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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 19, 2019?

36 free events take place on Saturday, October 19 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 19 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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36 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on Saturday, October 19, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Works By Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin, Tchaikovsky And More For Piano
free events nyc Fuente Ovejuna: A "Disloyal Adaptation" of a 1619 Play

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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Workshops, October 19, 2019, 10/19/2019, Morning Fitness

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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Tour | Birding Basics: The Ramble


Located along the Atlantic Flyway, Central Park welcomes more than 270 migrating bird species each year. Learn the basics of bird identification while exploring the Ramble, a vibrant woodland habitat and a tranquil spot to meander along winding paths. Explore its variety of wildlife, while learning tips and tricks for spotting and identifying birds. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair from our tour guides.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, October 19, 2019, 10/19/2019, Birding Basics: The Ramble

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.
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Workshop | Go Fish!


Experienced anglers teach catch-and release fishing and about life in the Hudson River. The day also features an art project and a nature walk. Don’t miss an unforgettable performance sung in Spanish and English by Sonia De Los Santos and her band. 10AM–1PM: CATCH–AND–RELEASE FISHING 11AM: ART PROJECT 11AM: NATURE WALK 12PM: FAMILY CONCERT
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Festival | Open House New York -- an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city


Every October, Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors of New York's most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York. From historical to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances, and other special events taking place over the course of OHNY Weekend. Through the unparalleled access that it enables, OHNY Weekend deepens our understanding of the importance of architecture and urban design to foster a more vibrant civic life, and helps catalyze a citywide conversation about how to build a better New York
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
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Festivals, October 19, 2019, 10/19/2019, Open House New York -- an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city

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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Tours, October 19, 2019, 10/19/2019, 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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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
11:45 am
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Workshops, October 19, 2019, 10/19/2019, Qi Gong Class

Festival | Dia de Muertos Celebration


Celebrate Mexico’s beloved 3,000 year-old tradition that commemorates friends and relatives who have passed away, with face painting, art making, performances and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, October 19, 2019, 10/19/2019, Dia de Muertos Celebration

Open Studios | Open Studios


Meet LMCC’s artists-in-residence at Open Studios for a behind-the-scenes look at their work and practice. Check out inaugural exhibitions Yto Barrada with guest artist Bettina and Michael Wang, and take part in an array of art-making and movement workshops connecting the idea of curation with care for oneself, others, and the planet. Also returning is Olafur Eliasson's Little Sun Sunlight Graffiti, back by popular demand!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk | Modern Art Meetup


This meetup is designed to help anyone interested in learning more about modern and contemporary art. Themes can provide an effective structure for engaging with art. Meetup participants receive a pass to MoMA to continue the conversation in MoMA’s galleries.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Movement Workshop


Take time to care for yourself by participating in these movement-based classes. 12:30-1:30pm: Self Care 2:00-3:00pm: Open Pilates Mat 3:30-4:30: Self Care
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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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Workshop | La na Gaeilge: Irish Language Class


Discover the beauty of the Irish language in a program designed for learners of all levels, led by Paul Ferris, Hilary Mhic Suibhne, Padraig O Cearuill, Sarah Waidler, and Yvonne de Faoite
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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
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Play | Fuente Ovejuna: A "Disloyal Adaptation" of a 1619 Play


An adaptation by Cusi Cram, from the play by Lope De Vega based upon a historical incident that took place in a village in Castile in 1476 in which a group of mistreated villagers band together and kill their Spanish commander. The production will be directed by Christina Roussos, and feature: Aditya Lal Chadha, Chace Chester, Jodie Cortez, Alessandra Cronin, Branden Darcel, Tasja Drahveen, Adaline Gomez, Mitchell Hoover, Emma Maggi-Byers, Francis MacCall, Idan Morad, Borana Ramizi, Logan Riseling, Dylan Turczan and Malaika Wilson.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, October 19, 2019, 10/19/2019, Fuente Ovejuna: A "Disloyal Adaptation" of a 1619 Play

Author Reading | I Was Their American Dream And Americana


A conversation with the creators of two of the most talked-about graphic-novels of 2019 as they discuss their own life-changing journeys on the road to identity and self-discovery in America. I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir by Malaka Gharib. One part Mari Andrew, one part Marjane Satrapi, I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir is a triumphant tale of self-discovery, a celebration of a family's rich heritage, and a love letter to American immigrant freedom. Author Bio: Malaka Gharib is an artist, journalist, and writer based in Washington, D.C. She is the founder of The Runcible Spoon, a food zine, and the co-founder of the D.C. Art Book Fair. Americana (And The Act Of Getting Over It.) by Luke Healy. Americana tells the story of his yearning to settle in the United States, from his studies in Vermont, to his repeated attempts to gain a long-term visa, to his trek through the Pacific Crest Trail. Healy's life-changing journey weaves in and out of reflections on his experiences in America and his development as an artist, navigating both the trail itself and the unique culture of the people who attempt to complete it. Author Bio: Luke Healy was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. He received a BA in Journalism from Dublin City University, and an MFA in Cartooning from The Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont, USA. This is his second book and his first memoir.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Author Readings, October 19, 2019, 10/19/2019, I Was Their American Dream And Americana

Film | What Lies Beneath (2000): Supernatural Horror With Harrison Ford And Michelle Pfeiffer


The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost - or that she is losing her mind. 130 min. Director: Robert Zemeckis. Starring Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Katharine Towne. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tour | Fall Waterfront Walk


The beautiful waterfront pathways of the park provide a lovely setting for taking in the sights, smells, and feelings of fall. Walk with us through our gardens, woodland trail, and wetlands to see the colorful changes happening on the Island. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshop | Hands-On Creative Workshop


Drop into a hands-on creative workshop designed by a teaching artist in response to underlying themes in Yto Barrada with invited guest Bettina’s exhibition The Power of Two Suns. Join artists from the Textile Arts Center to learn more about natural dye plants. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to extract the dyes from flowers, roots, leaves and barks (from historical and local sources) and how to transform them into paints for textiles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Slide Lecture | The Lost Art of Finding Our Way


Harvard Science Professor John Huth will expand upon his book: "I'll be examining the post-smartphone world with an eye to the losses we have incurred in exchange for boundless information at our fingertips. My book is a guide to the “primitive” (and yet, incredibly sophisticated) techniques by which our forebears charted, measured, predicted, and navigated their place in space."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | What Would an HIV Doula Do?


An archival deep dive into the HIV prison advocacy work of the early 1990s. Facilitated by Katherine Cheairs and Jawanza Williams of What Would an HIV Doula Do? collective, they will read and discuss excerpts from The Fire Inside and Newsletter of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners, as well as poetry, personal letters, and articles written by Joann Walker and other women who advocated for access to HIV/AIDS treatment while incarcerated. The selections provided are from the archive of Judy Greenspan, a former member of the Prison Issues Committee of ACT UP San Francisco.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Classical Music | Works By Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin, Tchaikovsky And More For Piano


International concert pianist Phillip Dyson will give a performance featuring some of the world's most popular and best loved piano classics, including works by Beethoven, Debussy, Scott Joplin, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, George Gershwin as well as show tune arrangements by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and Jerome Kern.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:30 pm
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Concerts, October 19, 2019, 10/19/2019, Works By Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin, Tchaikovsky And More For Piano

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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Reading | A Marathon Reading from Interviews with Artist Donald Judd


A marathon reading from Donald Judd Interviews. Independent Curators International Collaborators including Barbara London, Juliana Steiner, and Sally Tallant will represent a diverse range of voices from the curatorial field who also have a connection to the publication, or, by extension, Judd more specifically. Other participants include: Josh Baer, Andrew Durbin, Josh Franco, Lucy Gallun, Andrew Russeth, Phyllis Tuchman, and William J. Simmons.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performance | DraftWork: Dance Works-in-Progress


Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal, free Saturday afternoon performances that offer choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development. Performances are followed by discussion and a reception with the artists and curator. With: Jo McKendry Ogemdi Ude
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Performances, October 19, 2019, 10/19/2019, DraftWork: Dance Works-in-Progress

Classical Music | Organ Recital: French Organist Performs


Christophe Mantoux is Professor of Organ at the Conservatoire regional de Paris and the Pole superieur de Paris. His international career as a concert organist has taken him to more than twenty countries in Europe, North and South America, South Korea, Japan and the United States. In 1984, Mr. Mantoux won the prestigious Grand Prix d'Interpretation (First Prize in Interpretation) at the Chartres International Organ Competition (Grand Prix de Chartres).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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
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Staged Reading | Short Plays to Nourish the Mind And Soul Presents Don't Ask, Don't Tell


In recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Short Plays to Nourish the Mind And Soul presents; Spoken Word explorations of love and family violence. Written by Johndca Spencer. Music by Alex Blade Silver. Directed by Cesi Davidson.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | non-zero sum: Large-Scale Paintings and a Board Game


A solo presentation of artist Mariah Dekkenga, who splits her time between Vermont and Qatar. Three new large-scale paintings will be displayed alongside a game titled “A Two-Player Game Without Opponents.” She invites participants to sit and roll the dice, but there are no winners. The objective is for two people to work together in creating a unique, randomized pattern with colorful wooden pieces resembling pixels. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 19, 2019, 10/19/2019, non-zero sum: Large-Scale Paintings and a Board Game

Opening Reception | Wreck Loose: The Chaos of Global Anxiety


Jose Delgado Zuniga’s work is inspired by modern Latin American artists such as Oswaldo Guayasamín and the cartoon-like features used by the Mexican muralists of the 1920s and 30s. The artist uses hard and soft edges which create tension in forming figurative heads, a central motif of the paintings. The shapes reflect and melt the interior spaces of toxic, traumatic, and physiological conditions; which expresses the chaos of global anxiety.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 19, 2019, 10/19/2019, Wreck Loose: The Chaos of Global Anxiety

Talk | 98 Bowery, 1969-89: View From the Top Floor


Artist and curator Marc H Miller talks about his life in downtown New York City and unveils an updated version of his website 98 Bowery, 1969-89, a picture memoir of the 20 years he lived in a Bowery loft observing and participating in the genre-changing transformations taking place in art and music. Miller’s presentation at Howl! Happening marks the recent revamping of the 98 Bowery website, first launched 10 years ago. Drawing from the site’s archive of photos and video clips, Miller recounts stories about Harry’s Bar and CBGB; the seminal 1978 Punk Art show; collaborative work with Bettie Ringma, Curt Hoppe, Alan Moore, and Paul Tschinkel—all residents at 98 Bowery; his year in Amsterdam; and the varied roles he played in the East Village art scene and in the rise of hip-hop culture in the 1980s. The 98 Bowery website has been visited by more than 600,000 people.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Reading | Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Story


The concept of “aftershocks” is used in the context of earthquakes to describe the jolts felt after the initial quake, but no disaster is a singular event. Aftershocks of Disaster examines the lasting effects of hurricane Maria, not just the effects of the wind or the rain, but delving into what followed: state failure, social abandonment, capitalization on human misery, and the collective trauma produced by the botched response. With author Yarimar Bonilla.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Play | Fuente Ovejuna: A "Disloyal Adaptation" of a 1619 Play


An adaptation by Cusi Cram, from the play by Lope De Vega based upon a historical incident that took place in a village in Castile in 1476 in which a group of mistreated villagers band together and kill their Spanish commander. The production will be directed by Christina Roussos, and feature: Aditya Lal Chadha, Chace Chester, Jodie Cortez, Alessandra Cronin, Branden Darcel, Tasja Drahveen, Adaline Gomez, Mitchell Hoover, Emma Maggi-Byers, Francis MacCall, Idan Morad, Borana Ramizi, Logan Riseling, Dylan Turczan and Malaika Wilson.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, October 19, 2019, 10/19/2019, Fuente Ovejuna: A "Disloyal Adaptation" of a 1619 Play

Classical Music | Modern And Classical Works By String Quartet Accompanied By Toy Piano


Program Stephanie Griffin "Happy Car Ride" from The Lost String Quartet Stefano Gervasoni Adagio ghiacciato da Mozart, KV 356 for toy piano and violin Phyllis Chen The Matter Within for deconstructing toy piano, toy piano tines, and string quartet Mozart String Quartet No. 14 in G major, K387 Momenta Quartet has premiered more than 150 works, collaborated with over 200 living composers and was praised by The New York Times for its "diligence, curiosity and excellence." In the words of The New Yorker, "few American players assume Haydn's idiom with such ease." Guest musician toy pianist Phyllis Chen has been praised a lot as a composer and pianist, her music has been described as "spellbinding" (New York Times) focusing on the use of toy pianos and miniature objects/instruments. She is described by the Washington Post as "a virtuoso of the toy piano, she delights in the delicate sonorities of music boxes and everyday objects, weaving them into strikingly original works of engaging lightness and transparency.(...)Chen is a master of the art of play, serious, serious play."
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