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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 15, 2022?

35 free events take place on Saturday, 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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35 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Saturday, October 15, 2022

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Uplifting and Inspiring Songs: "On the Sunny Side of the Street", "New York, New York"
free events nyc Imagine Science Film Festival (online)
free events nyc Fefu and Her Friends: 8 Women at a Country Home
free events nyc Orchestral Works by Beethoven, Debussy, Vaughan Williams
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Festival | City of Forest Day


Learn all about what it takes to effec­tive­ly man­age the unique urban for­est at the first-ever City of For­est Day, fea­tur­ing a vol­un­teer project and a tour.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, City of Forest Day

Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festival | 5th Annual Raptorama


Learn about the hawks and owls of the bay. See some of these amazing raptors during a live demonstration, and go on walks with experts to get a look at hawk species flying south for the winter.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, 5th Annual Raptorama

Workshop | Drawing in the Park


Paint in watercolor or use pastels and other drawing materials to capture the magical vistas of the Hudson River and the unique landscape of South Cove. An artist/educator will help participants of all levels with instruction and critique. Materials provided, and artists are encouraged to bring their own favorite media
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, Drawing in the Park

Birdwatching | Introduction to Birdwatching Walk


Whether you’re just starting out or have already joined the birding ranks, this introductory walk is for you. A member of the Brooklyn Bird Club and the Park Alliance lead an introductory walk to learn the basics of birding and search for the dozens of species that visit the Park through all seasons. All levels are welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring binoculars if you have them.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Birdwatchings, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, Introduction to Birdwatching Walk

Park Walk | Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers


Hear the story behind New York City's park in the sky: an insider's perspective on the park's history, design, and landscape.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Park Walks, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, Park Tour: From Freight to Flowers

Fair | Street Fair


Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festival | Harlem Harvest Festival


A day of unforgettable family fun. With music by DJ Stormin' Norman, Sundae Sermon, and La Orquesta Majica Latina Salsa Band
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, Harlem Harvest Festival

Festival | SUBMERGE Marine Science Festival


Come celebrate all things marine science! With live and in-Park activities, the festival brings marine science to life as you learn about NYC's coastal waters. This interactive science festival invites the public to grow through awesome experiments, kid-approved entertainment and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festivals, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, SUBMERGE Marine Science Festival

Concert | The Amazon Concert: Sights and Sounds of Brazil


The leaders of the renowned Brazilian orchestra discuss the ensemble's latest multimedia project.  Founded in 1954, the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (OSESP) is the leading orchestra in Latin America. Thierry Fischer has been principal conductor and music director since 2020, succeeding Marin Alsop, who held the position from 2012–2019. The orchestra performed at major European festivals, and in 2019 toured China and Hong Kong. In the same year, it launched Carnegie Hall’s All Together: A Global Ode to Joy project, performing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with a new Portuguese translation of the Ode to Joy. In 2018, its recording of the symphonies of Villa-Lobos on NAXOS, conducted by Isaac Karabtchevsky, won Concerto magazine’s Grand Prize and the Prêmio da Música Brasileira. The OSESP and Marin Alsop will present The Amazon Concert – Sights and Sounds of Brazil, an immersive work that includes music by Villa-Lobos, Clarice Assad, Tom Jobim, Philip Glass, and others, as images of the Brazilian tropical forest as seen through the eyes of its myriad species flash above the stage. This conversation between conductor Marin Alsop, interdisciplinary creator Marcello Dantas, OSESP's Artistic Director Arthur Nestrovski, and Fundação OSESP President Marcelo Lopes, will explore the artistic work—both musical and visual—involved in the groundbreaking multimedia project.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, The Amazon Concert: Sights and Sounds of Brazil

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


Most printers in early 19th century New York were located where the action was: near the city’s main port of entry at South Street. Walk to discover where passenger and shipping services printed their tickets, and learn about the typography on these historic buildings. Rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, Seaport Walking Tour: Typography and Job Printing in the 19th-Century Seaport

Gallery Talk | American Travelers: A Watercolor Journey Through Spain, Portugal, and Mexico: Exhibition Tour


Docent-led gallery tour of current exhibition that shares the large collection of watercolors by United States artists painted in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. Works by Hassam, Kuehne, Edwards, Peixotto, Robinson, Peets, and Petrovic are presented in conjunction with a suite of recent watercolor paintings by Timothy J. Clark. Saturdays, July 23-October 15, 2022
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Gallery Talks, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, American Travelers: A Watercolor Journey Through Spain, Portugal, and Mexico: Exhibition Tour

Opening Reception | Molly Must: Polly's Cradle


An inter­ac­tive instal­la­tion cen­ter­ing an adult-sized cra­dle and over­sized mobile with orig­i­nal sound­scape by Kyp Mal­one. Must cre­at­ed the weld­ed steel sculp­tures dur­ing her Visu­al Muze Res­i­den­cy through the West Harlem Art Fund in the sum­mer of 2022.  Polly’s Cra­dle was inspired by a sto­ry passed down through Must’s Appalachi­an fam­i­ly for gen­er­a­tions, about her Scots-Irish great-great-great- great grand­moth­er Mary Moore – known as “Pol­ly” – who com­mis­sioned an adult-sized cra­dle to help her cope with PTSD-relat­ed insom­nia after being kid­napped and held cap­tive. The sto­ry is doc­u­ment­ed in a book pub­lished by her son James Moore enti­tled The Cap­tives of Abb’s Val­ley. The cra­dle is made of weld­ed steel, muslin, and paint­ed cot­ton tex­tile, and vis­i­tors are invit­ed to explore inside the cra­dle and expe­ri­ence being gen­tly rocked. The over­sized mobile is made of weld­ed steel and found iron agri­cul­tur­al arti­facts. The sound­scape is cre­at­ed by Kyp Mal­one, sam­pling Mol­ly’s voice read­ing from "The Cap­tives of Abbs Val­ley," and also her and her mother’s voice singing a tra­di­tion­al fam­i­ly lullaby.
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Opening Receptions, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, Molly Must: Polly's Cradle

Talk | Artist Talk: Free Your Mind


Theda Sandiford as she discusses "Free Your Mind", her provocative interactive art installation confronting microaggressions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Documenting Workers in the Arabian Gulf (online)


An online panel discussion with artists who have documented workers and their conditions in the UAE and Qatar. They will discuss Jonas Bendiksen's photo reportage Far From Home, Khalid Al Baih and Aparna Jayakumar's Doha Fashion Fridays project, Molly Crabapple's illustrated expose "Slaves of Happiness", and Matt Greco and Gregory Sholette's Saadiyat Island Workers Quarters Collectable.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, Documenting Workers in the Arabian Gulf (online)

Poetry Reading | Writing the Land: Poetry Reading and Open Mic


A special outdoor poetry reading in the park, located on the unceded territory of the Lenape Nation. Featured readers will include poets who were commissioned to write about the Mansion and its grounds for the upcoming 2023 Writing the Land Anthology, and special community guest poets. Following this program, there will be a one-hour open mic poetry session.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Readings, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, Writing the Land: Poetry Reading and Open Mic

Screening | Ghostbusters (1984) with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis


Three parapsychologists set up shop as a unique ghost removal service in New York City, attracting frightened yet skeptical customers. Directed by Ivan Reitman With Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis Rated PG 105 minutes Enjoy a free screening of the film, as well as a recommended reading list based on the movie.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Screenings, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, Ghostbusters (1984) with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis

Concert | Afro-Cuban/Brazilian Ensemble


Led by the formidable trumpeter Eddie Allen, Sãlongo is a seven-piece Afro-Cuban/Brazilian group whose goal is to keep the audience moving. Once the musical director for the great conguero Mongo Santamaria, Allen brings knowledge and dedication to this exuberant ensemble, which honors Santamaria's legacy while presenting an inspired repertoire. Eddie Allen has led a prolific career, working with greats like Art Blakey, Randy Weston, Billy Harper, Etta Jones, Charli Persip and many more, while leading various ensembles of his own. This band includes: Eddie Allen - trumpet, Bruce Williams - alto sax & flute, Peter Brainin - tenor sax & flute, Oscar Perez - piano, Leo Traverse - bass, Diego Lopez - drums, Renato Thoms - percussion. Bring a blanket or chair for your comfort.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, Afro-Cuban/Brazilian Ensemble

Birdwatching | Island Bird Walk


See the birds of the island with an 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. Saturdays, July 16-October 29, 2022
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Birdwatchings, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, Island Bird Walk

Concert | Uplifting and Inspiring Songs: "On the Sunny Side of the Street", "New York, New York"


Enjoy a concert of uplifting and inspiring songs performed by singer Jenny Lynn Stewart. The program includes such popular songs such as "Manhattan," "On the Sunny Side of the Street" and many other show stoppers including an audience sing-a-long of "New York, New York."
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
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Concerts, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, Uplifting and Inspiring Songs: "On the Sunny Side of the Street", "New York, New York"

Play | Fefu and Her Friends: 8 Women at a Country Home


Hailed as game-changing, provocative, and genius, María Irene Fornés’s Fefu and Her Friends is one of the most influential—and invisible—plays of the 20th century. Cuban-American Fornés’s rapturous comedy-drama allows the audience to be a fly on many walls in this unconventional tale of eight women gathering at a New England country home in 1935. Featuring BFA students.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Plays, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, Fefu and Her Friends: 8 Women at a Country Home

Performance | The Sun Seekers Induction Ceremony: Performance Art


This performance helps us detach from our phones (Wreck-tangles), and reconnect with our bodies, each other and the natural world. We move together, immerse ourselves in soft somatic shininess to replenish our own quiet power. Engage with us to awaken senses left untapped in the Wreck-tangle world - enter the sun and be reborn. Created by sisters Amy Khoshbin and Jennifer Khoshbin, The Sun Seekers is a sci-fi narrative about an alternate world that maintains a direct correlation to our experience of indoor on-screen life (the Wreck-tangle world). This is  participatory performance led by Amy Khoshbin, co-written by Yuliya Tsukerman and choreographed by Danielle Russo featuring performers Merced Searer, Ching-I Chang, Malcom McMichael, and musicians Alex Koi and Jon Panikkar.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, The Sun Seekers Induction Ceremony: Performance Art

Classical Music | Serene organ meditations in an intimate venue


Enjoy taditional programs of repertoire for the pipe organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, Serene organ meditations in an intimate venue

Opening Reception | Calling Out: Group Exhibition


With practices spanning video, drawing, painting, and installation, the annual Visual Artist AIRspace Residency exhibition features work by the 2021-22 cohort: artists Amina Ross, Jordan Strafer, Dhaynne Torres, and Red Canary Song. This exhibition explores the tension between labor and rest as tied to understandings of self, community and our built environment.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, Calling Out: Group Exhibition

Opening Reception | Ellen Lesperance: The Land of Feminye


A solo exhibition of new paintings on paper, sweaters, and terra-cotta sculptures by Ellen Lesperance. Expanding upon her exploration of the visual language embedded in hand-made garments worn by women engaged in acts of empowerment, Lesperance turns to the distinctive clothing of the Amazons, a nation of all-female warriors whose battles were chronicled in Greek mythology and depicted in art from the 4th century BCE, particularly red-figure pottery.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, Ellen Lesperance: The Land of Feminye

Performance | The Year of Magical Thinking


Adapted from the best-selling memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking recounts beloved author Joan Didion's journey of loss, perseverance, and ultimately hope, using her signature wit to draw an intimate portrait of the resilience of the human heart. This site-specific production is conceived and directed by Jonathan Silverstein, and starring Obie and Drama Desk Award-winner Kathleen Chalfant in a moving one-woman performance. The Year of Magical Thinking runs 90 minutes with no intermission.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | A Report on the New York Film Festival


Critics including Kelli Weston, Phoebe Chen and Molly Haskell, among others, with Film Comment editors Devika Girish and Clinton Krute, for a chat about this year’s New York Film Festival, which closes soon.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, A Report on the New York Film Festival

Screening | Imagine Science Film Festival (online)


The Imagine Science Film Festival, now in its 15th year, is an experimental interdisciplinary sci-art festival seeking to open new dialogues between scientists, filmmakers, and artists. Over the week of October 15 - 21, through an intersection of genres, subjects, fact and fiction, the festival will be exploring crucial scientific issues through film, panels, and collaborations, such as symbioses, a collaboration involving pairs of scientists and filmmakers who produce a film in one week and screen it on the last day of the festival. This year's theme is Science New Wave. Scientific storytelling is increasingly and fearlessly experimenting in form and style. Scientific stories are becoming more personal and hybrid, tackling issues pertaining both to the individual and the world at-large. How are artists, scientists and educators working together to create singular narratives? The boundaries between scientific data and cinema magic are dissolving. Similar to developing organisms, science films are emerging with new traits and new forms. See link for complete line-up of films and conversations.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Screenings, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, Imagine Science Film Festival (online)

City Walk | Seaport Walking Tour: Hidden History of the South Street Seaport’s Architecture


Several buildings in the South Street Seaport Historic District are considered to be some of the oldest standing structures in Manhattan. From taverns to warehouses, built by the most famous American architects of the 19th century, the buildings of the Seaport have big stories to tell. Take a walk with us and discover the origins of New York’s greatness. Tours will be led together by the museum’s Director of Collections and Manager of Engagement & Public Programs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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City Walks, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, Seaport Walking Tour: Hidden History of the South Street Seaport&rsquo;s Architecture

Book Discussion | 2 Fiction Writers Read and Discuss Their Work


Tess Gunty holds an MFA in creative writing from NYU. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Iowa Review, Joyland, Literary Hub, Granta, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Freeman’s, and other publications. The Rabbit Hutch, her first novel, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize. She lives in Los Angeles. Isabel Kaplan is the author of the national bestselling novel NSFW, which has been longlisted for the Center For Fiction’s First Novel Prize, as well as the national bestselling young adult novel Hancock Park. She graduated from Harvard and holds an MFA in creative writing from NYU. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, 2 Fiction Writers Read and Discuss Their Work

Discussion | A lively discussion of a hit Disney movie (online)


Enjoy a discussion of the animated Disney film "Coco." Break down everything from the opening credits to the nuances of the characters with other viewers from the comfort of your own home. "Coco," Directed by Adrian Molina and Lee Unkrich, was released in 2017 and won the Oscar Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Song in 2018. Despite his family's generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Hector, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.
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7:00 pm
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Discussions, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, A lively discussion of a hit Disney movie (online)

Play | Fefu and Her Friends: 8 Women at a Country Home


Hailed as game-changing, provocative, and genius, Maria Irene Fornes's Fefu and Her Friends is one of the most influential--and invisible--plays of the 20th century. Cuban-American Fornes's rapturous comedy-drama allows the audience to be a fly on many walls in this unconventional tale of eight women gathering at a New England country home in 1935. Featuring BFA students.
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7:30 pm
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Plays, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, Fefu and Her Friends: 8 Women at a Country Home

Classical Music | Orchestral Works by Beethoven, Debussy, Vaughan Williams


New York Repertory Orchestra; David Leibowitz, Musical Director; Logan Tanner, countertenor Program Beethoven (1770-1827) "Consecration of the House" Overture (1822) Debussy (1862-1918) Trois Ballades de Francois Villon (1910) Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) Symphony No. 9 (1957) Masks are required and proof of COVID-19 vaccination must be shown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
8:00 pm
$15 suggested donation
Concerts, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, Orchestral Works by Beethoven, Debussy, Vaughan Williams

Classical Music | Orchestral works by Stravinsky and Schumann (in person and online)


Euan Shields, conductor Program Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971) Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856) Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major Masks are required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 15, 2022, 10/15/2022, Orchestral works by Stravinsky and Schumann (in person and online)
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