Performing Arts in Upper West Side & Central Park


One of the best-loved events in Central Park is the series of outdoor concerts known as SummerStage. Every summer the park hosts dozens of performances, showcasing a wide mix of cultural fare – indie rock, jazz, mod…
Cultural in New York City

July Fourth Fireworks

America’s Independence Day is celebrated with fireworks over the East River, starting at 9pm. These days the fireworks typically go off over the East River (sometimes near Midtown, other times closer to downtown). C…
Parade in Brooklyn: Coney Island & Brighton Beach

Mermaid Parade

Celebrating the sand, the sea and the beginning of summer is this wonderfully quirky afternoon parade showcasing boundary-pushing creativity. It’s a flash of glitter, glamour and performance art, as elaborately cost…
Cultural in New York City

Armory Show

New York’s biggest contemporary art fair sweeps into the city in March, showcasing the works of thousands of artists from around the world. Join the city's moneyed players, international collectors and young Brookly…
Cultural in Brooklyn: Prospect Heights, Crown Heights & Flatbush

Cherry Blossom Festival

Known in Japanese as Sakura Matsuri, this annual tradition (held the last weekend in April or the first weekend in May), celebrates the pink, puffy flowering of the Kwanzan cherry trees along the famous esplanade of…
Parade in New York City

Thanksgiving Day Parade

This famous cold-weather event, for hardy viewers only, parades its famous floats and balloons (watch your head) from 77th St to Herald Sq along Central Park W, Central Park S and then Sixth Ave. For an even better …
Performing Arts in Brooklyn: Park Slope, Gowanus & Sunset Park

Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

This multifaceted summer festival – going strong for almost 40 years – presents a stellar lineup of concerts, films, spoken-word shows and dance performances at the bandshell in the southwestern corner of Prospect P…
Parade in New York City

Village Halloween Parade

This is not your average suburban Halloween parade. The largest in the country, with 60,000 participants and millions more spectators, this is an all-out bacchanal, a mix of Mardi Gras and art project, with marchers…
Cultural in New York City

Open House New York

The country’s largest architecture and design event, held during one weekend in October, features special architect-led tours, as well as lectures, design workshops, studio visits and site-specific performances all …
Performing Arts in Brooklyn: Fort Greene, Clinton Hill & Bed-Stuy

BAM’s Next Wave Festival

Running from mid-September to mid-December at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), this annual arts festival offers the city’s edgiest, most comprehensive survey of avant-garde music, theater, opera and dance.