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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on September 16, 2022?

27 free events take place on Friday, 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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27 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Friday, September 16, 2022

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free events nyc 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many
free events nyc DJ Plays World Music: Listening Session Outdoors
free events nyc A Cappella Sensation T.3
free events nyc How to Draw a Bunny (2002): An Unknowable, Inconoclastic Artist
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Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Tours, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, Street Fair

Lecture | A Secret Power: Normative Femininity as a Source of Women's Agency in Times of Extreme Violence (online)


A talk by Oksana Kis, part of our Fall 2022 Conversatorium on Ukraine series, which launches the Transregional Dialogues fellowship program.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, A Secret Power: Normative Femininity as a Source of Women's Agency in Times of Extreme Violence (online)

Workshop | Juggling in the Park


Jugglers use the park throughout the year to provide free classes to the public. Stop by for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Workshops, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, Juggling in the Park

Film | The Batman (2022): A Reboot of the Iconic Movie


Robert Pattinson stars as the latest version of Batman in this 2022 film. Director: Matt Reeves Starring: Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright. Rating PG-13 Runtime: 2 hours, 56 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, The Batman (2022): A&nbsp;Reboot of the Iconic Movie

Festival | Harlem Bazaar


A monthly series in the heart of Uptown NYC. It brings artists, merchants, creators, inventors, designers, and visionaries together in one space where they can share the goodness with the thriving community and anyone from the greater New York area that wants to soak in the cool. Expect the most banging flavors, the hottest merchandise, incredibly crafted items, dope art, fresh designs, and much more. This largest arts and culture fair in uptown aims to give female, POC, LGBTQIA, and immigrant vendors an opportunity to showcase their chops.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, Harlem Bazaar

Concert | DJ Plays World Music: Listening Session Outdoors


From 1947 to 1968, free public listening events in Bryant Park offered access to the growing record library of discs donated by record labels like Columbia and Decca. It was among the first listening events of its kind - drawing an average of 2,000 visitors to the park on weekdays. Today the "record library" contains over 700,000 recordings. In the spirit of those listening sessions, enjoy Sound Bites, a series of outdoor djed events on select Fridays throughout the summer. The series will feature DJs who will spin from the record library's vast collection and talk about their digging process.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:30 pm
Free
Concerts, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, DJ Plays World Music: Listening Session Outdoors

Opening Reception | Christina Forrer: Weavings and Works on Paper


A solo exhibition of recent works by Christina Forrer. Featured in the exhibition will be a selection of new weavings along with a wide range of the artist's recent works on paper. Animated by an interest in fables and folklore, Forrer’s vibrant weavings and electrifying works on paper explore the depths of human emotion. Depicted in her signature style of bold colors and rich of patterning, her fantastical characters are rendered cartoonish with their exaggerated features and twisted, elongated forms.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, Christina Forrer: Weavings and Works on Paper

Concert | A Cappella Sensation T.3


New York's T.3 has become a bona fide sensation in the world of a cappella. With striking arrangements, dazzling three-part harmonies, and playful, familiar repertoire drawn from Broadway, Disney, and pop tunes, the trio has gone from instant success on TikTok to fan-favorite status on America's Got Talent and major performances on concert stages nationwide.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Concerts, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, A Cappella Sensation T.3

Birdwatching | Park Birding Tour


Spot a wonderful diversity of birds that visit the park during migratory season with guided tours by NYC Audubon. Located in the heart of Midtown, our park is a hotspot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will’s-widow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, Park Birding Tour

Workshop | Bingo in the Park


BYO food and beverages to this all ages, free to enter, B-I-N-G-O night. A mix of music plays as the numbers roll out and each game winner receives a prize.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, Bingo in the Park

Film | How to Draw a Bunny (2002): An Unknowable, Inconoclastic Artist


Ray Johnson was a mystery wrapped in an enigma who lived his life like a Pop Art performance piece. This enthralling documentary - edited and directed by John Walter, photographed and produced by Andrew Moore - is at once playful and haunting, an in-depth portrait of an iconoclastic artist who was fundamentally unknowable even to his closest friends.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Films, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, How to Draw a Bunny (2002): An Unknowable, Inconoclastic Artist

Opening Reception | Vilte Fuller: Strangers by the Side of the Road


An exhibition of new paintings by Lithuanian-born, London-based artist Vilte Fuller. The resulting paintings are glamorous hellscapes that lie in the uncanny valley between dystopia and nostalgia. They have a Frankenstein quality; indeed, when Fuller doesn’t have enough canvas for a big painting, she simply sews smaller pieces together to produce a sutured skin-like surface, like a patchwork quilt you’d rather leave in your grandmother’s parlor, surrounded by gruesome porcelain knickknacks and pickled vegetables.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, Vilte Fuller: Strangers by the Side of the Road

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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, Asia's Diverse Cultures: From Ancient to Contemporary

Concert | Spanish Guitar: Mix of Flamenco, Latin, Classical, and World Fusion


Spanish guitarist and songwriter Salvo plays a mix of Flamenco, Latin, Classical, and World Fusion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, Spanish Guitar: Mix of Flamenco, Latin, Classical, and World Fusion

Classical Music | Violin Piano Recital to Support Ukraine: Bartok, Martinu and More


Andy Didorenko, violin; Yuliya Basis, piano Program Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959) Five Madrigal Stanzas Sergei Bortkiewicz (1877-1952) Four pieces: Album Leaf, Waltz, Meditation, Espana Bela Bartok (1881-1945) Romanian Folk Dances Lilia Bigeeva (b. 1958) Inspiration Andrii Didorenko (b. 1974) Amusements Volume 3 Andrii Didorenko (b. 1974) Postcards from Ukraine (Suite in 6 movements)
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Donation
Concerts, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, Violin Piano Recital to Support Ukraine: Bartok, Martinu and More

Movie in a Park | Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2022): Video Game Adventures with Jim Carrey


When the manic Dr Robotnik returns to Earth with a new ally, Knuckles the Echidna, Sonic and his new friend Tails is all that stands in their way. Director: Jeff Fowler Stars: James Marsden, Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz 122 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2022): Video Game Adventures with Jim Carrey

Movie in a Park | The Bad Guys (2022): Animated Criminal Animals


To avoid prison, a gang of notorious animal criminals pretend to seek being rehabilitated, only for their leader to secretly find that he genuinely wants to change his ways. Director: Pierre Perifel Stars: Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Awkwafina 100 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, The Bad Guys (2022): Animated Criminal Animals

Book Discussion | The Best Short Stories 2022: Readings by 4 Writers (online)


Continuing a century-long tradition of cutting-edge literary excellence, this year's edition contains twenty prize-winning stories chosen from the thousands published in magazines over the previous year. Guest editor Valeria Luiselli has brought her own refreshing perspective to the prize, selecting stories by an engaging mix of celebrated names and emerging voices and including stories in translation from Bengali, Greek, Hebrew, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, and Spanish. The winning stories are accompanied by an introduction by Luiselli, observations from the winning writers on what inspired them, and an extensive resource list of magazines that publish short fiction. With Jenny Minton Quigley, Megan McDowell, Lorrie Moore, and Alejandro Zambra.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, The Best Short Stories 2022: Readings by 4 Writers (online)

Lecture | A Great and Rising Nation: Naval Exploration and Global Empire in the Early US Republic (online)


With: Professor Michael Verney, Ph.D. Drury University, Assistant Professor of History
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, A Great and Rising Nation: Naval Exploration and Global Empire in the Early US Republic (online)

Poetry Reading | Soul Sister Revue (online)


The virtual end-of-summer show asks the question “What does Soul mean to you?” Readers include Tony Medina, Maya Marshall, Toni Bee, Natasha Oladokun, and DuEwa Frazier.
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Poetry Readings, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, Soul Sister Revue (online)

Concert | The Accordion Festival


Explore many genres and regions of the globe through this often overlooked instrument. The Accordions Around the World series culimnates in the Accordian Festival, a three-hour celebration featuring international bands.All performances are free to the public and designed to be enjoyed casually – no tickets required—with ample seating available and free picnic blankets to borrow. 
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Concerts, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, The Accordion Festival

Classical Music | Considering Matthew Shepard by Grammy-Nominated Tenor, Orchestra and Choir (in-person and online)


The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, NOVUS NY orchestra, Grammy-nominated tenor Brian Giebler, Nickolas Karageorgiou, narrator, perform Craig Hella Johnson's epic fusion oratorio, Considering Matthew Shepard. Considering Matthew Shepard (2016) is a three-part fusion oratorio about Matthew Shepard, a young gay victim of a brutal hate crime of 1998, who became a symbol for hope and empowerment, inspiring plays, documentaries and books. This moving work weaves together musical styles that include gospel, chant, country and western with lyrics taken from Matt Shepard's personal journal, writings from his parents, newspaper reports, and poetic texts. "Powerfully cathartic, it leads us from horror and grief to a higher understanding of the human condition," wrote the Washington Post. Proof of vaccination is required for all attendees ages 5 and older, masks must be worn at all times.
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Concerts, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, Considering Matthew Shepard by Grammy-Nominated Tenor, Orchestra and Choir (in-person and online)

Film | The Big Blue (1988): From Rivalry to Revelation


The rivalry between Enzo and Jacques, two childhood friends and now world-renowned free divers, becomes a beautiful and perilous journey into oneself and the unknown. Director: Luc Besson Stars: Jean-Marc Barr, Jean Reno, Rosanna Arquette 168 min.  
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Films, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, The Big Blue (1988): From Rivalry to Revelation

Classical Music | String Quartet Performs Works by Mexican Composers


Momenta quartet dives into the fascinating and under-explored world of historic Mexican composers. They will perform Julián Carrillo’s String Quartet No. 1 (1903) - one of his most ambitious large-scale tonal compositions, giving a glimpse into the composer’s style before his groundbreaking foray into microtonality. Also on the program will be an usual high-modernist offering from one of Mexico’s most widely celebrated composers, Carlos Chávez and Moncayo’s Sonata for Viola and Piano (1934), which is believed to be the first composition by a Mexican composer featuring the viola. Momenta Quartet has premiered over 150 works, collaborated with over 200 living composers and was praised by The New York Times for its "diligence, curiosity and excellence." In the words of The New Yorker's Alex Ross, "few American players assume Haydn's idiom with such ease."
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Concerts, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, String Quartet Performs Works by Mexican Composers

Discussion | Oratorio Considering Matthew Shepard: Discussion with the Creative Team (in-person and online)


Following Sep 16, 7:30 pm performance of Craig Hella Johnson's epic fusion oratorio, Considering Matthew Shepard (2016), the creative team will take the stage for a talkback discussion. The music piece is about Matthew Shepard, a young gay victim of a brutal hate crime of 1998, who became a symbol for hope and empowerment, inspiring plays, documentaries and books. This moving work weaves together musical styles that include gospel, chant, country and western with lyrics taken from Matt Shepard's personal journal, writings from his parents, newspaper reports, and poetic texts. "Powerfully cathartic, it leads us from horror and grief to a higher understanding of the human condition," wrote the Washington Post. Stage directors Elliott Forest and Rod Caspers, music director Malcolm J. Merriweather, and producer Melissa Baker will discuss the vision behind the venue's rendition of Considering Matthew Shepard, moderated by activist Cathy Renna, who was on the ground in Laramie immediately following the discovery of Matt's beating and who has worked with the family ever since. Renna currently serves as communications director of the National LGBTQ Task Force.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, September 16, 2022, 09/16/2022, Oratorio Considering Matthew Shepard: Discussion with the Creative Team (in-person and online)
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