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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on September 16, 2021?

26 free events take place on Thursday, September 16 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 16 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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26 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Thursday, September 16, 2021

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

Workshop | Park Yoga


Get your yoga on in this summer with Now Yoga. Breathe, move, and stretch. This is an open-level vinyasa class, all are welcome. Bring your own yoga mat, and they recommend a bottle of water. Thursdays, July 22-September 23, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 am
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Workshops, September 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, Park Yoga

Talk | A Brief History of Wire Rope (online)


Wire rope helped build many New York City landmarks in the nineteenth century, most notably the Brooklyn Bridge, but it quickly became an essential tool in the maritime industry as well. Marine surveyor Charlie Deroko provides an engineer’s perspective on the history of wire rope and a mechanics’ view of its use on historic tall ships.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
$5
Talks, September 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, A Brief History of Wire Rope (online)

Concert | Piano Concert Outdoors


Piano concert series, showcasing ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists. Today: Roy Eaton is an American pianist and advertising creative. He is cited as the first black American prominent in the field of advertising. In 1951, Eaton made his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, performing Chopin. He then performed Beethoven in his debut at the Town Hall in New York in 1952. That same year, Eaton began working with the Manhattan School of Music as a concert pianist, performer, and lecturer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
Free
Concerts, September 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, 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 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, Juggling Lessons

Workshop | Bubblemaking in Midtown


We’ve all blown soap bubbles before. But have you ever created a bubble big enough to stand inside? Or one long enough to jump over? Open your eyes to the magical world of bubbles at this family-friendly weekly program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
Free
Workshops, September 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, Bubblemaking in Midtown

Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: The Feeling of Han (online)


The photographs in The Feeling of Han: Portraits of Post-War Korea (1956-1957) by Marie Ann Yoo capture the scenery and people of a specific place and time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Gallery Talks, September 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, Artist Talk: The Feeling of Han (online)

Concert | Broadway, Pop, Film Hits on Strings!


Pop, Broadway, TV, film and other hits by a string quartet and cajon.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Concerts, September 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, Broadway, Pop, Film Hits on Strings!

Park Walk | Fall Birding Tour


Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season with guided tours. Located in the heart of midtown, the park is a hot spot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will's-widow! Tours will be capped at 12 participants to allow for social distancing. A face covering is encouraged for participation in this program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Park Walks, September 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, Fall Birding Tour

Workshop | Crossfit Workout


End your Thursday with a little sweat. The class is open to all levels.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, September 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, Crossfit Workout

Opening Reception | Figuring the Uncanny: Group Exhibition


Featuring the work of four artists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
Free
Opening Receptions, September 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, Figuring the Uncanny: Group Exhibition

Opening Reception | Things we talk about, things we see: Paintings and Drawings


Jordan Kerwick's intimate presentation features a selection of paintings and drawings and serves as a prelude to the artist’s major New York solo show in March 2022.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, September 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, Things we talk about, things we see: Paintings and Drawings

Opening Reception | Thomas Schutte: Sculpture and Print Works


The artist presents a selection of new sculptural and print works that investigate figurative expressiveness, scale, and material. Schutte's latest works are being shown here for the first time outside Europe. One of the most acclaimed artists of his generation, Schutte's real and invented forms, often distorted and unsettling, explore themes of cultural memory, existential struggle, and human striving for an impossible utopian ideal.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Opening Receptions, September 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, Thomas Schutte: Sculpture and Print Works

Classical Music | A Concert of All-American Composers


A string quartet reflects on our time. This program comprises works by composers such as historical as well as modern-day composers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, September 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, A Concert of All-American Composers

Workshop | Amp'd Workout


Hit the grass and push your body to new limits in this class that combines bodyweight strength and cardio, challenging both your energy systems and motor control. This class is open to all levels. Thursdays, May 6-October 28, 2021 Registration opens every Tuesday at 10:00am for classes the following week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, September 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, Amp'd Workout

Discussion | Art, Artists, & Conflict (online)


Three artists in conversation on artists' roles, responsibilities, and tactics around presentations and examinations of conflict. Through examples of their own artworks and others, the three artists address the challenge of how to address, present, or represent conflict taking place in the present. When speaking to warfare, violence, and other forms of conflict, do artists have certain moral obligations to representation or abstraction? A responsibility to take an explicit stance or create artworks that provide a certain amount of distance from the subject matter, whether through abstraction, temporal distance, adopting documentary aesthetics? Sam Durant, Coco Fusco, and Naeem Mohaiemen each have very different aesthetic approaches and topical interests, and will share insights from across their personal and artistic experiences, as well as other artists and models they each look to for guidance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussions, September 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, Art, Artists, & Conflict (online)

Jazz | Outdoor Jazz in Midtown


Jazz with a trombonist who is one of the finest young talents on in New York jazz today. Thursdays, September 2-30, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Concerts, September 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, Outdoor Jazz in Midtown

Discussion | The Society of Algorithms (online)


A conversation with Jenna Burrell and Marion Fourcade on their recent essay published in the Annual Review of Sociology.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussions, September 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, The Society of Algorithms (online)

Workshop | Run Club


Meet to run, walk and jog along the stunning waterfront. All levels welcome. Thursdays, June 17-September 30, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, September 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, Run Club

Dancing | Salsa Dancing as the Sun Sets


Enjoy socially distant, in-person dancing led by a world-renowned performer and instructor. Dancers of all experience levels get to move to the music! As the DJs spin, you can dance along—bring your dancing shoes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Dancings, September 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, Salsa Dancing as the Sun Sets

Concert | Outdoor Performances Against the Backdrop of the City Skyline


Featuring an American Samba band and a "Stage to Screen" music video.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, September 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, Outdoor Performances Against the Backdrop of the City Skyline

Screening | The Best of the 2020 Budapest Short Film Festival


The festival was established in 2004 by a group of young Hungarian filmmakers in order to fill a gap in the category of short film and to catch up the cultural identity of the Eastern European audiovisual sector, helping it to give more experts to the market. BuSho is a platform for young filmmakers to create a new Eastern European Value.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Screenings, September 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, The Best of the 2020 Budapest Short Film Festival

Author Reading | The Skinny: Perils of Body Image (livestream)


At age fourteen, Wells weighs just sixty-seven pounds, triggering a scrutinizing persecution of his body that will follow him into adulthood. His father, reading his weight as a clear and deeply concerning deficit of masculinity, creates a workout regimen meant to bulk him up. When that doesn’t help, he has Wells seen by a slew of specialists, all claiming he is in perfect health, and yet the problem cannot be denied: the boy is simply too skinny. At boarding school in Switzerland, Wells manages to establish an identity of his own among the child exiles and outcasts that make up the student body. And yet, his father’s obsession follows him to Europe, threatening to destroy the space he has painstakingly won for himself.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, September 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, The Skinny: Perils of Body Image (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 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, Merry Wives: Shakespeare Adaptation in the Park

Musical | Sancocho with Tap Dancer, Ballerina and Jazz Band


In this musical theater work, the title meat-and-vegetable stew serves as both a personal coping mechanism and the play's central metaphor. Throughout lockdown, the writer would whip up a weekly batch of sancocho while contemplating the dish's appeal. Featuring an all-woman latinx cast and a four-piece band. Please note: Guests will be invited to enter the venue one hour before the show begins and are welcome to claim any available seat in the open seating area. Proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID test result and masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Musicals, September 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, Sancocho with Tap Dancer, Ballerina and Jazz Band

Jazz | Piano and Drums Duo: Jazz Standards and Great American Songbook Tunes (online)


This pianist and drummer duo has presented over 500 livestream concerts since March 2020. Today, you will hear new arrangements of Great American Songbook tunes, jazz standards, originals and reimagined jazzy renditions of classical music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:30 pm
Free
Concerts, September 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, Piano and Drums Duo: Jazz Standards and Great American Songbook Tunes (online)

Open Mike | Thursday Night Open Mic (livestream)


A weekly online open mic. All art forms are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 pm
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Open Mikes, September 16, 2021, 09/16/2021, Thursday Night Open Mic (livestream)
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Dance Performance | Passionate Modern Dance

Regular Price: $79.50
CFT Member Price: $0.00

Cabaret | The Golden Era of 1920s

Regular Price: $24
CFT Member Price: $0.00

Comedy Club | Stand Up Comedy

Regular Price: $25
CFT Member Price: $0.00
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