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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 31, 2019?

25 free events take place on Thursday, October 31 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 31 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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Thu, October 31, 2019
25 Free events, free things to do in New York (NYC)

All events, things to do on Thursday, October 31, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc Jewish Ghosts: Haunting and the Haunted in Literature and Culture
free events nyc Cello Suites by J.S. Bach
free events nyc Freud: An Intellectual Biography
free events nyc The Wolves: A New Drama

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 31, 2019, 10/31/2019, Morning Fitness

Conference | Jewish Ghosts: Haunting and the Haunted in Literature and Culture


Throughout literature, art and culture, haunting is tapped to figure a number of topics and seems to recur in works by or referring to Jews. This conference aims to explore the many renditions of haunting which appear in the Jewish imaginary and in the imagination of Jews. What do these specters, haunted spaces and ghostly objects symbolize? What do they indicate about Jewish concepts of time and history? How might haunting act as a critical lens for understanding the Jewish experience?
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:00 am
Free
Conferences, October 31, 2019, 10/31/2019, Jewish Ghosts: Haunting and the Haunted in Literature and Culture

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 31, 2019, 10/31/2019, 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 31, 2019, 10/31/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

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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10:00 am
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Tours, October 31, 2019, 10/31/2019, Birding Basics: The Ramble

Tour | City Hall Tour For Individuals


The tour of City Hall includes a discussion of the building's history, art, architecture, and civic function. The building is the oldest city hall in the United States that still houses its original governmental functions, such as the office of the Mayor of New York. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, New York City Hall is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, October 31, 2019, 10/31/2019, City Hall Tour For Individuals

Workshop | Midtown Recess: Games and Activities


Relive your favorite part of the school day with Midtown Recess. De-stress and clear your mind with activities including giant chess, oversized Connect 4, ping pong tables, jump ropes, hula hoops, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshops, October 31, 2019, 10/31/2019, Midtown Recess: Games and Activities

Classical Music | Bach at Noon


The organ works of J.S. Bach (1685-1750) offered in 30-minute meditations. Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St. Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. "The term 'baroque' has been widely used since the 19th century to describe the period in Western European art music from about 1600 to 1750... Many famous composers from the first part of the baroque period came from Italy and have a link with Venice, including Claudio Monteverdi and Antonio Vivaldi. Monteverdi was born in Cremona, but moved to Venice where he was 'maestro di capella' at the San Marco basilica. Vivaldi was born in Venice and was one of the greatest baroque composers. It is thanks to these strong musical traditions of Venice that we have today's music. Without Venetian church music and Monteverdi's advances with polyphony, the great traditions of choral music in England, France, and Germany would never have developed. Without the operas written by Monteverdi, Cavalli and Vivaldi, not only would the later styles of opera never have been invented. There would be no basis for the American Musical or the German and Viennese Operetta, the Spanish Zarzuela, and even rock, pop, and contemporary music as we know it." The Venice Insider Bach at Noon concerts take place every Tuesdays through Fridays, from September 10, 2019 to May 20, 2020.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 31, 2019, 10/31/2019, Bach at Noon

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 31, 2019, 10/31/2019, 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 31, 2019, 10/31/2019, Memory Palaces: Inside the Collection of Audrey B. Heckler: Exhibition Tour

Lesson | Literature Out Loud: Resistance Poetry in Today's America


Do you want to find time for literature in your busy life? Join to celebrate literature in bite-size servings! Read aloud, enact, and discuss passages of classic and contemporary literature from across the globe. This month's theme is The Poetic Tradition of Resistance. This session, discover the ongoing tradition of poetic resistance in America today. All literary enthusiasts are welcome!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lessons, October 31, 2019, 10/31/2019, Literature Out Loud: Resistance Poetry in Today's America

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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1:00 pm
$10 suggested donation
Workshops, October 31, 2019, 10/31/2019, Lunchtime Meditation

Classical Music | Pipes At One Organ Recital


Julian Wachner, organ, of Trinity Church Wall Street.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 31, 2019, 10/31/2019, Pipes At One Organ Recital

Classical Music | Cello Suites by J.S. Bach


Allen Whear, cello; Dongsok Shin, harpsichord. A half century before the iconic cello suites of J.S. Bach, the violoncello was emerging as a potent solo instrument in Bologna. The Bolognese school of cello playing embraced alternate tunings. This program features a selection of Bolognese sonatas using this tuning, along with Bach's Fifth Suite in C Minor. Cellist Allen Whear has performed as soloist with Tafelmusik, the Brandenburg Collegium, Philadelphia Classical Symphony. He has appeared with Musica Antiqua Koln, the Vienna Boys Choir, Concert Royal, and the Smithsonian Chamber Players. A soloist and continuo player, Dongsok Shin has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke's and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:15 pm
Free
Concerts, October 31, 2019, 10/31/2019, Cello Suites by J.S. Bach

Workshop | Adult Coloring Club


Discover the fun and calming benefits of coloring. Color, relax and enjoy. Coloring supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own materials too.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 31, 2019, 10/31/2019, Adult Coloring Club

Lecture | The Determinants of Unequal Access to Health Care in the U.S., and the Consequences


Though average life expectancy has increased from 68 years of age in 1950 to 79 years of age in 2015, inequality in life expectancy remains high in the United States, especially compared to other developed countries. Across age groups, inequality in life expectancy among infants and children has decreased, but inequality in life expectancy among older adults has increased. Moreover, most of the recent gains in life expectancy come from medical advancements that treat conditions that occur in middle age and at the end of life, rather than in early life. This presentation will explore how changes in the U.S. health care system in recent years have affected access to care for different populations, and how differential access to care has contributed to inequality in life expectancy and other health outcomes. Speaker Jessica Van Parys is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Hunter College.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, October 31, 2019, 10/31/2019, The Determinants of Unequal Access to Health Care in the U.S., and the Consequences

Talk | Artist Talk: At Once Abstract and Representational


Olga Balema’s sculptural objects are at once abstract and representational. In the Berlin- and Amsterdam-based artist’s more figurative work, she creates cast objects that echo familiar forms such as gloves, seemingly abandoned by or in search of a body to wear them. Other works rely on a more abstract notion of the body, such as her clear sacks filled with metal or paint shards suspended in liquid inside and supported by metal rods. Balema’s notion of the body troubles philosophical schisms between concepts of object and subject, while also accounting for feminist or technologically motivated notions of the body.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, October 31, 2019, 10/31/2019, Artist Talk: At Once Abstract and Representational

Other | Tea and Tarot: An Evening of Fortune Telling


Visitors will have the chance to sign up for mini readings (10 minutes each) during this free drop-in session in the Visitor Center. These readings are in the spirit of the many of the clairvoyants who once lived and worked out of the tenements. This experience will be a fun way to engage in a practice inspired by the handbills of The World Famous Palmist and Mind Reader, Prof. Dora Meltzer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Others, October 31, 2019, 10/31/2019, Tea and Tarot: An Evening of Fortune Telling

Author Reading | Freud: An Intellectual Biography


Cutting through the tired cliches of the "Freud Wars," Joel Whitebook presents us with a radically new portrait of the founder of psychoanalysis. Because Whitebook is a philosopher as well as a psychoanalyst, he has been able to integrate many of the profound transformations that have taken place in psychoanalytic theory and practice, infant research, gender studies, philosophy, and critical theory since Ernest Jones and Peter Gay published their canonical studies in the last century.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Author Readings, October 31, 2019, 10/31/2019, Freud: An Intellectual Biography

Opening Reception | Small Works: A Variety of Art


More than 400 pieces, sized at 6 by 6 inches or less, have been created for the 2019 incarnation of Small Works. Among the mediums represented are collage, mixed media, acrylic and watercolor painting, digital art, and photography.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 31, 2019, 10/31/2019, Small Works: A Variety of Art

Master Class | Piano Master Class


Pianist Natsuki Fukasawa's music career has taken her throughout U.S. cities as well as to Europe, Scandinavia, Israel, Australia, Brazil, Japan and China, performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and Copenhagen’s Tivoli Concert Hall. She is the pianist for the soundtrack of recently released film We Had To Go – Remembering Internment.  "Fukasawa anchored the proceedings with a powerful and convincing performance." - Washington Post     "Natsuki Fukasawa’s pianistic touch is unforgettable." - Politiken, Denmark     "Natsuki Fukasawa gives a superb account, nimbly weaving a gorgeous web of sound around the string players." - The Strad    
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Concerts, October 31, 2019, 10/31/2019, Piano Master Class

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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Workshops, October 31, 2019, 10/31/2019, Yoga Flow

Play | Tough: A Troubled Teen Boot Camp 


The troubled teen boot camp Crosswinds sells itself to parents as a behavior modification program that will help their daughters straighten out. The girls who have been sent here, however, learn it is a place of ever-changing rules, harsh punishments, and ever-increasing desperation. When they hear a rumor that the program will be shut down if a camper dies, the girls plan their escape - by whatever means necessary. A student production. Written by Margot Connolly.    
   New York City, NY; NYC
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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
7:30 pm
Free
Plays, October 31, 2019, 10/31/2019, The Wolves: A New Drama

Concert | A Coney Island Mexican Halloween


Inspired by her Coney Island upbringing, Carol Lipnik evokes a shadow-world of mysterious, often misunderstood creatures through her stunningly versatile four-octave voice and expressive, impeccably crafted songs. Her repertoire—ranging from mad, carnival-ride tangos and waltzes to dramatic Bowie-esque rock and intricate, semi-acoustic art songs—is unified by the singer's visionary commitment to the beauty of strangeness and the strangeness of beauty. Together with Mexican composer, pianist, and cabaret performer Tareke Ortiz, sideshow freaks meet Mayan deities for a Spooktacular Halloween concert of traditional and original songs that feature weeping bird spirits, spells, ghosts, werewolves, two-headed calves, and more other-worldly creatures. Costumes designed by the singular Machine Dazzle.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 31, 2019, 10/31/2019, A Coney Island Mexican Halloween
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