Mozart. In a sonata by Corelli, harpsichord and violin exchange short, pithy remarks, then grand virtuosic statements. This program is about “trading places”, each instrument venturing into creative role reversals, resulting in unexpected, intriguing effects. Performers: Abigail Karr, violin; Yi-heng Yang, harpsichord
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, Bach, Mozart, Corelli (virtual)

Other | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) The Art of Bubble-Making: Family Fun


Watch the art of bubble-making! We've all blown soap bubbles before but have you ever seen someone create a bubble big enough to stand inside? Or one long enough to jump over? Open your eyes to the magical world of bubbles at this family-friendly event. Please wear masks and practice social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Others, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) The Art of Bubble-Making: Family Fun

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Mah Jongg Social


Participants are welcome to borrow equipment, or bring their own Mah Jongg sets. Participants are required to wear masks during the entire social, and maintain social distance as much as possible. A limited number of walk-up spots may be available, and will be first-come, first-serve.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Workshops, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Mah Jongg Social

City Walk | Battery Park City Tour: South Residential Neighborhood (in-person)


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
4:00 pm
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City Walks, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, Battery Park City Tour: South Residential Neighborhood (in-person)

Discussion | Artivism: Children on Guns in America (Zoom)


How does gun violence impact us all and what can we do as individuals and educators to bring about change? Join SVA Continuing Education and MA/MAT Art Education for an intensive workshop for in-service educators on the subject of gun violence in America. Facilitated by professional photographer Kathy Shorr (BFA 1988 Photography) and art educator Adrienne Mikulka (MFA 2004 Photography, Video and Related Media), this event will feature a presentation on a photography project that is centered around gun violence and “artivism”— a combination of social activism and art. The discussion will focus on how children, whose lives have been radically changed by the pervasiveness of guns in our society, express their concerns and fears through their artwork. Workshop attendees will receive a lesson plan suitable for middle- and high-school students.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, Artivism: Children on Guns in America (Zoom)

Concert | (IN-PERSON) Bach, Bartok, Broadway, The Beatles and More on Strings!


String trio performs musical selections from Bach, Bartok, Broadway to the Beatles!
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Concerts, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, (IN-PERSON) Bach, Bartok, Broadway, The Beatles and More on Strings!

Discussion | Black History Continued: The New Black Joy (virtual)


Celebrate Juneteenth with The New York Times and discover how food and humor, mindfulness and meditation, and, yes, even napping can invigorate our souls, and help us face everyday trauma and adversity. They'll be welcoming special guests to bring us music, meals and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, Black History Continued: The New Black Joy (virtual)

Workshop | Outdoor Ping Pong


Casual or competitive, grab a paddle and play outdoor table tennis on the plaza with The Push and DJ Mike! Equipment will be provided. Thursdays, June 3-July 29, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, Outdoor Ping Pong

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Crossfit Workout


End your Thursday with a little sweat. The class is open to all levels. Masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Crossfit Workout

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Amp'd Workout


Hit the grass and push your body to new limits in this class that combines bodyweight strength and cardio, challenging both your energy systems and motor control. This class is open to all levels. Thursdays, May 6-October 28, 2021 Registration opens every Tuesday at 10:00am for classes the following week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Amp'd Workout

Workshop | (In-PERSON, outdoors) Capoeira Class: Afro-Brazillian Martial Arts Dance


Learn capoeira, an Afro-Brazillian art form which combines dance and martial arts, with instruction by Ile de Palmares. Explore movement though music, dance, martial arts and Afro-Brazillian culture. Masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Workshops, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, (In-PERSON, outdoors) Capoeira Class: Afro-Brazillian Martial Arts Dance

Discussion | Black Universe: Samuel Delany's Early Sci-Fi (virtual)


Critics Jayna Brown (Black Utopias) and Tavia Nyong'o (Afro-Fabulations), and author and poet John Keene (Counternarratives) discuss the impact and enduring significance of the work of Samuel R. Delany. Following the discussion, Delany will give a reading from his forthcoming book, Of Solids and Surds. Often cited as a foundational figure in what has come to be called Afrofuturism, Delany simultaneously mastered and unsettled the conventions of science fiction. From his earliest space operas forward, his fiction has extended literature's forays into that Blackness, deepening and darkening our sense of the possible.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, Black Universe: Samuel Delany's Early Sci-Fi (virtual)

Talk | Race, Riots, and the Right to Learn: Black Education in Antebellum New York (virtual)


The formal education of Black New Yorkers began with the Manumission Society’s African Free Schools, which first opened in 1787. Though the city was at the forefront of Black education, it would take decades to break down barriers to higher education, and schools, students, teachers, and benefactors were under threat of racial violence. This virtual program will examine the early history of Black schools in the city and neighboring Brooklyn, and the impact the evolving political discourse – and violence – around slavery had on them. This discussion will be hosted not in New York, but in the small town of Canaan, New Hampshire, which was the site of a horrific act of racial violence in 1835: the destruction of the Noyes Academy, the first racially integrated college preparatory school in the country.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, Race, Riots, and the Right to Learn: Black Education in Antebellum New York (virtual)

Workshop | (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Healthy on the Hudson: Run Club


Meet to run, walk and jog along the stunning waterfront. All levels welcome. Thursdays, June 17-September 30, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, (IN-PERSON, outdoors) Healthy on the Hudson: Run Club

Gallery Talk | Glass Life: A Feminist Investigation of Color and Image (virtual)


A conversation between artist Sara Cwynar and curator Lucy Gallun on Cwynar’s new book. A feminist-inflected investigation of color and image-driven consumer culture, Glass Life brings together Cwynar’s multilayered portraits and stills from the films Soft Film (2016), Rose Gold (2017), and Red Film (2018). Gallun and Cwynar will discuss the artist’s multilayered practice and how she pursues photography in relation to film, sculpture, digital culture, and the cultural and technological history of image-making.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, Glass Life: A Feminist Investigation of Color and Image (virtual)

Author Reading | Rainbow Milk: A Fierce Reclamation of the Past (Zoom)


Paul Mendez's debut novel is an essential and revelatory coming-of-age narrative. Nineteen-year-old Jesse is a bright and devout Jehovah’s Witness struggling under a repressive religious community to keep his queer desire a secret. As Jesse reckons with race, class, sexuality and spirituality in his search for self-discovery, freedom, and the stability of a chosen family, Rainbow Milk tells the story of “the new black body in the old white promised land, floundering, unloved, yet able to summon the strength to survive” through a fierce reclamation of the past.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, Rainbow Milk: A Fierce Reclamation of the Past (Zoom)

Author Reading | Worldly Things: Poems of Delight and Loss (virtual)


In these poems, Michael Kleber-Diggs names delight in the same breath as loss. Moments suffused with love--teaching his daughter how to drive; watching his grandmother bake a cake; waking beside his beloved to ponder trumpet mechanics--couple with moments of wrenching grief--a father's life ended by a gun; mourning children draped around their mother's waist; Freddie Gray's death in police custody. Even in the refuge-space of dreams, a man calls the police on his Black neighbor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, Worldly Things: Poems of Delight and Loss (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 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, Chamber Music&nbsp;(virtual)

Concert | Here's to the Ladies! A Salute to Great Ladies of Song (virtual)


Award-winning vocalist Marieann Meringolo celebrates such icons as Peggy Lee, Barbra Streisand, Joni Mitchell, Dionne Warwick, and more. Marieann will be joined by her pianist Doyle Newmyer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
$5
Concerts, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, Here's to the Ladies! A Salute to Great Ladies of Song (virtual)

Open Mike | Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic + Showcase (Zoom)


Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic and Showcase seeks to provide a safer community space for queer and trans BIPOC folx and and rising migrant artists. They uplift these voices and ask all allies to step back and show your support by cheering our performers on.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Open Mikes, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, Mouth to Mouth: Open Mic + Showcase (Zoom)

Tour | NYC's Flatiron District Tour (virtual)


Explore and learn about one of New York City’s most interesting areas: the home of the Flatiron Building, the original Madison Square Garden, “23 Skidoo,” and the center of NYC social life in the mid-19th century. Walk through an urban oasis while soaking in tales of the city’s amazing history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, NYC's Flatiron District Tour (virtual)

Dancing | Silent Disco Pride Party


Celebrate Pride Month with a silent disco dance party featuring queer DJ's from QuietEvents. Breath-taking sunset views and Lady Liberty will serve as the backdrop as you dance to the hottest beats pumped through light-up headphones. Headphones are free; ID required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, Silent Disco Pride Party

Concert | Tribute to Peggy Lee, Barbra Streisand, Joni Mitchell, Dionne Warwick, and more (virtual, live stream)


Vocalist Marieann Meringolo presents "Here's to the Ladies! A Salute to Great Ladies of Song," celebrating such icons as Peggy Lee, Barbra Streisand, Joni Mitchell, Dionne Warwick, and more. Marieann Meringolo is a MAC Award-Winning Recording Artist as well as a Back Stage Bistro Award-Winner for “Outstanding Vocalist.” "Marieann Meringolo, a singer who bears some physical and vocal resemblance to Barbra Streisand…delivers songs about love lost and strength found…sung in Grand Style.” ~ Stephen Holden, New York Times
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, Tribute to&nbsp;Peggy Lee, Barbra Streisand, Joni Mitchell, Dionne Warwick, and more (virtual, live stream)

Jazz | Five-Time Grammy Nominee Michael Feinstein Performs Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin and More (virtual)


Michael Feinstein performs favorites from the Great American Songbook by Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Sammy Cahn, and others. Performers: Michael Feinstein, Vocals; Tedd Firth, Piano; Mark McLean, Drums; John Clayton, Bass
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Concerts, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, Five-Time Grammy Nominee Michael Feinstein Performs Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin and More (virtual)
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Theaters, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, (IN-PERSON) A Thriller by Tony Winner

Performance | Dimension Zero: Brain Robbers from Outer Space: Storytelling with Puppets (virtual)


Picture, if you will, a world filled with space empires, divine clowns, brain control, and the delirious effects of monetized algorithm worship. Imagine this world is filled with puppets enacting that time honored storytelling tradition known as the Sci Fi trilogy. Take heed, friend. You have just entered the world of Dimension Zero: Brain Robbers from Outer Space.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, June 17, 2021, 06/17/2021, Dimension Zero: Brain Robbers from Outer Space: Storytelling with Puppets (virtual)
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Comedy Club | (IN-PERSON) Stand Up Comedy!

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Theater | (IN-PERSON) A Thriller by Tony Winner

Regular Price: $35
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