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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 9, 2021?

27 free events take place on Saturday, October 9 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 9 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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27 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Saturday, October 9, 2021

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

Film | Autumn In New York (2000): Classic Romantic Drama with Richard Gere, Winona Ryder (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)


At 48 years old, restaurateur Will Keane is handsome, successful, single and determined to keep it that way. A consummate playboy, Will adores women, but has never thought seriously about marriage or commitment until he meets Charlotte Fielding. Charming, vivacious and radiantly beautiful, Charlotte is unlike anyone Will's ever known before, and as their relationship blossoms from a heated one-night stand into something rare and wonderful, they both realize that this love will last a lifetime. But, for Charlotte, a lifetime may be much shorter than either of them is prepared to accept. Directed by Joan Chen.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 am
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Films, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, Autumn In New York (2000): Classic Romantic Drama with&nbsp;Richard Gere, Winona Ryder (virtual, streaming for 24 hours)

Fair | Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors


Search for hidden gems as you browse through 50-60 vendors of antiques, vintage goods, architectural salvage and collectibles. There is also a selection of food vendors and a bar. The fair takes place rain or shine, each Sat and Sun 8 am - 5 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 am
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Fairs, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors

Birdwatching | Park Bird Walk


Experience fall migration on the Brooklyn coast with Mike Yuan. All birding levels welcome. Limited to 15.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 am
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Birdwatchings, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, Park Bird Walk

Birdwatching | Park Bird Walk


Enjoy a slow-paced migratory bird tour of a waterfront park in an urban landscape with Akilah Lewis. Limited to 15.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 am
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Birdwatchings, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, Park Bird Walk

Festival | Fiber Festival: Art Exhibit, Demos, Artists


Spend the day with natural fiber artists, crocheters, dyers, felters, knitters, quilters, spinners and weavers in the annual fiber festival. The full day event will include a marketplace for independent fiber artists from the tri-state area, demonstrations, an art exhibit and more. Masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Festivals, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, Fiber Festival: Art Exhibit, Demos, Artists

Fair | Waterfront Market: Music, Food, Antiques, Clothing, Roller Skating


The market offers food, shopping, family-friendly activities and entertainment: music, accessories, clothing, jewelry, pet supplies, beauty products, pottery and much more. Every Sat and Sun, 10 am - 6 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, Waterfront Market: Music, Food, Antiques, Clothing, Roller Skating

Workshop | Dance Fitness Class


A free dance fitness class. This class is good for participants of all fitness levels. Saturdays, July 3-October 16, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshops, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, Dance Fitness Class

Museums | Historic 1885 Ship, Exhibition, Letterpress Printing Demonstration 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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11:00 am
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Museumss, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, Historic 1885 Ship, Exhibition, Letterpress Printing Demonstration and More

Museums | Jewish History: Centuries of Art


One of the largest collections of art and Jewish culture in the world, it focuses both on artifacts of Jewish history and on modern and contemporary art. Works in the collection are presented as distinctive creative expressions and as bearers of the stories of those who made, owned, used, preserved, and sometimes transformed them. The exhibition speaks of the vast range of Jewish experiences across the globe and over time, made tangible through artistic expression. It is both a mirror of Jewish identities and an inspiration for the formation of new ones. Proof of vaccination required. Admission each Sat is free.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Museumss, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, Jewish History: Centuries of Art

Fair | Street Market: Food Vendors, Collectables, Decor Items and More


Shop for antiques, decor items, sustainable and vintage clothing, collectible objects and more. In addition, food vendors will offer brunch and lunch options. Each Sat 11 am - 6 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Fairs, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, Street Market: Food Vendors, Collectables, Decor Items and More

Museums | Tribeca Gallery Walk


Dozens of art galleries will be open for visitors. See link for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Museumss, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, Tribeca Gallery Walk

Discussion | What is Western Esotericism? (online)


A meaningful conversation about the multiple streams of Western Esotericism - from ancient Alexandria and antiquity, through Renaissance Florence and its platonic academy, to the alchemical era of Bohemia and the mysteries of the North in Iceland. This is profound material with deep resonance for those on the quest for wisdom and love.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Discussions, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, What is Western Esotericism? (online)

Workshop | Acting for Opera (online)


Musicologist, conductor, director leads a workshop introducing the foundation of the singing actor's craft. Discuss an approach to the musical and dramatic structure of arias that you have chosen to bring to this session. You will get answers to the following questions: Does operatic acting mean standing in one place while singing? Could it also involve overacting because someone is singing in a foreign language? Does it suggest an acting technique that is somehow different from acting in the spoken theater?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshops, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, Acting for Opera (online)

Workshop | Interactive Percussion Dance Workshop


Making music with "stuff," combining percussive dance steps with sounds made from everyday items like paper bags. spoons, household containers etc. No experience required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Workshops, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, Interactive Percussion Dance Workshop

Performance | Musical Storytime! (in-person and online)


Join Bravo the dog and his theatre friends as they bring picture books to life with live original music. Listen to 3 stories, play a few games, sing a song. Bravo will greet you and happily receive belly rubs! Duration: approximately 20 minutes. Takes place every Sat at 1 pm (not on Nov 13 & 27 and Dec 25th). New stories and games each month. All patrons over the age of 12 - must show proof of vaccination. All patrons over the age of 2 must wear a mask. Appropriate for all ages, recommended for 4+.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Performances, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, Musical Storytime! (in-person and online)

Opening Reception | The Laboratory For What's Possible: An Artist's Book and an Installation


Amelia Marzec's book exposes the locations of 28 sites that were occupied by both Bell Labs and the U.S Army in the early 20th century. Architectural evidence from the experimentation that occurred remains on the land today. These places laid the groundwork for our communication technology today, and remind us that our communication systems were originally intended for warfare. The installation expands upon two of the sites. One is a nuclear missile site just south of NYC. The other is the location where radar was invented that was used to bomb Prague during WWII. The installation situates the early telecommunications industry next to Slavic migration history, intergenerational trauma, and queer family. It includes interactive software that will allow viewers to experience the decommissioned industrial sites; tools and items that were built for testing the landscape; and medicinal plants collected from the nuclear missile site and tested by the Urban Soils Institute, as nature has begun to take back the land.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, The Laboratory For What's Possible: An Artist's Book and an Installation

Birdwatching | Island Bird Walk


Meet the birds of Governors Island with one of their expert guides. Over 220 bird species have been spotted on the island, which provides excellent habitat all year round. Whether you’re an expert birder or a beginner, these tours will help you discover all of the bird life the island has to offer. Binoculars are available to borrow. Limited to 10. Saturdays, July 3-October 30, 2021 (except July 17)
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Birdwatchings, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, Island Bird Walk

City Walk | Walking Tour: Typography and Job Printing in the 19th-Century Seaport


A walking tour of the South Street Seaport Historic District to discover where passenger and shipping services printed their tickets and advertisements. Get a detailed look at the neighborhood’s buildings while learning about the history of Lower Manhattan’s printing industry, then see some of that history spring to life with a 19th century printing demonstration.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, Walking Tour: Typography and Job Printing in the 19th-Century Seaport

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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3:00 pm
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Performances, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, A Skate Play: A Skateboard-Theatre Performance

Workshop | Interactive Percussion Dance Workshop


Making music with “stuff,” combining percussive dance steps with sounds made from everyday items like paper bags. spoons, household containers etc. No experience required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Workshops, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, Interactive Percussion Dance Workshop

Poetry Reading | Acrobat: Poems About Womanhood


A reading from Nandana Dev Sen's translation of her mother Nabaneeta Dev Sen's poems. A radiant collection about womanhood, intimacy, and the body politic that together evokes the arc of an ordinary life. Nabaneeta Dev Sen's rhythmic lines explore the joys and agonies of first love, childbirth, and decay with a restless, tactile imagination, both picking apart and celebrating the rituals that make us human.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, Acrobat: Poems About Womanhood

Dance Performance | Ballet Excerpts


This ballet company dancers perform excerpts from their latest work. There will also be a meet and greet with the choreographers. Proof of vaccination and masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Dance Performances, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, Ballet Excerpts

Concert | An Evening of Chinese Opera and Strings in the Garden


A selection of Cantonese opera arias, accompanied by guzheng (zither) musician.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, An Evening of Chinese Opera and Strings in the Garden

Author Reading | Learn about American women prophets and mystics and more (in-person and online)


Lyric Hunter is the author of two chapbooks, Motherwort and Swallower. Adrian Shirk is the author of And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy, a hybrid-memoir exploring American women prophets and mystics. Proof of vaccination and masks required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
$5
Author Readings, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, Learn about American women prophets and mystics and more (in-person and online)

Dance Performance | Vividly Colored Dance Performance


This the result of a multi-year collaboration between a choreographer and a composer as wells an examination of the body in space.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, Vividly Colored Dance Performance

Party | Launch Party for the LP Rhythm and Paranoia: The Best of Bush Tetras


A launch party for a 70s punk band. This collection that spans many eras and sounds, from the band’s earliest recordings to their current incarnation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Partys, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, Launch Party for the LP Rhythm and Paranoia: The Best of Bush Tetras

Screening | Surrealism Beyond Borders: Outdoor Film Screening


An outdoor screening series of films by artists and filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe and the Pacific, presented in conjunction with the exhibition Surrealism Beyond Borders. Each weekend features a different film program that extends the exhibition's reconsideration of Surrealism as a true “movement” across boundaries of geography and chronology, recasting appreciation of this revolutionary, emancipatory, and globe-spanning idea. The films explore the collective concerns that animated Surrealism, as well as the historical and national distinctions that characterized regional cinema. Face coverings are strongly recommended.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Screenings, October 09, 2021, 10/09/2021, Surrealism Beyond Borders: Outdoor Film Screening
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