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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 15, 2021?

26 free events take place on Friday, October 15 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 15 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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26 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Friday, October 15, 2021

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

Screening | 14th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival (online; streaming through Oct. 22)


The theme of the film festival is "resistance." We're living in a time where resistance seems to be part of our everyday life. The act of swimming against the current - not for futile reasons but to spark change and awareness. The festical will be exploring the act of resisting from the micro to the macro. How does one withstand opposing forces that sometimes feel overwhelming? How does resistance measure a material's ability to resist the flow of electrons through it? How do organism resist harmful influences such as disease, toxic agents or infection? How do we all express our resistance, either internally or externally. See link for selections and times.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 am
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Screenings, October 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, 14th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival (online; streaming through Oct. 22)

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 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, 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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8:30 am
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Workshops, October 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, Tai Chi

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 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, Historic 1885 Ship, Exhibition, Letterpress Printing Demonstration and More

Lecture | Austrian Actresses in Modern Theater and Thought (online)


A lecture about the famous actesses: Adele Sandrock, who, after a successful theaterical career, became one of the first German movie stars; and Tilla Durieux, a noted performer of her day who fled the Nazis. Speaker: Sara Jackson, associate professor of German Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Lectures, October 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, Austrian Actresses in Modern Theater and Thought (online)

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 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, Morgan Library and Museum: Treasures from the Permanent Collection (online)

Discussion | Conflictorium: Expanding Notions of Infrastructures (online)


An in-depth conversation between artist Avni Sethi and seminal filmmaker and artist Amar Kanwar. In the context of Sethi’s exhibition, Owed to a Certain Emptiness: Infra-structuring the Conflictorium, Sethi and Kanwar will reflect on expanded notions of infrastructures, considering new approaches to museum work and artistic practices that center alternative infrastructures, both personal and institutional in nature.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Discussions, October 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, Conflictorium: Expanding Notions of Infrastructures (online)

Workshop | New Games Social


Curious about a board game or looking to try something new? A host will be teaching how to play a wide range of fun board games.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Workshops, October 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, New Games Social

Dance Performance | A Living Sculpture/Performance (online)


An artist will insert his sculptures into the existing outdoor infrastructure, making objects that are interwoven with furniture on the street. Performers will employ and change everyday movements, creating the foreign from the familiar.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Dance Performances, October 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, A Living Sculpture/Performance (online)

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 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, Highly Acclaimed Contemporary Classical Ensemble (online)

Film | Adam and Evelyn (2018): Cheating Husband Gets a Surprise (online; available through Oct 3)


Summer 1989, East Germany. Adam works as a tailor, Evelyn as a waitress. They are planning a vacation together when Evelyn finds out that Adam is cheating on her and decides to leave for the holiday on her own. Director: Andreas Goldstein Stars: Florian Teichtmeister, Anne Kanis, Lena Lauzemis 100 min. In German and Hungarian with English subtitles
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Films, October 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, Adam and Evelyn (2018): Cheating Husband Gets a Surprise (online; available through Oct 3)

Opening Reception | Communicating Beyond Words: Artists Who Use Letterforms


A group exhibition of 12 artists from diverse cultural backgrounds who use letterforms -- images depicted as letters of the alphabet -- as their visual elements. More than 30 artworks inspired by unique letterforms in multiple native languages with creative and beautiful designs will be displayed including illustration, street art, calligraphy, tattoo art, and paintings. With empathy, audiences are invited to recover, be understood, and have a sense of hope beyond words. See link for COVID protocols.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Opening Receptions, October 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, Communicating Beyond Words: Artists Who Use Letterforms

Classical Music | Piano Music: Classical and Contemporary


Interactive performances and recordings of classical piano repertoire and new works.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Concerts, October 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, Piano Music: Classical and Contemporary

Talk | Response Towards the Asian Community During the Pandemic (online)


Though Asian racism is not new in this country, there has recently been a significant increase in the number of attacks against Asian people according to NYPD data. In this virtual lecture, Tokyo-born art therapist Makiko Harada will share her own experiences and review the history of hatred toward Asians. This lecture will not focus on political stance; rather, Harada will discuss the culture of hate and care.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Talks, October 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, Response Towards the Asian Community During the Pandemic (online)

Talk | The History of the Black Madonna: A Talk with Music and Dance (online)


An enlightening immersion into the history and rituals pertaining to the Black Madonna --statues or paintings in Western Christendom in which the Virgin Mary and the Infant Jesus are depicted as black -- and the many traditional dances of southern Italy, such as the taranta. Lecturer: Giullari di Piazza Featuring: Alessandra Belloni, singer, percussionist, teacher, and author of Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna John La Barbera, composer, guitarist Joe Deninzon, violin, vocals Francesca Silvano, dancer
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, October 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, The History of the Black Madonna: A Talk with Music and Dance (online)

Movie in a Park | Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019): Drifter on Halloween


On Halloween 1968, Stella and her two friends meet a mysterious drifter, Ramón, and uncover a sinister notebook of stories. Director: André Øvredal Stars: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush 108 min.   You should arrive before 6:15 p.m. to get your spot for the movie. Please bring your own picnic blanket or chair. Food is OK, but no alcohol or smoking is permitted.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:15 pm
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Movie in a Parks, October 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019): Drifter on Halloween

Performance | COVID Recovery: A Year-and-a-Half in the Life


An interactive solo performance that takes you through Millie's journey the last year and a half. Learning that donuts and the 12 steps might be a way through. Developed by and starring Marilyn Torres.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Performances, October 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, COVID Recovery: A Year-and-a-Half in the Life

Screening | Body as Playground, Body as Battleground: Sexuality and the Female Gaze


A selection of films depicting varied interpretations of sexuality and the body through the eyes of female filmmakers. The evening continues with a panel discussion and short performance about the consequences of beauty—beauty as commodity, bodily maturity, and female sexuality. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, October 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, Body as Playground, Body as Battleground: Sexuality and the Female Gaze

Concert | Bossa Nova Quartet


Enjoy live Brazilian music outdoors. Drinks are available for purchase.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, October 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, Bossa Nova Quartet

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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7:00 pm
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Concerts, October 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, Latin Music

Concert | Outdoor Music Festival Against the Backdrop of the City Sklyline


With a Brooklyn-born soul singer-songwriter.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, Outdoor Music Festival Against the Backdrop of the City Sklyline

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
7:00 pm
Free
Screenings, October 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, Surrealism Beyond Borders: Outdoor Film Screening

Classical Music | Piano Works by Piazzolla, Ginastera, Chopin and More (online)


Argentinian pianist and a champion of classical Spanish and Latin-American music presents a virtual watch party, featuring highlights from her recent performances at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Consulate General of Argentina in New York and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, October 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, Piano Works by Piazzolla, Ginastera, Chopin and More (online)

Festival | Chinatown Nights Festival


A nightmarket of art and food vendors will feature bilingual performance by saxophonist and vocalist whose music combines classical and Chinese influences with Western jazz and pop to create an entirely original, unique musical world with fresh takes on Chinese folk songs, tongue twisters, and more. Food and art vendors open for business at 8 p.m.;performance starts at 8:30 p.m.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Festivals, October 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, Chinatown Nights Festival

Play | The Story of an Old Couple: Screening of a Korean Play (online)


The Story of an Old Couple is a play about two elderly people, the mischievous Dong-man and foul-mouthed Jum-soon who fall in love, go on dates, and spend their days together. Performance is in Korean with English subtitles. For ages 12+.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
Free
Plays, October 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, The Story of an Old Couple: Screening of a Korean Play (online)

Performance | Visual Extravaganza (online)


Sara Cwynar manipulates found imagery from commercial advertising, investigating how popular imagery infiltrates our consciousness as well as our ever-changing ideals of beauty. Cwynar will illustrate how image and language are used to create false social and political realities––online and in real life––to address the overwhelming media bombardment that we experience in contemporary society. Audiences will enter the familiar setting of a retail establishment––with its display vitrines and wall-size photo backdrops––and encounter visual extravaganza akin to Cwynar’s photographs, complete with video monitors, pulley systems, conveyors, and other analog methods of transporting images. Cwynar will author an original script, delivered by the artist herself in a lecture-style performance, assembled from commercial jingles, theoretical tracts, and Internet slang. Through a stream of consciousness performance of different tasks leading to the construction of a new image, audiences will become both viewers and consumers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Performances, October 15, 2021, 10/15/2021, Visual Extravaganza (online)
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Dance Performance | Passionate Modern Dance

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Classical Music | Metropolitan Opera Star, Highly-Acclaimed Pianist and More

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