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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 21, 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! 23 free events take place on October 21 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 October 21 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 October . 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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Sun, October 21, 2018
23 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on October 21, 2018 are free unless otherwise noted.

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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 Storytelling: The Spirit Survives: Education for Extinction
free events nyc Piano recital
free events nyc One Woman's Story: Romance at the Berlin Wall

Workshop | Deep Yoga and Journaling


Sharyn Hahn lead you through some warm-up poses and a vinyasa flow as well as several short meditations, creative visualization, and intention-setting writing or sketching activities. You will leave feeling more flexible, relaxed, energized, with a mantra that you can carry with you throughout the week. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one, and they do have some if you need to borrow one for the class. Also bring a journal and something to write with. You will be writing a few times during the class, and if you prefer to sketch or want to do both, that is fine. Wear comfortable clothing, and feel free to bring a warm or cool drink to keep you hydrated (with a secure lid). All levels are welcome. If you have never done yoga you will be able to participate as well.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 21, 2018, 10/21/2018, Deep Yoga and Journaling

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
Tours, October 21, 2018, 10/21/2018, 13 tours, all City neighborhoods, any time of the day, choose one tour or many

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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Fairs, October 21, 2018, 10/21/2018, Street Fair

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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Fairs, October 21, 2018, 10/21/2018, Street Fair

Park Walk | Narrows-to-Coney Island Walk


Distance: 6-7 miles. Time 4 to 5 hours. Walk along Narrows through various parks to Coney Island taking in beautiful views of the bay area along the Narrows.  Walk from subway station to pathway along the Narrows to Surf and Stillwell Aves. and end by Nathan's in Coney Island. Bring lunch and water or purchase lunch at Caesar's Bay Bazaar. Rain cancels. Call or email to confirm that walk is on. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, October 21, 2018, 10/21/2018, Narrows-to-Coney Island Walk

Tour | Flatiron District Walking Tour


A journey through the vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the City’s most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the famous Flatiron Building. Tour guides:  Miriam Berman, historian and the author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks and New York in Words and Images, a book of New York postcards. Fred Cookinham, historian, author of The Age of Rand: Imagining an Objectivist Future World. Mike Kaback, a native New Yorker, has an unquenchable enthusiasm for everything about this city. No advance registration is required. This tour repeats every Sunday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walk | Pushcarts, Pickles, and Million Dollar Pastrami: The Jewish Lower East Side Tour


The Lower East Side was once the most densely populated neighborhood on the planet. This 10 stop walking tour, will visit some major historical sites of the Jewish Lower East Side, from the late 1800's all the way up until present day. Weaving stories of triumph, heartbreak, and humor together, this tour is at once informative, entertaining, and may put you in the mood for a knish or four.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, October 21, 2018, 10/21/2018, Pushcarts, Pickles, and Million Dollar Pastrami: The Jewish Lower East Side Tour

Hike | Trees of Inwood Hill Park


Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and a fun way to reduce stress. Regardless of the intensity level, it is a great way to burn calories and stay fit. Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City parks. Take an hour to unplug from the world and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature. Explore how trees and animals benefit from each other.                   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Hikes, October 21, 2018, 10/21/2018, Trees of Inwood Hill Park

Workshop | Community Rowing


No experience is necessary though rowing does require some physical dexterity. Community Rowing events are free sessions that include a basic introduction to rowing for first timers (safety orientation, rowing technique, and terminology) and of course plenty of actual rowing on the Hudson River. The rows take place in five-person wooden rowboats built on site. The rows last, depending on river conditions and crew experience, between one and three hours. Please arrive on-time as the crews will be assigned before 1PM. Bring extra water, a hat, and sunscreen as you will be rowing outdoors in the hot sun. Rowing is weather dependent and will be canceled for high winds, rain, or thunderstorms. All participants must sign a waiver and be able to climb a ladder. Every Sunday from June 10-October 21, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 21, 2018, 10/21/2018, Community Rowing

Tour | Southern Park Welcome Tour


An introduction to some of the southern Park highlights, including Grand Army Plaza, the Pond, Gapstow Bridge, Wollman Rink, Chess and Checkers House, and the Dairy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | The Chinese Pleasure Book: The Connection to Health


Michael Nylan's book takes up one of the most important themes in Chinese thought: the relation of pleasurable activities to bodily health and the health of the body politic. All early writings on the subject contrast pleasure not with pain but with insecurity, in an important contrast with Western writings devoted to the same subject. All assume that it is right and proper to seek and take pleasure, as well as short-term delight, but equally that certain long-term relational pleasures are more easily sustained, as well as potentially more satisfying and less damaging.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Horror and Terror in Literature


A panel discussion moderated by Casey Ellis, editor of First Came Fear: New Tales of Horror. Emerging in the late 18th century as the dark side of Romanticism, horror is one of the oldest distinctive genres in literature. There is no doubting its popularity, but horror’s long history is so diverse it’s sometimes difficult to define. Are moody stories about ghosts and vampires related to gory tales of beasts and zombies? And are any of them connected to the more realistic terrors of murderous rogues and diabolical doctors? The book First Came Fear: New Tales of Horror, taking its title from a quote by H. P. Lovecraft, theorizes that the uniting factor in horror is the emotion of fear. But fear, like the genre it inspires, is legion in its varieties.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 21, 2018, 10/21/2018, Horror and Terror in Literature

Performance | Storytelling: The Spirit Survives: Education for Extinction


For decades the Indigenous nations of North America suffered the loss of their children to government boarding schools, where they were forcibly “re-educated” to assimilation and “civilization,” at the cost of culture and identity. Renowned Native American storyteller Dovie Thomason, of Lakota, Apache, and Scot Traveller descent, introduces us to the Carlisle Indian Industrial School and its profound and lingering impact on Indian and non-Indian people. Her story explores the narratives and inner resources that enabled the spirit and identity of Native peoples to survive and raises provocative questions for all contemporary Americans. Dovie Thomason has performed across the US and around the world, including at the Smithsonian and Kennedy Center, the National Museum of the American Indian, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. Appropriate for adults and youth 13 and older.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free
Performances, October 21, 2018, 10/21/2018, Storytelling: The Spirit Survives: Education for Extinction

Performance | Lights Up/Fade to Black: 3 Short Plays


Theater of Light presents the fourth bi-annual production of Lights Up/Fade to Black, an hour of rejuvenating and light-hearted theater made of three short new plays. Play I: A conversation could be a flirtation, she is charming but there is something alarming, what she is planning for today? Play II: It is true, love is for forever but this guy is in a deep haze, figuring out just which who is who; two wives what is he going to do? Play III: She comes to see the doctor about all her crazy quirks, he has quite a diagnosis, will she need hypnosis?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, October 21, 2018, 10/21/2018, Lights Up/Fade to Black: 3 Short Plays

Film | Girls Always Happy (2018): Living with Mom


This film dissects traditional family values by zooming in on the fragile connection between a single mother and her only daughter. Xiao Wu's dreams of independent living in Beijing is disrupted when her mother decides to move in with her and imposes her way of life in the house. Co-dependency and dysfunctionality reach new heights as the film explores unfamiliar forms of familial love. Directed by Yang Mingming 117 min. Followed by Q&A with director
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Afternoon Organ Meditations


Forty-five minute organ meditations celebrating the diverse repertoire of the pipe organ. The program features the great repertoire of the organ on the 101-rank Pipe Organ built by Herman Schlicker and the 5 stop chamber organ built by Taylor and Boody Organ Builders. Takes place every Saturday and Sunday from 9 September 2018 to 26 May 2019.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Organ Recital


Hyunju Hwang is an award-winning, classically-trained organist who has performed throughout the United States and Europe, including Westminster Abbey, Coventry Cathedral, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Piano recital


Pianist Mark Valenti has performed recitals live on WFMT classical radio. He has also done extensive work in the Jazz field including performances with Gregory Hines, Frank Foster and Al Grey and has appeared on television with Joe Sudler's Swing Machine and singer/actor Christopher Durham.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Concerts, October 21, 2018, 10/21/2018, Piano recital

Classical Music | Organ Recital


Organist Brian Harlow frequently performs throughout the United States and Europe, often collaboratively with choirs, and instrumentalists. Recent venues include Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, England, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Emmanuel Church, Chestertown, MD; and Trinity Church,
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Do I Still Yearn for My Virginity?: Printed Paintings of Leaves


A solo exhibition by Chrysanne Stathacos, comprised of pivotal printed paintings of ivy and marijuana leaves from the early 1990’s.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 21, 2018, 10/21/2018, Do I Still Yearn for My Virginity?: Printed Paintings of Leaves

Opening Reception | Fantasy, Dream and Make Believe: 3 Photographers from Mexico


An exhibition of photography and video. This exhibition brings together three outstanding emerging artists from Mexico -- Sergio Fonseca, Juan Carlos López Morales and Robert Tondopo -- who situate their subjects within vivid and liminal landscapes of fantasy, dream, and make-believe. 
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Staged Reading | One Woman's Story: Romance at the Berlin Wall


A young girl from Indiana in 1938 goes to Europe in search of adventure. She undergoes many adventures beginning with a shipboard romance on the way to France and ending seven years later with the fall of Berlin. Written by Fred Pezzulli.
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6:00 pm
Free
Staged Readings, October 21, 2018, 10/21/2018, One Woman's Story: Romance at the Berlin Wall

Classical Music | Works by Chinese composers and more


Curated by J.Y. Song, China Gates II will feature music by John Adams, Huang Ruo, Wang Jianzhong, Zhou Long, and Yifan Guo.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Musical | Sci-fi musical

Regular Price: $49
CFT Member Price: $0.00

Musical | Portrayals of Family, Loneliness and Love by Tony Award winning director and more

Regular Price: $49
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Opera | One of the most famous operas

Regular Price: $40
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