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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 16, 2023?

25 free events take place on Monday, October 16 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 16 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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25 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Monday, October 16, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

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free events nyc An Afternoon of Jazz (In Person AND Online)
free events nyc In Search of Elsa Morante (2021): A Great 20th-Century Italian Writer
free events nyc Piano Works by Mozart, Bach, Brahms and Others (in-person and online)
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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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Workshops, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, Morning Meditation

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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Tours, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Dance Lesson | Dance Bachata


This 4-week course will take you from absolute beginner to proficiency in one of the hottest Latin dances taking hold of the world - BACHATA! Led by Joe Burgos from the Piel Canela Dance School, you will learn its historical upcoming and how to take the dance floor in any setting. Joe Burgos is the Director of Piel Canela Dance School, and has over 25 years of professional dance teaching experience in Salsa On2 and Bachata. He has taught in many corporate and public environments and has performed around the world spreading the joy of Latin dancing. You must register for each individual session you wish to attend Comfortable clothing and footwear should be worn Please arrive 15 minutes early to the class Participants must sign a Consent/Release Form for each class they attend.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
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Dance Lessons, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, Dance Bachata

Talk | Meet the Beekeeper


A presentation and talk led by Alveole beekeepers. Learn more about the importance of urban beekeeping and it’s benefits to sustainability efforts in BPC and throughout the city.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Talks, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, Meet the Beekeeper

Lecture | Against Narrative: Olga Tokarczuk and the Anti-Narrative Tradition of Central Europe (in-person and online)


A lecture by Istvan Deak Visiting Assistant Professor, Daniel Pratt. Moderated by Christopher Harwood. In her Nobel Prize speech, Olga Tokarczuk advocates for new types of storytelling, ones that defy traditional narrative structures. Older narrative constructions have been used to control the world, a fact, she insists, every tyrant knows. Today, we need to find new narrative forms, because "we lack new ways of telling the story of the world." Tokarczuk's oeuvre marks a step in the direction of a new form of telling stories, one that will help make sense of the contemporary world. Tokarczuk has dubbed this new form the constellation novel, told through the titular tender narrator of her lecture in Oslo. Tokarczuk is not alone, however, but a part of a long line of Central European authors who have developed non-narrative works. In direct contrast to the long line of thinkers, specifically Jerome Bruner, Paul Ricoeur, and Charles Taylor, Central European authors developed a new set of anti-narratological paradigms, beginning from Rainer Marie Rilke, continuing through Dezso Kosztolanyi, Bruno Schulz, Bohumil Hrabal, to the present with Tokarczuk herself. Speaker Daniel W. Pratt is assistant professor of Slavic culture at McGill University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Lectures, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, Against Narrative: Olga Tokarczuk and the Anti-Narrative Tradition of Central Europe (in-person and online)

Talk | Tao of K-Drama: Thoughts on the Wisdom Packed into Korean Television (online)


South Korea adopted a policy of "soft power," investing in its arts and cultures to let the world know about its development. The resulting "Hallyu wave" has swept the world. While heralded for its fabulousness, these cultural productions are filled with the wisdom of the ancient Korean culture. This talk will highlight some of the insights offered by the television shows known as "K-drama."
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free
Talks, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, Tao of K-Drama: Thoughts on the Wisdom Packed into Korean Television (online)

Concert | Ragtime, Jazz and Blues - Outdoors


With Terry Waldo's Gotham City Band.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Concerts, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, Ragtime, Jazz and Blues - Outdoors

Jazz | An Afternoon of Jazz (In Person AND Online)


Caelan Cardello performs jazz works.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Concerts, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, An Afternoon of Jazz (In Person AND Online)

Workshop | Bird Photography Tips, Tricks and Etiquette (online)


Learn all about birding photography from the comfort of your home! Martina Abreu will go over the best ways to find and photograph birds, without disturbing their natural habitats. In this webinar, Martina Abreu will explain her favorite techniques for handheld shooting, panning with birds in flight, and choosing the right gear.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, Bird Photography Tips, Tricks and Etiquette (online)

Book Discussion | How Russia Loses: Hubris and Miscalculation in Putin's Kremlin (in-person and online)


Vladimir Putin’s efforts to build influence abroad have succeeded in many places, but the Kremlin has also faced snags and defeats. Author Thomas Kent looks at six cases where hubris and miscalculation led to temporary or permanent reversals of the Kremlin’s fortunes, and the reasons for those setbacks – from Russia’s own failings to nimble responses by pro-democracy actors. The book reviews a broad range of Russian influence operations in Ukraine, Ecuador, South Africa, and North Macedonia, as well as Moscow’s efforts to promote the Nordstream 2 pipeline and its Sputnik COVID vaccine. Kent offers an extensive analysis of common threads in self-defeating Kremlin behaviors, and describes in detail how the West can use this knowledge to respond more effectively to future influence efforts by Moscow.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Book Discussions, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, How Russia Loses: Hubris and Miscalculation in Putin's Kremlin&nbsp;(in-person and online)

Book Discussion | Gull Island: Haunting Psychological Suspense (online)


Bestselling author Anna Porter discusses her haunting psychological suspense novel, a young woman visits her remote family cottage seeking answers to a murky past.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, Gull Island: Haunting Psychological Suspense (online)

Workshop | Portraits in the City Photowalk


The fall season in New York City is the perfect time to get outside and take some photos. Join Sony Artisan of Imagery Tony Gale as he shows you how to capture beautiful portraits on-location with models.  This free event is for photographers of all levels, from beginner to professional. Loaner equipment will not be available, but they invite you to bring your camera. No camera? No problem. Feel free to come and learn even if you’re not taking photos. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Workshops, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, Portraits in the City Photowalk

Festival | Prelude Festival 2023


Dozens of performances, panels, artists talks, and more at various venues across the city from October 7-27. See link for details.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Festivals, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, Prelude Festival 2023

Other | NY Comic Con Trivia


Are you a fan of comic books, anime, and manga? Test your knowledge and join the Live Trivia Hour.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Others, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, NY Comic Con Trivia

Film | Suspiria (1977): supernatural horror


Suzy travels to Germany to attend ballet school. When she arrives, late on a stormy night, no one lets her in, and she sees Pat, another student, fleeing from the school. When Pat reaches her apartment, she is murdered. The next day, Suzy is admitted to her new school, but has a difficult time settling in. She hears noises, and often feels ill. As more people die, Suzy uncovers the terrifying secret history of the place. Director: Dario Argento Cast: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé, Barbara Magnolfi, Susanna Javicoli, Eva Axén, Alida Valli, Joan Bennett Ages 18+ only.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Films, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, Suspiria (1977): supernatural horror

Discussion | Can (and Should) Constitutional Scholars Save Liberal Democracy?


Scholars of law and social science face ever-increasing pressure to be useful to society “outside the ivory tower”. In this wide-ranging conversation, Jan Komárek and Bernard Harcourt will reflect on the conditions of “scholarly authority” and the responsibilities that flow from it. This conversation will consider what constitutional scholars in particular can and should do in the face of contemporary crises like democratic backsliding, the rise of authoritarian populism, challenges to the rule of law, and racial injustice in the US and Europe.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, Can (and Should) Constitutional Scholars Save Liberal Democracy?

Classical Music | Piano Works by Copland


Emiko Edwards, piano, performs works by Aaron Copland (1900-1990). About the Performer Pianist Emiko Edwards has been described as "dazzling" and "scintillating," (Classical Source) and lauded for her "beautiful singing lines" and performances filled with "drama and energy" (Joan Tower). She has performed at Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall), Merkin Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Milton Court Concert Hall (London), and more. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, Piano Works by Copland

Film | In Search of Elsa Morante (2021): A Great 20th-Century Italian Writer


This documentary, researched, written, and directed by historian Vanessa Roghi, tells the story of the life of Elsa Morante (1912-1985), one of the greatest Italian authors of the 20th century. It does so by piecing together the clues left to us by the writer herself: a suitcase filled with photographs, rare and rediscovered television appearances, and a lecture from 1965 recorded by Swiss television which has never been broadcast since. Directed by Vanessa Roghi 42 min. In Italian with English subtitles Followed by a conversation on the director
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Free
Films, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, In Search of Elsa Morante (2021): A Great 20th-Century Italian Writer

Book Discussion | A Conversation on Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five


Artist Vincent Valdez and acclaimed novelist Marlon James meet for a wide-ranging conversation that will center on Arion Press’s forthcoming edition of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five. In 2023, Valdez collaborated with Arion’s team of expert craftspeople to create original pen-and-ink drawings that bring Vonnegut’s darkly comic anti-war classic to life for Arion’s 2023 rendition of the novel. Their conversation exploring the enduring relevance of Vonnegut’s masterpiece will be moderated by Arion’s Executive Director Rolph Blythe.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, A Conversation on Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five

Performance | Black Theater Preview


Black Theater Preview, in collaboration with Walk Talk Girl Inc., will feature conversations with creatives on stage and behind the scenes, and performances from productions on and off Broadway including Jaja's African Hair Braiding written by Jocelyn Bioh and directed by Whitney White and Wine in the Wilderness, LaChanze's directorial debut. Don't miss this celebration of Black theater in New York City.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Performances, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, Black Theater Preview

Book Club | LGBTQ+ Book Club: Queer Horror


LGBTQ+ Book Club meets to read and discuss fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels centered around queer individuals, communities, and experiences. Please note that these books deal frankly, sometimes explicitly, with contemporary issues and all works discussed are artistic expressions selected for an adult audience. This month the theme is spine-chilling Queer Horror. Moderators will provide an overview of some of their favorite titles and authors that make them hide under our covers and check behind that bathroom curtain. Throughout the meeting there will be ample opportunity to discuss the titles shared that evening as well as any other titles you've come prepared to share! There is no prior reading or knowledge required - this is a space for folks to meet and share their love (or discover a new love!) of LGBTQ+ literature.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Clubs, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, LGBTQ+ Book Club: Queer Horror

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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Dance Performances, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, Dance Works-in-Progress

Book Discussion | New Political Fiction: Homeland Elegies / The Unfolding


Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ayad Akhtar and Guggenheim fellow A.M. Homes discuss placing the American political and democratic system under the microscope in their latest works, Homeland Elegies and The Unfolding. How do you capture, reflect on, and critique politics in fiction? What, if any, responsibility do artists have to do so? And what are the risks involved when an artist chooses to take that leap?
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, New Political Fiction: Homeland Elegies / The Unfolding

Classical Music | String Quartet


Jasper Quartet performs music by Vivian Fung. The Jasper String Quartet is recognized as one of the leading American string quartets on the performance stage today. A recipient of Chamber Music America's prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the Jasper String Quartet has been hailed as "sonically delightful and expressively compelling." Gramophone described the Jasper String Quartet as "flawless in ensemble and intonation, expressively assured and beautifully balanced." The New York Times named their album Unbound as one of the 25 Best Classical Recordings of 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, String Quartet

Classical Music | Piano Works by Mozart, Bach, Brahms and Others (in-person and online)


Pianist Thomas Sauer performs a solo recital. Features the Prelude and Fugue in F Major from the Well Tempered Clavier II by J.S. Bach; the Sonata in F Major, KV 332 by W. A. Mozart; Homenatge by Tania Leon; Dribble by Harold Meltzer; Adios Nonino by Astor Piazzolla; and Johannes Brahms' Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free
Concerts, October 16, 2023, 10/16/2023, Piano Works by Mozart, Bach, Brahms and Others (in-person and online)
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