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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 5, 2021?

16 free events take place on Tuesday, October 5 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 5 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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16 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

All events are free unless otherwise noted. ONLINE EVENTS ARE MARKED AS SUCH.

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
12:00 am
Free
Concerts, October 05, 2021, 10/05/2021, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony: Herbert von Karajan, The Berlin Philharmonic (online, streaming until Oct 8)

Workshop | Adult Outdoor Zumba


Exercise in disguise! Featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training, and a lot of fun. Participants are expected to bring their own equipment: weights, water bottle, hand towel etc.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Workshops, October 05, 2021, 10/05/2021, Adult Outdoor Zumba

Concert | Broadway, Pop, Film Hits on Strings!


String quartet and cajon perform pop, Broadway, TV, film and other hits.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Concerts, October 05, 2021, 10/05/2021, Broadway, Pop, Film Hits on Strings!

Workshop | Blitz Chess


Play blitz chess, a form of speed chess where each player gets 5 minutes. It is fast and fun.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Workshops, October 05, 2021, 10/05/2021, Blitz Chess

Discussion | Decolonizing Economics (online)


Two movements are gaining momentum in economics: the call to address race, stratification in the US, and the call to diversify and rethink economics globally. Both call for an agenda of decolonization. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor of International Affairs at The New School, will be in conversation with Grieve Chelwa and Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven on how race, inequality, race, and colonial history need to reshape the field of economics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Discussions, October 05, 2021, 10/05/2021, Decolonizing Economics (online)

Opening Reception | Someone, Someplace, Else: Revealing Relationships in Painting


The paintings in Yolande Heijnen’s solo exhibition span the years 2016-2021. Depicting friends, strangers, and herself, she is more specifically painting the threshold of what is revealed and what is concealed, in personhood and relationships. See link for COVID protocols.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, October 05, 2021, 10/05/2021, Someone, Someplace, Else: Revealing Relationships in Painting

Discussion | Fiction Forum (online)


Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi is the author of the novel Call Me Zebra which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the John Gardner Award, was long listed for the PEN Open Book Award, was an Amazon Best Book of the Year, and named a Best Book by over twenty publications. She speaks with Alexandra Kleeman, faculty at the Creative Writing program at The New School.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussions, October 05, 2021, 10/05/2021, Fiction Forum (online)

Concert | Golden Age of Latin Music


These Brooklyn musicians combine folkloric styles like salsa, son muntuno, guaracha, and Puerto Rican fiery rhythm Bomba.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, October 05, 2021, 10/05/2021, Golden Age of Latin Music

Workshop | Sunset Yoga


Escape the hustle and bustle of NYC and join Abhaya Yoga for a socially-distanced sunset yoga class that integrates postures, breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation to stretch, strengthen and condition. Tuesdays, May 4-October 26, 2021 Registration opens every Tuesday at 10:00am for classes the following week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 05, 2021, 10/05/2021, Sunset Yoga

Poetry Reading | Between the Lines: New-Generation African Poets (online)


An evening of poetry with African poets featured in the latest collection: New-Generation African Poets. This collection seeks to identify the best poetry written by African poets working today. In their introduction, the editors Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani describe the poets as "drawing on oral traditions, proverbial traditions, the sophisticated exploration of many languages, the historical realities behind their art, and the tyranny of the present moment—the news, if you will."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Poetry Readings, October 05, 2021, 10/05/2021, Between the Lines: New-Generation African Poets (online)

Workshop | Capoeira Class


Combining self-defense, acrobatics, dance, music, and song, capoeira is derived from traditions brought across the Atlantic by enslaved Africans and fueled by the desire for freedom. The class will build confidence, focus, and community. All levels welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Workshops, October 05, 2021, 10/05/2021, Capoeira Class

Author Reading | Search History: A Novel of Grieving America (online)


Eugene Lim's uniquely inventive novel explores American culture, technology, artmaking, and storytelling through the eyes of a grieving narrator.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Author Readings, October 05, 2021, 10/05/2021, Search History: A Novel of Grieving America (online)

Book Discussion | What They Didn't Burn: Uncovering My Father’s Holocaust Secrets (online)


What if you uncovered a Nazi paper trail that revealed your father to be a man very different from the quiet, introspective dad you knew… or thought you knew? Growing up, author Mel Laytner saw his father as a quintessential Type B: passive and conventional. As he uncovered documents the Nazis didn't burn, however, another man emerged—a black market ringleader and wily camp survivor who made his own luck. The tattered papers also shed light on painful secrets his father took to his grave. Melding the intimacy of personal memoir with the rigors of investigative journalism, the book is a heartwarming, inspiring story of resilience and redemption. A story of how desperate survivors turned hopeful refugees rebuilt their shattered lives in America, all the while struggling with the lingering trauma that has impacted their children to this day. In conversation with Jane Eisner, Director of Academic Affairs at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and former editor-in-chief of The Forward.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Book Discussions, October 05, 2021, 10/05/2021, What They Didn't Burn: Uncovering My Father&rsquo;s Holocaust Secrets (online)

Author Reading | The Book of Mother: A Daughter's Story (online)


Violaine Huisman's debut novel is a gorgeous, ferocious, exquisitely wrought story of a daughter’s inextinguishable love for her magnetic, mercurial mother. Huisman is joined by Nadja Spiegelman, author of the memoir I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This, for a conversation on mothers, fiction versus memoir, international literature, and more. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Author Readings, October 05, 2021, 10/05/2021, The Book of Mother: A Daughter's Story (online)

Discussion | Words That Move Me with Merriam-Webster Editor (online)


From beloved songs to unforgettable headlines, from great speeches to hilarious jokes, and beyond, what are the words that move you? Socially distanced and meeting across Zooms, sometimes all we can share with each other are our words. Words have arguably revealed a greater power than ever to inspire us, to mislead us, to shape us, and even to destroy us. Merriam-Webster editor Ammon Shea leads a panel to discuss the words that have moved them the most, diving into the history and evolution of these inspired words.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Discussions, October 05, 2021, 10/05/2021, Words That Move Me with Merriam-Webster Editor (online)

Discussion | Other Art Worlds Completely: Curating the Unexpected (online)


The rapidly globalizing art world can have a homogenizing effect on artists and exhibitions, yet also presents novel techniques for discovering artistic approaches that challenge what art can and should be. Working between East Asian and Euro-American institutions, exhibitions and artist studios, Alexander Lau, director of Empty Gallery in Hong Kong, and Freya Chou, who has served on the curatorial teams of the Taipei Biennial, Shanghai Biennial, Para Site in Hong Kong, as well as the upcoming 58th Carnegie International and Hong Kong’s participation in the 2022 Venice Biennale, join MA Curatorial Practice’s Director of Research Brian Kuan Wood to discuss how a curator can discover and encourage unexpected and unforeseen ways of doing art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 05, 2021, 10/05/2021, Other Art Worlds Completely: Curating the Unexpected (online)
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Dance Performance | Passionate Modern Dance

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