The 57th Season of the Washington Square Music Festival Begins June 16th - Free Things To Do

The 57th Season of the Washington Square Music Festival Begins June 16th - Free Things To Do

The Washington Square Association is proud to announce that the 57th season of the Washington Square Music Festival begins this Junes 16th and continues into July.   Our free concerts in the park are a long standing tradition of beautiful and interesting music brought to our community through the support of many community organizations.  

This season includes 4 concerts starting June 16th:

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The New Lights for the Washington Square Arch

The New Lights for the Washington Square Arch

Great news for our majestic arch.   We just received word from Sarah Neilson at the Parks Department that the lights that shine on the Arch and make it stand out at night are bing upgraded.  They will be more energy efficient and hopefully no more flickering.  You may see some workers at the arch and the lights could be inconsistent over the next couple weeks, but be prepared for a newly lit, even more beautiful arch. 

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Sunday in the Park: Pictures From a Washington Square Park Stroll

Washington Square Park, even more than ever, has become a lively epicenter of outdoor fun for all ages and interests.   It's hard to capture in just words the wonderful energy, cultural diversity and sheer number of people and fun being had in Washington Square Park.  It would certainly require a better writer than me.  

So instead, I wanted to share a couple photos from a 5-minute walk in the Park this Sunday.

In them you will find rockabilly band Outlaw Ritual playing under the arch to passerbyers, while a man walks by with a giant python captivating kids attentions, while people collect at the park's fountain citybikers stop through on their way uptown.   Nearby, a family is teaching their daughter to double dutch, while kids frolic and get soaked in the fountain.   Just south, people do the Charleston and take dance classes as live music plays.   Others search for a picnic in the shade, while Colin Huggins, the famous piano player who has lugged his piano into the park for years plays Mozart and Beethoven nearby.  Meanwhile, The Red Hots stroke their ukeleles while people sun bathe in the beautiful weather.   3 miniature dogs show off their outfits in the park and of course the flowers are in full bloom.  

Not bad for a 5-minute walk through the park.   Makes you want to take a stroll right now. Why don't you...

 


My only commentary is that Washington Square Park is truly NYC's best park, bar none.

Join Us 6/24 for Our Free Washington Sq Music Festival Event - Vocal Music, Baroque to Modern

Join Us 6/24 for Our Free Washington Sq Music Festival Event - Vocal Music, Baroque to Modern

On Tuesday June 24 at 8 pm Lucia Hyunju Song, soprano, and Laila Salins, mezzo-soprano, accompanied by the Festival Chamber Ensemble, perform Vocal Music/Baroque To Modern, a free concert in Washington Square Park.  Ms. Song and Ms. Salins are favorite performers with the Music Festival, and this concert includes a premiere of Ms. Salins' original settings of poems by Anne Sexton.  The Festival is under the auspices of the Washington Square Association, Inc.  Seating is on a first-come, first served basis.

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Summer is Here and the Washington Square Music Festival Dates Have Been Announced

Summer is Here and the Washington Square Music Festival Dates Have Been Announced

We are so pleased to have the weather warm up.  Children are playing in the park and on weekends the fountain is buzzing with energy late into the night as the sun sets.  The revitatlized arch is as iconic and stoic as ever.   And summer means new dates for the Washington Square Music Festival.

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