NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2016 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation http://nyc.gov/parks/events NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Sun, 07 Feb 2016 04:07:43 GMT <![CDATA[Lunar New Year: 17th New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/08/lunar-new-year-17th-new-year-year-firecracker-ceremony-cultural-festival http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/08/lunar-new-year-17th-new-year-year-firecracker-ceremony-cultural-festival Date: February 8, 2016

Celebrate the year of the monkey at this annual Chinese New Year celebration in Manhattan's Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

Enjoy a firecracker show, musical performances, dance, and more!

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Sara D Roosevelt Park (in Sara D. Roosevelt Park)

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M105 Sara D. Roosevelt Park 2016-02-08 2016-02-08 11:00 am 4:00 pm 40.72169876098633000, -73.99160003662110000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56a25808dcacd.jpg Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Conservancy Ice Festival]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/13/central-park-conservancy-ice-festival http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/13/central-park-conservancy-ice-festival Date: February 13, 2016

On Valentine’s Day weekend, celebrate your love of Central Park’s sculptures at Central Park Conservancy's fifth-annual free Ice Festival. Witness ice-carving artists from Okamoto Studio use electric chainsaws, chisels, and picks to transform more than 6,000 pounds of ice into a glistening replica of one of the park’s most beloved statues.

As night falls, revel among colorful lights as the Mall becomes a vibrant silent disco with live DJs, all to celebrate Central Park Conservancy's conservation efforts.

Schedule of activities

  • 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Live ice carving by Okamoto Studio.
  • 3:00 p.m.: Join Central Park Conservancy's InstaMeet, a creative photo challenge in the park. Visit Central Park's official Instagram account, @centralparknyc, for details.
  • 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Party at the silent disco, featuring live music by DJ's: Geo Vanasco and Dylan + DTR, spinning Top 40 hits, Funk and Soul, and your favorite NYC artists into headphones powered by Quiet Events.

Ongoing activities

  • A statue and monument restoration exhibit with Matthew Reiley, Central Park Conservancy's Associate Director of Conservation and Preservation
  • Central Park Conservancy trivia
  • Treats and food truck fare for purchase by Dub Pies, Domo Taco, Wafels and Dinges, and Don Café
  • Sculpting station: mold your very own iconic Central Park statue
  • Dazzling lights in a romantic Central Park setting

What is a silent disco?
It's a dance party with headphones; you choose the music. Starting at 5:00 p.m., two live DJs take the stage at the same time, playing the Top 40 hits, Funk and Soul. and your favorite NYC artists. You choose the channel with your favorite music genre and dance the night away. The glowing, color-coded headsets show which music other partygoers are listening to, so you can dance along with your friends.

What to wear?
Baby, it's cold outside! Dress warmly; the event is entirely outdoors.

More information about Central Park's Ice Festival
This event is free. Tickets are not required. Let us know you’re coming. Open to all ages. No bag/coat check available. Quiet Events requires an ID or credit card to check out a pair of headphones. ID will be given back when headphones are returned. In the unlikely event that you lose the headphones you checked out, Quiet Events will charge a $100 replacement fee on-site.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 310-6600

Location: Naumburg Bandshell (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2016-02-13 2016-02-13 3:00 pm 7:00 pm 40.77249908447265600, -73.97109985351562000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5699115ccb84c.jpg Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[17th Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/14/17th-chinatown-lunar-new-year-parade-and-festival http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/14/17th-chinatown-lunar-new-year-parade-and-festival Date: February 14, 2016

See this colorful parade makes it way through Manhattan's Chinatown in celebration of the Year of the Monkey. Enjoy music and dance performanaces, and food vendors along the route.

The parade route starts at Mott Street and Hector Street and ends at Grand Street at Sara D. Roosevelt Park. For more information about the parade route, please visit Better Chinatown USA.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 5:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Mott Street and Hector Street,Grand Street (in Sara D. Roosevelt Park)

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M105 Sara D. Roosevelt Park 2016-02-14 2016-02-14 1:00 pm 5:30 pm 40.71787460000000000, -73.99713650000000000; 40.71803204741400000, -73.99303559644000000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56a25b46e6033.jpg Fri, 22 Jan 2016 14:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Armor Week Family Workshop: Armored Dwellings]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/16/armor-week-family-workshop-armored-dwellings http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/16/armor-week-family-workshop-armored-dwellings Date: February 16, 2016

Return to the days of lords, knights and princesses—and even dragons—as Wave Hill pays homage to former resident and scholar of arms and armor Bashford Dean. Spend one, two or three afternoons building, decorating and populating your own medieval castle. Today, get inspired by olden tales and Arthurian legends, then design your own medieval castle, or contribute to our collective town with fortresses, turrets and moats. Using natural and recycled materials, jewels and metallic paints, build and decorate your dwelling, then illuminate it with miniature LED lights.

Programs are geared to families with children between the ages of five and 10. Space is limited.

Start time: 1:30 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2016-02-16 2016-02-16 1:30 pm 3:00 pm 40.89759826660156000, -73.91130065917969000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56aa601893fca.jpg Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Lunar New Year Celebration]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/17/lunar-new-year-celebration http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/17/lunar-new-year-celebration Date: February 17, 2016

Join us as we ring in the Lunar New Year with a day of performances, demonstrations, dancing and refreshments!

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 263-1163

Location: Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center

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Q401 Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center 2016-02-17 2016-02-17 9:00 am 3:00 pm 40.73220062255859400, -73.86519622802734000 Fri, 22 Jan 2016 14:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Armor Week Family Workshop: Stained-Glass Gems]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/17/armor-week-family-workshop-stainedglass-gems http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/17/armor-week-family-workshop-stainedglass-gems Date: February 17, 2016

Return to the days of lords, knights and princesses—and even dragons—as Wave Hill pays homage to former resident and scholar of arms and armor Bashford Dean. Spend one, two or three afternoons building, decorating and populating your own medieval castle. Today, design and create your own brilliant, multi-colored work of art that draws inspiration from the stained-glass rose windows of medieval times. Using foil tape and jewel-toned plastics and paints, build a beautiful sun-catcher or candle holder that will help your home feel a little like a medieval castle.

Programs are geared to families with children between the ages of five and 10. Space is limited.

Start time: 1:30 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2016-02-17 2016-02-17 1:30 pm 3:00 pm 40.89759826660156000, -73.91130065917969000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56aa606a691a1.jpg Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Armor Week Family Workshop: Entertaining the Court]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/18/armor-week-family-workshop-entertaining-the-court http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/18/armor-week-family-workshop-entertaining-the-court Date: February 18, 2016

Return to the days of lords, knights and princesses—and even dragons—as Wave Hill pays homage to former resident and scholar of arms and armor Bashford Dean. Spend one, two or three afternoons building, decorating and populating your own medieval castle. Today, inspired by medieval puppetry and stories, construct an animated puppet of a royal ruler, a joking jester or a troubadour. Outfit yours with garments and protective armor made from fabric, foil, sequins and natural materials. Then bring it to life in your medieval castle or in Wave Hill’s delightful puppet theater.

Programs are geared to families with children between the ages of five and 10. Space is limited.

Start time: 1:30 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2016-02-18 2016-02-18 1:30 pm 3:00 pm 40.89759826660156000, -73.91130065917969000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56aa611d7fc29.jpg Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Armor Day]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/20/armor-day http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/20/armor-day Date: February 20, 2016

Get thyself to Wave Hill’s Armor Hall for a day of merrymaking and medieval adventures! Try on armor, watch fencing and archery demonstrations, enjoy roaming minstrels, and immerse yourself altogether in the knightly world. Built in 1927 by scholar Bashford Dean, Armor Hall once displayed his personal collection of arms and armor. Be “Dean for a day” when the armor returns to Armor Hall! Co-presented with Historic Arms, an association of scholars who lecture and demonstrate arms and armor, including duels of honor and legends of chivalry.

Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2016-02-20 2016-02-20 11:00 am 3:00 pm 40.89759826660156000, -73.91130065917969000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56aa616eae9fc.jpg Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Lunar New Year at the Queens Zoo]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/20/celebrate-lunar-new-year-at-queens-zoo http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/20/celebrate-lunar-new-year-at-queens-zoo Date: February 20, 2016

The WCS's Queens Zoo is celebrating the Year of the Monkey with special activities to ring in the Lunar New Year.

Activities include:

  • Lunar New Year Zodiac Scavenger Hunt – Visitors will use a scavenger hunt map to search for answers about zoo animals that might also be represented in the lunar zodiac. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Crafts – Visitors will make a special craft to take home in celebration of the new year. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Calligraphy –Visitors will have a chance to try out their calligraphy skills. (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Chinese Theatre Works Performances – The Chinese Theatre Works will perform a special Year of the Monkey puppet show for visitors of all ages. (1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.)
  • Tea and Fortune Cookies – Visitors will warm up inside the zoo’s Wild Room and enjoy a snack of tea and fortune cookies. (11 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Sea Lion Feedings – The zoo’s daily sea lion feedings will take place at 11:15 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m.

All event times are subject to change. For a complete schedule, visit queenszoo.com.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 271-1500

Location: Queens Zoo

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2016-02-20 2016-02-20 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.74363327026367000, -73.85064697265625000 Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Lunar New Year at the Queens Zoo]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/21/celebrate-lunar-new-year-at-queens-zoo http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/21/celebrate-lunar-new-year-at-queens-zoo Date: February 21, 2016

The WCS's Queens Zoo is celebrating the Year of the Monkey with special activities to ring in the Lunar New Year.

Activities include:

  • Lunar New Year Zodiac Scavenger Hunt – Visitors will use a scavenger hunt map to search for answers about zoo animals that might also be represented in the lunar zodiac. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Crafts – Visitors will make a special craft to take home in celebration of the new year. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Calligraphy –Visitors will have a chance to try out their calligraphy skills. (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Chinese Theatre Works Performances – The Chinese Theatre Works will perform a special Year of the Monkey puppet show for visitors of all ages. (1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.)
  • Tea and Fortune Cookies – Visitors will warm up inside the zoo’s Wild Room and enjoy a snack of tea and fortune cookies. (11 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Sea Lion Feedings – The zoo’s daily sea lion feedings will take place at 11:15 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m.

All event times are subject to change. For a complete schedule, visit queenszoo.com.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 271-1500

Location: Queens Zoo

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2016-02-21 2016-02-21 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.74363327026367000, -73.85064697265625000 Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Lunar New Year at the Prospect Park Zoo]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/27/lunar-new-year-at-the-prospect-park-zoo http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/27/lunar-new-year-at-the-prospect-park-zoo Date: February 27, 2016

The WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Prospect Park Zoo is celebrating the Year of the Monkey with special activities to ring in the Lunar New Year.

Activities each day include:

  • Hao Bang Ah Monkey Puppet Show – The Chinese Theatre Works will perform a special Year of the Monkey puppet show for visitors of all ages. (1 and 2:30 p.m.)
  • Monkey Treats – Visitors will make enrichment items that keepers will present to the zoo’s monkeys in celebration of the occasion. (12:30 and 3:30 p.m.)
  • Lunar New Year Zodiac Scavenger Hunt – Visitors will use a scavenger hunt map to search for answers about zoo animals that might also be represented in the lunar zodiac. Those who complete the hunt will receive a prize. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m)
  • Calligraphy – Visitors will take home a piece of the celebration by coloring monkey-themed bookmarks and have a Chinese calligraphy expert write on one side. (1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • Lunar New Year Craft – Visitors will make a special craft to celebrate the new year. (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Discovery Center – The zoo’s Discovery Center will be open and decorated for the new year. Education staff will introduce visitors to the zoo’s rabbit, another animal represented in the lunar zodiac. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Sea Lion Feedings – The zoo’s daily sea lion feedings will take place at 11:30 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m.

All event times are subject to change. For a complete schedule, visit prospectparkzoo.com.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 399-7339

Location: Prospect Park Zoo (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2016-02-27 2016-02-27 11:00 am 4:30 pm 40.66527557373047000, -73.96540832519531000 Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Lunar New Year at the Prospect Park Zoo]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/28/lunar-new-year-at-the-prospect-park-zoo http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/28/lunar-new-year-at-the-prospect-park-zoo Date: February 28, 2016

The WCS’s (Wildlife Conservation Society) Prospect Park Zoo is celebrating the Year of the Monkey with special activities to ring in the Lunar New Year.

Activities each day include:

  • Hao Bang Ah Monkey Puppet Show – The Chinese Theatre Works will perform a special Year of the Monkey puppet show for visitors of all ages. (1 and 2:30 p.m.)
  • Monkey Treats – Visitors will make enrichment items that keepers will present to the zoo’s monkeys in celebration of the occasion. (12:30 and 3:30 p.m.)
  • Lunar New Year Zodiac Scavenger Hunt – Visitors will use a scavenger hunt map to search for answers about zoo animals that might also be represented in the lunar zodiac. Those who complete the hunt will receive a prize. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m)
  • Calligraphy – Visitors will take home a piece of the celebration by coloring monkey-themed bookmarks and have a Chinese calligraphy expert write on one side. (1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.)
  • Lunar New Year Craft – Visitors will make a special craft to celebrate the new year. (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Discovery Center – The zoo’s Discovery Center will be open and decorated for the new year. Education staff will introduce visitors to the zoo’s rabbit, another animal represented in the lunar zodiac. (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Sea Lion Feedings – The zoo’s daily sea lion feedings will take place at 11:30 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m.

All event times are subject to change. For a complete schedule, visit prospectparkzoo.com.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 399-7339

Location: Prospect Park Zoo (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2016-02-28 2016-02-28 11:00 am 4:30 pm 40.66527557373047000, -73.96540832519531000 Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[14th Annual Drums Along the Hudson]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/06/12/fourteenth-annual-drums-along-the-hudson http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/06/12/fourteenth-annual-drums-along-the-hudson Date: June 12, 2016

Join NYC Parks and Lotus Music and Dance for this annual Multicultural Celebration and Native American Festival.

This is a free event featuring Native American, Japanese, Brazilian, Flamenco, and Korean dancers and drummers from around the world! The festival combines a celebration of Native American heritage, culture, and art with the diversity of New York City. Spanish, African, Brazilian, and Tibetan cultures will also be celebrated with food, music, and dancing. Activities include a Tree of Peace planting, international cuisine, Native American storytelling, a Pow Wow, crafts. and visits from Captain Planet.

Photo Credit: Manhattan Times News

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: 218th Street and Indian Road (in Inwood Hill Park)

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M042 Inwood Hill Park 2016-06-12 2016-06-12 11:00 am 6:00 pm 40.87289810180664000, -73.91860198974610000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5697cfb5b46dc.jpg Tue, 19 Jan 2016 13:00:02 EST