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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 3, 2019?

30 free events take place on Thursday, October 3 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 3 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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All events, things to do on Thursday, October 3, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

Workshop | Morning Fitness


One hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises. For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors. Parks are becoming a logical alternative environment for those who want to add variety to their workouts, or who just don't like the gym. And, it's an affordable way to increase physical activity opportunities, because there's nothing special to build. Exercise with a view, in natural sunlight, with green scenery all around bestows health benefits that can't be found indoors. Scientific studies have shown that the pleasure of being outdoors for example gives your brain, psyche, and immune system an extra boost. Led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Every Tuesday and Thursday
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, Morning Fitness

Workshop | Sun Salutations and Intentions Morning Yoga


Starts your day with a morning yoga practice. You will experience luxurious stretching warm-ups, empowering standing poses, and energizing breath work as we align the movements with the inhales and exhales. You will feel more awake, strong, balanced, and positive as a result of this time spent on the mat. Sun Salutations and warrior poses stimulate the seratonin in your brain (the “happy hormone) and improve self-esteem! You will be ready for anything that meets you as your day unfolds. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. You may bring your own coffee or tea.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Workshops, October 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, Sun Salutations and Intentions Morning Yoga

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 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

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 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, The Festival of New

Master Class | Violin


Greek violinst and conductor Leonidas Kavakos has worked with world class orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic. He has appeared at festivals such as the Verbier Festival, Salzburg Festival. As a violinist, he has won prizes at several international violin competitions, including the Sibelius, Paganini, and Indianapolis competitions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, Violin

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 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, Piano in the Park: Ragtime, Stride, and Jazz

Tour | Tour The Battery


Learn about the park's rich history, many important landmarks and monuments, the Seaglass Carousel, 195,000 square feet of beautiful perennial gardens designed by renowned Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, and so much more! Tours last about an hour. Thursdays, April 25-October 31, 2019
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:50 pm
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Tours, October 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, Tour The Battery

Gallery Talk | Memory Palaces: Inside the Collection of Audrey B. Heckler: Exhibition Tour


The collection of Audrey B. Heckler is emblematic of the growth of the field of self-taught art in the United States, which manifests a strong interest for African American artists, a consistent attention on American classics, a curiosity for European art brut, and a search for international discoveries. For the last twenty-seven years, Heckler has surrounded herself with excellent examples by the most significant artists associated to this art niche, among them Emery Blagdon, Aloïse Corbaz, William Edmondson, August Klett, Augustin Lesage, Martín Ramírez, Thornton Dial, and Anna Zemánková.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, October 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, Memory Palaces: Inside the Collection of Audrey B. Heckler: Exhibition Tour

Lecture | Europe's Green New Deal: Transitioning to a Low Carbon Economy for the 21st Century


Europe is responding to the climate challenge and the Paris Agreement with a strong vision on a low carbon society. Building on 20 years of developing climate policies, it has formulated a ‘net zero emissions’ target for 2050. This means a commitment towards fundamental sustainability transitions of the energy, transport, and food systems. The climate target is part of a broader agenda for a Green Deal, as formulated by the new European Union Commission President. Speaker Hans Bruyninckx is the Executive Director of the European Environment Agency since 1 June, 2013.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, October 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, Europe's Green New Deal: Transitioning to a Low Carbon Economy for the 21st Century

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 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, Lunchtime Meditation

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 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, T. C. Cannon: At the Edge of America: Exhibition Tour

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.
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Tours, October 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour

Lecture | Cash Money and the Politics of Resentment in a Brazilian Peripheral Community


John Collins follows across nearly three decade the circulation of money, favor, goods, and debt in a working class, peripheral neighborhood. The paper is therefore about survival and different forms of connection, and obligation, among people largely excluded from the cash economy by lack of formal employment and hyperinflation until the late 1990s. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, October 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, Cash Money and the Politics of Resentment in a Brazilian Peripheral Community

Birdwatching | Fall Birding Tour


Discover the surprising diversity of birds that call the park home during migratory season with a guided tour. Located in the heart of midtown, the park is a hot spot for avian visitors and birders alike. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will’s-widow!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Myths and Mirrors: Investigations of Scale, Color, and Composition


James Gortner.continues to refine and expand on subjects and forms he has explored throughout his career, all the while pushing his work into new terrain. The artist views the exhibition as a significant opportunity to lay bare and test what his paintings can do within these new environments. The unique qualities of Gortner's work will be highlighted within the gallery, where his investigations of scale, color, and composition will be fully on display.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, Myths and Mirrors: Investigations of Scale, Color, and Composition

Author Reading | The School of Life: An Emotional Education


Emotional intelligence affects every aspect of the way we live, from romantic to professional relationships, from our inner resilience to our social success. It is arguably the single most important skill for surviving the twenty-first century. But what does it really mean? One decade ago, Alain de Botton founded The School of Life, an institute dedicated to understanding and improving our emotional intelligence. Now he presents the gathered wisdom of those ten years in a wide-ranging and innovative compendium of emotional intelligence.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, The School of Life: An Emotional Education

Opening Reception | 3 Art Shows


Three new exhibitions that showcase how the book as a medium that translates across time and space: Walt Whitman’s Words: Inspiring Artists Today 2019 is the 200th birthday year of Walt Whitman (1819-1892), who is known today as one of the most influential poets of the nineteenth century. In addition to his work as a poet, Whitman is also remembered as a book designer and printer, essayist and journalist.   The Traveling Artist: Journals by Lydia Rubio features artistic documentation of artist Lydia Rubio’s travel narratives across linguistic and geographic landscapes. The works record the artist’s experiences across a variation of calligraphic, drawing and poetic compositions.   Witnessing Through Artist’s Books: Clarissa Sligh Clarissa Sligh will exhibit a series of past works in the Print Shop Gallery. Sligh is a visual artist, lecturer, and essayist. Her photo-text images, artists’ books and installations have been exhibited in museums and Book Arts Centers across the United States.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, 3 Art Shows

Film | After Hitler: The Untold Story (2016): France Between 1945 and 1949


What happened in France just after WWII, between 1945 and 1949? An interesting historic documentary looks at the fate of male and female (presumed) collaborators with the Nazis, the use of the POWs in the reconstruction of the plundered and devastated country. Director: David Korn Brzoza 90 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
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Films, October 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, After Hitler: The Untold Story (2016): France Between 1945 and 1949

Author Reading | Architecture of Nature/Nature of Architecture: Forces at Play in the History of the Earth


Based on documentation originating in the environmental sciences, history of science, philosophy, and art, Diana Agrest’s Architecture of Nature/Nature of Architecture presents a unique approach exploring the materiality and the forces at play in the history of the earth dating back millions or billions of years through the architect’s modes of seeing and techniques of representation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, Architecture of Nature/Nature of Architecture: Forces at Play in the History of the Earth

Book Discussion | Letters Written and Not Sent: A New Approach to Poetry


Have you ever composed a letter or an email and then thought better of sending it out with a stamp or a click? Could that letter never sent become a poem? How - and to whom, if anyone - do we address our most intimate poems? Paula Deitz, Phillis Levin, Molly Peacock, and Ellen Rachlin will discuss these and other questions around Letters Written and Not Sent by William Louis-Dreyfus, winner of the 2019 American Fiction Award in Poetry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, Letters Written and Not Sent: A New Approach to Poetry

Lecture | Botticelli (and Dante) Reborn: The Race to Define the Renaissance and the Rise of the Connoisseur


How did the rediscovery of Sandro Botticelli’s art, especially his blockbuster set of Dante drawings purchased in London in 1882 by the German government, contribute to the race to define “the Renaissance” in 19th-century Europe? Prof. Joseph Luzzi will begin answering this question by showing how Giorgio Vasari’s critical reading of Botticelli helped banish him—and his Dante project—to oblivion for centuries.
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Lectures, October 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, Botticelli (and Dante) Reborn: The Race to Define the Renaissance and the Rise of the Connoisseur

Lecture | Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival


Paola Antonelli claims that “our only chance at survival is to design our own beautiful extinction.” She will present the potentials of restorative design in the Anthropocene and her curation of over 100 projects for the 22nd edition of the Milan Triennial. Followed by a conversation with Amale Andraos, Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, October 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival

Workshop | Yoga Flow


Link mindful breath with movement in this full spectrum yoga practice that includes modifications and intensifications depending on experience level. Veteran Nina Semczuk helps you cultivate strength, flexibility, balance, and focus while enjoying yoga outdoors. Please bring a mat. Every Thursday from May 23 to June 27, 2019, and July 11 to October 31, 2019.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | 2 New Books: Breaking Bad and Cinematic Television / Television Rewired: The Rise of the Auteur Series


A conversation between Angelo Restivo, author of Breaking Bad and Cinematic Television, and Martha Nochimson, author of Television Rewired. With its twisty serialized plots, compelling antiheroes, and stylish production, Breaking Bad has become a signature series for a new golden age of television, in which some premium cable shows have acquired the cultural prestige usually reserved for the cinema. In Breaking Bad and Cinematic Television, Angelo Restivo uses the series as a point of departure for theorizing a new aesthetics of television: one based on an understanding of the cinematic that is tethered to affect rather than to medium or prestige. In 1990, American television experienced a seismic shift when Twin Peaks premiered, eschewing formulaic plots and clear lines between heroes and villains. This game-changing series inspired a generation of show creators to experiment artistically, transforming the small screen in ways that endure to this day. Focusing on six shows (Twin Peaks, The Wire, Treme, The Sopranos, Mad Men, and Girls), Television Rewired explores what made these programs so extraordinary.
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Author Readings, October 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, 2 New Books: Breaking Bad and Cinematic Television / Television Rewired: The Rise of the Auteur Series

Author Reading | Parking the Moose: One American's Epic Quest to Uncover His Incredible Canadian Roots


Dave Hill,  a quarter-Canadian from Cleveland, explores his roots–and melts your face with joy. There’s an idea most Americans tend to learn as children. The idea that their country is the “best.” But this never stuck with Dave Hill, even though he was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. His grandfather, you see, was from Canada (Clinton, Ontario, to be exact). And every Sunday at dinner he’d remind Dave and anyone else within earshot that it was in fact Canada, this magical and mysterious land just across the mighty Lake Erie, that was the “best.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, Parking the Moose: One American's Epic Quest to Uncover His Incredible Canadian Roots

Author Reading | Ribbons of Scarlet: Six Women and the French Revolution


Six bestselling and award-winning authors bring to life a breathtaking epic novel illuminating the hopes, desires, and destinies of princesses and peasants, harlots and wives, fanatics and philosophers—six unforgettable women whose paths cross during one of the most tumultuous and transformative events in history: the French Revolution. Ribbons of Scarlet is a timely story of the power of women to start a revolution—and change the world. With author Heather Webb.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Music/Science Fiction/Social Justice


Music and science fiction are often used as escapist entertainment. But they are also powerful ways for us to create community and imagine the future. In this panel, four authors talk about how music fits into their writing about oppression and liberation. Topics will include speculative worlds, recreating lost histories, and building a revolution you can dance to.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, Music/Science Fiction/Social Justice

Workshop | Sculpturmania Workshop


Workshop participants will be guided by Linus Coraggio in the creation of their own miniature sculptures, utilizing wood, toothpicks, glue sticks, and imagination. Participants may bring their own small found objects to use for their sculptures; however, Coraggio will also bring a large stash of materials. After participants finish their sculpture, they’ll have the option of drawing their creation from the angle and distance they prefer. All additional materials for the workshop are provided. No previous experience in sculpture is necessary.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Workshops, October 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, Sculpturmania Workshop

Concert | Unforgettable: Celebrating the Songs of of Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole


A vocal and musical performance by the sultry jazz singer Lainie Cooke and her phenomenal band of musicians.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, October 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, Unforgettable: Celebrating the Songs of of Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole

Concert | Arabic Dabke Dance Music and Afrofuturist Funk


This global-minded double set mixes 47Soul’s Arabic Dabke dance music with the Afrofuturist funk of Chad native, Montreal-based AfrotroniX. 47Soul is known in the underground music scene for their traditional Palestinian street music combined with deep electronic beats and influences from funk, hip-hop, and rock—a genre they coined “Shamstep.” They add analogue synthesizers, hypnotic guitar lines, and probing lyrics in both Arabic and English to melodies that have been echoing through the Arab world for centuries. Their powerful shows are a mix of unstoppable dancing and a call for celebration and freedom in the struggle for equality. For the second part of the evening, AfrotroniX merges dubstep, house, reggae, and EDM with Mbalakh rhythms and electric Tuareg blues to create an intoxicating live experience that includes African urban dance and digital art. The musician behind this unique Afrofuturist vision is famed Chadian guitarist Caleb Rimtobaye, who has worked with Young Paris, Mbongwana Star, and singer-songwriter Brian Kennedy. AfrotroniX has been touring the world for a decade and now brings his visionary live show.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 03, 2019, 10/03/2019, Arabic Dabke Dance Music and Afrofuturist Funk
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