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33 free events take place on Saturday, October 26 in New York City. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York 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 26 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of October . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

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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33 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on Saturday, October 26, 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.
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Workshops, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, 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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Tours, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, 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.
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Workshops, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, 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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Tours, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers

Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
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Fairs, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, Street Fair

Workshop | Yoga for Beginners


In this session you will learn simple but powerful youga postrues to balance and stablilize your system. No prior experience with yogais necessary.  Can relieve chronic ailments. Designed by Sadhguru, a self-realized yogi and foremost authority in the field of yoga.
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Workshops, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, Yoga for Beginners

Tour | Monuments Tour of the Park


A monuments tour of the park, an Olmsted gem and one of New York City’s Scenic Landmarks. A guided walk along Riverside Drive highlights the park’s development as well as its historic and commemorative monuments. Tour is approximately 1.5 miles and involves some walking up hills. Wear comfortable shoes.
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Tours, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, Monuments Tour of the Park

Discussion | Archiving an Anti-Colonial Avant-Garde: Elsewhere and Otherwise


Ann Laura Stoler, Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies delivers the keynote lecture on art as political practice. Liz Johnson Artur, Chimurenga, Tiffany Chung, Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research, Naine Terena de Jesus, and Jasmeen Patheja participate in Global Voices: Conversations with Jane Lombard Fellows.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, Archiving an Anti-Colonial Avant-Garde: Elsewhere and Otherwise

Gallery Talk | OttO: Paintings, Video and Sculptures


Laurent Grasso’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. Centered around a remarkable film commissioned for the 21st Biennale of Sydney, which will have its US debut at the gallery, the exhibition presents new paintings, video and sculptures related to themes explored in the film. The eponymous film OttO, Grasso’s most ambitious to date, was shot in November 2017 on four aboriginal sacred sites in the Northern Territory of the Australian desert. When it premiered at the 21st Biennale of Sydney in March 2018, it was an acknowledged highlight of the biennale. OttO was shot in collaboration with the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation and the community of Yuendumu, its “traditional owners.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, OttO: Paintings, Video and Sculptures

Festival | 7th Annual Harvest Festival


One of the garden's biggest events of the year, the Harvest Festival is a magical day full of free fun and activities for everyone to enjoy from delicious snacks to pumpkin decorating, face painting, crafts and more! Costumes encouraged.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
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Festivals, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, 7th Annual Harvest Festival

Gallery Talk | Town and Country: Grand Yet Intimate Paintings


A solo exhibition by Rebecca Morgan includes new oil paintings on panel, grand in their detail yet intimate in scale, and never before shown busts, which elevate Morgan's characters into regal brass, with a meticulous surface of pimples, chest hair, and crooked teeth. This new work crystallizes Morgan's use of art history and Americana to build archetypal characters straining against their roles. Themes of women, fabricated notions of romance, and the current crisis of masculinity come to life in her exquisitely rendered works. Morgan's narratives exist simultaneously in the past and present. Buxom maidens echo women painted by men over the ages and current conversations about gender, revealing a fresh look at American myths.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, Town and Country: Grand Yet Intimate Paintings

Festival | Halloween Bash


Bring your costume-clad kids for a FANGtastic afternoon at the family-friendly Halloween Bash!
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Festivals, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, Halloween Bash

Gallery Talk | Waiting for Omar: Contemporary Art from Algeria and Its Diaspora


This survey of Contemporary Art from Algeria and Its Diaspora offers diverse representations of everyday life in Algeria and its diaspora through film, paintings, photography and sculpture by twenty-five contemporary artists.
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Gallery Talks, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, Waiting for Omar: Contemporary Art from Algeria and Its Diaspora

Staged Reading | Shakespeare's Twelfth Night


A dramatic reading of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night by Instant Shakespeare Company. Twelfth Night centers around the twins Viola and Sebastian who are separated in a shipwreck, each fearing the other lost to the sea. Viola falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with the Countess Olivia. Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man. Meanwhile, Sebastian has been rescued by Antonio, a sea captain who previously fought against Orsino, who accompanies him to the island of Illyria, despite the danger. Confusion over Sebastian's identity - and exactly who is promised to whom - soon follows in this romantic comedy.
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Staged Readings, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Film | Get Out (2017): Oscar winning horror movie on a disturbing secret


A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point. 104 min. Director: Jordan Peele. Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford.  At the 90th Academy Awards, it was nominated for four awards, including Best Picture, and won for Best Original Screenplay.  The film was chosen by the National Board of Review, the American Film Institute and Time as one of the top 10 films of the year. It grossed $255 million worldwide on a $4.5 million budget, with a net profit of $124 million, making it the tenth most profitable film of 2017.
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Films, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, Get Out (2017): Oscar winning horror movie on a disturbing secret

Play | The Wolves: A New Drama


A student production of a drama by Sarah DeLappe. THE WOLVES won the American Playwriting Foundation's inaugural Relentless Award, and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Yale Prize.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Plays, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, The Wolves: A New Drama

Discussion | Filmmaker Jonas Mekas Expanded


Conventional understanding of Jonas Mekas’ contribution to the art world places emphasis on his personal filmmaking. While the legacy of his films unavoidably matters, this event stresses the significance of Mekas’ active role as an institution builder and a creative administrator, as well as an active participant in the New York art’s scene and a pioneer of what we now call expanded cinema. Original and under researched use of sound in Mekas’ films will also be discussed. The presentations by art historians and critics Melissa Ragona (Carnegie Mellon University), Andrew Uroskie (Stony Brook University) and Ed Halter (Bard College) will be preceded by the screening of Film Magazine of the Arts (Jonas Mekas, 1963), Letter to John From Jonas (Jonas Mekas, 1999) as well as clips from Walden (Jonas Mekas, 1968) and Lost Lost Lost (Jonas Mekas, 1976). Free and open to the public.
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Discussions, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, Filmmaker Jonas Mekas Expanded

Workshop | The Writing Den: Experience the Joy and Benefits of Handwriting


When was last time you wrote a letter to your grandmother, sent a birthday card to your uncle, or scribbled a note to an old friend? Time to come put pen to paper. They supply the writing materials, tools, and postage, then mail everything afterward, and deliver any correspondence received at the next month’s event. Den leaders are there to help choose that special card or check a mailing address.
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Workshops, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, The Writing Den: Experience the Joy and Benefits of Handwriting

Opening Reception | Embrasure: Allegorical and Cosmological Themes


An exhibition of new drawings, etchings, and sculpture by Matthew Barney. The works draw from the narratives, processes, and imagery introduced in Barney’s latest project Redoubt, while expanding on its allegorical and cosmological themes.
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Opening Receptions, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, Embrasure: Allegorical and Cosmological Themes

Film | Omar Gatlato (1976): Male Posturing and Alienation in Algerian Society


The title of this watershed film refers to the expression "gatlato al-rujula," or, roughly, "machismo killed him..." With its mordant insights into male posturing and alienation in Algerian society, the film animates this bit of folk wisdom as it recounts in mock documentary style, a typical day in the life of a young man in the Bab el-Oued quarter of Algiers, while the camera playfully shows a different story. Director: Merzak Allouache 90 min. Also, two New York premieres: Algerian Novel (Le Roman Algérien), Chapter One, 2016, 16min.  Algerian Novel (Le Roman Algérien), Chapter Two, 2017, 34min.
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Films, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, Omar Gatlato (1976): Male Posturing and Alienation in Algerian Society

Classical Music | Beethoven and Haydn String Quartets


Among the Library's treasures is a draft of the Declaration of Independence. The same longing for liberty and equality that inspired Thomas Jefferson also inspired composers of the enlightenment to invent a revolutionary new genre of music: the string quartet. The New York Classical Players perform quartets by Haydn and Beethoven, accompanied by recitations of writings by Jefferson, Schiller, and Locke. Beethoven and Haydn manuscripts will be displayed in a special lobby case display.
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2:30 pm
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Concerts, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, Beethoven and Haydn String Quartets

Performance | Samurising/Over the Silver Lining: Radio Waves


Toward the end of the Second World War, Masato, a mechanic of Japanese Speacial Attack Units in Kagoshima, Japan) and Hikaru, an American Japanese kamikaze pilot of Japanese Special Attack Units in Kagoshima, Japan, are close friends and happen to hear the radio pick up weird wave. The radio show talks about the terrorism attack on New York, Japanese baseball players playing for Major League Baseball teams, and the fact that terrorism is called "kamikaze," etc. They notice that the radio show is from the year 2019, which is the future period for them. And they learn that Japan was defeated in the war on August 15th, 1945, and they tell the fact to their captains but nobody believes them. Even though, Hikaru is ordered to fly as Special Attack Units members. Hikaru faces the dillemma as he has to be part of fights against his mother's homeland America. The night before Hikaru flies out, 'God of Radio' makes a smart move.
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Performances, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, Samurising/Over the Silver Lining: Radio Waves

Author Reading | Paris: Fashion Flair: An Illustrator's Masterful Hand


Illustrator Marc-Antoine Coulon captures Paris fashion on and off the runway with a masterful hand and a richly sophisticated celebration of color. Coulon, who creates illustrations for luxury clients such as Dior, Cartier, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Givenchy, has a distinctive style inspired by the great masters René Gruau and Erté. His work is timeless and iconic, with a decidedly contemporary edge that is at once elegant, sexy, vibrant, and witty.
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Author Readings, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, Paris: Fashion Flair: An Illustrator's Masterful Hand

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.
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Concerts, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, Concert At The Coolest Classical Music Concerts Location In NYC

Lecture | Indigeneity, Biocultural Diversity and Decolonization Beyond Anthropocene Extinctions


A lecture by Leonardo E. Figueroa Helland, Associate Professor of Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management at The New School.  Figueroa Helland writes: “Indigenous communities customarily occupy about 20% of the planet’s total land surface; yet they protect and manage about 80% of Mother Earth’s remaining biodiversity. Indigenous community lands also house a major portion of the world’s terrestrial carbon (including a quarter of total forest carbon) while showing slower or no land degradation and deforestation. Actually, research shows that Indigenous peoples not only protect, but have also nurtured, restored and even enhanced the biodiversity and climate change mitigation potential of ecosystems."
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Lectures, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, Indigeneity, Biocultural Diversity and Decolonization Beyond Anthropocene Extinctions

Workshop | Sketching Class


I Am New York author Carlo Stanga leads a special sketching workshop. Berlin-based illustrator Stanga is also a designer, author and architect, and will take you on a creative journey, teaching how to sketch urban landscapes and giving insights into his own process along the way. All attendees will receive a sketchbook with free customization on-site. Refreshments will be served. Restrictions may apply. Call store for details.
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Workshops, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, Sketching Class

Opening Reception | Becoming: Experimental Video Works


Artists: Cui Xiuwen Guo Zhen He Chengyao Hu Haibo Hu Jiayi Liu Qianyi Wen Hui Xie Sichong A talk with the curator Zhang Fang and artist Xie Sichong precedes the reception at 5pm.
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Opening Receptions, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, Becoming: Experimental Video Works

Opening Reception | The Arches: Sculptures


A solo exhibition by Brooklyn and Cape Cod based artist Frankie Rice. Rice was born in Truro, Massachusetts and lives and works in Brooklyn and on the Outer Cape in Massachusetts.
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Opening Receptions, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, The Arches: Sculptures

Film | ART/new york No. 72: Curt Hoppe: Exploring an Artist


This showcases Curt Hoppe and explores his work as photographer, realist painter, and “Charles Bukowski of the downtown art world”—penetrating layers of cultural history to reveal the changing faces of the neighborhood. Both the filmmaker and the artist have longtime connections based on their residence at 98 Bowery, where Hoppe has lived for 43 years. A panel discussion follows with painter Jane Dickson, filmmaker Charlie Ahearn, and sculptor John Ahearn—all of whom have been subjects for Hoppe’s paintings and photographs.
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Films, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, ART/new york No. 72: Curt Hoppe: Exploring an Artist

Classical Music | Organ Recital


As an organist and collaborative pianist, Austin Philemon has performed in concerts around the world including in New York City; Paris,France; Graz, Austria; and Romainmôtier, Switzerland. He also recentlyconducted several performances of Puccini’s La Bohéme with the UNC Charlotte Opera Workshop.
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Concerts, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, Organ Recital

Play | The Wolves: A New Drama


A student production of a drama by Sarah DeLappe. THE WOLVES won the American Playwriting Foundation's inaugural Relentless Award, and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Yale Prize.
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Classical Music | Orchestral Works by Aaron Copland


Led by music director David Hayes, the Mannes Orchestra takes stage for a one-of-a-kind concert honoring Aaron Copland's legacy as a visionary composer and citizen-artist. This special performance features landmark works by Copland, as well as a newly devised dramatic work based on Copland's testimony during the 1953 anti-communist hearings on "un-American activities." All Aaron Copland Program Lincoln Portrait Art in an Uneasy World Aaron Copland - Symphony No. 3 About the Performers Known for their bold and adventurous programming, the Mannes Orchestra has been hailed by The New York Times as an orchestra whose quality is "a revelation"," and for their "intensity of focus." The 2019/20 Season features many exciting performances, collaborations, and projects, including performances at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, John L. Tishman Auditorium at The New School, and appearances with the Mannes Opera at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College.
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Concerts, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, Orchestral Works by Aaron Copland

Comedy Club | The Mosquito Comedy Variety Show


Actress and Emmy award-winning commentator Nancy Giles (CBS News Sunday Morning) hosts this fast and furious monthly variety show with stand-ups, sit-downs and music. Giles, who starred on ABC's China Beach" and Delta series will be joined by a rotating cast of regulars who have in the past included: Pat Candaras, Cynthia Kaplan, Peri Gaffney, Kathryn Rossetter, Sheila Head, Susan Burns, Sue Giles, Nancy Shayne and more.
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Comedy Clubs, October 26, 2019, 10/26/2019, The Mosquito Comedy Variety Show
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