Hudson River Park just released their jam-packed spring and summer event schedule and it’s filled to the brim with exciting free things to do!
This year’s lineup will offer over 400 free events from May through November (that’s 140 more events than last year!). Some old favorites will be returning, such as the critically acclaimed Blues BBQ Festival and a full range of fitness classes.
Plus, the Pier 57 public rooftop park, which opened last year, will provide stunning views overlooking the lower Manhattan skyline for those who would like to just hangout and relax in the beautiful weather.
“Nothing makes us happier than seeing our visitors enjoying themselves on Hudson River Park’s beautiful, landscaped piers,” said Noreen Doyle, President & CEO of the Hudson River Park Trust.
“Our 2023 calendar is filled with musical, science, dance, environmental and fitness programs designed to elicit smiles, sweat and tapping toes for every age group,” Doyle added.
This season three different types of musical events will be offered: Sunset on the Hudson, Jazz at Pier 84, and the Blues BBQ Festival.
Sunset on the Hudson
A free series featuring both established and emerging NYC artists across a broad range of genres. Enjoy this music at 7p.m. at Pier 45 on the following days:
- Every Friday (June 2 – September 1)
Jazz at Pier 84
Listen to all things jazz, all summer long in partnership with the Jazz Foundation of America. Catch the show at 7p.m. at Pier 84 on the following days:
- Every Wednesday (May 31 – August 30)
Blues BBQ Festival
Head to the fan-favorite Blues BBQ Festival for beer, BBQ, and blues music. The lineup has not yet been announced, but in the past has featured artists such as Jackie Venson, Dwayne Dopsie, and Walter Wolfman Washington.
- August 19 / 1p.m. / Pier 76
Break out your dancing shoes, this season you’ll find three different dance events at Hudson River Park:
Hudson River Dance Festival
This night of free dance performances will feature a dynamic cast of dance companies celebrating the vibrant voices and diverse styles of NYC. The lineup brings street dance, tap, ballet, and modern dance to the Pier 63 lawn for an unforgettable performance.
- June 8 / 7p.m. / Pier 63
- June 9 / 7p.m. / Pier 63
Dance the night away with world-renowned dancer, instructor, and producer Talía Castro-Pozo and her lineup of incredibly talented friends. Celebrated as “The Woman of Salsa” by Latina Magazine, Talía is trained in everything from Ballroom to Jazz. Join in at 6:30p.m. for beginner lessons or at 7:15p.m. for open dance at Pier 76 on the following days:
- Every Thursday (June 1 – August 31)
Bollywood & Bhangra
For the first time, Bollywood and Bhangra dance lessons will be offered, highlighting rhythm, expression, and passion through a high-energy folk dance with origins from Punjab in India and Pakistan. These lessons are also excellent as fitness classes! These will take place at 10a.m. at Pier 63 on the following days:
- Every Saturday (June 3 – August 26)
Healthy on the Hudson will also take over each weeknight beginning May 30 where you’ll be able to enjoy a variety of HIIT, yoga, and mindfulness classes while enjoying the outdoors and gorgeous, scenic views. These hour-long classes will start at 6:30p.m., and include:
- Meditation & Restorative Yoga – Mondays at Pier 84
- HIIT – Tuesdays at Pier 25
- Yoga/HIIT – Wednesdays at Pier 57 (8a.m.)
- Yoga – Wednesdays at Pier 64
- HIIT – Thursdays at Pier 46
- Yoga – Fridays at Pier 26
Connie Fishman, Hudson River Park Friends’ Executive Director, says, “From salsa to sunsets to sustainability, there are so many ways to enjoy Hudson River Park’s 25th anniversary season of performing arts, outdoor fitness, volunteering, science education and environmental stewardship out on our four miles of piers.”
For more information and to see the full schedule of events, you can head to Hudson River Park’s website.