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


Alina Prikhodko

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Don't miss your chance to immerse yourself in the world of art and culture in New York without overpaying for entrance fees. West Side Fest invites everyone to spend a day full of impressions and entertainment, reports Time out.

West Side Fest is a brand new event that offers free entry to museums, exhibitions, various 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 City.

Mark September 30th in your calendar, because a lot of interesting things await you on this day:

  • Free entry, local tours and art activities for children from 11:00 to 15:00 at Whitney Museum of American Art. It 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 Art Deco exhibitions: Commercializing the Avant-Garde and We Tried to Warn You! Environmental Crisis Posters, 1970–2020 will be held at 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 shows, open studios and live music in Westbeth Artists Residence.

  • Creative free art activities for all ages at Little island.

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

  • party in The shed with dance performances from The Dragon Sisters in partnership with Poster House, Ladies of Hip-Hop and Chelsea Factory, as well as 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, which will feature 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 materials and audiovisual elements by multidisciplinary artist Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, presented by The Kitchen.

  • Free entry and tours of the exhibition in Rubin Art Museum, as well as a retreat art workshop from 13:00 to 15:00 p.m. led by art therapy graduate students from New York University.

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

  • Opening of a solo exhibition of artist and choreographer Lygia Lewis at the Center for Arts, Research and Alliances (CARA), where a live performance of the artist’s new work will take place. You can see the full schedule with a map Online.

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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