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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on September 5, 2023?

28 free events take place on Tuesday, September 5 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 5 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 Tuesday, September 5, 2023

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Editor's Picks

free events nyc Garment District Tour: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More
free events nyc Knives Out (2019) with Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer, and More
free events nyc The Future of Vulnerable Historic Buildings in New York City
free events nyc Brooklyn Sunset Waterfront Walk
free events nyc Acclaimed Brazilian Singer-Songwriter: Music and Conversation
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Birdwatching | Park Birding Tour


Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season with guided tours by NYC Audubon, led by environmental educator and urban naturalist Gabriel Willow. The 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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8:00 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
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10:00 am
Free

Workshop | Tuesday Morning Yoga


End your day right with this rejuvenating class.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshop | Adult Zumba


Exercise in disguise! Join in on the fun featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Bring your friends and come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training and a lot of fun.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Tour | Garment District Tour: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More


Hear an unusual perspective from somebody who spent the greater portion of his life working in the GARMENT industry. You will learn how the apparel industry developed in NYC through the years, and how it came to be located in its current District. Watch the development of the industry from sweatshops in the old tenement buildings on the Lower East Side, to giant factories in China and Bangladesh. See how immigrants were the backbone of the industry and in NYC, still are. Five minute flow chart "From Fibers To Garment". Learn about Calvin, Ralph and Oscar, as well as Labor Unions and Gangsters. A Factory Visit When Available. See "The Garment Worker'' by Judith Weller, The Fashion Walk of Fame. The Giant Button and Needle artwork on Seventh Ave. And much more. Rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free

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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Talk | The Life of Puerto Rican Activist Antonia Pantoja (online)


An iconic figure in the Puerto Rican diaspora, Antonia Pantoja reigns as one of the leaders in community development and as a key figure in the founding of several seminal Puerto Rican institutions. Best known for the inception and creation of ASPIRA, Pantoja was dedicated to the self-determination of the Puerto Rican community. Celebrate the life of this iconic leader and explore her collection currently housed at CENTRO. This collection contains historical materials on the inception and initial growth of ASPIRA of New York, Inc., as well as a vast array of photographs documenting all phases of Pantoja’s life. In addition, the collection documents the evolution of Pantoja’s consciousness as a Black Puerto Rican woman and a Nuyorican, and the subsequent contributions of these identities to her professional development. Hear directly from CENTRO Digital Archivist, Lindsay Wittwer, who will share select archival materials, and Lillian Jimenez, director of the film on Pantoja's life, Antonia Pantoja ¡Presente!, who will provide further context on her archival collection at CENTRO.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Conference | Original Cast Recordings: Art, Artefact and Analysis (In Person AND Online)


This conference aims to explore the enduring popularity, sonic heritage, cultural influence, and future possibilities of popular musical theatre on record. In this special, hybrid live and online portion of the conference, Billy Rose Theatre Division curator Doug Reside presents a selection from his new book, Fixing the Musical: How Technologies Shaped the Broadway Repertory, which will be published on September 8. The keynote will then be delivered by Professor Laurence Maslon of the Tisch School for the Arts at NYU, building on the work of his 2018 book, Broadway to Main Street: How Show Tunes Enchanted America. Check-in line forms 45 minutes before the advertised start time. Registered guests are given priority check-in 15 to 30 minutes before start time. Five minutes before the advertised start time, all seats are released, regardless of registration, to patrons in the stand-by line. If you arrive after the program starts, you will be seated at the discretion of the front-of-house staff.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
Free

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: Yuka Aikawa .
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Film | Clue (1985): comedy-mystery


Six blackmail victims are invited to an isolated mansion by a man who knows a dark secret from each of their pasts. On arrival, each is given a pseudonym drawn from Cluedo before being introduced to the blackmailer. Each is handed a weapon, at which point the lights are switched off and the blackmailer is killed. Can the guests uncover the murderer before they all become victims? Director: Jonathan Lynn Cast: Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshop | Drop-In Chess


Play the popular strategy game while getting pointers and advice from an expert. Chess improves concentration, problem solving, and strategic planning -- plus it's fun. For ages 5 and up (adults welcome).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:30 pm
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Film | Knives Out (2019) with Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer, and More


The circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey are mysterious, but there's one thing that renowned Detective Benoit Blanc knows for sure -- everyone in the wildly dysfunctional Thrombey family is a suspect. Now, Blanc must sift through a web of lies and red herrings to uncover the truth. Director: Rian Johnson Cast: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Christopher Plummer Daniel Craig is an English actor who gained international fame by playing the fictional secret agent James Bond for five installments in the film series, from Casino Royale (2006) up to No Time to Die (2021). Chris Evans gained wide recognition for portraying Captain America in various Marvel Cinematic Universe films, from Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) to Avengers: Endgame (2019). His work in the franchise established him as one of the world's highest-paid actors. Aside from comic book roles, Evans has starred in the drama Gifted (2017), the mystery film Knives Out (2019), and more. Jamie Lee Curtis is an American actress, producer, and children's author. Known for her performances in the horror and slasher genres, she is regarded as a scream queen, in addition to roles in comedies. Curtis has received multiple accolades, including an Academy Award, a BAFTA, and two Golden Globes, as well as nominations for a Primetime Emmy and a Grammy. Christopher Plummer was a Canadian actor. His career spanned seven decades, gaining him recognition for his performances in film, stage, and television. He received multiple accolades, including an Academy Award, two Tony Awards, and two Primetime Emmy Awards, making him the only Canadian recipient of the "Triple Crown of Acting." He also received a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award as well as a nomination for a Grammy Award.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:45 pm
Free

Concert | Gallery Opening Concert


Pre-opening concert with multi-instrumentalists Shahzad Ismaily and Michał Dymny for the art exhibition Kus + Libera, featuring the work of Agata Kus and Zbigniew Libera.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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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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5:00 pm
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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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5:30 pm
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Opening Reception | Jenna Westra: Twinchecks


Jenna Westra’s photographs take place in the overlapping spaces of performance, portraiture, and dreams. These are all zones for shared collaborative improvisation — living settings for interactions between memory and presentness, intention and chance. Like photography, all human action unfolds memory. All the lenses, films, chemicals, papers, and other materials of analog picture-making are good stand-ins for our minds, eyes, mouths, bodies, limbs — for many mortal senses and forms. Likewise, memory and photography are twinned; bound together by their mirrored states of reflection and constraint. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lecture | Harry Seidler's Australia Square: Sydney's First Modern Skyscraper (online)


Completed in 1967, six years before J?rn Utzon's Sydney Opera House, Australia Square was the first truly modern skyscraper on the continent and, arguably, the world's tallest lightweight concrete building. The 50-story cylindrical tower once stood alone as the focal point of a full city-block development in Central Sydney and with a popular plaza that made the complex the first successful large-scale commercial project in Australia. Vienna-born emigre architect Harry Seidler (1923-2006) brought his Harvard GSD and Black Mountain College training and experience in the offices of Marcel Breuer and Oscar Niemeier to his adoptive Australia where he became the country's leading postwar modernist from 1948 on. Australia Square also began Seidler's creative collaboration with Italian structural engineer Pier Luigi Nervi, with whom he worked on a number of large projects. This is a talk by curator and critic Vladimir Belogolovsky, author of Harry Seidler: LifeWork and curator of Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture. He will discuss Australia Square's design and construction principles and inherent circular geometry, placing Seidler's first iconic tower in the context of four other key projects with similar concrete technology and geometric principles: the Trade Group Offices in Canberra (1974), MLC Centre in Sydney (1975), the Australian Embassy in Paris (1977), and the Hong Kong Club (1984). After his talk, Belogolovsky will be joined in dialogue with Tom Leslie, author of Beauty's Rigor: Patterns of Production in the Work of Pier Luigi Nervi (2017).
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Reading | Poetry in the Park


Poetry from Gabrielle Bates, Jennifer Funk, Virginia Konchan, Tess Taylor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | The Future of Vulnerable Historic Buildings in New York City


A conversation about the protection and preservation of vulnerable historic buildings across the five boroughs. They'll explore nine case studies, plus other vulnerable historic spaces, and discuss the Landmark Preservation Commission's Vulnerable Historic Buildings Action Plan. The conversation will be moderated by Frampton Tolbert and feature the following panelists: Valerie Jo Bradley (Save Harlem Now!), Andrea Goldwyn (Landmarks Conservancy), John Weiss (LPC), Edmund Meade (Silman). Time will be allotted for Q&A. Following the program, stay for mingling and light refreshments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
$5

Park Walk | Brooklyn Sunset Waterfront Walk


Docents leads a tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park's's sustainable design, and how the park came to life. Wear comfortable shoes, as these tours traverse the beautiful park landscape.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free

Workshop | Moving for Life Workout


Moving for Life is a gentle workout that begins with breathing exercises, then moves into active aerobic dancing that strengthens body awareness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Dialogue with a Somnambulist: Stories, Essays & A Portrait Gallery


Renowned internationally for her lyrically unsettling novels, PEN/Faulkner Award winner Chloe Aridjis now offers readers her first collection of shorter works, with an introduction by Tom McCarthy. Chloe Aridjis’s stories and essays are known to transport readers into liminal, often dreamlike, realms. In this collection of works, we meet a woman guided only by a plastic bag drifting through the streets of Berlin who discovers a nonsense-named bar that is home to papier-mâché monsters and one glass-encased somnambulist. Floating through space, cosmonauts are confronted not only with wonder and astonishment, but tedium and solitude. And in Mexico City, stray dogs animate public spaces, “infusing them with a noble life force.” In her pen portraits, Aridjis turns her eye to expats and outsiders, including artists and writers such as Leonora Carrington, Mavis Gallant, and Beatrice Hastings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 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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Book Discussion | This Is All I Got: A New Mother's Search for Home


Award-winning journalist Lauren Sandler's book is an unsparing portrait of a fierce heroine; a story to shatter complacency regarding the problem of worsening inequality in the United States. Camila’s deeply affecting story takes us through the daily treacheries and unexpected triumphs of surviving when you’re born with nothing and have nothing to rely upon. In the process, this intimately-told experience of a single remarkable human being offers a harrowing diagnostic of the vast, lumbering social service system in this country.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Dance Performance | Crack Nerve Boogie Swerve: Dance and Music Showcasing the Human Body -- Outdoors


Alexis Blake merges visual arts, performance, and dance to explore the body as an archive of embodied knowledge. Each of Blake's compositions are based on extensive research into specific histories--such as the politics of emotions, archetypal depictions of women in western art history from the Renaissance to the start of Modernism, or the banning of lamentations in Ancient Greece--which she uses to build an ever-expanding lexicon of gestures, sounds, and even scents. In all her works, the artist directly connects with the representation and subjectification of women's and queer bodies while activating them as sites and agents for socio-political change. Blake presents a new iteration of her work Crack Nerve Boogie Swerve, a work that takes up glass and breaking as metaphors for the fragility and strength of the individual and collective body. Both an installation and a performance, the work starts with sheets of glass nestled in moveable steel bases. The performers, who are a percussionist, two sound artists and four dancers coming from different dance genres such as breakdance, hip hop, contemporary, ballet, West African, and tap, activate the glass to explore transparency, resistance, resonance and breaking--breaking free from constraints and liberating oneself from the confinement of oppression.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Reading | No Name Super Story Party


No Name Comedy/Variety Show producer Eric Vetter brings New York’s best established and emerging authors and storytellers. Super Story Party is curated and co-hosted by author/storyteller Michele Carlo. The show will also include a “Magic Hat Open-Mic” where audience members can signup for a chance at four minutes of stage time to share their own stories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Stargazing in the City


Head to the park for a walk and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association to see rare celestial sights. No experience is necessary and telescopes will be provided. Starts at dusk.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Concert | Acclaimed Brazilian Singer-Songwriter: Music and Conversation


An evening of conversation with Roberta Campos, one of Brazil's most acclaimed singer-songwriters, as she talks about her extraordinary journey. The event will be moderated by Alexander Silva and Mila Burns. They propose a musical conversation, in which Roberta's musical performances will be followed by her sharing of personal stories, shedding light on her remarkable collaborations with renowned names in Brazilian music. She will also revisit the creation of several hits and offer insights into the art of successful songwriting. With over 21 number-one hits featured in Brazil's top TV station soap operas, Campos will delve into the intricacies of composing for this medium. Additionally, she will discuss the evolving landscape of the new MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) music scene in Brazil, providing a glimpse into the vibrant and dynamic musical culture of the country. The talk will be intercalated with some of her most successful songs. The event will be held in Portuguese and English.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:30 pm
Free
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