July 4th Weekend in Central Park!

Lots to do this holiday weekend in Central Park!

Freedom Party® NYC 13 Year Anniversary

July 2 @ 6:00 pm10:00 pm

Freedom Party® NYC 

The Freedom Party® is the longest running, weekly, Friday-night party in NYC history. Winner of Village Voice’s esteemed “Best Dance Party 2015,” Papermag‘s highlycoveted award for “Best Party (People’s Choice)” and runner up in URB Mag’s “Best Party” (nationwide), Freedom was created in 2003 by Herbert Holler, DJ Cosi and Marc Smooth to provide a place for people from all walks of life to dance and be free. Today, it is a bona fide nightlife institution, with monthly events in both Chicago and Washington, D.C., as well. Playing a tight mix of danceable, soulful hits across all genres of music from the 60s through today, Freedom continues to fill its dance floor each week with fun, beautiful people from all over the globe looking to have an unforgettable, true NYC party experience.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Stories at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen

at Hans Christian Andersen Statue (in Central Park), Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Connie Reagan Blake, Len Cabral, Laura Simms, and Lisa Marie Nedergaard will lead a special Independence Day Celebration and share Appalachian, Caribbean, and Danish stories with accompaniment from cellist Lynn Andersen.
Category: Best for Kids
Free!

Central Park Tour: Conservatory Garden

at Vanderbilt Gate (in Central Park), Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Central Park Conservancy staff takes you on a guided stroll amid thousands of trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals that bloom throughout the year.
Category: Nature, History, Tours

Sunday, July 3, 2016

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Central Park Conservancy Family Performance Festival: Central Park Players

at The Great Hill (in Central Park), Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
This year’s Family Performance Festival is chock-a-block full of fun and learning through music, storytelling, park adventures, puppetry, and more!
Category: Education, Nature, Festivals, Best for Kids
Free!

Best For
Kids

Monday, July 4, 2016

Exhibition – SPF16: NYC Pools and Beaches in Contemporary Photography

at Arsenal (in Central Park), Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Celebrate the 2016 summer season with an exhibition of contemporary photography that highlights the city’s most popular warm weather amenities—its public pools and beaches.
Category: Art
Free!

Hallett Nature Sanctuary

at Hallett Nature Sanctuary (in Central Park), Manhattan This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
During these limited hours, visitors can explore the normally-closed Hallett Sanctuary at their own pace along the rustic trail.
Category: Birding, Education, Nature, Hiking
Free!

114th Annual Christmas Bird Count


Experience the beauty of the park in winter while you help collect valuable data, and learn about birds when you participate in this annual event with the National Audubon Society.

The Christmas Bird Count is a citizen-science tradition started by ornithologist Frank Chapman in 1900 and the longest-running  wildlife annual census. The data you collect is used to assess the health of bird populations and guide conservation action in Central Park and beyond.

Each group is led by an experienced birder. Dress warmly and remember to bring your binoculars.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

8:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.

Location

Reservoir Running Track & Landscape in Central Park
Manhattan

Cost – Free

Event Organizer

National Audubon Society, NYC Parks and Recreation

Contact Number

(212) 360 1324

Contact Email

rsvp@parks.nyc.gov

Wreath Interpretations at the Central Park Arsenal

 NYC Parks offers a truly original celebration of the the holiday season with its 31st annual exhibition of unique, unconventional wreaths at the Central Park Arsenal. A diverse selection of 46 fine artists, horticulturalists, designers, and other spirited contributors enliven this ageless holiday symbol. Materials such as neck ties, rat traps, acorns, and recycled plastic bags are used to examine themes as diverse as zombie apocalypses to water conservation. This exhibition is sure to be an imaginative and enjoyable experience this year’s holiday season.

This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.

This event repeats every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 12/5/2013 and 1/9/2014.

Halloween in Central Park

Halloween in New York's Central Park

Halloween in New York’s Central Park

Attention all urban ghouls and goblins – Halloween is fast approaching and there are a frightening array of fun events lined up this year in New York’s Central Park!    Each October, the Central Park Conservancy offers an array of free Halloween programming throughout the Park, which has included spider crafts, live bat programs, costume parades, pumpkin carving and cooking demonstrations, theatrical productions, spooktacular sports, scary storytelling and New York City’s largest pumpkin flotilla on the Harlem Meer. Read below for information on our 2012 schedule of Halloween programs. All programs are free and there is no advance registration.  All ages are welcome. Programs will happen weather permitting.
2012 Schedule of Halloween Programs

  • Bats at Belvedere
    Friday, October 26, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    Belvedere Castle
    Step into the mysterious world of bats and explore their benefits, habitats and nocturnal strategies in this live animal encounter program with conservation biologist Rob Mies. Ages 4+.
  • Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail
    Sunday, October 28, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    Dana Discovery Center
    Enjoy spooky storytelling, crafts with marshmallows, pumpkin-carving demonstrations and more. Walk alongside Frankenstein in the costume parade at 5:45 pm, and then watch New York City’s largest pumpkin flotilla drift by on the Meer at twilight. Please click the link to read more about how to participate in the sail, including pumpkin size and weight restrictions.

Floating Christmas Tree in Harlem Meer