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June 17, 2024. 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).

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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!

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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 (June 17, 2024) 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).

Editor's Picks

free events nyc The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital in the Park
free events nyc The Mermaid Parade - the largest art parade in the nation
free events nyc The Zlin Project: Puppet Theater Performance from Czechia
free events nyc Drummer/Composer (one of the most electrifying live performers of his generation) Channels Rhythmic Spirtuality
free events nyc Roseanne Cash, Grammy-Winning Country Star
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22 free  things to do in New York City (NYC) today:
Monday, June 17, 2024

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Birdwatching | Spring Birdwatching


What birds live in your backyard? This spring migration season to find out. This series of birdwatching outings is fun for beginners, hobbyists, and lifelong birders alike. Together, you will explore the parks and see what makes this spot a hang-out for urban birds and marvelous migrators! Binoculars and field guides provided, or bring your own.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, June 17, 2024, 06/17/2024, Spring Birdwatching

Workshop | Morning Meditation


Start your day by balancing your mind, body, and spirit during instructor guided meditation. This renowned practice lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, and strengthens the immune system.
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Workshops, June 17, 2024, 06/17/2024, Morning Meditation

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
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10:00 am
Free
Tours, June 17, 2024, 06/17/2024, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Fair | October 7th, 06:29AM: An Immersive Exhibition on Nova Music Festival Massacre


To celebrate the end of his two years of service as a medic in the Israel Defense Forces' paratrooper division, Tomer Meir joined 13 of his friends at the Nova Musica Festival on the weekend of October 6 in Re'im in southern Israel. It was his first ever music festival. "It was the best moments of my life. I can't explain the state we were in," the 21-year-old told the New York Jewish Week. "It was pure love -- people dancing, laughing, smiling. All the good stuff that we're living for." Until 6:29 a.m. on Saturday morning. The red alerts, the rockets and the running. "The music stopped. The rockets started. We started running for our lives," Meir said. Meir is a survivor of the Nova Music Festival Massacre, where Hamas militants killed 364 festival-goers and took at least 40 hotstages on the morning of Oct. 7. Six months after the attack, Meir is in New York sharing his story as part of an interactive exhibit about that day, which he says is helping him heal. The Nova Musical Festival exhibition, titled October 7th, 06:29AM, is an immersive step into what it was like to be at the festival when it was attacked. Screens show clips from the attack on Nova are displayed next to personal and camping items taken from the festival recreating the festival layout. The exhibit, which debuted in Tel Aviv for 10 weeks in December, was created by Israeli designers and cultural producers, many of whom were producers with the Nova Music Festival itself. It was brought to New York with the help of Scooter Braun, the Jewish-American music producer and philanthropist. The exhibit recreates the visuals and sounds of the Nova Music Festival massacre. But the New York version is in some ways "more intense," according to Yael Finkelstein, a volunteer who collected items from the Nova site and helped set up both the Tel Aviv and New York exhibit. New elements at the New York exhibit include dozens of video testimonies from survivors, Zaka volunteers and family members, as well as graphic raw footage taken on Oct. 7 from both festival-goers and Hamas militants. In addition, survivors of the massacre such as Meir and Sassi will be at the exhibit every day to share their stories and answer questions. Their goal, Meir said, is to show New Yorkers that the horror they experienced could happen to anyone.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
$2
Fairs, June 17, 2024, 06/17/2024, October 7th, 06:29AM: An Immersive Exhibition on Nova Music Festival Massacre

Workshop | Pickleball on the Waterfront


Serve up some fun this spring, as you try your hand at pickleball on the scenic waterfront. Grab your favorite opponent to have a friendly match.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 17, 2024, 06/17/2024, Pickleball on the Waterfront

Workshop | Learn Juggling in the Park


Get in 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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Workshops, June 17, 2024, 06/17/2024, Learn Juggling in the Park

Book Discussion | In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City


Although film noir is traditionally associated with the mean streets of the Dark City, this volume explores the genre from a new angle, focusing on non-urban settings. Through detailed readings of more than 100 films set in suburbs, small towns, on the road, in the desert, borderlands and the vast, empty West, the author investigates the alienation expressed by film noir, pinpointing its motivation in the conflict between desires for escape, autonomy and freedom--and fears of loneliness, exile and dissolution. With author Imogen Sara Smith.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, June 17, 2024, 06/17/2024, In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City

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: Charlie Judkins.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 17, 2024, 06/17/2024, Piano in the Park

Talk | Israel's 7-Front War: Iraq (online)


Examine the recent actions, regional ambitions, and strategic implications of Tehran's proxies and its threat to Israel. Tehran not only dominates four Arabic-speaking countries (Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen) but has reached new levels of aggression in the past half-year, starting with the Oct. 7 atrocity and followed by the bombing of Pakistan, impeding commerce in the Red Sea, and a drone and missile attack on Israel. Khamenei aspires to build a "Ring of Fire" around Israel, mobilizing seven territories working together to bring about Israel's destruction. How successful is this plan? Does the sum add up to more than the parts? How can Israel most effectively respond? Speaker: Jonathan Spyer
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2:00 pm
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Talks, June 17, 2024, 06/17/2024, Israel's 7-Front War: Iraq (online)

Staged Reading | Bigfoot: Dark Comedy


Megan Endres Brown's darkly funny high-stakes suspense play about sibling rivalry, quantum physics, and the terrifying power of a good story.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, June 17, 2024, 06/17/2024, Bigfoot: Dark Comedy

Workshop | Origami Class


Learn the art of creative paper folding in the Japanese tradition. All ages and skill levels are welcome, and materials are provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lesson | Mushroom Magic: An Introductory Workshop to Fungi Fascination in NYC


Join an immersive workshop where you'll discover the fascinating world of edible mushrooms right here in the New York City area. Led by experienced foragers and mycologists, this workshop will take you on a journey through the diverse ecosystems of the city, unveiling the hidden treasures of edible fungi that abound in our parks, forests, and green spaces. Whether you're a novice enthusiast or an experienced forager, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to connect with the natural world, expand your culinary repertoire, and develop valuable skills for sustainable living.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lessons, June 17, 2024, 06/17/2024, Mushroom Magic: An Introductory Workshop to Fungi Fascination in NYC

Jazz | Step Dance and Jazz Concert


Steppin Out for Freedom concert: performers include New York's Victory Dance Step Team, The Nation of Islam Drill Team, The Bushwick Jazz Big Band, John "Satchmo" Mannan Ensemble with Terri Davis and Nikita White, tap dancer Omar Edwards and many other artists from the Latin-African diaspora. Hosted by DJ Lamon Fenner of WHCR Harlem Radio.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, June 17, 2024, 06/17/2024, Step Dance and Jazz Concert

Other | Live Trivia Hour: Foodie Edition


Are you a Foodie? Come test your knowledge and join the Live Trivia Hour.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | CANCELLED: The Deer Hunter (1978) with Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and Christopher Walken


In 1968, Michael, Nick, and Steven, lifelong friends from a working-class Pennsylvania steel town, prepare to ship out overseas following Steven's elaborate wedding and one final group hunting trip. In Vietnam, their dreams of military honor are quickly shattered by the inhumanities of war; even those who survive are haunted by the experience, as is Nick's hometown sweetheart, Linda. Director: Michael Cimino Cast: Robert De Niro, John Cazale, John Savage, Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken Robert De Niro is an American actor. Known for his collaborations with Martin Scorsese, he is considered to be one of the best actors of his generation. De Niro earned two Academy Awards, one for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather Part II (1974) and the other for Best Actor portraying Jake LaMotta in Scorsese's drama Raging Bull (1980). His other Oscar-nominated roles were for Taxi Driver (1976), The Deer Hunter (1978), Awakenings (1990), Cape Fear (1991), and Silver Linings Playbook (2012). Meryl Streep is an American actress. Often described as "the best actress of her generation," Streep is known for her versatility and accent adaptability. She has received numerous accolades throughout her career spanning over four decades, including a record 21 Academy Award nominations, winning three, and a record 33 Golden Globe Award nominations, winning eight. Christopher Walken is an American actor. Prolific in film, dance, television, and on stage, Walken is the recipient of numerous accolades. He has earned an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as nominations for two Primetime Emmy Awards and two Tony Awards. His films have grossed more than $1.6 billion in the United States alone.
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Films, June 17, 2024, 06/17/2024, CANCELLED: The Deer Hunter (1978) with Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and Christopher Walken

Book Discussion | Klara's Truth: Dead Father, Estranged Mother


In Susan Weissbach Friedman's novel, Klara is forty-nine, single, and a professor of archaeology at a small liberal arts college in Maine; a contained person living a contained life. Then she receives a letter from her estranged mother, Bessie, informing her that her father, who has been absent from her life for the last forty-three years, is dead. Has been for many years, in fact, which Bessie clearly knew. But now the Polish government is giving financial reparations for land it stole from its Jewish citizens during WWII, and Bessie wants the money. Klara has little interest in the money, but she does want answers about her father. In Poland, Klara connects with extended family, begins a romantic relationship, and discovers her calling: repairing the hundreds of forgotten, and mostly destroyed, pre-war Jewish cemeteries in Poland. Along the way, she becomes a more integrated, embodied, and interpersonally connected individual with the tools to make peace with her past and, for the first time in her life, build purposefully toward a bigger future. 
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Book Discussions, June 17, 2024, 06/17/2024, Klara's Truth: Dead Father, Estranged Mother

Book Discussion | One of Our Kind: The Secret in Utopia


The grass isn't always greener, and neighbors aren't always what they seem in Nicola Yoon's spectacular debut. Get Out meets The Stepford Wives in this terrifying and thought-provoking look at what it means to be truly free in America as a woman uncovers a secret about her new home in a utopian community
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Film | The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) with Vincent Price


Elizabeth Barnard Medina has died in the prime of life, and her brother, Francis, wants to know why. Elizabeth's husband, Nicholas, and her doctor offer differing explanations, but when Francis learns that Nicholas' mother may have been buried alive, he begins to wonder if his sister met the same fate. And when he comes to believe that Elizabeth's spirit wanders about Nicholas' castle, Francis investigates -- and is stunned by what he finds. Director: Roger Corman Cast: Vincent Price, John Kerr, Barbara Steele, Luana Anders Vincent Price was an American actor, art historian, art collector, and gourmet cook. He appeared on stage, television, and radio, and in more than 100 films. Price has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for motion pictures and one for television. Price established himself in the horror genre with roles in House of Wax (1953), The Fly (1958), House on Haunted Hill (1959), and more. He collaborated with Roger Corman on House of Usher (1960), The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), The Haunted Palace (1963), and The Masque of the Red Death (1964), most of which were Edgar Allan Poe adaptations.
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Films, June 17, 2024, 06/17/2024, The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) with Vincent Price

Workshop | IronStrength: HIIT & Boogie Burn Workout


A special pop-up class featuring renowned Sports Medicine Physician Dr. Jordan Metzl, from the Hospital for Special Surgery. His workout program, IronStrength, will bring everything from dance, pilates, yoga, barre and HIIT to the Park this summer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, June 17, 2024, 06/17/2024, IronStrength: HIIT & Boogie Burn Workout

Opening Reception | Runaway Husbands, Desperate Families: The Story of the National Desertion Bureau


Popular stereotypes about Jewish husbands are usually positive: they’re loyal, they’re good providers, they don’t drink to excess, and they aren’t violent. It’s no wonder most people have never heard of the National Desertion Bureau, an agency created in New York in 1911 to track down runaway Jewish husbands and bring them to justice. It turns out that the era of Jewish mass migration from Eastern Europe to North America, was accompanied by terrible cultural and social upheaval, poverty, and failure. One sad feature of this era was the phenomenon of broken families, which occurred on a mass scale. The problem of Jewish men abandoning their families was so severe that along with the National Desertion Bureau, Yiddish newspapers like the Forverts, with a daily readership in the hundreds of thousands, published a popular column called “The Gallery of Missing Husbands,” which featured mug shots and descriptions of men who had left their wives and families in the lurch. There were even local psychics on the Lower East Side who specialized in tracking down missing husbands. Addressing a true social epidemic in the Jewish community, the National Desertion Bureau worked with a multiplicity of governmental and private organizations to find these men and force them to pay alimony, child support, and serve jail time if they didn’t. From 1905 through the 1960s, the Bureau tracked more than 18,000 cases. Its files are rich in detail and are often short novellas unto themselves, with details on the tragedy of marital dissolution, abandoned children, and financial ruin. This new exhibition traces the history of the National Desertion Bureau and includes never before seen records, documents, and photographs from the organization’s voluminous archives. With a panel discussion led by Senior Academic Advisor & Director of Exhibitions, Eddy Portnoy, and featuring Professor Annette Igra (Carleton College) and Dr. Annie Polland (President of the Tenement Museum).
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Opening Receptions, June 17, 2024, 06/17/2024, Runaway Husbands, Desperate Families: The Story of the National Desertion Bureau

Performance | Mariupol: Diaries of War and the Tree of Life


Mariupol captures the resilience of Ukrainians in a multi-media performance about Russia's full-scale invasion of the city. Directed by Virlana Tkacz, it features four diaries collected by Daria Kolomiec for her "Diary of War" Project and poetry by Serhiy Zhadan. Julian Kytasty created the music and Tom Lee designed the production with Waldemart Klyuzko. In English with some Ukrainian.
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7:30 pm
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Performances, June 17, 2024, 06/17/2024, Mariupol: Diaries of War and the Tree of Life

Movie in a Park | The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999): Replacement Games, with Matt Damon and Jude Law


In late 1950s New York, a young underachiever named Tom Ripley is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures. Director: Anthony Minghella Stars: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law 139 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
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Movie in a Parks, June 17, 2024, 06/17/2024, The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999): Replacement Games, with Matt Damon and Jude Law
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Theater | Storytelling at its Best from Far Away

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