NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2017 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Tue, 24 Jan 2017 21:33:01 GMT <![CDATA[Winter Jam]]> Date: January 28, 2017

There may not be snow on the ground*, but Winter Jam brings a day of frozen fun to the Big Apple! Presented by NYC Parks, Lake Placid, I Love NY, and I Ski NY, Winter Jam will feature activities for New Yorkers of all ages!

Featured Venues

  • Arctic Golf
  • Live Ice Sculpting
  • Ice Slide (for children five years old and younger)
  • Ice Bowling
  • Quidditch
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag Football
  • Fit Fun on the Run and the Fit Fun Mobile
  • Shuffleboard
  • Four Square
  • Taste NY Winter Market / Warming Hut
  • REI's All Out 2017 Workshops
    • Winter Camping
    • Wilderness Survival
    • How to Pack Your Pack
    • Tent Packing Competition
    • Sleeping Bag Stuffing Competition

*Due to warm weather we will not be able to blow snow for Winter Jam 2017. Learn to Ski & Snowboard, Sledding, and Snowshoeing will not be offered at this year's event.

Participants in the Ice Slide, Flag Football, Dodgeball, Quidditch, and Fit Fun on the Run activities must sign a waiver and provide photo identification before participating in any of these activities. The waivers will be provided at the event. Participants under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian present with photo identification to sign the waiver. Waiting lines for the activities are subject to close early.

For more information about Winter Jam, please visit our Winter Jam event page.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-8213

Location: Naumburg Bandshell (in Central Park)

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<![CDATA[Lunar New Year: New Year’s Day Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival]]> Date: January 28, 2017

On the first day of the Lunar New Year, January 28, the Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival, gets things going at 11 a.m.. There will be performances, vendors, and giveaways. The main event, the Firecracker Ceremony, is scheduled for noon. You might want to bring your ear plugs!

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Grand Street at Chrystie Street (in Sara D. Roosevelt Park)

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<![CDATA[Lunar New Year Celebration]]> Date: February 1, 2017

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

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 263-1163

Location: Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center

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<![CDATA[18th Annual New York City Lunar New Year Parade and Festival]]> Date: February 5, 2017

Head to Chinatown in Manhattan to check out the annual Lunar New Year Parade for amazing visuals, delicious treats, and mesmerizing cultural performances. This party features all sorts of vendors, food, and festivities for all ages to welcome the Year of the Rooster.

The parade starts at 1:00 p.m. Show up early to grab a prime spot along the route! Visit Better Chinatown USA's website to view a map of the route.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Grand Street and Forsyth Street (in Sara D. Roosevelt Park)

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<![CDATA[Arts, Culture & Fun: Imani Uzuri In Transit]]> Date: February 9, 2017

The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit and Joe’s Pub at The Public present Imani Uzuri’s Love Story: Songs of Laughter, Loss and Resilience, a concert of the composer’s original music. Imani was most recently the composer of the Mobile Unit’s fall 2016 production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The Mobile Unit continues The Public’s commitment to bring free Shakespeare to communities with limited or no access to the arts by taking plays on tour to correctional facilities, homeless shelters, social service organizations and more. Part of the Mobile Unit and Joe’s Pub’s collaborative series, In Transit, Uzuri’s show will tour to community venues and correctional facilities and culminate with a show at Joe’s Pub on Saturday, February 18 at 7:00PM.

Space is limited so please RSVP to hold your spot to

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: 212-860-1380

Location: Pelham Fritz Recreation Center (in Marcus Garvey Park)

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<![CDATA[Central Park Conservancy Ice Festival]]> Date: February 11, 2017

Did you know that the Central Park Conservancy maintains Central Park’s collection of 50+ bronze and stone monuments year-round? On the weekend before Valentine’s Day, celebrate your love of Central Park’s sculptures at the sixth annual Ice Festival. Witness ice-carving artists from Okamoto Studio use electric chain saws, chisels, and picks to transform more than 6,000 pounds of ice into a glistening replica of one of Central 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 the Central Park Conservancy's preservation efforts.

Let us know you're coming

Events Schedule

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Live ice carving by Okamoto Studio
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Silent Disco with three DJs simultaneously spinning the best of the 80s, early 90s, and Top 40 hits into headphones powered by Quiet Events.

Ongoing Activities

  • Statue and monument restoration exhibit with Matt Reiley, Associate Director of Conservation and Preservation
  • Central Park Conservancy trivia
  • Bites, treats, and food truck fare for purchase at Uncle Gussy's Greek, Crepe Crave, Wafels and Dinges, and Don Cafe
  • 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., three live DJs take the stage at the same time, playing the best of the 80s, early 90s, and Top 40 hits. 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.

Headphones will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis, and quantities are limited. Open to all ages. No bag/coat check available. An ID or credit card is required 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, there is a $100 replacement fee on site.

What to Wear

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

More Info

This event is FREE; Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming.

RSVPs do not guarantee headphones for the silent disco. Headphones are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so please arrive early.

In case of inclement weather, please check Central Park Conservancy's website for updates.


Please contact for photo requests or press info.

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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<![CDATA[TD Five Boro Bike Tour]]> Date: May 7, 2017

Held annually the first Sunday in May, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is the world's biggest charity bike ride.

Produced by Bike New York, NYC's premier bicycling nonprofit, in association with the City of New York and the New York City Department of Transportation, this dynamic event draws 32,000 cyclists from around the world to pedal 40 miles through all five boroughs of New York City on totally traffic-free streets. After 40 years, it remains the best way for anyone—New Yorkers and visitors alike—to experience the streets of the Big Apple.

Using proceeds from the Tour, Bike New York has, over the years, taught bike skills to tens of thousands of kids and adults throughout the five boroughs. Our free bike education program is the largest of its kind in the country—every year, more than 17,000 kids and adults learn from us.

How to Register

Registration for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is required to participate in the event, and is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will open at noon on January 10, 2017. Visit Bike New York's TD Five Boro Bike Tour page to register.

Start time: 7:45 am

End time: 8:45 am

Contact phone:

Location: Across from 17 Battery Place (in The Battery)

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