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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!

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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

Friday, June 2, 2017

Jun 2

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dance Away the Night with a Spring Swing!

at McCarren Park Pool Deck (in McCarren Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us on the McCarren Pool Deck for live swing music by the Stephanie Jeannot Band. Put on your dance shoes and dance away the night!
Free!

Jun 2

Arts, Culture & Fun: The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

at Ditmars Park , Queens

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join us for a special concert led by the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Free!

Jun 2

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

at Columbus Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:30 p.m.11:30 p.m.
A kung fu student takes on the Shogun of Harlem. Rated PG-13.
Free!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Jun 3

Arts, Culture & Fun: Make Your Mark Graphic Novel Workshop Series

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

12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
In this workshop series for 4 Saturdays in June, you will learn the foundations of what makes up a graphic novel or comic.
Free!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Jun 6

Arts, Culture & Fun: The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

at Roy Wilkins Recreation Center , Queens  This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Join us for a special concert led by the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Free!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Jun 8

NYC Parks Presents Tonight We Dance: Tango at Union Square Park

at North Plaza (in Union Square Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Make friends or dance while enjoying tango music, stories, and classes! All are welcome!
Free!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Jun 9

Arts, Culture & Fun: Lorenz Dance Studio

at Ditmars Park , Queens

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Join us for a Latin Dance workshop and performances led by Lorenz Dance Studio!
Free!

Jun 9

Arts, Culture & Fun presents MOCA Cinema: Eat a Bowl of Tea (1989)

at Columbus Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:30 p.m.11:30 p.m.
Newlyweds are beset with relatives in post-WWII Chinatown. Rated PG-13.
Free!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Jun 10

Arts, Culture & Fun: Taikoza

at St. Mary's Recreation Center (in St. Mary's Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 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!

Jun 10

Arts, Culture & Fun: Make Your Mark Graphic Novel Workshop Series

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

12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
In this workshop series for 4 Saturdays in June, you will learn the foundations of what makes up a graphic novel or comic.
Free!

Jun 10

Arts, Culture & Fun: Taikoza

at Isham Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Jun 15

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dance Away the Night with Salsa!

at South Beach Gazebo (in Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach) , Staten Island

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Dance to the sounds of DJ Cocotaso as he spins salsa, merengue, bachata, and more!
Free!

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Jun 16

NYC Parks Presents Tonight We Dance: Tango at Union Square Park

at South Plaza (in Union Square Park) , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Make friends or dance while enjoying tango music, stories, and classes.
Free!

Jun 16

Arts, Culture & Fun: Taikoza

at Ditmars Park , Queens

6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Join NYC Parks for a special concert featuring Taikoza. Taikoza has created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo…
Free!

Jun 16

Arts, Culture & Fun presents MOCA Cinema: A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2008)

at Columbus Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:30 p.m.11:30 p.m.
A Chinese widower travels to America to visit his estranged daughter. This film is Not Rated.
Free!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Jun 17

Arts, Culture & Fun: Make Your Mark Graphic Novel Workshop Series

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

12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
In this workshop series for 4 Saturdays in June, you will learn the foundations of what makes up a graphic novel or comic.
Free!

Jun 17

Arts, Culture & Fun: East Winds Ensemble

at Isham Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
East Winds Ensemble presents a unique concert by two masters of Japanese music, Masayo Ishigure and Marco Lienhard.
Free!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Jun 21

Arts, Culture & Fun and Make Music New York

at Mullaly Community Center (in Mullaly Park) , Bronx

5:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Odd Gift Records is a Brooklyn and Boston-­based music collective. This group of musicians, artists, and friends collaborate on records, projects, album artwork, dinner — whatever ne…
Free!

Jun 21

Arts, Culture & Fun and Make Music New York

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

7:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Enjoy skyline views on the east river as the cello community perform a special work for Make Music New York Day by NY-­based composer Adam Cuthbert.
Free!

Jun 21

Arts, Culture & Fun and Make Music New York

at McCarren Park Pool Deck (in McCarren Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Odd Gift Records is a Brooklyn and Boston-­based music collective. This group of musicians, artists, and friends collaborate on records, projects, album artwork, dinner — whatever ne…
Free!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Jun 22

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dance Away the Night with Salsa!

at South Beach Gazebo (in Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach) , Staten Island

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Dance to the sounds of DJ Cocotaso as he spins salsa, merengue, bachata, and more!
Free!

Must See
Event

Friday, June 23, 2017

Jun 23

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dance Away the Night with Swing!

at Richard Rodgers Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

5:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us to celebrate Harlem’s most famous dance genre — The Lindy Hop! We will be swinging and hopping to some legendary Harlem Jazz greats and more to spice it up.
Free!

Jun 23

Arts, Culture & Fun: The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

at Ditmars Park , Queens

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join us for a special concert led by the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Free!

Jun 23

NYC Parks Presents Tonight We Dance: Tango at Union Square Park

at South Plaza (in Union Square Park) , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Make friends or dance while enjoying tango music, stories, and classes.
Free!

Jun 23

Arts, Culture & Fun presents MOCA Cinema: Pushing Hands (1991)

at Columbus Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:30 p.m.11:30 p.m.
A Chinese tai-chi master moves to America to live with his son's family. This film is Not Rated.
Free!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Jun 24

Arts, Culture & Fun: Make Your Mark Graphic Novel Workshop Series

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

12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
In this workshop series for 4 Saturdays in June, you will learn the foundations of what makes up a graphic novel or comic.
Free!

Jun 24

Arts, Culture & Fun: Taikoza

at Asser Levy Recreation Center (in Asser Levy Playground) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

4:00 p.m.5:00 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!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Jun 30

NYC Parks Presents Tonight We Dance: Tango at Union Square Park

at South Plaza (in Union Square Park) , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Make friends or dance while enjoying tango music, stories, and classes.
Free!

Jun 30

Arts, Culture & Fun: Orquesta Afinke

at Ditmars Park , Queens

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Orquesta Afinke is a Latin band featuring percussions, a swinging rhythmic section and a harmonic brass sound. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the show!
Free!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Jul 10

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

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

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.

Free!

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Event

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Jul 11

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!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Jul 18

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 20, 2017

Jul 20

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

at Midland Beach Splash Plaza (in Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
The City Stompers invite you to get on your feet and move to the sounds of live American fiddle music.
Free!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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