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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on March 20, 2023?

26 free events take place on Monday, March 20 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 20 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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26 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Monday, March 20, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors
free events nyc This Could Be You: The Dirty Side of Mentoring
free events nyc "Normal" in Contemporary Art
free events nyc Adventure in Italian Opera: Met Mezzo-Soprano Ekaterina Gubanova
free events nyc Musical Journeys Across Generations
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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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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. Rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
Free

Lecture | Representation in Programming Matters


The ethnocultural diversity of our nation is among our greatest strengths, but representation among performers, composers, and audience members of classical music has not reflected that diversity. The programming of works by underrepresented composers can educate all of us and empower our next generation. This presentation features works by three phenomenal women of color – Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, and Betty Jackson King – contextualized within a lecture on their journeys and legacies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Tour | Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors


In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City - a place where history is made, not merely recorded. As a historic house museum run by the Parks Department, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 11 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Start times: 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free

Gallery Talk | Residential Rising: Lower Manhattan Since 9/11: Curator's Tour


Museum's director Carol Willis will offer a gallery tour of the show, which focuses on Downtown's doubled population and transformed skyline over the past twenty years. Start times: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. 5pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Poetry Reading | Girls That Never Die: Intimate Poems


Safia Elhillo will discuss intimate poems that explore feminine shame, violence and liberation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Jazz | An Eclectic Afternoon of Jazz (In Person and Online)


Jazz concert at an intimate venue featuring Nikara Warren.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Forum | Memory Politics and Illiberal Turns in Central and Eastern Europe (online)


Over the past few decades, Central and Eastern Europe has become a battleground for different and frequently conflicting interpretations of the past. Historical events of the 20th century, including WWII, the Holocaust, and the Nazi and Communist regimes, are remembered very differently across the region, sometimes resulting in memory wars within and between states. What is more, memory politics has been often used for justifying illiberal turns. The webinar will explore the link between the politics of memory and democratic backsliding in different Central and Eastern European countries. Professor Nikolay Koposov will focus on Putin’s Russia as a classic case of right-wing memory politics. Systematically pursued by the Kremlin for more than twenty years, this politics has significantly contributed to laying the groundwork for Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and its confrontation with the West. Professor Andrea Pető will discuss the change in memory politics that have been taking place in Viktor Orbán’s Hungary. Dr. Anna Wójcik will explore the memory laws of the rule of law backsliding in Poland. Moderated by Carna Pistan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshop | Memoir Writing Workshop


A writing session led by author Jon Curley. Taking inspiration from life events, participants will be encouraged to use reflection as a way to enhance their writing styles in any preferred mode.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Staged Reading | This Could Be You: The Dirty Side of Mentoring


What makes a good mentor? A good mentee? When does mentorship become dangerous? This staged reading grabs the warm and fuzzy idea of mentorship by the lapels, lifts it up, slams it down, and collects the dirty change that falls out of its finely lined pockets. Written by Ying Ying Li.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free

Staged Reading | Watch Me: One Couple's Wild Story


How can you get over slavery if you can't even get over my ex? Dave Harris's play is the wild ass love story of a couple from their first date, to their first time, to a reckoning with sex, ancestry, desire, and Black Jesus.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Lecture | The Long Hand of Moscow: The International History of an African-American Protest Song (in-person and online)


This lecture considers the problem of the cultural value of political mystifications, forgeries, and appropriations. In doing so, I will focus on the historical and ideological contexts (in particular, the role of the Communist International in Moscow) of one of the most popular “songs of protest,” which was published by the American folklorist and pro-Communist activist from a Jewish-Hungarian family Lawrence Gellert’s (1898-1979) in his influential collection of African-American political songs (1936). In the 1930s, the song was translated into several languages and published in various left-wing periodicals, set to music, illustrated, performed in various countries, choreographed, interrogated by the American government as a part of “the propagandistic play,” and, all in all, embodied the anti-religious nature of a revolutionary new genre of song created by Black Americans. It eventually became an integral part of many communist singers’ repertoire (from Paul Robeson, William Bowers, and Pete Seeger to Ernst Busch). Ilya Vinitsky's lecture shows that the poem itself was both an ideological construct and a significant cultural fact which helped to introduce a new musical genre and secretly promoted the Soviet political agenda of the mid-1930s.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Contingent Encounters: Improvisation in Music and Everyday Life (online)


Dan DiPiero's book offers a sustained comparative study of improvisation as it appears between music and everyday life. Drawing on work in musicology, cultural studies, and critical improvisation studies, as well as his own performing experience, DiPiero argues that comparing improvisation across domains calls into question how improvisation is typically recognized. By comparing the music of Eric Dolphy, Norwegian free improvisers, Mr. K, and the Ingrid Laubrock/Kris Davis duo with improvised activities in everyday life (such as walking, baking, working, and listening), DiPiero concludes that improvisation appears as a function of any encounter between subjects, objects, and environments. Bringing contingency into conversation with the utopian strain of critical improvisation studies, DiPiero shows how particular social investments cause improvisation to be associated with relative freedom, risk-taking, and unpredictability in both scholarship and public discourse. Taking seriously the claim that improvisation is the same thing as living, Contingent Encounters overturns long-standing assumptions about the aesthetic and political implications of this notoriously slippery term.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Discussion | A Path Forward for Women, Water, Peace and Security: Elevating Central Asian Voices (in-person and online)


From March 22-24, 2023, the United Nations will convene the first UN Water Conference in 50 years. This important conference will bring thousands of water champions to New York City to advanced shared goals to address the critical state of global freshwater resources. Despite long efforts to foster inclusive policy dialogue spaces, many critical global water and climate dialogues retain rigid gender barriers negatively impacting women’s equal participation and influence. Despite these persistent barriers, members of the Women in Water Diplomacy Network will be participating throughout the UN Water Conference with focus on elevating a diversity of perspectives to impact the trajectory of water and peace related policy dialogues at this seminal global event. This event sponsored by the Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies, will feature women water experts engaged in the Women in Water Diplomacy Network from across Central Asia and Afghanistan in an effort to foster dialogue and knowledge sharing. The Women in Water Diplomacy Network consists of members of the Women in Water Diplomacy Network in the Nile (initiated in 2017), the Women in Water Management Network in Central Asia and Afghanistan (initiated in 2021) as well as the supporters of both networks and representatives of newly developing basin communities in Africa and the Americas including the Zambezi River Basin Commission, the Okavango River Basin Commission, the Orange-Senqu River Basin Commission and the International Joint Commission. The Networks include representatives of the Ministries of Water and Foreign Affairs or other related ministries as well as informal influential intermediaries such as academics and civil society leaders from dozens of countries on the frontlines of water insecurity including Afghanistan, Angola, Botswana, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, United States, Uzbekistan, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | Black Dance Stories and the Pandemic


In 2020, a small group of Black artists created an online platform for Black dance artists to share their practice with the world. Since that time, Black Dance Stories has grown to become a weekly livestream series that highlights and celebrates Black creatives through story sharing, interviewing dance practitioners like Bebe Miller & Kyle Abraham, Nia Love, and Maria Bauman Morales. The series platforms Black artists who use their talents to progress and broadcast activism. In this evening discussion, the original Black Dance Stories team members, Charmaine Warren, Kimani Fowlin and Cynthia Tate, through stories and process, share the joy of making the weekly online program as they continue their mission to work as a community to support, uphold, highlight, and celebrate Black creatives.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Music Monday: Women of the Movements


The event will celebrate Women's History Month with a special performance from the Harlem Chamber Players. "Women of the Movements" will feature pieces from five different women composers.  PROGRAM Caroline Shaw Entr’acte Ke-Chia Chen Rhapsody of Seasons for String Quartet Ellen Zwillich Divertimento for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, and Cello Dorothy Rudd Moore Transcension for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and String Quintet
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Talk | "Normal" in Contemporary Art


We are living in an age when the normal seems suddenly up for grabs. In the art world we are typically told to scorn all that is normal (right?), but in the wider culture today we hear more and more about "new normals" in contexts ranging from politics to the weather. This talk will look at some of the ways in which the idea of the normal has been treated in contemporary art both in terms of subject matter and stylistic conventions, and it will wonder out loud if there's not something we want to salvage there after all. Speaker Alex Kitnick is assistant professor of art history and visual culture at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, and a frequent contributor to publications including Artforum, Art Journal and October.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free

Book Discussion | More than a Glitch by Meredith Broussard (In Person AND Online)


The word "glitch" implies an incidental error, as easy to patch up as it is to identify. But what if racism, sexism, and ableism aren't just bugs in mostly functional machinery—what if they're coded into the system itself? In her new book, Meredith Broussard demonstrates how neutrality in tech is a myth and why algorithms need to be held accountable. A data scientist and one of the few Black female researchers in artificial intelligence, Broussard explores facial recognition technology that favors light skin, mortgage-approval algorithms that encourage discriminatory lending, and the dangers of medical diagnostic algorithms trained on insufficiently diverse data. Broussard discusses More than a Glitch and solutions that aren’t about making tech more inclusive, but rather rooting out the algorithms that target certain demographics as “other” to begin with.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Discussion | Adventure in Italian Opera: Met Mezzo-Soprano Ekaterina Gubanova


Mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova sang the role of Neris in Cherubini's Medea during the Fall, and is currently singing the role of Adalgisa in Bellini's Norma at The Metropolitan Opera.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free

Discussion | Adventures in Italian Opera with Mezzo-Soprano Ekaterina Gubanova (online)


The fifth Adventure in Italian Opera with Fred Plotkin of this season features mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova, who sang the role of Neris in Cherubini's Medea, and will be singing the role of Adalgisa in Bellini's Norma at The Metropolitan Opera.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free

Book Discussion | Exploring Bias in Race, Gender, and Ability (In Person and Online)


The word glitch implies an incidental error, as easy to patch up as it is to identify. But what if racism, sexism, and ableism aren't just bugs in mostly functional machinery—what if they're coded into the system itself? In her new book, Meredith Broussard demonstrates how neutrality in tech is a myth and why algorithms need to be held accountable. A data scientist and one of the few Black female researchers in artificial intelligence, Broussard explores facial recognition technology that favors light skin, mortgage-approval algorithms that encourage discriminatory lending, and the dangers of medical diagnostic algorithms trained on insufficiently diverse data.  Broussard discusses More than a Glitch and solutions that aren’t about making tech more inclusive, but rather rooting out the algorithms that target certain demographics as “other” to begin with.  Meredith Broussard is Associate Professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University and Research Director at the NYU Alliance for Public Interest Technology. She is the author of Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, BBC, Wired, The Economist, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Discussion | Feminist Architectural Histories of Migration


Co-edited by Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi and Rachel Lee, this is a collection of articles and media published in three phases from 2019–2022 in the open-access online journals ABE Journal: Architecture Beyond Europe, Canadian Centre for Architecture, and Aggregate. It takes migration as the central concept and historical event behind feminist narratives of constructed environments and spatial and material practices, testing migration as a method of writing antipatriarchal, antiracist, anticasteist, and antiformalist architectural histories. In historiographical solidarity with people in the past and present deterritorialized and dispossessed of land and home, collaborators on this project undertake a feminist practice of history writing and make a space for migrant narratives of built environments. Both, by necessity, are based in collaboration.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | The Lost Americans: Smart, Atmospheric Thriller


In Christophher Bollen's novel, a young woman finds herself in the crosshairs of powerful and very dangerous enemies when she travels to Cairo to uncover the truth about her brother’s mysterious death in this smart, atmospheric, and propulsive literary thriller from the acclaimed author of A Beautiful Crime. When the lifeless body of Eric Castle, a weapons technician for a major American defense contractor, is found under his hotel balcony, both his employer and the Egyptian authorities quickly declare his death a suicide. But the dead man’s sister, Cate, doesn’t believe Eric took his own life and is determined to get to the truth. Traveling to Egypt she begins to piece together her brother’s life in Cairo with the help of a handsome, young, gay Egyptian man named Omar, who yearns to escape the brutality of his nation’s harsh, restrictive government. Unfortunately, Cate’s quest raises more questions—and problems—than she ever imagined, as she takes on not only the arms company’s top brass but the Egyptian military, secret police, and a slew of American expats with their own reasons to keep the dead buried once and for all. Soon she’s in over her head, and it’s not clear if either she or Omar will get out alive. This riveting thriller of set in loud, boisterous Cairo of Americans lost and found showcases Bollen’s depth of characterization and haunting descriptive powers.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Staged Reading | This Could Be You: The Dirty Side of Mentoring


What makes a good mentor? A good mentee? When does mentorship become dangerous? This staged reading grabs the warm and fuzzy idea of mentorship by the lapels, lifts it up, slams it down, and collects the dirty change that falls out of its finely lined pockets. Written by Ying Ying Li.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Dance Performance | Dance Works-in-Progress


A free, high visibility low-tech forum for experimentation, emerging ideas, and works-in-progress held in the Fall and Spring seasons. Artists are selected by a rotating committee of peer artists Featuring: Cherrie Yu, Adrienne Westwood, Raymond Pinto, gorno (Glenn Potter-Takata) 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Musical Journeys Across Generations


Dazzling works which bridge the centuries, embrace and renew artistic ancestry, and affirm the continuing relevance of a rich creative legacy. How can the same 12 notes of the chromatic scale be made to sound so different across six centuries? Brandon Patrick George, flute; Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet; Siwoo Kim and Stephanie Zyzak, violins; Dana Kelley, viola; Alberto Parrini, cello; Ayano Kataoka, percussion; Michael Boriskin, piano. Program: Gabriella Smith Brandenburg Interstices [NY Premiere]; a riff on J.S. Bach that "morphs fluidly through the centuries and genres." John Musto Piano Quintet [NY Premiere]; a memorial tribute tapping into the intricacies of Baroque counterpoint and the passions of Italian opera to symbolize a life intertwined with art, love, and humanity. Robert Xavier Rodriguez Estampie; a contemporary ballet score built on Medieval song and dance, flavored with Wagnerian gestures and Ragtime energy. Nico Muhly Motion; the virtuosic repurposing of an English Renaissance hymn as the underpinning of a kinetic, stylishly contemporary work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
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