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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on September 1, 2021?

25 free events take place on Wednesday, September 1 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 September 1 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 September . 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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25 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

All events are free unless otherwise noted. ONLINE EVENTS ARE MARKED AS SUCH.

Classical Music | Beethoven's 'Kreutzer' Sonata (virtual, streaming until Sep 3)


Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 9, Op. 47, is an 1803 sonata for piano and violin notable for its technical difficulty, unusual length (around 40 minutes), and emotional scope. It is commonly known as the Kreutzer Sonata after the finest violinist of the day Rodolphe Kreutzer, to whom it was ultimately dedicated, but who thoroughly disliked the piece and refused to play it. The sonata was originally dedicated to the violinist George Bridgetower (1778-1860) who had premiered the work with Beethoven. After the premiere performance, Beethoven and Bridgetower fell out: while the two were drinking, Bridgetower apparently insulted the morals of a woman whom Beethoven cherished. Enraged, Beethoven removed the dedication of the piece, dedicating it instead to Rodolphe Kreutzer. Enjoy the recording of the work from the Salzburg Festival in 2012.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 am
Free
Concerts, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, Beethoven's 'Kreutzer' Sonata (virtual, streaming until Sep 3)

Park Walk | Poet's Tour of a New Park


A poet leads a tour of the park while performing original text that questions our attention to places like it. This event takes 50 minutes and moves throughout the park. Start times: 10am, 11:30am, 1pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Park Walks, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, Poet's Tour of a New Park

Tour | Portugal's Torres Vedras: Historical Jewel (livestream)


This fabulous city has a lot to discover. It is known for its defense system named Torres Vedras Lines (lines of forts and other military defences), created to block Napoleon soldiers during the Napoleon invasions. Visit 900 year old Castle and learn about traditional Portuguese Carnival and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Tours, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, Portugal's Torres Vedras: Historical Jewel (livestream)

Park Walk | Park Tour


Led by park staff, this an enjoyable walking tour of park. Discover how the park successfully transformed a haven for crime and drugs into Manhattan’s Town Square . Guides are loaded with expertise on the park’s rich history, award-winning design, distinct amenities, and ongoing maintenance efforts. Weather permitting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Park Walks, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, Park Tour

Concert | Piano Concert Outdoors


Piano concert series, showcasing ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists. Today: Isaac has performed and/or recorded with Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Louis Bellson, Leon Thomas, Frank Foster, David Murray, James Spaulding, Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The New York City Ballet, The Sultans of Swing and The Donald Byrd Dance Company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, Piano Concert Outdoors

Symposium | The Lives of Images (livestream)


This multi-day symposium to take up some key issues addressed in the first two volumes of the book The Lives of Images. It explores the roles, histories, and contemporary uses of reproducible images in relation to specific grounding themes. To speak of the reproducible image in this moment is to address not only photographs, film, and videos, but screen prints and billboards; GIFs, memes, and emojis—a wide array of technically mediated scripto-visual forms that together constitute and remake both our visual landscape and image economies. The Lives of Images aims to gather together recent and contemporary scholarship that helps to animate and inform a rich dialogue on the role of the image in contemporary culture. Both the series and the symposium will engage theorists, scholars, and artists whose practices move fluidly between a focus on still and moving images. Symposium discussions will range across an array of uses of reproducible images that include, but regularly extend beyond, traditional fine art. August 31-September 2, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Symposiums, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, The Lives of Images (livestream)

Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: Inspired by the Cornish Lanscape (livestream)


The context of St Ives and the Cornish landscape, with its ancient archaeological heritage, were an inspiration for Haegue Yang in the exhibition Strange Attractors. This talk will look its connection to the atmosphere, history and creativity of West Cornwall.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Gallery Talks, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, Artist Talk: Inspired by the Cornish Lanscape (livestream)

Workshop | Mah Jongg Social


Players of all skill level are welcome to play. Socials are hosted and organized, and players play the National Mah Jongg League style. Participants are welcome to borrow equipment, or bring their own Mah Jongg sets.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Workshops, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, Mah Jongg Social

Workshop | Board Game Social


Play one of the most popular board games in the world. They welcome players of all levels to this weekly social.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Workshops, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, Board Game Social

Movie in a Park | Short Films and Music Performance by Indie Rock Group: Original Fan-Favorites and Cover Songs


DATE. INTERRUPTED Noa Osheroff | US, Israel | 5 During the peak of the pandemic, a young woman living in New York goes on a virtual date with a nice young man. It's all going perfectly well, until it's not. O BLACK HOLE! Renee Zhan | US | 16 A woman who can't stand the passing of time turns herself into a black hole. A thousand unchanging years pass inside her warm and dark embrace. Finally, the Singularity awakens inside. Singularity sings and dances her way through the black hole on her journey to restore life and death to the Universe. SOUSAPHONE Flo Linus Baumann | US, Switzerland | 13 After his sousaphone inexplicably goes mute, Josef Muller embarks on a frantic journey to recover his beloved instrument's sound in the days leading up to a very important concert. 5:00 PM: Doors Open 6:00 PM: Short Films Begin 7:00 PM: Performance Begins First come, first served.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Movie in a Parks, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, Short Films and Music Performance by Indie Rock Group: Original Fan-Favorites and Cover Songs

Workshop | Fitness on the Waterfront


Your one-stop-shop for a complete body and mind workout. Barre seamlessly blends moves from ballet, Pilates, strength training, and yoga. You will be guided through a series of micro-movements and active holds, using your body weight for resistance. These small, isolated movements yield extensive results: long, lean, sculpted lines. You'll work muscles you didn't even know you have and feel them for days after. What to bring/wear: Yoga or Pilates mat, water and hand towel. Wear comfortable workout clothes - pants, leggings, or capris, and a workout tank or t-shirt. Grip socks optional, bare feet welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, Fitness on the Waterfront

Workshop | Outdoor Fitness


Get fit during this outdoor workout series aimed to help you build strength, get toned, and relax. A variety of fun and challenging classes will be taught by instructors from top NYC fitness studios. Wednesdays, May 12-September 8, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, Outdoor Fitness

Workshop | Sunset Yoga


Join a class with Thai James. Bring your own mat.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, Sunset Yoga

Workshop | Zumba Outdoors


Sweat it out Wednesday evenings with free Zumba classes. Participants will be required to sign a waiver in advance of the event. Wednesdays, August 18-September 8, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, Zumba Outdoors

Gallery Talk | Three with a Pen: An Exhibition Discussion


The show features the art of three Jewish creators who fled Vienna after the Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938. It highlights examples of their work in various media. Panelists TBA.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Gallery Talks, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, Three with a Pen: An Exhibition Discussion

Workshop | Healthy on the Hudson: HIIT Class


A dynamic and challenging HIIT class (adaptable to all levels of ability) on one of the park's newest piers. Wednesdays, June 16-September 29, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, Healthy on the Hudson: HIIT Class

Author Reading | Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket: Collected Stories (livestream)


From her many well-loved novels, Hilma Wolitzer—now 90 years old and at the top of her game—has gained a reputation as one of our best fiction writers, who “raises ordinary people and everyday occurrences to a new height” (The Washington Post). These collected short stories—most of them originally published in magazines including Esquire and the Saturday Evening Post in the 1960s and 1970s, along with a new story that brings her early characters into the present—are evocative of an era that still resonates deeply today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Author Readings, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket: Collected Stories (livestream)

Concert | A Mainstay of the New York Rock Scene


This musical institution has been a favorite of critics since in 1984. They have restlessly experimented with sounds, not afraid to evolve across their 16-album discography.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, A Mainstay of the New York Rock Scene

Poetry Reading | Latin Poets (livestream)


With Puerto Rican and Nuyorican poets, musicians and other artists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, Latin Poets (livestream)

Author Reading | The Deadline Effect: How to Work Like It’s the Last Minute—Before the Last Minute (livestream)


Award-winning journalist Christopher Cox presents a wise and counterintuitive book that explores the power of deadlines as uniquely effective tools of motivation and empowerment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, The Deadline Effect: How to Work Like It&rsquo;s the Last Minute&mdash;Before the Last Minute (livestream)

Opera | Screening of Marnie: Classic Thriller in a Park


American composer Nico Muhly has received commissions from The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cambridge and others. He has written works for the concert stage, Broadway and screen (Oscar winner The Reader). Muhly's Marnie, based on Winston Graham's gripping 1961 novel of intrigue and deception which has also been adapted as a film by Alfred Hitchcock, was staged by the Metropolitan Opera during the 2018-19 season. In this performance, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard stars in the elusive title role, a young con woman who employs myriad false identities until she meets her match in the imperious Mark Rutland, sung by baritone Christopher Maltman. Director Michael Mayer's cinematic production bursts to life in vivid color and features ravishing, '60s-inspired costumes by Oscar-nominated designer Arianne Phillips. Robert Spano conducts. First-come, first-seated, starting one hour before the concert. All guests (aged 12+) are required to provide proof of full vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours of the event. All guests (aged 2+) must wear a face covering.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, Screening of Marnie: Classic Thriller in a Park

Jazz | The Sound of New Orleans, with a 2-Time Grammy-Nominated Trumpeter


The trumpeter leads this all-star band weaving together the sound of New Orleans, funk, fazz, and hiphop.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, The Sound of New Orleans, with a 2-Time Grammy-Nominated Trumpeter

Play | Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park


Set in South Harlem, amidst a vibrant and eclectic community of West African immigrants, This adaptation of The Merry Wives of Windsor is a New York story about tricks of the heart, performed in the heart of the city. A raucous spinoff featuring the Bard's most beloved comic characters, this hilarious farce tells the story of the trickster Falstaff and the wily wives who outwit him in a new celebration of Black joy, laughter, and vitality. NOTE: Tickets are available only through a digital lottery. Seats are not guaranteed. See below for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Plays, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park

Jazz | Latin Jazz Sounds


Seven youth ensembles, some of NYC's finest musicians, bring Latin and jazz standards to life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:15 pm
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Concerts, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, Latin Jazz Sounds

Dance Performance | Tap Dance Performed to Original Music


This new tap dance explores the grooves, moments, breaths, and pulse of life. Through a series of sonic explorations, Dormeshia creates a kaleidoscope of choreography that both moves with the collective pulse of life and invites individuals to find their own groove. With original music by Idris Frederick and performed by a magnetic group of tap dancers and a live band, this is a meditation, a voyage, and above all, a celebration of life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:15 pm
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Dance Performances, September 01, 2021, 09/01/2021, Tap Dance Performed to Original Music
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Dance Performance | Passionate Modern Dance

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Cabaret | The Golden Era of 1920s

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Comedy Club | Stand Up Comedy

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