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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 20, 2017?

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! 25 free events take place on October 20 in New York City.
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Fri, October 20, 2017
25 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on October 20, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
Tour |
The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
Free
Tours, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
City Walk |
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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9:30 am
Free
City Walks, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
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Join a Manhattan Street Art Tour and experience the Lower East Side - SoHo, NoHo, Nolita and Little Italy. The Lower East Side of Manhattan is a playground for street artists, Soho is known to be one of NYC first permit Joint Live-Work Quarters for artists and the area received landmark designation in 1973. Noho and Nolita’s street art is either hidden in courtyards or on the more prominent street art facades. Learn about the history of the art of many famous and unknown artist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
Free
City Walks, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, Manhattan Street Art Tour
City Walk |
It is here, as much as anywhere, where American history started. It's where the first US Congress assembled and produced the Bill of Rights and where President George Washington took his first oath of office. It's here where the world's most important stock exchange and one of the most famous bridges stand. And it is here where an unspeakable tragedy took place and where a rebirth is underway.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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City Walks, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, Lower Manhattan Tour
Tour |
Don't have enough time to take all of the tours? Prefer to experience Manhattan with a smaller group, but a private booking is out of reach? Then consider our All-in-One New York Tour. This tour utilizes your feet and the New York City Subway to transport you from Lower Manhattan, the birthplace of New York, through Wall St and the Financial District, the World Trade Center, Greenwich Village, SoHo, Chinatown, Little Italy, Chelsea Market and the Highline Park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
Free
Tours, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, New York One-Day Tour
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
Free
Fairs, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, Street Fair
Workshop |
Are you a Bridge buff?  Put your game face on and show off your best plays. Join the fun and meet new friends! All players welcome!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshops, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, Bridge Club
Workshop |
Learn a step-by-step guide on how to make bracelets and necklaces from beads.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, Beginner Jewelry Making Workshop
Dance Performance |
A tasting menu of the dance department’s many studio offerings, this popular Family Weekend event features students performing their studies in African and Afro-Cuban dance, hip-hop, ballet, several styles of modern dance, contact improvisation, and flamenco. Meet the teachers who make this happen and hear Studio 305 rock with live music by the dance department’s fabulous musicians and drummers. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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Dance Performances, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, Performing Tradition and Innovation
Tour |
Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, Harlem Tour
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New York City is a mecca for graffiti and street art, making it a very attractive playground for artists from around the world. Bushwick, in a working class district on the north side of Brooklyn adjacent to Williamsburg, has been attracting artists for some time now. The neighborhood has a fair collection of art studios and galleries, but it’s Bushwick’s industrial landscape that’s attracting the street artist. If you came looking for 1960′s Greenwich Village, you’ll find something brewing in Bushwick. Tour takes place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour
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Greenwich Village is among Manhattan's most desirable and expensive residential neighborhoods. It's history, however, betrays it's monied status. The Village, with it's quiet, shaded streets, lined with lovely brick and brownstone townhouses, was once the incubating ground of artistic, social and political movements that have helped shape US history. From the Beats to the Folk Movement, from workers rights to gay rights, the Village has often been the center of it all.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
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Rockefeller Center is one of the most popular public spaces and tourist attractions in New York City. This depression-era commercial complex takes up over three full city blocks and is rich with history, public art, and art-deco architecture. Built by business mogul John D. Rockefeller Jr. with his own money, he instructed his team of designers and architects to build the most beautiful commercial complex of it’s kind in the world. That vision resulted in what is still one of NYC’s greatest treasures and gave rise to some of NYC’s favorite traditions including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the famous dance team the Rockettes and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, Rockefeller Center Tour
Lecture |
Speaker: Mary Roldan
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Lectures, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, Colombia's Peace Process
Tour |
The area around the High Line Park was a vital business district of New York City, supplying fresh fruits, French Cheeses and Russian caviar as well as fresh meats to City markets. The hustle and bustle of the streets induced the City to elevate the railroad trains delivering goods to the commercial buildings. When interstate truck traffic made the railway outdated, it fell into ruin, only to be regenerated as a park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Tours, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, High Line Tour
Discussion |
The conceptual art movement of the 1960s and 1970s continues to exert a strong influence on contemporary art the world over. Art historians Terry Smith and Robert Bailey and artist Mary Kelly, themselves either participants in the movement or scholars now revisiting it, discuss conceptual art’s turn to language within a visual arts context, how conceptual art’s embrace of written and spoken discourse gave art new intellectual powers, and the political, psychological, and philosophical consequences that issue from these transformations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Discussions, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, The Consequence of Conceptual Art
Book Reading |
A bold and provocative history of the men who fought to outlaw war and how an often overlooked treaty signed in 1928 was among the most transformative events in modern history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, Scott J. Shapiro discusses her book The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World
Concert |
Faculty member Roberto Hidalgo in a solo piano recital. Works from France, Mexico and Russia exploring the range of expression from neo-classical restraint to romantic exuberance.  Mexican-born pianist Roberto Hidalgo has enthralled audiences with highly inventive programs that reflect his curiosity towards the creative process behind each piece of music he performs. An enthusiastic advocate of new music, his eclectic repertoire combines works by the great masters with those of lesser-known composers. Critics and audiences have hailed him as a pianist of “a profoundly analytical mind and tonal imagination” whose interpretations are imbued with “a deep emotional understanding of the music at hand.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, 'Restraint and Exuberance': Piano Works
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, Songs Plus: An Evening of New Original Theatre, Instrumental and Pperatic Works
Tour |
The ghosts of Greenwich Village are too numerous and interesting to meet in just one evening! Due to popular demand, they are offering a new tour, “Ghosts of the East Village,” as a companion tour to one of their biggest crowd-pleasers, Ghosts of the West Village.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Tours, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, Ghosts of the East Village Tour
Concert |
Program: Jérôme Combier - Condition de lumière (2017) World premiere commissioned by the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation for violin and large ensemble Michel Galante - Camouflage (2017) World premiere for large ensemble Gérard Pesson - Carmagnole (2015) for large ensemble Jérôme Combier - Dog eat dog (2013) for guitar and cello Nina C. Young - L'heure bleue (2013) for flute and viola Franck Bedrossian - Innersonic (2012) for accordion and electric guitar Internationally acclaimed Ensemble Cairn travels from Paris to join forces with Argento in the season opener.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
$20 suggested donation...
Concerts, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, Condition of Light: Music by the Argento New Music Project
Concert |
The Lower East Side’s own Avenida B presides over the dance floor for a night of classic salsa dura. It may be a new group but it has an old soul, committed to unearthing and reviving the old-school sound and timeless swing of the kind of salsa that truly makes you want to get up and dance. DJ Antonio (a.k.a. La Conga NYC) gets the floor warmed up with a salsa set that stretches from the ’60s to today. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, Classic Salsa Dura: Avenida B
Classical Music |
Program: RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Capriccio Espagnol DAUGHERTY: Raise the Roof for Timpani and Orchestra (Jeffrey Kautz, soloist) GRIEG: Piano Concerto (Ivan Gusev, soloist) Known for their bold and adventurous programming, David Hayes and The Mannes Orchestra have been hailed by The New York Times for playing with “inviting warmth and solidity,” and for their “intensity of focus.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, The Mannes Orchestra performs Rimsky-Korsakov, Grieg
Play |
A roundlet of thwarted lovers, mistaken identity, cross-dressing, and inept swordplay – sound familiar? But this delirious farce was written by a sly, feminine hand…in the 17th century. Written by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Translated by Catherine Boyle. Directed by Melody Brooks.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
Free
Plays, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, House of Desires: 17th Century Comedy
Classical Music |
Mattheus Pipleare (c. 1450-1515) was a composer active in the Low Countries during the great flowering of Franco-Netherlandish music. He lived and worked in Louvain, Antwerp and ‘s-Hertogenbosch, and, unlike many of his contemporaries, seems to have never left to study in either France or Italy. A master of polyphony, his surviving music consists mainly of sacred works, and the Festival Chorus of Collectio Musicorum will present several of these works. Also on the program are keyboard intabulations of works by Pipelare, performed by the organist James Wetzel. Collectio Musicorum, Inc. (“Collection of Music”) presents concerts of music you will not hear elsewhere. Founded in 2013 by musicologist Jeff S. Dailey, Collectio Musicorum is devoted to giving the best possible performances of music from the earliest of times.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Concerts, October 20, 2017, 10/20/2017, The Festival Chorus of Collectio Musicorum: Primarily Pipelare
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Classical Music | Piano works by Mozart, Chopin and more

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Classical Music | Piano works by Debussy, Chopin and more

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