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October 20, 2019. Free shows, concerts, movies, tours are New York (NYC) best kept secret! New York City never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment whether it's day or night, weekday or weekend, summer or winter, spring or fall, January or June, May or September. If you are looking for inexpensive things to do and where to go in Manhattan today, tonight, tomorrow, or any other time, or any other day of any week - you came to the right place: just click on any day on the calendar dispayed on the every page of our site and you will see how many events you can attend in Manhattan free of charge on that very day.

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 if you looking for something to do in April or November, December or February, you will find tons of free things to do, free events to go to. (In June, July and August lots of those free events take place outdoors, of course).

So do not wot till tomorrow, start using these unique New York City opportunities today, October 20, 2019!

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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 20, 2019!

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

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Free things to do, free events that take place in the City every day of the year are truly amazing. So if you're looking for something interesting to do today (October 20, 2019) 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!

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In addition to providing information about free events, free things to do in New York, 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!

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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
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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;
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free events to go to,
free things to do in NYC
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  • fairs and parades in NYC
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'New York is abuzz with so much culture that they're giving it away.' (The New York Times article about Club Free Time).

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36 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC) today:
Sunday, October 20, 2019

All events, things to do today, Sunday, October 20, 2019 are free unless otherwise noted.

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 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many

Festival | Open House New York -- an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city


Every October, Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors of New York's most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York. From historical to contemporary, residential to industrial, hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances, and other special events taking place over the course of OHNY Weekend. Through the unparalleled access that it enables, OHNY Weekend deepens our understanding of the importance of architecture and urban design to foster a more vibrant civic life, and helps catalyze a citywide conversation about how to build a better New York
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free
Festivals, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Open House New York -- an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city

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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Fairs, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Street Fair

Tour | Architecture Tour of the Museum of Jewish Heritage


The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is an Open House New York participant this year, offering free architecture tours highlighting the campus’s notable features such as the Core Building designed by Pritzker-Prize winning architect Kevin Roche, and lauded environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy’s Garden of Stones. The tour will offer a unique architectural encounter with the Museum, engaging visitors to explore how concepts of public memory, Jewish architecture, and the history of the Holocaust converge in a single space. Start times: 11 AM, 12 PM, and 1:30 PM.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free
Tours, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Architecture Tour of the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Tour | Flatiron District Walking Tour


A journey through the 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. Tour guides: Miriam Berman, historian and the author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks and New York in Words and Images, a book of New York postcards. Fred Cookinham, historian, author of The Age of Rand: Imagining an Objectivist Future World. Mike Kaback, a native New Yorker, has an unquenchable enthusiasm for everything about this city. No advance registration is required. This tour repeats every Sunday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Flatiron District Walking Tour

Park Walk | Narrows-to-Coney Island Walk


Walk along Narrows through various parks to Coney Island taking in beautiful views of the bay area along the Narrows. Rain cancels. Walk from subway station to pathway along the Narrows to Surf and Stillwell Ave and end by Nathan’s in Coney Island. Subway station at end of walk is across the street from Nathan’s. Bring lunch and water or purchase lunch at Caesar’s Bay Bazaar. Distance: 6-7 miles. Time: 4-5 hours. Rain cancels. Please call to confirm that walk is on.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Park Walks, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Narrows-to-Coney Island Walk

Reading | Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza: A Marathon Reading


With her groundbreaking work, first published in 1987, Gloria Anzaldúa (1942-2004) established the Mexican-American border as a metaphor for different types of transgressions—racial, sexual, social, and cultural. The work was radical not only because it was one of the first popular writings by a Chicana Feminist who also publicly claimed her lesbianism, but it was also new in form and language, switching between essay and poetry, English, Mexican, Spanish, and Indigenous dialects.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza: A Marathon Reading
12:00 pm
Regular: $60.50
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Performances, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, A unique "magic" show!

Workshop | Community Rowing


Village Community Boathouse provides free, no experience necessary Community Rowing on the Hudson River. After a brief orientation, participants will be split into crews with an experienced coxswain to steer the boat and a mixture of experienced and new rowers. The boats, Whitehall Gigs, are stable, traditional working boats for four rowers and a coxswain. Please note: Rows will last between one and three hours, dependent on weather, tides, and destination. Participants are expected to help launch, retrieve, and clean the boats each session. Community rowing is open to all, although some physical agility is required. The focus of the program is teamwork and recreation in a safe and respectful environment. Each participant must sign a waiver. Life jackets are provided. Expect to be out in the hot sun for several hours - bring water and sunscreen! Sundays, May 26-October 27, 2019
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Community Rowing

Dance Lesson | Dance Sunday Community Classes


Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance Sunday Community Classes are open and free of charge.  Sundays, September 29-December 8, 2019
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Dance Lessons, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Dance Sunday Community Classes
1:00 pm
Regular: $25
Member: $0
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Performances, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Comedy for kids!
1:00 pm
Regular: $15
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Dance Performances, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, High-Energy Step and Tap

Discussion | SecuriTEA Time: Understanding Cyber Risks


Feel like we're in a bad episode of Black Mirror? Is Mr.Robot looking more like a documentary? Between the corporate, state, and civilian threats we face, talking about cybersecurity can be overwhelming and stir up a lot of difficult emotions. This social event from the CyPurr Collective hopes to provide a comfortable space to discuss these anxieties as well as current events in the digital world. Let's build up our digital-agency and form a critical understand the tech encroaching on our lives. All while enjoying delicious tea and snacks, of course.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, SecuriTEA Time: Understanding Cyber Risks
2:00 pm
Regular: $69
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Plays, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, A Comedy About Love
2:00 pm
Regular: $20
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Plays, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, A Play About Patriotism and More

Performance | Performance for One: Slippery Memory


Performance for One is a one-on-one performance event written and directed by Edward Einhorn, presented in 10-minute slots at venues across Manhattan. The performance is about memory, but even more so, it is about relationship between performer, audience member, and author. What is the responsibility of the audience member, and how is it felt differently when there is only one audience member? Who is the story teller, the author or the performer? What happens to a memory that two people share after one of those people is gone? Presented by Untitled Theater Company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Artist Talk: Los Dioses de los Pochos


Anna Ortiz will discuss the motivations and inspirations behind her solo show Los Dioses de los Pochos, particularly with regard to her Mexican heritage. Light refreshments will be served.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Artist Talk: Los Dioses de los Pochos
3:00 pm
Regular: $71
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Plays, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Drama by Broadway Director
3:00 pm
Regular: $15
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Dance Performances, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, High-Energy Step and Tap
3:00 pm
Regular: $30
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Plays, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Mystery Thriller
3:00 pm
Regular: $20
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Concerts, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Schubert's Famous Lieder
3:00 pm
Regular: $10
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Theaters, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Short Comedies

Performance | Storytelling: A Jury of Her Peers/Sometimes I Sing


Storyteller: Milbre Burch Appropriate for adults and youth 12 and older
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Performances, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Storytelling: A Jury of Her Peers/Sometimes I Sing
3:15 pm
Regular: $25
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Performances, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Comedy for kids!
4:00 pm
Regular: $49
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Plays, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Parody of Golden Globe winning TV show

Classical Music | Organ Recital


Organist Michael C. Bower has toured with the Choir of Men and Boys to sing at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, St. Thomas Church, The White House, and the Cathedral Basilica of Ottawa. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concerts, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Organ Recital

Classical Music | Organ Recital: Performance By Renowned British Organist


Organist David Briggs is regarded as one of the world's finest improvisors, and now works as a concert organist. Briggs is a composer of choral and organ music, and has also transcribed many orchestral works into versions for solo organ, as well as many of Pierre Cochereau's recorded improvisations. In 1983 he received the Countess of Munster Award to study Interpretation and Improvisation with Jean Langlais in Paris, with whom he furthered in his interest in the art of improvisation by his transcriptions of the recordings of the late Pierre Cochereau. Transcribing the remarkable improvisations from Cochereau's cassette recordings took eleven years. Briggs' subsequent performances and recordings of them earned him his initial acclaim. He was also the first British organist to win the Tournemire prize for improvisation at the St Albans International Organ Festival.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:45 pm
Free
Concerts, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Organ Recital: Performance By Renowned British Organist
5:00 pm
Regular: $20
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Concerts, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, French Music

Classical Music | Works by Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and more


Phillip Dyson, piano. Program Brahms Rhapsody, op. 79 no. 2 Beethoven Appassionata Sonata, op. 57 Debussy Clair de Lune Jerome Kern/Mayerl Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Cole Porter/Mayerl Anything Goes Chopin Waltz in C sharp minor, op. 64 no. 2 Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite Selection Erik Satie Je te veux Irving Berlin/Mayerl Cheek to Cheek Scott Joplin Pine Apple Rag George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue About the Musician Pianist Phillip Dyson has been described as "brilliant", with a "wonderfully dry, very British sense of humour (Gramophone). He has performed with many of the UK's finest symphony orchestras, including: the Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, National Symphony. He has appeared at Lincoln Center, Royal Albert Hall among others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Concerts, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Works by Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and more

Reading | 2 West Virginia Writers Read


A reading and reception celebrating the winners of this year's Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Contest. Jonathan Bolt, the winning poet, and Lydia A. Cyrus, the winning fiction writer, both from West Virginia, where the contest was held, will read their worki. Introductions by poetry judge Patricia Spears Jones, and fiction judge Bryn Chancellor.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Readings, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, 2 West Virginia Writers Read

Opening Reception | Partial Eclipse: Collage, Chance, and Humor


Partial Eclipse is the product of a yearlong dialogue between Anton Ginzburg and Dasha Shishkin. Informed by Exquisite Corpse - the surrealist game merging disparate ideas and images to form unexpected wholes - the artist employ collage, chance, and humor to reveal unanticipated relationships between their artworks. Though using seemingly different formal vocabularies, the artists share many themes and interests, with an eye on traditions of Russian Futurists and avant-guard artists, writers, and musicians, including collectives of the 1920s and 1930s, such as the multidisciplinary OPOYAZ and OBERIU.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Receptions, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Partial Eclipse: Collage, Chance, and Humor

Workshop | Gotham Writers Workshop: Fiction Writing


A free introductory Fiction Writing class. Iinstructor Seth Fried, author of The Municipalists, will teach. Gotham provides notebooks and pens, so just bring your creativity! Class is free, but space is limited.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Workshops, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Gotham Writers Workshop: Fiction Writing

Author Reading | Queering Black Atlantic Religions: Transcorporeality in Candomblé, Santería, and Vodou


A recently published book on queer re-genderings in Santería, Candomblé and Vodou. Author Roberto Strongman is Associate Professor of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Queering Black Atlantic Religions: Transcorporeality in Candombl&eacute;, Santer&iacute;a, and Vodou

Jazz | Jazz Band: Baritone, Guitar and Bass


Jazz baritone E.J. Decker performs from jazz through folk to '50s R&B and blues. From 2005 to 2014, E.J. brought together a revolving cast of more than 160 of NY's top jazz artists in the annual The September Concert: The Heart of Jazz for 9/11. Guitarist and singer Chris Bergson has established himself as "one of the most inventive songwriters in modern blues music" (All Music Guide.) Chris has performed with Norah Jones and John Hammond, as well as jazz legends Annie Ross and drummer Al Foster (Miles Davis). Jazz bassist Hilliard Greene performs widely in recitals, nightclubs, concert halls (including Carnegie Hall), recording studios, radio and television throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, the West Indies and South America. Hilliard performed and recorded with Jimmy Scott for 20+ years and was his Musical Director from 1995 to 2013.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Jazz Band: Baritone, Guitar and Bass
7:30 pm
Regular: $49
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Plays, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, "A Must See" Play
10:30 pm
Regular: $40
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Concerts, October 20, 2019, 10/20/2019, Piano Jazz
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