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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on September 30, 2021?

36 free events take place on Thursday, September 30 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 30 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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36 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Thursday, September 30, 2021

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

Dance Performance | Choreography That Interacts With Its Spectators


A performance of open choreography controlled both by the clock and the interactions between two people. Start times: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 3pm, 4pm. Each performance is 49 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Dance Performances, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Choreography That Interacts With Its Spectators

Tour | Paris: Saint Germain des Pres Church (online, livestream)


St. Germain des Pres is a medieval church that was founded in 542. It was completely redone from the inside and allows you to feel and see what a believer of the Middle Ages felt.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free
Tours, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Paris: Saint Germain des Pres Church (online, livestream)

Gallery Talk | Dawoud Bey: An American Project: A Virtual Walkthrough (online)


A virtual tour led a teaching fellow offers an introduction to this Whiteny Musuem show.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Gallery Talks, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Dawoud Bey: An American Project: A Virtual Walkthrough (online)

Concert | Gritty Indie Rock


A Nashville-based indie band makes gritty, guitar-driven rock n’ roll.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Gritty Indie Rock

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 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Piano Concert Outdoors

Film | Provisions for Everybody (2018): On the Trail of George Orwell (online)


This documentary traces the worldwide wanderings of the 1984 author. Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Films, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Provisions for Everybody (2018): On the Trail of George Orwell (online)

Poetry Reading | Uyghur Poetry in Exile (online)


Uyghur poetry has flourished for many centuries, its richness reflecting the cosmopolitanism of a culture at the crossroads of Eurasia. Since 2017, the tradition has been critically threatened by China’s mass internment and cultural genocide of the Uyghur people. Hear Uyghur poets Tahir Hamut Izgil and Muyesser Abdel’ehed Hendan, as well as historian and translator Joshua L. Freeman, for a reading and panel discussion of exile, crisis, and resilience in contemporary Uyghur verse. Moderated by Alana Marie Levinson Labrosse.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Uyghur Poetry in Exile (online)

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


"Virtuosic" baroque violist and ensemble of musicians (lute and theorbo, violins, viola, cello, harpsichord) perform Vivaldi's elegant Viola d'Amore Concerti. Proof of vaccination and masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
Free
Concerts, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Vivaldi on Period Instruments (in-person and online)

Concert | An Outdoor Celebration of Off-Broadway: Music, Dance and More


This event willl feature concert versions of current musicals, jazz and Latin music, dancers, singers, and even circus performers
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Concerts, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, An Outdoor Celebration of Off-Broadway: Music, Dance and More

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 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Bubblemaking in Midtown

City Walk | Wall Street Soundwalk, Winner of the 2021 Tribeca Festival


This site-specific experience immerses attendees using sound through headphones, environmental recordings of the sounds of the city, composition and theme of time, destruction, and resilience. The walk starts every 30 min. Duration: 60 min. You will need your own mobile device and headphones.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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City Walks, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Wall Street Soundwalk, Winner of the 2021 Tribeca Festival

Gallery Talk | Painting Connections with an Acclaimed Artist (online)


Artists Katia Santibanez and Elisabeth Condon discuss Santibanez's current solo exhibition, "Lumens Anima." Katia Santibanez's work has been collected by The Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris, France; The Morgan Library and Museum; The Museum of Modern Art; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. Elisabeth Condon is known for paintings and works on paper that overlap natural and built environments with references to scrolls, decor, and calligraphy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Gallery Talks, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Painting Connections with an Acclaimed Artist (online)

Park Walk | Birdwatching Guided Tour


Learn about a variety of birds that call this park home during migratory season. In the past visitors observed vireos, warblers, tanagers, Chuck-will's-widow, thrushes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Park Walks, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Birdwatching Guided Tour

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 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Broadway, Pop, Film Hits on Strings!

Workshop | Crossfit Workout


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

Opening Reception | Interlacement: Embroidery, Weaving and More


Three artists challenge and redefine the conventional idea of fiber and textile art by employing already-established techniques of weaving, embroidery, and assemblage with new materials and creating and inventing new forms. Proof of vaccination required (at least one dose).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Interlacement: Embroidery, Weaving and More

Discussion | Black Designers in American Fashion: From Enslaved Makers to Streetwear (online)


A panel discussion on the significance of Black American fashion makers from the nineteenth century to the late twentieth century. Black designers have always impacted American fashion culture, and these scholars' works reveal their erased histories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Discussions, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Black Designers in American Fashion: From Enslaved Makers to Streetwear (online)

Workshop | Fitness Workout


Hit the grass and push your body to the new limits. The class combines bodyweight strength and cardio. For all levels. Each Thursday through 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 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Fitness 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
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6:00 pm
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Concerts, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Outdoor Jazz in Midtown

Classical Music | Works by Piazzolla, Bix Beiderbecke and Others


Program: Bix Beiderbecke, In A Mist (1927) Lonnie Johnson, To Do This, You Got To Know How (1926) Erwin Schulhoff, Concertino for Flute, Viola, and Contrabass (1925) Astor Piazzolla, Soledad Pixinguinha & Benedito Lacerda, Chorei Brian Raphael Nabors, 7 Dances (2019) Esperanza Spalding, Little Fly (2010) Rain Date: Oct 1
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Works by Piazzolla, Bix Beiderbecke and Others

Author Reading | George Rickey: A Life in Balance: Biography of the Artist


Belinda Rathbone's 480-page volume includes a 16-page color insert and presents the artist in the context of his life and times, from his earliest creative encounters as a child, to his varied career from Army Air Corps computer technician to pioneering college art educator, to his ultimate rise to renown as a sculptor alongside Alexander Calder, David Smith, and Christo.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, George Rickey: A Life in Balance: Biography of the Artist

Discussion | Black Women Writers at Work: A Literary Salon (online)


Dynamic women authors of the African diaspora will discuss their inspiration for creating their characters and storylines. This event will spotlight dynamic women authors of the African diaspora. The celebrated writers will discuss their inspiration for creating the complex characters and memorable storylines that are at the heart of their contemporary narratives. The moderator and panelists will include (pictured from left to right) Jennifer Baker (senior editor, Amistad Books at HarperCollins Publishers), Ladee Hubbard (The Rib King); Morowa Yejidé (Creatures of Passage), and Karla FC Holloway (Gone Missing in Harlem).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Black Women Writers at Work: A Literary Salon (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 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, 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 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Salsa Dancing as the Sun Sets

Talk | Sculptor Talks About His Work (in-person and online)


For more than 50 years, Melvin Edwards has created public art for communities all around the world. His work reimagines monumental civic sculpture by uniting abstract forms with personal symbols to address issues of race, labor, and the African Diaspora. Proof of vaccination and masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Sculptor Talks About His Work (in-person and online)

Film | 7 Boxes (2012): Thriller from Paraguay (online)


Victor receives an unusual proposal, to carry 7 boxes of unknown content through the Market Number 4 but things get complicated along the way. Directors: Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schembori Stars: Celso Franco, Victor Sosa, Lali Gonzalez 95 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Films, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, 7 Boxes (2012): Thriller from Paraguay (online)

Book Discussion | Moon and the Mars: A Novel of Antebellum New York (online)


Kia Corthron, winner of the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and author of Moon and the Mars, the highly anticipated new novel that examines NYC and America in the burgeoning moments before the start of the Civil War through the eyes of a young biracial girl, discusses her new book, as well as what happens when the forces of gentrification and history collide in the city, with Sarah Schulman, acclaimed author of Let the Record Show.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Moon and the Mars: A Novel of Antebellum New York (online)

Talk | Bohemian Rhapsody: Village Bars We Wish We Could Visit (online)


This talk will explore the histories, the legends and the luminaries of lost saloons, and how they helped to shape iconic cultural and literary neighborhoods as we know them today. Drinking and writing have gone hand in hand since the first fermented berries were discovered in the Neolithic period which could be used for both drinking and cave painting. Fact: this has been scientifically proven. Source: I’m sure we can find the article again. Caves, the initial gathering hole for writers were quickly upgraded to the tavern, bar, or public house. While many were once cultural institutions, sadly the destructive nature of earthquakes, fires, wars, economics, and gentrification have torn apart many of these iconic establishments, leaving us only memories, some titillating tales, and legendary literature.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Bohemian Rhapsody: Village Bars We Wish We Could Visit (online)

Discussion | On America: Environmental Storytelling (online)


How can storytelling contend with the legacies of resource extraction, toxic industries, and systemic disenfranchisement? How can storytellers bear witness to or memorialize or relay stories about the places and people harmed by such legacies, legacies that continue to manifest with each passing day? How can storytelling address the broader psychological, social, emotional, and cultural landscapes of such contested ecologies? This panel will discuss the possibilities and limits of environmental stories, how they are taught and created, and whose voices are elevated and whose are not.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, On America: Environmental Storytelling (online)

Concert | Outdoor Performance Against the Backdrop of the City Skyline


Featuring a trombonist from the Inner City All-Stars.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Outdoor Performance Against the Backdrop of the City Skyline

Discussion | The Jewish Multiverse: Judaism and Superheroes (online)


Since the first Superman comic was published in 1938, there has been a persistent fascination with superheroes. Today, we see them everywhere: television, movies, comics, toys, and anywhere else one can think of. Jews have played an important role in superhero culture, both as characters and creators. This is a program exploring Jewish superheroes with comic book writers Chris Claremont (Marvel's The Uncanny X-Men) and Marguerite Bennett (DC Bombshells), along with comic book editor Danny Fingeroth (Marvel's Spiderman comics line). They will be in conversation with journalist Abraham Riesman, author of True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Discussions, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, The Jewish Multiverse: Judaism and Superheroes (online)

Author Reading | 2 New Novels Tell of Families in Peril


The paperback launch of Caoilinn Hughes's The Wild Laughter and Diane Cook's The New Wilderness. The Wild Laughter, which won the Royal Society of Literature's Encore Award 2021, tells the story of two brothers facing dangers and a devastating choice in an economically splintered, unmoored Ireland with exquisite prose and dark, riotous humor. The New Wilderness, shortlisted for the 2020 Man Booker Prize, is a wildly imaginative debut novel of a mother's battle to save her daughter in a world ravaged by climate change by escaping to the Wilderness State, becoming guinea pigs in an experiment to see if humans can exist in nature without destroying it.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, 2 New Novels Tell of Families in Peril

Discussion | A Transnational Dialogue on Science Fiction (online)


Nalo Hopkinson (Skin Folk, Sister Mine) and Kim Bo-Young (On the Origin of Species, I’m Waiting for You) will discuss their science fiction in relation to colonialism, feminism, neurodiversity, Afrofuturism, techno-orientalism, and more. Moderated by Seo-Young Chu (Do Metaphors Dream of Literal Sleep?), and featuring readings by Kim’s translators Sunyoung Park and Joungmin Lee, this event explores the power of world-building across identities and borders—from Jamaica to South Korea. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, A Transnational Dialogue on Science Fiction (online)

Classical Music | Young Classical and Jazz Artists (livestream)


Program: Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring Roberto Sierra: Songs from Conjuros Jessie Montgomery: Strum Poetry by Joy Harjo, Julia de Burgos, Maya Angelou, Mary Oliver, Wang Ping, Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes Jazz favorites from the past and present
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Young Classical and Jazz Artists (livestream)

Comedy Club | Comedy Night


Live stand-up comedy show. Comedians from Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO, Amazon and late night TV.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, September 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Comedy Night

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 30, 2021, 09/30/2021, Thursday Night Open Mic (livestream)
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Play | Heartwarming Holiday Play with Broadway Actors

Regular Price: $69
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Musical | Holiday Musical by Grammy Nominee

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