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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 8, 2023?

22 free events take place on Sunday, October 8 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 8 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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22 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Sunday, October 8, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc Brooklyn Waterfront Walk
free events nyc JFK: One Day in America: Docu Series Advance Screening
free events nyc Three Sisters: Chekhov's Longing Trio
free events nyc Jazz Icons Concert (In Person AND Online)
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Lesson | Vinyasa on a Vessel


60-minute vinyasa-based yoga practice on the deck of a historic tall ship. Anyone ages 12 and up is invited to start your Sunday with a mindful and physical practice that is accessible and challenging for all levels, peppered with information about the vessel itself.  Please bring your own yoga mat. Capacity is limited; claim your space before each class is full!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 am
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Lesson | Vinyasa on a Vessel


60-minute vinyasa-based yoga practice on the deck of a historic tall ship. Anyone ages 12 and up is invited to start your Sunday with a mindful and physical practice that is accessible and challenging for all levels, peppered with information about the vessel itself.  Please bring your own yoga mat. Capacity is limited; claim your space before each class is full!
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 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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Birdwatching | Park Birding


Discover the esplanade and its adjacent green spaces. NYC Audubon guide Andrew Reiter will lead. Expect to see many water birds right off the coast.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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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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10:00 am
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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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10:00 am
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Park Walk | Brooklyn Waterfront Walk


Docents leads a tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the park's's sustainable design, and how the park came to life. Wear comfortable shoes, as these tours traverse the beautiful park landscape.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free

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
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10:30 am
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Gallery Talk | Something Beautiful: Reframing La Colección


A tour to explore and discuss the on-view sections of the exhibition, the gallery's most ambitious presentation of its unique, complex, and culturally diverse permanent collection in over two decades. Start times on the hour.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Tour | Historic Flatiron-Nomad 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. Rain or shine. Every Sunday at 11 am.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshop | Sunday Morning Tai Chi in the Park


This class is suitable for all levels from beginners to advanced.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Screening | JFK: One Day in America: Docu Series Advance Screening


As an official sponsor of The New Yorker Festival, National Geographic is partnering with The New Yorker Brand Studio to host an exclusive screening of the documentary series "JFK: One Day in America," followed by a panel discussion exploring the lasting impact of President John F. Kennedy's assassination and the urgency of recording history. The new series comes from the award-winning team behind "9/11: One Day in America." National Geographic creates and delivers riveting stories and experiences in natural history, science, adventure, and exploration. Inspiring a deeper connection to the world, the brand reaches 300 million people worldwide in 180 countries and 33 languages across the global National Geographic channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO), National Geographic Documentary Films, and the direct-to-consumer platforms Disney+ and Hulu.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:30 pm
Free

Symposium | North Star: Conversations on Boundlessness


Brooklyn native and visual artist Kambui Olujimi hosts a two-day symposium inciting provocations at the boundaries of science and art. Over the last four years, Olujimi has worked on a transmedia project entitled North Star that recontextualizes sites of blackness and Black bodies within history, science, and contemporary art. North Star subverts notions of a Black body constructed from the "inescapable" gravity of oppression and instead explores the innate state of Black Rhapsody and asks; “What does the Black body look like in zero gravity?” This two-day symposium is an artist convening that will create discourse intersecting with concepts and theories of the North Star Project. The symposium includes panel discussions with leading artists, scientists, and scholars; performances by poets, musicians, and dancers; and the world premiere screening of Olujimi's North of Never film. This gathering will function as a site of liberatory exploration, concentrated curiosity, serious play and other paradoxes of creative inquiry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Play | Three Sisters: Chekhov's Longing Trio


In this adaptation of Chekhov's classic, three sisters caught in a perpetual state of waiting struggle to find meaning in their provincial home and long to return to Moscow. A student production.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free

Concert | Bluegrass Duo in the Park


The James Limerick Kerr Bluegrass Duo. Born out of the oldest music in the country, Bluegrass uses traditional instruments and vocal harmonies to create this rousing sound.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Dance Performance | Dance in Honor of Indigenous Peoples


Indige­nous Enter­prise will present free dance per­for­mances in hon­or of Indige­nous People’s Day. Indige­nous Enter­prise is a Native Amer­i­can col­lec­tive found­ed in 2015 and based in Phoenix, Ari­zona. The com­pa­ny was estab­lished with the goal of shar­ing the pos­i­tive aspects of indige­nous cul­ture through film, fash­ion, and dance. Since their found­ing, Indige­nous Enter­prise has become one of the most dynam­ic and excit­ing cul­tur­al com­pa­nies in the world. Their per­for­mances have cap­ti­vat­ed audi­ences at some of the most icon­ic venues and events, includ­ing the Super Bowl, Syd­ney Opera House, Joyce The­ater, and the 2020 Pres­i­den­tial Inau­gu­ra­tion.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Concert | Folk Music in a Park


A cozy fall afternoon of free live performances, plus free food and refreshments. Featuring artists Quinn Devlin, Pearla, Sister., and Honeycrush. About the Artists Quinn Devlin grew up on records such as London Calling, Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ, and Tapestry. With an earnest sound and the vocal countenance of a character from a Loretta Lynn song, Quinn relays simpler times with friendships in tow. His knack for classic folk storytelling harkens back to the classics of Americana and country. Pearla is Nicole Rodriguez, a Brooklyn-based artist whose personal curiosities include finger puppets, writing songs with children, Virginia Woolf’s prose, and consulting the I Ching. She makes music the same way she moves through the world: mystified. Her music is a rich blend, rooted in the folk canon of Neil Young or Joni Mitchell, embracing the darker quirks of a Connie Converse, Bjork, or Will Oldham, and pulsating with the emotional palpability of an Angel Olsen or Sharon Van Etten. Sister. is composed of members Ceciliana Sturman, Hannah Pruzinsky, and James Chrisman. The band has previously drawn comparisons to alternative contemporaries like Big Thief, Phoebe Bridgers, Hovvdy, and Lomelda thanks to their evocative, moving lyrics and uncanny ability to engulf the ears in blankets of heavy, alluring sound. Honeycrush is singer/songwriter Alexandra Antonopoulos. Honeycrush is a wellspring of poetry and visceral emotion conveyed through “darkly glittering soundscapes that blur the edges of alt-folk, slowcore, and grunge,” to quote the artist herself. Her songs so far have established an artistic identity that dwells comfortably in life’s murky depths; one that is vulnerable and honest in everything she touches.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Open Mike | Poetry Open Mic


Metrical poetry encouraged (not required). Special features: Dan Brown & Claudia Serea Dan Brown's poems have appeared in Poetry, Partisan Review, PN Review, and other journals, as well as a number of anthologies including Poetry 180 and The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets. His collections are Taking the Occasion (winner of the New Criterion Poetry Prize) and What More? The LSU Press has published a critical book of Brown's, Subjects in Poetry.   Claudia Serea is a Romanian-American poet with poems published in Consequence, Field, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, The Puritan, Oxford Poetry, among others. Her poems have been translated in Russian, French, Italian, Arabic, and Farsi, and have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac. She is the author of seven poetry collections, most recently In Those Years, No One Slept (Broadstone Books, 2023). Serea won a Pushcart Prize, the Joanne Scott Kennedy Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of Virginia, and the New Letters Readers Award for her poems. She is a founding editor of National Translation Month, serves on the board of The Red Wheelbarrow Poets, and co-hosts their monthly readings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Jazz | Jazz Icons Concert (In Person AND Online)


Tom Harrell Quartet Tom Harrell (born June 16, 1946) is an American jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer, and arranger. Voted Trumpeter of the Year of 2018 by Jazz Journalists Association, Harrell has won awards and grants throughout his career, including multiple Trumpeter of the Year awards from DownBeat magazine, SESAC Jazz Award, BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) Composers Award, and Prix Oscar du Jazz. He received a Grammy Award nomination for his big band album, Time's Mirror.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Serene organ meditations in an intimate venue (In Person AND Online)


Enjoy a program of hymns, anthems, and voluntaries for the organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Book Discussion | Zero-Sum: Stories by Bestselling Author Joyce Carol Oates


Zero-sum games are played for lethal stakes in these arresting stories by one of America's most acclaimed writers, the award-winning, best-selling author of Blonde. A brilliant young philosophy student bent on seducing her famous philosopher-mentor finds herself outmaneuvered; diabolically clever high school girls wreak a particularly apt sort of vengeance on sexual predators in their community; a woman stalked by a would-be killer may be confiding in the wrong former lover; a young woman is morbidly obsessed by her unfamiliar new role as "mother." In the collection's longest story, a much-praised cutting-edge writer cruelly experiments with "drafts" of his own suicide. In these powerfully wrought stories that hold a mirror up to our time, Joyce Carol Oates has created a world of erotic obsession, thwarted idealism, and ever-shifting identities. Provocative and stunning, Zero-Sum reinforces Oates's standing as a literary treasure and an artist of the mysterious interior life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Staged Reading | The Killing Fields: Aeschylus Updated to 1980s California


For Cly, the news of her husband's early release from prison complicates her budding relationship with his cousin, Aegisthus. But that's nothing compared to the threat he poses to her efforts to wrestle their daughter back from a life of addiction. Set in East Oakland in the midst of the 1980's crack epidemic, The Killing Fields re-imagines the story of Aeschylus' Agamemnon through a mother's epic struggle to rescue her daughter. Directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
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Classical Music | Sacred Choral Works at a Landmark Venue

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Theater | Storytelling at its Best from Far Away

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