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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on September 2, 2023?

28 free events take place on Saturday, September 2 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 2 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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28 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Saturday, September 2, 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 Outdoor Art Exhibit
free events nyc A Midsummer Night's Dream: "Unrehearsed" Shakespeare Outdoors
free events nyc Champion by Grammy Winner Terence Blanchard
free events nyc Musician-Comedian YouTube Star
        

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

Workshop | CANCELED***Kayaking in the Park***CANCELED


Glide along the water this summer and fall! Kayaking is offered throughout the summer. All levels are welcome including first-time kayakers - life vests and all equipment provided, as well as instruction. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshop | Moves with Limon Dance


Move to live accompaniment and experience the joy of dance with dancers from the Limon Dance Company. Open to all levels and ages - no experience required. Bring friends, family, water on hot days, and enjoy dancing on the grass. Class meets on the northeast corner of the lawn.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
Free

Hike | Park Super Hike


Urban Park Rangers will lead hikers through some of the hidden gems of the park on an 8-mile journey through the park’s diverse forests and ecosystems. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Park Walk | Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers


Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky: an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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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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10:00 am
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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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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 Masks with works by Gabriele Grones and Peter Depelchin, Res­i­den­cy Unlimited 11am-5pm: Open Stu­dio (Natal­ie Col­lette Wood), BronxArtSpace 12 – 12:30pm: Poet­ry per­for­mance with Aracelis Rivera, Foun­tain House Gallery 12 – 3pm: The­atri­cal Games for Social Change work­shop, Foun­tain House Gallery 1 – 2pm: Stat­en Island Live!, Stat­en Island Urban Center 1 – 2pm: Prison Art Work­shop, Escap­ing Time: Art from U.S. Prisons 1 – 2pm: Artist Talk with Miguel Otero Fuentes, West Harlem Art Fund 1 – 3pm: Milk Kefir SCO­BY work­shop, Swale 2 – 4pm: Con­nec­tion between Sal­sa and East Asian music, Tai­wanese Amer­i­can Arts Council 2 – 3pm: Sene­galese Dance with Ous­mane, Cumbe 2 – 3pm: The Cobalt Blue Shrine artist talk, Foun­tain House Gallery 2 – 3pm: Gov­er­nors Island Bird Tour, NYC Audubon 2:30 – 5pm: Per­for­mance from Lehna Hui and Yalin­iDream, Muse­um of Con­tem­po­rary African Dias­po­ran Art (MoCA­DA) 2 – 3pm: Soul Can­vas Vor­tex with Danie work­shop, Cumbe 3 – 4pm: DJ YON­GO­LAILAN Regen­er­a­tion per­for­mance, New York Latin Amer­i­can Art Triennial 3:30 – 5pm: Compas/Social Dance with Julio & Roben­son, Cumbe 4 – 5pm: Indi­an Clas­si­cal Dance Show­case, ArtsConnection 4 – 5pm: Oh Cas­san­dra by Jes­si­ca Duby and Sophie Labelle, Trans­bor­der Art 5 – 6pm: Flower Rit­u­al per­for­mance, Trans­bor­der Art 7:30 – 8pm: Sun­set Med­i­ta­tive Per­for­mance with C. Laven­der, Har­vest­works 8 – 9pm: Watch Us! We can do it togeth­er, Tai­wanese Amer­i­can Arts Council 9 – 10pm: Polir­rit­mia | Sineste­sia by Efraín Rozas, Harvestworks
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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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11:00 am
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Fair | Street Fair


Jewelry. Art. Baked goods and local vintage. Home goods. Live DJs. A beloved street fair has returned. Come experience the Hester Street Fair: Tightly curated. Wildly creative. Always a good time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Festival | Outdoor Art Exhibit


This event will feature more than 50 artists and craft artisans in all mediums. One of New York City's largest and most beloved annual art events features a wide range of items on sale directly from the artists themselves. An incredible and eclectic mix of paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, glass and mixed media will be on display and available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free

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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12:00 pm
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Gallery Talk | Something Beautiful: Reframing La Colección


A tour to explore and discuss the on-view sections of the exhibition, the gallery's most ambitious presentation of its unique, complex, and culturally diverse permanent collection in over two decades.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshop | Contemporary Games Social


Play your favorite contemporary board games every Saturday afternoon. Featured games include but are not limited to Chameleon, Wavelength, Avalon, Parade, Splendor, Century Spice Road, Mountain Goats, No Thanks, Codenames, Werewords, Spyfall, Azul, Letter Jam, Dixit, In Kahootz, and Captain Sonar. A new game will be selected each week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Hike | Great Trees of the Park Hike


Trees have a special place in our environment. This is a hike in search of different species and learn some ways to identify these trees during the changing season.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshop | Theatrical Games for Social Change


Resident artist Je'Jae Cleo Mizrahi leads an interactive workshop using theatrical warmup games for social change Games include: "What's Your Value?" "This is Not a Rope" "Mirroring" ...and more! Je'Jae Cleo Mizrahi is a Queer Mizrahi mixed media artist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Film | Straight Outta Compton (2015): biographical drama


In 1988, a groundbreaking new group revolutionizes music and pop culture, changing and influencing hip-hop forever. N.W.A's first studio album, Straight Outta Compton, stirs controversy with its brutally honest depiction of life in Southern Los Angeles. With guidance from veteran manager Jerry Heller, band members Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella, and MC Ren navigate their way through the industry, acquiring fame, fortune, and a place in history. Director: F. Gary Gray Cast: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Birdwatching | Island Bird Tour


Nearly 240 bird species have been spotted on Governors Island, which provides excellent habitat all year round. Whether you’re an expert birder or a beginner, these tours will help you discover all of the birdlife the island has to offer. Binoculars are available to borrow.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tour | Urban Farm Tour


Discover a world of bees, compost, and organic gardening right in New York City. Learn about the organizations - including The Bee Conservancy, Earth Matters and GrowNYC who are making the city a little greener.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Gallery Talk | Something Beautiful: Reframing La Colección


A tour to explore and discuss the on-view sections of the exhibition, the gallery's most ambitious presentation of its unique, complex, and culturally diverse permanent collection in over two decades.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Play | A Midsummer Night's Dream: "Unrehearsed" Shakespeare Outdoors


Popularly referred to as "Shakespeare for Sports Fans," the Unrehearsed! event is a great opportunity for actors to go toe-to-toe with the bard, while simultaneously stretching their improv muscles. Cast members are given just 30 days to learn their lines and get off book. At NO TIME are they permitted to rehearse with each other or coordinate performances. Audiences will be delighted to see referees standing by, ready to call "foul" and flag actors for missed cues, flubbed lines, and ad-libbing. Audience members can also get in on the action by placing bets on who they think will make the most mistakes, and for the first time ever, tip their favorite cast members to encourage them on towards the finish line! A two hour extravaganza of live-theatre magic mixed with the hilarious hijinks of hoping actors will mess up! Featuring Barefoot Shakespeare alumni, friends and newcomers, including: Natalie Ahn, James Alt, Laurel Andersen, Carl Bindman, Jordan Bland, Kelly Blaze, Andrew Dunn, Preston Fox, Nicky Fraebel, Alex Gomez, Johnny Gottsegen, Addy Paul Jenkins, Rachel Lawhead, Collin McConnell, Caeden Musser, Erinn Nelson, Amy Pan, Clinton Powell, Jefferson Reardon, Regina Renee Russell, Clare Solly, Simone Stadler, Robin Friend Stift, and Abby Wilde. \
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free

Festival | First Saturdays: Free Programs of Art and Entertainment


At the monthly First Saturdays, thousands of visitors enjoy free programs of art and entertainment, including dynamic performances and participatory experiences.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Screening | Fade to Black: Short Film on Contemporary Race Relations (online thru Sep 30)


In Tony Cokes's meditation on contemporary race relations, two black men discuss in voiceover certain “casual” events in life and cinema that are unnoticed or discounted by whites—gestures, hesitations, stares, off-the-cuff remarks, jokes—details of an ideology of repressed racism. 32 minutes
   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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Movie in a Park | American Underdog (2021): Rags-to-Riches Football Story


The story of NFL MVP and Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner, who went from stocking shelves at a supermarket to becoming an American football star. Directors: Andrew Erwin Stars: Zachary Levi, Anna Paquin, Hayden Zaller 112 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Screening | Champion by Grammy Winner Terence Blanchard


Grammy Award-winning jazz composer Terence Blanchard's first opera stars bass-baritones Ryan Speedo Green and Eric Owens as boxer Emile Griffith.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free

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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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
Free
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