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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 26, 2018?

35 free events take place on October 26 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 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 October 26 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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All events, things to do on October 26, 2018 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, signs copies of his book Thanks a Lot Mr. Kibblewhite: My Story
free events nyc Documentary: When the Drum Is Beating (2011): The history of a nation through a music band
free events nyc The Silence (2010): German Crime Thriller
free events nyc Works by J.S. Bach, Debussy, Shostakovich, and many more
free events nyc Pipes at One Organ Recital
free events nyc Cello Recital
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Workshop | Tai Chi Outdoors


Improve balance, strength and focus through gentle exercises. The sights and sounds of the river provide a serene background for the ancient flowing postures. Tai Chi results in strength and focus of body and mind. An ideal choice for participants of all ages. Instructor: Alex Hing
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Tai Chi Outdoors

Conference | Max Weber's Science as a Vocation at 100


Science as a Vocation is the text of a lecture given in 1917 at Munich University by German sociologist and political economist Max Weber. Weber weighed the benefits and detriments of choosing a career as an academic at a university who studies science or humanities. Weber probes the question "what is the value of science?" and focuses on the nature of ethics underpinning the scientific career. Science, to Weber, gives methods of explanation and means of justifying a position, but it cannot explain why that position is worth holding in the first place; this is the task of philosophy. No science is free from suppositions, and the value of a science is lost when its suppositions are rejected.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Conferences, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Max Weber's Science as a Vocation at 100

Conference | French Natures


As Emmanuel Macron’s call to “Make the Planet Great Again” reminds us, there is a cultural aspect to climate change—each culture maps its understanding of the physical world (nature, physis) in different ways. This conference-festival thus asks: what do French and Francophone literature, film, visual art, theater, and philosophy make of our planet? How can they help us understand our world marked by environmental catastrophe?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Conferences, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, French Natures

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
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Tours, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, 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 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Street Fair

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Bach at Noon concerts take place every Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 11, 2018 to May 22, 2019.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Bach at Noon

Tour | Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour


Discover architecture and social history of Grand Central neighborhood; learn secrets of Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal; gaze upon hubcaps and roadsters on side of Chrysler Building; discover favorite Midtown Manhattan hangout of Mercury, Hercules, and Minerva; learn why Pershing Square isn’t really square; visit original Lincoln Memorial by Daniel Chester French. Award-winning tour led by urban historians Peter Laskowich and Madeleine Levi. This tour takes place every Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Grand Central and Its Neighborhood Tour

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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Tours, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Federal Reserve Bank Tour

Book Signing | Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, signs copies of his book Thanks a Lot Mr. Kibblewhite: My Story


The frontman of one of the greatest bands of all time tells the story of his rise from nothing to rock 'n' roll megastar, and his wild journey as the voice of The Who. Restrictions apply. Call store for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
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Book Signings, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, signs copies of his book Thanks a Lot Mr. Kibblewhite: My Story

Concert | Pipes at One Organ Recital


Organist Donald R. Meineke serves as Cantor at The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity where he oversees the musical life of the Parish, conducts the Holy Trinity Parish Choir, curates an extensive concert series, and is Artistic Director of Bach Vespers featuring the renowned Bach Choir and Players. Weekly recitals showcasing the new organ, featuring New York City's leading organists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
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Concerts, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Pipes at One Organ Recital

Workshop | Lunchtime Meditation


Take a mid-day pause to refresh your mind and re-establish your center in the midst of bustling city life. Meditation is a powerful tool to eliminate stress, to heal the body, mind, and brain, and to enhance your personal well-being and positive relationship with the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Lunchtime Meditation

Film | Practical Magic (1998) with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman


Two witches become the target of an investigation after one of their boyfriends goes missing. Directors Griffin Dunne. 108 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Practical Magic (1998) with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman

Film | Death Wish (2018) with Bruce Willis: American vigilante action thriller


When his wife and daughter are violently attacked, Dr. Paul Kersey hunts down his family's assailants to deliver justice. Fury and fate collide in this intense action-thriller. Directed by Eli Roth. 107 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Death Wish (2018) with Bruce Willis: American vigilante action thriller

Film | The Circle (2017): a techno-thriller with Tom Hanks and Emma Watson


When Mae is hired to work for the world's largest and most powerful tech and social media company, she sees it as an opportunity. As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by thecompany's founder, Eamon Bailey, to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes theboundaries of privacy, ethics and ultimately her personal freedom. Her participation in theexperiment, and every decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family and that of humanity. Director: James Ponsoldt. 110 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, The Circle (2017): a techno-thriller with Tom Hanks and Emma Watson

Film | Noises Off (1992): Theater Company Comedy


A travelling theater group find so much action going on behind-the-scenes, they almost ruin the performances. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich. Stars: Michael Caine, Carol Burnett, Denholm Elliott. 104 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Noises Off (1992): Theater Company Comedy

Film | Election (1999): Black Comedy Drama


A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president. Director: Alexander Payne.  Starring Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein. 103 min. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Election (1999): Black Comedy Drama

Film | Documentary: When the Drum Is Beating (2011): The history of a nation through a music band


In Haiti, there is one band that has seen it all: Septentrional. For six decades this 20 piece band has been making passionate, beautiful music - a fusion of Cuban big band and Haitian voodoo beats - through dictatorships, natural disasters, coup d'etats, and chaos, navigating the ups and downs, the glory and the tragedy that is Haiti's history. Director: Whitney Dow.  89 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Films, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Documentary: When the Drum Is Beating (2011): The history of a nation through a music band

Workshop | Adult Coloring Club


Come in, relax, color and meditate! All materials are provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Adult Coloring Club

Author Reading | There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids


Linda Åkeson McGurk, outdoor play advocate, will share her best secrets for getting outside every day, rain or shine. Come and learn how to dress your kids for playing in all types of weather and how the Scandinavian concept of friluftsliv – “free air life” – can help you raise happy, healthy and confident children in the US.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids

Lecture | Shakespeare, Spenser and du Bellay: Translation, Imitation, and the Sonnets


Line Cottegnies (Sorbonne Université) works on cultural exchange between England and France from the late 16th century to the Restoration. She is the editor of numerous Shakespeare plays, including 2 Henry IV for the Norton Shakespeare. She is currently editing three of Aphra Behn’s translations from French for Cambridge University Press.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Shakespeare, Spenser and du Bellay: Translation, Imitation, and the Sonnets

Opening Reception | How to See in the Dark: The Politics of Visibility


This show looks to artists who share an interest in the politics of visibility. Toward these concerns, these artists make use of aesthetic and conceptual strategies that privilege the opaque, encrypted, or clandestine. Works in the exhibition negotiate tensions between representation and abstraction, assimilation and interference, action and withdrawal, mastery and unknowing. Folding into darkness, the exhibition invests in improvisational choreographies of refusal and failure, finding respite in the dissolution of figure-ground, near and far, and the thwarting of an easy read. Artists: Priyanka Dasgupta and Chad Marshall, Kerry Downey, Baseera Khan, and Tuesday Smillie
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Opening Receptions, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, How to See in the Dark: The Politics of Visibility

Author Reading | The Byline Bible: Get Published in Five Weeks


Writing professor Susan Shapiro celebrates her new writing guide about how three pages can change your life - along with several former students of hers who are now editors, agents and published authors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, The Byline Bible: Get Published in Five Weeks

Author Reading | The Intergalactic Design Guide: Harnessing the Creative Potential of Social Design


The New York City launch of department chair, designer and business strategist Cheryl Heller’s book.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, The Intergalactic Design Guide: Harnessing the Creative Potential of Social Design

Opening Reception | Macrocosm: The Human Impulse to Explore


A solo exhibition of new large-scale watercolor paintings and sculpture by Thomas Broadbent. The paintings probe into the human impulse for exploration. Broadbent has carefully selected and analyzed subjects that remind us of humankind’s scale and position in the universe. And while our perception of the cosmos is informed by the data and images gathered by satellites, telescopes and manned missions; the moon, planets and stars, still seem to be objects of our imagination.  It is these astronomical bodies and the impulse to map them that has inspired the new works in Thomas Broadbent’s exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Macrocosm: The Human Impulse to Explore

Poetry Reading | Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color


A reading with Saeed Jones, Pamela Sneed, and Christopher Soto to celebrate this survey of poetry by queer poets of color throughout U.S. history. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color

Author Reading | Women and Gender in Iraq: Between Nation-Building and Fragmentation


Zahra Ali foregrounds a wide range of interviews with a variety of women involved in women’s rights activism, showing how everyday life and intellectual life has development since the US-led invasion. In addition to this, Ali offers detailed historical research of social, economic and political contexts since the formation of the Iraqi state in the 1920s.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Women and Gender in Iraq: Between Nation-Building and Fragmentation

Lecture | Legion Versus Phalanx: The Six Battles that Decided the Fate of the Ancient World


Myke Cole weighs the two fighting forces against each other. Covering the period in which the legion and phalanx clashed (280-168 BC), he looks at each formation in detail--delving into their tactics, arms, and equipment, organization and the deployment. It then examines six key battles in which legion battled phalanx: Heraclea (280 BC), Asculum (279 BC), Beneventum (275 BC), Cynoscephalae (197 BC), Magnesia (190 BC), and Pydna (168 BC)--battles that determined the fate of the ancient world. Drawing on original primary sources, Cole presents a highly detailed but lively history of this defining clash of military formations.
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Lectures, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Legion Versus Phalanx: The Six Battles that Decided the Fate of the Ancient World

Lecture | Cultural Spaces in Mali and the Rest of Africa -- with Musical Interludes


Malian musician superstar Rokia Traoré shares her work, ideas and philosophy as an international arts and culture advocate who promotes making a positive difference through the creation of venues dedicated to the community, and through critical thinking through the arts and culture. Traoré discusses her professional artistic experience in Mali and how such experiences led her to understand how much the existence of cultural-artistic public spaces are needed in Mali and Africa to reinforce education and communication in the process of development and sociopolitical organization.
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Lectures, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Cultural Spaces in Mali and the Rest of Africa -- with Musical Interludes

Concert | A memorable evening celebrating Herbie Hancock


Michael Cochrane presents a program dedicated to the great Herbie Hancock, a true icon of modern music who has transcended genres and limitations while maintaining his distinctive voice. Hancock’s career spans five decades which includes 14 Grammy awards including the prestigious Album of the Year award for River.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Film | The Silence (2010): German Crime Thriller


13 year-old Sinikka vanishes on a hot summer night. Her bicycle is found in the exact place where a girl was killed 23 years ago, forcing those involved in the original case to face their past. Director: Baran bo Odar 118 min. In German with English subtitles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Films, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, The Silence (2010): German Crime Thriller

Classical Music | Cello Recital


Cellist Emily Brausa leads a diverse and dynamic performing career throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She has toured and recorded with such artists and ensembles as Ra Ra Riot, Talib Kweli, Beck, American Contemporary Music Ensemble and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Cello Recital

Performance | Popular Revolt: An In-Process Variety Show


How would you act in a social democracy? As we freefall into fascism, let’s imagine alternative moves. In this collectively produced performance, the assembled performers take socialism as a “fake it ’til you make it” proposition. Courtesy the Artists forms a working group out of theater, video and music makers to produce a contemporary, in-process variety show that includes the audience in a conversation about what we hate about today, and what we it to be like tomorrow.  Using open source video technology in combination with office software, Popular Revolt addresses an increasingly distracted public with the riotous, rebellious power of liveness. Popular Revolt re-invests revolutionary urgency into historic models of Marxist theater to dismantle Neoliberalism, the global economic force shaping our every day.  Popular Revolt combines “He Said Yes / He Said No,” (1930), a Lehrstück, or “learning play,” with online sensitivity training programs and the interactive interfaces of dating simulators to explore questions of consent within the spectacle of the contemporary now. Featuring: Malik Gaines Miguel Gutierrez Latasha N. Nevada Diggs Ryan McNamara Seung-Min Lee Alison Kizu-Blair
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Performances, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Popular Revolt: An In-Process Variety Show

Classical Music | Juilliard's contemporary ensemble performs


Juilliard's AXIOM; Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor, Nadia Sirota, viola. Program Nico Muhly No Uncertain Terms (2017) John Corigliano Chiaroscuro (1997) Muhky Keep in Touch (2005) Corigliano Poem in October (1970) About the Performers Juilliard’s “brilliant” (The New York Times) contemporary ensemble AXIOM is dedicated to performing the masterworks of the 20th- and 21st-century repertoire. Jeffrey Milarsky is one of the leading conductors of contemporary music in New York City. He has premiered and recorded works of many contemporary composers, including Charles Wuorinen, Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Lasse Thoresen. He has conducted such accomplished groups as the American Composers Orchestra, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Columbia Sinfonietta among others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Juilliard's contemporary ensemble performs

Comedy Club | An Evening of Standup Comedy


A standup comedy show featuring comics who have appeared on NBC, TruTV, Comedy Central and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Works by J.S. Bach, Debussy, Shostakovich, and many more


Curated by Vladimir Valjarevic, (Neo) Baroque concert will feature music by J.S. Bach (1685-1750), D. Scarlatti (1685-1757), Grieg (1843-1907), E. Satie (1866-1925),  Debussy (1862-1918), Shostakovich(1906-1975), Prokofiev (1891-1953), A. Copland (1900-1990), and Pärt (b.1935).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 26, 2018, 10/26/2018, Works by J.S. Bach, Debussy, Shostakovich, and many more
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