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Exciting Events Around The Bronx: January 2024



By Great Performances

Explore exciting community events around the Bronx this month.

Michael Richards with Consume (1993) at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1994. Photograph by Mel Wright.


Saturday, January 6th, 2024 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Join us to celebrate the closing weekend of Michael Richards: Are You Down? with a special documentary film screening, discussion, and exhibition walkthrough. ​This culminating event will highlight Richards’ powerful sculpture and drawing practice, his friendships, the circumstances of his passing on September 11, 2001, and his enduring influence on cultural communities in New York City, Miami, and beyond.

A screening of the 30-minute documentary on Michael Richards titled Are You Down?, directed by Juan Matos and Dennis Scholl, will be followed by a discussion moderated by Scholl, with artists william cordova and Dread Scott and Michèle Wong, Associate Director & Head of Collections and Exhibitions at the Grey Art Gallery, all of whom were friends with Richards. After the screening and discussion, exhibition curators Alex Fialho and Melissa Levin will lead a walkthrough of the retrospective with cordova. This will be a unique opportunity to learn about Michael Richards from the perspective of those who knew him, offering an intimate look into Richards’ art, life, and legacy.

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Part I: January 26 – March 31, 2024
Part II: April 12 – June 16, 2024

Bronx Calling: The Sixth AIM Biennial features 53 emerging artists who have participated in The Bronx Museum’s flagship artist professional development program from years 2020 through 2023. Since 1980, The Bronx Museum has supported New York’s artist community through its Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) Fellowship, which has provided pivotal career support to a diverse roster of over 1,200 of New York’s most promising artists. Themes addressed in this two-part exhibition include contemporary and critical issues, such as capitalism and colonialism, as well as speculative futures.

The Sixth AIM Biennial is curated by Eileen Jeng Lynch, Director of Curatorial Programs.

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November 17th, 2023 through January 7th, 2024

Join us for a family holiday festival at the Bronx Zoo.

During the evenings, the park comes to life with holiday cheer as immersive light displays, custom-designed animal lanterns and animated light shows sparkle across the zoo. This year, you’ll experience NEW lantern displays showcasing the wildlife of New York’s ocean waters and wetlands, plus a new interactive experience celebrating bioluminescent creatures.

Activities include:

  • Holiday Train
  • Ice Carving Demonstrations
  • Illuminated Performers
  • Wildlife Theater
  • Seasonal Treats

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Saturday, January 13th, 2024 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm


Interested in Drawing?

Come express yourself through a variety of drawing exercises, games and techniques.

Take inspiration from our current exhibitions and receive guidance from talented teaching artists.

Explore and challenge your art skills through a selection of mediums and materials.

No previous art experience needed. For All ages!

Come join us and Let’s Get sketchy at the BxArts Factory!”

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Saturday, January 20th, 2024 from 11:00am to 1:00pm

FREE! Book purchase optional

Join the BxArts Factory for a book signing by talented children’s author, Janelle Harper. Come and meet Janelle as she shares her wonderful stories and signs copies of her books. It’s a fantastic opportunity to discover new books and spend a fun-filled day with your family.

Janelle’s latest book, My Block Looks Like, will be available for purchase at Bronx Bound Books during the event. If you would like to purchase the books in advance, you can select the Eventbrite ticket options that include the price of one or both books. You can also attend the event for free to meet Janelle and enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere.

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Tuesday, January 16th and Tuesday, January 30th

Join us for a family holiday festival at the Bronx Zoo.

Hart Island is the largest public cemetery in the country and has served New York City since 1869. While Hart Island is currently only used for city burials, the island has served many uses since the 19th Century, including a quarantine station, a psychiatric hospital, a tuberculosis ward, a reform school, a homeless shelter, a rehabilitation facility, a military base, and a jail.

Join the Urban Park Rangers to explore Hart Island’s unique past, present, and future. Participants are chosen by lottery.

Lottery registration opens on Wednesday January 3, 2024 and ends Thursday January 4, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

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November 17th, 2023 through January 15th, 2024

Location: at the Garden

New York City’s Most Beloved Holiday Tradition Is Back!

The Holiday Train Show returns bigger than ever with more trains and an all-new, outdoor train display. Start on the lawn to capture your perfect holiday photos at our outdoor mountainscapes and then watch trains zip past nearly 200 iconic New York landmarks under the warmth of the Conservatory. After dark, join us for NYBG GLOW and discover the beauty of our landscape and historic buildings, illuminated across the grounds. And don’t miss the return of our fan-favorite Bar Car Nights, 21-and-over evenings featuring the Holiday Train Show and curated cocktails. These special evenings feature music, experiences, food, and more—making for the ultimate night out this season.

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January 5th

Location: at the Garden

Tickets: Non-Members $54; Garden Members $34

(Adults 21 and over)

All Aboard for Adults-Only Nights at the Holiday Train Show

On special evenings exclusively for adults 21 and over, fan-favorite Bar Car Nights make a comeback with nighttime viewings of the Holiday Train Show® and NYBG GLOW—complete with light bites and curated cocktails available for purchase. Grab a drink and step into the Haupt Conservatory to discover New York City’s most beloved holiday tradition under the warm and twinkling lights, then head outdoors for an illuminated experience across Garden grounds that’s unlike anything else in the five boroughs!

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Monday, January 1st, 2024 from 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Section 2 Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park

If your New Year’s resolution is to get healthy, join the Urban Park Rangers on a lengthy hike. Dress warmly, put on your hiking shoes, and head to the park. Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. Explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, and unplug from the world to clear your head.

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every Tuesday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Soundview Field House – 1550 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx

The Soundview Gardener’s Club is a space where After-School students from local schools and community volunteers come together to clear invasive plants, plant trees/native plants, and spread mulch as part of our forest restoration efforts in Soundview Park in The Bronx.

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every Saturday from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Entrance – Lafayette Avenue and Morrison Avenue

NYRR Open Run brings free, 5K weekly community-led runs, to neighborhood parks across the greater New York City area. The program is free and open to runners and walkers of all ages, abilities, and experience levels.

Called the “Gateway to the Bronx River,” 205-acre Soundview Park is located where the Bronx River opens into the East River. This urban green space is filled with grassy baseball and soccer fields, a cricket pitch, basketball courts, a running track, walking/biking paths, picnic fields, and more! With its extensive views of the water, Soundview Park celebrates the beauty of both the Bronx and East Rivers. The back part of our Open Run course has beautiful views of the Bronx River waterfront for participants to enjoy!

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every Saturday from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: St. Mary’s Annual 5K Start, East 149th and Eagle Ave

NYRR Open Run brings free, 5K weekly community-led runs, to neighborhood parks across the greater New York City area. The program is free and open to runners and walkers of all ages, abilities, and experience levels.

St. Mary’s Park offers a wonderful respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Located in the Mott Haven neighborhood in the South Bronx, the park features rolling hills, expanses of green grass, and grand old trees. The site was once part of the estate of Jonas Bronck (1600-43), for whom the Bronx is named. It is one of the largest parks in the area with a pool, playground, basketball courts, an indoor recreation center, picnic seating areas, and more. In the winter, the hills are perfect for sledding. St. Mary’s Park received $30 million from NYC’s Anchor Parks initiative, which will renovate the park’s ballfields, pathways, and amphitheater.

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Did you know that Great Performances is headquartered in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx? We love being a part of the Bronx community, supporting other Bronx-based companies, and giving back to our community.

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