What’s Happening: Bronx Night Market, Bronx Pets Day and paddling events

Closeup of a chef at a street food market preparing a taco. Bronx
Taste a variety of delicious foods at the Bronx Night Market this month.
Photo courtesy Getty Images

Franz Sigel Park

Bronx Pets Day 2023

June 3, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Celebrate Bronx Pets Day at Franz Sigel Park’s Dog Run. Responsible pet owners and enthusiastic animal lovers will have access to dog licensing and grooming services along with education on pet waste management. There will also be lots of fun activities, like arts and crafts, music, games and even a dog trick contest!

Three small dogs playing in a dog park. Bronx
Access helpful resources and join in on pet-related activities at the Bronx Pets Day event on June 3. Photo courtesy Getty Images


Lehman Center for the Performing Arts

Los Van Van

May 26, 8 p.m.

Experience a night of Cuban music with Los Van Van. The “genre-creating band” has toured the globe and will be performing their unique take on Cuban music at Lehman Center. Learn more about the show and get tickets here.

“INVINCIBLE: A Tribute to Michael Jackson”

May 27, 8 p.m.

Celebrate Michael Jackson’s musical legacy with a special tribute concert dedicated to him at Lehman Center. Some of the world’s most “amazing and authentic” Michael Jackson impersonators will perform his greatest hits as part of this spectacular tribute to the “king of pop.” Learn more about the performance and get tickets here.

Manny Cruz

June 3, 8 p.m.

Start the summer with a lively performance by Dominican pop artist Manny Cruz. The grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer will be returning to Lehman Center after a nearly sold-out debut last season, so be sure to grab tickets for this upcoming show. Learn more and get tickets here.


Woodlawn Cemetery

Concert: “For Ibrahim With Love”

June 11, 3 p.m.

Celebrate the life of the late creative Ibrahim Gonzalez with an afternoon of music at the Woodlawn Cemetery. Gonzalez was an accomplished video producer, photographer and radio host, in addition to being a percussionist, pianist, composer and music producer. This free concert by The Mambo Dervish Jazz Ensemble is a memorial to his life and work. Learn more about Gonzalez and the event and get tickets here.


Pelham Bay Park

Spring Wildflower Walk

May 28, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Embrace the season of spring on a relaxing and educational hike through Pelham Bay Park. Look at the variety of plants in bloom while learning how to identify all the different species of flowers around the park.


Bronx River

Free Community Paddling in Starlight Park

June 3 and 17, 11 a.m-3 p.m.

Join the Bronx River Alliance for a free community paddling event at Starlight Park. Both large canoes and smaller kayaks will be available at this beginner- and family-friendly event, making it possible for anyone to join. Registration isn’t required, but the event is first come, first served, so be sure to get there early.

Free Community Paddling in Concrete Plant Park

June 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Visit Concrete Plant Park for a free community paddling event hosted by the Bronx River Alliance. Canoes will be available for groups and kayaks will be available for individuals, making it possible for anyone to join this beginner- and family-friendly event. Registration isn’t required, but the event is first come, first served.

Kayaking on the river. Two friends in a boat sailing along the river. Rowers with oars in a canoe. Rafting on a kayak. Leisure. Young men are rafting along a wild river. Bronx
Join the Bronx River Alliance for three days of community paddling along the river in June. Photo courtesy Getty Images

Gardening Tuesday

May 30, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Volunteer with the Bronx River Alliance every Tuesday to help maintain and beautify the Bronx River and the natural community spaces around it. Help remove litter and weeds while watering, mulching and planting new plants at a rain garden in Starlight Park. All tools and supplies will be provided by the Bronx River Alliance, but make sure to dress appropriately for outdoor activities.


Soundview Park

NYRR Open Run: Soundview Park

May 27, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Runners and walkers of all ages, abilities and experience levels are welcome to join the New York Road Runners at this free community event that takes place every Saturday through May. Stay active while exploring the neighborhood and admiring beautiful views of the Bronx River waterfront during your run.


Williamsbridge Oval

Concert: “Ray Blue Quintet”

June 2, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Experience a fresh jazz performance from New York-bred saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator Ray Blue at Williambridge Oval. The experienced musician will bring his “feel-good” music to the Bronx in partnership with the Jazz Foundation of America.


New York Botanical Garden

Bronx Community Partner Day: “…things come to thrive…in the shedding…in the molting…”

May 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The New York Botanical Garden is offering complimentary tickets for Bronx residents to visit and experience “…things come to thrive…in the shedding…in the molting…,” an all-new exhibition by celebrated contemporary artist Ebony G. Patterson. Free tickets will be distributed on a first-requested, first-served basis, so make sure to request one soon.

Happy 25th Birthday Everett Children’s Adventure Garden 

May 24 – May 26, 10 am.-6 p.m.

Take your kids to visit the Everett Children’s Garden during the last week of its 25th anniversary celebration! Discover the history of the garden while participating in fun activities like singing to caterpillars, exploring leaf litter and pond life, having a birthday-themed tea party, and potting up your own Oxalis triangularis plant party favor to take home.


Wave Hill

Public Gallery Tour

May 25 and 27, 2 p.m.-3 p.m.

View all of Wave Hill’s current exhibitions on display on a guided tour through Glyndor Gallery. Wave Hill visitors can see lots of artwork from both emerging and established artists and ask questions during the 45-minute tour. The tour is free with regular admission.

Family Art Project: Shake a Flower, Wear a Garden

May 27 and 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Kids are invited to learn about the importance of pollination through a fun arts and crafts workshop at Wave Hill. Create your own hat filled with flowers, bees and butterflies while learning about the important and interesting relationship between bugs and flowers in nature.

Family Art Project: Whimsical Windchimes for Summer

June 3 and 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Experience the beauty of wind chimes at this eco-friendly arts and crafts workshop at Wave Hill. Using a mix of natural and upcycled materials, kids will create their own wind chimes and learn about the rich history of the ornamental instrument.

Concert: “Sinfonietta of Riverdale”

June 4, 2 p.m.-3 p.m.

Head to Wave Hill for an afternoon of “fabulous” music performed by the Sinfonietta of Riverdale. The special musical program will feature performances of pieces by famous composers Igor Stravinsky and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Learn more about the program and get tickets here.

There are many different kinds of wind chimes. Made of wood and metal. Bronx
Kids can create their very own wind chimes using a mix of natural and upcycled materials at Wave Hill. Photo courtesy Getty Images


Poe Park

Hair braiding tutorials

June 10, 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Learn the fundamentals of hair braiding, parting and styling at this free community event. Learn useful braiding skills while learning about the history of braiding as an important art form.


Spuyten Duyvil Playground

NYC Parks Presents: Skate Party in the Bronx

June 1, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Join NYC Parks and Councilmember Eric Dinowitz for a fun afternoon skate party at Sputyen Duyvil Playground. In addition to skating, there will also be lots of music so you can dance the night away. Visitors are welcome to bring their own roller skates or just borrow a free pair while supplies last.


Bronx Library Center

Book Club and Book Give Away

May 24, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.

All teens are welcome to join the YA Book Club at the Bronx Library Center. Participate in discussions about books that the club is currently reading, and even get some free personal copies!

Family Storytime Special: Memorial Day

May 26, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Families with young children are invited to celebrate Memorial Day with the Bronx Library Center. Participate in songs, rhymes and favorite read-aloud books in honor of the national holiday.

Sun Print/Cyanotype Photography

May 26, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.

Discover the magic of sun printing at the Bronx Library Center! Teens will learn how to make a cyanotype — an old type of photographic print that uses a special UV-sensitive blue ink, some objects of your choosing and the power of sunlight — to create beautiful images. Create your own unique design while learning about the history of photography.

Natural Lighting Photography

June 8 and 9, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.

Visit the Bronx Library Center for a fun afternoon of photography! Take some photos or have your photo taken on the library’s outdoor terrace while learning about how to make the most of natural lighting.

Teen Fashion Workshop Series

June 10, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.

Teens are invited to participate in the third week of a five-week, beginner-friendly fashion workshop series in celebration of Bronx fashion. Young fashion lovers looking for knowledge and experience in the industry will learn all about casting calls, basic poses and other fashion-related tips as part of these workshops. The series will end with a real fashion show in October, where participants will get to show off everything they’ve learned!

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Kids can experience a fun and cozy pajama party at the Grand Concourse Library this month. Photo courtesy Getty Images


Grand Concourse Library

Family Storytime: Pajama Party!

May 24 and 31, 5 p.m.-5:45 p.m.

Join the Grand Concourse Library for a bedtime-themed storytime to hear exciting stories and sing fun songs together, helping young children build important early learning skills. Discover ways to promote early literacy at home and meet other caregivers in the neighborhood. Arrive dressed in pajamas or bring a stuffed animal friend!

Retro Gaming

May 26, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Step back in time with this retro gaming session at the Grand Concourse Library! Both beginners and experienced gamers are welcome to experience the fun and nostalgia of classic video games including NBA Jam, Contra, Streets of Rage, Altered Beast and many more.

Kids Lego Club!

June 3, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Join the Grand Concourse Library for a kid-friendly Lego club meeting! Children aged 3 and older are welcome to either play on their own or team up with other kids to build and create anything they can imagine with a plethora of Legos to choose from.

Salsa is Nuyorican!

June 3, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

The Grand Concourse Library will present a lecture and demonstration of various salsa music instruments in collaboration with Jose Obando of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Attend this event to experience a live musical demonstration of these salsa instruments and learn about their history and evolution through the lens of 11 different academic subjects.

Bronx Anti-Prom at NYPL

June 9, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Teens are invited to The New York Public Library’s annual Anti-Prom at the Grand Concourse Library! Choose to just show up and relax in the company of others, or go all out and dance the night away! There will also be plenty of snacks available, and even a free book giveaway. Learn more about the event and get free tickets here.

Fordham Plaza

Bronx Night Market

May 27, 1 p.m.-7 p.m.

Head to Fordham Plaza to take part in this annual food festival made for anyone and everyone who absolutely loves food. Explore the festival and experience a variety of food and beverages sourced from a curated selection of local Bronx- and NYC-based vendors. There will also be lots of arts and crafts activities and live music at the event, making it an exciting experience for everyone.

Closeup of a chef at a street food market preparing a taco. Bronx
Taste a variety of delicious foods at the Bronx Night Market this month. Photo courtesy Getty Images


Clinton Hall

Arthur Avenue Comedy: Fordham Stand-Up Wednesday

May 24 and 31, 8:30 p.m.

Experience a night of laughter and entertainment at this thrilling stand-up comedy show on Fordham Road. Hear top comedians from popular TV shows, networks and comedy clubs perform long and intimate sets at Clinton Hall every Wednesday. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, but there will also be opportunities to win free prizes throughout the night. Learn more and get tickets here.


Van Cortlandt Park

Barefoot Dancing with Julia Kulakova and Band

June 3, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

Dance along to Middle Eastern music on the lawn of the Van Cortlandt House Museum! People of all ages are welcome to kick off their shoes and join this culturally enriching activity hosted by the Bahar Music and Dance Ensemble. Learn more about the event and reserve free tickets here.

For more things to do in the Bronx, visit our Bronx Times Events page.