River & Blues featuring Vieux Farka Toure

Son of Grammy winner Ali Farka Toure and often referred to as “The Hendrix of Sahara”, Vieux Fark Toure delivers emotionally charged songs and spectacular guitar work from his native Mali. With his unique and intricate fingerstyle playing, Farka Toure transports the beauty and culture of his homeland to NYC.

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Mexican Family Dance

Celebrate the rich diversity of Mexican and Mexican-American cultural heritage this summer with the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. Through traditional dance, lively music, and native dress, this award-winning company will captivate and charm you with an appreciation of a cultural intertwined with our own.

River & Blues featuring Los Lobos

Grammy-winning artists, Los Lobos perform their culturally rich fusion of rock, blues, soul and Mexican folk music. Formed in the 1970s and recently nominated for induction into the Rock and Hall of Fame, these wolves have bite!

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Swedish Midsummer Dance Festival

Enjoy this unique celebration of the summer solstice. Learn folk dances from Barnklubben Elsa Rix and Swedish Folkdancers of New York. Make midsummer wreaths. Enjoy a parade, children’s games, and Swedish delicacies.  Traditional music by Paul Dahlin and Fiddlers from the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. Dances led by Ross Sutter, Scandinavian folklorist.

Dancing: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

For more information, visit  www.nycmidsummer.com.

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


Public Art Tour & Workshop: Jim Dine’s Ape & Cat (At the Dance)

This striking sculpture’s cheek-to-cheek figures, despite their obvious animalism, seem almost human in their tenderness. Join us for a discussion led by contemporary art historian Dorothea Basile about how emotions like love and friendship are evoked by this fascinating art. Work with artist/art educator Larry Dobens, to create your own interpretation of these feelings using clay. All supplies provided.

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Go Fish!

Join us on Saturday, May 13th for fishing and family fun. 

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.

CATCH-AND-RELEASE FISHING 10am-2pm: During Go Fish!, barbless hooks minimize injuries to both fish and participants. Fish are placed in saltwater tanks for observation and identification before being released back into the Hudson. Live demonstrations and displays teach fish anatomy and heighten awareness of the ecology, flourishing marine life and the current state of good health of the Hudson River and its estuary. Rods, reels, and bait are provided for those who don’t bring their own. 

ART PROJECTS 11am-2pm: Learn about the public art in Wagner Park and participate in an art-making workshop. Create your own sound-making instrument with recycled materials.

BIRD WATCHING 11am: Search with an experienced birder for species that live in or migrate through BPC Parks. Binoculars available to borrow.

FAMILY PERFORMANCE 12pm: Arm at 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 and upcountry gardeners alike to learn about the miraculous workings of the earth beneath us and all the organisms within.

Storytelling and Art Workshop

Hear Kingston, NY Storyteller Laureate Karen Pillsworth delight us with stories to celebrate the mother figures in our lives. Listen to these tales and join in the splendor of making plantable seed paper for Mother’s Day!

Teen Nights – DJ Workshop

Drop by for a few hours to meet friends and make new ones.  Play table tennis , foosball, life-size chess, and more!  Also introducing special activities, such as trivia, karaoke and Community Center night.  Great place to hang and relax!  Check www.bpcparks.org for latest information.

Free!  Grades 7-12

*No program on 1/13 and 2/17