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Arts, Culture & Fun Series

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Arts, Culture & Fun is committed to making the arts accessible by offering events that are free and open to the public in NYC Parks recreation centers and parks across the five boroughs. Arts, Culture & Fun captures the essence of the city with all of its diversity, sophistication, and innovation.

Through Arts, Culture & Fun programs, you can look up to the sky through telescopes from rooftops and parks at the "Dark Night, Bright Lights" series in partnership with the Amateur Astronomers Association and the Urban Park Rangers; learn how to swing, salsa, and tango in our dance series "Dance Away the Night"; try your hand at an artistic pursuit in our art workshop series "Make Your Mark"; join inspirational talks and workshops at the "Inspire You and Conversation Series"; and so much more!

a woodpecker on a tree

Lucy Wilner: Us and Them, Birds at the Intersection of Natural and Man-made Worlds
Visit Conference House Park to check this new Arts, Culture & Fun exhibit that explores the realms of imagination evoked by today’s new ecological and trans-species consciousness. Through July 23, 2017.

Arts, Culture & Fun Series Events

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Jul 22

Arts, Culture & Fun: Taikoza

at Playground for All Children (in Pelham Bay Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Taikoza has created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes.
Free!

Jul 22

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dance Away the Night with the City Stompers

at Ft. Hamilton Senior Center

3:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
The City Stompers invite you to get on your feet and move to the sounds of live American fiddle music.
Free!

Jul 22

Arts, Culture & Fun: Taikoza

at Beach 94th Street, off Shorefront Parkway (in Rockaway Beach) , Queens

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Taikoza has created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes.
Free!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Jul 24

Arts, Culture & Fun Presents Broadway in the Boros

at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval) , Bronx

7:00 p.m.11:00 p.m.
Join us for a free outdoor film screening and special live performance of Newsies! Feel free to bring chairs or blankets!
Free!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Jul 25

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dance Away the Night with Strictly Tango

at Holley Plaza (in Washington Square Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Spend Tuesday evenings in July and August experiencing the Taste of Tango! Make friends or dance with a new partner while enjoying tango music, stories, classes and…
Free!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Jul 27

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dance Away the Night with the City Stompers

at Bushwick Inlet Park Center (in Bushwick Inlet Park) , Brooklyn

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Visit Bushwick Inlet Park for a whole evening of southern Appalachian traditional music!
Free!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Aug 1

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dance Away the Night with Strictly Tango

at Holley Plaza (in Washington Square Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Spend Tuesday evenings in July and August experiencing the Taste of Tango! Make friends or dance with a new partner while enjoying tango music, stories, classes and…
Free!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Aug 4

Arts, Culture & Fun: Fame

at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval) , Bronx

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
At New York's High School of Performing Arts, students from all walks of life get the chance to hone their skills as singers, actors, dancers and more.
Free!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Aug 8

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dance Away the Night with Strictly Tango

at Holley Plaza (in Washington Square Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Spend Tuesday evenings in July and August experiencing the Taste of Tango! Make friends or dance with a new partner while enjoying tango music, stories, classes and…
Free!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Aug 11

Arts, Culture & Fun: Newsies

at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval) , Bronx

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
In this musical, homeless New York City newsboy Jack "Cowboy" Kelly befriends two newcomers to his trade, David and Les Jacobs..
Free!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Aug 12

Arts, Culture & Fun: Sully (2016)

at Al Oerter Recreation Center (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Come join us and watch a screening of the Tom Hanks film "Sully" while enjoying the sunset!
Free!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Aug 15

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dance Away the Night with Strictly Tango

at Holley Plaza (in Washington Square Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Spend Tuesday evenings in July and August experiencing the Taste of Tango! Make friends or dance with a new partner while enjoying tango music, stories, classes and…
Free!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Aug 18

Arts, Culture & Fun: La La Land

at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval) , Bronx

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Sebastian and Mia are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love...
Free!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Aug 21

Maritime Theater Camp at Conference House Park

at H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Two professional teaching artists will guide students in writing and performing a play. Participants will go on nature excursions and learn about marine navigation and communication.

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Aug 22

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dance Away the Night with Strictly Tango

at Holley Plaza (in Washington Square Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Spend Tuesday evenings in July and August experiencing the Taste of Tango! Make friends or dance with a new partner while enjoying tango music, stories, classes and…
Free!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Aug 26

Arts, Culture & Fun: The Last Dragon (1985)

at Al Oerter Recreation Center (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Come and join us for a screening of Michael Schultz's The Last Dragon while enjoying the sunset.
Free!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Aug 28

Maritime Theater Camp at Conference House Park

at H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Two professional teaching artists will guide students in writing and performing a play. Participants will go on nature excursions and learn about marine navigation and communication.

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Aug 29

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dance Away the Night with Strictly Tango

at Holley Plaza (in Washington Square Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Spend Tuesday evenings in July and August experiencing the Taste of Tango! Make friends or dance with a new partner while enjoying tango music, stories, classes and…
Free!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Sep 9

Arts, Culture & Fun: Make Your Mark

at J Hood Wright Park (in J. Hood Wright Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join us for a landscape painting workshop. Andrea Cuckier will introduce the participants to the notion of frame, composition elements, atmosphere, and graphic aspects of painting.
Free!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Sep 15

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dance Away the Night with the City Stompers

at Jackie Robinson Park entrance (in Jackie Robinson Park) , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
The City Stompers invite you to get on your feet and move to the sounds of live American fiddle music.
Free!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sep 16

Arts, Culture & Fun: Make Your Mark

at J Hood Wright Park (in J. Hood Wright Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join us for a landscape painting workshop. Andrea Cuckier will introduce the participants to the notion of frame, composition elements, atmosphere, and graphic aspects of painting.
Free!

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