Summer of Fun at Hudson River Park
By NYMetroParents Staff

Summer of Fun at Hudson River Park

Spring Activities  

Take the kids to the Summer of Fun 2015 at Hudson River Park, with outdoor movies, concerts, and activities for families all summer long, from May through September. Take in the waterfront view and fun, family-friendly entertainment at Hudson River Park.

Hudson River Park, one of the nation’s longest waterfront parks, will host a variety of free and low cost recreational and educational programming for New Yorkers, families and visitors this summer season as part of their “Summer of Fun” series. The festivities will begin in May and run through September. Popular annual events will be back this year, including the Blues BBQ Festival, the Hudson RiverRocks concerts, the Hudson RiverFlicks movie series, Big City Fishing, the Healthy on the Hudson fitness series and much more.  The new Hudson River Dance Festival is an exciting addition to the event calendar as is the new Hudson RiverKids family event series featuring New York City’s favorite family entertainers!
 
“Our favorite time of year is kicking off the summer season with entertainment, events and education programs which will draw a diverse audience from adjacent communities and across the entire city, for all to enjoy,” said Madelyn Wils, CEO and President of Hudson River Park. “Summer is one of the busiest and best seasons for us. Come spend some time outdoors by the water while enjoying one of the City’s beautiful landmarks with so much history. We encourage you to join us this season as you plan your leisure activities with family, friends and neighbors.”
A full listing of the upcoming events this summer in Hudson River Park are found below. For further information, please click here.
 
Look for the NEW Hudson River Park mobile events app, launching on iOS and Android later this summer!
 
Summer Events Calendar
Hudson RiverFlicks, Big Hit Wednesdays– FREE
Presented by Viacom
Sponsored by Delta
Historical heroes and questionable neighbors come together on the waterfront this summer in Hudson River Park! See the Stars, under the stars - watch all of your favorite blockbusters from last year on the big screen, again! This time around, they’re all FREE. Hudson RiverFlicks has all of last year’s favorite big screen hits!

Free Popcorn. Beverages and snacks available for purchase.
More information can be found here.
 
2015 Hudson RiverFlicks, Big Hit Wednesdays Titles:            

  • 7/8 –The Imitation Game– PG-13
  • 7/15–Neighbors – R
  • 7/22–Selma – PG-13
  • 7/29–St. Vincent – PG-13
  • 8/5–Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1– PG-13
  • 8/12–Boyhood – R
  • 8/19–Interstellar – PG-13

 
Event Location, Dates and Times:

  • Hudson River Park’s Pier 63 Lawn - West 23rd St. and the Hudson River in Chelsea, Wednesdays - July 8 – August 19
  • Movies begin at dusk (generally around 8:30pm)
  • Movies are rated PG-13 and R
  • Free Popcorn

 
Hudson RiverFlicks, Family Fridays – FREE
Presented by Viacom
There’s something for everyone in the family on Friday nights in Hudson River Park! Hudson RiverFlicks, Family Fridays returns to Hudson River Park’s Pier 46 this summer and features recent favorites as well as classic movies for the whole family to enjoy.

Free Popcorn. Beverages and snacks available for purchase.
More information can be found here.
 
2015 Hudson RiverFlicks, Family Fridays Titles:

  • 7/10–SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water– PG
  • 7/17–BoxTrolls– PG
  • 7/24–Pee Wee’s Big Adventure– PG
  • 7/31–Annie(2014) – PG
  • 8/7–Jumanji – PG
  • 8/14–Paddington– PG
  • 8/21–Hook – PG

 
Event Location, Dates and Times:

  • Hudson River Park’s Pier 46 – Charles St. (just north of Christopher St.) and the Hudson River in Greenwich Village, Fridays, July 10 – August 21
  • Movies begin at dusk (generally around 8:30PM)
  • All movies are rated PG
  • Free Popcorn

 
JBL Live at Pier 97
Hudson River Park partners with Live Nation to bring you many of the biggest touring acts on the road this summer! Taking place on Pier 97 (located in Clinton), these ticketed shows help Hudson River Park to support all of the other great free programming you find in the park throughout the summer!
 
Highlights of the Coach Concert Series lineup to date:

  • 5/23–All Time Low: The Future Hearts Tour with special guests Issues, Tonight Alive, & State Champs
  • 5/29–Billy Idol
  • 6/19–Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional
  • 7/1– Barenaked Ladies – Last Summer On Earth Tour with Violent Femmes and Colin Hay
  • 7/14–Christina Perri & Colbie Caillat “The Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Tour”
  • 7/15–Slightly Stoopid: Everything Is Awesome Tour with Dirty Heads and The Expendables
  • 7/29–Peter Frampton & Cheap Trick
  • 7/30–Primus with special guest Dinosaur Jr.
  • 7/31–Meghan Trainor: The MTrain Tour
  • 8/5–Sublime w/ Rome + Rebelution, Pepper, and Mickey Avalon
  • 8/18 –Counting Crows Somewhere Under Wonderland Tour with special guests Citizen Cope and Hollis Brown

 
More Artists and dates to be announced soon! To see the full lineup, purchase tickets, and for more information, please click here.

Event Location, Dates, and Times

  • Hudson River Park’s Pier 97 - West 57th St. and the Hudson River in Clinton
  • For event dates and times, click here.

 
Hudson River Park’s 16th Annual Blues BBQ – FREE
Sponsored by Delta, Victoria, Negro Modelo & Modelo Especial
Moving to its new, larger home at Pier 26, Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ Festival returns for the 16th season! Pairing America’s best Blues and Roots musicians with New York City’s best BBQ restaurants, makes for an unforgettable summer day on the Hudson River!
 
2015 Blues BBQ artists, not in order of appearance*:

  • Otis Taylor Band
  • Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens
  • Jarekus Singleton
  • Vaneese Thomas
  • The Ed Palermo Big Band– Performing the music of Paul Butterfield and Mike Bloomfield
  • featuring Jimmy Vivino and Felix Cabrera

    *Program subject to change

 
Event Location, Date and Time:

  • Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 – N. Moore Street and the Hudson River – Tribeca, Saturday, August 22, 2pm-9pm

Hudson River Dance Festival – FREE
Presented by SHS Foundation in association with The Joyce Theater, with funding from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
Hudson River Park is proud to present the first ever Hudson River Dance Festival! This celebration of Modern Dance will feature the same program on both festival days in order to give you more opportunities to catch these dance stars in action!
 
2015 Hudson River Dance Festival Dance Companies:

  • Paul Taylor Dance Company
  • Parsons Dance
  • Ballet Hispanico

 
Event Location, Dates and Time:

  • Hudson River Park’s Pier 63 Lawn – West 23rd St. and the Hudson River in Chelsea, Wednesday, June 17 & Thursday, June 18, 6:30pm

Hudson RiverRocks Concert Series – FREE
Sponsored by Victoria, Negro Modelo & Modelo Especial

2015 brings the Hudson RiverRocks concert series into its 17th Season. Hudson RiverRocks is one of New York City’s quintessential free outdoor summer concert series and features established and breaking artists performing at the beautiful Pier 84.

July 9: Waxahatchee with special guests
July 23: We Were Promised Jetpacks with Krill
August 6: U.S. Girls with Yuck
 
Event Location, Dates and Time:              

  • Hudson River Park’s Pier 84 - West 44th St. and the Hudson River in Midtown, Thursdays - July 9, July 23 & August 6
  • Doors open at 6pm

 
Hudson RiverKids - FREE
Hudson River Park brings out all of your favorite New York City family performers each Monday evening. From music to magic to interactive storytelling, Hudson RiverKids will keep your family entertained all summer long!
 
2015 Hudson RiverKids Performers:

  • 6/1–Rollie Pollie Guacamole –Music
  • 6/8 –Story Pirates –Interactive Storytelling
  • 6/15–Mils Trils – Music
  • 6/22–Kid Ace–Magic
  • 6/29–Trummy Tones–Music
  • 7/6–Ramblin' Dan and The Freewheelin Band –Music
  • 7/13–Story Pirates– Interactive Storytelling
  • 7/20–Funky Monkeys –Music
  • 7/27–Penny Jones & Co. Puppets–Puppets
  • 8/3–The Pop Ups–Music
  • 8/10–Story Pirates–Interactive Storytelling
  • 8/17–City Stomp–Music

 
Event Location, Dates and Time:

  • Mondays,  June 1 –August 17, Hudson River Park’s Pier 25–N. Moore St. and the Hudson River in Tribeca, 6:30pm-7:15pm
  • Rain Location: Pier 40 Lobby – 353 West St at Houston St.

 
Healthy On The Hudson - FREE
Getting fit in New York City has never been better! This FREE exercise series will take place on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings all summer long!
 
Tuesday’s & Wednesdays with Lolë and FITiST
Lolë joins forces with Hudson River Park and FITiST to bring you a summer of movement and well-being. A wide range of classes are offered, but space is limited to 75 people per class. Participation requires RSVP. For scheduling and to RSVP, click here or email lole.nyc@lolewomen.com
 
Event Locations, Dates and Times:
All classes run from 6:30pm-7:30pm
Bring your own mat!

  • Tuesdays - Lolë/FITiST Meetup – June 2- August 18, Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 – N. Moore St. and the Hudson River in Tribeca
  • Wednesdays – Lolë/FITiST Meetup – June 3-August 19, Hudson River Park’s Pier 46 - Charles St. (just north of Christopher St.) and the Hudson River in Greenwich Village

 
Sunset on the Hudson - FREE
Friday nights mean great local music on Pier 45! Join us every Friday night at Hudson River Park’s Pier 45 at 7pm to hear some of NYC’s best local artists!
 
Sunset on the Hudson Bands:

  • Chuck Braman Jazz Band: 6/5, 6/19, 7/24 and 8/7
  • Baby Soda Jazz Band: 6/12/15, 7/17/15 and 8/14/15
  • Max Gallico & Friends: 6/26/15, 7/10/15, 7/31/15 & 8/21/15

 
Event Location, Dates and Time:

  • Fridays from June 5 – August 21 (No show on July 3), Hudson River Park’s Pier 45 - Christopher St. and the Hudson River in Greenwich Village, 7pm

 
Sunset Salsa - FREE
Things heat up when the sun goes down in Hudson River Park with Sunset Salsa, featuring Talia! Join us every Tuesday night for Salsa dancing with some of NYC’s best DJs! Beginner Salsa dance lessons from 6:30-7:15pm, DJs start the party at 7:15pm!
 
Event Location, Dates and Time:

  • Tuesdays , June 30 -August 18, Hudson River Park’s Pier 45 - Christopher St. and the Hudson River in Greenwich Village, 6:30pm

 
Big City Fishing - FREE
Learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about various river science topics.  Appropriate for adults and kids 5+.
 
Event Locations, Dates and Times:

  • Sundays, June 7 - September 27 (no event on June 28), Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 - N. Moore St. and the Hudson River in Tribeca, 1-5pm
  • Mondays, July 6 - August 24, Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 - N. Moore St. and the Hudson River in Tribeca, 5-7:30pm
  • Tuesdays, July 7 – August 25, Hudson River Park’s Pier 84 - West 44th St. and the Hudson River in Midtown, 1-4pm
  • Thursdays, July 9 – August 27, Hudson River Park’s Pier 84 - West 44th St. and the Hudson River in Midtown, 1-4pm
  • Sundays, July 5 - August 23, Hudson River Park’s Pier 46 - Charles St. (just north of Christopher St.) and the Hudson River in Greenwich Village, 1-5pm

 
River Rangers – FREE
Presented by Con-Edison
Kids explore the wonders of the Hudson River ecosystem through discovery-based science experiments and nature-inspired crafts.  Appropriate for kids ages 4-9.
 
Event Location, Dates and Time:

  • Mondays, July 6-August 24, Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 - N. Moore Street and the Hudson River in Tribeca, 2–3:30pm
  • Thursdays, July 9 – August 27, Hudson River Park’s Pier 46 - Charles St. (just north of Christopher St.) and the Hudson River in Greenwich Village, 2-3:30pm

 
Hudson River Park WILD! - FREE
Learn about Hudson River Park’s wildlife by joining knowledgeable naturalists on guided nature walks along the Park’s esplanade.
 
Event Location, Dates and Times:

  • Sundays, May 3 – September 27
  • 9am-10am
  • Meet at the Christopher Street Fountain. Christopher St. and the Hudson River

 
Pop Up Maker Space – FREE
Supported by Cognizant
Guided Maker workshops challenge participants to design and construct projects inspired by science and nautical concepts.  Come tinker and test solutions to real-world challenges!
 
Event Location, Dates and Times:

  • Thursdays, July 9 - August 27, Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 at N. Moore St., 5pm-7pm
  • Sundays, July 5-August 23, Hudson River Park’s 14th Street park, 10th Ave and 14th St., 1pm-3pm

 
Waterfront Walking Tour - FREE
This nautically themed interactive walking tour highlights Chelsea’s dynamic waterfront history and guides participants through a tour of the historic lightship Frying Pan.
               
Event Location, Dates and Times:

  • Sundays, July 5 – August 23, Hudson River Park’s Pier 66A at West 26th St. (outside the Frying Pan), 3:30pm-5pm

 
CMA Art Outpost – FREE
Teaching artists from Children’s Museum of the Arts will facilitate hands-on art-making activities inspired by the Park’s unique waterfront environment.
 
Event Location, Dates and Times:

  • Tuesdays, July 7 – August 25, Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 at N. Moore St., 1-2:30pm

 
NEW! Sustainability Sundays –FREE  
Help green your park. Join our stewardship team in monitoring oysters, composting and other sustainability projects.
 
Event Location, Dates and Times:

  • Sundays, July 5- August 23, 11am-12pm all dates and locations
  • Compost Maintenance- July 5 and August 2; Pier 66A at West 26th St.
  • Oyster Restoration- July 12 and August 9; Pier 40 (south side) at Houston St.
  • Tree Health Survey- July 19 and August 16; Pier 66A at West 26th Street
  • Beach Clean Up- July 26 and August 23; Pier 51 at West 12th Street

 

Getting There

Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 & 26
N. Moore Street and the Hudson River – Tribeca
Take the 1 to Franklin Street or the A, C, E to Canal Street and walk west OR take the M8 bus to Harrison Street and West Street.
Landmarks and Conveniences:  Just north of Battery Park City & Stuyvesant High School, restrooms and snack bar
 
Hudson River Park’s Piers 45 & 46
Christopher Street and the Hudson River – Greenwich Village
Take the 1 or PATH to Christopher Street or the A, C, E, B, D, F or M to W. 4th Street and walk west OR take the M8 bus to Christopher Street and West Street.
Landmarks and Conveniences:  Christopher Street fountain, restrooms and snack bar
 
Hudson River Park’s 14th Street Park
14th Street Park, 10th Ave and 14th Street – Meatpacking District
Take the A, C, E, to 14th Street, or take the M14 bus to Tenth Ave and 15th Street.
Landmarks and Conveniences:  Located just west of Chelsea Market
 
Hudson River Park’s Pier 63 Lawn
23rd Street and the Hudson River – Chelsea
Take the 1, C or E to 23rd Street and walk west OR take the M23 bus to Twelfth Avenue and 24th Street.
Cross West Street at 22nd, 23rd or 24th Streets
Landmarks and Conveniences:  Immediately north of the Chelsea Piers complex
 
Hudson River Park’s Pier 66A
26th Street and the Hudson River
Take the 1, C or E to 23rd Street and walk west OR take the M23 bus to Twelfth Avenue and 24th Street.
Cross West Street at 22nd, 23rd or 24th Streets                                     
Landmarks and Conveniences:  North of the Chelsea Piers complex
 
Hudson River Park’s Pier 84
44th Street and the Hudson River – Midtown
Take the A, C or E to 42nd Street and walk west OR take the M42 bus to the Hudson River.
Landmarks and Conveniences: a restaurant, boathouse, bike rental shop, park store and fountain
(Located between Circle Line Cruises 42nd St. and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum)
 
Hudson River Park’s Pier 97
57th Street and the Hudson River – Midtown
Take the A, B, C, D or 1 to 59th Street – Columbus Circle OR take the M31 or M57 bus and walk west.
Landmarks and Conveniences:  Immediately north of the Clinton Cove section of Hudson River Park. Enter underneath the Westside Highway/9A overpass.