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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 2, 2023?

23 free events take place on Monday, October 2 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 2 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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23 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Monday, October 2, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors
free events nyc An Afternoon of Jazz (In Person AND Online)
free events nyc Bakkhai: Euripides' Most Controversial Play
free events nyc Contemporary Middle Eastern Classical Works (in-person and online)
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Birdwatching | Fall Birdwatching


What birds live in your backyard? This fall migration season will help you find out. This series of birdwatching outings is fun for beginners, hobbyists, and lifelong birders alike. Together, you'll explore the parks of Battery Park City, and see what makes this spot a hang-out for urban birds and marvelous migrators. Binoculars and field guides provided, or bring your own.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Workshop | Morning Meditation


Start your day by balancing your mind, body, and spirit during instructor guided meditation. This renowned practice lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, and strengthens the immune system.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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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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10:00 am
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Dance Lesson | Learn to Tango


Led by Karina Romero, this program is designed to introduce you to the basic steps of Argentine Tango. Originated in Argentina, Tango is danced around the world by people of all sizes and ages. It is said that if you can walk, then you can tango. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced Tango aficionado, all are welcome to join this program. Requirements to participate: You must register for each individual session you wish to attend. Comfortable clothing and footwear should be worn. Must arrive 15 minutes early to the class. Participants must bring a release form filled out and signed, available on the registration page. About the Instructor Karina Romero is a profesional Tango dancer and instructor. Originally from Argentina, Karina arrived in New York City in 2000 as an ambassador of Argentine Tango. She has studied with the most influential Tango teachers in the world, performed in many Tango shows and festivals, coordinated countless Tango shows, and taught at renowned schools and cultural centers throughout New York City. Currently she is the Executive Director of New Generation Dance Company, hosts La Romeria milonga in Times Square, and teaches Tango every Friday at the Argentine Consulate in NYC.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Tour | Tour of Gracie Mansion, Home of New York's Mayors


In 1799, a prosperous New York merchant named Archibald Gracie built a country house overlooking a bend in the East River, five miles north of the then-New York City limits. Little did he know that, more than 200 years later, his home would be serving as the official residence of the First Family of New York City - a place where history is made, not merely recorded. As a historic house museum run by the Parks Department, sitting on 11 acres of grounds now known as Carl Schurz Park, Gracie Mansion has served as the home of 11 mayors, beginning first with Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in 1942. Start times: 10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free

Dance Performance | A Performance by Alvin Ailey Dance Students (online thru Oct 3)


In celebration of the program’s 25th anniversary, stream a stunning performance by BFA students. The concert features original ballets by emerging and established choreographers who created their work on the students in the program. These talented dancers train in a conservatory setting while also earning their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (and sometimes adding a second academic major).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Discussion | Women's Rights: Reflecting on 75 Years Since the UN Declaration


A discussion on the achievements and obstacles faced in the past 75 years in the global pursuit of gender equality and women's rights. This event was made possible by the Human Rights Institute
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:10 pm
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Concert | Piano in the Park


Come on by and tap your toes to The Big Apple's finest ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists around! Featuring special events and performances by distinguished musicians. Today: Ayako Shirasaki Tribute.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Jazz | An Afternoon of Jazz (In Person AND Online)


Isaiah J. Thompson Quartet
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Book Discussion | The Feminist Killjoy Handbook: The Radical Potential of Getting in the Way


To be a feminist killjoy is to be a killjoy at work. We work on institutions as well as at them. In this lecture Sara explores what we come to know about institutions from our efforts to transform them. She will draw especially from two chapters of her newly published book. To be killjoys at work means being willing to confront institutional problems, to question how diversity is happily claimed by organizations, and to challenge how they use our efforts to change them as evidence they have changed. To be killjoys at work also requires being alert to how the figure of the feminist killjoy can be appropriated and neutralized. We have to find other institutional killjoys, because the more we come up against, the more we need more. With Deva Woodly (Brown University) as discussant.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Birdwatching | Monday Evening Fall Birding


Witness the beauty of fall migration with Gabriel Willow as birds follow the Atlantic Flyway northwards. Look for warblers, thrushes, and other migrants in the landscape of in the park, and learn about the finer points of their identification and ecology.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Discussion | A Conversation on Choreographer Agnes de Mille


Norton Owen moderates a panel discussion exploring what makes dancer and choreographer Agnes de Mille’s work quintessentially American. Curated by Diana Byer and Diana Gonzalez, the conversation will include archival footage and live performance. Reservation required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Talk | Activism on the Lower East Side (online)


An exploration of Jewish activism at the beginning of the twentieth century. It will trace its origins in Eastern Europe, explore its landmarks in the Lower East Side, and meet its leaders that stood on the frontlines. Discover the remarkable Jewish American struggle for women's rights, educational opportunity, labor rights, and economic equality that left a permanent mark on our city and country.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Gallery Talk | Colin Davidson Artist Talk


An exhibition of large-scale portrait paintings by the renowned Belfast-born artist Colin Davidson, Silent Testimony reveals the stories of eighteen people who are connected by their individual experiences of loss through the Troubles. This exploration of common humanity is a powerful response to a conflict that has had, and continues to have, a profound impact on thousands of individuals—the injured and killed, their families, and the wider community.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Loved and Missed: Finding Redemption in a Granddaughter


In Susie Boyt's novel, Ruth is a woman who believes in and despairs of the curative power of love. Her daughter, Eleanor, who is addicted to drugs, has just had a baby, Lily. Ruth adjusts herself in ways large and small to give to Eleanor what she thinks she may need—nourishment, distance, affection—but all her gifts fall short. After someone dies of an overdoes in Eleanor's apartment, Ruth hands her daughter an envelope of cash and takes Lily home with her, and Lily, as she grows, proves a compensation for all of Ruth's past defeats and disappointment. Love without fear is a new feeling for her, almost unrecognizable. Will it last? Love and Missed is a whip-smart, incisive, and mordantly witty novel about love's gains and missteps. British writer Susie Boyt's seventh novel, and the first to be published in the United States, is a triumph.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Film | Morality Is Goodness (2022): Defending Democracy in Bulgaria


The film follows the life path of legal scholar and public intellectual Prof. Christian Takov against the background of historical events of the last decades in Bulgaria. Professor Takov has been one of the most prominent figures in rule of law debates in Bulgaria and has drawn on his research and ideas to reflect on the relationship between morality and the law. His work and public statements shone a merciless light on the challenges encountered on the path to establish rule of law, but also gave hope to those who treasure democracy. Director: Veselin Dimanov 82 min. Followed by a hybrid discussion with director Veselin Dimanov and Professor Mila Ganeva, Miami University, Ohio. Moderated by Valentina Izmirlieva.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Film | Stonebreakers (2022): American Monumentality


This documentary chronicles the conflicts around monuments that arose in the United States during the George Floyd protests and the 2020 presidential election. As statues of Columbus, Confederates and Founding Fathers fall from their pedestals, the nation’s triumphalist myths are called into question. By exploring the shifting landscapes of American monumentality, the film interrogates the link between history and political action in a nation that must confront its past now more urgently than ever.   Directed by Valerio Ciriaci 70 min. Followed by a panel and Q&A with the director
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: My Anxious Self


Alexandra Munroe, senior curator at large, Global Arts, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, will speak with Tomiko Yoda, Takashima Professor of Japanese Humanities at Harvard University, inside Tetsuya Ishida: My Anxious Self in a conversation moderated by exhibition curator Cecilia Alemani. The trio will discuss the societal context in which Ishida developed his work, the artist’s striking representations of the challenges of contemporary life, and his unflinching view of his contemporaries’ inward escape into highly consumable popular media.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Lecture | The Ancient Geopolitics of Cyprus


The mythological island birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite, Cyprus is a crossroads between East and West, North and South. In celebration of International Archaeology Day, join the Honourable Michalis S. Firillas, Cypriot Consul General, as he discusses the history and complexities of this fascinating country.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Play | Bakkhai: Euripides' Most Controversial Play


Using Anne Carson's translation of Euripides' most subversive - and controversial - play, Bakkhai is about conflicts and the circle of death and rebirth. Dionysus's world of instincts and senses clashes disastrously with a world of order and oppression. Dionysus, the liberator, is the god of beginnings, a god who dies and is reborn perpetually. A god whose nature is ambiguous. One thing is certain: every new beginning starts with death. A student production.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Staged Reading | Dust of Egypt: The Story of Sojourner Truth


What will a mother do to save her child? This new play by Karin Abarbanel dramatizes the true, little-known story of the inspiring Black activist Sojourner Truth's heroic and historic fight to rescue her 5-year-old son Peter after he is sold and illegally taken from New York State down South.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Dance Performance | Dance Works-in-Progress


A free, high visibility low-tech forum for experimentation, emerging ideas, and works-in-progress held in the Fall and Spring seasons. Artists are selected by a rotating committee of peer artists Featuring: Rebecca Pappas, Rochelle Wilbun, Maxi Hawkeye Canion
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Classical Music | Contemporary Middle Eastern Classical Works (in-person and online)


Ensemble Phoenicia performs contemporary Middle Eastern classical works. Ensemble Phoenicia envisions a vibrant and transformative concert experience that celebrates the rich heritage and artistic innovation of contemporary Middle Eastern classical music. They strive to be a catalyst for cultural exploration and understanding by showcasing the diverse voices of Middle Eastern composers and uniting audiences through the captivating beauty and emotional depth of our performances. An ensemble of dedicated contemporary-classical musicians, they aim to bridge traditions, create a harmonious dialogue between past and present, and foster an environment of artistic excellence and cross-cultural exchange. The only ensemble of its kind, Ensemble Phoenicia aspires to inspire, enlighten, and leave an indelible mark on the world of contemporary classical music. Performers Charlotte Loukola, violin; Noemie Chemali, viola; Amer Hasan, clarinet; Raffi Boden, cello; Maron Khoury, flute; and Sami Seif, piano, perform works by Sami Seif, Kinan Azmeh, Layale Chaker, and Fairuz.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
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