Brooklyn Book Festival, a block party at the Met Museum and more free events

Brooklyn Book Festival, a block party at the Met Museum and more free events
Illustration by Alva Skog for the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Looking for something to do? Here is a selection of free events taking place in-person and online this week.

Open Arts LES
When: Oct. 1 through Oct. 11
Where: The Lower East Side; Manhattan

Get to know arts organizations on the Lower East Side through the Open Arts LES 2021 festival. With more than 70 arts and culture organizations participating, the expansive 10-day schedule is packed with opportunities to visit museums, galleries and performance spaces both in-person and online.

“Movement Without Borders” at Judson Memorial Church
When: Oct. 2; 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Judson Memorial Church; Manhattan

Join artists and immigration advocates for a multi-disciplinary event celebrating the organizations New York Immigration Coalition, UnLocal and Gente Unida. The program —  conceived and directed by choreographer Richard Colton in collaboration with Judson Memorial Church — gathers artists “around the urgent issue of humanizing our immigration system” and features, among many others, performers Mariana Valencia, Ernesto Breton/Rudy Perez, Jimena Paz, Francisco Córdova, Horacio Macuacua, Francesca Harper, Edivaldo Ernesto and Shamel Pitts/TRIBE, along with speakers such as Margo Jefferson, Claudia Rankine and Xaviera Simmons.

A full lineup of artists and events can be found on the “Movement Without Borders” website.

When: Oct. 2; 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art plaza, museum and online

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is throwing its first-ever block party, and you’re invited. Some of the day’s events include art projects and outdoor performances by Jon Gray, Miguel Luciano, Mei Lum and Toshi Reagon. There will also be a Double Dutch showcase, a performance from samba reggae percussion band Batalá New York, food and more.

In addition to the activities on the plaza, guests can participate in programming within the museum and on the website.

Brooklyn Book Festival
When: Oct. 3 starting at 10 a.m.
Where: Downtown Brooklyn and online

The Brooklyn Book Festival is back with a stellar lineup of authors. The Festival Day events begin at 10 a.m. Eastern in Downtown Brooklyn, with a slate of virtual programming kicking off for the second-half of the day at 5 p.m. The popular Literary Marketplace will be held outside at Borough Hall Plaza.

Be sure to check out a conversation with rapper Talib Kweli moderated by Metrofocus’ Jenna Flanagan and a talk titled “The View From the End of the World” with authors Jonathan Lethem, Jeff VanderMeer and Alexandra Kleeman, author of our September Ballerina Book Club Pick, “Something New Under the Sun.”

Off-Broadway in the Boros Fest
When: Through Oct. 3
Where: Throughout the five boroughs

Catch presentations from off-Broadway productions such as “STOMP,” “Gazillion Bubble Show,” “Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Adaptation” and more as part of the “Off-Broadway in the Boros Fest.” The performances will take place daily outside across the city from Sept. 29 through Oct. 3.

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Top Image: Illustration by Alva Skog for the Metropolitan Museum of Art