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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on September 1, 2023?

23 free events take place on Friday, September 1 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 1 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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23 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Friday, September 1, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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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 Langston in Harlem: The Classical Theatre of Harlem in the Park
free events nyc Umberto Giordano's Fedora with soprano Sonya Yoncheva
free events nyc Musician-Comedian YouTube Star
        

Concert | Darius Rucker, Country Singer


Darius Rucker first gained fame as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, which he founded in 1986. The band released five studio albums with Rucker as a member and charted six top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.  He went solo with Back to Then in 2002. His latest album is Carolyn's Boy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:15 am
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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

Festival | First Friday: Exhibitions, Tours, Workshops, Performances


Explore the museum's exhibitions and attend a tour, workshop, performance, or activity throughout the day. Here's the day's entire lineup of activities: 1pm: Celine Hurka Type Talk 3pm: Exhibition Design Tour with John Kudos 4pm: Pattern-Making Workshop with Zipeng Zhu 5:30pm: Portfolio Reviews with CMYK Council Members 7pm: Rashad Wright Spoken Word Performance
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Festival | House Fest 2023


More than two dozen cul­tur­al part­ners for a week­end-long cre­ative cel­e­bra­tion in and around the his­toric for­mer mil­i­tary hous­es on the Island, fea­tur­ing free dance and music per­for­mances, out­door instal­la­tions, inter­ac­tive work­shops, open stu­dios, pan­el dis­cus­sions, and more. The three-day cel­e­bra­tion will also fea­ture the incred­i­ble line­up of works already on dis­play from the two dozen Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence in the his­toric hous­es in Nolan Park and Colonels Row—click here to meet them all, and scroll down for the full House Fest schedule. 11am-5pm: Open­ing Day of The Process – an art and tech exhi­bi­tion, Har­vest­works 11am-5pm: Toisha Tuck­er solo exhi­bi­tion, KODA 12 – 2pm: Red Hook Art Project work­shop, Gov­er­nors Island Arts 1 – 2pm: Stu­dio Artists Talk, Tai­wanese Amer­i­can Arts Council 2 – 5pm: NADA House Open­ing Recep­tion, New Art Deal­ers Alliance 2 – 2:30pm: Poet­ry per­for­mance with Aracelis Rivera, Foun­tain House Gallery  3 – 4pm: Art work­shop from Recy­cled Mate­ri­als with Chin-Chih Yang, Tai­wanese Amer­i­can Arts Council 3 – 4pm: Heal­ing in Motion per­for­mance, ArtsConnection  4:30 – 6pm: MVP Rara per­for­mance and pro­ces­sion, Gov­er­nors Island Arts 7:30 – 10pm: Free Out­door Film: Set it Off, Gov­er­nors Island Arts and Film at Lin­coln Center 
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11:00 am
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Workshop | Learn 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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12:00 pm
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Concert | Piano in the Park


Come on by and tap your toes to The Big Apple's finest ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists around! Featuring special events and performances by distinguished musicians. Today's pianist: Frank Owens.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Film | Marlowe (2022) with Liam Neeson


Detective Phillip Marlowe becomes embroiled in an investigation with a wealthy family in Bay City, California, after a beautiful blonde hires him to find her former lover. Director: Neil Jordan Cast: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, Jessica Lange, Alan Cumming, Daniela Melchior Liam Neeson is a Northern Irish actor. He has received several accolades, including nominations for an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and two Tony Awards. He rose to prominence portraying Oskar Schindler in Steven Spielberg's holocaust drama Schindler's List (1993) for which he earned an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination. He followed by starring in Nell (1994), Rob Roy (1995), Michael Collins (1996), and Les Misérables (1998). He took blockbuster roles portraying Qui-Gon Jinn in George Lucas' space opera Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), Ra's al Ghul in Batman Begins (2005) and Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia trilogy (2005–2010).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshop | Enjoy an afternoon of crafting and conversation


Bring your own project or choose something from a provided collection to work on during this freeform crafting workshop. The workshop will include materials for sewing, knitting, crochet, coloring, paper crafts, and puzzles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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Film | Lilo & Stitch (2002): animated family comedy


A tale of a young girl's close encounter with the galaxy's most wanted extraterrestrial. Lilo is a lonely Hawaiian girl who adopts a small ugly "dog," whom she names Stitch. Stitch would be the perfect pet if he weren't in reality a genetic experiment who has escaped from an alien planet and crash-landed on Earth. Through her love, faith and unwavering belief in ohana, the Hawaiian concept of family, Lilo helps unlock Stitch's heart and gives him the ability to care for someone else. Directors: Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois Cast: Chris Sanders, Daveigh Chase, Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald, Jason Scott Lee, Zoe Caldwell Kevin Michael Richardson
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | The Covenant (2023) Directed by Guy Ritchie, Starring Jake Gyllenhaal


During the war in Afghanistan, a local interpreter risks his own life to carry an injured sergeant across miles of gruelling terrain. Director: Guy Ritchie Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dar Salim, Sean Sagar Guy Ritchie is an English film director, producer and screenwriter. His work includes British gangster films, and the Sherlock Holmes films starring Robert Downey Jr. Jake Gyllenhaal began acting as a child, making his acting debut in City Slickers (1991), followed by roles in A Dangerous Woman (1993) and Homegrown (1998). His breakthrough roles were as Homer Hickam in October Sky (1999) and as a psychologically troubled teenager in Donnie Darko (2001). Gyllenhaal played Jack Twist in Ang Lee's 2005 romantic drama Brokeback Mountain, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. His career progressed with starring roles in the thriller Zodiac (2007), the romantic comedy Love & Other Drugs (2010), and the science fiction film Source Code (2011). Further acclaim came with his roles in Denis Villeneuve's thrillers Prisoners (2013) and Enemy (2013).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Poetry Reading | Poetry on the Island


An original poetry performance by Fountain House Gallery artist Aracelis Rivera. Born on a US Army ship docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Aracelis Rivera holds a BA in Art from Lehman College and has studied and exhibited at the Art Students League. She was drawn to the easel while in elementary school and began painting in tempera. Her preferred mediums are oil and acrylic, and she also works in pencil, ink, watercolor, and ceramic. Aracelis particularly admires the works of Goya, Monet, and Rembrandt. She often portrays figures and landscapes in her pieces and has also discovered that working in the abstract style enables her to identify and express her deepest feelings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Workshop | New Games Social


Curious about a board game or looking to try something new? Games Hosts will be teaching how to play a wide range of fun board games every Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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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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5:30 pm
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Musical | Langston in Harlem: The Classical Theatre of Harlem in the Park


In an abridged restaging of Langston In Harlem, the poet Langston Hughes takes you on a journey back through his life, using his own words in poetry and song to depict his struggles as a black artist and as a black man. Through music, dance, visuals, and spoken word, this theatre piece strives to capture the poet's essence. Written by Walter Marks, directed by Carl Cofield. The Classical Theatre of Harlem creates theatre that entertains diverse audiences who desire to be highly engaged emotionally and highly satisfied intellectually by productions anchored in the context of the African Diaspora. Their mission is to maintain a professional theatre company dedicated to returning the classics to the stages of Harlem; to create employment and educational outreach opportunities in the theatre arts; to create and nurture a new, young, and culturally diverse audience for the classics; and to heighten the awareness of theatre and of great art in Harlem.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Movie in a Park | Set It Off (1996): Bank Robbers Turn on Each Other, with Queen Latifah


Desperation drives four inner-city women to bank robbery in Los Angeles, then they start mistrusting each other. Director: F. Gary Gray Stars: Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox 123 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concert | Musician-Comedian YouTube Star


Morgan Jay is a musician and comedian who's appeared on NBC and Comedy Central. With multiple awards and recognition, he's built a diverse following of music and comedy lovers from all over the world. His self published comedy special I hope my Ex doesn't see this has garnered over half a million views and is available to watch now on YouTube.
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7:00 pm
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Discussion | The Lowdon: Music and Conversation


Museum Artistic Director Christian McBride with a special guest, classical pianist and cultural activist Lara Downes, for a live taping of his SiriusXM radio show The Lowdown: Conversations with Christian. The evening will feature a mix of duo performance, conversation, and a healthy dose of McBride humor. Honored as 2022 Classical Woman of the Year by Performance Today, American pianist Lara Downes has been called “a musical ray of hope” by NBC News and “an explorer whose imagination is fired by bringing notice to the underrepresented and forgotten” (The Log Journal). An iconoclast and trailblazer, her dynamic work as a sought–after soloist, a Billboard Chart-topping recording artist, a producer, curator, arts activist and advocate positions her as a cultural visionary on the national arts scene. Lara’s musical roadmap seeks inspiration from the legacies of history, family, and collective memory, excavating a broad landscape of music to create a series of acclaimed performance and recording projects that serve as gathering spaces for her listeners to find common ground and shared experience. Christian McBride is an eight-time Grammy-winning bassist, composer, and bandleader.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Workshop | Trivia Night in the Park


Test your knowledge at this general knowledge pop culture trivia night, hosted by the NYC Trivia League.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Movie in a Park | Instructions Not Included (2013): Parents Battle Over Custody


A man who has made a new life for himself and the daughter left on his doorstep 6 years ago finds his family threatened when the birth mother resurfaces. Director: Eugenio Derbez Stars: Eugenio Derbez, Karla Souza, Jessica Lindsey 122 min. In Spanish with English subtitles.
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7:30 pm
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Musical | The Tempest: Shakespeare's Castaways with Music-- An Outdoor Performance


Forced from their home, Prospero and her daughter Miranda have survived for 12 years among the ruins of an abandoned island. As Prospero grows closer to getting the justice she desires, she witnesses her daughter fall in love, listens to the wisdom of spirit ancestors, and discovers that sometimes forgiveness is the only way to break cycles and right the course for the next generation. Hilarious fools, magical spells, and ancestral spirits dance through this production as we all come together to celebrate what it means to be human.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Movie in a Park | Tom & Jerry (2021): Classic Cat-and-Mouse Team


A chaotic battle ensues between Jerry Mouse, who has taken refuge in the Royal Gate Hotel, and Tom Cat, who is hired to drive him away before the day of a big wedding arrives. Director: Tim Story Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Colin Jost 101 min.
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8:00 pm
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Screening | Umberto Giordano's Fedora with soprano Sonya Yoncheva


For the first time in 25 years, Giordano's passionate melodrama retakes the stage, with soprano Sonya Yoncheva as the elegant Russian princess who falls in love with her fiance's murderer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free

Concert | Musician-Comedian YouTube Star


Morgan Jay is a musician and comedian who's appeared on NBC and Comedy Central. With multiple awards and recognition, he's built a diverse following of music and comedy lovers from all over the world. His self published comedy special I hope my Ex doesn't see this has garnered over half a million views and is available to watch now on YouTube.
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:00 pm
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