On Saturday, October 19, celebrate Mexico’s beloved 3,000 year-old tradition that remembers friends and family members who have passed away at El Museo del Barrio. Join the celebration by adding your own offering to El Museo’s altars and enjoying the colorful procession around the Harlem Meer, storytelling, face painting and dance performances. 11am – 5pm. Free admission.
If you’re in NYC during Labor Day Weekend, join thousands of Brazilians as they celebrate Brazilian independence and culture on Sunday, September 1. Brazilian Day NYC is the largest Brazilian celebration in the United States. The festivities begin at 10am and will take place in Little Brazil, Sixth Ave between 42nd and 56th Streets, and 46th Street between Madison and Seventh Avenues.
This weekend, August 17 and 18, Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra invite you to the beloved Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island. Now in its eighth year, the event has become the quintessential outdoor celebration of the Jazz Age and its living legacy. The event is said to be a dream of the 1920s nestled right in the heart of New York Harbor. Authentic 20’s outfits recommended – think Boardwalk Empire and the Great Gatsby.
The Chinese American Arts Council and Kronos Performing Arts Association, a non-profit organization, present the humorous Chinese musical: Romance of the Iron Bow at Lincoln Center Out of Doors. The musical highlights the culture’s rich and elaborate costumes, unique vocal styles and traditional martial arts pyrotechnic. Friday, July 26, 6pm. Free.
Sneaker Con NYC will be exhibiting 100 – 150 sneaker vendors on Saturday, July 13, at the newly renovated Basketball City space, located at Pier 36, 299 South Street. Tickets are $15 and the event will take place from 12pm – 7pm.
This July 4th, explore African dance, art and culture at the 42nd Annual International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn. This year’s theme is NDUNGA (Justice from the Congo). The festival takes place at Commodore Barry Park, Navy Street (Park and Flushing Aves) from 9am – 10pm. Free.
With the recent and momentous US Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage — allowing the same benefits given to heterosexuals to gay married couples — there is special reason to celebrate gay pride in New York City and across America in 2013. The celebration will be located on Hudson St. between Abingdon Square & West 14th Street. Sunday, June 30th, 11am – 6pm.
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center (Astor Gallery) and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana are pleased to present 100 Years of Flamenco in NYC. The multimedia exhibit features costumes, castanets, engravings and photographs, as well as screenings of rare documentary films, seminars, lectures and performances. Currently in display, running through August 3, 2013. Free.
Visit Kaufmann Concert Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd street, and meet Oscar de la Renta. The Dominican Republic-born fashion designer shot to fame in the 1960’s as one of the designers who dressed Jacqueline Kennedy. Since then, Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Beyoncé, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sandra Bullock, Penelope Cruz and countless other noteworthy women have made a splash wearing his tastefully opulent designs.