free things to do in New York City
Free events for Thursday, 10/01/20
<

October 2020

>
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
    123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031
Free Events, Free Things to Do in New York City!  Read More

Do you live in New York and are looking for something interesting to do this weekend? Are you just visting and happened to be in New York this weekend?  Or maybe only either Saturday or Sunday? Are you here with your family and kids, or by yourself? What activities do you prefer: watch a parade go by, look at the things sold at the street fairs, be a part of a festival, attend a concert, see a show?

Our guess is that in any case you would like to do something cool, fun, off the beaten path, entertaining, exciting, inspiring and to do it without ruining your bugget. We are here to help you to make your weekend in New York as interesting and exciting as it can possibly be. We will tell you what are the best things to do this weekend.

New York offers way more than the Broadway shows, the well-known museums like the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Modern Arts (MoMA) and the famous sightseeing sites, like The Statue of Liberty and The Empire State Building.

This town never ceases to amaze the tourists as well as the city dwellers with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment whether it's day or night, summer or winter, spring or fall, January or June, May or September, weekday or weekend.

New York's cultural scene is at its busiest in October and March (and the same goes for free events, free things to do), but other months of the year still offer incredible amount of high quality, off the beaten path, unique free events, free things to do which will take your breath away!

So start using these unique New York City opportunities today, October 1, 2020!

Join the Club!

Go!
Where else but in New York City can you listen to a world-class musician, discuss a book with a famous author, take a part in poetry reading, have a glass of wine at an art exhibition opening, and all that on the same day, and all that free of charge, and all of that on any day of the year, whether it's December or July, April or November!

The trick is to know about those free events, free things to do BEFORE they happen, not after the fact. That's where Club Free Time comes in handy! Become a Club Free Time member and start using these unique New York City (NYC) opportunities today, October 1, 2020!

Join the Club!

Go!
Club Free Time is your perfect guide to Free Entertainment and Free Culture in the City That Never Sleeps.

Join the Club!

Go!

Free things to do, free events that take place in New York City every day of the year are truly amazing. So if you're looking for something interesting to do today (October 1, 2020) or on any other day of the year don't miss those free-of-charge opportunities that only New York provides! You can find lots of high quality, off the beaten path, unique free events, free things to do which will take your breath away!

Join the Club!

Go!
In addition to providing information about free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC), Club Free Time offers its members complimentary tickets to classical music concerts, dance performances and theater: when a producer wants that special buzz of the 'full house' - Club Free Time members are welcomed for their enthusiasm and sophistication!

Join the Club!

Go!
Get a taste of free culture and free entertainment in New York City (NYC)!

Join the Club!

Go!
Experience an entirely new perspective on New York. 'Open up a whole new cultural world... in one of the most vibrant capital cities in the world, sampling cultural delights beyond anyone's wildest dream.' Rupert Parker, journalist, photographer, cameraman, and TV producer
Join the Club!

Go!
The quality and quantity of
free events,
free things to do
that happen in New York City
every day of the year
is truly amazing.

So don't miss the opportunities
that only New York provides:
stop wondering what to do;
start taking advantage of
free events to go to,
free things to do in NYC
today!

This Weekend in New York City (NYC): 26 Free Events, Free Things to Do

All events, things to do this weekend (Fri, 10/02/2020 - Sun, 10/04/2020) are free unless otherwise noted.

Other | Photography Festival: 60 Outdoor Exhibitions City-Wide until Nov 29th (in-person)


This 9th annual photography festival presents 60 outdoors exhibitions across 5 boroughs of NYC, free and accessible to view 24/7. Talks, workshops, and community events will take place online. See the locations of the exhibits and online events schedule at the link below.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, Oct 2
12:05 am

Free
Others, October 02, 2020, 10/02/2020, Photography Festival: 60 Outdoor Exhibitions City-Wide until Nov 29th (in-person)

Workshop | Pilates by The Waterfront (in-person)


Enhance your control, stability, coordination, endurance, balance, strength, and flexibility. Class takes place every Friday till Oct 2. Please bring your own mat. Must wear a face covering at all times and sign a waiver.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Fri, Oct 2
9:00 am

Free
Workshops, October 02, 2020, 10/02/2020, Pilates by The Waterfront (in-person)

Concert | Piano in a Park (in-person)


Piano concert series, showcasing ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists, takes place Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (12:30 to 2:30 PM). Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Fri, Oct 2
12:30 pm

Free
Concerts, October 02, 2020, 10/02/2020, Piano in a Park (in-person)

Opera | Met Opera: Mozart's Don Giovanni (virtual)


Mariusz Kwiecien in the title role of the world's most notorious lover leads a starry lineup of refined Mozartians in Michael Grandage's elegant 2011 production. Luca Pisaroni sings Leporello, Giovanni's servant who both admires and hates his master. Marina Rebeka as Donna Anna, Barbara Frittoli as Donna Elvira, and Mojca Erdmann as Zerlina are the trio of women seduced by Giovanni. Ramon Vargas plays Don Ottavio, Anna's fiance, and Joshua Bloom as Masetto and Stefan Kocan as the Commendatore round you the cast. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the orchestra and plays harpsichord continuo.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, Oct 2
7:30 pm

Free
Concerts, October 02, 2020, 10/02/2020, Met Opera: Mozart's Don Giovanni (virtual)

Fair | Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors (outdoors, in-person)


Search for hidden gems as you browse antiques, vintage goods, architectural salvage and collectibles. There is also a selection of food vendors from Smorgasburg. Face covering is required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Sat, Oct 3
8:00 am

Free
Fairs, October 03, 2020, 10/03/2020, Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors (outdoors, in-person)

Fair | Flea Market in Brooklyn: Art, Jewelry, Antiques and More (outdoor market)


Shop for vintage clothing, furniture, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, art, handicrafts, and more. Visitors must wear a face covering and maintain social distance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Sat, Oct 3
10:00 am

Free
Fairs, October 03, 2020, 10/03/2020, Flea Market in Brooklyn: Art, Jewelry, Antiques and More (outdoor market)

Fair | Food Vendors, Craft Shops and Entertainment at The Waterfront (Outdoor Market)


This market offers socially-distanced experience of food, shopping and entertainment every Sat and Sun, 10 am - 5 pm. The market will also host activities like roller disco (with skates available to rent) and live music. Visitors must wear face coverings at all times and observe social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Sat, Oct 3
10:00 am

Free
Fairs, October 03, 2020, 10/03/2020, Food Vendors, Craft Shops and Entertainment at The Waterfront (Outdoor Market)

Other | The New York Chinese Scholar's Garden is Now Open!


The New York Chinese Scholar's Garden is one of two authentic classical outdoor Chinese gardens built in the United States. It is based on Ming Dynasty gardens (1368-1644 AD). All of its architectural components were fabricated in Suzhou, China, including roof and floor tiles, columns and beams, doors and windows, bridges and paving materials. The garden features magnificent rocks resembling mountains that inspired the poetry and paintings of Confucian, Buddhist, and Taoist monks, as well as other scholars. Visitors can explore eight pavilions, a bamboo forest path, waterfalls, a Koi-filled pond, Chinese calligraphy, and a variety of Ghongshi scholar's rocks including a 15-foot formation that towers over the central courtyard. More details at https://snug-harbor.org/botanical-garden/new-york-chinese-scholars-garden/
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, Oct 3
10:00 am

$5
Others, October 03, 2020, 10/03/2020, The New York Chinese Scholar's Garden is Now Open!

Museums | Visit Historic 1885 Ship, NYC History Exhibition, and More  (in-person)


Wavertree is a historic iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1885, now the largest wrought iron sailing vessel afloat. Guests will visit the open-air portions of the ship. Gaze up at the towering masts and miles of rigging and down into the vast cargo storage area. Take a peek at the galley and at the crew's quarters, a bunk room where twenty sailors tried to stay warm and dry in the worst weather. Climb up onto the quarterdeck and pose for a photo at the ship's wheel, and enjoy the view as you look out across New York Harbor and see the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Heights. Bowne & Co. will also host printing demonstrations using a variety of presses from the 19th century. Items printed throughout the day will be given away as tangible reminders of the experience. In addition, there will be a exhibition of historic photographs, prints, lithographs, and paintings. Face covering is required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Sat, Oct 3
11:00 am

Free
Museumss, October 03, 2020, 10/03/2020, Visit Historic 1885 Ship, NYC History Exhibition, and More&nbsp; (in-person)

Performance | "Little Bites" of Theater in a Park (in-person)


New Yorkers are able to enjoy 'perfect little bites' of live theater, performed by masked and socially distanced actors in this park. The actors, alone or paired, will be performing both classical monologues and new works. Pieces run between 60 and 90 seconds each, and passers-by are invited to stop and watch one piece or many. They will run continuously between 1 and 4 pm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, Oct 3
1:00 pm

Free
Performances, October 03, 2020, 10/03/2020, "Little Bites" of Theater in a Park (in-person)

Dance Performance | City-Wide Dance: Performances at Parks, Streets, Rooftops (in-person)


NYC professional dancers will take to the parks, windows, streets, and rooftops city-wide to dance, focusing public attention on an industry that remains largely on pause due to COVID. See the dance map at the link below.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, Oct 3
5:00 pm

Free
Dance Performances, October 03, 2020, 10/03/2020, City-Wide Dance: Performances at Parks, Streets, Rooftops (in-person)

Dance Performance | Dance Festival Day 1: Tap, Modern, Bellydance, Hip-Hop, Flamenco and More (virtual)


Dance cultures represented include Hula, Tap, Modern, Bellydance, Hip-Hop, Flamenco, West African, Cumbia, Kathak, Street Jazz, Greek, Ballroom, and Chinese. Many of the danceworks premiering have been created, inspired by, or rehearsed virtually in quarantine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Sat, Oct 3
6:00 pm

Free
Dance Performances, October 03, 2020, 10/03/2020, Dance Festival Day 1: Tap, Modern, Bellydance, Hip-Hop, Flamenco and More (virtual)

Opera | Met Opera: Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (virtual)


The Met assembled a vocal dream team for Jonathan Miller's stylish production of the eternal Mozart masterpiece: Renee Fleming as the Countess, Cecilia Bartoli as Susanna, and Bryn Terfel as Figaro. With James Levine--one of the world's great conductors of Mozart--in the pit, Bartoli interpolating two rarely heard alternate arias, and Dwayne Croft as the Count and Susanne Mentzer as Cherubino, this is a performance for the record books.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sat, Oct 3
7:30 pm

Free
Concerts, October 03, 2020, 10/03/2020, Met Opera: Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (virtual)

Fair | Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors (outdoors, in-person)


Search for hidden gems as you browse antiques, vintage goods, architectural salvage and collectibles. There is also a selection of food vendors from Smorgasburg. Face covering is required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Sun, Oct 4
8:00 am

Free
Fairs, October 04, 2020, 10/04/2020, Flea Market: Antiques, Vintage Goods, Food Vendors (outdoors, in-person)

Fair | Food Vendors, Craft Shops and Entertainment at The Waterfront (Outdoor Market)


This market offers socially-distanced experience of food, shopping and entertainment every Sat and Sun, 10 am - 5 pm. The market will also host activities like roller disco (with skates available to rent) and live music. Visitors must wear face coverings at all times and observe social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Sun, Oct 4
10:00 am

Free
Fairs, October 04, 2020, 10/04/2020, Food Vendors, Craft Shops and Entertainment at The Waterfront (Outdoor Market)

Tour | Garment District History Tour: Fashion, Immigrants, Child Labor, Triangle Factory Fire, Gangsters (virtual)


"Walk" the streets of the Garment District with your tour guide. Topics included: - Your guide's personal experiences in the fashion industry/district over the last half century: changes in fashion through the years; - Immigrants and the growth of the NYC apparel industry: factories and workers; visit into several factories over the years; - The Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire of 1911: unions and gangsters; - How the Garment District of today relocated to its current location: Fashion Ave and The Fashion Walk of Fame; - A look into the future of the garment industry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Sun, Oct 4
10:00 am

Free
Tours, October 04, 2020, 10/04/2020, Garment District History Tour: Fashion, Immigrants, Child Labor, Triangle Factory Fire, Gangsters (virtual)

Workshop | Vinyasa Yoga in a Park (in-person)


Connect with the Earth and its energy. This socially-distanced Vinyasa class will run for one hour and is suitable for all levels. Every Sunday, Sept 13-October 25. Please bring your own mat. Must wear a face covering at all times and sign a waiver.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Sun, Oct 4
10:00 am

Free
Workshops, October 04, 2020, 10/04/2020, Vinyasa Yoga in a Park (in-person)

Fair | Outdoor Market: One-of-a-Kind, Handmade Items (in-person)


The market offers one-of-a-kind, handmade items from local artisans. This weekly event features more than twenty vendors offering artwork, jewelry, fashion, home and apothecary goods, and more. Masks are required for all adults and children over the age of 2.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Sun, Oct 4
11:00 am

Free
Fairs, October 04, 2020, 10/04/2020, Outdoor Market: One-of-a-Kind, Handmade Items (in-person)

Museums | Visit Historic 1885 Ship, NYC History Exhibition, and More (in-person)


Wavertree is a historic iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1885, now the largest wrought iron sailing vessel afloat. Guests will visit the open-air portions of the ship. Gaze up at the towering masts and miles of rigging and down into the vast cargo storage area. Take a peek at the galley and at the crew's quarters, a bunk room where twenty sailors tried to stay warm and dry in the worst weather. Climb up onto the quarterdeck and pose for a photo at the ship's wheel, and enjoy the view as you look out across New York Harbor and see the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Heights. Bowne & Co. will also host printing demonstrations using a variety of presses from the 19th century. Items printed throughout the day will be given away as tangible reminders of the experience. In addition, there will be a exhibition of historic photographs, prints, lithographs, and paintings. Face covering is required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sun, Oct 4
11:00 am

Free
Museumss, October 04, 2020, 10/04/2020, Visit Historic 1885 Ship, NYC History Exhibition, and More  (in-person)

Park Walk | Foraging Tour In A Park: Black Walnuts, Wild Carrot, Wild Raisin and More (in-person)


A great abundance of edible and medicinal wild plants makes this park a great place for foraging in the fall: burdock, an expensive detoxifying herb sold in health food stores; wild carrot; the root of sassafras, which tastes like root beer, makes a great tea, as well as root beer; crab apples, berries. You will find plenty of leafy green vegetables, such as spicy hedge mustard and poor man's pepper, parsley-flavored goutweed as well as nuts and mushrooms. The tour will last for about 4 hours. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Sun, Oct 4
11:45 am

$20 suggested donation,...
Park Walks, October 04, 2020, 10/04/2020, Foraging Tour In A Park: Black Walnuts, Wild Carrot, Wild Raisin and More (in-person)

Dance Lesson | Swing Dance Class in a Park (in-person)


40 minute, easy to follow swing dance lesson for beginners! You will work on solo swing dance moves to the sound of big band swing music. Face covering required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Sun, Oct 4
1:00 pm

Pay what you...
Dance Lessons, October 04, 2020, 10/04/2020, Swing Dance Class in a Park (in-person)

Concert | Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music From the Deck of 1885 Ship (virtual)


Old-time sailors on long voyages spent months living together in close quarters with no outside entertainment, no new people to interact with, a monotonous diet, and each day pretty much just like the day before. Sound familiar? How did they keep their spirits up? Singing together! Work songs and fun songs, story songs and nonsense songs, songs of nostalgia and songs of up-to-the-moment news - all were part of the repertoire onboard. Members of the New York Packet and friends perform from atop the foredeck of Wavertree ship.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Sun, Oct 4
2:00 pm

Free
Concerts, October 04, 2020, 10/04/2020, Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music From the Deck of 1885 Ship (virtual)

Comedy Club | Stand Up Comedy in a Park (in-person)


Erik Angel presents a comedy show with a new lineup every week. Social distancing. Bring a chair or blankets.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Sun, Oct 4
5:00 pm

Free
Comedy Clubs, October 04, 2020, 10/04/2020, Stand Up Comedy in a Park (in-person)

Dance Performance | Dance Festival Day 2: Tap, Modern, Bellydance, Hip-Hop, Flamenco and More (virtual)


Dance cultures represented include Hula, Tap, Modern, Bellydance, Hip-Hop, Flamenco, West African, Cumbia, Kathak, Street Jazz, Greek, Ballroom, and Chinese. Many of the danceworks premiering have been created, inspired by, or rehearsed virtually in quarantine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Sun, Oct 4
6:00 pm

Free
Dance Performances, October 04, 2020, 10/04/2020, Dance Festival Day 2: Tap, Modern, Bellydance, Hip-Hop, Flamenco and More (virtual)

Discussion | Oscar-Winning Visual Effects Artist (Doctor Who, The Old Guard) in Conversation (virtual)


Oscar winner Sara Bennett is a British visual effects artist best known for her work on Harry Potter film series, Doctor Who, Merlin, The Martian, The Old Guard and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Sun, Oct 4
6:00 pm

Free
Discussions, October 04, 2020, 10/04/2020, Oscar-Winning Visual Effects Artist (Doctor Who, The Old Guard) in Conversation (virtual)

Jazz | Multi Grammy Winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and Arturo O'Farrill


Recorded remotely from locations as diverse as Madrid, Los Angeles and New York City, Arturo O'Farrill and the mighty Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra are reviving their Sunday Night Birdland residency in virtual format.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Join the Club!
Go!
Sun, Oct 4
8:30 pm

Free
Concerts, October 04, 2020, 10/04/2020, Multi Grammy Winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and&nbsp;Arturo O'Farrill
Join the Club!

Go!