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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on September 16, 2023?

29 free events take place on Saturday, 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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29 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Saturday, September 16, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc A Celebration of the Indigenous Caribbean and Taino Roots
free events nyc Chamber Music on the Water
free events nyc Waterfront Dance Social: Hustle
free events nyc Ticket to Paradise (2022): Divorced Parents Team Up (with George Clooney, Julia Roberts)
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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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Workshop | Drawing in the Park


Paint in watercolor or use pastels and other drawing materials to capture the magical vistas of the Hudson River and the unique landscape of South Cove. An artist/educator will help participants of all levels with instruction and critique. Materials provided, and artists are encouraged to bring their own favorite media
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshop | Kayaking in the Park


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
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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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Fair | Hester 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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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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Workshop | Shape Up NYC Dance Fitness


A fun dance fitness class. Colorful outfits are encouraged.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Festival | A Celebration of the Indigenous Caribbean and Taino Roots


A day celebrating Taino art and culture! Activities will be led by Higuayagua Taino luku Kairi, a tribal group/organization dedicated to research and the dissemination of Caribbean indigenous cultures. The group will share engaging activities throughout the day with a focus on language, dance, material culture, spirituality, and storytelling. This day of community and celebration will culminate with a performance by Higuayagua and a concert featuring Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble. This special edition of the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble will feature artists with Taino roots and explores questions of indigenous identity and history. Connections between the indigenous people of Boriquen, Quisqueya, and Cuba will be illustrated musically. Art making activities and gallery tours of the exhibition Something Beautiful: Reframing La Coleccion will be led by educators throughout the day.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free

Parade | German-American Steuben Parade


Over more than fifty years, the German-American Steuben Parade has grown into the largest event of its kind in the United States. No other festival in New York City is as colorful and as much fun as our parade with hundreds of music and dance groups, the wildly costumed and masked Karneval groups, the folks in their historic Tracht, the marksmen and all the other marchers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Concert | Eastern European Folk with a Jazz Aesthetic -- Outdoors


This fiddle-forward fusion band blends Eastern European, Balkan and Gypsy dance music with a convivial jazz aesthetic. Inspired by fiddling folk bands of Romania and Hungary, Sedi Donka will get you tapping your toes to odd-meters and singing along in a myriad of languages!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Workshop | Art En Plein Air


An instructor from the Art Students League leads a visual exploration of the beautiful park. Learn to draw or paint from observation. Bring your favorite drawing supplies; some basic materials provided.
   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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Festival | Anti-Venom: Exhibition, Talks, Performances, Readings


A full day of artist talks, performances, readings and a special DJ set to celebrate an exhibition that brings together seven multidisciplinary artists to ask: How do we affirm our humanity in the face of complex harm? In this luminous exhibition of videos the artists face a troubled reality and transform it, directing our gaze towards radiant visions of the future. Each of the programs featured offer a microdose towards collective healing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (2023) with Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates


Eleven-year-old Margaret moves to a new town and starts to contemplate everything about life, friendship, and adolescence. She relies on her mother, Barbara, who offers loving support, and her grandmother, Sylvia, who's coming to terms with finding happiness in the next phase of her life. Questions of identity, one's place in the world, and what brings meaning to life soon bring them closer together than ever before. Director: Kelly Fremon Craig Cast: Abby Ryder Fortson, Rachel McAdams, and Kathy Bates Rachel McAdams made her Hollywood film debut in the comedy The Hot Chick. She rose to fame in 2004 with the comedy Mean Girls and the romantic drama The Notebook. In 2005, she starred in the romantic comedy Wedding Crashers, the psychological thriller Red Eye, and the comedy-drama The Family Stone. Kathy Bates is an American actor and director. Known for her roles in comedic and dramatic films and television programs, she has received various accolades throughout her career spanning over five decades, including an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Primetime Emmy Awards, in addition to nominations for a Tony Award and two British Academy Film Awards.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | Private Benjamin (1980) with Goldie Hawn


A Jewish-American princess, Judy Benjamin, is devastated when her husband drops dead on their wedding night. While she grieves, a duplicitous recruiter for the Women's Army Corps convinces her to enlist. Judy thinks her enlistment is like a vacation but Captain Lewis quickly dashes her hopes of an easy time. As Judy goes through basic training like any other grunt, she becomes a good soldier and develops a sense of self-esteem. Director: Howard Zieff Cast: Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan, Armand Assante, Robert Webber, Sam Wanamaker, Barbara Barrie, Mary Kay Place, Harry Dean Stanton, Albert Brooks Goldie Hawn is an American actress, dancer, producer, and singer. She rose to fame on the NBC sketch comedy program Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968-1970), before going on to receive the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Cactus Flower (1969).
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free

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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Festival | Viva México: A Celebration of Art and Music


Aan afternoon of live music with live soulful tunes by the fabulous Claudia Valentina Montes and art-making activities everyone can enjoy. Explore the exhibitions, A Collection without Borders and Anatomy of a Fresco: Drawings of José Clemente Orozco.    
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Concert | Chamber Music on the Water


A one hour performance (no intermission), including a Q & A session with the musicians. The program is announced at the performance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Serene organ meditations in an intimate venue (In Person AND Online)


Enjoy a program of hymns, anthems, and voluntaries for the organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Dance Lesson | Vogue in Celebration of O'Shae Sibley


Celebrate and honor the life of O’Shae Sibley and uplift the LGBTQ+ dance community on National Dance Day. O’Shae’s talent as a dancer, love for voguing, and energy that he brought into class continues to inspire us. Dancers and non-dancers alike are invited to this free open-level vogue class led by Ailey instructor Jason Rodriguez. They ask that students wear orange in celebration of O’Shae.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:30 pm
Free

Opening Reception | Linda Lundgren and Sverre Lundgren: Symbiosis


A special exhibition of the work of Swedish artists Linda Lundgren and Sverre Lundgren. As solo artists that also show their work together, Symbiosis tells the story of an ongoing, creative conversation between two artists and their powerful, evocative work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Parallel Horizons: Nine International Photographers


A photography multimedia exhibition featuring a collective of nine international visual artists, curated by Cameron Judith Peters. The unique projects in this show move between evolving perspectives, identities, and communities, asking essential questions across local and global contexts. How do we search for a home when it is no longer the place we come from? What does the intimate and visceral act of eating reveal about our relationships with nature? If our species ceases to exist, what might our human archive look like?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Film | Luis Buñuel's The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972): Oscar-Winning Classic Spanish Cinema


In this deliciously satiric masterpiece, an upper-middle-class sextet sits down to a dinner that is continually delayed, their attempts to eat thwarted by vaudevillian events both actual and imagined, including terrorist attacks, military maneuvers, and ghostly apparitions. The Oscar-winning pinnacle of Buñuel’s late-career ascent as a feted maestro of the international art house, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is also one of his most gleefully radical assaults on the values of the ruling class. Director: Luis Buñuel Stars: Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Paul Frankeur 102 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Dancing | Waterfront Dance Social: Hustle


The night starts off with a 45-minute all-levels introductory class, which will transition into a dance party. All are welcome, regardless of skill level.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Works of William Byrd (1540 - 1623) for Voice and Lutes


William Byrd (1540 - 1623) was an English Renaissance composer. Considered among the greatest composers of the Renaissance, he had a profound influence on composers both from his native country and on the Continent.[1] He is often considered along with John Dunstaple and Henry Purcell as one of England's most important early music composers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Movie in a Park | Ticket to Paradise (2022): Divorced Parents Team Up (with George Clooney, Julia Roberts)


A divorced couple teams up and travels to Bali to stop their daughter from making the same mistake they think they made 25 years ago. Director: Ol Parker Stars: George Clooney, Sean Lynch, Julia Roberts 104 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
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