EXCITING EVENTS AROUND THE BRONX: SEPTEMBER 2023

By Great Performances

Explore exciting community events around the Bronx this month.

SUMMER UNDER THE STARS GALA

Thursday, September 7th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers

Celebrate the children of the Bronx, inspirational honorees and the fun of summer! Join us on September 7, 2023 at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers for an incredible evening in support of Bronx Children’s Museum.

EMCEE:
Samara Osae-Asare

EVENT CO-CHAIRS:
Sunny Hostin and Sonia Manzano

EVENT COMMITTEE (in formation):
Arlene Bascom, Rafael Collado, Kate Green, Hope Harley,
April Horton, Lee Michel and Paul Ramirez

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Image: Michael Richards: Are You Down? Installation view at Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, 2021. Photograph by Oriol Tarridas. Photograph courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami and The Michael Richards Estate.

OPENING RECEPTION MICHAEL RICHARDS: ARE YOU DOWN?

September 8th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us to celebrate the opening of the exhibition Michael Richards: Are You Down? This event will include light refreshments and music provided by Uptown Vinyl Supreme.

RSVP is not required to attend.

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INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP DAY

Saturday, September 16th from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Soundview Park (Morrison ave & Lafayette ave)

Join the Bronx River Alliance for one of our biggest cleanup events of the year, International Coastal Cleanup Day! Volunteers throughout the U.S. and more than 100 countries come together each year to participate in a cleanup event near them on this day of environmental stewardship.

Volunteers will check in at 9:00 AM at the entrance of Soundview near the intersection of Lafayette Ave and Morrison Ave. We’ll break up into teams and head to the Soundview Park shoreline (at the mouth of the Bronx River) together for the cleanup. All cleanup materials needed, such as grabbers, gloves, and bags will be supplied. We’ll also be recording the type and quantity of trash we pick up, using data sheets.

At the end of the event we’ll have prizes for the volunteers with the “Most Trash Collected” and “Strangest Trash Collected”! And bring a reusable water bottle to be entered into a raffle drawing!

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ENVIRONMENTAL CAREER PANEL: PIZZA PARTY – RENEWABLE ENERGY

Thursday, September 21st from 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: 1490 Sheridan Boulevard, Bronx NY 10459

Interested in learning about green careers? Come join our EELS interns and real environmental professionals to learn what it’s really like to work in the field! Enjoy free pizza, free soda, and make new friends.

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BOO AT THE ZOO

Saturdays & Sundays

September 30th through October 29th

Our annual family-friendly Halloween tradition is back at the Bronx Zoo. Come dressed in your Halloween best and enjoy!

Activities Include:

  • Spooky Stories to Ticket Your Spine (new!)
  • Bones Tell a Story: Animal Skeletons (new!)
  • Costume Parade
  • Halloween Crafts
  • Magic & Mind Reading
  • Pumpkin Carving Demos
  • Wildlife Theater: The Wildlife Witch’s Super Scary Halloween Show

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PUMPKIN NIGHTS

Thursdays – Sundays, 6:00pm to 10:00pm

September 28th through October 29th

Bronx Zoo Pumpkin Nights, an ALL NEW nighttime family Halloween event, will take place on select evenings this fall! Follow an animal-themed illuminated jack o’lantern trail and learn about animal behavior after dark, plus enjoy games and treats.

Pumpkin Nights will feature gorgeous scenes of more than 5,000 illuminated pumpkins, together with atmospheric sounds and colored lights, to provide a festive family atmosphere as you follow a half-mile trail to holiday excitement right here in NYC.

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OUT TO BIRD! FALL MIGRATION BIRD WALK

Sunday, September 3rd from 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Crotona Nature Center in Crotona Park

Birding is a fun and all-inclusive activity for all to enjoy and experience. Join the Urban Park Rangers as we explore the park in search of some Fall migratory birds featuring the colors of the LGBTQ+ pride flag, among others.

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NATURE’S WORKSHOP: NATURAL DYES WORKSHOP

Sunday, September 24th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Crotona Nature Center in Crotona Park

The art of tie dying has been used since the earliest century in Asia from dying silk and hemp. Join the Urban Park Rangers in making and using natural dyes from berries, fruits, and roots.

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FORDHAM PLAZA

BRONX NIGHT MARKET

9/30, 10/28

Location: 1 Fordham Plaza

RSVP required

The Bronx’s renowned cuisine and culture festival is back for its 6th season, bringing with it an array of flavors and cultural experiences that represent the city’s diverse heritage. As a beloved event, it’s a must-attend festival for any food lover in the Bronx. With an average of 4k patrons per event, the festival gathers at the Fordham Plaza, providing an exciting and unique experience.

This year’s festival is even bigger and better, offering a curated selection of local Bronx and NYC-based food, beverage, arts & crafts, and packaged goods vendors. These vendors come together to provide an incredible culinary journey, showcasing a wide range of cultures and flavors.

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THINGS TO BE REMEMBERED: INTERACTIVE ART PROJECT

Now through October 22nd from 10:00am to 6:00pm

Location: 4th Floor Rotunda of LuEsther T. Mertz Library

Take a moment to reflect. What have you witnessed or felt during your visit today? The adjacent display shows the remains of extinct plants, and reminds us what has been lost and what should be remembered. We invite you to add your sketches, notes, and thoughts to an always-evolving collective artwork that will remain on view for the duration of the exhibition.

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…things come to thrive…in the shedding…in the molting…

extended through October 22nd

This summer, experience the seductive beauty of gardens through the eyes of celebrated contemporary artist Ebony G. Patterson. Known for her lavishly detailed mixed media installations, Patterson brings her signature style to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, and NYBG’s landscape and galleries, in a major site-specific exhibition featuring breathtaking and provocative displays of art and nature.

Patterson’s work will captivate Garden visitors with the beauty of exotic flora and garden-inspired installations—from a monumental peacock sculpture to swarms of glitter-encrusted vultures. Inspired by her immersion in NYBG’s collections, Patterson’s work explores entanglements of race, gender and colonialism while inviting visitors to contemplate their own relationships with gardens and the natural world.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of the most exciting contemporary artists of our time transform one of the most stunning settings in New York City like never before. Ebony G. Patterson’s summer exhibition at NYBG is a must-see.

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NOCTURNAL CREATURES AND WILDLIFE HIKE

Saturday, September 2nd from 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Location: Pelham Bay Nature Center in Pelham Bay Park

Join the Urban Park Rangers for an exploration of nighttime insects and other nocturnal forest creatures. We will explore the trails of Pelham Bay Park under the cover of darkness and will also be setting up a moth attracting sheet.

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BIRDING: FALL MIGRATION

Saturday, September 30th from 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Orchard Beach Nature Center in Pelham Bay Park

Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots in New York City to see spring migratory birds. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Please bring your own binoculars.

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HONORING OUR AFRICAN ANCESTORS

Saturday, September 9th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Enslaved Burial Ground in Van Cortlandt Park

Batá Drummers will dedicate an Oro for Égun ceremony at the Enslaved African & Kingsbridge Burial Ground in Van Cortlandt Park.

Master Batá Drummer Anthony Carrillo, Awo Juan Usera, and Awo Xavier Rivera will play the sacred Batá drums and dedicate an Oro for Égun ceremony to the ancestors who are buried in the Enslaved African & Kingsbridge Burial Ground in Van Cortlandt Park. Egún is the Yoruba word for ancestors and it refers to the collective spirit of all ancestors, emphasizing the interconnectedness between the ancestors and their living descendants.

Following the Égun ceremony, we will continue to honor and celebrate the ancestors with a Bombazo led by Juan Usera and the Sambuco Tribe with interactive drumming and dancing. Featured music in the Bombazo is Bomba, the most representative music and dance form of all African-derived cultural expressions in Puerto Rican folklore and one of the oldest Black cultural practices with connections to other Caribbean nations. Bomba also connects Puerto Ricans and people of Puerto Rican heritage to our ancestors and it is played to celebrate our departed.

This event is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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WOODLAWN FAMILY FUN DAY

Saturday, September 23rd from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Indian Field, East 233rd Street and Jerome Avenue in Van Cortlandt Park

Join Van Cortlandt Park Alliance and the Women of Woodlawn for family fun activities in Indian Field.

Activities will include:

– Divi Roxx Kids
– Confetti Face Painters
– Woodlawn Family Walks
– Nature Crafts
– And much more!

Special thank you to our partners:

– Council Member Eric Dinowitz
– NYC Parks
– Women of Woodlawn

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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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EXCITING EVENTS AROUND THE BRONX: DECEMBER 2022

By Great Performances

Explore exciting community events around the Bronx during December of 2022.

OPENING DECEMBER 3RD!


Bronx Children’s Museum celebrates the natural curiosity, creativity and compassion inherent in all children.

Through play and learning, we nurture children to find their voice, fulfill their potential and connect to their communities, the Bronx and the world beyond.

At long last our new home in Mill Pond Park along the Harlem River will open on Saturday, December 3. We are very excited to welcome you in to the first-ever children’s museum in the Bronx.

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SALSA LESSONS AND PARTY!

Saturday, December 3rd from 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Bring a friend and learn the art of salsa dancing here at the Bronx Museum alongside professional instructors and live music in celebration of the history of salsa in the South Bronx. All ages and skill levels welcomed!

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FAMILY DAY: WINTER WONDERLAND

Saturday, December 10th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Celebrate the holiday season with the Bronx Museum! Join us for an afternoon filled with festive art activities for the whole family.

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ECO TEAM MEETING

Monday, December 12th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Please join us for our final Eco Team Meeting of the year! The Eco Team is a cohort of scientists, policymakers, partners, students, and community members who are interested in learning about and supporting the ecological health of the Bronx River. We will be covering our year in review, ongoing issues and updates, upcoming projects, exciting and surprising news, and more! Bring your questions, ideas, or simply your curiosity!

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Photo: Lindsay Silverman

BRONX ZOO HOLIDAY LIGHTS

Friday, November 18th through Sunday, January 8th

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. The celebration includes festive entertainment, seasonal treats, the Holiday Train, and classic holiday music. The walk-through experience is a beloved tradition, enchanting and fun for all ages.

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NYBG GLOW

December 2–3, 9–11, 15–17, 22–23, 26–30 from 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Experience the magic of New York City’s largest outdoor holiday light experience.

This holiday season, NYBG GLOW returns for its third year. Discover the beauty of our landscape and historic buildings after dark, breathtakingly illuminated across the Garden. Building upon sold-out evenings the past two years, NYBG GLOW expands across even more of the Garden’s magnificent collections. And take in our fun-filled evening offerings with artistic, music, and pop-up performances around the Garden.

Round out your experience with an after-dark visit to the Holiday Train Show® under the glow of the Haupt Conservatory by purchasing a special combination ticket. Enjoy a drink, hot cocoa, and a bite to eat at one of our outdoor bars or the Bronx Night Market Holiday Pop-Up. And take in even more festive evening offerings with artistic performances around the Garden.

Start a new holiday tradition and get outside this season with NYBG GLOW!

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HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW

November 19, 2022 – January 16, 2023 from 10:00am – 6:00pm

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

NYBG’s Holiday Train Show—a favorite holiday tradition—has been making memories for over 30 years! See model trains zip through an enchanting display of more than 190 replicas of New York landmarks, each delightfully re-created from natural materials such as birch bark, lotus pods, and cinnamon sticks.

Plus, take in NYC’s largest outdoor holiday light experience at NYBG GLOW, returning for its third year with even more illuminated displays. Thousands of dazzling, energy-efficient lights and whimsical, picture-perfect installations reflect the surrounding gardens and collections, creating a spectacle not to be missed. These special evenings feature music, experiences, food, and more—making for the ultimate night out this season.

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WBO WINTER WONDERLAND

Saturday, December 10th from 12:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Williamsbridge Oval 

Join us for arts & crafts, games and pictures with Santa! The center will be decorated to highlight holiday traditions from around the world, including; Christmas, Hanukah, EID, Winter Solstice and New Year.

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EXCITING EVENTS AROUND THE BRONX: JUNE 2022

By Great Performances

Explore exciting community events around the Bronx during June of 2022.

MUSIC MATTERS

Featuring ¡Retumba!

Saturday, June 4th and Saturday, June 25th at 1:00pm

Location: Mill Pond Park (Exterior St between E 150th & E 153rd St., Bronx, NY 10451)

Admission: FREE!

An exciting music and dance ensemble show-casing folkloric and contemporary dances with rhythms from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Haiti, Brazil, Mexico and Africa. Performances in English and Spanish.

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BUTTERFLY RELEASE AT CONCRETE PLANT PARK

Saturday, June 4th from 12:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Concrete Plant Park (1370 Westchester Ave, Bronx NY)

Join us for this special culminating event a part of Flutter By, a series on supporting pollinators. Come out to support the release of butterflies and stay to celebrate community, friends and family with music, activities, and more!

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COMMUNITY PADDLE

Friday, June 10th from 10:00am-2:00pm

Location: 1490 Sheridan Blvd., Bronx, NY 10459, USA

Friday, June 17th from 1:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Concrete Plant Park, 1357 Westchester Ave, Bronx, NY 10459

This is a great activity for beginners and families to join. Waves of paddlers will spend about 30-45min on the river, in order to maximize the number of community members able to participate in this event. Canoes will be available for partners and families, and kayaks will be available for solo paddlers.

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Credit: Julie Larsen Maher

WORLD OF BIRDS ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND

Saturday, June 11th & Sunday, June 12th from 10:00am-4:00pm

Tickets: included with Admission Ticket to the Zoo

Join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic Bronx Zoo World of Birds.

  • Learn all about the different species of birds
  • Get hands on with fun birding crafts
  • Meet some very large bird puppets
  • Check out the bird meet and greet

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Credit: Julie Larsen Maher

BREW AT THE ZOO

Friday, June 17th from 6:00pm-11:00pm

Tickets: Start at $39.99

Kick off the summer at the Bronx Zoo! Brew at the Zoo, your favorite after-hours party for adults ages 21+, is back on Friday, June 17.

You’ll get up-close with 52 life-sized dinosaurs and pterosaurs on our BRONX ZOO DINOSAUR SAFARI walking trail! Get “lit” in our new ILLUMINATED PLAYGROUND, with lighted swings, seesaws, and more. Play NEW GAMES including 60 second challenges at the Tournament Zone, EXPANDED TRIVIA, and Name That Tune, and take photos with illuminated characters!

Plus, enjoy MORE VIP EXCLUSIVES than ever before, including exclusive beer and wine sampling areas, new locations and photo ops throughout the park, and exclusive VIP swag.

And of course, your favorite Brew at the Zoo classics return, with sample bites from food trucks and zoo cafes, and tastings of more than 100 varieties of beer, wine and cider.

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ART FEST

Wednesday, June 29th from 4:00-6:00pm

Come share your art with folks from the Mott Haven community! We’ll be serving up $6 cocktails and $6 tacos for the event.

Please RSVP by messaging @MaeMaePlantCafe on Instagram or buy emailing maemaecafe@greatperformances.com. 

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AROUND THE TABLE: STORIES OF THE FOODS WE LOVE

Saturday, June 4th through Sunday, September 11th from 10:00am-6:00pm

A Celebration of the Art and Science of Edible Plants

Food is at the center of many of life’s most important events. When we gather together for a meal, the dishes we share often tell a story—and we share a bit of ourselves. Explore the rich cultural history of what we eat throughout this multifaceted, engaging exhibition that examines the art and science of foodways and food traditions, many dating back thousands of years. From global dietary staples such as rice, beans, squash, and corn to the regional spice and flavor provided by peppers, greens, and tomatoes, plants are at the base of all culinary customs. Discover the diversity and beauty of plants that are grown for cuisine around the world. Across NYBG’s 250-acre landscape, uncover the botanical origins of the foods you think you know; gain a deeper understanding of the environmental and social impacts of food choices throughout history; and gather at artist-designed tables that explore the significance of the featured plants, bringing to life inspiring stories of community and survival.

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EDIBLE ACADEMY FRESH FROM THE GARDEN TASTINGS

Every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:00pm and 4:00pm

Get hands-on with healthy cooking using new recipes featuring plants grown in the Edible Academy. NYBG staff create these family-friendly recipes using seasonal vegetables, fruits, and herbs, and kids and adults alike can learn how garden-to-table cooking is not only nutritious, but fun, too. While you’re exploring the Edible Academy, get hands-on with the crops in the vegetable garden during Dig! Plant! Grow! each month.

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PELHAM BAY PARK FOREST RESTORATION

Friday, June 10th from 9:00am-12:00pm

Location: Meet at the north side of Orchard Beach Parking Lot

Free to Join

Volunteer with the Stewardship Team to protect the forested areas in Pelham Bay Park! Volunteers will contribute to ongoing restoration work and learn the importance of species diversity to ecosystem health.

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PELHAM BAY PARK MILE-A-MINUTE CHALLENGE

Saturday, June 18th from 9:00am-12:00pm

Location: Meet at the north side of Orchard Beach Parking Lot

Free to Join

NYC Parks needs your help to defend Pelham Bay Park against the mile-a-minute vine! The annual Persicaria perfoliata vine is capable of growing up to six inches a day, often destroying young trees in the process.

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THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC CONCERTS IN THE PARKS: VAN CORTLANDT PARK

Tuesday, June 14th from 8:00pm-10:00pm

Location: Enter the park from Broadway, near West 251st Street. The concert site is north of the baseball fields.

Free to Join

The New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, have become an iconic New York summer experience since they began in 1965, transforming parks throughout the city into a patchwork of picnickers and providing music lovers with an opportunity to hear classical music under the stars. This beloved series returns in June 2022 after two years of cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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LEARN TO RIDE A BIKE: BRONX EVENT

Saturday, June 18th from 11:0am-2:00pm

Location: Southwest Playground

This service will offer a variety of techniques geared towards developing the participants knowledge in learning how to ride a bike.

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