32-01 Vernon Blvd.
Long Island City, NY 11106
Description: Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Socrates Sculpture Park! Families can make a costume, listen to live music, and enjoy special art making workshops. Enter the family dog in the 8th Annual Canine Costume Contest or just watch the parade of, creatively clad dogs, paint a pumpkin, try harvest foods from a local restaurant.
This season, invoke the spirits of Queens as we share the stories and legends of this historic waterway. Join the Greater Astoria Historical Society
11AM-2PM Artist-led costume-making workshops 11AM-3PM Harvest foods for sale from LIC?s Breadbox Caf?, Rockaway?s Shore Fruit, and The Queens Kickshaw 11:30AM-2:30PM Face painting by Agostino Arts! 2-3PM Annual Canine Costume Contest with LIC?s Pooches Sport & Spa
Bring your friends and family to Socrates' annual Halloween Harvest Festival. Make a costume with Socrates artists; listen to live music; enjoy a special art-making workshop with Free Style Arts Association; get your face painted by Agostino Arts; enter your dog in our annual Canine Costume Contest; and try harvest foods from local restaurants.
This season, invoke the spirits of Queens as we share the stories and legends of this historic waterway. Join the Greater Astoria Historical Society for a walking tour and learn the horrors and mysteries of the treacherous East River, from churning whirlpools and electric eels. Starting under the Hell Gate Bridge in Astoria Park (Shore Blvd.), tour participants will stroll through Old Astoria Village and walk along the East River waterfront to Socrates Sculpture Park where their journey will culminate with ghostly performances of the area?s haunted history, led by the Hell Gate Kid! For tour registration, please visit: astorialic.org.
Venue Description: In 1986, a coalition of artists and community members led by Mark di Suvero decided to retake an abandoned riverside landfill that was being used as an illegal dumpsite and make it into an open space for art and artists. Since then, Socrates Sculpture Park has become an internationally renowned outdoor museum. It is today the only spot in the New York metropolitan area specifically designed to allow artists the opportunity create and showcase large-scale work in an environment that encourages interaction between artists, artworks, and the public.
Since 2006, the park has been expanding its Community Works Initiative program, which offers employment and job training to area residents, including those of the nearby Astoria projects. Participants learn landscaping and basic horticulture skills as they tend the park gardens. At the end of the program, all participants have new marketable skills and knowledge of the resources and cultural events that the park has available for the community and visitors. Among the events and activities that the park offers are kite flights, fitness programs, workshops, the LIC Bike Parade, Summer Solstice, Makers Market, outdoor cinema, an annual Earth Day event, and the Halloween Harvest Festival. In July and August, there are free summer outdoor art-making workshops with a variety of topics.
Socrates Sculpture Park is located at 32-01 Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City. It is open 365 days a year from 10am-sunset. All events and programs are free and open to the public.