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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 31, 2023?

29 free events take place on Tuesday, October 31 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 31 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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29 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Tuesday, October 31, 2023

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Editor's Picks

free events nyc I Love Russia: Reporting from a Lost Country (in-person and online)
free events nyc Organ Works: Halloween Performance (In Person AND Online)
free events nyc Celebrating Twenty Years of Wicked on Broadway
free events nyc Play bridge in a stress-free environment
free events nyc Village Halloween Parade
free events nyc The Halt During the Chase: Hilarious Coming-of-Age Novel
        

Lecture | Three Challenges of Ending the War in Ukraine (online)


A conversation with Sophia University Professor Daisaku Higashi in which he will present his cutting edge perspective on the possible solutions to conflict in Ukraine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 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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Workshop | Adult Zumba


Exercise in disguise! Join in on the fun featuring easy-to-follow Latin dance choreography while working on your balance, coordination and range of motion. Bring your friends and come prepared for enthusiastic instruction, a little strength training and a lot of fun.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:30 am
Free

Book Discussion | I Love Russia: Reporting from a Lost Country (in-person and online)


A fearless, cutting portrait of Russia and an essential cri de coeur for journalism in opposition to the global authoritarian turn. To be a journalist is to tell the truth. I Love Russia is Elena Kostyuchenko's unrelenting attempt to document her country as experienced by those whom it systematically and brutally erases: village girls recruited into sex work, queer people in the outer provinces, patients and doctors at a Ukrainian maternity ward, and reporters like herself.
   New York City, NY; NYC
12:00 pm
Free

Park Walk | History Tour of The Battery


Tour New York's historic birthplace park with an expert guide. Learn about the park's rich history, many important landmarks and monuments, SeaGlass Carousel, beautiful perennial gardens designed by renowned Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, and so much more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Film | 28 Days Later (2003) with Cillian Murphy


A group of misguided animal rights activists free a caged chimp infected with the "Rage" virus from a medical research lab. When London bike courier Jim wakes up from a coma a month after, he finds his city all but deserted. On the run from the zombie-like victims of the Rage, Jim stumbles upon a group of survivors, including Selena and cab driver Frank, and joins them on a perilous journey to what he hopes will be safety. Director: Danny Boyle Cast: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Megan Burns, Brendan Gleeson Cillian Murphy is an Irish actor. His early notable film credits include the horror film 28 Days Later (2002), the dark comedy Intermission (2003), and the thriller Red Eye (2005). He played a transgender Irish woman in the comedy-drama Breakfast on Pluto (2005), which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination. Murphy began his collaboration with filmmaker Christopher Nolan in 2005, playing Dr. Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow in The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005–2012) as well as appearing in Inception (2010) and Dunkirk (2017) and portraying the lead role of J. Robert Oppenheimer in the biographical epic Oppenheimer (2023).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Classical Music | Organ Works: Halloween Performance (In Person AND Online)


Ethan Haman, organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free

Discussion | The Artists Roundtable (online)


A talk with artist Nery Gabriel Lemus. The subjects in Lemus’ work range from issues of stereotype and immigration to problems in society that can lead to the failure of families, such as poverty, abuse and neglect. He has done a great deal of work with incarcerated youth and with recently arrived immigrants.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | Evil Dead Rise (2023): supernatural horror


A reunion between two estranged sisters gets cut short by the rise of flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival as they face the most nightmarish version of family imaginable. Director: Lee Cronin Cast: Lily Sullivan, Alyssa Sutherland, Morgan Davies, Gabrielle Echols, Nell Fisher
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Talk | Artist Talk: Migration and Belonging (in-person and online)


Lizania Cruz is a Dominican participatory artist and designer interested in how migration affects ways of being and belonging. Through research, oral history and audience participation, she creates projects that highlight a pluralistic narrative on migration. Cruz has been part of multiple artist-in-residence and fellowships. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Festival | Halloween Celebration: Costume Contest, Dance, Music and More


Halloween Party: dancing, music bands, juggling, balloons and performances. Rain or shine (if it rains, there will be a big tent).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Book Discussion | The Project-State and Its Rivals: A New History of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries


Charles Maier, Emeritus Leverett Saltonstall Research Professor of History, will present his latest book. We thought we knew the story of the twentieth century. For many in the West, after the two world conflicts and the long cold war, the verdict was clear: democratic values had prevailed over dictatorship. But if the twentieth century meant the triumph of liberalism, as many intellectuals proclaimed, why have the era’s darker impulses―ethnic nationalism, racist violence, and populist authoritarianism―revived? The Project-State and Its Rivals offers a radical alternative interpretation that takes us from the transforming challenges of the world wars to our own time. Instead of the traditional narrative of domestic politics and international relations, Charles S. Maier looks to the political and economic impulses that propelled societies through a century when territorial states and transnational forces both claimed power, engaging sometimes as rivals and sometimes as allies. Maier focuses on recurring institutional constellations: project-states including both democracies and  dictatorships that sought not just to retain power but to transform their societies; new forms of imperial domination; global networks of  finance; and the international associations, foundations, and NGOs that tried to shape public life through allegedly apolitical appeals to science and ethics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Film | 3 Women (1977) with Shelley Duvall and Sissy Spacek


Millie Lammoreaux considers herself irresistible to men, though in fact men have little trouble resisting her. Mysterious teenager Pinky Rose, Millie's fellow physical therapist at a desert spa who becomes her roommate at a singles-only apartment building, at first appears worshipful of Millie's self-confidence but soon seems to be taking over aspects of her personality. Director: Robert Altman Cast: Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Janice Rule Shelley Duvall is an American actress and producer widely known for her portrayal of distinctive, often eccentric characters. In the 1980s, Duvall became famous for her leading roles, which include Olive Oyl in Altman's live-action feature version of Popeye (1980) and Wendy Torrance in Stanley Kubrick's horror film The Shining (1980). Sissy Spacek is an American actress, set dresser and singer. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and nominations for four British Academy Film Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards, and a Grammy Award. Spacek was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:45 pm
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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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5:00 pm
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Workshop | Learn Juggling in the Park


Jugglers use the park throughout the year to provide free classes to the public. Stop by for a quick lesson, stay for the whole time, or just enjoy watching them put their skills to the test. They're a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons. All skill levels welcome. Equipment is provided.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Book Club | Desert Star by Michael Connelly


LAPD detective Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch work together to hunt the killer who is Bosch’s “white whale”—a man responsible for the murder of an entire family.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Film | First to Stand: The Cases and Causes of Irwin Cotler (2022): Fighting Repressive Regimes


The film follows Irwin Cotler, former Canadian Minister of Justice and the current Canadian Ambassador to Combat Antisemitism, along with his team of activists at the Raoul Wallenberg Centre in Montreal, as they take on the cases and causes of political prisoners and human rights activists against the world’s most repressive regimes. Cotler began fighting for freedom and justice in law school with the landmark case of Russian refusenik Natan Sharansky, and continues to fight for human rights causes today. His clients and causes, featured in the film, cover the globe from Nelson Mandela in South Africa to Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, international human rights barrister Amal Clooney, and several others. Directed by Irene Lilienheim Angelico and Abbey Neidik, 75 min. Followed by a talk with Cotler and Bill Browder, British-American financier and Putin-declared enemy number one, who is featured in the film and ferreted out corruption in Russia, co-championing with Irwin the Magnitsky Sanctions, the most effective tool to hold individual human rights abusers accountable. They will be in conversation with Rick Salomon, a co-founder of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center and a frequent moderator on human rights and related topics.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | Celebrating Twenty Years of Wicked on Broadway


The creators of the Broadway hit Wicked will gather on its 20th anniversary to remember the process of launching the original production and reflect on what has happened in the two decades since. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Workshop | Play bridge in a stress-free environment


One of the most popular card games of the last century, bridge is still enjoyed by professional and amateur players alike today - and now you can stop by and enjoy it too! Bring your bridge partner, or you will be matched up with someone to play as a pair. There will be instructions and the chance to observe players, making this a perfect event for beginners looking to learn how to play bridge.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Discussion | What Makes It Italian?: Bellagio, Early and Late (online)


"What Makes It Italian?" is a music listening and discussion group. The group is led by Gina Crusco, who has also guided listening at Bard LLI and Riverdale Y; acted as maestro del coro for opera in Italy; instructed music at The New School; and directed Underworld Productions. The encounter will focus on: Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, with composer Marchetto Cara and Villa Melzi, Bellagio, with composer Niccolo Zingarelli Whatever the purpose of a garden - pleasure, contemplation, practicality, or botany - it is the artifact of someone taming chaos into a recognizable form. When garden forms share underlying aesthetics with music, they make the unseen tangible. In this series, we listen to works by composers associated with Italian gardens, including Leonora d'Este, Vincenzo Galilei (father of Galileo), Francesco Veracini, and Federico Campana. Like a gardener, the composer "weeds out" unwanted sounds and manipulates others into preordained forms. We explore parallels between gardens - nature organized in space - and music - noise organized in time. Just as some garden designs, like the labyrinth, defy geography and era, so music speaks an international language. Let's listen.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshop | Stargazing in the City


Head to the park for a walk and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association to see rare celestial sights. No experience is necessary and telescopes will be provided. Starts at dusk.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:15 pm
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Workshop | Origami Meetup


OMG NYC (Origami Meetup Group! New York City) is a group for people to come together and share in the beautiful art of Origami - an ancient art of folding various mediums, most commonly paper. The word comes from the combination of the Japanese verb oru (to fold) and the noun kami (paper). Other materials often folded are fabric, wire mesh, sheet metal, tissue, thin plastic, cardboard, and straws.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Lecture | Reinterpreting Architectural Spaces (online)


Catie Newell develops material and optical assemblies that amplify our connection to a living and spinning earth. As the founding principal of the architecture and research practice Alibi Studio and an Associate Professor of Architecture at University of Michigan’s Taubman College, Newell's research and creative practice has been widely recognized for exploring design construction and materiality in relationship to location and geography. The work ranges in scale from buildings to products and explores the world most deeply with material systems and optical captures. Alibi Studio deploys material explorations, illumination and darkness, and novel modes of occupation, all created through rigorous prototyping and custom fabrication tools. The process of fabrication is a vital act in the work, often amplifying material effects and situational influences, intertwining the processes of making and design across the entire project. Her work has been shown in secret venues in Detroit, in the Arsenale of the Venice Biennale, in night-sensitive museum solo shows, and in the landscape of rural Michigan. Newell is a Lucas Fellow, a Kresge Artist Fellow, a WOJR/Civitella Fellow, and a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. Newell will share a series of architectural and design works that reinterpret existing spaces through intricate material changes and the focused presence of light and darkness.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Omega Farm: Caring for a Bohemian Mother


Martha McPhee's memoir is a candid, riveting account of McPhee's complicated, bohemian childhood and her return home to care for her ailing mother.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | The Blue Machine: How the Ocean Works


A scientist’s exploration of the “ocean engine”—the physics behind the ocean’s systems—and why it matters. All of Earth’s oceans, from the equator to the poles, are a single engine powered by sunlight, driving huge flows of energy, water, life, and raw materials. Physicist and oceanographer Helen Czerski illustrates the mechanisms behind this defining feature of our planet, voyaging from the depths of the ocean floor to tropical coral reefs, estuaries that feed into shallow coastal seas, and Arctic ice floes. Through stories of history, culture, and animals, she explains how water temperature, salinity, gravity, and the movement of Earth’s tectonic plates all interact in a complex dance, supporting life at the smallest scale—plankton—and the largest—giant sea turtles, whales, humankind.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Discussion | The Halt During the Chase: Hilarious Coming-of-Age Novel


Finally back in print, a remarkable, hilarious coming-of-age novel from the cult classic writer Rosemary Tonks. Sophie--a clever and charming young woman--is trying to get out from under her mother's thumb. She's in love with her childhood friend Philip (pragmatic, attractive, a bit of a bore), but she often worries that she loves him too much for her own good, and that he might only be another thumb to crawl under. Both a sincere bildungsroman of Sophie's attempt to seize a life for herself and a comic masterpiece with cutting observations and asides, The Halt During the Chase is flutteringly alive as it discusses different forms of love, adulthood ("Isn't buying new lampshades a form of slow death?"), marriage, insecurity, and stifling British snobbery and classism. Sophie's voice, fueled by Tonks's acidic narration, evolves from thrashing about in various traps into a triumphant, croaky-throated liberation song.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
$5

Parade | Village Halloween Parade


The biggest, wildest Halloween parade in the nation celebrates its 50th anniversary.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Staged Reading | New York City's Longest-Running Cold Play Reading


Naked Angels was formed in 1986 by a group of artists intent on creating a creative home for new voices. Forming a community of writers, directors, actors, producers, and designers, our founders crafted an open environment for expression, experimentation, and production. The company took its name from the John Tytell book, which referred to Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and other Beats as “a generation that wanted to break out of convention and scream.” As a young group, the Naked Angels artists felt the same way; needing a place where, through the medium of theater, they could show the world a different perspective of the times. Sometimes outraged, often irreverent, occasionally absurd, and always intelligent, enthusiastic and fun, Naked Angels’ work was a spark to which audiences were quickly drawn. The Space, as their theater on 17th Street was known, soon became a vital, thriving crossroads where talented theater artists met and collaborated: the destination of choice for those seeking a truly celebratory theatrical experience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 pm
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Play | Oscar and Golden Globe Nominee in a Romantic Play

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Theater | Storytelling at its Best from Far Away

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