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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on January 31, 2018?

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 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! 30 free events take place on January 31 in New York City.

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out January 31 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 January . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

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Here is what we find especially interesting on the free events scene in the month of June: New York Philharmonics Concerts in the Parks, Metropolitran Opera Recitals, Make Music New York Day which always takes place on June 21st, Washington Square Music festival on Tuesday nights.

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 one is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm.
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30 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on January 31, 2018 are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Who Are You and What Are You Supposed to Be Doing with Your Life?
free events nyc Ulrike Ottinger's Prater (2007): Austrian Documentary
free events nyc Business Breakfast Book Event: Cryptoassets
free events nyc Dance on Film: Gus Solomons Jr.
free events nyc Pulitzer Prize winner William Finnegan discusses his book Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
free events nyc Actress Rose McGowan discusses her book Brave
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Author Reading | Business Breakfast Book Event: Cryptoassets


A discussion and signing with Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar, the authors of Cryptoassets; The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond. Given the rise of bitcoin and blockchain technology, come and learn how investors can capitalize on the growing market of cryptoassets including Bitcoin, ripple, litecoin, monero, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 am
Free
Author Readings, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Business Breakfast Book Event: Cryptoassets

City Walk | Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour


This is a 3-hour tour that begins with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of New York City for over 125 years, with spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tour then moves on to a stroll of Brooklyn Heights, America’s and New York City’s first suburb. The tour then explores the neighborhood DUMBO before ending at the Fulton Ferry landing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour

Park Walk | Central Park Tour - Lower Section


Once described as the lungs of the city, Central Park brings a breath of fresh air to New York's crowded urban terrain. What started out as the rocky and desolate northern fringes of a rapidly expanding city is today among the world's most famous and beloved public parks. With over 843 acres of meadows, hills, ball fields and bodies of water, it's impossible not to find something to enjoy in Central Park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Central Park Tour - Lower Section

Film | Charles Walters's Walk Don't Run (1966): Olympians in Love


Stars: Cary Grant, Samantha Eggar, Jim Hutton. During the housing shortage of the Summer Olympic Games in 1964, two men and a woman share a small apartment in Tokyo, and the older man soon starts playing Cupid to the younger pair. 114 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:15 am
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Films, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Charles Walters's Walk Don't Run (1966): Olympians in Love

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The keyboard works of Bach offered in 30-minute meditations. Bach at Noon concerts takes place Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 12, 2017 to May 23, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Bach at Noon

Tour | Federal Reserve Bank Tour


Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international monetary gold on bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Learn why Federal Reserve has "Federal" in its name, while it's a private bank, not Federal at all. Tour times: 1:00pm, 2:00pm. This tour takes place Mondays through Fridays, except bank holidays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Tours, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

Tour | Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus


Join this tour to learn more about the history, architecture, and sculpture of Columbia and the Morningside Heights campus. Whether you're an amateur New York City historian or visiting campus for the first time, you will leave the tour knowing more about our storied past. Given that the tour route is outdoors, please be aware that tours are occasionally suspended due to inclement weather.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Guided Historical Tour of the Columbia University Campus

Jazz | Student Jazz Guitar Recital


Joseph Siegel, Jazz Guitarist
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Student Jazz Guitar Recital

Screening | Dance on Film: Gus Solomons Jr.


Gus Solomons, the esteemed postmodern and experimental dancer and choreographer, will present some of his favorite work from his collection, which resides at the Dance Division.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
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Screenings, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Dance on Film: Gus Solomons Jr.

Workshop | Investing: What Your Money Can Do for You


This class is designed to help investors focus on their goals, to recognize the potential risks and rewards of different investments, to teach some basic information about different asset types, and to help match individual goals to investment choices. They review useful information sources.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Investing: What Your Money Can Do for You

Author Reading | Pulitzer Prize winner William Finnegan discusses his book Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life


Journalist William Finnegan has been a contributor to The New Yorker since 1984 and a staff writer since 1987. Reporting from Africa, Central America, South America, Europe, the Balkans, and Australia, as well as from the United States, he has twice received the John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism and twice been a National Magazine Award finalist. Food and catering will be provided. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free
Author Readings, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Pulitzer Prize winner William Finnegan discusses his book Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

Master Class | Ju-Young Baek, Award-Winning Violinist


Violinist Ju-Young Baek won First Prize in the 2000 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the Usedom Music Festival Prize for concerts in Germany, the Beracasa Foundation Prize to appear at the Montpellier Radio-France Festival, and the Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Ju-Young Baek, Award-Winning Violinist

Talk | Commissioner Neil Chatterjee, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission


Commissioner Chatterjee will discuss a number of pertinent issues including power markets and efforts to promote grid reliability and resilience, natural gas markets, and infrastructure development, among others. CGEP Founding Director, Jason Bordoff will moderate the discussion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Commissioner Neil Chatterjee, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Author Reading | Peter J. Hoffman and Thomas G. Weiss discuss their book Humanitarianism, War, and Politics: Solferino to Syria and Beyond


Peter J. Hoffman is Studley Faculty Fellow in the Graduate Program in International Affairs. Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Peter J. Hoffman and Thomas G. Weiss discuss their book Humanitarianism, War, and Politics: Solferino to Syria and Beyond

Opening Reception | The New Minimalists: A Group Exhibition


Working in a variety of media, these artists share a notably sparse aesthetic and abstract vocabulary, playfully challenge the hierarchies of traditional art materials and processes, and deftly marry formalism with the personal and political. With: Abdolreza Aminlari Niyeti Chadha Noor Ali Chagani Sam Chun Jordan Nassar Shahpour Pouyan Freya Powell Lauren Seiden Joseph Shetler 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, The New Minimalists: A Group Exhibition

Opening Reception | Eduard Gorokhovsky: From Siberia to Moscow, Selected Works on Paper


This exhibition features selected drawings from the late 1960s and early 1970s by prominent Russian artist Eduard Gorokhovsky (1929-2004), including works produced while he was living and working in Novosibirsk and artist’s prints from his Moscow period.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Eduard Gorokhovsky: From Siberia to Moscow, Selected Works on Paper

Opening Reception | ReSignifications: Revisited: Photographs by Lyle Ashton Harris and Deborah Willis


Starting from the ubiquitous model of decorative art known as the "Blackamoor," ReSignifications confronts the representation of African bodies in various forms of service - as domestic servants, courtiers, soldiers, priests, and others - with audacious presentations of such bodies as protagonists of histories and cultures. The exhibition combines styles across time and place to reframe and refract the history of representing African and African diasporic bodies. The unusual juxtaposition of these works gives the exhibition its texture and flavor. -Awam Amkpa, curator of ReSignifications
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, ReSignifications: Revisited: Photographs by Lyle Ashton Harris and Deborah Willis

Author Reading | Brent Edwards discusses his translation of Michel Leiris' book Phantom Africa


One of the towering classics of 20th century French literature, Phantom Africa is a singular and ultimately unclassifiable work: a book composed of French Surrealist writer Michel Leiris’s compulsive and constantly mutating daily travel journal—by turns melodramatic, self-deprecating, ecstatic, and morose—as well as an exhaustively detailed account of the first French state-sponsored anthropological expedition in sub-Saharan Africa, the Mission Dakar-Djibouti, led by anthropologist Marcel Griaule.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Brent Edwards discusses his translation of Michel Leiris' book Phantom Africa

Discussion | Art and Equity


A dialogue between Toyin Ojih Odutola, the Orzeck Artist in Residence, and Mary Sibande, Johannesburg and Venice Biennale artist, moderated by Kellie Jones, Columbia Professor of Art History and MacArthur Fellow. As one of the inaugural events of the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity, two powerful contemporary artists discuss issues of esthetics, gender, race, and justice.  What political role can artists play today? 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Art and Equity

Workshop | Who Are You and What Are You Supposed to Be Doing with Your Life?


Kristina Leonardi discusses re-assessing who you are and what you should be doing with your life so you can achieve fulfillment on all levels, and at the same time enable you to serve others. She shares with you how she came to form The Women’s Mosaic, and how the tools and lessons she has learned can help you create a more gratifying care and life path for yourself.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Workshops, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Who Are You and What Are You Supposed to Be Doing with Your Life?

Classical Music | Student Recitals


Sonatenabend  6:00PM Rannveig Marta Sarc, Violin  8:00PM Athena Tsianos, Piano  8:00PM
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Student Recitals

Discussion | Immigrants Are Our Neighbors


Ai Weiwei’s installation, Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, presented by Public Art Fund, comprises a passionate response to the global migration crisis and a reflection on the profound social and political impulse to divide people from each other. This panel of experts discusses the intersection of history, art, and activism. With: Anu Joshi, Director of Immigration Policy at the New York Immigration Coalition, Daniel S. Palmer, Associate Curator, Public Art Fund, and Kathryn Lloyd, Director of Programs.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Immigrants Are Our Neighbors

Slide Lecture | Interference Archive: Cultural Production and Open Access


Interference Archive is a volunteer-run activist archive in Brooklyn; since 2011, they have been collecting the cultural production of social movements—print ephemera, film, literature, and more— made available in an open stacks collection completely open to the public four days a week. This open stacks policy and volunteer-run structure offers a welcome alternative to the power structures scholars tend to speak of in theorizing The Archive. This illustrated lecture—led by Interference Archive organizer Jen Hoyer alongside Molly Mac from If You Don’t They Will —will trace the history and current work of Interference Archive, sparking discussions about the nature of archives and collection management, and will focus on the role of video in the no. NOT EVER. exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Slide Lectures, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Interference Archive: Cultural Production and Open Access

Talk | Drunk Ed Presents: Roasts of 'Great' Literary Men


Throughout history, "great men" have written some of our most important works—histories, novels, poems, plays—but are they really all that great? Drunk Education (the event formerly known as Drunk TED Talks) returns to poke holes and deflate the egos of even more writer men. Some roasts will be loving, some will be scathing, but no one will escape untouched. Hosted by Eric Thurm. And the month's ~all women~ performers are... Meredith Clark (Glamour), Kate Knibbs (The Ringer), Muna Mire (The Run Down), and Chelsea G. Summers (VICE, The New Republic, Adult).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Drunk Ed Presents: Roasts of 'Great' Literary Men

Reading | Fiction Reading: Danielle Dutton / Jen George


Danielle Dutton is the author of Margaret the First, SPRAWL, and Attempts at a Life. Jen George is the author of The Babysitter at Rest.
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Readings, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Fiction Reading: Danielle Dutton / Jen George

Author Reading | Anya Kamenetz discusses her book The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life


Finally there's a no-nonsense, don't-panic, evidence-based guide to one of the biggest challenges facing parents today: managing a world where screens are everywhere we look.
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Author Readings, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Anya Kamenetz discusses her book The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life

Author Reading | Morgan Jerkins discusses her book This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America


From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins' highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today. Restrictions apply. Call store details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Morgan Jerkins discusses her book This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America

Author Reading | Actress Rose McGowan discusses her book Brave


Rose McGowan, one of the earlier accusers of Harvey Weinstein, discusses her memoir. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
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Author Readings, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Actress Rose McGowan discusses her book Brave

Film | Ulrike Ottinger's Prater (2007): Austrian Documentary


Vienna's Prater is an amusement park and a desire machine. No mechanical invention, no novel idea or sensational innovation ever escapes becoming part of the fun-house that is the Prater, an achievement that has made the Prater the oldest and most famous pleasure garden in the world. 105 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Films, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Ulrike Ottinger's Prater (2007): Austrian Documentary

Concert | Student Piano Recitals


8:30 PM - 10:00 PM  Andrei Romanov, piano 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM  Ruihan Zhang, piano
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Concerts, January 31, 2018, 01/31/2018, Student Piano Recitals
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