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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 17, 2021?

24 free events take place on Sunday, October 17 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 17 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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24 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Sunday, October 17, 2021

All events are free unless otherwise noted.
        

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 17, 2021, 10/17/2021, Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors

Festival | 4th Annual Raptorama! Festival


Get live, up-close views of local hawks, owls, and eagles. Enjoy other raptor-themed crafts and activities throughout the day.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Festivals, October 17, 2021, 10/17/2021, 4th Annual Raptorama! Festival

Museums | Dutch Masterpieces: Paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer


Dutch paintings of the 17th century: the Golden Age of Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer. Through sixty-seven works of art organized thematically, In Praise of Painting orients visitors to key issues in 17th century Dutch culture--from debates about religion and conspicuous consumption to painters' fascination with the domestic lives of women. The presentation also provides the opportunity to conserve and display rarely exhibited paintings, including Margareta Haverman's A Vase of Flowers--one of only two known paintings by the artist. The exhibition takes its title from one of the period's major works of art theory, Philips Angel's The Praise of Painting (1642), a pioneering defense of realism in art. Proof of vaccination, ID, masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Museumss, October 17, 2021, 10/17/2021, Dutch Masterpieces: Paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer

Fair | Market on the Island: Jewelry, Art, Apparel, Body Care, and More


Featuring a rotating lineup of over 30 of the city's emerging makers, designers, artists, and small businesses each month, browse one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry, art, apparel, bath and body care, tableware, home furnishings, and more. Every third weekend of the month until October 2021.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Fairs, October 17, 2021, 10/17/2021, Market on the Island: Jewelry, Art, Apparel, Body Care, and More

Workshop | Vinyasa Yoga


Connect with the earth and the skies above in this all-level Vinyasa Yoga class in Brooklyn Bridge Park. This class will help all yogi's build towards peak poses and postures and grow your foundational knowledge of the practice of yoga. Sundays, May 9-October 24, 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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10:00 am
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Workshops, October 17, 2021, 10/17/2021, Vinyasa Yoga

Tour | Historic Flatiron District Walking Tour


Join a professional guide on a 90-minute journey through this vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the City's most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse, and the famous Flatiron Building. Every Sunday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free
Tours, October 17, 2021, 10/17/2021, Historic Flatiron District Walking Tour

City Walk | A Tour of East 82nd Street Mansions


Author and historian Tom Miller will conduct a walking tour within a one-block area. Miller will discuss the history of the neighborhood, the architecture of individual mansions, and the lifestyles, scandals and other details of the families who lived in them. Included are the massive Benjamin Duke mansion, the opulent residence where con-man Joseph H. Hoadley and his wife managed to life essentially for free for more than a decade, and the home of millionaire department store mogul Henry Seigel, who was driven to bankruptcy and prison by his wife's exorbitant spending. Proof of vaccination required, masks required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
City Walks, October 17, 2021, 10/17/2021, A Tour of East 82nd Street Mansions

Open Studios | Gowanus Open Studios 2021


Visit the studios of dozens of artists in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. See link for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Open Studioss, October 17, 2021, 10/17/2021, Gowanus Open Studios 2021

City Walk | Inside 1014 Fifth Avenue and the Hidden Histories of Fifth Avenue's Gilded Age Mansions


The Vanderbilts, the Astors, the Clarks and the Fricks are just a few of the notable New York families who once resided on Manhattan’s fashionable Fifth Avenue. Justin Rivers will take guests on a stroll along Fifth Avenue reliving how it was during the Gilded Age when grand mansions of millionaires lined the illustrious street. As you revisit Millionaire’s Row, you will discover works of architecture lost to time and some that remain today with the new purpose of education, public service and community building. The tour will end with a look inside 1014 Fifth Avenue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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City Walks, October 17, 2021, 10/17/2021, Inside 1014 Fifth Avenue and the Hidden Histories of Fifth Avenue's Gilded Age Mansions

Workshop | Interactive Percussion Dance Workshop


Percussive dancing to 1950s and 1960s early rock and roll/rhythm and blues. No experience required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Workshops, October 17, 2021, 10/17/2021, Interactive Percussion Dance Workshop

Workshop | Mindful Astoria: Arts and Crafts Day


An afternoon of arts and crafts – a lovely way to spend time with your community and explore your creativity. You will have the option of working with different materials including: how to make rubber stamps (photo), learning how to knit or crochet, learning simple sewing and embroidery skills and felt patchwork. They will provide all the materials. You are also welcome to bring your own materials or use the available materials to create your own craft/artwork.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 17, 2021, 10/17/2021, Mindful Astoria: Arts and Crafts Day

Open Studios | Open Studios


Explore the studios of over 100 visual artists and wander through the historic venue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Open Studioss, October 17, 2021, 10/17/2021, Open Studios

Concert | Singer-Songwriters Perform Original Music Outdoors


There's nothing like live music. Featured performers are a mix of local songwriters and composers. Each artist will be performing music they have written.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Concerts, October 17, 2021, 10/17/2021, Singer-Songwriters Perform Original Music Outdoors

Festival | Chinatown Mural Celebration


Celebrate a new, large-scale crochet mural, bloomed from over 2000 flowers handmade by the Chinatown community. "Stand Speak Shape" is the culmination of a summer of collaborative work. After the appreciation ceremony, there will be field day activities for all ages: tai chi, Chinese yoyo, Chinese jump rope, ribbon dancing, and jianzi.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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Festivals, October 17, 2021, 10/17/2021, Chinatown Mural Celebration

Jazz | Jazz Quartet with a Grammy-Winning Baritone Saxophonist


The saxophonist is one of the sought-after musicians in jazz. She performs regularly around New York with her quartet. She has also played with the Mingus Big Band, the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band, Christian McBride's Big Band, Robin Eubanks Big Band, and the legendary Count Basie Orchestra.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:30 pm
$5
Concerts, October 17, 2021, 10/17/2021, Jazz Quartet with a Grammy-Winning Baritone Saxophonist

Workshop | Interactive Percussion Dance Workshop


Percussive dancing to 1950s and 1960s early rock and roll/rhythm and blues. No experience required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free
Workshops, October 17, 2021, 10/17/2021, Interactive Percussion Dance Workshop

Talk | "Our Crowd" and Immigrant New York


Immigrants of diverse origins and social classes have shaped New York City, but few left such visible marks as the German-speaking Jewish families whose names are synonymous with finance and philanthropy: Schiff, Warburg, Guggenheim, Lehman, etc. Historian Rebecca Kobrin will discuss the specific impact of these families on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and introduce a new project at Columbia University that uses census data to map and visualize migration in NYC.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, October 17, 2021, 10/17/2021, "Our Crowd" and Immigrant New York

Concert | Outdoor Performances Against the Backdrop of the City Skyline


Featuring a jazz singer-composer from Israel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Concerts, October 17, 2021, 10/17/2021, Outdoor Performances Against the Backdrop of the City Skyline

Classical Music | Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, and More (online)


Enjoy orchestra and soloists perform selected episodes from An American Soldier with live narration by Tony-winning playwright and librettist. Also on the program are oratorio for voices and string quartet and two symphonic pieces by Asian composers that express the themes of Asian American experiences. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 17, 2021, 10/17/2021, Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, and More (online)

Classical Music | Orchestral Music (livestream)


Reuben Stern leads his orchestra in performance of most famous works by Grazyna Bacewicz (1909-1969), a Polish composer and violinist who has achieved world-wide recognition. Program Divertimento for String Orchestra Symphony for String Orchestra (North American Premiere) Music for Strings, Trumpets, and Percussion
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 17, 2021, 10/17/2021, Orchestral Music (livestream)

Staged Reading | Let. Her. Rip.: Confronting Jack the Ripper


The story of comradery, activism, and ferocity which lies in the crosshairs of the Match Women labor movement and the Jack the Ripper murders of 1888. Behind the scenes labor leaders, Em, Liza, and Nana are trying to make the East End safer for women and all working people, when the headlines move away from their accomplishments to the mysterious man mutilating women in the streets. Women they know. Women of their community. Neighbors and friends. They support and reignite each other in their fight against deadly misogyny, police brutality, personal demons, their own white saviorism, social reform, and a better life for all poor East End women. But as tensions come to a head, who will make the final rip? See link for COVID protocols.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Staged Readings, October 17, 2021, 10/17/2021, Let. Her. Rip.: Confronting Jack the Ripper

Movie in a Park | John Krasinski's A Quiet Place Part II (2020): Horror Sequel


Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path. DirectorJohn Krasinski Stars: Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy 97 min.   You should come arrive 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
6:15 pm
Free
Movie in a Parks, October 17, 2021, 10/17/2021, John Krasinski's A Quiet Place Part II (2020): Horror Sequel

Concert | Electro-Acoustic Duo: A Mix of Classical, Hip-Hop and Electronic Music


Two distinguished flute musicians and composers with roots in classical music create a unique sound blending hip-hop, electronics and soulful vocals. First come, first served. Proof of vaccination and masks required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, October 17, 2021, 10/17/2021, Electro-Acoustic Duo: A Mix of Classical, Hip-Hop and Electronic Music
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Theater | Storytelling at its Best from Far Away

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