Swedish Midsummer Festival

Enjoy this unique celebration of the summer solstice. Learn traditional Swedish folk dances from Barnklubben Elsa Rix and join in lively dance around the Midsummer pole. Make wreaths from beautiful flowers representing those in bloom on the solstice in Sweden. Enjoy a parade, children’s games, and Swedish delicacies. Traditional music by Paul Dahlin and fiddlers from the American Swedish Insitute in Minneapolis. Dances led by Ross Sutter, Scandinavian folklorist. Special guest in 2018, the musicians of the Dalarnas Fiddlers Association, perform traditional Swedish folk music from their province.

For more information, visit  www.nycmidsummer.com.

Swedish Midsummer Festival is co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Sweden, New York.

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Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth, or Emancipation Day, the commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States originated in Texas. Artists Autumn Ewalt and Dharmesh Patel, creators of the adjacent public art piece made of 9,000 prisms entitled Sunrise, Sunset (Revolution), share tales of celebrating in Texas. Make your light-catcher inspired by the art. The Federation of Black Cowboys returns to BPC with their horses and share stories. Music by Noami Shelton and the Gospel Queens and spoken word by Zell Miller III.

BPC Golden Jubilee

On May 31, 1968, Governor Nelson Rockefeller signed the Battery Park City Authority Act. Bring a picnic dinner and celebrate on the lawns of Rockefeller Park with neighbors and special guests. Enjoy music by Bang on Can’s Asphalt Orchestra and the funky reggae beats of Brown Rice Family.

Go Fish!

Experience the thrill of catch-and-release fishing and discover the variety of marine life thriving in the Hudson River! Skilled anglers will be on hand to assist. Rods and bait provided or bring your own. All ages are welcome.

Join experienced anglers for catch-and-release fishing and learn about life in the Hudson River. Observe the day’s catch in aerated tanks and discover what you can do to steward the recovery of the Hudson. This event includes a project and bird watching.

VOLUNTEER GARDENING 10am: Get your hands dirty in the planting beds of Wagner Park. Work with BPC Parks’ renowned horticulture staff and experience organic, sustainable gardening.

BIRD WATCHING 11am: NYC is known among birders as a fantastic and unique place to observe birds, especially during spring and fall migration seasons. Join a naturalist/horticulturalists team as we look for birds and learn about the plantings and flowers which attract them. All ages and experience levels are welcome! Binoculars available to borrow.

FAMILY PERFORMANCE 12pm: Arm-of-the-Sea Theater presents Dirt: The Secret Life of Soil – Where does food come from and from what is it made? Come see Arm-of-the-Sea‘s primer for “urban bumpkins upcountry gardeners alike” to learn about the miraculous workings of the earth beneath us and all the organisms within.

MARINE EDUCATION CLASSROOM VISITS: May – June, Tuesdays and Fridays School groups, grades 3 and up, experience catch-and-release fishing and learn about the geographic ecological history of the Hudson River in wonderful visits to Wagner Park. Also offered in September and October. Registration for fall visits begins August 1. To find out more, email: marine.ed@bpcparks.org

Early Spring Gardening

Celebrate spring by digging and planting in the Children’s Garden. Learn about green practices and composting first-hand. For children who enjoy nature and like to get dirty!

Ages 6-10

Fee: 6 sessions $90

Early Spring Gardening

Celebrate spring by digging and planting in the Children’s Garden. Learn about green practices and composting first-hand. For children who enjoy nature and like to get dirty!

Ages 6-10

Fee: 6 sessions $90

Chess Tournament

Join us for a Swiss-style chess tournament where each participant will have the opportunity to compete, learn and develop their interest in chess. Awards will be given out at the end of the tournament.

For ages 5-12. This is drop-off program.

Registration required.

Fee: $20

Early Spring Gardening

Celebrate spring by digging and planting in the Children’s Garden. Learn about green practices and composting first-hand. For children who enjoy nature and like to get dirty!

Ages 6-10

Fee: 6 sessions $90

Early Spring Gardening

Celebrate spring by digging and planting in the Children’s Garden. Learn about green practices and composting first-hand. For children who enjoy nature and like to get dirty!

Ages 6-10

Fee: 6 sessions $90

Early Spring Gardening

Celebrate spring by digging and planting in the Children’s Garden. Learn about green practices and composting first-hand. For children who enjoy nature and like to get dirty!

Ages 6-10

Fee: 6 sessions $90