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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on March 18, 2023?

20 free events take place on Saturday, March 18 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 18 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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20 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Saturday, March 18, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Academy Award Nominee Tar (2022) with Cate Blanchett
free events nyc A Conversation with Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem
free events nyc New Works for Violin, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Cello and Percussion in a Historic Building
free events nyc Seen, Sound, Scribe: Spoken Word and Conversation
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Fair | Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors


Search for hidden gems as you browse through 50-60 vendors of antiques, vintage goods, architectural salvage and collectibles. There is also a selection of food vendors. Each Sat and Sun 8 am - 4 pm (year round).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 am
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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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Symposium | AI and the Lens and Screen Arts


A comprehensive, one-day symposium focused on the pervasive emergence of AI and its effects upon the lens and screen arts. This event is the first part of a series of lectures and discussions with artists, theorists, educators and industry professionals reflecting on the recent explosion of interest, use and questions surrounding AI image synthesis through tools such as DALL-E, MidJourney, Stable Diffusion and others. The symposium will begin with an opening keynote address by the celebrated Berlin-based filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl, whose work offers incisive discourse across the fields of art, philosophy, and politics. Her talk will be followed by three sessions that discuss the ways that artificial intelligence (AI) impacts arts education, society, creative practices, and industries. The first session, AI + Arts Education, will feature the chair of MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Charles Traub in conversation with the chair of MFA Fine Arts Mark Tribe, Christiane Paul (Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School and Curator of Digital Art at The Whitney Museum of American Art), and the chair of MFA Computer Arts Terrence Masson. The second session, Ethical, Legal, + Social Implications of AI, will feature a conversation between writer and critic of digital photography Fred Ritchin, the founding CEO of the non-profit AI for the People Mutale Nkonde, and media and copyright attorney Ed Klaris of Klaris Law. The final session, Creative AI, will focus on the creative capacity of AI with presentations and discussions by artist and educator Stephanie Dinkins and new media artist Carla Gannis, with writer and media theorist Natasha Chuk as moderator. All of these speakers are major authorities in their fields.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Hike | Signs of Spring Hike


Spring season is upon us and nature adapts to the changes. Find some of these adaptations and signs of spring on a hike through the trails in the park.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Gallery Talk | DomesticanX: Exhibition Walkthrough


A gallery tour to explore and discuss the on-view exhibition that explores the concept of “domesticana,” first theorized by artist, scholar, and critic Amalia Mesa-Bains in the 1990.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshop | Calm and Clear: Four Applications of Mindfulness in the Indo-Tibetan Tradition


The four applications of mindfulness are powerful techniques originally taught by the Buddha and aimed at liberating our mind from inner entanglements. Combining both concentration and insight, these practices help us establish profound levels of both attentional and cognitive intelligence, all through challenging assumptions about the true nature of our body, feelings, mind, and all phenomena. There are dozens of specific styles of satipatthana practice across multiple traditions, all co-existing in the spirit of complementarity. In this course taught by Tibetan Buddhist translator Michael Lobsang Tenpa we will explore the basic terms used in these meditations, explore the benefits they might bring to us personally, and learn a few foundational techniques from the Indo-Tibetan tradition, which, when applied deeply, can take us to profound liberating insights about the nature of our experience. While no course can encompass the full depth and breadth of these methods, this 6-week exploration will help the participants to establish a stable basis of practice that can then be further deepened through gradual personal exploration. The first of six sessions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
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Workshop | Calm and Clear: Four Applications of Mindfulness in the Indo-Tibetan Tradition (online)


The four applications of mindfulness are powerful techniques originally taught by the Buddha and aimed at liberating our mind from inner entanglements. Combining both concentration and insight, these practices help us establish profound levels of both attentional and cognitive intelligence, all through challenging assumptions about the true nature of our body, feelings, mind, and all phenomena. There are dozens of specific styles of satipaṭṭhāna practice across multiple traditions, all co-existing in the spirit of complementarity. In this course taught by Tibetan Buddhist translator Michael Lobsang Tenpa we will explore the basic terms used in these meditations, explore the benefits they might bring to us personally, and learn a few foundational techniques from the Indo-Tibetan tradition, which, when applied deeply, can take us to profound liberating insights about the nature of our experience. While no course can encompass the full depth and breadth of these methods, this 6-week exploration will help the participants to establish a stable basis of practice that can then be further deepened through gradual personal exploration.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Hike | Signs of Spring Hike


Spring season is upon us and nature adapts to the changes. Find some of these adaptations and signs of spring on a hike through the trails in the park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Conference | Bridging the Divide for Black and Brown Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurs in NYC


Parsons Elab is joining forces with Gentlemen’s Factory, an innovation lab and social movement founded in 2014 by an Elab alumni fellow, Jeff Lindor. Together, they will discuss inclusive pathways, raising capital, and alternative funding sources for black owned businesses. Whether you’re  seeking to enter the tech or innovation space, a leader in a venture, or a blossoming entrepreneur, come learn from GF members’ experiences, engage in an open discussion, hear from startups, and participate in a workshop focusing on creating a Mission for your startup purpose. Agenda includes: panel discussions, lightning talks, startup pitches, a breakout workshop, and networking.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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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
Free

Film | Academy Award Winner Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton


Edward Albee's scathing study of a turbulent marriage has as its ground zero the New England home of a middle-aged college professor and his wife, who serve much more than a nightcap to the young faculty couple they host. Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Actress (Elizabeth Taylor) and Best Supporting Actress (Sandy Dennis). Director: Mike Nichols Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis Elizabeth Taylor began her career as a child actress in the early 1940s and was one of the most popular stars of classical Hollywood cinema in the 1950s. She then became the world's highest paid movie star in the 1960s, remaining a well-known public figure for the rest of her life. In 1999, the American Film Institute named her the seventh-greatest female screen legend of Classic Hollywood cinema. Richard Burton established himself as a formidable Shakespearean actor in the 1950s, and gave a memorable performance as Hamlet in 1964. He is widely regarded as one of the finest actors of his generation. Burton was nominated for an Academy Award seven times, but never won. He received BAFTAs, Golden Globes, and Tony Awards for Best Actor. In the mid-1960s, Burton became a top box office star, and by the late 1960s, he was one of the highest-paid actors in the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Birdwatching | Twilight Winter Bird Stroll


Meet the win-ter birds. Near-ly 240 bird species have been spot-ted on the island, which pro-vides excel-lent habi-tat all year round. Whether you're an expert bird-er or a begin-ner, these month-ly tours will help you dis-cov-er all of the bird life the island has to offer this win-ter.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Book Discussion | A Conversation with Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem


Women's and civil rights icon Gloria Steinem will be with scholar and Pulitzer Prize winner Salamishah Tillet for a conversation reflecting on the state of women's rights and empowerment in America today. Drawing on historical moments that have shaped the women's rights movement, the pair will reflect on the progress realized and explore the contemporary issues that put that progress at risk. Laura Sparks, the first woman president of the school, will moderate a Q&A as part of the program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free

Forum | Death Cafe: A Discusson on Death


An informal, group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes. The purpose of Death Cafe is "to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives." This is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:30 pm
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Performance | Performance Art: Drawing in Circles WHY?:


Joan Jonas’ and Eiko Otake discovered shared influences including Japanese theater, film, dance, and literature as well as an intense interest in one another’s divergent processes with regard to live performance and video. In 2019, they began experimenting in Jonas’ studio both in New York and in Nova Scotia. During the pandemic, Danspace’s director and curator Judy Hussie-Taylor invited Eiko and Joan first to a public conversation in 2020 then to collaborate in 2021 on a video With the Earth at My Waistline.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Maggie Friedman: 7 paintings


Maggie Friedman bootlegs and remixes her specific areas of interest, ranging from the history of painting to the breakdown of literary conventions. She consistently abstracts different methods of advertising, which fosters the space for the examination of painting’s material concerns against appropriations of fashion, language, and beyond. Friedman recognizes the advertisement as a stand-in for something else entirely, a mirage of the Real. In alignment with her paintings she recently self-published Novel, which purports to be a work of fiction, though its narrative integrity implies otherwise.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Classical Music | New Works for Violin, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Cello and Percussion in a Historic Building


Corvus, the contemporary ensemble of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, presents world premieres of six new pieces in this unique evening that blends wilderness, contemporary music, and natural history. The concert is co-sponsored by the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and the National Park Service, and will take place in the stunning rotunda of Federal Hall National Memorial in lower Manhattan. Program: Works by Yotam Haber, Alan Mackwell, Leah Mullen, Nicholas Denton Protsack, Hannah Sobel and Daniel Walter. Corvus Ensemble: Andie Tanning, violin; Katie Cox, flute; Mara Mayer, clarinet; Alex LoRe, saxophone; Charly Akert, cello; and Joe Bergen, percussion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Reading | Seen, Sound, Scribe: Spoken Word and Conversation


Brooklyn's Mahogany L. Browne, a prolific writer and important advocate for public art, is Lincoln Center's inaugural poet-in-residence. She has written works of fiction, stage plays and critical essays to accompany her half-dozen poetry collections and another six anthologies as editor. Browne's recently released book-length poem, I Remember Death by Its Proximity to What I Love, explores the binding and boundaries of incarceration. For her Seen, Sound, Scribe series, Browne curates thought-provoking and politically driven evenings of spoken word, spirited conversation, and presentations of new work. Tonight's program features Cave Canem fellow and Affrilachian Poet Remica Bingham-Risher. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Writer's Chronicle, Callaloo and Essence.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free

Classical Music | Works by Mozart and Brahms (In Person AND Online)


Anna Handler, conductor. Program Mozart (1756-1791), Adagio and Fugue in C minor KV 546 (1788) Brahms (1833-1897), Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 (1876)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works by Brahms and More for Violin


Haoge Wang, violin. Program Leos Janacek (1854-1928), Sonata for Violin and Piano (1914) Brahms (1833-1897), Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano in G Major Op. 78 (1879) Jessie Montgomery (1981-present), Rhapsody No. 1 for Solo Violin (2014)
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:30 pm
Free
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