Summer on the Hudson, an event series in Riverside Park, is set to kick off at the start of May and the city has released the first month of the schedule. All events are free to the public unless otherwise noted. Check it out below and through this link:



Irish Arts Center New York City Irish Dance Festival

Irish Arts Center returns to the park with its 13th annual day-long Irish Dance Festival featuring performances by hundreds of the best Irish dancers, with opportunities for the whole family to join in. www.irishartscenter.org

Sunday, May 4, 1-7pm – Pier I @ 70th St.

11th Annual Mamapalooza Outdoor Extravaganza

Celebrate mothers and the people who love them at our annual music and art-filled festival featuring family bands, kids activities, Gymboree Play Tent, crafts, eco-environmental information, food, vendors, interactive fun, and more! Everyone welcome.

Sunday, May 18, 12-5pm – Pier I @ 70th St.

Locomotive Lawn Live

songs for seeds is a rockin’ music class that encourages kids to dance, play, and sing along with a live band.

Thursdays, May 22 – June 26, 10:30-11:00am – Locomotive Lawn @ 61st

Positive Reinforcement Dog Training

Jay Andors (KPA-CTP) of NY Clicker Training and Lauren Wojcik (KPA-CTP) of Lauren’s Leash lead a 6-week training seminar that will give you foundation skills for a lifetime of good dog behavior. For the first session leave your dog at home.  Pre-registration and NYC dog license required – call 212.408.0219

Thursdays, May 22- June 26th – 6:30-7:30pm – far end pier I

Tai Chi

Join Silvana Pizzuti to learn and practice Tai Chi, a slow moving martial art with health benefits for all fitness levels.

Sundays, May 4- August 178am – West 89th Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Plaza

Teen Beach Volleyball

Teens 13-17 hit the Beach Volleyball Courts in Riverside Park for instructional clinics and open play. For more information please call 212.408.0296

Wednesdays, May 7- July 30, 5-7pm – 105th St. Courts

Nature Walks

May 24th’s walk will start at the 79th Street Boat Basin and will explore the trees and birds along the river to the gardens at West 91st Street.

Saturdays, May 24, 9:30-11am – 79th

Play Dates!

Come have a family play date with your children and bring friends to this outdoor kiddie party featuring children’s entertainment, arts & crafts, and neighborhood fun!

Second Saturday of the month, 1-4pm – 125th &Marginal Sts.

May 10 Community Works / book-reading, discussion, & game-playing

Harlem Dances

Dances for a Variable Population; multigenerational dance, our season’s spotlight company, presents workshops and Solstice Steps, a performance featuring special guests. Seniors especially welcome!

Workshops May 16, July 18, August 15, 6-7pm – 125th & Marginal Sts.

Lunchtime Listen

Bring a bag of yummies and eat lunch while drinking in the reverberations.

Last Friday of the Month, 12-1pm –130th & Marginal Sts.

May 30 Sonnet Man / Devin Glover sets Shakespeare’s love sonnets to Hip Hop

Shape Up NYC Zumba in West Harlem Piers Park
Shape Up NYC (a NYC Parks program in partnership with Equinox, NYC Service, and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield) offers free fitness classes to help New Yorkers get and stay fit.

Saturdays, May 3- September 27, 11am – 125th & Marginal Sts.

West Coast Swing Outdoors

West Coast Swing, a partner dance fusing elements of slow Lindy Hop, Salsa, and booty-shakin’, can be danced to R&B, pop, rock, hip hop, and blues! Come dance from 6-9 pm and get a lesson at 7 pm! Monthly.

Saturdays, May 31, 6-9pm – 125th & Marginal Sts.

Dance for Sculptures

Muna Tseng Dance Projects’ newly commissioned choreography engages with Chuck Ginnever’s monumental steel sculptures, Medusa and High Rise, overlooking the Hudson River, its metal ice breakers, and the George Washington Bridge.  Performances co-sponsored by NYC Parks and the Cynthia-Reeves Gallery in association with Gayle Maxon.

Saturdays, May 17 & 24, 7pm – 145th St. Lawn

Sweet Spot

Musical Directions brings you Sweet Spot, a family-friendly gathering of community, cultures & music lovers of all ages, featuring Reggae, Soulful House, Disco and Afro-Beat spun by a rotating collection of North America’s most renowned sound architects.

Sunday, May 25, 2-9pm –the Pier @ 125th & Marginal Sts.

Learn To Ride!

New riders 5years and up learn to balance, ride, & enjoy life on two wheels. A limited number of kids bikes will be lent by Bike and Roll NYC.  Reservations required, please call: (212) 870.2080 First come, first trained; there may be a wait.

Saturday, May 31, 11am-4pm – 135th St. & the Greenway (under the highway)

Photo of a dance event in Riverside Park by chashama.

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