EXCITING EVENTS AROUND THE BRONX: FEBRUARY 2024

By Great Performances

Explore exciting community events around the Bronx this month.

BRONX CALLING

THE SIXTH AIM BIENNIAL

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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SKETCHY SATURDAYS

Saturday, February 10th, 2024 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm

FREE!

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!”

Click here to learn more

WINTER WORK DAY AT THE FOODWAY

Saturday, February 17th from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Concrete Plant Park

Come lend a hand at the Bronx River Foodway Saturday, February 17th from 10a-12p!

Learn how to prune plants and help us lay mulch.

All planting materials and equipment will be provided. Please wear clothing appropriate for outdoor weather and gardening/cleaning activities.

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: HERBAL BREWS, HUES AND MAYA ANGELOU

Sunday, February 11th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Crotona Nature Center

Celebrate Black History Month with NYC Parks! Enjoy a heartwarming cup of tea along with poetry by Maya Angelou, and create your own written or visual masterpiece to bestow on your beloved.

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FULL MOON FESTIVAL LANTERN CRAFT

Sunday, February 25th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Crotona Nature Center

Learn about the relationship between the full moon and lantern festivals while making your own lantern!

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ONE BOOK ON BRONX

GIOVANNI’S ROOM BY JAMES BALDWIN

Tuesdays, 7-8:30p: Feb 6, 13, 20, & 27 on Zoom

Saturdays, 12-1:30p: Feb 3, 11*, 17, 24, & Mar 2
The Bronx Museum, 1040 Grand Concourse

ONE BOOK ONE BRONX READS GIOVANNI’S ROOM

James Baldwin’s controversial novel has brought forth complex discussions surrounding a multitude of issues, including representations of homosexuality, bisexuality, and struggles with internalized homophobia. Alongside these prevalent discourses, the novel also raises concepts of social alienation, identity, masculinity, and manhood in the public eye.

James Baldwin at 100 encompasses discussions, panels, screenings, and exhibitions focusing on a wide array of literary works and ideas. Collaborators include The Bronx Museum, The Bronx Music Heritage Center, BronxArtSpace, the James Baldwin Outdoor Learning Center, and Lehman College among others.

One Book One Bronx hosts weekly restorative conversations on a diverse selection of books. The discussions are reflective of the borough’s racial, economic, and gender demographics, and aim to build bridges for engagement while reigniting a passion for reading.

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THE ORCHID SHOW:

FLORALS IN FASHION

February 17th through April 21st

Strike a pose! The Orchid Show brings the catwalk to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory in a fashion-inspired celebration of all things orchids—and we want YOU at the center of the sartorial experience. Catch the bold new designs of New York’s rising stars of the stitch with work by Collina Strada by Hillary Taymour, Dauphinette by Olivia Cheng, and FLWR PSTL by Kristen Alpaugh, fashionistas sure to create dramatic, picture-perfect floral displays at the Garden that always capture the orchid’s good side. This is your chance to “walk the runway” and show off your own personal flare, your love for orchids, and your fashion-forward connections to the natural world. Because florals are always en vogue at NYBG.

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THE ORCHID DINNER 2024

Thursday, February 22nd at 6:30pm

Location: The Plaza Hotel

The New York Botanical Garden will host one of the most enchanting events of the winter season, The Orchid Dinner, at The Plaza Hotel on Thursday, February 22, 2024.

Known for its wondrous and inventive orchid centerpieces, The Orchid Dinner will celebrate the Garden’s fashion-forward The Orchid Show: Florals in Fashion. Guests are invited to enjoy cocktails and a sale of exceptional and rare orchids carefully selected by NYBG’s curators followed by an elegant dinner and dancing.

Proceeds from The Orchid Dinner support the Garden’s global plant research and conservation initiatives, and programs in horticulture and education for all ages—all to help protect the Earth’s biodiversity.

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KIDS WEEK

Even when school’s out, our parks are still the city’s natural classroom! Bring your kids to parks throughout the city for Kids Week during mid-winter recess. With programs led by our Urban Park Rangers, kids will get to experience nature in a hands-on and fun way.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, February 20th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join the Urban Park Rangers on a fun nature scavenger hunt!

Birding for Kids

Friday, February 23rd from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Bird watching can be fun, especially during the winter season. Learn all about different ways to identify birds in our parks.

WINTER MUSHROOM ID HIKE

Saturday, February 24th from 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Section 2 Orchard Beach

While plants enjoy their winter’s sleep, many fungi are active in our parks! Join the Urban Park Rangers on a hike through Hunter Island to explore seasonal mushrooms.

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BIRDING: BALD EAGLE WATCH

Saturday, February 3rd from 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Palisade Avenue and Spaulding Lane in Riverdale Park

New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots. Winter is a spectacular time for observing bald eagles in New York City parks. See if you can spot any on this adventure with our Urban Park Rangers. Please dress warmly and wear comfortable footwear.

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SETON FALLS PARKS FOREST RESTORATION

Saturday, February 17th from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Entrance – East 233rd Street and Baychester Avenue

Volunteer with the Stewardship Team to protect the forested areas in Seton Falls Park! Volunteers will contribute to ongoing restoration work and learn the importance of species diversity to ecosystem health. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long sleeves, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. Face masks may be worn at your discretion. Space is limited and registration is required. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone. This event has been funded in part by NYC Service.

Click here to learn more

THE SOUNDVIEW GARDENER’S CLUB

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.

Click here to learn more

NYRR OPEN RUN: SOUNDVIEW PARK

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!

Click here to learn more

NYRR OPEN RUN: ST. MARY’S PARK

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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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: SCIENCE FICTION STORYTELLING HIKE

Sunday, February 18th from 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center

Celebrate Black History Month with NYC Parks! Explore the connection between the natural world and science fiction with this storytelling hike and fire-side chat. Listen to the works of Octavia Butler while walking the trails at dusk. Afterwards, cozy up to the fire and share your thoughts!

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VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS HOLIDAY WORKSHOP

Sunday, February 11th from 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center

Join Williamsbridge Oval for DIY Crafts for children. This fun do-it yourself, Valentines’ arts and crafts program teaches how to create projects.

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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.

Read more about it here.

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.

SCREENING, DISCUSSION, AND EXHIBITION WALKTHROUGH

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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BRONX CALLING

THE SIXTH AIM BIENNIAL

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.

Click here to learn more

HOLIDAY LIGHTS

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

Click here to learn more

SKETCHY SATURDAYS

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

FREE!

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!”

Click here to learn more

CHILDREN’S BOOK SIGNING WITH BRONX BOUND BOOKS & JANELLE HARPER

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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HART ISLAND TOUR

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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HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW®

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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BAR CAR NIGHTS

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!

Click here to learn more

NEW YEAR’S DAY BEACH HIKE

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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THE SOUNDVIEW GARDENER’S CLUB

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.

Click here to learn more

NYRR OPEN RUN: SOUNDVIEW PARK

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!

Click here to learn more

NYRR OPEN RUN: ST. MARY’S PARK

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.

Click here to learn more

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.

Read more about it here.

EXCITING EVENTS AROUND THE BRONX: DECEMBER 2023

By Great Performances

Explore exciting community events around the Bronx this month.

THE BRONX VEGAN BAZAAR

Every Wednesday from 4:00pm to 9:00pm

August 23rd through December 27th

Wellness leaders and local vegans come together again to host at the Andrew Freedman Home in The Bronx.

The vegan food expo will feature more than 20 vegan vendors serving food, natural juices, delicious pastries, and just spreading wellness.

Our founding members consisted of a vegan chef, a seasoned food vendor, an award-winning event planner, a native Bronx DJ, community residents, and a common goal to spread wellness, food, and love to the Bronx.

With each experience our members grow along with the community.

Click here to learn more

FAMILY DAY: WINTER WONDERLAND

Saturday, December 9th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Celebrate the holiday season with The Bronx Museum! Join us on Saturday, December 9th from 1-4pm for an afternoon filled with festive wintry art making activities for the whole family.

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TREE PLANTING AT MUSKRAT COVE

Thursday, December 7th from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Woodlawn Metro-North Station – nearest address 4225 Webster Ave, Bronx

Help preserve vital habitat along the Bronx river by planting native trees in Muskrat Cove along the Bronx River!

Find our team near the Parking Lot for the Woodlawn Metro-North (entrance to Muskrat Cove Park) on Thursday December 7th from 9am-12pm.

Please wear protective clothing that can get dirty (long pants and closed toed shoes), and bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.

All planting materials and equipment will be provided.

Click here to learn more

HOLIDAY LIGHTS

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

Click here to learn more

HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW®

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.

Click here to learn more

BAR CAR NIGHTS

December 7th & 14th; 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!

Click here to learn more

PELHAM BAY PARK FOREST RESTORATION

Saturday, December 9th from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Pelham Bay Nature Center in Pelham Bay Park

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. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long sleeves, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. Face masks may be worn at your discretion. Space is limited and registration is required. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone. This event has been funded in part by NYC Service.

Click here to learn more

SEAL EXPLORATION

Saturday, December 9th from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Orchard Beach Nature Center in Pelham Bay Park

New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Winter is an amazing time of year to observe seals in the Long Island Sound. You may be surprised by what looks like a rock in the distance, is actually a healthy seal.

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SNEAKER REVAMP

Tuesday, December 5th & 12th from 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center in Poe Park

This program is for children who would like to know the fundamentals and basics of learning to refurbish their clothes such as shoes and clothing. This program is for those who want to learn more about self-designing and recycling clothes.

Instructor: Kelize St. Brenard

Click here to learn more

THE SOUNDVIEW GARDENER’S CLUB

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.

Click here to learn more

NYRR OPEN RUN: SOUNDVIEW PARK

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!

Click here to learn more

VAN CORTLANDT SUPER HIKE

Sunday, December 3rd from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center in Van Cortlandt Park

Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. Urban Park Rangers will lead hikers through some of the hidden gems of Van Cortlandt Park on a lengthy journey through the park’s diverse forests and ecosystems.

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ASTRONOMY: THE DECEMBER SKY

Saturday, December 9th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center in Van Cortlandt Park

December is a prime month for stargazing. The cold air clears the night sky of clouds and creates ideal conditions for seeing the stars, planets, and other celestial highlights.

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HOLIDAY WREATH MAKING

Thursday, December 7th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center
3225 Reservoir Oval East, Bronx

Learn how to create your own natural holiday wreath for indoors or outdoors. All supplies will be provided along with natural pine cones and ribbon to decorate your own handmade, festive wreath. Bring your favorite decorations to add as well!

This event is hosted by NYC Parks GreenThumb. We are proud to be the nation’s largest urban community gardening program, sustaining over 550 gardens throughout New York City. With GreenThumb’s support, community gardens are centers of environmental justice, ensuring that our city is fairer, safer, and greener for all. GreenThumb’s events are free and open to the public.

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IT’S A WINTER WONDERLAND

Friday, December 8th from 4:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center
3225 Reservoir Oval East, Bronx

It’s a Winter Wonderland at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center. Families and children are invited to join us for some winter fun as we bring in the season with icicles and snowflakes. Activities will include arts and crafts, winter games, and a special visit from
Santa himself. Instructor: Ana Torres

Click here to learn more

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.

Read more about it here.

EXCITING EVENTS AROUND THE BRONX: NOVEMBER 2023

By Great Performances

Explore exciting community events around the Bronx this month.

THE BRONX VEGAN BAZAAR

Every Wednesday from 4:00pm to 9:00pm

August 23rd through December 27th

Wellness leaders and local vegans come together again to host at the Andrew Freedman Home in The Bronx.

The vegan food expo will feature more than 20 vegan vendors serving food, natural juices, delicious pastries, and just spreading wellness.

Our founding members consisted of a vegan chef, a seasoned food vendor, an award-winning event planner, a native Bronx DJ, community residents, and a common goal to spread wellness, food, and love to the Bronx.

With each experience our members grow along with the community.

Click here to learn more

Image: Installation view of Michael Richards: Are You Down?.
Photograph by Argenis Apolinario.

CURATOR TOUR

MICHAEL RICHARDS: ARE YOU DOWN?

Saturday, November 18th from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Join curators Alex Fialho and Melissa Levin for a drop-in tour of the retrospective Michael Richards: Are You Down?. They will discuss Michael Richards’s visionary artworks, highlighting his incisive sculpture and drawing practice as well as themes he engaged throughout his body of work including Blackness, flight, diaspora, spirituality, police brutality, and monuments. Levin and Fialho will also speak to collaborating with Richards’s family and friends to honor his life and legacy and to continue to share his artwork. Richards’s cousin Dawn Dale, longtime steward of his estate, will also be present for the event.

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TREE PLANTING IN BRONX PARK

Thursday, November 16th from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Bronx Park entrance, 204th street & Webster Ave

Help preserve vital habitat along the river by planting native trees in Bronx Park!

Find our team at the 204th street & Webster ave entrance in Bronx Park on Wednesday, November 16th from 9:00am-12pm.

Please wear protective clothing that can get dirty (long pants and closed toed shoes), and bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.

All planting materials and equipment will be provided.

Click here to learn more

HOLIDAY LIGHTS

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

Click here to learn more

FALL FOLIAGE HIKE

Saturday, November 11th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Crotona Nature Center in Crotona Park

Discover the nature and beauty of Crotona Park on a colorful autumn hike with the Urban Park Rangers. We will take in the scenic views of autumn while learning how to identify some of the foliage.

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AUTUMN PUPPET SHOW

Sunday, November 26th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Crotona Nature Center in Crotona Park

The Urban Park Rangers welcome you for some seasonal themed puppet shows! Learn more about the autumn season from our local wildlife puppets.

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NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

November 1st through 30th

Location: at the Garden

 

Join NYBG to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. On-site programming in and around the Thain Family Forest as well as digital offerings highlight the plant-based traditions of Native Americans from the Northeast and throughout the Americas.

NYBG is located on land that is part of Lenapehoking, the traditional homeland of the Lenni Lenape people, which extends from northern Delaware north to the Hudson Valley, and from eastern Pennsylvania to western Connecticut. The Lenape lived in this territory for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans, and still maintain their communities and cultural practices in this area today.

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HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW®

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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THE PELHAM BAY SUPER HIKE

Saturday, November 18th from 11:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Pelham Bay Nature Center in Pelham Bay Park

Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. Urban Park Rangers will lead hikers through some of the hidden gems of Pelham Bay Park on a lengthy journey through the park’s diverse forests and ecosystems. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

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SEAL EXPLORATION

Sunday, November 19th from 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Orchard Beach Nature Center in Pelham Bay Park

New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. This is an amazing time of year to observe seals in the Long Island Sound. You may be surprised by what looks like a rock in the distance, is actually a healthy seal.

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THE SOUNDVIEW GARDENER’S CLUB

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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POST-THANKSGIVING DAY HIKE: CASS GALLAGHER TRAIL

Friday, November 24th from 11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Broadway and Mosholu Avenue in Van Cortlandt Park

On this Friday, work off your Thanksgiving feast while enjoying the great outdoors. Join the Urban Park Rangers for a hike! This hike will be in the north woods of the park on the Cass Gallagher trail. Comfortable walking footwear highly recommended.

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HISTORIC NEW YORK: OLD CROTON AQUEDUCT

Saturday, November 25th from 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Entrance – 242nd Street and Van Cortlandt Park East in Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx

Urban Park Rangers specialize in the interpretation of historic turning points, both natural and man-made, in our city’s long history. Our Historic New York programs highlight the history and architecture of selected neighborhoods or parks. Join the Urban Park Rangers to explore what remains of New York City’s first water supply system.

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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.

Read more about it here.

EXCITING EVENTS AROUND THE BRONX: OCTOBER 2023

By Great Performances

Explore exciting community events around the Bronx this month.

THE BRONX VEGAN BAZAAR

Every Wednesday from 4:00pm to 9:00pm

August 23rd through December 27th

Wellness leaders and local vegans come together again to host at the Andrew Freedman Home in The Bronx.

The vegan food expo will feature more than 20 vegan vendors serving food, natural juices, delicious pastries, and just spreading wellness.

Our founding members consisted of a vegan chef, a seasoned food vendor, an award-winning event planner, a native Bronx DJ, community residents, and a common goal to spread wellness, food, and love to the Bronx.

With each experience our members grow along with the community.

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38TH ANNUAL BRONX HALLOWEEN PARADE

Saturday, October 28th from 12:00pm to 5:00pm

The Bronx Community Board #2 proudly presents the Annual Bronx Halloween Day Parade.

This community-based event is heading into its 38th year and is a safe space for all children and adults to enjoy Halloween festivities. The parade, now deemed a city-wide event, has already been considered the second largest Halloween Parade in New York City.

After the parade, guests will gather at Bill Rainey Park to enjoy an artist showcase featuring surprise celebrity guests, politicians, marching bands, costume contests with cash prizes and distribution of candy for all!

New Parade Route:Southern Blvd. & Westchester Ave. heading South on Southern Blvd turning right onto Intervale Ave & concluding at Dawson St.

Join Us in on the fun!

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FILM SCREENING: GOING TO MARS: THE NIKKI GIOVANNI PROJECT

Thursday, October 5th at 7:00pm

Join us for a free screening of Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project directed by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson (2023).

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the Sundance U.S. Documentary Competition, this beguiling documentary portrait follows poet and activist Nikki Giovanni as she approaches 80. The film explores Giovanni’s Afrofuturist-feminist philosophical outlook as well as her poignant relationship with her family, her political audacity, and her poetic eloquence, all knit together with a constant eye and ear for its subject’s own aesthetic verve. Looking back at a personal life and history cast in the long shadow of American racism, and forward to hopeful, possible futures, Giovanni acts as our guide and narrator, with refreshingly unorthodox filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson refraining from traditional chronologies or talking-head conventions. Going to Mars is fueled by constant intellectual engagement and radical imagination in the search for emotional and political fulfillment in a world of disenfranchisement. An HBO Documentary Films release.

This free film screening is in partnership with the 61st New York Film Festival. Free registration is required; walk-ins will be accommodated if capacity allows.

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

IN CONVERSATION: MICHAEL RICHARDS, NEW YORK, AND THE 1990S

Thursday, October 12th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Michael Richards was active in community and practice throughout the 1990s, a storied time in the New York City art world. Offering a personal portrait of Michael Richards and a chronology of his time in New York City, this dynamic conversation will animate Richards’s creative histories across The Bronx Museum, Bronx Council on the Arts, Longwood Arts Project, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Studio Museum in Harlem, REPOhistory artists’ collective, and more.

Panelists:
Nicole Awai, artist, Bronx Museum AIM Fellowship alum
Kinshasha Holman Conwill, Deputy Director Emerita of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and former Director of The Studio Museum in Harlem
Moukhtar Kocache, former Director of Programs and Services at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Betti-Sue Hertz, Director and Chief Curator, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University and former Director of Longwood Arts Project

This conversation will be moderated by Jakeya Caruthers, Assistant Professor, English and Africana Studies, Drexel University.

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GARDENING TUESDAY AT THE FOODWAY!

Tuesday, October 17th from 10:00am to 12:00pm

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

Join the Bronx River Alliance select Tuesdays from 10a-12pm for stewardship activities such as litter removal, weeding, mulching, watering & planting at different gardens along the Bronx River!

On Tuesday, October 17th, we will be stewarding the Foodway at Concrete Plant Park. We will meet volunteers at Concrete Plant Park (1370 Westchester Ave) Bronx, NY

Please wear clothing appropriate for outdoor weather and gardening/cleaning activities. We also recommend bringing snacks and a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated.

All gloves and tools needed will be provided by the Alliance.

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FREE COMMUNITY PADDLING IN STARLIGHT PARK

Saturday, October 28th from 11:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Starlight Park

Join us on Saturday, October 28th, 2023, for a Free Community Paddle at Starlight Park from 11 AM to 3 PM. This is a great activity for beginners and families to join. Canoes will be available for partners and families, and kayaks will be available for solo paddlers.

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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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NATURE’S WORKSHOP: NATURE CALLIGRAPHY

Sunday, October 1st from 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Crotona Nature Center in Crotona Park

Learn how nature influences the art of Chinese calligraphy and learn to write some words yourself. Learn the evolution of symbols representing the natural world. Give it a try using brush and paper to practice these symbols.

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NATURE’S WORKSHOP: NATURAL DYES WORKSHOP

Sunday, October 15th from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Crotona Nature Center in Crotona Park

Join the Urban Park Rangers for the Nature’s Workshop series. Each program in this series explores its topic in-depth and allows you to develop a skill, participate in a hands-on project, and indulge your curiosity. Get inspired by the changing seasons and let the colors of fall flow in your artwork. The Urban Park Rangers will provide the supplies, all you need to bring is your creativity.

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FORDHAM PLAZA

BRONX NIGHT MARKET

Saturday, October 28th from 1:00pm to 7:00pm

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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FALL-O-WEEN

Now through October 29th

Location: at the Garden

Make NYBG your pumpkin headquarters this fall! The tricks and treats of the season come to life with plentiful pumpkins, gourds, and ghouls—and all sorts of fun-filled activities to celebrate this season of frights and foliage! Day or night, there’s something for everyone as we offer special weekends of pumpkin parades and pumpkin carving face-offs, as well as the return of our popular beer sampling weekend, Bales & Ales! Evening events give kids (and adults!) the chance to show off their Halloween costumes in New York City’s most beautiful landscape, while you can savor the flavors of the season with artisan demos, food and drink talks, and so much more as autumn in the Bronx brings vibrant color to your backyard.

While you’re here, don’t miss your opportunity to capture picture-perfect fall photos at the Reflecting Pool and on the adjacent lawn, where you’ll find hundreds of pumpkins and gourds of all shapes, sizes, and colors!

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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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CITY OF FOREST DAY: HUNTER ISLAND HIKE

Saturday, October 14th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Section 2 Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park, Bronx

Celebrate City of Forest Day with NYC Parks! City of Forest Day is an annual day of activities across the city to raise awareness of the importance of the New York City urban forest. Join the Urban Park Rangers as we hike through one of these urban forests on Hunter Island!

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THE HAUNTED ISLANDS OF ORCHARD BEACH

Saturday, October 28th from 5:00am to 6:30pm

Location: Orchard Beach Nature Center in Pelham Bay Park

The islands that surround Orchard Beach are shrouded in myth and legend. Join the Urban Park Rangers to find out what’s true and what’s myth when it comes to these historic places.

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HIKE-TOBERFEST

Saturday, October 21st from 1:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: Van Cortlandt House Museum in Van Cortlandt Park
Broadway at West 246th Street, Bronx

Support the Park!
Hike-then-sip at VCPA’s Annual Hike-toberfest!

All registered hike participants will receive a VCPA Beanie!

All Hikes:

Are led by skilled guides;
Finish at approximately 4:00pm… please take note of start times;
Begin and end at the Van Cortlandt House Museum;
Require onsite check-in. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time for your hike.

Oktoberfest:

Held from 4:00 to 6:00pm
German food by Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten;
Local beer, Alternative Medicine Brewing Company, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company and more, served with in VCPA souvenir mug by our good friends from the Bronx Beer Hall;
Lloyd’s Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Yard games on the Van Cortlandt House Museum lawn;
Live music;
Raffle tickets will be sold at the event for the chance to win terrific prizes!

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NATURE’S WORKSHOP: NATURAL CORDAGE MAKING AND WEAVING

Sunday, October 22nd from 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center in Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx

Each program in this series explores its topic in-depth and allows you to develop a skill, participate in a hands-on project, and indulge your curiosity. Learn how to make twine and baskets out of natural materials such as plants, bark and branches.

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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.

Read more about it here.

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

Click here to learn more

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.

Click here to learn more

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.

Click here to learn more

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.

Click here to learn more

…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.

Click here to learn more

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.

Read more about it here.

EXCITING EVENTS AROUND THE BRONX: AUGUST 2023

By Great Performances

Explore exciting community events around the Bronx this month.

ON EXHIBIT: DIANNE SMITH: TWO TURNTABLES & A MICROPHONEREAD

July 7th though August 20th

One two, one two…Party people in the place to be…Let me hear you say, hey, ho…

When you hear these lyrics at a hip-hop party you know it’s about to be a good time filled with music, dancing, joy, and community. Dianne Smith’s exhibition Two Turntables & a Microphone celebrates Black joy and expressions of identity that hip-hop has fostered through its community-building power. Hip-hop parties during the 1970s, created with virtually nothing more than two turntables and a microphone, have played a large role in the lives of Bronx youth, especially in the early days of hip-hop. Through these gatherings Bronx-native Smith, like many others, found a space filled with creativity, freedom, hope, and love. With this year marking the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, Smith celebrates this milestone by paying homage to hip-hop’s Bronx roots and its role in empowering communities across the world through a large-scale and site-specific interdisciplinary installation.

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OLD-SCHOOL CHAT & JAM!

Friday, August 4th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Dust off your boomboxes. Shine your gold chains. Lace up your Adidas. We’re keeping it old-school to celebrate the new exhibition Dianne Smith: Two Turntables & a Microphone and the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.

Before the party gets started join us from 6–6:45 PM for an engaging conversation about the communal and creative elements of hip-hop and the Bronx with Smith and hip-hop legends: Easy A. D. (The Cold Crush Brothers), Sparky D and Pete Nice (3rd Bass). Moderated by guest curator, Souleo.

Afterward, the party officially gets started with DJ Kevie Kev Rockwell spinning old-school tunes.

Old-school hip-hop attire and dance moves are not required, but are highly encouraged.

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BRONX RIVER WATER & WOODLANDS FESTIVAL

Saturday, August 5th from 11:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Burke Avenue Bridge

Come celebrate the Bronx River with us! On Saturday, August 5th, join us in the Bronx River Forest at Burke Avenue Bridge for an exploration of the Bronx River’s beautiful biodiversity. Become an ecologist for a day and learn about the major parts of this amazing urban ecosystem: the water, soil, plants, and of course the wonderful wildlife that calls this river home. Some activities include:

  • Bird watching
  • Plant ID tour
  • Wildlife showcase and investigation
  • Hands-on science demos
  • Free community soil testing
  • Nature scavenger hunt
  • Arts and crafts station
  • and more!

This event is free and open to all ages. We hope to see you there!

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TEXTILE TALES

Every Saturday through August 19th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: Burke Avenue Bridge in Bronx Forest

Join textile artists from the New School in this FREE series centered around community storytelling through textile making. Learn about natural dyes, basketry, embroidery, and crochet! Supplies and materials provided. No registration is needed!

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SUMMER CAMP AT THE BRONX ZOO

All Summer!

Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Bronx Zoo is WILD about camp! Our summer camp allows campers to explore our 265-acre zoo and learn about animals and nature like never before! Campers will be engaged all week with fun activities, exhibit explorations and animal encounters.

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NATURE PUPPET SHOW

Sunday, August 6th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Crotona Nature Center in Crotona Park

The Urban Park Rangers welcome you for some nature themed puppet shows! Learn more about animals that can be found in our local parks.

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IT’S MY PARK AT CROTONA PARK

Friday, August 11th from 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Clinton Playground in Crotona Park

This It’s My Park season, volunteer with Future Star Productions: Performing Arts & Youth Enhancement Program to remove litter and paint park benches at Clinton Playground located within Crotona Park. We look forward to cleaning up the park with you!

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FORDHAM PLAZA

BRONX NIGHT MARKET

7/29, 8/26, 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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FAMILY CAMPING: BRONX

Friday, August 18th, 7:00pm to Saturday, August 19th, 8:00am

Location: Section 2 Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park

We camp to create lasting memories, connect with the natural world, and bond with our families. The Urban Park Rangers celebrate the tradition of camping and we look forward to welcoming your family. Families are chosen by lottery. Lottery registration opens on Wednesday August 9th.

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SEINING AND SHORE EXPLORATION

Sunday, August 27th from 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Section 2 Orchard Beach

Explore the shore of Orchard Beach and get ready to get your hands wet; seining program participants don waders and use large nets to catch fish and other marine life. All equipment is provided; this program is recommended for ages 8 years and older.

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STARLIGHT CINEMA: OUTER SPACE

Every Tuesday, starting July 11th through August 8th

Location: Van Cortlandt Park Parade Ground

  • 7:00pm: Music of 1956, 1968, 1977, 2014
  • 7:30pm: Movie-themed Crafts
  • 8:30’ish pm: Movies Begin at Last Light

July 11: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

July 18: Planet of the Apes (1968)

July 25: Star Wars (1977)

August 1: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

August 8: Story Ave (2023) * Presented by Rooftop Films. Meet Bronx born filmmaker Aristotle Torres! *

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WATER CHESTNUT WEDNESDAYS: VOLUNTEER IN VAN CORTLANDT PARK

July 12th through August 9th

Every Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: Van Cortlandt Golf House in Van Cortlandt Park

Join the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance for Water Chestnut Wednesdays as we work together to maintain the health of Hester and Miro’s Mill Pond. Water chestnuts are an invasive aquatic species that, if left unchecked, can disrupt the local ecosystem.

Throughout the summer, we’ll meet every Wednesday from 9 am – 12 pm at the Van Cortlandt Park Golf Clubhouse. From there, we’ll head out to the pond with waders and gloves, getting in the water to tackle this invasive plant’s spread.

No previous experience is required, and we will provide all necessary equipment. Bring your adventurous spirit, plenty of water, a hat, and an extra pair of socks. Make sure to RSVP as spaces are limited – we are taking the first 30 respondents for each Wednesday.

This is a great opportunity to get your feet wet (literally!) in conservation work, learn more about your local ecosystem, and make a positive impact on your park. We look forward to seeing you there!

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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: JULY 2023

By Great Performances

Explore exciting community events around the Bronx this month.

OPENING RECEPTION! DIANNE SMITH: TWO TURNTABLES & A MICROPHONEREAD

Friday, July 7th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Hip-hop hooray! Join us for a festive opening celebration of Dianne Smith: Two Turntables & a Microphone, featuring a special live appearance by legendary rapper, Slick Rick.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, we will debut Smith’s site-specific multimedia installation. The exhibition celebrates Black joy and expressions of identity that hip-hop has fostered through its community-building power, as evidenced by the parties back in the day.

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Image: Darrel Ellis, Untitled (Friends), 1990.
Graphite, ink, and ink wash on paper. Framed 24 3/4 x 30 3/4 in.

GALLERY CONVERSATION
DARREL ELLIS: REGENERATION

Saturday, July 15th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Join The Bronx Museum, and Visual AIDS alongside Susan Spencer Crowe, Joe Lewis, Liora Mondlak, and James Wentzy in a gallery conversation around Darrel Ellis: Regeneration and their experiences with Ellis and his work, facilitated by the exhibition’s Curatorial Fellow Kyle Croft.

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THE BRONX RIVER LIVING FESTIVAL

Saturday, July 15th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Concrete Plant Park

This fun, free, family-friendly event will be a celebration of our waterfront park, and an opportunity to participate in dialogue about our community’s resiliency in the face of climate change.

The Festival will include:

  • Canoeing paddle-and-pick-up: Participants help clean up the Bronx River, while on a guided canoe tour to learn more about this incredible natural resource and ways to protect, improve, and restore it. Spots are limited, find more information below.
  • Foodway Tour: Learn about one of NYC’s only edible food forests on public land.
  • Hydration Station: Enjoy teas made with local plants from the Bronx River Foodway, and learn how to make your own!
  • Eastern Woodlands Exhibit: Learn how local indigenous people lived along the Bronx River for thousands of years.
  • Community Art Project about the life of the Bronx River
  • Informational tabling for the Bronx River Watershed Plan: Help develop a Climate Resiliency Plan for the Bronx River.
  • Healing Drumming Circle
  • Live Music
  • Educational tabling from partners and more!

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MORGAN POWELL’S BRONX RIVER WALKING TOUR

Sunday, July 16th from 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: New York Botanical Garden (reflection pool)

Join historian Terrel L Armistead in a special tour along the Bronx River at New York Botanical Garden as they share the stories and histories of Bronx African Americans who built the Bronx and supported its development. This tour is centered around Morgan Powell’s legacy centered in researching and documenting the little known history of Bronx African American people and their contribution to the eco-cultural history of NYC. You can read more of these histories can be found in detail in his blog called Bronx Sankofa.

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SUMMER CAMP AT THE BRONX ZOO

All Summer!

Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Bronx Zoo is WILD about camp! Our summer camp allows campers to explore our 265-acre zoo and learn about animals and nature like never before! Campers will be engaged all week with fun activities, exhibit explorations and animal encounters.

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OUTDOOR SKILLS: SURVIVAL 101

Saturday, July 8th from 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Crotona Nature Center in Crotona Park

Our Urban Park Rangers are well versed in outdoor lore. Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life. Whether you are preparing for an extended journey through the woods or just want to be more prepared for any situation, an outdoor skills program is the perfect fit for you. Join the Urban Park Rangers as we discuss how to pack and prepare for any potential survival situation.

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SEASONAL BERRY JAM

Saturday, July 8th from 11:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Watson Room 101

Get a little messy making seasonal berry jam! Trained in preservation techniques at Cornell, Stephen Nocera will show you three distinct methods of jamming, using less sugar and no additives or pectin. You’ll come away with the techniques and recipes you need to keep jamming at home, as well as three delicious jams that will transport you back to summer whenever you reach for a jar.

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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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CANOEING: ISLAND HOPPING

Saturday, July 9th from 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Canoe and Kayak Launch in Pelham Bay Park (northwest corner of Orchard Beach parking lot)

Spend a afternoon exploring the islands that surround the Orchard Beach estuary by canoe. Experienced paddlers only. Participants are chosen by lottery. Lottery registration opens on Wednesday June 28.

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CITY OF WATER DAY: SEINING AND SHORE EXPLORATION

Saturday, July 15th from 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Section 2 Orchard Beach

Celebrate City of Water Day with our experienced Urban Park Rangers. Explore the shore of Orchard Beach and get ready to get your hands wet; seining program participants don waders and use large nets to catch fish and other marine life. All equipment is provided; this program is recommended for ages 8 years and older.

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STARLIGHT CINEMA: OUTER SPACE

Every Tuesday, starting July 11th through August 8th

Location: Van Cortlandt Park Parade Ground

  • 7:00pm: Music of 1956, 1968, 1977, 2014
  • 7:30pm: Movie-themed Crafts
  • 8:30’ish pm: Movies Begin at Last Light

July 11: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

July 18: Planet of the Apes (1968)

July 25: Star Wars (1977)

August 1: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

August 8: Story Ave (2023) * Presented by Rooftop Films. Meet Bronx born filmmaker Aristotle Torres! *

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NYC PARKS PRESENTS: TYE DYE IN THE BRONX

Tuesday, July 18th from 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: Woodlawn Playground in Van Cortlandt Park

Families and children are invited to join NYC Parks for an afternoon of fun while doing tie-dye with our staff. Participants are encouraged to bring a new tee shirt or clothing for this amazing transformation.

This event is free and open to the public!

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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.

Read more about it here.

EXCITING EVENTS AROUND THE BRONX: JUNE 2023

By Great Performances

Explore exciting community events around the Bronx this month.

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Image: Darrel Ellis, Untitled (Aunt Lena and Grandmother Lilian Ellis), 1990.

OPEN HOUSE
DARREL ELLIS: REGENERATION

Saturday, June 3rd from 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Celebrate the opening of the exhibition Darrel Ellis: Regeneration, with music, family portraits, and more!

Music provided by Uptown Vinyl Supreme
2-5PM Family Portrait Studio with Michael Young
3 PM Curatorial-led tour with Sergio Bessa and Leslie Cozzi

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FILM AND ARCHIVE SCREENING
COSMOS GATE AND AZUL

Saturday, June 17th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Travel through time with exhibiting artist Abigail DeVille and filmmaker Paul Leiber. Join us for the second film and archive screening that unearths lesser known aspects of the Bronx history through unseen documentary footage and recorded oral history narratives. This event is in conjunction with the artist’s survey Bronx Heavens.

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FREE COMMUNITY PADDLING

This is a great activity for beginners and families to join. Canoes will be available for partners and families, and kayaks will be available for solo paddlers.

Saturday, June 3rd at Starlight Park

Saturday, June 10th at Concrete Plant Park

Saturday, June 17th at Starlight Park

Saturday, June 24th at Concrete Plant Park

HUNTS POINT FISH PARADE

Saturday, June 17th from 11:00am to 6:00pm

Location: 940 Garrison Ave, Bronx, NY

The Fish Parade & Arts Festival is an annual procession through Hunts Point connecting the community to the Bronx River. Like shoaling fish, the community marches together in a family-friendly, vibrant celebration. The parade’s vibe combines activism, joy, and community building. Participants often use banners, costumes, and puppets representing marine life. The parade culminates in an arts festival featuring live music, dancing, and art-making. The event is also a platform for Bronx residents and organizations to raise awareness about environmental issues and to advocate for environmental justice.

2023 marks the 20th anniversary of the Fish Parade and Arts Festival. This year’s theme is Rooted Visions. It is an opportunity to honor the achievements and struggles of those who came before us while inspiring us to continue working toward a brighter future.

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BREW AT THE ZOO

Friday, June 16th from 6:00pm to 11:00pm

SUMMER BEGINS AT THE BRONX ZOO!
Brew at the Zoo, your favorite after-hours party for adults ages 21+, is back! Join us outdoors at the beautiful Bronx Zoo for great food, great drinks, great friends, and great memories. There’s no other party quite like this in NYC – what are you gonna do first?

Visit some of your favorite Bronx Zoo animals until 7:30pm – and party with the sea lions all night!

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LGBTQ+ PRIDE MONTH: PRIDE BIRDING

Saturday, June 10th from 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Crotona Nature Center in Crotona Park

Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month with NYC Parks. 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 birds featuring the colors of the LGBTQ+ pride flag, among others.

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NATURE MEDITATION HIKE

Sunday, June 18th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Crotona Nature Center in Crotona Park

Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City and places often off-limits to the general public. On our hikes, you can learn new things, or just take time to unplug from the world. Take a stroll through Crotona Park and immerse yourself in tranquility. This hike will take you through some quiet areas inside the park and allow the participant to disconnect from stress and clear their mind.

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NYC PARKS PRESENTS: NEW YORK MUSIC MONTH CONCERT SERIES

Special Guest: Brenda K. Starr

Saturday, June 17th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 497 Hutchinson River Pkwy (Entrance by Ferry Point Shuttle)

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Parks have teamed up again to present a series of concerts to celebrate New York Music Month! Come join our special guest: Brenda K. Starr.

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DIG! PLANT! GROW!
SALAD DAYS

Tuesday, May 9th through Friday, June 16th

Location: the Garden

Tuesdays–Saturdays; 1:30pm to 5:30 pm
Sundays and Monday Holidays; 10:00am to 5:30pm

Visitors learn about plant parts and edible plant parts with a focus on salad crops, and are invited to pot up their own rainbow salad mix to take home.

Each season offers a new theme to investigate through hands-on activities and take-home projects at the Edible Academy!

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BRONX DAY: JUNETEENTH WEEKEND

Saturday, June 17th from 10:00am to 6:00pm

We are offering complimentary tickets for Bronx residents to visit on June 17. Distribution of tickets is on a first-requested, first-served basis.

This summer, experience the seductive beauty of gardens through the eyes of celebrated contemporary artist Ebony G. Patterson during …things come to thrive…in the shedding…in the molting… 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.

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LGBTQ+ PRIDE MONTH: PRIDE IN THE BRONX

Saturday, June 11th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Section 2 Orchard Beach, Pelham Bay Park

Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month with NYC Parks. Learn about the history and significance of Orchard Beach within the LGBTQ+ community.

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MOVIES UNDER THE STARS: MINIONS: RISE OF GRU

Wednesday, June 21st from 9:00pm to 11:45pm

Location: North Picnic Area, Pelham Bay Park

Grab a blanket and come enjoy a movie in a neighborhood park or playground! This summer, NYC Parks and The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment will host family-friendly movie showings across the five boroughs.

In the 1970s, 12-year-old Gru schemes and plots (with the help of the Minions) to become a member of the Vicious 6, an infamous group of supervillians. Chaos, adventure, and hilarity ensue after he manages to steal a valuable object from their headquarters.

Movies begin at dusk. This event is FREE and open to the public.

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NYC PARKS PRESENTS: SKATE PARTY IN THE BRONX

Monday, June 26th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Southwest Playground, Van Cortlandt Park

Join NYC Parks and Council Member Dinowitz for a Skate Party at Van Cortlandt Park South. Come out and enjoy an afternoon of music, dancing, and skating. Skates will be provided while supplies last or, feel free to bring your own.

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LEARN TO RIDE A BIKE: BRONX EVENT

Saturday, June 29th from 11:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Southwest Playground, Van Cortlandt Park

Children ages 5 years of age and older are invited to join NYC Parks in partnership with Bike New York for a free Learn to Ride a Bike event. Bring a bike, a child and a helmet and learn how to ride a two-wheeler using the “balance first” method.

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EXCITING EVENTS AROUND THE BRONX: MAY 2023

By Great Performances

Explore exciting community events around the Bronx this month.

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Studio once used by Mike Cloud and Abigail DeVille, Yale University (2022). Courtesy of Adrian Martinez

IN CONVERSATION:
ON THE LOWER FREQUENCIES

Saturday, May 6th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Presented in partnership with NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, on the lower frequencies is a roundtable discussion centered on the recent lux et veritas: pushing a white wall exhibition curated by Bonnie Clearwater and publication by Skira. The conversation focuses on a group of art students of color who attended Yale University mainly between 2000 and 2010, and they will share stories on collaborating, in particular through collectives; supporting one another; and ways of achieving critical and personal success within institutional structures. Moderated by cultural practitioner, william cordova, this conversation features Abigail DeVille, Rashawn Griffin, Leslie Hewitt, Jamerry Kim, and Shoshanna Weinberger. Following the discussion will be a walkthrough by Abigail DeVille of her exhibition Bronx Heavens.

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THE AMAZING BRONX RIVER FLOTILLA

Saturday, May 6th from 8:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Shoelace Park to Starlight Park

Join us on Saturday May 6 (rain date: May 20) for a 4-mile paddle down the Bronx River to raise funds for the Alliance’s Paddling Program and the River!

Take advantage of this limited opportunity to paddle through the ONLY freshwater river in all of New York City. We hope to see you there!

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BRONX FOOD AND FARM TOUR

Saturday, May 13th from 10:30am to 1:00pm

Location: River Garden (180th and Devoe Ave)

Celebrate the sites along the beautiful Bronx River during Bronx Week 2023! This tour will visit the longstanding and productive River Garden, one of the oldest community gardens in the Bronx which features large productive beds and sustainable gardening practices including rainwater harvesting and composting, and provides seasonal community events for all. Next we’ll walk to Starlight Park where you’ll enjoy a healthy food tasting and learn more about the Bronx River where dolphins were spotted earlier this year! We’ll close off the tour at the nearby Concrete Plant Park, a former concrete plant that now hosts the Bronx River Foodway, one of NYC’s only edible food forest, growing food and medicinal plants.

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ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH: GINGKO TREE CELEBRATION

Saturday, May 6th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Crotona Nature Center in Crotona Park

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with NYC Parks! Join the Urban Park Rangers and learn about Ginkgo trees and their significance in Asian culture and folklore. Then end with creating your own Ginkgo-inspired craft!

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NATURE’S WORKSHOP: WILDFLOWER PRESSING

Sunday, May 14th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Crotona Nature Center in Crotona Park

Join the Urban Park Rangers for the Nature’s Workshop series. Each program in this series explores its topic in-depth and allows you to develop a skill, participate in a hands-on project, and indulge your curiosity. Join the Urban Park Rangers in appreciation of blooming flowers and learn how to press and preserve them. Bring your own book to take your blooms with you.

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NYC PARKS PRESENTS: FAMILY DAY IN THE BRONX

Sunday, May 28th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Ferry Point Park, 511 Balcom Avenue and Dewey Avenue

Join NYC Parks and Council Member Majorie Velazquez for a Family Day Celebration at Ferry Point Park! Activities will include games, obstacle courses, sports, and much more!
This event is FREE and open to the public!

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HONEY INFUSION WORKSHOP

Saturday, May 13th from 12:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: New Roots Community Farm

As spring approaches and the bees gear up for another season of pollination and creating delicious honey, this workshop will focus on herbal infusions with raw honey. We will dive in on the benefits and medicinal properties of different herbal infusions and how they can be used as immunity boosters, for healing wounds, fighting off cold and flu symptoms, and combatting infections and allergies, among many other benefits. We will be using locally sourced Bronx honey to create our own infusions to take home. The free workshop will be hosted by NYBG in partnership with New Roots Community Farm.

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MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND GARDEN PARTY

Saturday, May 13th and Sunday, May 14th

Treat Mom to a One-of-a-Kind Garden Party
The most spectacular spring landscape New York City has to offer is the setting for live music, games, picnicking, and more.

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SPRING WILDFLOWER WALK

Sunday, May 28th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Pelham Bay Nature Center in Pelham Bay Park

Explore which plants are in bloom in our parks! Learn how to identify different species of flowers and pick up some botany basics on this engaging and educational hike with the Urban Park Rangers!

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MOVIES UNDER THE STARS

Location: Indian Field, East 233rd Street and Jerome Avenue

Grab a blanket and come enjoy a movie in a neighborhood park or playground! This summer, NYC Parks will host family-friendly movie showings across the five boroughs.

Minions: The Rise of Gru – Wednesday, May 3rd from 8:00pm to 11:00pm

In the 1970s, young Gru tries to join a group of supervillains called the Vicious 6 after they oust their leader — the legendary fighter Wild Knuckles. When the interview turns disastrous, Gru and his Minions go on the run with the Vicious 6 hot on their tails. Luckily, he finds an unlikely source for guidance — Wild Knuckles himself — and soon discovers that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.

DC League of Super-Pets – Wednesday, May 17th from 8:00pm to 11:00pm

Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime side by side in Metropolis. However, when the Man of Steel and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a ragtag group of animals to master their own newfound powers for a rescue mission.