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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on September 8, 2021?

24 free events take place on Wednesday, September 8 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 8 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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24 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

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

Opera | Berg's Wozzeck by Renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (online, streaming until Sep 10)


Austrian composer Alban Berg (1885-1935) is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century who preserved the Viennese tradition in his music. Wozzeck, completed in 1922, is his major work and operatic masterpiece. The opera, set in an apocalyptic pre-World War I environment, tells the story of a soldier's descent into madness. Enjoy a recording of 2017 Salzburg Festival performance staged by William Kentridge. Matthias Goerne is featured in the title role with Asmik Grigorian as Marie and Vladimir Jurowski leading the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 am
Free
Concerts, September 08, 2021, 09/08/2021, Berg's Wozzeck by Renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (online, streaming until Sep 10)

Birdwatching | Guided Bird Walk


An experienced birding guide leads a walk to observe the diversity of migrating birds that visit the park. Wednesdays, September 8-October 13, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 am
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Birdwatchings, September 08, 2021, 09/08/2021, Guided Bird Walk

Workshop | Lunchtime Meditation (livestream)


Step away from your hectic day to quiet your mind and nourish your soul with a thirty-minute meditation experience. Learn simple Kundalini Yoga breathing techniques and meditations that reduce stress, increase your focus, balance your emotions and magnify your presence. Wednesdays, September 8 – December 15, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
Free
Workshops, September 08, 2021, 09/08/2021, Lunchtime Meditation (livestream)

Concert | Piano Concert Outdoors


Piano concert series, showcasing ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists. Today: Pianist and composer Yuka Aikawa began playing piano at the age of five in her native country, Japan. She studied at Kunitachi College of Music and Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where she received her M.A. in jazz performance under the guidance of Sir Roland Hanna and Jimmy Heath. During this time, she received the prestigious Michael Feinstein Award for "Outstanding Talent".
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, September 08, 2021, 09/08/2021, Piano Concert Outdoors

Workshop | Juggling Lessons


Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in Midtown Manhattan. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Workshops, September 08, 2021, 09/08/2021, Juggling Lessons

Lecture | The Secret Library of Marie Antoinette (livestream)


The library of Marie Antoinette comprised more than 10,000 volumes. Largely ignored by historians, the library is proof that she read extensively despite a public image of being ignorant. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
$5
Lectures, September 08, 2021, 09/08/2021, The Secret Library of Marie Antoinette (livestream)

Opening Reception | Lost Throughout the Pages (Whispers of The Caballeros): Photography


This artist uses photography, photographic collage and photo-based installations to create conceptually focused works that tackle the themes of cultural and queer identity, memory, and displacement.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, September 08, 2021, 09/08/2021, Lost Throughout the Pages (Whispers of The Caballeros): Photography

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 08, 2021, 09/08/2021, 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 08, 2021, 09/08/2021, 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 08, 2021, 09/08/2021, Zumba Outdoors

Opening Reception | Americana Dreaming: Stunning and Distinctive Paintings


An exhibition of new works by the Haitian-born artist Jean-Guerly Petion presents a disorderly, non-thematic body of work executed with stunning visual flair and stamped with a highly distinctive graphical sensibility. Fiercely, even overtly polemical, these artworks foreground the emotional life of the Black artist while simultaneously alluding to a broad range of literary and theoretical influences, ranging from classical myth to post-structuralist philosophy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, September 08, 2021, 09/08/2021, Americana Dreaming: Stunning and Distinctive Paintings

Park Walk | Hudson Pier Tour


The design of this park's pier is inspired by the Manhattan shoreline that would have existed prior to Henry Hudson's 1609 expedition. The pier includes a series of ecological communities representing this native landscape, including from a woodland forest to the rocky tidal zone and the Hudson River itself. First come, first served. Please arrive early.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Park Walks, September 08, 2021, 09/08/2021, Hudson Pier Tour

Workshop | 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 08, 2021, 09/08/2021, HIIT Class

Author Reading | Moon and the Mars: An Orphan and the Civil War (livestream)


Kia Corthron's novel explores NYC and America just before the Civil War through the experiences of biracial orphan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Author Readings, September 08, 2021, 09/08/2021, Moon and the Mars: An Orphan and the Civil War (livestream)

Concert | A Young, Vibrant Salsa Combo from Brooklyn


This group maintains the groove of traditional salsa, but reinvents it for a new audience with bilingual vocals and a broad catalogue of covers. Please note: recommended arriving is 20 minutes before the performance; seating of standby guests starts 5 minutes before start time; admission is not guaranteed; pls check the event website for COVID-19 related policies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, September 08, 2021, 09/08/2021, A Young, Vibrant Salsa Combo from Brooklyn

Jazz | All-Female Jazz Ensemble


This is an energetic five-piece ensemble that provides gives a new look to the the standard jazz band. Since 2011, they have been pushing jazz to the next level.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, September 08, 2021, 09/08/2021, All-Female Jazz Ensemble

Jazz | Jazz at the Pier


This seasonal favorite combines smooth tunes with beautiful evenings on the Park's green piers for an entire summer of rejuvenating riverfront jazz.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, September 08, 2021, 09/08/2021, Jazz at the Pier

Poetry Reading | Poetry of the Black Experience (livestream)


An actor and poet uses hiphop and Black culture to create poetry that is an opportunity to voice experiences and perspectives different from the stereotypical roles he has been required to play in films and on stage.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, September 08, 2021, 09/08/2021, Poetry of the Black Experience (livestream)

Dance Performance | Talented Students from a Top Dance School (online through Sept. 21)


The program includes a duet danced to Toshi Reagon’s Hallelu and ‘Bird’ Lives.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, September 08, 2021, 09/08/2021, Talented Students from a Top Dance School (online through Sept. 21)

Author Reading | A Play for the End of the World: A Novel of First Love and Political Resistance (livestream)


Jaryk Smith and Lucy Gardner are in the first bloom of love when they receive word that Jaryk's oldest friend has died under mysterious circumstances in a rural village in eastern India. Travelling there alone to collect his friend's ashes, Jaryk soon finds himself enmeshed in the chaos of local politics and efforts to stage a play in protest against the government—the same play that he performed as a child in Warsaw as an act of resistance against the Nazis.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Author Readings, September 08, 2021, 09/08/2021, A Play for the End of the World: A Novel of First Love and Political Resistance (livestream)

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 08, 2021, 09/08/2021, Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park

Opening Reception | The Actor Is Present: Korean Actors 200 (online)


This first international exhibition of its kind highlights 200 representative Korean actors of today. The exhibition is a bold declaration that each Korean actor is here and present, their achievements the fruits of the legacy that Korean films have built over the past century. Through a single photo, celebrated photographers Kim Jungman and Ahn Sungjin have captured the soul and essence of each actor, with each image becoming a movie in itself.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 08, 2021, 09/08/2021, The Actor Is Present: Korean Actors 200 (online)

Author Reading | The Archer: A Novel of Discovering Dance (online)


Shruti Swamy’s debut novel is the coming-of-age story of Vidya, who grows up in 1960s and 1970s Bombay, among the backdrop of a carefully delineated society. In her childhood, she discovers Kathak, a dance form requiring intense focus and discipline, and explores the transformative power of art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, September 08, 2021, 09/08/2021, The Archer: A Novel of Discovering Dance (online)

Tour | Tokyo: Business District Marunouchi (livestream)


Explore Tokyo's Marunouchi area which is a beautiful business district surrounding the lush green Imperial Palace East Gardens, serving as the geographic core of the city.
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:30 pm
Free
Tours, September 08, 2021, 09/08/2021, Tokyo: Business District Marunouchi (livestream)
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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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