Halloween Fun in Downtown

Let out your best witch cackle, sharpen your fangs, or revel in the glory from saving the world this fall season with month-long Halloween fun all over Lower Manhattan. Check out the thrilling fun for children and family this season:

Pumpkin Point & Trick-Or-Treating
Let the fall spirit flow and thrive in a glorious day of joy, fun, and best of all, pumpkin picking! Pick out your own pumpkin, enjoy live music, pumpkin painting, and treats like warm cider, mini pumpkin pies, and a fall beer garden for the adults while basking in the grace of Lady Liberty on Governors Island. Trick-or-treat with your chivalrous knights, troubling goblins, spooky ghosties, and royal princesses all around the historic houses of Nolan Park. Pumpkin picking will take place for two weekends on October 20-21 and October 27-28. Trick-or-treating will be two days only on October 27-28.

Crafternoon
Ghoulish crafters and scary builders ages 3 and older are invited to an afternoon of Halloween creativity and crafts! All materials will be provided at a first come, first serve basis at the Battery Park City Library on October 24.

Halloween Bash
Dress up your children as their favorite characters for an afternoon of spooky fun at the Brookfield Place Halloween Bash! Enjoy a costume catwalk, trick-or-treating at designated locations, LEGO Photo Ops with a colossal LEGO sculpture, Special movie screenings, and more at Brookfield Place on October 27.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF at Westfield WTC
Head to the #ScaryGood Carnival on October 27 in the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center for a great cause! Enter the life-size trick-or-treat box, go on a Scavenger Hunt or just enjoy all the fun activities while learning how kids get to help kids with the longest running fundraising campaign.

Dia de los Muertos
Enjoy a free day of crafts and dance the whole family will love in celebration of Dia de los Muertos. Create paper skull masks, paper flowers, paint plaster skulls (calaveras), and decorate skeleton puppets.Traditional dances around the community ofrenda will be performed by Cetiliztli Nauhcampa to honor ancestors at the National Museum of the American Indian on October 27.

Hometown Halloween at Trinity Church
Head to Trinity Wall Street for a graveyard Halloween from 3-5 PM for free hot apple cider and photos. Kids also interact with historical characters from New York City’s past and can enter to win an iPod shuffle and iBoo speakers. Parents can then stay for a viewing of the silent film Phantom of the Opera with live organ accompaniment from 7-8:30 PM.

Little Shops of Horrors Viewing
Prepare yourself for a night of chills and thrills with a director’s cut viewing of Little Shops of Horror at the Schimmel Center on October 30. Pre viewing activities begin at 6:30 PM.

Midsummer Night’s Dream at Castle Clinton

Classical theatre has arrived in Lower Manhattan!

You can now see a free outdoor performance at Castle Clinton National Monument in The Battery. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will run from June 14-24, Thursdays -Sundays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Come and experience how the play was originally performed over 400 years ago during Shakespeare’s time. Enjoy the fresh air, waterfront views of Lady Liberty and a green setting while you experience a true time-honored performance.

Shakespeare Downtown’s cofounder and Artistic Director, Billie Andersson, and her staff have put together a wonderful show for the Lower Manhattan community. Tickets are free and available the day of the performance at the Castle starting at 6pm. Performances are always free, and serve an audience of up to 200 each night, creating a truly accessible Shakespeare in the park for Lower Manhattan!

Downtown Night At The Museums

Come and discover the rich culture and history that surrounds Lower Manhattan, all in one night, all within walking distance, all for FREE!

As part of the River to River Festival, 15 museums and cultural institutions will come together to bring you Night at the Museums. Enjoy free special programming, performances, exhibitions, and tours at some of the cities finest museums on Tuesday, June 19th from 4 – 8 PM. While there may not be a mischievous monkey or a t-rex chase, there is still room for adventure!

Participating institutions include:

African Burial Ground National Monument
China Institute
Federal Hall National Memorial
Fraunces Tavern Museum
Lower Manhattan Tours
Museum of American Finance
Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
National Archives at New York City
National Museum of the American Indian
National September 11 Memorial Museum
9/11 Tribute Museum
NYC Municipal Archives
Poets House
The Skyscraper Museum
South Street Seaport Museum

Governors Island Summer 2018 Events

Saturday, May 12 – NYC Holi Hai – Spring Color Festival
Saturday, May 19 – Rite of Summer Music Festival, Part 1
Sunday, May 27 – Family Fun Day Festival
Friday, June 8: Free movie screenings of Escape from New York (John Carpenter), with The Road to Magnasanti (John Wilson)
Saturday, June 9 – Rite of Summer Music Festival, Part 2
Sunday, June 10 – New York Harbor School Oyster Classic 5K
Saturday, June 16-Sunday, June 17 – The 13th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party, Part 1
Saturday, June 23-Friday, June 29 – ARTs East New York (AENY) and TheHAND™ Presents The Gathering of Hands
Saturday, June 23 – FIGMENT participatory arts event
Sunday, June 24 – Porch Stomp Music Festival
Saturday, July 7 – Rite of Summer Music Festival, Part 3
Friday, July 13 – Free movie screenings of Desperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman), with My Last Film (Zia Anger)
Friday, August 10 – Free movie screenings of Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman), with Review (Dustin Guy Defa)
Saturday, August 18 – Rite of Summer Music Festival, Part 4
Saturday, August 25-Sunday, August 26 – The 13th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party, Part 2
Friday, September 14 – Free movie screenings of The Last Dragon (Michael Shultz), with Hernia (Jay Giampietro)

HOW TO GET THERE
Ferries run daily from Manhattan’s Maritime Building on South Street between 10AM-6PM during the week and 10AM-7PM on weekends. Governors Island will also have late night Fridays until 10PM from May 25-September 14. Round trip tickets are $3. The Island is currently offering free trips between now and May 6th and all summer long on weekend morning.

Lower Manhattan Hosts Battle Of The Best Brews

Come see Brookfield Place’s Winter Garden transform into a Winter Biergarten as the city’s top breweries compete in Best Brews of NYC, a five borough-wide contest of fine beers over the course of four weeks. Event goers and a jury of reputable beer connoisseurs will enjoy a competitive selection of potential prize-winning beers and come together to decide that week’s winner.

Make sure to join in for all the fun while helping support the city’s parks. 100% of all beer sales will be donated to New Yorkers for Parks‘ mission to build, protect, and promote parks and open spaces throughout New York City.

Best Brews of NYC takes place Thursdays 2/22, 3/1, 3/8 & 3/15 in the Winter Garden 4 – 9 PM.
Free to attend, 21 and over only

Voyagez To LM For A Transporting Trunk Show

Volez to Lower Manhattan and for Louis Vuitton’s traveling exhibit—unpacking soon!

Having debuted in Paris, Japan, and South Korea, Volez, Voguez, Voyagez (Fly, Sail, Journey)— Louis Vuitton is making its next stop at the former American Stock Exchange building (86 Trinity Place) in LM.

From October 27 to January 7, 2018, be sure to stop by and check out their array of trunks, steamer bags, and hundreds of signature pieces that cover 160 years of the luxury brand’s history. The ‘tree-to-trunk’ story reveals Louis Vuitton’s footsteps across the French forests to his arriving in Paris where he first trained as a box maker and packer and then started his own specialty trunk business in 1854. This exhibit will also include inspirations throughout its grand and lush span as well as new display elements focusing on the Americas.

Start the fall season off with some fun with this unique pop up event

Summer Streets NYC 2017

On Saturday, August 5, 12 and 19th between the hours of 7 am and 1 pm, nearly seven miles of New York City’s streets are open to the public to play, run, walk and bike.

Summer Streets is modeled on other events from around the world including Ciclovía in Bogotá, Colombia and the Paris Plage in France and has since inspired other such events around the world such as CicloRecreo Via and London’s Regent Street Summer Streets.

Held between 7:00 am to 1:00 pm, Summer Streets extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets, with easy access from all points in New York City, allowing participants to plan a trip as long or short as they wish. All activities at Summer Streets are free of charge, and designed for people of all ages and ability levels to share the streets respectfully.

Summer Streets is a project of the New York City Department of Transportation.

Dancing In the Streets NYC

It’s Showtime NYC! celebrates New York City street culture and provides performance and professional development opportunities to street and subway dancers.

Performances in Battery Park

Friday July 14
Saturday July 29
Friday August 11
Saturday August 19
Friday August 25

12noon – 4pm
– donations welcome

Castle Clinton Plaza, Battery Park

Night at the Museums Lower Manhattan

Spend a summer evening immersed in New York City’s history and diverse cultures. Lower Manhattan offers one of the most varied and concentrated groups of museums in the world – all within walking distance from one another.

When: June 20, 2017 from 4 P.M. to 8 P.M.
Cost: FREE
Where: For details and a map www.nightatthemuseums.org

It’s Showtime NYC! this month in Battery Park

When: This Friday – Live in Battery Park
Friday April 14 – 12 noon to 4pm

Coming up in Battery Park
Saturday April 22
Friday April 28
12noon – 4pm (Free, donations welcome)

Where: Castle Clinton Plaza, Battery Park

It’s Showtime NYC! is a program of Dancing in the Streets, developed in partnership with the Mark Morris Dance Center, with funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and supported by The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation.