Dedicated to bringing free and fun family activities to Riverside Park - and for the first time ever - West Harlem Piers Park, Summer on the Hudson kicks off (literally!) with the 10th Annual Irish Arts Center New York City Irish Dance Festival and the 8th Annual Mamapalooza Outdoor Extravaganza. With the inclusion of West Harlem Piers Park, Summer on the Hudson is this summer's largest free festival in New York City providing outdoor recreation for all ages from 59th to 135th Street.
10th Annual Irish Arts Center New York City Irish Dance Festival (Pier I; Sunday, May 1)
The Irish Arts Center New York City Irish Dance Festival, led by artistic director Niall O'Leary, is an annual celebration of traditional Irish stepdance, music and culture. The all-day event will feature free, live performances by stars of the Irish dance world and New York area dance schools, free language and dance workshops, music concerts and a grand finale - a céilí for all!
8th Annual Mamapalooza Outdoor Extravaganza (Pier I; Sunday, May 22)
Celebrating moms and the people who love them, the 8th Annual Mamapalooza will feature mom-tastic music, film, drama, comedy, burlesque and readings, including live performances by "Funniest Mom In America" finalists and mom bands like Housewives on Prozac and The Anna Banana Band, making one thing absolutely clear: MOMS ROCK!
MUSIC & DANCE events for Summer on the Hudson:
Lunchtime Listen (West Harlem Piers Park; Last Friday of the month, begins May 27)
Harlem Dances! (West Harlem Piers Park; Third Friday of the month, begins May 20)
KIDS events for Summer on the Hudson:
Game Days (West Harlem Piers Park; Every Tuesday, begins May 31)
Play Dates! (West Harlem Piers Park; Second Saturdays of the month, begins May 14)
WELLNESS & RECREATION events for Summer on the Hudson:
Kayaking on the Hudson (72nd St; Saturdays & Sundays, May 15 - October 10)
Riverside Redtail Reunion (River Run Playground; Sunday, May 23)
Spring Bloom Bike Tour (West 79th Street Boat Basin; Saturday, May 28)
About Summer on the Hudson
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 bring diverse groups of people together to enjoy the panoramic north and south views of the Hudson River. Summer on the Hudson programming is free to the public and seating is limited, unreserved, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating begins 1-2 hours before the event. In the event of heavy rain at the time of the event, the event will be cancelled. No rain dates are scheduled. If attendance reaches maximum capacity, management reserves the right to close participation.
About New York City Parks & Recreation
NYC Parks & Recreation is the steward of more than 29,000 acres of land - 15 percent of New York City - including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens and Greenstreets. Parks & Recreation operate more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds, 550 tennis courts, 66 public pools, 48 recreational facilities, 17 nature centers, 13 golf courses, and 14 miles of beaches. The department cares for 1,200 monuments and 23 historic house museums and looks after 600,000 street trees and two million more in parks. It is New York City's principal provider of recreational and athletic facilities, programs, concerts, world-class sports events, and cultural festivals.
Riverside Park South is located on the Hudson River between 59th and 72nd Streets with entrances at 59th, 68th, 72nd Streets. West Harlem Piers Park is located on the Hudson River between 124th -135th Streets with entrance at 125th Street.
Permanent food and drink concessions (cafes) are located in the park at 62nd, 70th, 79th and 103rd Streets. Mobile vendors can be found in various locations throughout the park. Restrooms are located at 70th, 72nd, 79th, 81st (Playground), 91st (Playground), 97th (Playground), 105th,123rd and 148th (Playground) Streets.
Courtesy of Bike and Roll, bike rental is available at the 72nd Street basketball courts and the 135th Street Greenway this spring and fall from 9am - 7pm, and this summer from 9am - 8pm, dependent on weather.
Funding for public programming brought to you by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Riverside Park Fund and Riverside South Planning Corporation. For more information, to donate to programming, or to volunteer please visit www.riversideparkfund.org or call 212.408.0219