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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 7, 2021?

33 free events take place on Thursday, October 7 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 7 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 things to do in New York City (NYC)
Thursday, October 7, 2021

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

Tour | Rio de Janeiro's Street Art in Most Charming Neighborhood (online, livestream)


Dive into the colors of the most charming neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro: Santa Teresa! Also known as Montmartre Carioca, it is the neighborhood of artists and artisans. With lots of graffiti, beautiful murals, stencils, tiles...
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:00 am
Free
Tours, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, Rio de Janeiro's Street Art in Most Charming Neighborhood (online, livestream)

Lecture | The Rise of Anti-Chinese Sentiments in South Korea: Political and Security Implications (online)


Stanford University's Gi-Wook Shin shares insights on rising anti-China sentiments in South Korea and their implications for the upcoming South Korean presidential election, as well as the US-ROK alliance. Professor Shin, in conversation with Senior Director Stephen Noerper, also explores these sentiments relative to Korean feelings toward Japan and the United States.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Lectures, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, The Rise of Anti-Chinese Sentiments in South Korea: Political and Security Implications (online)

Discussion | The Role of Management in Addressing Health Equity (online)


This will explore the role of management in addressing health equity both in the U.S. and globally. During the panel, leaders from across the ecosystem of healthcare, including from large institutions, non-profits, and start-ups, will seek to answer the question: How do we empower those whom we are trying to reach, within their own communities? From technology to policy shifts, the panel will discuss how they are working to achieve health equity across the globe.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Discussions, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, The Role of Management in Addressing Health Equity (online)

Classical Music | Renaissance Works of Love and Grief by a Vocal Ensemble (in-person and online)


Winner of the American Prize in Chamber Music, this ensemble performs music of Renaissance, celebrating the 500th anniversary ofthe great Franco-Flemish composer Josquin des Prez's death. Josquin is widely considered the first master of the high Renaissance style of polyphonic vocal music. Proof of vaccination and masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:15 pm
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Concerts, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, Renaissance Works of Love and Grief by a Vocal Ensemble (in-person and online)

Performance | A Skate Play: A Skateboard-Theatre Performance


An adventurous tale about Luna Seagull, bored with the daily squabbles over food and impassioned by the art of flight. Up against all odds, she goes on a journey to explore the meaning of freedom and love. Actors and skaters come together to bring this story to life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, A Skate Play: A Skateboard-Theatre Performance

Discussion | Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized (online)


A live discussion with filmmakers Nick Attin (Tomb) and Janeen Talbott (Sight) on their films, the realities of space travel and why representation in space travel matters, African traditions in modern life, Black futures and more. The talk will also include Ingrid LaFleur, a curator and contemporary Afrofuturist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized (online)

Museums | European Fine Art: Vermeer, Rembrandt and More


This museum of fine art was open to the public in 1935. Its permanent collection features masterpieces by major European artists from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. Exhibitions also include sculptures, furniture, porcelain items, textiles and more. Proof of vaccination and masks are required. Children under 10 are not admitted.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Museumss, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, European Fine Art: Vermeer, Rembrandt and More

Park Walk | Birdwatching Guided Tour


Learn about a variety of birds that call this park home during migratory season. In the past visitors observed vireos, warblers, tanagers, Chuck-will's-widow, thrushes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Park Walks, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, Birdwatching Guided Tour

Concert | Broadway, Pop, Film Hits on Strings!


Pop, Broadway, TV, film and other hits by a string quartet and cajon.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Concerts, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, Broadway, Pop, Film Hits on Strings!

Talk | The Evolution of Living on Fifth Avenue (online)


What makes Fifth Avenue one of the most sought after addresses in New York City? How does something that starts as a simple dirt road through the middle of a rural Manhattan become the center of America's urban landscape. During the Gilded Age, Fifth Avenue was lined with extravagant mansions built for the wealthiest New Yorkers by the starchitects of the age. And it was the destruction or repurposing of these homes that set the tenor for today's iconic thoroughfare. In this talk, Justin Rivers will examine some of Fifth Avenue's most interesting secrets with a look into some of the magnificent early 20th century mansions on Millionaire's Row.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Talks, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, The Evolution of Living on Fifth Avenue (online)

Workshop | Crossfit Workout


End your Thursday with a little sweat. The class is open to all levels. Proof of vaccination required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, Crossfit Workout

Opening Reception | 3 New Exhibitions


Paintings and ceramic sculptures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, 3 New Exhibitions

Opening Reception | Journey: Glassblowing Exhibition


An exhibition honoring the octogenarian Italian maestro, Lino Tagliapietra, who recently announced his retirement from active glassblowing. The exhibition reflects on twenty years of Tagliapietra's practice and focuses on prime examples of new and archived works. Tagliapietra, who just celebrated his 87th birthday, has spent an unprecedented 75 years practicing his art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Opening Receptions, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, Journey: Glassblowing Exhibition

Author Reading | Night Shift in Tamaqua: A Novel of Night Owls in Love


Lance Miller and Ellen Kostopoulou don’t have much in common, but they’re both awake between two and five in the morning. Lance is a Postmates delivery guy with a broken-down car, and during the day, he lives alone with his five dogs, insecure that he’s one of the few Jewish people in Tamaqua. Ellen is an overworked graveyard shift waitress and an insomniac wracked with guilt over the fact that she didn’t complete her education. One night, Ellen offers Lance a ride. From there, two night owl misfits discover they each can offer the other something to heal their wounds and ease their loneliness. With author Emma Riva.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, Night Shift in Tamaqua: A Novel of Night Owls in Love

Opening Reception | Winfred Rembert: 1945 - 2021: Art as Witness


The show recounts the pivotal events from the artist's harrowing youth through an assembly of twenty of his distinctive tooled and dyed leather paintings. Rembert's life story, which began in 1945 in the Jim Crow era of the American South, and concluded in New Haven, Connecticut, where he died in March 2021, is one of perseverance and resistance in the face of racial violence and inequity, and of the power of art as a form of witness and reckoning.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, Winfred Rembert: 1945 - 2021: Art as Witness

Discussion | A Conversation with Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Alumni Honorees (online)


Each year Forbes celebrates some of the brightest, most-promising entrepreneurs, activists, artists and designers with its "30 Under 30" list, which in the 10-year history of the awards has recognized over 40 New School alumni. This is a conversation with honorees who will discuss launching their hugely successful enterprises, the social impact of their work, as well as diversity and inclusion in workplaces, businesses, communities, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, A Conversation with Forbes Magazine&rsquo;s 30 Under 30 Alumni Honorees (online)

Talk | Afghanistan: 20 Years of War


Journalist Anand Gopal discusses America's longest war and possible implications for the future of America’s military footprint on the globe, Gopal is an assistant research professor with the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict and the Center on the Future of War at Arizona State University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, Afghanistan: 20 Years of War

Workshop | Fitness Workout


Hit the grass and push your body to new limits. The calss combines bodyweight strength and cardio. For all levels. Bring your own mat. Thursdays, May 6-October 28, 2021 Registration opens every Tuesday at 10:00am for classes the following week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, Fitness Workout

Dance Lesson | Learn Bhangra, a Contemporary Indian Dance


Watch and learn choreography that celebrates contemporary Indian music and dance. Thursdays, October 7-28, 2021 Participants are required to wear masks during the entire class.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Dance Lessons, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, Learn Bhangra, a Contemporary Indian Dance

Talk | Reflections on Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey (online)


In this multimedia virtual lecture, Debra Ann Byrd will reflect on the years-long experience and process of creating and starring in Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey. Described as a living memoir, Becoming Othello is a theatrical production with lyrical language, soulful songs and the music that shaped the life of a resilient little girl growing up in Spanish Harlem. The solo show flows from her recounting of her ancestral lineage to her arrival at a crossroad in life, while taking us through her joy-filled and tumultuous youth; a fateful encounter with a company of Shakespearean actors and her remarkable, gender-flipped journey on the road to becoming Othello. In July 2021, Wall Street Journal theater critic Terry Teachout described the new show as “riveting." Debra Ann Byrd is a fifth generation Harlem resident with a background in the performing arts as an actor, producer, arts manager, and business leader. Since beginning her career in the arts in 1990, she has appeared in productions across the country and founded Take Wing and Soar Productions and the Harlem Shakespeare Festival.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, Reflections on Becoming Othello: A Black Girl&rsquo;s Journey (online)

Talk | Artist Talk: A New Immersive Installation on Climate Change (online)


Mark Dion’s immersive The Field Station of the Melancholy Marine Biologist takes visitors on a voyeuristic journey confronting a future impacted by climate change. Dion will discuss the work.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, Artist Talk: A New Immersive Installation on Climate Change (online)

Dancing | Salsa Dancing as the Sun Sets


Enjoy socially distant, in-person dancing led by a world-renowned performer and instructor. Dancers of all experience levels get to move to the music! As the DJs spin, you can dance along--bring your dancing shoes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Dancings, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, Salsa Dancing as the Sun Sets

Poetry Reading | Any Island: New Poems from a Native New Yorker


An evening celebrating the publication of Ilka Scobie's new book of poems. Ilka Scobie is a native New Yorker, poet and art critic. She is the Deputy Editor at LiVE MAG!. She has written extensively for artnet and currently contributes to London’s Artlyst. Recent poems have appeared in Poetry in Performance, Vanitas, and here/there.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, Any Island: New Poems from a Native New Yorker

Author Reading | The Archer: A Novel of Discovering Dance (online)


Shruti Swamy’s debut novel is the coming-of-age story of Vidya, who grows up in 1960s and 1970s Bombay, among the backdrop of a carefully delineated society. In her childhood, she discovers Kathak, a dance form requiring intense focus and discipline, and explores the transformative power of art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, The Archer: A Novel of Discovering Dance (online)

Concert | Wallenberg: Excerpts from a Musical Tribute (online)


An epic new musical with book and lyrics by the 2006 Kleban Award-winning team of Laurence Holzman and Felicia Needleman and music by Benjamin Rosenbluth, brings the incredible true story of Raoul Wallenberg, one of the greatest unsung heroes of the 20th century, vividly to life. In July 1944, the 32-year-old Wallenberg, a businessman from Stockholm, left the safety of neutral Sweden on an American-sponsored mission to Nazi-occupied Hungary. Between face-offs with the notorious Adolf Eichmann and secret dealings with the wife of one of Hungary's most prominent fascist leaders, Wallenberg saved over 100,000 lives--more than were rescued by any other individual during the Holocaust. This is an evening with the creators and actors behind WALLENBERG, who will explore the Wallenberg story and perform a set of exhilarating and richly melodic songs from the musical's score.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, Wallenberg: Excerpts from a Musical Tribute (online)

Discussion | A Discussion with Brian Benjamin, New York's New Lieutenant Governor (online)


How do we recalibrate reality to create a better, brighter future for New York? Benjamin talks with Scott Rechler  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, A Discussion with Brian Benjamin, New York's New Lieutenant Governor (online)

Discussion | The Truth of the Matter: Grievance, Greed and Conspiracy Theories (online)


A town hall about understanding and confronting racist conspiracy theories that threaten diverse communities and the nation at large. What motivations and beliefs explain the racist conspiracy theories that threaten diverse communities across the U.S. and the nation at large? A conversation with an array of thought leaders about the origin and intersections of those deadly forces, and strategies for opposing hate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, The Truth of the Matter: Grievance, Greed and Conspiracy Theories (online)

Reading | Healing a Fractured World: The Music of Egon Lustgarten: A Reading with Music


This book features works from the Vienna-born scholar, composer, and musician Egon Lustgarten (1887 to 1961). The letters, lectures, and biographical materials presented relate to Lustgarten’s life after his escape from National Socialism in 1938 and emigration to the United States, and illustrate a bittersweet story of longing for “Heimat” and the artists struggle for survival and recognition. The book juxtaposes the joy of Lustgarten’s Viennese compositions, and their late Romantic playfulness and melodic beauty, with the reality of the struggles as a refugee. Thus, the year of the 60th anniversary of Lustgarten’s death, the composer’s music is given new life and his legacy is celebrated. In the performance, Gregorij von Leitis will read from the letters, lectures, and biographical materials from Lustgarten’s estate which is held at the Lahr von Leitis Archive at the exil.arte Center at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. The music will be presented by a soprano, a baritone and a piano. See link for COVID protocols.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, Healing a Fractured World: The Music of Egon Lustgarten: A Reading with Music

Author Reading | Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in an American City by Pulitzer Prize Winner (online)


Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times Andrea Elliott's first book follows eight dramatic years in the life of Dasani, a girl whose imagination is as soaring as the skyscrapers near her Brooklyn shelter.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in an American City by Pulitzer Prize Winner (online)

Concert | An explosive new female vocal trio performs some of the most dynamic, top-of-the-charts pop hits from the 70s to today


These three fierce, powerhouse vocalists deliver legendary, show-stopping songs every audience will know and love. All attendees must be fully vaccinated and ready to show proof and masks will be worn throughout duration of concert. The venue is limiting the number of audience attendees to allow for social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, An explosive new female vocal trio performs some of the most dynamic, top-of-the-charts pop hits from the 70s to today

Discussion | Nobel Prize-Winning Author Wole Soyinka and his New Book (online)


Global literary giant, Nigerian playwright, novelist, political activist Wole Soyinka last published a novel in 1973. Now he returns to the form with Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth. Set in an imaginary Nigeria and following a wild array of curious characters, Soyinka examines the complexities of Nigerian politics and asks whether his country's success is real, or a facade built on corruption and lies. The book is a satirical meditation on power and greed corrupting the soul of a nation. Soyinka will be joined in conversation with Farah Jasmine Griffin, Chair of Columbia University's Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Discussions, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, Nobel Prize-Winning Author Wole Soyinka and his New Book (online)

Lecture | That Various Field: Questions of Form in Poetry (online)


Passion for the instabilities of perception, narrative, subjecthood, and time runs through Ann Lauterbach's poetry and criticism. This lecture poses questions of form, sign, and relation into our shifting construction and exchange of histories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, That Various Field: Questions of Form in Poetry (online)

Comedy Club | Comedy Night


Live stand-up comedy show. Comedians from Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO, Amazon and late night TV.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Comedy Clubs, October 07, 2021, 10/07/2021, Comedy Night
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