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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 1, 2021?

31 free events take place on Friday, October 1 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 1 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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31 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Friday, October 1, 2021

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Workshop | Pilates Workshop


Dodge YMCA hosts a socially-distanced Pilates. Enhance your control, stability, coordination, endurance, balance, strength, and flexibility. Fridays, May 7-October 29, 2021 Advanced registration is required. Registration opens every Tuesday at 10:00am for classes the following week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 am
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Workshops, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Pilates Workshop

Workshop | Tai Chi


Explore this low-impact, meditative form of exercise. Open to all fitness levels.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Tai Chi

Museums | Art and Sculpture Museum and Garden


The museum was designed and created in 1985 by one of the twentieth century's most important and critically acclaimed sculptors Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). Through a lifetime of artistic experimentation, he created sculptures, gardens, furniture and lighting designs, ceramics, architecture, and set designs. The museum aims to preserve and display Noguchi's work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free
Museumss, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Art and Sculpture Museum and Garden

Dance Performance | Choreography That Interacts With Its Spectators


A performance of open choreography controlled both by the clock and the interactions between two people. Start times: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 3pm, 4pm. Each performance is 49 minutes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Dance Performances, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Choreography That Interacts With Its Spectators

Museums | Historic 1885 Ship, Exhibition, Letterpress Printing Demo and More


Visit this historic iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1885, now the largest wrought iron sailing vessel afloat. Guests will visit the open-air portions of the ship. Access to the main deck and quarter deck. Learn how people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo sailing vessel, from the captain to the ship's officers, cooks, and crew. Then visit the cargo hold and stand atop the viewing platform and enjoy the view as you look out across New York Harbor and the Brooklyn Bridge. In addition, enjoy an outdoor exhibition and letterpress printing demonstration.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Historic 1885 Ship, Exhibition, Letterpress Printing Demo and More

Classical Music | Beethoven's Ninth Symphony: Herbert von Karajan, The Berlin Philharmonic (online, streaming until Oct 8)


In this recording from 1968, Herbert von Karajan leads the preeminent Berlin Philharmonic in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the Berlin Philharmonie. Featuring some of the most renowned opera singers of the 20th century: soprano Gundula Janowitz, mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig, tenor Jess Thomas, and bass-baritone Walter Berry. Generally regarded as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989) was a dominant figure in European classical music from the mid-1950s until his death. By one estimate, he was the top-selling classical music recording artist of all time, having sold an estimated 200 million records.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Concerts, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony: Herbert von Karajan, The Berlin Philharmonic (online, streaming until Oct 8)

Gallery Talk | Morgan Library and Museum: Treasures from the Permanent Collection (online)


A docent-led highlights tour of the Morgan Library and Museum for an overview of the Morgan's history, ranging from the beginning of the collection and the creation of the historic Library to the Museum's expansion of the Morgan campus and ongoing acquisitions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Gallery Talks, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Morgan Library and Museum: Treasures from the Permanent Collection (online)

Concert | Piano Concert Outdoors


Piano concert series, showcasing ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Piano Concert Outdoors

Concert | Rock with Sweet Harmonies


Boston-based musician and a group of talented friends whose raw sound and sweet harmonies help to deliver her material with distinction. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Rock with Sweet Harmonies

Discussion | Treading Softly: Ecocritical Approaches to Cultural History (online)


How can we foreground the environment in new readings of artworks? And what kinds of curatorial practice might address pressing ecological concerns? Explore works by artists, architects, and designers who place climate and the environment at the forefront of their concerns. Featuring an interdisciplinary group of guest speakers who each, in different and innovative ways, explore the complexly tethered relationship between humankind and the natural environment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Discussions, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Treading Softly: Ecocritical Approaches to Cultural History (online)

Discussion | A Discussion of the Exhibition Screens Series (online)


Artist Aline Motta in conversation with Bernardo Mosqueira of the New Museum. The speakers will discuss themes explored in the exhibition including Motta’s strategies for dealing with cultural erasure in her family history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Discussions, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, A Discussion of the Exhibition Screens Series (online)

Concert | An Outdoor Celebration of Off-Broadway: Music, Dance and More


This event willl feature concert versions of current musicals, jazz and Latin music, dancers, singers, and even circus performers
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Concerts, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, An Outdoor Celebration of Off-Broadway: Music, Dance and More

Discussion | Queer Indie Authors (online)


Topics will include the ingenuity of indie publishing, bold and brave ideas, paving the future for diverse and inclusive stories, and breaking narrative boundaries.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Discussions, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Queer Indie Authors (online)

City Walk | Wall Street Soundwalk, Winner of the 2021 Tribeca Festival


This site-specific experience immerses attendees using sound through headphones, environmental recordings of the sounds of the city, composition and theme of time, destruction, and resilience. The walk starts every 30 min. Duration: 60 min. You will need your own mobile device and headphones.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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City Walks, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Wall Street Soundwalk, Winner of the 2021 Tribeca Festival

Classical Music | Highly Acclaimed Contemporary Classical Ensemble (online)


This quartet blends familiar classical tunes with cutting-edge repertoire.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Concerts, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Highly Acclaimed Contemporary Classical Ensemble (online)

Movie in a Park | Short Films and Music Performance by Indie Rock Group: Original Fan-Favorites and Cover Songs


DATE. INTERRUPTED Noa Osheroff | US, Israel | 5 During the peak of the pandemic, a young woman living in New York goes on a virtual date with a nice young man. It's all going perfectly well, until it's not. O BLACK HOLE! Renee Zhan | US | 16 A woman who can't stand the passing of time turns herself into a black hole. A thousand unchanging years pass inside her warm and dark embrace. Finally, the Singularity awakens inside. Singularity sings and dances her way through the black hole on her journey to restore life and death to the Universe. SOUSAPHONE Flo Linus Baumann | US, Switzerland | 13 After his sousaphone inexplicably goes mute, Josef Muller embarks on a frantic journey to recover his beloved instrument's sound in the days leading up to a very important concert. 5:00 PM: Doors Open 6:00 PM: Short Films Begin 7:00 PM: Performance Begins Proof of vaccination and masks are required. First come, first served.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Movie in a Parks, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Short Films and Music Performance by Indie Rock Group: Original Fan-Favorites and Cover Songs

Opening Reception | Metamorphosis, A Divine Feminine Path: Intimate Paintings and Drawings


Sunhe Hong’s solo exhibition features her body of work from the year 2007 to the present, and the show will be centered on Sunhe’s intimate paintings and drawings. Sunhe Hong is a Korean-born contemporary artist based in New York City. After moving to United States, Sunhe earned her BFA in Fine Arts from Youngstown State University in Ohio. After graduation, she moved to New York City, worked as a fashion designer for five years and received an AAS degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She continued her studies at the Art Students League in New York City. See link for COVID protocols.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Metamorphosis, A Divine Feminine Path: Intimate Paintings and Drawings

Reading | Readings from Lampblack Lit Magazine (in-person and online)


Lampblack, an organization created by Black writers to support the advancement of Black literature, launches its eponymous literary magazine featuring the works of its founding members. Hosted by writer Simeon Marsalis, the event will include presentations by Paige Aniyah Morris and India Lena Gonzalez, readings by contributors Bronwyn Douman, Ananda Naima Gonzalez, Cheswayo Mphanza, and Marcus Scott Williams, and a panel discussion with founding members Cole Cage, Zack Graham, and Darise JeanBaptiste moderated by award-winning author Rigoberto Gonzalez. See link for COVID protocols.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Readings from Lampblack Lit Magazine (in-person and online)

Classical Music | Works by Donizetti, Puccini, Boccherini, and Other Italian Composers


Program: Giacinto Scelsi, String Quartet No. 3, V. Liberation, Catharsis Giacomo Puccini, I Crisantemi Isabella Leonarda, Twelve Sonatas, Op. 16, Sonata Terza Alba Rosa Vietor, Chimes at Dusk for Violin and Viola Luigi Boccherini, Duo for Violin and Cello from La Musica Notturna Delle Strade di Madrid Niccolo Castiglioni, Romanze Gaetano Donizetti, String Quartet No. 17 in D Major
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Concerts, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Works by Donizetti, Puccini, Boccherini, and Other Italian Composers

Reading | Writing Brooklyn’s Future


Take a tour through new writing about or from the future of the borough from the writers who are charting the Brooklyn renaissance. The future of the Brooklyn literary landscape is here. A group reading brings you dispatches from the new Brooklyn. Hosted by MFA director Theo Gangi with: Felice Belle, Mark Chuisano, Vincent Longobardi, Jive Poetic, Adela Sinclair and Jason Starr. See link for COVID protocols.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Writing Brooklyn&rsquo;s Future

Book Discussion | Dreaming of You: A Novel-in-Verse


Melissa Lozada-Oliva discusses her novel-in-verse with author and editor Nadja Spiegelman. The wide-ranging conversation will be about poetry, narrative, celebrity, Tejano pop star Selena Quintanilla, feminism, Latinx identity, the occult, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Dreaming of You: A Novel-in-Verse

Dance Performance | Ballet Hispanico: One of the Leading American Dance Companies and Others (online; streaming through Oct. 15)


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an invigorating line-up of dance companies. Ballet Hispanico is a premier American dance company that has performed for more than two million people in the United States, Europe, and South America, and has worked with 45 choreographers from around the world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Ballet Hispanico: One of the Leading American Dance Companies and Others (online; streaming through Oct. 15)

City Walk | Garment District Tour: Immigrants, Child Labor, Triangle Factory Fire, Gangsters (online)


Take a virtual walking tour of this historic Manhattan neighborhood with an expert guide. You will learn about: - Your guide's personal experiences in the fashion industry/district over the last half century: changes in fashion through the years; - Immigrants and the growth of the NYC apparel industry: factories and workers; visit into several factories over the years; - The Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire of 1911: unions and gangsters; - How the Garment District of today relocated to its current location: Fashion Ave and The Fashion Walk of Fame; - A look into the future of the garment industry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Garment District Tour: Immigrants, Child Labor, Triangle Factory Fire, Gangsters (online)

Concert | Latin Music


Enjoy live salsa music with Cuarteto Guatac. This event takes place each Friday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Latin Music

Concert | Lecture and Concert: Science of Facial Recognition, Trumpet and String Quartet (in-person and online)


The concert combines a short lecture by renowned scientist Christina Pressl on facial recognition with performances by trumpet soloist Franz Hackl, drummer Jonathan Kane, and the CompCord String Quartet. Music on the program will respond to the science of facial recognition. Proof of vaccination and masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Lecture and Concert: Science of Facial Recognition, Trumpet and String Quartet (in-person and online)

Poetry Reading | Poets from Queens (online)


A group of Queens poets who have previously collaborated will come together to create and perform a poem as well as discuss our experiences of Queens lit and the theme of ritual.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Poets from Queens (online)

Book Discussion | The One You Want to Marry (And Other Identities I've Had): A Memoir of Coming Out and Afterparty


Comedian and author Sophie Santos to celebrate the launch of her memoir. She will be in conversation with writer and comedian Aaron Jackson. Book signing and afterparty to follow. For ages 21+. Proof of full vaccination and ID required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, The One You Want to Marry (And Other Identities I've Had): A Memoir of Coming Out and Afterparty

Festival | Celebration for Brooklyn's Independent Book Publishers (online)


A party celebrating the spirit of literary independence in Brooklyn. Twenty local independent presses have selected their top titles of the season, and have contributed questions for an epic Brooklyn Literary Trivia contest—the champion wins a tote bag stuffed with a copy of every title.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Celebration for Brooklyn's Independent Book Publishers (online)

Classical Music | Leonard Slatkin and Symphony Orchestra (livestream)


Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Conductor Program JULIA PERRY A Short Piece for Orchestra JOHANNES BRAHMS (Transcribed by LEONARD SLATKIN) Brahmsiana (World premiere)    SERGEI PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Leonard Slatkin and Symphony Orchestra (livestream)

Book Discussion | Fighting for the World: Environmental Critiques (online)


Water has taken over a hot world and few places survive, but a magical place called Garbagetown and a girl full of love. Greed runs rampant when a powerful new metal arrives on earth in the wake of a meteor shower, spawning a resource frenzy that engulfs a small community. Award-winning author Benjamin Percy (The Ninth Metal) and New York Times bestselling author Catherynne  M. Valente (The Past is Red) discuss the environmental critique within their books and the response of human nature in the face of abundance and desperation. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 01, 2021, 10/01/2021, Fighting for the World: Environmental Critiques (online)
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