At the end of September you can visit 19 cool New York museums for free

At the end of September you can visit 19 cool New York museums for free

Don’t miss your chance to experience New York’s art and culture without paying extra for admission. West Side Fest invites everyone to enjoy a day of excitement and entertainment, according to Time Out.

West Side Fest is a brand new event that offers free admission to museums, exhibitions, live performances and parties. The festival is produced by the West Side Cultural Network, a network of more than 19 museums, parks, performing arts centers and cultural institutions located near Historic New York.

Save September 30th in your calendar, because a lot of interesting things are planned for you on this day:

  • Free admission, area tours and art for kids from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The museum features several exhibitions, including a permanent collection display featuring works by Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jay DeFeo, Alexander Calder, Lee Krasner, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol and others.

  • Free tours of the new exhibitions “Art Deco: Commercializing the Avant-Garde” and “We Tried to Warn You!” Environmental Crisis Posters, 1970–2020” will be held at the Poster House. There will also be live performances and events for all ages at Hudson River Park Pier 63.
  • Submerge Marine Science Festival at Pier 84 Hudson River Park.

  • Puppet show, open studios and live music at Westbeth Artists Residence.

  • Creative free art classes for all ages on Little Island.

  • Open rehearsal with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater at the West Village Rehearsal Co-op.

  • An evening party at The Shed with dance performances from The Dragon Sisters in partnership with Poster House, Ladies of Hip-Hop and Chelsea Factory, plus regular DJ sets from Riobamba, BEARCAT and Ashley Venom.

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  • Free film festival at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in partnership with Queer Voices NYC, featuring Queer-BIPOC voices.
  • Presentation of Arthur Russell’s 1973 composition “City Park” at New York City AIDS Memorial Park.

  • A free exhibition of paintings, archival footage and audiovisual elements by multidisciplinary artist Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, presented by The Kitchen.

  • Free admission and exhibition tours at the Rubin Museum of Art, plus a visiting art workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. led by art therapy graduate students from NYU.

  • Poetry readings on the High Line, inspired by Pamela Rosenkrantz’s Old Tree Plinth commission, featuring New York City poets.

  • The opening of a solo exhibition of artist and choreographer Lygia Lewis at the Center for Arts, Research and Alliances (CARA), where there will be a live performance of the artist’s new work. A full schedule with a map can be viewed on the website.

According to Tamara McCaw, The Shed’s chief civic officer, the festival is the result of four years of collaboration among area residents.

“The West Side of the Hudson River is a vibrant cultural hub,” said Jane Carey, director of government and public affairs at the Whitney Museum of American Art and lead organizer of West Side Fest. “Every year, the dozens of arts organizations, parks and performance centers located in the area attract millions of people, sparking curiosity, providing space for conversation, spreading joy—all while promoting social and economic progress. Cultural communities like the West Side strengthen New York’s position as a global arts center.”

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