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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on September 23, 2021?

32 free events take place on Thursday, September 23 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 23 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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32 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Thursday, September 23, 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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Workshops, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Park Yoga

Talk | Collision Course? The 1980s and the Transformation of Water Politics in Asia (livestream)


The talk delves into the history of the transformative decade of the 1980s, when first China and then India developed ambitious plans to dam the upper reaches of the Himalayan rivers, giving rise to new fears of future water conflicts. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Talks, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Collision Course? The 1980s and the Transformation of Water Politics in Asia (livestream)

Lecture | Art History from Home: Technology and Fantasy (online)


In the twenty-first century, we find ourselves in increasingly media-saturated and mediated realities. This talk explores how artists such as Cory Arcangel, Nam June Paik, Lynn Hershman Leeson, and Laurie Simmons have addressed the changing nature of the self within these experiences. Xin Wang will consider a range of artistic mediums—from photography to video installations to games—to explore technology’s role in both limiting and generating new kinds of agency for art-makers and viewers alike. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Lectures, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Art History from Home: Technology and Fantasy (online)

Concert | Piano Concert Outdoors


Piano concert series, showcasing ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Piano Concert Outdoors

Classical Music | Medieval Music on Period Instruments (in-person and online)


Enjoy songs from the 13th and 14th centuries about various beasts, including pythons, panthers, donkeys, and a whole host of winged creatures. Performed on rebec, vielle (bowed stringed instruments) and early winds and bray harp. Proof of vaccination and masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:15 pm
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Concerts, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Medieval Music on Period Instruments (in-person and online)

Discussion | Nazi Hunting: From John Demjanjuk to Richard Spencer (online)


As former Director of the Office of Special Investigations at the U.S. Department of Justice and now as an official in its successor unit, Eli Rosenbaum has spent more than three decades identifying, denaturalizing, and deporting World War II Nazi war criminals—and exposing the hidden Nazi pasts of public figures such as former NASA rocket engineer Arthur Rudolph.  As two members of the team behind Sines v. Kessler, leading litigator Karen Dunn and Integrity First for America Executive Director Amy Spitalnick are currently suing white nationalist Richard Spencer and other neo-Nazis in U.S. federal court. Their lawsuit is seeking to bankrupt and dismantle the hate groups that marched in Charlottesville, Virginia at the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally.  This program explores the successes, challenges, and consequences of Nazi-hunting past and present with Rosenbaum, Dunn, and Spitalnick. The discussion will be moderated by Jami Floyd, New York Public Radio.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Discussions, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Nazi Hunting: From John Demjanjuk to Richard Spencer (online)

Opening Reception | Closed / Locked: The City During the Pandemic


For those that remained in New York City in the early spring of 2020, it was like inhabiting a ghost town. Street life evaporated and daily life took place almost exclusively indoors. Relief from the deafening silence came only in the form of all too frequent sirens both close and far away. Talking heads now appeared from their living rooms, eager to reassure us with nightly updates on hand washing and disinfectants. The news was a lifeline, a mirror, and a means to either instigate or dispel rumor as imaginations ran wild in a moment of fear. Meanwhile outside, the silence of the streets seemed to mock society's confidence in its own inevitability. Walking through abandoned streets, Muntadas photographed the many “closed” signs found in storefronts nearby. With little precedent to rely on, the signs left the most pressing question (“for how long?”) unanswered. Also documenting the ubiquitous plywood cladding turned billboard for graffiti and political speech, the resulting images were collated into a newspaper format and accompanied by excerpts from Beatriz Colomina’s text on the profound effects of Covid on life in the city.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Closed / Locked: The City During the Pandemic

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
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Workshops, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Bubblemaking in Midtown

Museums | European Fine Art: Vermeer, Rembrandt and More


This museum of fine art was open to the public in 1935. Its permanent collection features masterpieces by major European artists from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. Exhibitions also include sculptures, furniture, porcelain items, textiles and more. Masks are required. Children under 10 are not admitted.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Museumss, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, European Fine Art: Vermeer, Rembrandt and More

Discussion | Upending Enforcement to Impact Immigration System Reform (online)


The term “crimmigation” has gained popularity as a way to describe the merging of the criminal and immigration system in the U.S. In contrast to the traditional approach prevalent throughout the majority of U.S. history, recent developments in the use of immigrant detention has changed the face of the immigration system altogether. The increasing criminalization of immigration has sparked some foundational questions: Is it possible to imagine a system of immigration not based on enforcement, or is enforcement a necessary feature? To what extent? And if we can imagine that this is not the case, what would such an immigration system resemble? This panel will act as a space to pose difficult questions and open up the floor for imagining new possibilities.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Upending Enforcement to Impact Immigration System Reform (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 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, 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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Park Walks, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, 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 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Crossfit Workout

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 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Amp'd Workout

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
6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Outdoor Jazz in Midtown

Concert | Sensational Caribbean Quartet


Hear classic Salsa and Són Monuno songs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Sensational Caribbean Quartet

Classical Music | Works by Donizetti, Puccini, Boccherini, and Other Italian Composers


Program: Giacinto Scelsi, String Quartet No. 3, V. Liberation, Catharsis Giacomo Puccini, I Crisantemi Isabella Leonarda, Twelve Sonatas, Op. 16, Sonata Terza Alba Rosa Vietor, Chimes at Dusk for Violin and Viola Luigi Boccherini, Duo for Violin and Cello from La Musica Notturna Delle Strade di Madrid Niccolo Castiglioni, Romanze Gaetano Donizetti, String Quartet No. 17 in D Major
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Works by Donizetti, Puccini, Boccherini, and Other Italian Composers

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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Workshops, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, 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
6:30 pm
Free
Dancings, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Salsa Dancing as the Sun Sets

Concert | Sensational Salsa Quartet


Based in NYC, this foursome plays Salsa and Són Monuno classics. No dance experience necessary to enjoy on the irresistible Latin beat.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Sensational Salsa Quartet

Author Reading | A Dream of a Woman: Ethereal Stories


Award-winning novelist Casey Plett returns with a poignant suite of stories that center on transgender women. An ethereal meditation on partnership, sex, addiction, romance, groundedness, and love, the stories buzz with quiet intensity and the intimate complexities of being human.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, A Dream of a Woman: Ethereal Stories

Author Reading | Dear McSweeney’s: Two Decades of Letters to the Editor from Writers, Readers, and the Occasional Bewildered Consumer (online)


A virtual panel event with senior editor at McSweeney’s Daniel Levin Becker for the launch of the letter compilation book. With surpise contributors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Dear McSweeney&rsquo;s: Two Decades of Letters to the Editor from Writers, Readers, and the Occasional Bewildered Consumer (online)

Film | Flannery (2019): A Writer's Life (online)


A documentary on the life and legacy of American literary icon Flannery O’Connor, whose distinctive Southern Gothic fiction influenced a generation of artists and activists. Directed by Elizabeth Coffman, Mark Bosco 97 min
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Flannery (2019): A Writer's Life (online)

Author Reading | Martita, I Remember You: A Novel of Youthful Ties (livestream)


Sandra Cisneros pens a story of aspiring writer and her artist friends.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Martita, I Remember You: A Novel of Youthful Ties (livestream)

Author Reading | Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement (online)


Tarana Burke, the founder of the Me Too Movement, discusses her new book.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement (online)

Movie in a Park | Short Films: A Journey Through Our Shared Human Emotions


7:00 PM: Doors Open; 8:00 PM: Films Begin Tears Teacher Noemie Nakai | Japan | 11 mins. A teacher travels across Japan to encourage adults to cry more. We Won't Forget Lucas Elliot Eberl & Edgar Morais | US, Portugal | 13 mins. A Valentine's Day spent with friends turns into a viral public freakout. Mallory Meditates Alex Markman | US | 6 mins. Mallory attempts to start her day with a simple meditation but is overwhelmed by distractions both in her environment and in her head. Helfer Anna Szollosi | Hungary | 10 mins. A young woman is struggling with anxiety and wants to get rid of a recurrent nightmare. As she looks for help, she must confront her worst fears. Anyway (Litegrann) Jo Widerberg | Sweden | 8 mins. In a bed at night a girl wants to tell her boyfriend that she loves him, but she wants him to say it first. Near Miss Josh Berry | US | 12 mins. In a remote ocean wilderness off the Northern California coast, a man dives alone with great white sharks. In cold and unforgiving waters he enters a calm and transcendent space where he reflects on his life and his unforgettable encounters with these mysterious underwater creatures. The Game (Das Spiel) Roman Hodel | Switzerland | 17 mins. A whistle. The stands of the stadium get loud. The players protest angrily. The presenters follow the action on the field. In the middle of it, the referee. The whole stadium watches him. Now he has to decide. With the referee Fedayi San we experience the highs and lows of a football game, what it means to earn respect on the field and direct the energy of an entire stadium. Raspberry Julian Doan | US | 7 mins. Undertakers wait on a family's final farewells, as one son struggles to say goodbye to his dead father. Proof of full vaccination and masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Short Films: A Journey Through Our Shared Human Emotions

Author Reading | Brothers on Three: A True Story of Family, Resistance, and Hope on a Reservation in Montana (online)


March 11, 2017, was a night to remember: in front of the hopeful eyes of thousands of friends, family members, and fans, the Arlee Warriors would finally bring the high school basketball state championship title home to the Flathead Indian Reservation. The game would become the stuff of legend, with the boys revered as local heroes. The team's place in Montana history was now cemented, but for starters Will Mesteth, Jr., and Phillip Malatare, life would keep moving on--senior year was only just beginning.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Brothers on Three: A True Story of Family, Resistance, and Hope on a Reservation in Montana (online)

Film | Cryptozoo (2021): Animated Adventure


Cryptozookeepers try to capture a Baku, a dream-eating hybrid creature of legend, and start wondering if they should display the beast or keep it hidden and unknown. Director: Dash Shaw Stars: Lake Bell, Michael Cera, Emily Davis 95 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Cryptozoo (2021): Animated Adventure

Discussion | Diversifying the Classics (online)


An interactive discussion with scholars.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Diversifying the Classics (online)
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Plays, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Historical Drama-Adventure

Concert | Electronic Dance Music in the Cloisters (online)


This event emphasizes the setting of the Cloisters as a springboard for new electronic music. Steeped in Afro-Caribbean traditions and a love for improvisation, the ensemble brings EDM to a new place.
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:00 pm
Free
Concerts, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Electronic Dance Music in the Cloisters (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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Open Mikes, September 23, 2021, 09/23/2021, Thursday Night Open Mic (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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