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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 2, 2019?

28 free events take place on Wednesday, October 2 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 October 2 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!

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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Wed, October 2, 2019
28 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

Workshop | Boot Camp


The Rise NYC, a community-driven pop-up fitness group, hosts a Boot Camp. Rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, push-ups, burpees, and mountain climbers ensure a mixture of cardio and strength training that will keep you coming back, and seeing results. No equipment necessary; smiles and high fives encouraged. Rain or shine. Every Wednesday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, Boot Camp

Festival | The Festival of New


Since 1919, The New School has been home to scholars, creators, and activists who challenge convention and boldly make their mark on the world. To celebrate this groundbreaking legacy, they are opening our doors to the public for a weeklong festival of dozens of innovative performances, talks, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, and more.  Taking place October 1–6, 2019, the festival reflect on a century of world-changing ideas and together imagine a new kind of future.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, October 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, The Festival of New

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
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Tours, October 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Master Class | Trumpet 


Trumpeter Michael Sachs is frequently featured as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra. He has also appeared as guest soloist with numerous orchestras and chamber groups, including the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Auckland (New Zealand) Philharmonia, The Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival, the Reno Chamber Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, Trumpet&nbsp;

Gallery Talk | T. C. Cannon: At the Edge of America: Exhibition Tour


A 45-minute tour. One of the most influential, innovative and talented Native American artists of the 20th century, T.C. Cannon embodied the activism, cultural transition and creative expression that defined America in the 1960s and 1970s. Learn how Cannon interrogated American history and popular culture through his Native lens and exercised a rigorous mastery of Western art historical tropes while creating an entirely fresh visual vocabulary.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, October 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, T. C. Cannon: At the Edge of America: Exhibition Tour

Workshop | Elements of Nature Drawing


Get inspired by the beautiful expanse of the Hudson River and New York Harbor and by the verdant park, with its very special Hot and Cool gardens; each flower-filled and colorful throughout the season. All art materials are provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, Elements of Nature Drawing

Workshop | Meditation: The Way of Illumination


Each of us has an unlimited wealth of Love within us. We are born with this divine inheritance. This everlasting fountain of love is pouring down upon us twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, every moment of our waking lives. If we only knew how to tap into this eternal abundance of joy, all our cares and worries would instantly disappear. We are born with love, but we learn fear. In this talk, participants will learn the art of letting go of fear — by embracing real love. Through a simple meditation practice, each of us can experience the great fountain head of Light, Love and Life shining within us. Join Andrew Vidich, Ph.D , author, educator, consultant and international speaker who has been practicing meditation for over 40 years. Learn practical tools to make this a reality.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, October 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, Meditation: The Way of Illumination

Concert | Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz


Summertime, and the livin’ is easy... so swing on by for toe-tappin’ performances by New York’s finest, playing ragtime, stride, and jazz to your heart’s delight. With: Charlie Judkins, Ragtime, Protégé of Terry Waldo
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz

Gallery Talk | Infinity of Nations: Exhibition Tour


A 45-minute tour of some 700 works of Native art from throughout North, Central and South America demonstrates the breadth of the museum's renowned collection and highlights the importance of many of these iconic objects.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, October 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, Infinity of Nations: Exhibition Tour

Workshop | Battery Park City Adult Chorus


Directed by Church Street School for Music and Art, the BPC Chorus is open to all adults who love to sing. Learn a mix of contemporary and classic songs, and perform at community events throughout the year. Wednesdays, September 6-November 6, 2019
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, Battery Park City Adult Chorus

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 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, Lunchtime Meditation

Tour | Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour


Highlights include a discussion of the history of the site, information about architect Cass Gilbert and viewings of the Collectors Office with its Tiffany woodwork, Reginald Marsh murals and the 140-ton rotunda dome, designed and built by Rafael Gustavino.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, October 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour

Tour | Heart of the Park Tour


Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and ar chitectural elements the Park has to offer. Visit some of the Park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, The Lake, and Strawberry Fields.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, October 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, Heart of the Park Tour

Jazz | Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio


Bill Wurtzel, a renowned jazz guitarist, has performed worldwide with many jazz greats. His style in his own words: "I love mainstream jazz and the American songbook. Albums I've played on range from gospel, mainstream and soul jazz to Christmas songs in Latin."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, Renowned Jazz Guitarist and His Trio

Workshop | Figure Al Fresco Outdoor Drawing Class


Challenge your artistic skills by drawing the human figure. Each week a model will strike both long and short poses for participants to draw. Artists/educators will offer constructive suggestions and critique.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, Figure Al Fresco Outdoor Drawing Class

Master Class | Principal Viola


Violist Wesley Collins joined The Cleveland Orchestra as principal viola with the start of the 2016-17 season. He previously served as a member of the viola section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra beginning in 2012 and was promoted to third chair viola there in 2014. Mr Collins played in the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and City Music Cleveland, and served as assistant principal viola with the Akron Symphony Orchestra. His summer activities have included the Tanglewood Music Center, Sarasota Music Festival, Encore School for Strings, and the Pacific Music Festival.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, Principal Viola

Master Class | Grammy Winning Pianist


Classical pianist Richard Goode has performed with the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and in Europe with the London Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, and BBC Philharmonic. He recently had a performance in the Lincoln Center Great Performers Series as a great piano performer. His numerous prizes over the years include a Grammy award for his recording of the Brahms Sonatas with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, Grammy Winning Pianist

Author Reading | Wilding: Returning Nature to Our Farm


For years Charlie Burrell and his wife, Isabella Tree, farmed Knepp Castle Estate and struggled to turn a profit. By 2000, with the farm facing bankruptcy, they decided to try something radical. They would restore Knepp’s 3,500 acres to the wild. Using herds of free-roaming animals to mimic the actions of the megafauna of the past, they hoped to bring nature back to their depleted land. But what would the neighbors say, in the manicured countryside of modern England where a blade of grass out of place is considered an affront?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, Wilding: Returning Nature to Our Farm

Workshop | Aquatic Plants for the Garden Pond


Urban Park Rangers provide a look at some of the aquatic plants that can grow in small urban ponds. This workshop will cover plant choices, aquatic habitat creation, and maintenance considerations for garden ponds, as well as an overview of the GreenThumb Gardeners’ Handbook rules and regulations around ponds in community gardens.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tour | Bloomingdale Neighborhood Walking Tour


Explore the history of this part of Upper West Side with local historian Jim Mackin. While it is still technically part of the Upper West Side, Manhattan's Bloomingdale District takes its name from its original Dutch settlers. Located between West 96th and West 110th Streets, the Hudson River and Broadway, The Bloomingdale District is an almost-forgotten enclave (and name) in the Upper West Side. Perhaps named for the old Dutch village of Bloemendaal ("valley of flowers"), this neighborhood was once home to the Bloomingdale Insane Asylum. It is likely that the name fell out of disuse to avoid association with the facility. But now, the neighborhood is distinguished enough from the Upper West Side to the south, and Manhattan Valley to the east to warrant its own name - one that hearkens back to its roots, and befitting a scenic, almost "bucolic" city neighborhood.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, October 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, Bloomingdale Neighborhood Walking Tour

Discussion | In Defense of Democracy and Liberalism


Laurent Cohen-Tanugi and Adam Gopnik explore ideas about current threats to democracy, the meaning and value of liberalism, and the rise of populism in the U.S., France, Great Britain and beyond, explored in their recent books, Cohen-Tanugi’s Résistances: La démocratie à l’épreuve, and Gopnik’s A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, In Defense of Democracy and Liberalism

Author Reading | Our Dogs, Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond


Looking through a scientific and cultural lens Alexandra Horowitz reveals the odd, surprising, and contradictory ways we live with dogs. We celebrate their unique personalities but breed them for sameness. They are like family members but legally exist as property. And the way we talk to them can be at once strange and delightful. The story of humans and dogs is thousands of years old but is far from understood. Our Dogs, Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond explores all aspects of this complex interspecies pairing.  Alexandra Horowitz, Senior Research Fellow and head of the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College, Columbia University and author of three previous books will be joined in conversation by writer Melissa Dahl.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lecture | Naples, 1936: Benedetta, Aeropoetry, Futurism and Fascism


Through the analysis of the aeropoem “Volontà e poesia del golfo di Napoli,” which features the arrival of Mussolini in Naples in November 1936, this presentation discusses the relationship between art and politics in the work of Benedetta Cappa Marinetti.   Speaker: Lucia Re, UCLA  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, October 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, Naples, 1936: Benedetta, Aeropoetry, Futurism and Fascism

Discussion | What We Mean When We Say Free Them All: Lessons from the Social Justice Initiative


Violence takes many forms. We see governments systematize it against their citizens. We witness how it plagues our most personal relationships. We read it in the ways societies record or elide their histories. Social Justice Institute residents La Vaughn Belle, Mariame Kaba, and CeCe McDonald will bring into focus forms of violence that target black trans and non-trans women, girls, and femmes — including the effects of colonialism, slavery, and racialized criminalization — and suggest how to build transformative, survivor- led responses to state and interpersonal harm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, What We Mean When We Say Free Them All: Lessons from the Social Justice Initiative

Author Reading | 2 New Books: This Side of Water / Where You Want to Be


A reading with Maureen Pilkington and Kevin Pilkington. Refreshments will be served following the reading. This Side of Water Maureen Pilkington’s fiction and non-fiction have appeared in numerous anthologies, journals and magazines. Her work has also been read live WCOM, FM. Pilkington worked in book publishing and received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She is currently writing a collection of personal essays, and a novel about a friendship between two women that begins at a Catholic boarding school. Where You Want to Be Kevin Pilkington is a member of the writing faculty at Sarah Lawrence College.  He is the author of nine collections: Spare Change was the La Jolla Poets Press National Book Award winner; Getting By won the Ledge chapbook award; In the Eyes of a Dog received the New York Book Festival Award; The Unemployed Man Who Became a Tree was a Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award finalist.   published in 2012 and a paperback edition was reissued in summer 2014. His collection Where You Want To Be: New and Selected Poems was a 2017 IPPY
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, 2 New Books: This Side of Water / Where You Want to Be

Author Reading | Horse Crazy: Girls and the Lives of Horses


Horse Crazy explores the meaning behind the love between girls and horses. Jean O'Malley Halley, a self-professed "horse girl," contends that this relationship and its cultural signifiers influence the manner in which young girls define their identity when it comes to gender. Halley examines how popular culture, including the "pony book" genre, uses horses to encourage conformity to gender norms but also insists that the loving relationship between a girl and a horse fundamentally challenges sexist and mainstream ideas of girlhood.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | Sound Art Revisited: The Roots of an Art Form


The first edition of Alan Licht's Sound Art Revisited served as a groundbreaking work toward defining this emerging field, and this fully updated volume significantly expands the story to include current research since the book's initial release. Viewed through a lens of music and art histories rather than philosophical theory, it covers dozens of artists and works not found in any other book on the subject.  Locating sound art's roots across the centuries from spatialized church music to the technological developments of radio, sound recording, and the telephone, the book traces the evolution of sound installations and sound sculpture, the rise of sound art exhibitions and galleries, and finally looks at the critical cross-pollination that marks some of the most important and challenging art with and about sound being produced today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, Sound Art Revisited:&nbsp;The Roots of an Art Form

Discussion | The Art of Audio Storytelling


Dynamic podcasts and radio shows have the power to entertain listeners and open up ways of looking at the world. Whether it’s a personal narrative or a smartly reported piece about someone’s experience, dynamic podcasts and radio shows have the power to entertain listeners and open up ways of looking at the world. WNYC producers from The United States of Anxiety and Radiolab share how they tap into the emotions of their listeners and captivate audiences through the airwaves to create compelling theater of the mind. With Rebeca Ibarra, Producer, WNYC Studios, Narrative Division Jessica Miller, Associate Producer, The Stakes and United States of Anxiety; Contributor, The Brian Lehrer Show Moderator: Simon Adler, Producer, Radiolab   Presented with WNYC
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Discussions, October 02, 2019, 10/02/2019, The Art of Audio Storytelling
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