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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 23, 2020?

17 free events take place on Friday, October 23 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 23 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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Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Friday, October 23, 2020

All events, things to do on Friday, October 23, 2020 are free unless otherwise noted.

Workshop | Tai Chi Outdoors (in-person)


Improve balance, strength and focus through gentle exercises. The sights and sounds of the river provide a serene background for the ancient flowing postures. First come, first served (up to 12 participants). Masks and contact information required upon arrival.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 am
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Workshops, October 23, 2020, 10/23/2020, Tai Chi Outdoors (in-person)

Conference | 37th International Churchill Conference: Sir John Major, Lord Hague and Many More, Oct 23-24 (virtual)


The conference seeks to explore leadership in times of adversity. The presenters will mark the sacrifices of the Battle of Britain and the Blitz, 80 years on, and celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Speakers - Sir John Major, Former British Prime Minister - Lord Hague, Former British Foreign Secretary - Jonathan Dimbleby, British historian, biographer and broadcaster - Nonie Chapman, Churchill Family Personal Asst - Barry Phipps, Curator of Art and Science, Newton Institute; Director, History of Art, Churchill College - Amb Robert C. O'Brien, US National Security Advisor - Celia Sandys, author of five books on the life of her grandfather Winston Churchill and many more Broadcast live from Churchill College, Cambridge.
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:00 am
Free
Conferences, October 23, 2020, 10/23/2020, 37th International Churchill Conference: Sir John Major, Lord Hague and Many More, Oct 23-24 (virtual)

Workshop | Pilates by The Waterfront (in-person)


Enhance your control, stability, coordination, endurance, balance, strength, and flexibility. Class takes place every Friday till Oct 23. Please bring your own mat. Must wear a face covering at all times and sign a waiver.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Workshops, October 23, 2020, 10/23/2020, Pilates by The Waterfront (in-person)

Museums | Treasures on the Terrace: Outdoor Installation (in-person)


The Hispanic Society Museum & Library is pleased to present this outdoor installation of photographic reproductions of works found in its unparalleled collections. This remarkable institution reflects the vision of its founder Archer Milton Huntington who had the unique insight to create a museum that focused on all aspects of the cultures of Spain and Latin America. More details at https://hispanicsociety.org/exhibition/current-exhibitions-works-on-loan/treasures-on-the-terrace_highlights-from-the-hispanic-society-museum-and-library/ All visitors must wear face coverings; social distance of 6 ft. must be maintained. Personal headsets recommended for the audio component. Restrooms are not available.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Museumss, October 23, 2020, 10/23/2020, Treasures on the Terrace: Outdoor Installation (in-person)

Tour | Explore The Seaport Museum’s Landmark Buildings (virtual)


This virtual visit offers the opportunity to see and learn the history of Schermerhorn Row, one of the most significant examples of early 19th century commercial architecture in New York, and home of the South Street Seaport Museum. Visit the upper floors of these New York City Landmarks, located within the National Register-listed South Street Seaport Historic District. Hear about the buildings’ incredible history and developments, and explore the remains of two 150-year-old hotels made famous by New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell’s “Up in the Old Hotel.”
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free
Tours, October 23, 2020, 10/23/2020, Explore The Seaport Museum&rsquo;s Landmark Buildings (virtual)

Concert | String Quartet and Guests: Cutting-Edge Repertoire (virtual)


Ethel is one of the most acclaimed string quartets in the contemporary classical field with an eye on tradition and an ear to the future. Expect familiar classical tunes mixed with a fair share of the group's signature cutting-edge repertoire. Guest artists and collaborators also make periodic appearances. Ethel is Ralph Farris (viola), Kip Jones (violin), Dorothy Lawson (cello), and Corin Lee (violin). The concert takes place every Friday at 5 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Concerts, October 23, 2020, 10/23/2020, String Quartet and Guests: Cutting-Edge Repertoire (virtual)

Performance | American Dreams: Interactive Live Theater (virtual)


Imagine a world where the only way to gain U.S. citizenship is by competing in a live online game show - where you, the people, decide who wins! Welcome to American Dreams: It's a game. It's a show. It's America. This playful participatory performance takes a page from America's favorite game shows and uses voting, polling, trivia and more to explore what it means to be(come) a citizen Written by Leila Buck; directed by Tamilla Woodard.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Performances, October 23, 2020, 10/23/2020, American Dreams: Interactive Live Theater (virtual)

Staged Reading | Skeleton Crew: One of The Top 10 Most Produced Plays in America (live-streamed, virtual)


In Dominique Morisseau's third and final play in her Detroit trilogy, a makeshift family of workers at the last exporting auto plant in the city navigate the possibility of foreclosure. Power dynamics shift, and they are pushed to the limits of survival. When the line between blue collar and white collar gets blurred, how far over the lines are they willing to step. "Morisseau has heart! Her rough-edge dialogue has a touch of street poet." - VARIETY Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The play had its critically-acclaimed world premiere with Atlantic Theater Company during 2015|2016 season.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Staged Readings, October 23, 2020, 10/23/2020, Skeleton Crew: One of The Top 10 Most Produced Plays in America (live-streamed, virtual)

Concert | Bossa Nova Live (outdoors, in-person)


Visit the courtyard for a socially distanced evening of live Brazilian music, featuring Bossa Nova band Rio 3-0: bassist Leonardo Lucini, drummer Arnaldo Buzack, and guitarist Billy Newman. Take a seat in the courtyard and enjoy the show. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, October 23, 2020, 10/23/2020, Bossa Nova Live (outdoors, in-person)

Classical Music | Piano Music by Beethoven and More (virtual)


Bloomingdale School of Music piano faculty member Nuno Marques performs Beethoven’s lyrical Piano Sonata Op. 110 whose first movement is marked espressivo cantabile molto which translates “in a singing style, very expressively”. Voice faculty member Rachel Querreveld performs her own original songs with such titles as Just Say the Word and Can You Keep a Secret.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, October 23, 2020, 10/23/2020, Piano Music by Beethoven and More (virtual)

Workshop | Stargazing in a Park (in-person)


Come out and see the stars, planets, and the moon. Members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York will set up hi-powered telescopes for stargazing sessions. Weather permitting. First come, first serve. Arrive early. All participants must sign a waiver on-site. For safety, participants will not be allowed to touch telescopes. Must wear a face covering at all times.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Workshops, October 23, 2020, 10/23/2020, Stargazing in a Park (in-person)

Opera | Alice in the Pandemic: Lewis Carroll's reimagined timeless story (virtual)


Alice in the Pandemic takes a deep dive down the rabbit hole into the elasticity of time, the unmooring of life, the heroism of doing one's job, and the reconciliation of mother and daughter. This version of the timeless classic follows the nurse Alice as she navigates her way through a distorted and unfamiliar landscape to find her sick mother. The production uses newly developed technology that enables singers at remote locations to sing synchronously together as they interact with each other and their 3D avatars who lip sync in real time to live performance. Written by Cerise Lim Jacobs and composed by Jorge Sosa. Featuring Carami Hilaire, Eve Gigliotti, Daniel Moody and VOICES Boston.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 23, 2020, 10/23/2020, Alice in the Pandemic: Lewis Carroll's reimagined timeless story (virtual)

Concert | Avian Telemetry: Evocative Space for the Contemplation of Avian Habitat and Conservation Through Music (virtual)


Avian Telemetry by renowned ecoacoustic composer Matthew Burtner was created as a result of an interdisciplinary collaboration between the composer and a cohort of faculty and students from the Music, Biology, and English departments at Furman University in Greenville SC. The performance highlights these diverse disciplines and creates an evocative space for the contemplation of avian habitat and conservation through music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 23, 2020, 10/23/2020, Avian Telemetry: Evocative Space for the Contemplation of Avian Habitat and Conservation Through Music (virtual)

Staged Reading | Heroes of the Fourth Turning: Pulitzer Prize Finalist Play with Broadway Actors (live-streamed, virtual)


It’s nearing midnight in Wyoming, where four young conservatives have gathered at a backyard after-party. They’ve returned home to toast their mentor Gina, newly inducted as president of a tiny Catholic college. But as their reunion spirals into spiritual chaos and clashing generational politics, it becomes less a celebration than a vicious fight to be understood. On a chilly night in the middle of America, Will Arbery’s haunting play offers grace and disarming clarity, speaking to the heart of a country at war with itself. Winner of 2020 Obie Awards for Creative Ensemble + Playwriting; Three Lucille Lortel Awards; New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play; New York Times "Best Theater of 2019" Written by Will Arbery Directed by Danya Taymor
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Staged Readings, October 23, 2020, 10/23/2020, Heroes of the Fourth Turning: Pulitzer Prize Finalist Play with Broadway Actors (live-streamed, virtual)

Classical Music | Annual Vocal Chamber Music Festival: Modern Women (virtual)


Amanda Lynn Bottoms, mezzo-soprano; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Chris Kenney, baritone; Shannon McGinnis, piano. The program features songs by Margaret Bonds, Stacy Garrop, Florence Price, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Sarah Kirkland Snider. Midwestern premieres by Iva Bittová and Errollyn Wallen.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 23, 2020, 10/23/2020, Annual Vocal Chamber Music Festival: Modern Women (virtual)

Classical Music | Baroque Music Gala: Mozart, Vivaldi, J.S. Bach (live-streamed, virtual)


Music of the Baroque, one of the leading ensembles in the US devoted to the performance of 18th century works, presents a special live music event featuring flutist Sir James Galway, pianist Angela Hewitt, and members of the chorus, orchestra, and soloists--plus a special welcome from the London homes of Music Director Jane Glover and Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Concerts, October 23, 2020, 10/23/2020, Baroque Music Gala: Mozart, Vivaldi, J.S. Bach (live-streamed, virtual)

Movie in a Park | Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020): Provocative Satire (drive-in theater)


Follow-up film to the 2006 comedy centering on the real-life adventures of a fictional Kazakh television journalist named Borat. Seeking redemption, Borat returns to America with his daughter amidst a global pandemic to find a divided country only he can cure, revealing - and giving audiences permission to laugh at - the commonality of the absurd. Timed for release ahead of the U.S. Presidential election, this provocative satire will insert itself directly into the political conversation and steer it into the absurd with counter-programming and a sense of escapism from reality, while still being timely and relevant. Rated R. Viewer discretion is advised.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Movie in a Parks, October 23, 2020, 10/23/2020, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020): Provocative Satire (drive-in theater)
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