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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on September 17, 2021?

31 free events take place on Friday, September 17 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 17 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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31 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Friday, September 17, 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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8:30 am
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Workshops, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Pilates Workshop

Fair | Food Festival: Food and Goods Vendors


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
Free
Fairs, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Food Festival: Food and Goods Vendors

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
10:30 am
Free
Others, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Puzzles, Periodicals, and Games for Adults

Museums | Chinese American History


Founded in 1980, the museum is the living history, heritage, culture, and diverse experiences of Chinese Americans. Proof of vaccination and masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free
Museumss, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Chinese American History

Festival | Celebrate the Return of Broadway


The festival will include a number of buzz-worthy events featuring music, panels, and variety shows with special guests. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Festivals, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Celebrate the Return of Broadway

Discussion | World Hegemony and Monetary Orders (livestream)


Professor Toby Green (King's College London) and Professor Bill Maurer (UC Irvine) will take part in an informal discussion. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Discussions, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, World Hegemony and Monetary Orders (livestream)

Dance Performance | Action-Hero Choreography


Prepare to be amazed by performances featuring incredible, robust choreography.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
Free
Dance Performances, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Action-Hero Choreography

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 a major music school as a concert pianist, performer, and lecturer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Piano Concert Outdoors

Tour | Amsterdam: Step into Rembrandt's World (online, livestream)


For art and history lovers, this tour will take you along Rembrandt’s footsteps in 17th century Amsterdam. Find out what life was like for a larger than life painter and his subjects in what was then the richest city in the world. Learn about Rembrandt’s life and family, what inspired him, and what annoyed him. See beautiful buildings where he worked and enjoy the same stunning views he saw 400 years ago.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Tours, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Amsterdam: Step into Rembrandt's World (online, livestream)

Discussion | Off the Record: An Unclassified Dossier (online)


This conversation features the voices of artists represented in the show Off the Record. Speakers will be grouped thematically to discuss topics ranging from the legacies of creative practices in the 1970s and '90s and the potentials in mining public and private records, to the unearthing of historical accounts that run counter to dominant narratives. These discussion is conceptually bound by a closing lecture that addresses the material histories of paper documentation itself by scholar Karlynne Ejercito.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Discussions, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Off the Record: An Unclassified Dossier (online)

Play | Ni Mi Madre: New York Times Critic's Pick (in-person and online)


This play brings audiences into the tempestuous relationship between a Brazilian woman and her son. It delineates the meeting of queerness and Latinness, and of the immigrant experience and that of the first-generation American.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Pay-what-you-can ($1 minimum...
Plays, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Ni Mi Madre: New York Times Critic's Pick (in-person and online)

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 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Juggling Lessons

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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5:00 pm
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Concerts, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Highly Acclaimed Contemporary Classical Ensemble (online)

Opening Reception | Aged Innocence: Prints and Collages


Hai Zhang's show highlights parts of his huge photo archive as small prints and large collages.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Aged Innocence: Prints and Collages

Film | Born in Evin (2019): Documentary on a Mysterious Birth Inside a Prison (online)


Filmmaker and actress Maryam Zaree and her quest to find out the circumstances surrounding her birth inside one of the most notorious political prisons in the world. Director: Maryam Zaree In Farsi, English, French, and German with English subtitles 100 minutes
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Born in Evin (2019): Documentary on a Mysterious Birth Inside a Prison (online)

Opening Reception | Cosmologies: Vessels of the Divine


Mikael Owunna’s series is an extension of his project in which the artist responds to pervasive images in the media of Black people being shot and killed by the police. Owunna has begun a quest to recast the Black body as the cosmos and eternal. Hand-painting the bodies of his models with fluorescent paints, the artist augments a standard camera flash with an ultraviolet bandpass filter in order to pass only ultraviolet light through the lens. Shooting in total darkness, Owunna clicks the camera’s shutter, and for a fraction of a second, these Black bodies are illuminated as the universe, becoming celestial vessels of the divine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Cosmologies: Vessels of the Divine

Author Reading | Physical Listening: A Dancer’s Interspecies Journey (online)


Hear the story of how the Equus Projects began, watch excerpts from Interspecies Encounter, and hear essays from the book read by the author, Joanna Mendl Shaw.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Author Readings, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Physical Listening: A Dancer&rsquo;s Interspecies Journey (online)

Opening Reception | Things to Come: Collage, Mixed Media, Paintings


Featuring the work of seven artists who utilize collage, mixed media, painting, and print, offering their profoundly personal observations on life and things to come.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Things to Come: Collage, Mixed Media, Paintings

Dance Performance | Action-Hero Choreography


Prepare to be amazed by performances featuring incredible, robust choreography.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Dance Performances, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Action-Hero Choreography

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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6:00 pm
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Museumss, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary

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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6:30 pm
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Workshops, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Tai Chi

Author Reading | For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts: A Love Letter to Women of Color (online)


For generations, Brown girls have had to push against powerful forces of sexism, racism, and classism, often feeling alone in the struggle. By founding Latina Rebels, author Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez has created a community to help women fight together.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts: A Love Letter to Women of Color (online)

Concert | A Superstar of the Afrobeats


An Afrobeats superstar straddles the musical worlds of his homeland Nigeria and Ghana, where he built his career. A pioneer of Banku music, which mixes intense rhythms with laid-back vocals delivered in Ghanaian Pidgeon English, his charisma will light the stage on fire. A multi-talented New York-based will warm up the stage with her upbeat R&B outfit, and a Puerto Rican-Panamanian artist and activist opens.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, A Superstar of the Afrobeats

Concert | Bossa Nova Quartet


Enjoy live Brazilian music. Drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Bossa Nova Quartet

Dance Performance | Flamenco Dancing


Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a performance by a celebrated dancer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Dance Performances, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Flamenco Dancing

Concert | Funk-Rock: Outdoor Show Against the Backdrop of the City Skyline


Featuring an NYC funk-rock band with a bluesy twist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Funk-Rock: Outdoor Show Against the Backdrop of the City Skyline

Concert | New Works for Flute, Voice and Piano


The artists are both accomplished in their field and mothers. Their works show personal experiences, examining themes related to being a mother and an artist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, New Works for Flute, Voice and Piano

Dance Performance | NYC-Based Dance Companies


Styles inlcude Afro-Latin, ballet, Middle Eastern, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, NYC-Based Dance Companies

Play | Ni Mi Madre: New York Times Critic's Pick (in-person and online)


This play brings audiences into the tempestuous relationship between a Brazilian woman and her son. It delineates the meeting of queerness and Latinness, and of the immigrant experience and that of the first-generation American.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Plays, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Ni Mi Madre: New York Times Critic's Pick (in-person and online)

Movie in a Park | The Sandlot (1993): Childhood Memories on the Diamond


In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures. Director: David Mickey Evans Stars: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Art LaFleur 101 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Movie in a Parks, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, The Sandlot (1993): Childhood Memories on the Diamond

Comedy Club | Comedy Evening


Featuring comedians who have appeared on Comedy Central, TruTV, Late Night with Stephen Colbert, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Comedy Clubs, September 17, 2021, 09/17/2021, Comedy Evening
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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

Regular Price: $25
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