Although you can’t participate in those diplomatic and scientific events, you can join any of 100+ FREE Climate Week NYC events, Sept. 21 to 29, including events organized by NYC high school students, events at the American Museum of Natural History, and the blockbuster Global Citizen Festival concert in Central Park.
Climate Week NYC Free Events
Our list is by date, to help you plan.
NYC on the Cheap recommends you register now for events which interest you, since some will fill up and space will no longer be available.
See the full schedule of events, including paid ticketed events, on the Climate Week NYC website.
Friday, Sept. 20
Fridays for Future is a movement started by 16-year-old Swedish high school student Greta Thunberg, who has been skipping high school to demonstrate outside the Swedish Parliament building, or wherever she is in the world, to protest the failure of government to take action.
The NYC protest, with Greta Thunberg, is being organized by Azalea Danes, a student at the Bronx High School of Science in NYC.
The student-focused strike and demonstration is Noon, Friday, Sept. 20 at Foley Square in Downtown Manhattan.
There is also an international student-led strike and demonstration internationally the following Friday, Sept. 27.
Saturday, Sept. 21
This FREE festival on the environment features speakers, including from Extinction Rebellion, Zero Hour, and Sunrise Movement, climate change workshops, musical performances, and more, all with the goal of educating New Yorkers on how to take action to protect the climate in an accessible way.
Our Future Festival is organized by the Climate Reality Project and the Human Impacts Institute.
- 11am to 5pm at Nolan Park, Governors Island
Wednesday, Sept. 25
Sports are not immune from climate change, especially outdoor sports. Winter sports have been disproportionately impacted by rising temperatures, making ski, snowboard and outdoor pond hockey seasons noticeably shorter than they were even a generation ago. This negatively affects athlete performance, fan interest and the flow of new participants.
To address this new reality, winter sports organizations and athletes are promoting climate action.
Protect Our Winters (POW) trains Olympic and other elite skiers, snowboarders and rock climbers lobby Congress and snow state governments on behalf of climate legislation, and is hosting a panel where winter sport athletes will discuss the ways athletes and winter sports enthusiasts can get involved in climate action.
- 8:30am to 10:30am Fordham University’s McMahon Hall, Room 109, 155 West 60th Street
- FREE, but registration is recommended to ensure admission.
Most events are FREE and take place at 4 West 43rd Street, but there are other locations, too..
- Click here for details and a full list of events and locations.
Thursday, Sept. 26
It’s a busy day with several events, including two FREE events at the American Museum of Natural History
States up and down the eastern seaboard are establishing aggressive offshore wind targets and several states have announced awards for the first commercial scale wind farms. Every state wants to maximize the energy and economic benefits of offshore wind.
This breakfast and panel will explore what New York State has done to date to entice offshore wind developers and their suppliers to New York State and what it can do going forward to make New York the offshore wind jobs hub of the northeast.
Introduction by Joe Martens, Director of NY Offshore Wind Alliance. Moderator: Rich Kassel, Executive Vice President at Capalino+Company
This event is part of the Energy Transition program of Climate Week NYC.
- FREE, 7:30am to 9:30 am at Project Farmhouse, 76 E 13th St.
- RSVP required for admission, to manage space
Go beyond the headlines about the August report from the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), which details how rising global temperatures are affecting land around the world, how land use contributes to climate change, and the implications for biodiversity, food security, and human health.
Dig into what the latest research reveals—and what we can do about it—with atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe and Cynthia Scharf, senior strategy director from Carnegie Climate Governance Initiative (C2G). The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
- FREE with RSVP at 9am at Cullman Hall of the Universe
- Click here to RSVP
- Enter at 81st Street entrance
What do family, friends, and others in our community think about climate change? Our assumptions may be based on snap judgments about people’s perceptions of this crisis based on our personal, political, and social biases.
To speak effectively about climate change with others, we must understand the science behind it, perceptions of the key issues, and willingness to act on information. Join Jennifer Marlon and Anthony Leiserowitz from the Yale Program for Climate Change Communication for a discussion about perceptions of climate change across the nation and to learn how to become better climate change communicators.
- FREE with RSVP at 7pm at Kaufman Theater
- Click here to RSVP
- Enter at 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) founded and maintains the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway.
As part of Climate Week NYC, BGI is hosting two FREE outdoor events to encourage the community to engage with nature.
One is a bike tour along the Brooklyn Greenway, where participants can learn about the creation of the Brooklyn Greenway and how it impacts the neighborhood; on the same night,
- Bike tour: 6:30pm to 8pm., 1 Water St., Brooklyn.
Also, at the same time, BGI is co-hosting an outdoor Yoga in the Garden class, inspired by the moon phases.
- Yoga class: 6:30pm to 7:30pm, 63 Williamsburg St West, Brooklyn.
Friday, Sept. 27
According to the Climate Strike website, this is “an experiential immersion into what life will be like when all organizations are working for the betterment of people and planet.
It is inspired by the 139 World’s Fair and will transport visitors into what a sustainable future might look like if we all band together and significantly slow down the climate crisis.
The will showcase 50 sustainable and ethical startups, live music, speakers, climate-focused discussions, zero-waste catering, and more.
- Noon to 6pm at 601 West 26th Street, New York, NY
The free event will feature food vendors, special speakers, and other resources regarding reducing food waste. If you take any free food at the event, make sure you eat every last bite.
- Noon to 4pm at Javits Center, 329 11th Avenue, Event Space D1
- RSVP here for FREE admission
Saturday, Sept. 28
Climate Week NYC winds up with NYC’s biggest annual outdoor concert, with a blockbuster line-up including , Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, Carole King, One Republic, Ben Platt and Queen with Adam Lambert.
Hugh Jackman returns as host for the sixth year.
Global Citizen Festival 2019 blends great music with positive social activism, and is part of the annual Climate Week NYC events.
As in past years, the only way to get your FREE tickets is to earn them by completing easy and educational actions.
All the tasks are designed to make us more aware of global poverty, human trafficikng and other social issues – and, more importantly, start doing something about it.
Sustainable Fashion Exhibit
The UN has 17 sustainable development goals to promote sustainability and ethical practices in the apparel industry, and more designers and retailers are using them.
View FREE exhibit of fashions from seven international fashion brands, curated by The Canvas, a shop in Williamsburg.
- OSIER is a vegan fashion brand creating luxurious, faux leather bags.
- Zellerfeld uses 3D printing technology to design sustainable footwear.
- Clandestina is Cuba’s first independent fashion brand made up of a collective of designers, artists, entrepreneurs, and creators who believe in a more sustainable, fair, and ethical fashion industry
- PIXIE Won’t Play uses recycled materials and eco-friendly dye.
- KMANA is a family-run design company that produces genderless leather travel bags and accessories handcrafted by skilled artisans from Bali and Jakarta.
- Lalela produces a scarf with 100% of the proceeds from each sale going towards helping young innovators find their voice and overcome the narrative of poverty.
- Querencia Studio explores future fashion systems through a collection of technical and speculative wearables.
At The Shops at Columbus Circle.