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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on March 17, 2023?

22 free events take place on Friday, 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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22 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Friday, March 17, 2023

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Editor's Picks

free events nyc 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many
free events nyc A Spring Fete at the Museum: Exhibitions, Dance, Music
free events nyc While We Wait: Relationships and Memories (online)
free events nyc Works by Bach, Saint-Saens and More for Harp (In Person AND Online)
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Workshop | Tai Chi


Improve balance, strength and focus through gentle exercises. The sights and sounds of the river provide a serene background for the ancient flowing postures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, March 17, 2023, 03/17/2023, Tai Chi

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
10:00 am
Free
Tours, March 17, 2023, 03/17/2023, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, March 17, 2023, 03/17/2023, Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)

Gallery Talk | Treasures from the Permanent Collection: An Interactive Spotlight Tour.


Della Robbia and Glazed Terracotta Works in the Morgan’s Collection. From the Morgan’s three Gutenberg Bibles to the intricately carved cylinder seals of Ancient Mesopotamia, join our Morgan docents as they guide you on an up-close virtual exploration and discussion of one of the many works in the institution’s treasured permanent collection. Please note that the program will take place online.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, March 17, 2023, 03/17/2023, Treasures from the Permanent Collection: An Interactive Spotlight Tour.

Birdwatching | Woodcock Walk


It’s timberdoodle time! The American woodcock is a regular visitor to the park in March and early April, and this year, there is a special off-season birding tour to celebrate these unique birds. Guide Gabriel Willow will teach you about the wonderful worm-eaters who make the park their springtime home-away-from-home. The tour will take place on Friday, March 17 at 12:30pm. Meet at Heiskell Plaza, near the corner of 6th Avenue and 42nd Street. No pre-registration is required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, March 17, 2023, 03/17/2023, Woodcock Walk

Film | Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (2022): comedy-drama


A widowed cleaning lady falls in love with a Dior dress and finds the funds to go to Paris and buy one for herself. Director: Anthony Fabian Cast: Lesley Manville, Isabelle Huppert and Lambert Wilson
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, March 17, 2023, 03/17/2023, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (2022): comedy-drama

Book Discussion | Russia: Revolution and Civil War, 1917-1921 (online)


From noted military historian Antony Beevor, an epic new account of the conflict that reshaped Eastern Europe and set the stage for the rest of the twentieth century.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, March 17, 2023, 03/17/2023, Russia: Revolution and Civil War, 1917-1921&nbsp;(online)

Discussion | Legacy and Hope After Loss (online)


A conversation that respects the emotional experience of your unique grief journey, whether past or present. Time does not heal wounds; actions do. All experiences of loss are welcomed with equal acceptance. Loss of: a Loved One, Health, Significant Relationship, Employment, Life, Housing, Finances, Safety, Trust, and on... Come and share your experience in a safe and brave space. Move beyond the pain that comes with grief and loss; and move towards living your best life! Looking forward to seeing you there.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, March 17, 2023, 03/17/2023, Legacy and Hope After Loss (online)

Film | A League of Their Own (1992): Sports Comedy-Drama with Tom Hanks


A look at the first women's professional baseball league is set during World War II and focuses on the rivalry between sisters, one a sweet-swinging catcher and the other a pouty, impulsive pitcher, who play on the same team, which is managed by a washed-up, hard-drinking ex-Major Leaguer. Director: Penny Marshall Starring: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna, and Rosie O'Donnell Tom Hanks made his breakthrough with leading roles in a series of comedy films which received positive media attention, such as Splash (1984), The Money Pit (1986), Big (1988), and A League of Their Own (1992). He won two consecutive Academy Awards for Best Actor for starring in Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, March 17, 2023, 03/17/2023, A League of Their Own (1992): Sports Comedy-Drama with Tom Hanks

Book Discussion | Collateral Damage: New Thriller from New York Times Bestselling Author J.A. Jance (online)


J.A. Jance discusses her unputdownable thriller. Ali Reynolds and High Noon Enterprises face the dangerous consequences of one man’s desperate search for revenge.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, March 17, 2023, 03/17/2023, Collateral Damage: New Thriller from New York Times Bestselling Author J.A. Jance (online)

Film | Academy Award Nominee Tar (2022) with Cate Blanchett


Lydia Tar is a famous conductor who leads a world famous Berliner Philharmoniker. Making history as the first female conductor, she must live up to her name as she records Mahler's Symphony #5, which is often compared to the most famous symphony of them all: Beethoven's Sympnony #5. Tar was selected Best Film of the Year by the New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, London Film Critics' Circle, and the National Society of Film Critics, becoming only the fourth film in history named as such from the world's top critics' groups. It was named the year's best film by more critics than any other film released in 2022. At the 80th Golden Globe Awards, Tar was nominated for Best Motion Picture - Drama and Best Screenplay and Blanchett won Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama. At the 28th Critics Choice Awards, Blanchett won Best Actress and Gu?nadottir won Best Score. At the 95th Academy Awards, Tar was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress (for Blanchett), Best Cinematography and Best Editing. It was nominated for five awards at the 76th British Academy Film Awards, with Blanchett winning Best Actress. Director: Todd Field Cast: Cate Blanchett, Noemie Merlant, Nina Hoss, Sophie Kauer, Julian Glover, Allan Corduner, Mark Strong. Cate Blanchett is regarded as one of the greatest actresses of her generation. She is known for her versatile work across independent films, blockbusters, and stage, and has received numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, four British Academy Film Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Films, March 17, 2023, 03/17/2023, Academy Award Nominee Tar (2022) with Cate Blanchett

Book Discussion | The Ends of Paradise: Race, Extraction, and the Struggle for Black Life in Honduras (in-person and online)


The future of Honduras begins and ends on the white sand beaches of Tela Bay on the country's northeastern coast where Garifuna, a Black Indigenous people, have resided for over two hundred years. Christopher A. Loperena examines the Garifuna struggle for life and collective autonomy, and demonstrates how this struggle challenges concerted efforts by the state and multilateral institutions, such as the World Bank, to render both their lands and their culture into fungible tourism products. Using a combination of participant observation, courtroom ethnography, and archival research, Loperena reveals how purportedly inclusive tourism projects form part of a larger neoliberal, extractivist development regime, which remakes Black and Indigenous territories into frontiers of progress for the mestizo majority. The book offers a trenchant analysis of the ways Black dispossession and displacement are carried forth through the conferral of individual rights and freedoms, a prerequisite for resource exploitation under contemporary capitalism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, March 17, 2023, 03/17/2023, The Ends of Paradise: Race, Extraction, and the Struggle for Black Life in Honduras (in-person and online)

Festival | A Spring Fete at the Museum: Exhibitions, Dance, Music


Revel in the arrival of spring with an evening celebrating the exhibition Claude Gillot: Satire in the Age of Reason featuring engaging talks, a dance performance, live music, and refreshments. Curator Jennifer Tonkovich, and art historian Noah Margulis will offer tours of the exhibition; New York Baroque Dance Company members will perform eighteenth-century dances; French-inspired jazz and swing music of the 1930s by the Brooklyn-based band The Bailsmen will enliven the court.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Festivals, March 17, 2023, 03/17/2023, A Spring Fete at the Museum: Exhibitions, Dance, Music

Classical Music | Works by Bach, Robert Schumann, and More for Violin and Piano (In Person AND Online)


Ashley Yoon, violin and Haoguo Chen, piano. Program Bach (1685-1750), Partita No. 2 in D minor (1717-1720) Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Fantasiestucke, Op.12 (1837) Haoguo Chen, Untitled
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Concerts, March 17, 2023, 03/17/2023, Works by Bach, Robert Schumann, and More for Violin and Piano (In Person AND Online)

Opening Reception | Manika Nagare: Spectrum of Vivid Moments


Nagare works only in natural light, allowing her to delineate subtle colors that are otherwise difficult to discern. She believes this strong union of (natural) light and color extends to life, which unfolds in an infinite spectrum of light. In her series, In Between, Nagare explores the life-to-death spectrum, the spiritual transition/boundary between life and death that is metaphorically compared to water/river in Japanese culture. Her work explores the ambiguity of the two separations and seeks to bridge them in that remembering the vivid moments of the deceased enables us to feel that person’s return to the side of life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, March 17, 2023, 03/17/2023, Manika Nagare: Spectrum of Vivid Moments

Book Discussion | By Her Own Design: A Novel of Ann Lowe, Fashion Designer to the Social Register 


Author Piper G. Huguley illuminates the untold story of Ann Lowe, a Black woman and granddaughter of enslaved people, who rose above personal struggles and racial prejudice to design and create one of America’s most famous wedding dresses of all time for Jackie Kennedy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, March 17, 2023, 03/17/2023, By Her Own Design: A Novel of Ann Lowe, Fashion Designer to the Social Register&nbsp;

Concert | Modern Piano Works (In Person and Online)


Enjoy recent works by Roberto Sierra for solo piano that explore the colorful and virtuosic range of the instrument. Marc Peloquin, piano. Program: Roberto Sierra (1953 - ) Piano Sonata No. 9 Roberto Sierra (1953 - ) Album for the Young Roberto Sierra (1953 - ) Piano Sonata No. 7 (for the left hand alone) A New York Times critic has said "Marc Peloquin's energetic approach yielded a performance that was refreshing and alive. Individual lines rang out with remarkable definition and clarity." The pianist, called an "innovative ivory tickler' by Time Out, has appeared in a wide range of venues. Marc Peloquin also collaborates with the Pulitzer Prize winning American composer/pianist David Del Tredici, performing and recording his music. Marc is the creator and curator of the KeyedUp Music Project, a concert series in New York City devoted to music of great composers of our time, their influences, and those they have influenced.
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Concerts, March 17, 2023, 03/17/2023, Modern Piano Works (In Person and Online)

Classical Music | Works for Viola and Piano


Chiu-Chen Liu, viola; and Yun Hao, piano. Program Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959), Sonata No. 1 for Viola and Piano (1955) Nikolai Roslawez (1881-1944), Sonata for Viola and Piano (1926) Mark N. Grant, Elegy Appassionato (World Premiere) Paul Hindemith (1895-1963), Sonata for Viola and Piano Op. 25 No. 4 (1922)
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Concerts, March 17, 2023, 03/17/2023, Works for Viola and Piano

Play | While We Wait: Relationships and Memories (online)


Letters and airplane tickets fall from the sky. Memories, like snowflakes, float in on a breeze. Grace waits for an email to come. James waits to send it. And as they wait, they replay memories, imagine futures, and deal with an uncomfortable present. Written by Charly Evon Simpson (TV: HBO's Industry) Directed by Jordana De La Cruz Cast Baylee Berkley, Naomie Ondekane, Niranjani Reddi, David Zhenqian Li, Sariya Sealey, Lydia Garcia, Annabelle Daniel
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Plays, March 17, 2023, 03/17/2023, While We Wait: Relationships and Memories (online)

Classical Music | Works by Bach, Saint-Saens and More for Harp (In Person AND Online)


Amanda Kengor, harp. Program J.S. Bach (1685-1750), Lute Suite in C minor, BWV 997 (1740) Guillaume Connesson (1970-present), Toccata pour harpe (2019) Saint-Saens (1835-1921), Fantaisie for Violin and Harp, Op. 124 (1907) Marcel Tournier (1879-1951), Sonatine, Op. 30 (1924)
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8:00 pm
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Concerts, March 17, 2023, 03/17/2023, Works by Bach, Saint-Saens and More for Harp (In Person AND Online)

Jazz | Works for Jazz Piano by Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington and more (In Person AND Online)


Matthew Whitaker, jazz piano. Program Ahmad Jamal (1930-present), Tranquility (1973) Dave Brubeck (1920-2012), Blue Rondo a la Turk (1959) Matthew Whitaker (2001-present), Emotions (2019) Jimmy Van Heusen (1913-1990), I Thought About You (1939) Duke Ellington (1899-1974), Don't Get Around Much Anymore (1942) Dream Theater, Finally Free (1992) Duke Pearson (1932-1980), Jeannine (1968) Matthew Whitaker (2001-present), For My Dad
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
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Concerts, March 17, 2023, 03/17/2023, Works for Jazz Piano by Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington and more   (In Person AND Online)

Parade | St, Patrick's Day Parade (in-person and online)


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 — fourteen years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. A celebration of almost everything Irish.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Parades, March 17, 2023, 03/17/2023, St, Patrick's Day Parade (in-person and online)
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