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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 13, 2021?

27 free events take place on Wednesday, October 13 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 13 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)
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

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

Birdwatching | Guided Bird Walk


An experienced birding guide leads a walk to observe the diversity of migrating birds that visit the park. Wednesdays, September 8-October 13, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, Guided Bird Walk

Workshop | Drawing Nature in a Park


Practice your art at a beautiful place with views of the river and gardens. Bring your own art supplies: drawing boards, paints, water. Paper will be offered.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, Drawing Nature in a Park

Park Walk | Park Tour


Led by park staff, this an enjoyable walking tour of park. Discover how the park successfully transformed a haven for crime and drugs into Manhattan’s Town Square . Guides are loaded with expertise on the park’s rich history, award-winning design, distinct amenities, and ongoing maintenance efforts. Weather permitting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, Park Tour

Talk | The Nepal Picture Library (online)


This presentation introduces the Nepal Picture Library, a communitarian archive founded by NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati that actively preserves the memory cultures of minority groups and social resistance in Nepal, and regularly focuses on the country’s feminist histories, and how these histories arise in children’s literature and books. Founded in 2010, Nepal Picture Library documents and creates engagement with a public history of the Nepali people. NPL has so far collected more than 7,000 photographs from families and organizations that want their pasts reflected in a multicultural and pluralistic narrative of Nepali history.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, The Nepal Picture Library (online)

Workshop | Pilates Outdoors


Join Janessa for a fun 45-minute Pilates Mat class in the great outdoors. You will strengthen, lengthen, tone and align your body while also boosting your energy, your mood, and your wellbeing. Bring your own mat. Proof of full vaccination and masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Workshops, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, Pilates Outdoors

Workshop | Lunchtime Meditation (livestream)


Connect with your core self and nourish your soul with a meditation. Kundalini Yoga breathing technique will help you reduce stress, increase your focus, and balance your emotion. All levels are welcome. Each Wed through December 15, 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, Lunchtime Meditation (livestream)

Workshop | Art Class Outdoors: Public Art, Architectural Forms, Landscape and More


You will take a short walk through the park to the location for the lesson. Supplies such as paper, stools will be provided. Bring your own drawing/painting media. Led by an art instructor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:30 pm
Free
Workshops, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, Art Class Outdoors: Public Art, Architectural Forms, Landscape and More

Workshop | Making Artist Books for Children (online)


Artist and educator María Verónica San Martín will present a wide variety of bookmaking techniques for children. Attendees will explore the concept of three-dimensional books inspired by materials, methods, and perspectives that will be presented by the instructor. The class will focus especially on the art of storytelling as a means of portraying historical events. In addition to bookbinding and printmaking, attendees may also use other art forms, such as drawing, painting, or collage. The instructor will demonstrate engraving techniques for printing such as linoleum, stencil, and pochoir, and will demonstrate bookbinding techniques such as a flag book, dos-a-dos and pop-up structures. By the end of this course, students will reflect on what they created, and will take home their own book arts creation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, Making Artist Books for Children (online)

Talk | The Revolution Will Be Dramatized: Black Theater Now (online)


Speaker Donja R. Love is Black, Queer, HIV-Positive, and thriving. A Philly native, his work examines the forced absurdity of life for those who also identify as Black, Queer, and HIV-positive. He's the recipient of the Horton Foote Playwriting Award, the Terrance McNally Award, the Antonyo's inaugural Langston Hughes Award, the Helen Merrill Award, the Laurents/Hatcher Award, and the Princess Grace Playwriting Award.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, The Revolution Will Be Dramatized: Black Theater Now (online)

Opening Reception | Vadhu: The Embroidered Bride: Photographic Portraits


Spandita Malik, a New York-based artist from Chandigarh, India, often addresses women’s rights and gendered violence through her lens-based interdisciplinary practice. The works in Vadhu: The Embroidered Bride use wedding portraits as a departure point for exploring the nuanced relationship between time, gender, and memory. The exhibition is composed of embroidered photographic portraits created in collaboration with women in India and drawn from the artist’s ongoing project, Nā́rī. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, Vadhu: The Embroidered Bride: Photographic Portraits

Workshop | Sunset Yoga


Join a class with Thai James. Bring your own mat. Proof of vaccination required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, Sunset Yoga

Workshop | Zumba in the Park


Sweat it out, outdoors. Wednesdays, September 15 - October 27, 2021
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, Zumba in the Park

Opening Reception | Partials: Cross-Media Sculptural Works


Artist Marina Rosenfeld extends and expands a new body of cross-media sculptural works. Rosenfeld’s practice across diverse sonic media is well known, and in these new works, sound remains her primary material, although here in its unique capacity for plastic manipulation, spatial diffusion and distortion, and its resistance to transcription into visually coded images.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, Partials: Cross-Media Sculptural Works

Discussion | A Discussion of American Artist Jenny Holzer


A panel talks about Laments (1989–90), Jenny Holzer’s exhibition. In 1989, with the HIV/AIDS crisis worsening and deaths mounting, Holzer identified her thirteen texts and sarcophagi as “voices of the dead.” This evening will revisit this monumental work with the voices of the living, as we lament the crises of today.  See link for COVID protocols.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, A Discussion of American Artist Jenny Holzer

Lecture | A Lecture on La Celestina, a Masterpiece of Spanish Medieval Literature (online)


A talk on the Hispanic Society's unique copy of the first edition of one of the most celebrated works of Spanish literature, a novel-in-dialogue form that is considered the masterpiece of Spanish medieval literature. The plot revolves around two lovers, Calisto and Melibea, whose trysts are arranged by an old procuress, Celestina. The Hispanic Society's 1499 copy is the earliest known printed edition, and its provenance is an interesting story in and of itself. Speaker Vanessa Pintado is the Museum's Assistant Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books. The lecture will be in Spanish, with English translation provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Lectures, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, A Lecture on La Celestina, a Masterpiece of Spanish Medieval Literature (online)

Discussion | Building Surveillance: Three Chapters in US History (livestream)


This panel discussion examines important chapters in US surveillance history: the early colonial era, Black and Muslim communities from the seventies through the nineties, and Muslim communities after 9/11.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, Building Surveillance: Three Chapters in US History (livestream)

Concert | From Swing to R&B to 80's Pop Hits


Join a rotating cast of musicians curated by ArBuzz and Sharla, as they play everything from swing to R&B to 80's pop hits. Take a seat in the courtyard and enjoy the show. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, From Swing to R&B to 80's Pop Hits

Park Walk | Hudson Pier Tour


The design of this park's pier is inspired by the Manhattan shoreline that would have existed prior to Henry Hudson's 1609 expedition. The pier includes a series of ecological communities representing this native landscape, including from a woodland forest to the rocky tidal zone and the Hudson River itself. First come, first served. Please arrive early.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, Hudson Pier Tour

Discussion | Oceanic Currents: Indigenous Pacific Islander Movement Artists (online)


Weaving together womanist, queer/trans, and progressive Indigenous Pacific movement artists in New York City and the diaspora, this gathering seeks to strengthen internal and external community ties, and further Native dance futures. Intersectional Pacific Islander choreographers and dancers, cultural practitioners and critics, artists and activists, will engage in conversation about the multiple current and historical challenges facing Oceanian movement makers and their larger creative communities. Through talk story and sharings of their movement practices, the moderators, presenters, and discussants will share aspects of their solo and collaborative artistry, and discuss how to create shared spaces of joy, innovation, mutual support, and resistance. Surviving the economic and health challenges of disproportionate impacts of a multi-year coronavirus pandemic, ongoing and intensified intersectional violence and oppression, environmental assaults and challenges to Native sovereignty, and colonial conservative settler political systems, Indigenous Pacific movement artists remain resilient, mobile, and active continuers of sovereign movements.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, Oceanic Currents: Indigenous Pacific Islander Movement Artists (online)

Author Reading | How High? — That High: New Short Stories (livestream)


Diane Williams's new collection delivers a lifetime of insecurities, lusts, rejections, and revelations into ordinary moments, delivering visionary insights into what it means to be human. Williams’ devotees and new readers alike will be enthralled by the elegantly strange, bewitching stories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, How High? &mdash; That High: New Short Stories (livestream)

Book Discussion | Somewhere Apart: Rocker Robyn Hitchcock Publishes His Lyrics


Musician Robyn Hitchcock and music journalist David Fricke discuss Hitchcock's new book. Selected and arranged by the author, and with an introduction by acclaimed novelist and music writer Bill Flanagan, the book presents the lyrics of Robyn Hitchcock for the first time in a beautiful cloth-bound edition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, Somewhere Apart: Rocker Robyn Hitchcock Publishes His Lyrics

Talk | A Conversation with the Creator of the Coney Island Hot Dog-Eating Contest (online)


George Shea, co-founder of Major League Eating and chief executive officer of Shea Communications, has more than 30 years of experience leading business-to-business and consumer public relations efforts in New York City. Before founding Shea Communications in 1997, George represented municipal labor unions, elected officials and election campaigns. Under Shea Communications he focused on live events, real estate and urban planning, with a specialty in culture, events and crisis management. Beginning in 1991, he developed the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog-Eating Contest, which generates billions of media impressions and which is aired live on ESPN. He serves as host of the event and has been acknowledged for his creativity and media expertise by The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Atlantic Magazine and numerous other media outlets. He has long-term relationships with New York City media and business leaders, and is known for his ability to develop creative and innovative media strategy to support client initiatives. Shea will give a behind the scenes peek at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest and the world of competitive eating.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, A Conversation with the Creator of the Coney Island Hot Dog-Eating Contest (online)

Classical Music | String Chamber Music: Mozart and More (online)


String Circle with the Sheffield Chamber Players. The ensemble will perform Mozart's String Quintet No. 6 in E-flat Major K.614 and American folk-inspired works.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
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Concerts, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, String Chamber Music: Mozart and More (online)

Author Reading | The Redemption of Bobby Love: A Story of Faith, Family, and Justice (online)


Bobby and Cheryl Love were living in Brooklyn, happily married for decades, when the FBI and NYPD appeared at their door and demanded to know from Bobby, in front of his shocked wife and children: “What is your name? No, what’s your real name?” Bobby’s thirty-eight-year secret was out. With the drama of a jailbreak story and the incredible tension of a life lived in hiding, the book is their account of building a life from scratch, the pain of festering secrets in marriage, and the unbreakable bonds of faith and love that keep a family together.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, The Redemption of Bobby Love: A Story of Faith, Family, and Justice (online)

Poetry Reading | 2 New Poetry Collections Highlight Memory and Remembering (online)


The mutual constitutions of speech, document, memory, and image conspire and unravel in the work of Rosmarie Waldrop and Wendy Xu. Xu's newest work, The Past, forges lyric from and against historiographies of family and displacement. In The Nick of Time, Waldrop casts light and attention into flickering permutations of thought, remembering, ardor, study. Elemental curiosity, scrutiny, and devotion ring through the work of these two poets, into terrains of vanishing and expanse.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, 2 New Poetry Collections Highlight Memory and Remembering (online)

Tour | ***CANCELLED India's Munnar: Natural Beauty and Tea Plantations (livestream)


Munnar is a famous Hill Station located in the Western Ghats in the Kerala State of India. It is well known for its natural beauty and tea plantations. In this tour you will have a walk through amazing landscapes of Munnar to experience its morning glory (local time).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, ***CANCELLED  India's Munnar: Natural Beauty and Tea Plantations (livestream)

Tour | India: Cochin - Queen of Arabian Sea (livestream)


Kochi (also known as Cochin) is a city in southwest India's coastal Kerala state. It has been a port since 1341 when a flood carved out its harbour and opened it to Arabian, Chinese and European merchants. Sites reflecting those influences include Fort Kochi, a settlement with tiled colonial bungalows and diverse houses of worship. Cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, typical of Kochi, have been in use for centuries.
   New York City, NY; NYC
9:30 pm
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Tours, October 13, 2021, 10/13/2021, India:&nbsp;Cochin - Queen of Arabian Sea (livestream)
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