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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on March 17, 2022?

31 free events take place on Thursday, March 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 March 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 March . 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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31 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, March 17, 2022

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Garment District: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More
free events nyc The Inspired Bard: Soprano and Welsh Harp (in-person and online)
free events nyc The Nurse Antigone: Dramatic Readings of Sophocles, with Margaret Atwood and Others (online)
free events nyc Vocal Works by Britten, Chopin, Poulenc
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Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Hike | Deere Park-to-St. Francis’ Woods Hike


This is an approximately four-mile hike through the Greenbelt. They will be hiking the hill of Todt, (Deere Park) up to the highest point of elevation on the eastern seaboard, then navigating to the woods of St. Francis where they will then marvel at the views of the forest on wooden platformed trails.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
Free

Tour | Garment District: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More


Hear an unusual perspective from somebody who spent the greater portion of his life working in the GARMENT industry. You will learn how the apparel industry developed in NYC through the years, and how it came to be located in its current District. Watch the development of the industry from sweatshops in the old tenement buildings on the Lower East Side, to giant factories in China and Bangladesh. See how immigrants were the backbone of the industry and in NYC, still are. Five minute flow chart "From Fibers To Garment". Learn about Calvin, Ralph and Oscar, as well as Labor Unions and Gangsters. A Factory Visit When Available. See "The Garment Worker'' by Judith Weller, The Fashion Walk of Fame. The Giant Button and Needle artwork on Seventh Ave. And much more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free

Parade | St. Patrick's Day Parade!


The New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade is the oldest and largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the world. The first parade was held on March 17, 1762. It is being help annually on March 17th in honor of St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland and of the Archdiocese of New York. Approximately 150,000 people march in the parade which draws about 2 million spectators.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free

Workshop | Expanding Loving-Kindness: Meditation (online)


The weight of the world at times seems too heavy, and we wish we had a thousand arms to lift it for ourselves and others. Even when there's a feeling of helplessness and confusion, we have the unique ability to generate boundless loving-kindness - energetic, soothing, fierce, and dynamic. In this 30-minute meditation, guided by Venerable Lobsang Tenpa, we will rely on master Shantideva's beautiful words (from the last chapter of "The Way of the Bodhisattva") to generate profound and powerful aspirations for the healing of the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
$3-$5

Workshop | Juggling in the Park


Jugglers use the park throughout the year to provide free classes to the public. Stop by for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Museums | Tiffany Glass and Other Exhibitions


The collection of Tiffany's leaded glass includes an extraordinary array of floral and geometric lamps as well as landscape and figural windows. A unique feature of the collection is a vast, one-of-a-kind archive of original flat glass and pressed-glass "jewels" used by Tiffany Studios, which provides valuable insight into the development of the stained-glass movement in America at the turn of the twentieth century. Established in 1972, this art museum's permanent collection consists of around 10,000 items, over 6,000 of which are documents and objects related to the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs, some of which are on long-term display. Covid protocol applies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Classical Music | The Inspired Bard: Soprano and Welsh Harp (in-person and online)


Zoe Vandermeer's soprano and Welsh harp program celebrates two hundred years of British music by John Dowland, Henry Purcell, George Fredric Handel, Thomas Arne, Welsh harpist and composer Edward Jones, and the later 18th century Irish composer, Dr. John Stevenson. Soprano Zoe Vandermeer accompanies her singing on Welsh triple harp. A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she is on the Roster of the CT Commission on Culture and Tourism. Performances include the Sao Paulo International Harp Festival, International Festival de Deia Spain, American Harp Society, Carnegie Hall, Glasgow International Early Music Festival, HarpCon Conference, and elsewhere.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
Free

Author Reading | And the Category Is…: Inside New York’s Vogue, House, and Ballroom Community (online)


Author Ricky Tucker on New York’s vogue, house, and ballroom communities, spaces where trans lives are respected and applauded, and queer youth are able to find family and acceptance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Frida Orupabo: Closed Up Like A Fist


An exhibition of collages and digital prints by Frida Orupabo. Winged, pinned, and disembodied, Orupabo’s most recent collaged images confront the history of generational, discriminatory trauma and simultaneously offer recuperative possibilities. Orupabo's multidisciplinary practice excavates colonial archives and digital sources to amass her materials of dispossessed imagery. By splicing and combining these depictions, she brings into question the mutability of identities, delicately bound by fragmented components. The temporal aspect of these photographs addresses how past depictions inform contemporary images, and how the two are intertwined.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Jonathan Yukio Clark, In the Space of the Near and Distance


The exhibition highlights a monumental wall piece “In the Realm of Mount Mihara,” the artist’s tribute to the rugged beauty of the volcano in the Island of Izu Oshima off the coast of Honshu, Japan. To epitomize the greater natural world, Clark uses his masterful monotype technique for six separate prints, each carrying on a panoramic vista of distinctive terrains and vegetations with vigorous rhythm and earthy colors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Staged Reading | The Nurse Antigone: Dramatic Readings of Sophocles, with Margaret Atwood and Others (online)


A dramatic reading of Sophocles' Antigone to help frame powerful, guided discussions about challenges faced by nurses. A groundbreaking project by and for nurses, The Nurse Antigone presents dramatic readings of Sophocles' Antigone on Zoom--featuring professional actors and a chorus of frontline nurses--to help frame powerful, guided discussions about the unique challenges faced by nurses before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Antigone, an ancient play about a young woman who puts everything on the line to do what she believes is right, dramatizes the heavy cost of silencing and marginalizing caregivers, especially during times of crisis. By performing Sophocles' play for diverse audiences, including nurses as well as concerned citizens, The Nurse Antigone aims to generate compassion, awareness, connection, and much-needed healing, while celebrating and advocating for nurses at this critical juncture in the history of their profession. Featuring performances by Margaret Atwood, Tracie Thoms (Rent), Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black), Ato Blankson-Wood (Detroit), Bill Camp (The Queen's Gambit), Charlaine Lasse (Registered Nurse, IV Therapy, Neonatal Intensive Care), Amy Smith (Nurse Practitioner, Northwell Health, Hofstra University), Aliki Argiropoulos (Nurse Clinician II, Blood and Marrow Transplant, Oncology Critical Care, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Johns Hopkins Hospital) and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free

Opening Reception | Brian Rutenberg: Deeps of Peace


Color and memory combine and inspire the abstract paintings in the exhibition. While Brian Rutenberg (b. 1965) has probed and illuminated aspects of the landscape throughout his career, here he focuses on the feeling, motion and experience of his birthplace, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where the nearly pastoral beauty of the coastal lowlands meets the neon, architecture and attractions of the town itself.   Brian Rutenberg’s muscular surfaces and unique application of paint have reached a new high in the fifteen painting in Deeps of Peace. The pools and rivulets, trees and structures, mangroves and riverbanks his abstractions imply, explode as they meet to form a harmonious panoply of color and movement. This phenomenon, the invigorating mix of man and nature, is the essence of the Artist’s practice:
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Classical Music | Tenor Recital (in-person and online)


Michael McDermott, Tenor
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Opening Reception | Dewey Crumpler: Painting is an Act of Spiritual Aggression


Thirty years ago, Crumpler became fascinated with a photograph of an object identified as an iron slave collar. He read it as an ovoid mass with a circular hole in the center, indicating both absence and presence of a Black body. Sometime after, he noticed his son’s hoodie sweatshirt thrown over a chair. It looked like the presence that might have historically filled that (o)void. These chance happenings married in Crumpler’s mind with his interest in ritual objects, Black culture, and space-time cosmology, and birthed The Hoodies. The Hoodies, which Crumpler has manifested in small-scale paintings since the early 1990s, resemble human beings, but their outer form holds an unearthly void that permits traveling impossible distances, from the far reaches of outer space to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. These figures are witnesses to history, and their presence alone questions dominant socio-cultural narratives alive in art history and practice. In a time of great social and political recollecting and reframing, the artworks call from their canvases, asking complex questions about lineage, likeness, and access. Who controls history? How does art align with power and resistance? What does it mean to witness through time?  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Felic R. Cid: Heroes del Canpo


Heroes del Canpo merges elements of geometry, human expression, and imagined structures, creating a portrait of personal projections. Felix R. Cid’s exploration of creative accidents and destruction advances his notions of the physical world and his psyche.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | George Soros: A Life in Full (online)


This new collection, edited by Peter L. W. Osnos, offers a compelling picture of George Soros, one of the most important, complex, and misunderstood figures of our time. Osnos, Soros’ longtime publisher, has assembled an intriguing set of contributors — public intellectuals, journalists, scholars, and nonprofit leaders — for a kaleidoscopic view of the philanthropist and nemesis of the right. He talks with contributors, including: Leon Botstein, president of Bard College and noted orchestra conductor; Eva Hoffman, author of Lost in Translation, Exit into History, and After Such Knowledge: Reflections on the Long Aftermath of the Holocaust; and Sebastian Mallaby, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of The Power Law: Venture Capital and the Making of the New Future.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Mehdi Ghadyanloo: Art of the Playground


This exhibition features new paintings by Mehdi Ghadyanloo, whose works envision a fictive architecture of playground slides, tubes, and ladders situated in shallow, walled spaces and lit from above by ocular skylights.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Michael Gregory: If You Came This Way


In the new work the artist has incorporated his experience of living on the East Coast in the Hudson River Valley, after spending most of his life in California. Gregory takes advantage of the four seasons, embracing the different topography and light; exploring the palette of snow-filled fields. Barns of rainbow hues appear inspired by the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition of using pink, blue, green, yellow to bedeck structures in that part of the world. Most of the paintings embrace color in a poetic, subtle and rich fashion.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Mr.: Beyond the Alley, There…


In his sixth solo exhibition with the gallery, Mr. will present large-scale paintings, shaped canvases, and works on paper that conjure a fantasy world bridging the gap between popular and high-art cultures. Incorporating elements from the postmodern Superflat movement and the Japanese otaku subculture, Mr.’s work reinterprets his influences for an international contemporary context.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Poetry Reading | a Year & other poems: New Poetry (online)


From Jos Charles comes a formally commanding third collection, dexterously recounting the survival of a period suffused with mourning.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Author Reading | Small Odysseys: Selected Shorts Presents 35 New Stories (online)


A glowing collection of new stories from up-and-coming voices and celebrated authors alike, Small Odysseys celebrates the latest gems of contemporary short fiction. Striking and joyful, the collection elucidates the character of the current literary landscape while featuring the voices of thirty-five luminaries testing the limits of the form. Small Odysseys is a celebration of the exhilarating diversity of modern short stories. This event is a must-see for any contemporary short story lover. Editor Hannah Tinti and contributors Jai Chakrabarti, A. M. Homes, and Weike Wang discuss this thrilling and impactful collection of works.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Author Reading | The Promise: Epic South African Novel (online)


The winner of the 2021 Booker Prize, Damon Galgut's novel is an epic South African drama that unfurls against the unrelenting march of history, sure to leave its readers transformed. A family, reunited by four funerals over thirty years, remains haunted by an unmet promise, just as their country is haunted by its own failures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Recalibrating for a Better New York (online)


How do we recalibrate reality to create a better, brighter future for New York? Nicholas Bloom, a Stanford University economics professor whose research focuses on remote work, joins Scott Rechler to discuss the future of work in a post-COVID world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | The Art of Assembly: Audience as Allies, Witnesses, and Enemies


Ever since the 19th century, when the audience light was turned off in most Western theaters, artists have experimented with pushing spectators out of their comfort zone. While breaking down the fourth wall had mainly been a niche project of the avant garde, audience inclusion has become a dominant feature of mainstream theatre in recent years. But frequently, so-called participatory theatre mimics the placebo, surface-level involvement that is offered by our market-oriented democracies. The discussion looks at radical approaches to audiences, turning them from spectators into participants, witnesses, collaborators, and enemies. With host Florian Malzacher in this conversation are Claire Bishop, Tania Brugera, and Ann Liv Young. Art theorist Claire Bishop reviews how the relationship between art and audience has changed in the decade since the publication of her influential book Artificial Hells. Artist and activist Tania Bruguera has always challenged her audience to become active participants, not only in her performances but also in society. The stage personas of theatre maker Ann Liv Young tend to come too close – physically as well as psychologically – attacking her audience and making herself attackable at the same time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performance | Born with an Extra Rib: The Film: Experimental Opera


Born With An Extra Rib: The Film is transdisciplinary experimental opera featuring multimedia artist and composer stefa marin alarcon in which the cast, creative team, and audience are invited to engage in an emergent process of collective liberation. This evening celebrates the film's premiere and the ongoing process of this opera in development. This one-night engagement will feature an installation, elements of the rituals used in the making of the film, a live performance by STEFA* and a chorus of trans and gender expansive angels.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Poetry Reading | Dream of the Divided Field: Looking Through Windows (online)


Yanyi's new poems suggest that we enter and exit our old selves like homes; we look through the windows and recognize some former aspect of our lives that is both ours and not ours. In piercingly lyrical poems that range and roam across heartbreak, transitions, and selves cast off and longed-for, Yanyi conjures the beloved both within and without us.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | A Deeper Listen: New Music and Discussion


Long-time New York Times contributor Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim's concert-meditation series teaches audiences how to find greater depth and meaning in music by starting from a place of stillness. For the inaugural show of her new program, she will begin by introducing the principles of focused listening. In the ensuing calm of this mindfulness practice, the pianist Eunbi Kim will play a series of works composed for her, including the three-part contemporary classical cycle Songs for the Alone by Daniel Bernard Roumain, followed by the world premiere of Sophia Jani's "Saturn Years." After the recital, a short conversation between host, composer, and performers will help set future intentions for further inner exploration and incite a moment of shared community.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free

Classical Music | Vocal Works by Britten, Chopin, Poulenc


Program: BRITTEN Songs and Proverbs of William Blake, Op. 74 SVIRIDOV Selections from Petersburg: A Vocal Poem NIEWIADOMSKI From Jaskowa Dola CHOPIN From Polish Songs, Op. 74 CHOPIN and VIARDOT From 12 Mazurkas de Frederic Chopin CHAUSSON Le Colibri, Op. 2, No. 7 POULENC From Huit chansons polonaises SZYMANOWSKI Trzy fragmenty z poematow
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free

Classical Music | Baroque Oboe Recital (in-person and online)


Pablo O'Connell, Baroque Oboe
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Classical Music | Flute Recital (in-person and online)


Si Eon Choi, Flute
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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