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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on November 4, 2023?

24 free events take place on Saturday, November 4 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 November 4 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 November . 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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24 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Saturday, November 4, 2023

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free events nyc 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many
free events nyc The Sting (1973) with Paul Newman and Robert Redford
free events nyc Silent Clowns Film Showcase: Marion Davies
free events nyc First Saturdays: Free Programs of Art and Entertainment
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Symposium | The Avant-Garde Does Not Surrender: Cinema of Yugoslavia's Želimir Žilnik


An international symposium dedicated to the cinematic works and practices of the renowned Yugoslav filmmaker Želimir Žilnik, who has been in the vanguard of socially committed and politically engaged cinema in Europe since the 1960s. His extensive body of work, comprising over sixty short films and features, has steadfastly adhered to the principles of cinematic resistance against the prevailing status quo, cultivating a distinctive cinematic style that prioritizes agency over mere representation. Žilnik’s films, particularly his documentaries and docudramas (referred to as docufiction), serve as a platform for giving voice, stage, and agency to various marginalized, underrepresented, and often overlooked individuals and groups.  In his distinct approach, Žilnik transforms cinema into an instrument of praxis, a form of cinema that not only empowers its protagonists—the homeless, the unemployed, immigrants, refuges, the politically, racially, and sexually oppressed, or marginalized subjects—but also fosters an engaged social experience. Žilnik’s “cinema-as-praxis” (Levi) relentlessly resists hegemonic regimes of knowledge by espousing modes of understanding and interventions in the world rooted in practical experience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:50 am
Free

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
10:00 am
Free

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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Staged Reading | Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew


The Instant Shakespeare Company, whose motto is "Shakespeare for Everyone!", presents annual free readings of all of Shakespeare's plays. Join their dramatic reading of Catherine and Petruchio based on David Garrick's adaptation of Taming of the Shrew.  All ages are welcome. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Opening Reception | Sarah Brayer: Scintillate


Sarah Brayer (b. 1957) captures moonlight in all its manifestations. Through the movements of moonbeams and waterfalls expressed with washi fibers and woodgrain, she instills her prints and paperworks with a vitality that flows across the surface and glows from within. As Brayer balances artistic control with the inherent energy of her materials, her works act as “a record of a moment,” a fleeting glimmer of light scintillating across layers of ink and paper. Internationally acclaimed, Sarah Brayer’s work can be found in multiple museum collections, including the British Museum and the National Museum of Asian Art of the Smithsonian.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
Free

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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12:00 pm
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Tour | Tours of the Little Red Lighthouse


Urban Park Rangers lead tours of Manhattan's only remaining lighthouse, and readings of the eponymous children's book, The Little Red Lighthouse and The Great Gray Bridge.  As in years past, tours will be first come, first served. To safely and comfortably accommodate visitors, a limited number of timed tickets will be distributed beginning at noon.  They highly recommend that visitors looking to tour the lighthouse earlier in the day arrive before noon. Tickets will be timed for a 40-minute window, and ticketholders are asked to arrive on time for their scheduled tour. Tour times are as follows: Group 1 12:20 – 1:00 Group 2 12:50 – 1:30  Group 3 1:20 – 2:00  Group 4 1:50 – 2:30  Group 5 2:20 – 3:00   Group 6 2:50 – 3:30 Group 7 3:20 – 4:00  Group 8 3:50 – 4:30  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Battle of the Cities: Urban Warfare on the Eastern Front (online)


The Stalingrad battle and the Leningrad siege were just two of the brutal, devastating urban conflicts that marked the awful struggle between Germany and the Soviet Union during the Second World War. The cities were strategic fixed points in the sweeping advances and retreats of the opposing armies across eastern Europe. Yet no one has concentrated on these city battles before or has sought to tell the story of the campaigns through the fighting that took place in and around them. That is author Anthony Tucker-Jones’s purpose in this concise and vivid history of the urban war on the Eastern Front.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Gallery Talk | Something Beautiful: Reframing La Coleccion


A tour to explore and discuss the on-view sections of the exhibition, the gallery's most ambitious presentation of its unique, complex, and culturally diverse permanent collection in over two decades. Start times: 1pm, 2:30pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Film | Bullet Train (2022) with Brad Pitt


In Japan, five assassins board one of the fastest moving trains in the world, traveling from Tokyo to Morioka. Unbeknownst to the killers, their mission objectives bear striking resemblances, forcing them to come together and work out the unexplained phenomena that pushed them together on the speeding train. Director: David Leitch Cast: Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji Brad Pitt is an American actor and film producer. He is the recipient of various accolades, including two Academy Awards, two British Academy Film Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and a Primetime Emmy Award. As a public figure, Pitt has been cited as one of the most powerful and influential people in the American entertainment industry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | The Sting (1973) with Paul Newman and Robert Redford


Following the murder of a mutual friend, aspiring con man Johnny Hooker teams up with old pro Henry Gondorff to take revenge on the ruthless crime boss responsible, Doyle Lonnegan. Hooker and Gondorff set about implementing an elaborate scheme, one so crafty that Lonnegan won't even know he's been swindled. As their big con unfolds, however, things don't go according to plan, requiring some last-minute improvisation by the undaunted duo. Director: George Roy Hill Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Eileen Brennan, Charles Durning, Robert Earl Jones Paul Newman was an American actor, film director, race car driver, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He was the recipient of numerous awards, including an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, three Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and more. Robert Redford is an American actor and filmmaker. He is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award from four nominations, a British Academy Film Award, two Golden Globe Awards, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2014, Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free

Reading | White Rabbit Magazine Reading


White Rabbit magazine and Ed. Dorothy Friedman August present The Two Steves, a compilation party and a reading dedicated to Steve Cannon and Steve Dalachinsky.  Organizers: Yuko Otomo, Nancy Mercado, Ron Kolm and Danny Shot. Contributors: Austin Alexis, Katherine Arnoldi, Ama Birch, Andre Codrescu, Ken Angel Davis, Jim Feast, Bonny Finberg, Philip Giambri, Diana Gitesha Hernandez, Bob Holman,  Linda Kleinbub, David Lawton, Mindy Levokove, Prince McNally, Lissa Moira , Shalom Neuman, Eve Packer, Puma Perl, Barbara Rosenthal, Yuyutsu Sharma, Larissa Shmailo, Joanna Sit, Mervyn Taylor, Richard West and others. Dorothy Friedman August is a widely published, award-winning poet. She has received two New York Foundation of the Arts fellowships and most recently an Acker award. Her work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, most recently in Tribes WORD anthology, Bright Hill Press 25th Anniversary Anthology, Sensitive Skin, Many Mountains Moving, The Long Islander, Poetry Bay, Home Planet News and Brownstone Poets. She has also published poems in The Partisan Review, Hanging Loose, The California Quarterly, and The Centennial Review, among others. She received an MFA from Brooklyn College where she studied with John Ashbery, and teaches writing at Fordham University, CSI, and Empire State College. She also writes art and books reviews, edits a zine, WHITE RABBIT, and is working on a memoir.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Talk | Artist Talk: Unspoken Rules and Human Behaviors


Acclaimed video and performance artist Pilvi Takala is known for her research-driven projects observing unspoken rules and human behaviors, Takala will begin her research in New York for a future commission and present her findings in a public presentation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Gallery Talk | Museum Highlights Tour


A highlights tour of these exhibitions: A Collection without Borders -- celebrates the art and culture of Spain, Portugal, Latin America, Goa and the Philippines. Includes a wide range of paintings and decorative arts. Featuring works by Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Murillo, Tápies, Viladrich, Arrieta, and many more. Anatomy of a Fresco: Drawings of José Clemente Orozco from the Wornick Collection -- Anatomy of a Fresco features a rare group of figurative sketches for portraits and preparatory works for large-scale murals made during the Mexican Mural Movement. Sorolla's Vision of Spain -- The monumental series of 14 paintings known as Vision of Spain by the Valencian master Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida. A truly unique, immersive experience that captures the essence of turn-of-the-century rural Spain. Sculpture on the Audobon Terrace -- Immerse yourself in Penetrable, an interactive sculpture created by Jesús Rafael Soto, as well as Marta Chilindron’s Orange Cube 48, the inaugural selection for Art on the Audubon Terrace, a partnership with the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Screening | Silent Clowns Film Showcase: Marion Davies


Silent Clowns, New York's longest-running regularly scheduled silent film showcase hosts an afternoon of hoots and hijinks! Presenting the silent comedies of Chaplin, Keaton, Laurel & Hardy, Lloyd, and many others, all with live musical accompaniment by renowned silent-film accompanist Ben Model. Every program features a spoken introduction and Q&A by film historians Steve Massa and Model. For classic-film fans young and old alike! Marion Davies is best-remembered today as the consort of wealthy newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. What's overlooked is that she was a wonderful comedienne and terrific mimic who made a number of sly and sophisticated comedies. Beverly of Graustark (1926) was made at her peak, and features a gender-bending plot where Marion has to pose as her male cousin the Prince of Graustark - which leads to many comedic and romantic complications. A selected short subject opens the bill. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:30 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 Performance | Dance Exploring the Constellations Above New York


Choreographer Anna Maria Häkkinen’s newest work takes minimalist dance as its point of departure, exploring star constellations above New York and Helsinki as blueprints for movement. Collaborating with a community of New York’s finest downtown dance artists, Häkkinen reinterprets Judson Dance Theater figure Lucinda Childs thus creating a bridge between the past and the present through an original score featuring a harpist and electronic dance music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Classical Music | Organ Works by J.S. Bach and More


Nathan Laube, organ, performs J.S. Bach and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Festival | First Saturdays: Free Programs of Art and Entertainment


At the monthly First Saturdays, thousands of visitors enjoy free programs of art and entertainment, including dynamic performances and participatory experiences.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free

Poetry Reading | It Goes, It Goes: Poet James Schuyler's Centenary Celebration


In an untitled poem from 1972, James Schuyler writes, “This / beauty that collects / dry leaves in pools / and pockets and goes / freezingly, just able / still to swiftly flow / it goes, it goes.” As part of the centenary celebration of Schuyler's work and legacy, please join the Poetry Project and Dia—the latter of which hosted Schuyler’s legendary first reading in 1988—for an evening in praise of the beloved poet. This event features readings by Wayne Koestenbaum, Chad Morgan, Eileen Myles, Funto Omojola, Tony Towle, Teline Trần, and will be hosted by Simon Pettet.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Opening Reception | Jon Rafman & Parker Ito: Poets, Gamblers, Fools


On August 12, 2009, Parker (b. 1986) emailed Jon (b. 1981) for the first time in response to an article Jon had written for Art Fag City’s IMG MGMT series about Jon’s project “The Nine Eyes of Google Street View”. He sent this link about a Google Maps car that took photos of itself running over a deer. Jon, fresh out of graduate school, and Parker, who was at that time finishing his undergraduate degree, were both bright eyed, idealistic, and ambitious youths with art dreams, a bonding point for the two. Both knew they wanted to be professional artists and both found themselves immersed in an international, online community formed around an ecosystem of surfclubs, chat rooms, and early social media sites. The edges of this new ecosystem had not made themselves completely visible yet, seemingly limitless, raw and unexplored. It seemed anything was possible. The effect was a deepened sense of enthusiasm and an almost utopic sense about the potential for a new kind of art. Eventually some of the people involved in this loose, borderless social milieu would gain mainstream artworld recognition. Jon became Parker's artist older brother and both found success in that context. Today, most people know this group of artists under the label “Post Internet”. Jon and Parker agree that the term Post Internet is unproductive and misleading. Below are three definitions that Parker believes the term Post Internet can refer to:
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Michella Bredahl: Unmade beds


Michella Bredahl’s photographic impulse began at the age of seven, when she was gifted a camera by her mother. Their apartment became a refuge for the adolescent’s creative explorations, as she documented their shared domestic life. Bredahl spent her early days cataloging the mundane, beautiful, and devastating in equal measure, which has come to inform her practice in the decades since. Despite the passage of time, Bredahl still upholds that same predilection for interiors, though her subject matter has exploded into a wide array of friends and collaborators. She works against idealism, instead orienting her practice around honesty and a human framework. Her subjects thus bear no frills, participating in the documentation of unfettered moments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Dance Performance | World Ballet Day Performance by Alvin Ailey Dancers (online thru Nov 7)


World Ballet Day is coming. Celebrate with a streaming of Ailey II performing an excerpt of Alvin Ailey’s The Lark Ascending. Watch this lyrical, romantic piece.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Classical Music | Organ Works by Poulenc and More


Nicole Keller, organ; Saint Peter's Chamber Orchestra; Balint Karosi, conductor. Program Frantisek Xaver Brixi (1732-1771), Organ Concerto in F Major Balint Karosi (b.1979), Organ Concerto No. 5 "In Memoriam Gyorgy Ligeti" Poulenc (1899 - 1963), Organ Concerto in G minor, FP93 Reception with champagne toast and remarks to follow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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