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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on September 15, 2023?

28 free events take place on Friday, September 15 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 15 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 Friday, September 15, 2023

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free events nyc Filling Station: 1938 Ballet Restaged at a Gas Station
free events nyc Why the Museum Matters with Former Met President
free events nyc Akeelah and the Bee (2006): Girl in Spelling Competition with Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne
free events nyc Songs by an Immigrant Vol. 2: Broadway's "Next Big Thing"
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Workshop | Tai Chi


Improve balance, strength and focus through gentle exercises. The sights and sounds of the river provide a serene background for the ancient flowing postures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 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
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Symposium | Science Diplomacy in Times of Global Crises


This is the second day of our two-day event “Science Diplomacy in Times of Global Crises”. Here you will find general information on the event and the program for the two panel sessions on Friday, September 15th, 2023. Science diplomacy is an often-promulgated concept in light of tackling global challenges in an increasingly interconnected and competitive world order. Science diplomacy is believed to foster peace and understanding between nations and has often been utilized to argue for more cooperation and openness among adverse states. Can science diplomacy keep up with its promise in an ever-more fragmented multipolar world? Does the concept and its basic tenets need to be revised or has science diplomacy never been more valid and important? This event explores science diplomacy in current global affairs from at least two perspectives in times of multiple crises: the need for openness and collaboration in tackling global challenges and the need for safe-guarding indisputable values, principles and interests. The first perspective will be addressed with a focus on Artificial Intelligence (Session 1: “Open science diplomacy for an ethical and trustworthy global AI”), the second perspective will be covered by attending to the risks of foreign interference, intellectual property right, misinformation and manipulation in international science cooperation (Session 2: “Science diplomacy in a fragmented, multipolar world”).
   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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Symposium | Between Ellipses: Rediscovering the Life and Art of Józef Czapski


2023 marks 30 years since painter and writer Józef Czapski passed away at the age of 96 in Mesnil-le-Roi, outside of Paris. On the wall of Maison Kultura, home of the Instytut Literacki and the journal Kultura, where Czapski lived and worked since the 1940s, hangs a bronze death mask of his angular face, and another cast of his hand–the essential tool of this émigré artist and writer, who recorded his life and work in 250 some journals, countless essays and several memoirs, and over hundreds of drawings and paintings. This symposium invites a new audience to discover Czapski–intellectual, activist, historical witness, and “queer hero.” We seek to go beyond the pre-ordained narratives about Czapski’s contributions to Polish culture and discover what lies “between ellipses.” We will discuss the evolution of his reception in Poland (from persona non grata to national hero) as well as the recent translation and publication of his work in the United States by the New York Review of Books. Join us and participate in an afternoon of panels covering the life, writing, painting and translation of Czapski’s oeuvre. We will discuss new interpretations of his work, framed through translation and queer studies, and will be joined by scholars, editors, and translators of this 20th century cultural icon.  Program: 12:00 – 2:00 pm | Panel I: Czapski Uncensored: Rediscovering and Queering the Polish Artist and Writer Moderator: Christopher Caes 2:30 – 5:00 pm | Panel II: Czapski in the U.S.: On the Translation and Reception of his Oeuvre Moderator: Monika Zaleska
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Lecture | Exhaustion: Beyond the Chilling Effect


In her seminar, "Exhaustion: Beyond the Chilling Effect", which is drawn from her current book project, Sareeta Amrute will discuss doxing, harassment, and online attacks against activists in the South Asian diaspora, developing an experiential account of digital violence, and argue that speech-based approaches to online communications cannot capture this experience. With a view to understanding how such violence may be overcome, she develops the idea of exhaustion as a contronym using the scholarship of Denise Ferriera da Silva, ethnographic accounts of responding to digital violence, and the writings of anti-caste scholar Periyar. The paper is part of a larger argument about the relationship among diasporic activism, anti-caste thought, and development of new ways of staying safe online.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshop | Games & Grooves: Lunchtime Fun


Get a group together for some lunchtime grooves and play. A variety of lawn and board games will be made available to borrow and play over the lunch hour, while a DJ spins your favorite beats. Dominoes, cornhole, ping-pong and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
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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Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 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: Danny Mixon.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Film | Wild (2014) with Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern


Driven to the edge by the loss of her beloved mother, the dissolution of her marriage, and a headlong dive into self-destructive behavior, Cheryl Strayed makes a decision to halt her downward spiral and put her life back together again. With no outdoors experience, a heavy backpack and little else to go on but her own will, Cheryl sets out alone to hike the Pacific Crest Trail -- one of the country's longest and toughest through-trails. Director: Jean-Marc Vallee Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski Reese Witherspoon is an American actress and producer. She is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and two Golden Globe Awards. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2006 and 2015, and Forbes listed her among the World's 100 Most Powerful Women in 2019 and 2021. Laura Dern is an American actress. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, a BAFTA Award, and five Golden Globe Awards.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

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 | Renfield (2023) with Nicolas Cage


Renfield, the tortured aide to his narcissistic boss, Dracula, is forced to procure his master's prey and do his every bidding. However, after centuries of servitude, he's ready to see if there's a life outside the shadow of the Prince of Darkness. Director: Chris McKay Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Awkwafina, Ben Schwartz, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Brandon Scott Jones, Adrian Martinez, Nicolas Cage Nicolas Cage is an American actor and film producer. Born into the Coppola family, he is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award. Cage first gained attention for his romantic roles in Valley Girl (1983), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) and Moonstruck (1987), and gained praise for playing an ex-convict in the comedy Raising Arizona (1987). For starring as an alcoholic in Leaving Las Vegas (1995), he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He received another Academy Award nomination for his performance as twins Charlie and Donald Kaufman in Adaptation (2002).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | Vivo (2021) with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Zoe Saldana, and Gloria Estefan


This family-friendly adventure comedy is an animated musical that features eleven original songs. It follows an adventurous and music-loving capuchin monkey as he makes a perilous journey from Havana to Miami to pursue his calling and ambitions in show business. Director: Kirk DeMicco Cast: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ynairaly Simo, Zoe Saldana, Juan de Marcos, Brian Tyree Henry, Gloria Estefan Lin-Manuel Miranda is an American songwriter, actor, filmmaker, and playwright. He is known for creating the Broadway musicals In the Heights (2005) and Hamilton (2015), and the soundtracks for the animated films Moana (2016), Vivo, and Encanto (both 2021). His numerous accolades include three Tony Awards, two Emmy Awards, five Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and more. Zoe Saldana is an American actress. Known primarily for her work in science fiction film franchises, she has starred in four of the highest-grossing films of all time; (Avatar, Avatar: The Way of Water, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame), a feat not achieved by any other performer. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2023. Gloria Estefan is a Cuban-born American singer, actress, and businesswoman. Estefan is an eight-time Grammy Award winner, a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, and has been named one of the Top 100 greatest artists of all time by both VH1 and Billboard. Estefan's record sales exceed 100 million worldwide, making her one of the best-selling female singers of all-time. Many of Estefan's songs became international chart-topping hits, including 1-2-3, Don't Wanna Lose You, Coming Out of the Dark, Turn the Beat Around, and Heaven's What I Feel. Estefan is credited with breaking down barriers and opening doors for Latin musicians, including Selena, Jon Secada, Shakira and Ricky Martin.
   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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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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5:00 pm
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Concert | Punk Rock in the Heart of the City


A music form, a coping mechanism, an ethos, and a bridge between disciplines and communities, punk continues reinventing itself. Curated and presented by New Inc, this mini-festival expands the story of punk — the early adoption of peer to peer music distribution, the intersection of punk and hip-hop in the area, and the artists who use punk as a means of expanding their studio practice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Dance Performance | Filling Station: 1938 Ballet Restaged at a Gas Station


A newly commissioned project by Paris-based American multidisciplinary artist Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Filling Station comprises three dance performances. For this project, Lutz-Kinoy reinterprets the one-act ballet Filling Station, originally staged by the short-lived troupe Ballet Caravan--initially co-founded by Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine as the American Ballet and touted as the first professional ballet company in the United States--as part of a presentation titled A Sunday in Town, which debuted in Hartford, Connecticut, on January 6, 1938. The original performance featured music by composer Virgil Thomson, choreography by Lew Christensen (known for his direction of the San Francisco Ballet from 1952 to 1984), and costumes by artist Paul Cadmus. This ballet is credited as the first ballet directed by an American choreographer, danced by an American company, and based on an American theme, with music and designs by American artists. Lutz-Kinoy's restaging views this 1938 work of American dance through a contemporary lens, creating a dynamic and queered space for a reflection on race, class, and gender. The project features new choreography by Niall Jones (Lead Choreographer) and Raymond Pinto (Consulting Choreographer); a new music score made by musician James Ferraro; a set design by Lutz-Kinoy; and costumes by Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta of fashion label Eckhaus Latta. The seven-member ensemble of dancers includes Bria Bacon, Ayano Elson, Maxfield Haynes, Kris Lee, Niala, Mina Nishimura, and Raymond Pinto.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:30 pm
Free

Opening Reception | Interconnecting Lines: Group Show


An ongoing artistic project that puts an emotional and empathetic emphasis on the human experience. Artio Gallery will be showcasing a curated selection of contemporary artworks by emerging and established artists with their own deep and enriching stories to tell, exploring themes of mortality, beliefs, and the meaning of love through visual abstraction and deeply-rooted emotions. These artists vary in different creative skills, and artistic education. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to connect with art enthusiasts, collectors, and curators from around the world and introduce them to our artists' works.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | More than One: Ken Ohara's Photographic Journey 1972-2012


Kick off the season with a solo show featuring works by the acclaimed Japanese photographer Ken Ohara who has been creating influential works since the 1970s.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Screening | Secret Sixteen Screening: 16mm Films


16mm films from the Cinema Studies Department Archive. With lo-fi gems, oddball curiosities, and pre-internet obscurities. There's a surprise here for everyone!  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Dance Lesson | Tango in the Park


Put on your dancing shoes and learn with Strictly Tango NYC Dance School. Experience "the authentic Buenos Aires Tango feeling." Come with your partner, your friends, or come by yourself and find a new dance partner.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | Why the Museum Matters with Former Met President


Join Dan H. Weiss, the former president and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Adrien Gardere, museographer and founder of Studio Gardere, as they discuss the function of the museum in an ever-changing society. They will outline the challenges modern museums face, from collecting practices to freedom of expression, and explore how museums can uphold enduring values while embracing change in a modern world. Dan H. Weiss is the Homewood Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University. Previously, he served as president and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Upon leaving, he published Why the Museum Matters, a meditation on the role of art museums and the future of museums at large. Adrien Gardere has designed permanent exhibitions of 15 major museums and over 70 temporary exhibitions worldwide. RSVP does not guarantee entry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Play | My Grandmother's Eyepatch: Absurd Clown Comedy


What happens when an idiot leads a memorial service for a long-deceased family member? In this off-the-wall-comedy, NYC-based comedian Julia VanderVeen leads the audience through wild stages of grief as she attempts to honor her beloved Grandmother.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | Luis Buñuel's The Exterminating Angel (1962): Classic Spanish Cinema


A group of high-society friends are invited to a mansion for dinner and find themselves inexplicably unable to leave, in Luis Buñuel’s daring masterpiece. Director: Luis Buñuel Stars: Silvia Pinal, Jacqueline Andere. Enrique Rambal 95 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Movie in a Park | Akeelah and the Bee (2006): Girl in Spelling Competition with Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne


A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee. Director: Doug Atchison Stars: Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Keke Palmer 112 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free

Concert | Songs by an Immigrant Vol. 2: Broadway's "Next Big Thing"


Heralded by no less than Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda as "the next big thing on Broadway," Mexican musical multi-hyphenate Jaime Lozano celebrates the release of his highly anticipated new album Songs by an Immigrant Vol. 2. A 2022 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient, Lozano honestly portrays the challenges of the first- and second-generation middle class U.S. immigrant experience: finding a new home, learning a new language, dealing with discrimination, pursuing the American Dream, and searching for ways to build bridges instead of walls.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free

Movie in a Park | Spike Lee's Crooklyn (1994): Affectionate Portrait of Coming of Age in Brooklyn


A vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school teacher, her stubborn jazz musician husband and their five kids living in Brooklyn in 1973. Director: Spike Lee Stars: Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, David Patrick Kelly 115 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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