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September 21, 2021. Free shows, free concerts, free movies, free tours, free readings, worshops, lectures, etc.  are New York's best kept secret! Learn all about it and do not miss the unique opportunities that only New York provides: NYC never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment whether it's day or night, weekday or weekend, summer or winter, spring or fall, January or June, May or September. If you are looking for inexpensive things to do and where to go in Manhattan today, tonight, tomorrow, or any other time, or any other day of any week - you came to the right place: just click on any day on the calendar dispayed on the every page of our site and you will see how many events you can attend in Manhattan free of charge on that very day.

New York's cultural scene is at its busiest in October and March (and the same goes for free events, free things to do), but other months of the year still offer incredible amount of high quality, off the beaten path, unique free events, free things to do which will take your breath away! So if you looking for something to do in April or November, December or February, you will find tons of free things to do, free events to go to. (In June, July and August lots of those free events take place outdoors, of course).

So start using these unique New York City opportunities today, September 21, 2021!

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Where else but in New York City can you listen to a world-class musician, discuss a book with a famous author, take a part in poetry reading, have a glass of wine at an art exhibition opening, and all that on the same day, and all that free of charge, and all of that on any day of the year, whether it's December or July, April or November!

The trick is to know about those free events, free things to do BEFORE they happen, not after the fact. That's where Club Free Time comes in handy! Become a Club Free Time member and start using these unique New York City (NYC) opportunities today, September 21, 2021!

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Free things to do, free events that take place in New York City every day of the year are truly amazing. So if you're looking for something interesting to do today (September 21, 2021) or on any other day of the year don't miss those free-of-charge opportunities that only New York provides! You can find lots of high quality, off the beaten path, unique free events, free things to do which will take your breath away!

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In addition to providing information about free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC), Club Free Time offers its members complimentary tickets to classical music concerts, dance performances and theater: when a producer wants that special buzz of the 'full house' - Club Free Time members are welcomed for their enthusiasm and sophistication!

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Experience an entirely new perspective on New York. 'Open up a whole new cultural world... in one of the most vibrant capital cities in the world, sampling cultural delights beyond anyone's wildest dream.' Rupert Parker, journalist, photographer, cameraman, and TV producer
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'New York is abuzz with so much culture that they're giving it away.' (The New York Times article about Club Free Time).

35 free things to do in New York City (NYC) today:
Tuesday, September 21, 2021

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Classical Music | World's Leading Conductor Sir Simon Rattle and The Berliner Philharmoniker: Sibelius (online, streaming until Sep 24)


Sir Simon Rattle leads The Berliner Philharmoniker in Sibelius's Sixth and Seventh symphonies. Sir Simon Denis Rattle rose to international prominence while working with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (1980-1998). Rattle was principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic (2002-2018) and is currently music director of the London Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy this 2015 concert recorded at London's Barbican Hall.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 am
Free
Concerts, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, World's Leading Conductor Sir Simon Rattle and The Berliner Philharmoniker: Sibelius (online, streaming until Sep 24)

Birdwatching | Morning Bird Walk in the Park


"A guide shows you birds in the park during autumn migration. Beginners and advanced are welcome. Tuesdays, September 7-September 28, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Morning Bird Walk in the Park

Workshop | Adult Movement Classes


Get your body moving this summer with fun, unique dance classes that promote strong and creative movement among adults of all ages and abilities. Tuesdays, July 20-September 28, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Adult Movement Classes

Discussion | Meaningful Transformation of the Immigration Enforcement System (online)


The US Immigration system is subject to a variety of claims, including allegations of racial profiling and racial exclusion based on foundational laws like the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882; the identification of particular events such as the September 11th attacks as transformative influences on the American immigration system; and newer claims that the Trump administration has inaugurated a cruel chapter in the history of immigration policy in the US. The majority of these claims do not reflect positively on the system currently in existence, and a general consensus is that the US immigration system is ‘broken’, to use some of the most common language. But what does this actually mean? How is it broken? Precisely what is broken and why? What principles and values should the immigration system seek to uphold, that it is failing to? Is this failure procedural or structural? And perhaps most important, what changes are necessary for meaningful transformation of immigration enforcement? This panel will start a conversation around these questions, in order to help us engage deeply with the critiques we see today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Meaningful Transformation of the Immigration Enforcement System (online)

Talk | Climate Crisis Resiliency and the African Diaspora (online)


This event will focus on the impacts of the climate crisis on people of African descent across the globe along with the topics of diasporic solidarity, how to build community in the face of multiple crises and how we build resiliency through these challenges.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Talks, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Climate Crisis Resiliency and the African Diaspora (online)

Workshop | Student Loans: How to Manage Your Debt (online)


The director of the Education Debt Consumer Assistance Program (EDCAP), a program that helps New Yorkers manage their student loan debt, talks about what to do before federal student loan payments resume.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Student Loans: How to Manage Your Debt (online)

Jazz | Trumpeter Who Has Worked with Taylor Swift and Elvis Costello


A trumpeter, violinist, and vocalist who has performed with many of today's stars.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Concerts, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Trumpeter Who Has Worked with Taylor Swift and Elvis Costello

Classical Music | French Baroque on Harpsichord (in-person and online)


Harpsichordist performs music of Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (1665-1729). She was a musical pioneer at the height of the French Baroque era. She is considered the first woman to have composed an opera in France, which was titled Cephale et Procris and quilled in 1694. Her chamber music for harpsichord and violins are gems, combining the qualities of both French and Italian Baroque styles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
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Concerts, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, French Baroque on Harpsichord (in-person and online)

Concert | Piano Concert Outdoors


Piano concert series, showcasing ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Piano Concert Outdoors

Discussion | Breaking Barriers: Redesigning High School for All Students with Columbia University Professor (online)


Despite visions of an American Dream where grit and determination equal success, today a child's zip code is a better predictor of success than any amount of hard work or talent. That's what inspired Stanley Litow to create P-Tech (Pathways in Technology Early College High School), a public education reform model focused on college attainment and career readiness. P-Tech schools span grades 9-14 and enable students to earn both a high school diploma and a no-cost, two-year postsecondary degree in a STEM field. Started ten years ago in one school in a low-income Brooklyn neighborhood, P-Tech now operates in 240 schools across 12 states and 28 countries. Columbia University Professor Stanley Litow speaks with former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and P-Tech founding principal Rashid Ferrod Davis.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Breaking Barriers: Redesigning High School for All Students with Columbia University Professor (online)

Workshop | Bubblemaking in Midtown


We’ve all blown soap bubbles before. But have you ever created a bubble big enough to stand inside? Or one long enough to jump over? Open your eyes to the magical world of bubbles at this family-friendly weekly program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Workshops, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Bubblemaking in Midtown

Workshop | Juggling Lessons


Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in Midtown Manhattan. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Workshops, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Juggling Lessons

Concert | Broadway, Pop, Film Hits on Strings!


String quartet and cajon perform pop, Broadway, TV, film and other hits.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Broadway, Pop, Film Hits on Strings!

Workshop | Bubblemaking in Midtown


We’ve all blown soap bubbles before. But have you ever created a bubble big enough to stand inside? Or one long enough to jump over? Open your eyes to the magical world of bubbles at this family-friendly weekly program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Workshops, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Bubblemaking in Midtown

Discussion | Decolonizing Global Health (online)


Sakiko Fukuda-Parr in conversation with Seye Abimbola, Manjari Mahajan and Eugene Richardson on how race, power structures, finance capitalism, and colonialism explain why global health ideas, practices and structures perpetuate health inequalities.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Decolonizing Global Health (online)

Author Reading | Lean Fall Stand: A Novel of Surviving Catastrophe


Robert 'Doc' Wright, a veteran of Antarctic surveying, was there on the ice when the worst happened. He holds within him the complete story of that night--but depleted by the disaster, Wright is no longer able to communicate the truth. Instead, in the wake of the catastrophic expedition, he faces the most daunting adventure of his life: learning a whole new way to be in the world. Meanwhile Anna, his wife, must suddenly scramble to navigate the sharp and unexpected contours of life as a caregiver.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Lean Fall Stand: A Novel of Surviving Catastrophe

Discussion | Hoodwinked in the Hothouse: Examining False Corporate Schemes Being Advanced Through the Paris Agreement (online)


From Net Zero Emissions and Carbon Capture to Nature-based Solutions, a number of neoliberal policy agendas and unproven, corporate techno-fixes continue to subsidize the expansion of fossil fuel industries, while further impacting communities on the frontlines of climate chaos. As we head into the UN Climate Conference’ COP 26, where the implementation of the Paris Agreement will be negotiated, climate justice advocacy groups and social movements are faced with overcoming a complex array of these false climate schemes, in order to force lawmakers towards a Just Transition framework for tackling this crisis. An international panel of climate justice organizers and frontline community leaders will have a discussion about the multi-billion dollar climate investments being promoted by fossil fuel industries and other disaster capitalists at various NY Climate Week venues over the next few days.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Discussions, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Hoodwinked in the Hothouse: Examining False Corporate Schemes Being Advanced Through the Paris Agreement (online)

Lecture | Matters of Fact: The Concrete and the Conceptual in 1970s Latin American Art (online)


This talk will explore the relationships between Concrete art and Conceptualism in Latin America through the close study of three works produced in the 1970s: Citrus 6906 (1973/2014) by Héctor Fuenmayor, the Carimbos series (1978) by Carmela Gross, and Time (1970) by David Lamelas. -signified?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Matters of Fact: The Concrete and the Conceptual in 1970s Latin American Art (online)

Dancing | Salsa Social


Aksana Almaguer is excited to bring Salsa to the park. 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm : Free Salsa Dance Class (All levels welcomed) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Free Salsa Social Come alone, bring a date, or bring the family. Tuesdays, July 20-September 29, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dancings, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Salsa Social

Tour | Central Park - All About the Arts (online, livestream)


Shakespeare said it best - "All the world's a stage." This Central Park tour focuses on the arts. The tour begins at the American Museum of Natural History on Central Park West and ends at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 5th Ave. Along the journey,you'll see where puppeteers make marionettes come to life, where musicians play the hottest free concerts and where popular actors send Shakespeare's words into the open night air. You'll even catch a glimpse of one of America's founding fathers...now a Broadway STAR! Oh, and the tour guides will throw in a castle and an Egyptian artifact for good measure.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Central Park - All About the Arts (online, livestream)

Discussion | Environmentalism and Activism in Artistic Practice (online)


Artist Maya Lin talkes with Elizabeth Kolbert, New Yorker environmental writer and author of The Sixth Extinction.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Environmentalism and Activism in Artistic Practice (online)

Discussion | Fiction Writer in Conversation (livestream)


This author spent nearly three years in editorial at Knopf/Doubleday before leaving to write her debut novel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Fiction Writer in Conversation (livestream)

Discussion | Ground Zero: The Cultural Component (online)


Two design competitions determined the direction of the master plan at Ground Zero and the concept and position of the 9/11 memorial and museum. Less clear in their functions, locations, and funding were other cultural institutions awarded a potential place on the site. Yet, as this program will discuss, the cultural component was a key idea to both the rebuilding at Ground Zero and the recovery of lower Manhattan. Moderator for the panel is Gary Hack, an architect, planner, and academic who consulted for Studio Libeskind from the winning urban design competition through the preparation of the master plan and urban design guidelines.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Discussions, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Ground Zero: The Cultural Component (online)

Jazz | Gypsy Jazz and Vintage Swing


This Brooklyn group is New York's busiest jazz band. This quartet blends the sounds of New Orleans, Paris, and Manhattan hustle and bustle to form a unique and invigorating show.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Gypsy Jazz and Vintage Swing

Dance Performance | Site-Specific Dance Performance


Featuring original music and dance.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Site-Specific Dance Performance

Workshop | Sunset Yoga


Escape the hustle and bustle of NYC and join Abhaya Yoga for a socially-distanced sunset yoga class that integrates postures, breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation to stretch, strengthen and condition. Tuesdays, May 4-October 26, 2021 Registration opens every Tuesday at 10:00am for classes the following week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Sunset Yoga

Talk | Works and Process at the Guggenheim (online)


Since 1984, Works & Process at the Guggenheim has been a pioneer in creating groundbreaking and carefully crafted programs that provide unprecedented access to today’s leading performing artists, choreographers, composers, writers, directors, and poets. Each program takes place in the museum and uniquely blends performance, demonstration, and discussion among creative collaborators while exploring the creative process. Duke Dang, General Manager and driving force of Works & Process, discusses his overall mission, what representation in Dance looks like today, how Works & Process has helped artists during the pandemic, and the future of live performance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Works and Process at the Guggenheim (online)

Screening | Return to Rainy Mountain (2019): Pulitzer Winner's Journey (online)


This short film celebrates living legend N. Scott Momaday, recipient of the first Pulitzer Prize for Fiction awarded to a Native American writer. With daughter, filmmaker Jill Scott Momaday, the novelist takes viewers on a modern-day road trip loosely based on his Kiowa nation's ancestral myths and legends, as conveyed in his bestselling book The Way to Rainy Mountain.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Return to Rainy Mountain (2019): Pulitzer Winner's Journey (online)

Workshop | Moving for Life Workshop


Moving for Life is a gentle workout that begins with breathing exercises, then moves into active aerobic dancing that strengthens body awareness.  Tuesdays, August 3-September 28, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Moving for Life Workshop

Workshop | Yoga


Come to stretch and reset with a welcoming yoga class, adaptable to all levels of ability.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Yoga

Film | August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand (2015): Documentary About the Playwright (online)


A documentary about the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson traces his influences, creative evolution, struggles and triumphs. Directed by Sam Pollard 75 min
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand (2015): Documentary About the Playwright (online)

Author Reading | Things I Have Withheld: Essays on Race, Sex and Gender (online)


Through essay and commentary, Kei Miller explores the silences that exist in humanity's conversations around race, sex, and gender. Through immersion in these silences, Miller extrapolates the experience of discrimination that happens within them and expertly challenges his readers to interrogate what about these conversations seems unsayable.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Things I Have Withheld: Essays on Race, Sex and Gender (online)
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Concerts, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, The Golden Era of 1920s

Film | Drunk Bus (2020): Late-Shift Loop


A directionless young campus bus driver and a punk-rock Samoan security guard named Pineapple form an unlikely kinship as they navigate the unpredictable late shift known as the "drunk bus." Together, they break out of their endless loop and into a world of uncertainty, excitement and incredibly poor decision-making. Directors: John Carlucci, Brandon LaGanke Stars: Charlie Tahan, Kara Hayward, Pineapple Tangaroa 101 min. Followed by a Q&A with the film's creative team
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Drunk Bus (2020): Late-Shift Loop
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Comedy Clubs, September 21, 2021, 09/21/2021, Stand-Up Comedy
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Dance Performance | Passionate Modern Dance

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Cabaret | The Golden Era of 1920s

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Comedy Club | Stand Up Comedy

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