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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on September 10, 2021?

40 free events take place on Friday, September 10 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 10 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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40 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Friday, September 10, 2021

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

Workshop | Pilates Workshop


Dodge YMCA hosts a socially-distanced Pilates. Enhance your control, stability, coordination, endurance, balance, strength, and flexibility. Fridays, May 7-October 29, 2021 Advanced registration is required. Registration opens every Tuesday at 10:00am for classes the following week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Pilates Workshop

Fair | Food Block Party!


Street fair with authentic foods booths, merchandise vendors, and a variety of goods for you to explore and enjoy in the city of New York!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Fairs, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Food Block Party!

Lecture | Imperialism, Gold Standard and the Colonized (livestream)


Speaker Utsa Patnaik is Professor Emerita, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Lectures, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Imperialism, Gold Standard and the Colonized (livestream)

Symposium | Painter Philip Guston: On Edge (online)


A symposium to celebrate and discuss the work, life, and legacy of Philip Guston, one of the most significant painters of the twentieth century. The artistic liberation Guston maintained throughout his career in the face of criticism serves as inspiration for our symposium. To inspire discussion, the symposium brings together an influential group of academics, visual artists, and visionaries who will offer valuable insights throughout the day.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Symposiums, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Painter Philip Guston: On Edge (online)

Other | Puzzles, Periodicals, and Games for Adults


Enjoy some puzzles, games and socializing to warm up your mind before starting your day! Peruse periodicals, discuss current events, complete the puzzle, play a game!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Others, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Puzzles, Periodicals, and Games for Adults

Museums | Historic 1885 Ship, Exhibition and More


Visit this historic iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1885, now the largest wrought iron sailing vessel afloat. Guests will visit the open-air portions of the ship. Access to the main deck and quarter deck. Learn how people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo sailing vessel, from the captain to the ship's officers, cooks, and crew. Then visit the cargo hold and stand atop the viewing platform and enjoy the view as you look out across New York Harbor and the Brooklyn Bridge. In addition, enjoy an outdoor exhibition and letterpress printing demonstration.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Museumss, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Historic 1885 Ship, Exhibition and More

Classical Music | Leonard Bernstein Conducts Mahler's Fourth Symphony (online; streaming through Sept. 17)


This presentation, recorded in the early seventies, shows the legendary Leonard Bernstein leading the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in one of the composer's most beloved works.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Concerts, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Leonard Bernstein Conducts Mahler's Fourth Symphony (online; streaming through Sept. 17)

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 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Piano Concert Outdoors

Discussion | A Talk with Trailblazing Artist Judy Chicago (livestream)


Celebrate the opening of Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams with a behind-the-scenes conversation between Maria Grazia Chiuri, creative director of Dior women’s collections and the first female designer to helm the house, and trailblazing artist Judy Chicago. The conversation is moderated by Samira Nasr, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar. Chiuri and Chicago discuss The Female Divine—their collaborative architectural installation that served as the backdrop in Paris, France, for the Dior Haute Couture Spring–Summer 2020 show. Consisting of twenty-one velvet banners with embroidered questions such as, “What if women ruled the world?,” The Female Divine offers a springboard for their dialogue about the intersections of fashion, feminism, and leadership.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Discussions, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, A Talk with Trailblazing Artist Judy Chicago (livestream)

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 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Juggling Lessons

Staged Reading | Bikeman: Epic Poem by Tony-Nominated Actor


Bikeman is an epic account of that forever September morning by Thomas F. Flynn, journalist, TV producer and writer. Narratd by Tony-nominated Broadway performer. In 2001, the world watched in shock and horror as the terrorist attacks on 9/11 shook the United States and ushered in a new era of history. After the North Tower was struck, Thomas F. Flynn hastily rode toward the blazing tower, unaware of the impending second attack and ensuing chaos. Flynn recounts the events that immediately followed the attacks on the World Trade Center with the detail of a journalist and the lyricism of a poet. Masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Staged Readings, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Bikeman: Epic Poem by Tony-Nominated Actor

Opening Reception | Alpha AF: New Digital Works


This show brings together new digital works by Shamus Clisset. Working with 3D modeling, rendering, and game-development software for over 15 years, the artist generates visual and emotional friction through tropes of aggressive male identity rubbing up against its own mediocrity and failings. An absurd, self-conscious sense of humor and hyper-real (or hyper-fake) visuals combine into an epically high-res reflection on memes, alternate realities of video games and online identity, actual history, and a bleak future.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Alpha AF: New Digital Works

Opening Reception | ARCHIVE: this was the end: Outdoor Reception for an Installation


At once an artifact and an experience, this installation spans video, sound, portraiture, interactive design, sculptural installation, and architectural archive, as it turns the audience into the actor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, ARCHIVE: this was the end: Outdoor Reception for an Installation

Opening Reception | GARVEY 1: BIRTH -The Quiet Storm: Exhibition Exploring Family


Alvaro Barrington's exhibition exploring birth, kin and the notion of being born into the traditions and material conditions of family. It is the first chapter in a four-part ode by the artist to the life and work of Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican national hero, and political activist who founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association in 1914. Garvey, like Barrington, was born in the Caribbean and went on to live, work and forge important ties to the United States and England.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, GARVEY 1: BIRTH -The Quiet Storm: Exhibition Exploring Family

Classical Music | Highly Acclaimed Contemporary Classical Ensemble (online)


This quartet blends familiar classical tunes with cutting-edge repertoire.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Highly Acclaimed Contemporary Classical Ensemble (online)

Tour | London: Jack The Ripper and Victorian Times (livestream)


Walk through the East End of London and dig up the dirty side of the Victorian era. Discover the trendy neighbourhood of Shoreditch and learn about the city's serial killer. Due to the content of this tour, viewer discretion advised.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Tours, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, London: Jack The Ripper and Victorian Times (livestream)

Concert | 3 Folk Music Acts (online)


Featuring a singer-guitarist whose newest ablum is Attunement and a singer-songwriter whose R&B/soul music is infused with various aspects of her upbringing, including but not limited to her Afro-Dominican background.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, 3 Folk Music Acts (online)

Opening Reception | Anne Collier: Our Relationships with Images


Over the past two decades, Anne Collier has developed a complex body of work that considers our social and cultural relationships with images and with the medium of photography itself. Central to Collier’s ongoing project is a consideration of the emotional and psychological attachments we develop with images, and how these (auto)biographical narratives relate to photography’s inherent relationship with memory, melancholia and loss.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Anne Collier: Our Relationships with Images

Opening Reception | Mangiferin Chintz: Exploring the South Asian American Diaspora


Meena Hasan engages the process of tracing the “inventory” of her South Asian American diasporic consciousness. The paintings within the exhibition honor and observe specific forms and patterns from Hasan’s past that continue to linger and evolve in her mind, both haunting and nurturing her present awareness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Mangiferin Chintz: Exploring the South Asian American Diaspora

Opening Reception | Ricochet: Recently Discovered Paintings


Alexander Kaletski's show features a series of recently discovered oil paintings from the 1980’s. These never-before-exhibited works offer a rare glimpse into the artist’s creative journey at the formative moment in Kaletski’s life as he started gaining traction in the United States while never forgetting his roots and primary inspiration stoked by the Russian avant-garde.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Ricochet: Recently Discovered Paintings

Opening Reception | Some Love Holds Water: Between Painting and Tapestry


The artist’s geometric compositions are created through an intuitive, and cyclical approach to assembly and dis-assembly. Her process incorporates weaving, cutting, sewing, braiding, dying and painting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Some Love Holds Water: Between Painting and Tapestry

Opening Reception | We Rise: 20 Years After 9/11


Twenty years ago, New York and the world were changed forever by the attacks on 9/11. Although we have rebuilt, we have never forgotten that day. In memory and in honor of those affected by the tragedy, this is a twenty-year-memorial exhibition at the gallery featuring artists who all have direct personal experience with 9/11.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, We Rise: 20 Years After 9/11

Museums | Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary


Discover art that traverses Asia's diverse cultures, regions, and narratives. The Museum's special exhibitions celebrate art forms that range from ancient to contemporary, including photography and multimedia, while its permanent collection galleries are focused primarily on art from the Himalayan region. Admission is free every Friday from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. (reservations open two weeks in advance).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary

Museums | New York City and American History


Founded in 1804, this American history museum holds an extensive collection of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of New York and the United States. It presents exhibitions on a variety of topics and periods in American history, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Slavery in New York, The Hudson River School, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and much more. Pay-as-you-wish admission available on Fridays, 6 pm - 8 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, New York City and American History

Dance Performance | An Elastic Amalgam of Street Dance, Ballet and Modern Performance


This Brooklyn choreographer/dancer's new work is enhanced by original works by a spoken word artist with creative direction by a dance theater director. There is an additional performance presented at 8pm. 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
6:30 pm
Free
Dance Performances, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, An Elastic Amalgam of Street Dance, Ballet and Modern Performance

Gallery Talk | Artist Dialogue: Black Female Creativity


Through different methodologies, two artists draw on common reference points within their practices, shaped by the study of African traditions, black female subjectivity, the vernacular, storytelling, and post-colonial ideas.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Artist Dialogue: Black Female Creativity

Workshop | Tai Chi


Explore this low-impact, meditative form of exercise. Open to all fitness levels. Fridays, June 18-October 1, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Tai Chi

Opening Reception | Carry You With Me: Ten Years of Portraits


LJ Roberts’s first solo exhibition in New York City is the result of a long-term, ongoing project, consisting of 26 six-by-four-inch embroidered portraits of the artist’s friends, collaborators, and lovers within New York City’s queer and trans communities. Stitched entirely by hand, these embroideries illustrate how politics, culture, and identity manifest in both visible and subtle ways through encounters in daily life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Carry You With Me: Ten Years of Portraits

Author Reading | Matrix: Bestselling Author's New Novel (online)


Cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, deemed too coarse and rough-hewn for marriage or courtly life, seventeen-year-old Marie de France is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey, its nuns on the brink of starvation and beset by disease. Author Lauren Groff is a two-time National Book Award finalist and a New York Times bestselling author.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Matrix: Bestselling Author's New Novel (online)

Opening Reception | Soft Words Make it Easier to Bear: Mysterious Paintings


Timothy Lai’s twelve oil paintings depict his figures’ mysterious movements in changeable landscapes. The works are autobiographical and fluidly figurative. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Soft Words Make it Easier to Bear: Mysterious Paintings

Poetry Reading | A Thought-Provoking Program of Music and Poetry


The evening begins with a movement piece and includes performances by a deejay and the an all-woman chorus, plus readings by poets.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, A Thought-Provoking Program of Music and Poetry

Concert | Bossa Nova Quartet


Enjoy live Brazilian music. Drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Bossa Nova Quartet

Discussion | Impacts on Physical and Mental Health: From 9/11 and Beyond (online)


This panel discussion will review the current state of the research emerging from the World Trade Center Program Clinical Center of Excellence at Mount Sinai.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Impacts on Physical and Mental Health: From 9/11 and Beyond (online)

Concert | Latin Music


Enjoy live salsa music with Cuarteto Guatac. This event takes place each Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Latin Music

Jazz | Outdoor Performances Against the Backdrop of the City Skyline


Featuring a saxophonist and his jazz orchestra.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Outdoor Performances Against the Backdrop of the City Skyline

Play | Shakespeare in a Park by Famed Theater Company (in-person and livestream)


Enjoy a stirring adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. First-come, first-served seating (areas for "vaccinated and tested" and "distanced"). Check the organizer's website link for Covid-related rules.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Plays, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Shakespeare in a Park by Famed Theater Company (in-person and livestream)

Screening | Short Films from International Artists (online)


An online screening event featuring 10+ award-winning short films.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Short Films from International Artists (online)

Dance Performance | Trapped: A New Dance Work in a Park


This world premiere is a brand new work with dance styles from the street and the clubs and original music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Trapped: A New Dance Work in a Park

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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Plays, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park

Dance Performance | An Elastic Amalgam of Street Dance, Ballet and Modern Performance


This Brooklyn choreographer/dancer's new work is enhanced by original works by a spoken word artist with creative direction by a dance theater director. 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.
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Dance Performances, September 10, 2021, 09/10/2021, An Elastic Amalgam of Street Dance, Ballet and Modern Performance
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