On Friday, November 20 at 8 pm in St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village, 371 Sixth Avenue at Washington Place, the Washington Square Music Festival offers a pre-holiday gift to music lovers – A Celebration of Strings, a free concert of 20th century music by Jerome Kern, Ernest Bloch, & Richard Strauss. Lutz Rath conducts Festival String Chamber Orchestra.Read More
We will be holding our annual meeting on Monday, June 29 at 6 pm, at NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South. Our special guest speaker is Emily Kies Folpe, Ph.D,, art historian and author of It happened on Washington Square. The title of the presentation is “Picturing the Square”. Washington Square through the eyes of artists from Edward Hopper to Red Grooms. Refreshments will be served.
There is no charge, but please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org . Members of the Washington Square Association and neighbors in the community are welcome to join us.Read More
On Tuesday June 23 at 8 pm in Washington Square, Harp & Chamber Orchestra features an unusual program ranging from a setting of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Mask of Red Death” by André Caplet, to the more familiar Peer Gynt suite by Grieg. The harp, played by Lynette Wardle, is the featured instrument in three works.Read More
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:Read More
The Washington Square Association, the venerable institution founded more than one hundred years ago to enhance the interests of the Park and its environs, is pleased to announce "WSA Kids in Culture" a free pilot program of art and chess lessons for children aged 11 through 13 in Washington Square Park, the center of Village Culture.Read More
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.Read More
We are very excited to announce the dates for the Washington Square Music Festival, one of our favorite event series of the year. Spring is in the air and June seems almost graspable. As the weather warms, so will the music fill our park with 4 concerts in the park starting June 16th.Read More
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.