Last year was a year like no other. Among countless other changes we all experienced together, the pandemic altered how we delivered our free public programs to you, our Hudson River Park community.
While we have loved seeing you tune in for our virtual programs from all over the world, we are thrilled to bring back live, in-person events this year!
In celebration of the season kick-off, we’re sharing a preview of the fun ahead. You can also explore our full calendar here; and, be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for live streams and updates.
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN DANCE, RHYTHM AND MOVEMENT THROUGH FREE LESSONS AND OPEN DANCE
- Back by popular demand, Bollywood and Bhangra classes return with the Ajna Dance Company. Ajna’s signature dance style blends the grace and technique of classical dance with the energy and passion of Bollywood.
- NEW! Afro-Caribbean dance series led by Batingua Arts. This New York-based performing arts company draws its material from a variety of Afro-Caribbean art forms including modern, jazz, capoeira, acrobatics, hip hop, samba, salsa, reggae, soca, spoken word and more.
- Sunset Salsa returns virtually, led by world-renowned instructor and performer Talia Castro-Pozo; tune in for special guests.
HUDSON RIVER PARK’S PIER 84 COMES ALIVE WITH FREE, IN-PERSON CONCERTS FEATURING WORLD CLASS JAZZ MUSICIANS
On June 16, come to Pier 84 to catch our season opener, NYC vocalist and multi-instrumentalist jazz performer, Whitney Marchelle. For decades, Marchelle has helped shape the NYC jazz scene, and she anchors an outstanding line up of legendary musicians. Jazz at Pier 84 is presented in partnership with Jazz Foundation of America (JFA). Seating is limited; please arrive early.
JUMPSTART YOUR WEEKEND WITH MUSIC STREAMED FROM HUDSON RIVER PARK
Our always-popular Sunset on the Hudson concert series returns with a broad spectrum of genre-defining musicians—both established and emerging—here to help you kick back and unwind. All artists are from the local music scene, performing live on Facebook every Thursday, starting July 8. Tune in from wherever you are to catch these energetic performances. Plus, if you’re in the Park, you may also catch our artists doing pop-up performances on various piers. Keep an eye on our social channels for more details.
HRPK IS THE PLACE TO BE FOR RECREATION AND SWEATING ON THE RIVERFRONT!
Come join our group runs along the esplanade, learn a new yoga flow or try out HIIT classes led by ambassadors from our presenting sponsor, lululemon. New for 2021, our Healthy on the Hudson program now offers weekend pilates classes led by expert instructors from Chelsea Piers. Classes are on Mondays beginning June 7. These free, in-person workouts are adaptable to all levels and are here to help you stay healthy!
HUDSON RIVERKIDS IS BACK—ONLINE AND STREAMING WORLDWIDE!
Bring the whole family together to sing along to songs, dance and shake to music and listen to stories together. Hudson RiverKids returns June 7 with Bilingual Birdies—this early childhood bilingual education program is for children up to age six and the adults who love them! Tune in Mondays from 4:00 PM–4:45 PM for family programming that brings home imagination-sparking entertainment.
HRPK’S RIVER PROJECT TEAM IS THRILLED TO BE RE-OPENING THE WETLAB THIS SUMMER!
A hidden gem at Pier 40, the Wetlab features a 3,500-gallon flow-through aquarium system containing over a dozen tanks that host Hudson River fishes including striped bass, black sea bass, oyster toadfish and lined seahorses. Starting in July, we’ll be offering Wetlab Look-Ins—join us for a tour of this unique marine science field station and meet local wildlife face-to-face.
COME WALK WITH US
As one of Manhattan’s largest continuous green spaces, HRPK offers many opportunities to connect with our local waterfront. Join us this summer for Hudson River Tours, led by experienced guides, these in-person walking tours invite you to experience some of the Park’s most unique spaces including the Pier 26 Tide Deck, Community Compost Center and more. Plus, join us on Wednesdays for virtual tours of the Park’s historic vessels. Hear fascinating stories and hop aboard to learn more about New York City’s rich maritime history.
JOIN US IN THE PARK—VIRTUALLY
Our popular virtual science program Live from the Field is back and will air Thursdays at 2:00 PM on Instagram Live starting June 10. Tune in to get an insider’s look into research and monitoring efforts conducted in the Park. Projects you can watch include fish surveys, plastic pollution research, environmental DNA testing and more.
ENGAGE WITH LEADING MARINE SCIENTISTS AND STEM EXPERTS AS THEY DISCUSS CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS—FOLLOWED BY A LIVE Q&A SESSION
Learn directly from notable marine scientists and STEM experts as they discuss topical conversations buzzing in the science world today. Ask a Scientist is a monthly program that airs on Facebook Live starting June 10. Join to meet a local expert for a live Q&A session on topics that include water quality; diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM; and more.
WE’VE GOT SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!
Whether you’re interested in dance, music or fitness or our environmental research and educational offerings, HRPK’s diverse and eclectic range of programs and experiences will stimulate the senses and allow spirits to soar.
We’re excited to welcome all of you to enjoy this outstanding lineup of live in-person and virtual events. Stay tuned on our channels for information about more of your favorites later this year including SUBMERGE Marine Science Festival, Blues BBQ and Pumpkin Smash.