Summer on the Hudson, the annual outdoors arts and cultural festival, is back and better than ever with a wonderful program of events. From music concerts and dance performances to children’s shows and fitness activities, this year’s festivities will keep you outdoors all summer long. Here are some of the must-do events taking place right alongside the Hudson River. Check them out right below:
IAC NYC 15th Annual Irish Dance Center
May 1, 1-7pm
The Irish Arts Center will be kicking off the summer season with a spectacular Irish concert featuring Irish dancers marching to the sounds of their traditional music. Families attending this fun day festival will have the opportunity to participate in cultural workshops to discover more about Ireland’s heritage and the chance to get acquainted with their energetic style of dancing.
Zumba in West Harlem Piers Park
May 7, 11am-12pm
What better way to get fit than with a reinvigorating Zumba class? Summer on the Hudson is partnering up with Shape Up NYC for a Zumba class in West Harlem Piers Park. Zumba is a unique fusion of fiery Latin music with international flavors that has everyone dancing while also working out. The routines mix aerobic exercises with fitness interval training which make the whole body move alternating between fast and slow rhythms. You don’t have to be an expert to join the fun, beginners of all ages are welcome to participate!
Annual Mamapalooza Outdoor Extravaganza
May 15, 12-5pm
This 15th of May, you’re more than welcome to celebrate the International Day of Families by attending the 15th annual Mamapalooza Outdoor Extravaganza! The festival will host a variety of wellness activities, music concerts, and even a play area for the little ones. This year’s concert lineup includes Doo-Wop band Vered and the Babes, a group that uses lively horns and pots and pans to sing about the wonders of parenting and the joys that a baby can bring to its parents. Other acts performing at the event will be Miranda Writes, who’s influenced by classic hip-hop to write catchy songs about believing in positivity, Jeanette Berry and the Soul Nerds, and Cecilia Villar Eljuri’s. Mamapalooza is an event that is dedicated towards peace, equality and acknowledges the important work that moms do around the world.
Sweet Spot Festival
May 21, 3-9pm
The Sweet Spot Festival is the perfect event to enjoy the warm weather outdoors while sharing a picnic with family and listening to international music that’s full of flavor. The festival will take place at the West Harlem Piers Park and the DJ’s will be spinning some great tunes from different genres across the board ranging from reggae and soulful house, to disco, and even afro-beat. This is an event that celebrates the beauty of multiculturalism and the power of music to unite those that come from different backgrounds. Wear your favorite summer outfit and dance into the night right by the Hudson River on May 21st!
June 16, 6.30-9.30pm
Every Thursday from June to the end of August, you can enjoy a free introductory lesson to Argentinian tango led by professional dancers from Strictly Tango NYC. Tango is all about channeling your inner confidence and the instructors here will help beginners learn how to move their bodies to the music’s passionate rhythm. The environment at Everybody Tango! lessons is decidedly festive and supportive of those who are trying it out for the very first time. Let yourself go and let tango carry your worries away in a lesson unlike no other.
While strolling through Riverside Park this summer, make sure to stop by the riverfront Esplanade where you’ll enjoy a panoramic view of the Hudson River. You can also take a scenic route around the lovely Cherry Walk from 100th to 125th St. where hundreds of cherry trees were planted thanks to a donation from the Committee of Japanese Residents of New York back in 1909. Don’t forget to sip on a coffee by the Pier I Cafe or play a new sport in this beautiful park that counts with more than 300 acres of green space.
The programs offered are free and require no registration. Summer on the Hudson is supported by NYC Parks and Riverside Park Conservancy. Subscribe to the Summer on the Hudson email list and receive the latest info. on any upcoming events by clicking on the following link: https://riversideparknyc.org/