SUMMER ON THE HUDSON FESTIVAL
MAY 3 – OCTOBER 11
NINTH ANNUAL ARTS AND CULTURAL FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION
HUDSON RIVER QUADRICENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS, including Nieuw York/New York “Movies Under the Stars,” Jazz at Lincoln Center presents pianist Jonathan Batiste, and Special Kid Acts! Programming
MUSIC, DANCE, FILMS, SPORTS AT MANHATTAN’S RIVERSIDE PARK SOUTH
ALMOST 100 EVENTS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Summer On the Hudson, one of New York City’s largest free summer festivals, opens its ninth season Sunday, May 3, at Riverside Park South with the Irish Arts Center’s 8th Annual all-day New York City Irish Dance Festival. The six-month series, running through October 11, is an annual summer arts and cultural festival in Riverside Park South presented by The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.
Two 2009 Festival series will celebrate the Quadricentennial of the Hudson River: the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s discovery of and first journey up New York’s waterway, as well as the 200th anniversary of Robert Fulton’s maiden voyage on a steamboat. Celebratory happenings include the Nieuw York/New York “Movies Under the Stars” series opening July 8, with historically-themed favorites that span the centuries such as the 1993 The Age of Innocence starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer; and special programming on the July-August Kid Acts! Series.
Summer On the Hudson features an enormous variety of events at Riverside Park South from West 59th Street to West 72nd Street along the Hudson River: music and dance performances, movies, world music DJ dance parties, and programs for children and families. In addition, throughout the summer there will be ongoing sports, wellness and recreation activities for the whole family, from spring into fall, in yoga, kayaking and pilates. Food and drink is for sale at the park’s Pier I Café. All events are FREE to the public and are programmed by Robin Schatell, Riverside Park Director of Programming. For more information, please call 311 or (212) 408-0219, or visit http://www.nyc.gov/parks <http://www.nyc.gov/parks> /soh, or http://www.riversideparkfund.org <http://www.riversideparkfund.org> .
Riverside Park South is a unique combination of greenspace, esplanades, winding pathways, wooden boardwalks, plazas, and ball fields, with panoramic north and south views of the Hudson River. Summer on the Hudson strives to present events that meet the cultural and recreational needs of the community, enrich the daily lives of New Yorkers, and brings diverse groups of people together in a magical setting.
Parks & Recreation is the steward of more than 29,000 acres of land–14 percent of New York City–including more than 4,000 individual properties ranging from Yankee Stadium and Central Park to community gardens and GreenStreets. We operate more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds. We manage four major stadia, 550 tennis courts, 52 public pools, 48 recreational facilities, 17 nature centers, 13 golf courses and 14 miles of beaches. We care for 1,200 monuments and 22 historic house museums. We look after 600,000 street trees, and two million more in parks. We are New York City’s principal providers of athletic facilities. We are home to free concerts, world-class sports events and cultural festivals. For more information about Parks, visit our website: http://www.nyc.gov/parks <http://www.nyc.gov/parks> .
A. SPECIAL EVENTS
Sunday May 3, 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Pier I (West 70th Street at the River)
8th Annual New York City Irish Dance Festival
The Irish Arts Center is back in the park for its annual celebration of traditional Irish music and dance, featuring some of best local and international Irish dancers and musician. Fun for all ages! This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the New York State Council on the Arts, a public agency.
Sunday May 31, 12:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Pier I (West 70th Street at the River)
Mamapalooza Outdoor Extravaganza
Moms Rock! Celebrate mothers and the people who love them at our annual music and art-filled afternoon featuring mom bands Swingset Mamas, AudraRox and Moey’s Music Party, as well as a Gymboree Play Tent, arts & crafts, eco-environmental information, food, fun, and more!
Special PURE yoga-thon pre-event, 11:00 a.m. Bring your own mat.