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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 5, 2019?

34 free events take place on Saturday, October 5 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 5 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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34 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on Saturday, October 5, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

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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.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 am
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Workshops, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Morning Fitness

Symposium | Urbanization and China: Understanding Impacts, Projecting Future


The 2019 Urban China Forum explores the impact of China’s sweeping urbanization on the country’s economic growth, environment and land resources, urban form and lifestyle, social fabric and welfare, and population and health. The magnitude and scope of change occurring through China’s urbanization are unprecedented, with impacts on nearly all facets of the society. With: -- Deborah Davis, Professor Emerita of Sociology, Yale University -- Jane Duckett, Professor of Politics, University of Glasgow -- Peilei Fan, Professor of Urban Planning, Michigan State University -- Qin Gao, Professor of Social Work -- Shi Li, Professor of Economics, Beijing Normal University -- Justin Remais, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley -- Alan Smart, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Calgary -- Jeremy Wallace, Associate Professor of Government, Cornell University -- Ya Ping Wang, Professor of Urban Studies, University of Glasgow -- Weiping Wu, Professor of Urban Planning
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Symposiums, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Urbanization and China: Understanding Impacts, Projecting Future

Park Walk | 36th Street 3 Boroughs Walk


In this walk they'll connect 36th Street in the three boroughs of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. The walk explores a variety of neighborhoods from industrial, residential, commercial, and parks. Begin in Brooklyn and end at Ditmars Avenue, Queens. Brisk, steady pace. Please no slow walkers. Bring lunch/snacks and water. Rain cancels.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:15 am
$3
Park Walks, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, 36th Street 3 Boroughs Walk

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 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, 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 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Workshop | Drawing in the Park


Paint in watercolor, or use pastels, chalk, and charcoal to capture the magical vistas of the Hudson River and the unique landscape. An artist/educator will help participants of all levels with instruction and critique. Art materials provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Drawing in the Park

Tour | Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers


Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky. Guided 75-minute walking tours led by knowledgeable volunteer guides will offer you an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers

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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10:00 am
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Fairs, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, 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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10:00 am
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Fairs, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Street Fair

Concert | A Fresh World Roots Band


A fresh world roots band jamming towards global solidarity, Brown Rice Family provides the masses with distinctively organic global music, which encompasses reggae, hip-hop, dancehall, Afrobeat, jazz stylings, rock, Brazilian, Latin, and funk. Always growing, the band now comprises eight members hailing from all over the world--Japan, Jamaica, Haiti, Nigeria, South Africa, and the USA. Their diverse backgrounds set the stage for a unique coexistence, musical creativity, and, of course, dancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free
Concerts, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, A Fresh World Roots Band

Tour | Meadow Walk: Sensational Seeds


Tour the Hell Gate Wildflower Meadow and learn about the beautiful native fall blooms and their diverse seeds and seed pods, from milkweed to coneflower.    
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Tours, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Meadow Walk: Sensational Seeds

Workshop | Qi Gong Class


This class is open to all and will be a great way to connect with yourself, to others, and the world around you. You will be guided through exercises and practices that build energy and balance and tap into the natural strength and vitality of your body. Wear comfortable clothing. Saturdays, September 28-October 19, 2019
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:45 am
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Workshops, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Qi Gong Class

Tour | Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs 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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12:00 pm
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Tours, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House Tour

Screening | Animation Nights New York's Best Of Fest


Animation New York is thrilled to present the fourth annual Best of Fest! The two-day annual festival and conference will feature animation screenings, a fine arts exhibit, VR workshop presentation, XR showcase, professional panels, and industry events.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Screenings, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Animation Nights New York's Best Of Fest

Festival | Little Red Lighthouse Festival


Celebrate Manhattan's only remaining lighthouse with Urban Park Ranger educational presentations, visits to the lighthouse interior, readings of eponymous children's book, fishing clinics, live music, food vendors, and fun family activities.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Festivals, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Little Red Lighthouse Festival

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 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Infinity of Nations: Exhibition Tour

Workshop | Warm from Within Deep Breathing Workshop


Come to enjoy deep breathing with Wim Hof/Tsa Lung- inspired techniques! This program is easy to join as the breathing is (as always) a continuous flow. -- Learn how to warm from within -- Experience the "energy body" within minutes with e.g tingling sensations -- Improve health, avoid sickness -- Gain mood boosts -- Learn about the science on breath, the latest studies on improving immune system, from depression/anxiety to happier states
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Warm from Within Deep Breathing Workshop

Jazz | Autumn in New York Jazz Fest


With: Dr. John Satchmo Mannan Alvin Wink Flythe Celebrating jazz from Parker to Coltrtane. Pianists Ryan Slatko will be featured along with Carl Jackson on bass, Jamey Affourmado on drums and others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Autumn in New York Jazz Fest

Dance Performance | Mourning Loss/Celebrating Survival: Dance Against Domestic Violence


Choreographer Gabriela Estrada to present a program of dance, music, and the spoken word designed to raise awareness of the increasing number of incidences of domestic violence. Estrada shares the program with: solo dancer Sonali Skandan Vissi Dance Theatre solo dancer Ivanka Figueroa Jeannine Otis, musician storyteller Regina Ress storyteller Joy Kelly.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Mourning Loss/Celebrating Survival: Dance Against Domestic Violence

Play | Oliver Twist: Charles Dickens' Classic Adapted


An adaptation of Dickens' second novel, written by Neil Bartlett, about an orphan who escapes a workhouse, travels to London, and becomes a member of a gang of juvenile pickpockets led by the elderly criminal Fagin. The production will be directed by Melissa Maxwell, and feature the entire cohort of MFA Third Year Actors: Hannah Adrian, Olivia Battle, William Berger-Bailey, Jazmyn Boone, Yun-Chin Chang, Caroline Hertz, Racquel Jean-Louis, Ian Lawrence, Philip Lopez, Kasey O'Brien, Riley Jo Payne, Kyle Ryan, Carla Smith, Michael Spara, and Jacqueline Theoharis.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Plays, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Oliver Twist: Charles Dickens' Classic Adapted

Film | The Amityville Horror (1979): Oscar Nominated Horror


Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away. 117 min. Director: Stuart Rosenberg. Starring James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger.  The Amityville Horror was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, The Amityville Horror (1979): Oscar Nominated Horror

Talk | A Towering Figure in Guyanese Literature


In this session of Storytelling Saturdays, Dominican artist manuel arturo abreu will engage with the work of Wilson Harris, Guyanese quantum fiction writer. Author of over thirty books of poetry, literature, and theory, Harris is a towering figure, yet fairly obscure outside of the Anglophone Caribbean. In this program, abreu will discuss Harris' aesthetic and philosophy in both the original post-colonial and contemporary context. The afternoon will include a screening, short theatrical performance, and a divinatory reading, then close with an open discussion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, A Towering Figure in Guyanese Literature

Workshop | New Earth Ceremony Workshop and Performance


Artist Tattfoo Tanasks you to join him in a ceremony to ground and engage yourself within the universe. This workshop has limited capacity. Heal the man in order to heal the land. When we know who we are and why we are here, we will be grounded and able to engage in the play of the universe. We will be able to see the invisible thread which links all our internal decisions (thinking, action, feeling) and our external decisions (food, job, health, housing, human right, ecology). In the process, we will transform the egocentric “I” to the love supreme “I AM.” Although participants will not be transformed in a single ceremony, a seed is planted. Please bring a memento to introduce yourself.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, New Earth Ceremony Workshop and Performance

Workshop | Portable Altar Workshop


Artist Tattfoo Tan has prepared objects and offerings for the public to include in little boxes that they can take away and carry with them as a portable altar, to bring peace and focus to the heart. Drop in to this workshop anytime from 2pm-5pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Portable Altar Workshop

Performance | Performance for One: Slippery Memory


Performance for One is a one-on-one performance event written and directed by Edward Einhorn, presented in 10-minute slots at venues across Manhattan. The performance is about memory, but even more so, it is about relationship between performer, audience member, and author. What is the responsibility of the audience member, and how is it felt differently when there is only one audience member? Who is the story teller, the author or the performer? What happens to a memory that two people share after one of those people is gone? Presented by Untitled Theater Company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Performance for One: Slippery Memory

Classical Music | Works By Mendelssohn And More By Woodwind Quintet


L'Amore della Musica Woodwind Quintet with guest pianist David See bring a delectable tasting of classic works. The program includes Andriessen's Sciarada Spagnuola by Jurriaan, a Sonata by Giuseppe Tartini featuring the clarinet, and the first movement of the energetic String Quintet Op. 16 of Felix Mendelssohn. A quintet for piano and winds from one of our classical masters will round out the program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Works By Mendelssohn And More By Woodwind Quintet

Discussion | Turning Towards a Radical Listening: How Our Lives Are Shaped by Language


In Turning Towards a Radical Listening, James Allister Sprang will develop a sculptural sound-based installation over the course of a five-week residency. The project begins with a series of conversations between Sprang and poets M. NourbeSe Philip, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, and Tracie Morris considering how our lives are shaped (if not, in a sense, programmed) by language. These conversations will be recorded, with the resulting files featured in Sprang's live performances as the artist runs them through voice-to-text software and other applications to highlight--and potentially to make new meaning from--algorithmic alterations and glitches. M. NourbeSe Philip: Saturday, October 5, 4pm Rachel Eliza Griffiths: Wednesday, October 9, 7pm Tracie Morris: Saturday, October 12, 4pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free
Discussions, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Turning Towards a Radical Listening: How Our Lives Are Shaped by Language

Classical Music | Concert At The Coolest Classical Music Concerts Location In NYC


Classical music on a boat with an intimate and romantic setting and beautiful view of New York City. Followed by a Q & A session with the musicians. Program and musicians TBA. Doors open at 3:45 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free
Concerts, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Concert At The Coolest Classical Music Concerts Location In NYC

Discussion | Ephemeral Material: Crafting the Fleeting Communal Magic of Performance


Choreographer and hybrid artist Larissa Velez-Jackson asks how artists from different public spheres craft the fleeting communal magic of performance. Velez-Jackson gathers artists from her favorite scenes like comedy (Alexandra Tatarsky) queer street punk (Stevie May), nightlife/music (Senerio Baptiste), and embodied interdisciplinary practice (Jasmine Hearn, whose work will be performed by her collaborator Symara Johnson) to create a radically compassionate, honest, sonic space to be together and experience these artists’ “Ephemeral Material.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Ephemeral Material: Crafting the Fleeting Communal Magic of Performance

Museums | Museum Programs of Art, Performance, and Participation for All


At this monthly event, thousands of visitors enjoy free programs of art and entertainment, including dynamic performances and participatory experiences.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Museum Programs of Art, Performance, and Participation for All

Concert | Tambura Folk Music as Never Heard Before


One of the most original folk bands from Vojvodina, Fokos started their career in 2010 and have since become one of the most renowned tambura-based folk acts of Hungary. Winning the 2018 edition of the domestic folk music TV contest The Peacock has Risen in 2018, they have toured extensively in the country and abroad. This time they embark on a US tour hitting on Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, D.C., Boston and New York City. Listen to their fiery tunes in the Hungarian House, showing America how tambura music can sound like and if there, be prepared for an all-together folk dance session after their performance!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Tambura Folk Music as Never Heard Before

Dance Performance | Days Go By: A Large-Scale, Site-Specific Performance About the Lost Moments of Our Days


Monica Bill Barnes & Company brings attention to the otherwise lost moments that add up into our days with their new show, Days Go By. The world -premiere of this large-scale, site-specific performance is set amongst the bustle, inviting the audience to take a closer look at the heartwarming, painstaking, heroic events happening to and around us each and every day. Audience members will receive a pair of headphones to tune into a narration that explores the depths of our ideals, the hilarious heartbreaks, and the disregarded moments that add up into a day. Performers embedded throughout the space transform the surroundings into a symphony of movement and interactions. Set to a soundtrack of forgotten tracks and one hit wonders, Days Go By blurs reality with the theatrical and places big-hearted dancing alongside the everyday comings and goings of life in a city.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Days Go By: A Large-Scale, Site-Specific Performance About the Lost Moments of Our Days

Play | Oliver Twist: Charles Dickens' Classic Adapted


An adaptation of Dickens' second novel, written by Neil Bartlett, about an orphan who escapes a workhouse,  travels to London, and becomes a member of a gang of juvenile pickpockets led by the elderly criminal Fagin. The production will be directed by Melissa Maxwell, and feature the entire cohort of MFA Third Year Actors: Hannah Adrian, Olivia Battle, William Berger-Bailey, Jazmyn Boone, Yun-Chin Chang, Caroline Hertz, Racquel Jean-Louis, Ian Lawrence, Philip Lopez, Kasey O'Brien, Riley Jo Payne, Kyle Ryan, Carla Smith, Michael Spara, and Jacqueline Theoharis.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, Oliver Twist: Charles Dickens' Classic Adapted

Play | To Life: Meet the Rosens


The Rosen family, battered and blessed, celebrates Jeffrey's life as their hearts lie gasping on the floor. Backs are turned and accusations hurled as the Rosens come together and fall apart, bound by heartbreak and humor. Nobody escapes a good kick in the tuchas as they expose their foibles, confront their fears, and cling to their fragile connection amidst the chaos. The story is both elegy and eulogy to the death of a family and reminds us that we're not alone. Written by Eve Lederman.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
$5
Plays, October 05, 2019, 10/05/2019, To Life: Meet the Rosens
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