Where to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the New York City Area

Where to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the New York City Area

Where to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the New York City area with your family.

Celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a variety of events and memorials in your community. Here are some suggestions of where to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the New York City area with your family, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Westchester County, and Suffolk County on Long Island.

 

Where to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Manhattan

30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 15, 10am-2pm
WHERE: Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Manhattan Country School 8th graders will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by taking to the streets of Manhattan to speak out about what they consider to be the most pressing civil rights issues of their time. MCS families, alumni, staff, friends, supporters, and the general public are invited to participate in this educational and uplifting annual event.
WANT TO GO? manhattancountryschool.org.
 

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 15, 11am-2pm
WHERE: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., East Harlem 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Check out King in New York to learn about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s encounters with New York City in the 1950s and '60s as he fought for racial freedom and equality. Then visit the exhibition Activist New York to explore activists today centered on the Black Lives Matter movement. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: Families can create their own protest poster at the museum to inspire change for an issue they hope to help improve. 
WANT TO GO? $18; $12 seniors and students; free for children 19 and younger. 212-534-1672. mcny.org. 
 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Historic Harlem 
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 15, 11am and 2pm
WHERE: Big Onion Tours, 135th Street and Lenox Avenue, Harlem 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Explore the history of Harlem, from its origins as a Dutch Village in the 17th century through its transformation into the “Capital of Black America” in the early 20th century. The tour emphasizes the artistic, literary, and musical flowerings of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance, which laid the intellectual foundation for the early Civil Rights movement. 
WANT TO GO? $25; $20 seniors; $15 students. 212-439-1090. bigonion.com. 

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Where to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Queens

FREE Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at the Children's Library Discovery Center 
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 13, 1pm
WHERE: Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the Freedom Fighters from The East Harlem Repertory Theatre at this family friendly event. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: Because the dream is still alive! 
WANT TO GO? 718-990-0700. queenslibrary.org. 


Sweet Honey In The Rock:A Special Martin Luther King Jr Celebration 
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 14, 4pm
WHERE: Kupferberg Center For The Performing Arts, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing 
AGES: All 
WHAT: The most vibrant, versatile and ever relevant musical collectives in music today, both as a performance ensemble and as an ambassadorial African American organization founded on the missions of empowerment, education and entertainment.  
WHY WE LOVE IT: A powerful concert entity that fuses the elastic 360 degree possibilities of the human voice with a theatrical flair that keeps avid audiences returning for more. 
WANT TO GO? $35. 718-793-8080. kupferbergcenter.org. 
 

FREE Martin Luther King Jr. Craft 
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 3:30pm
WHERE: Queens Village Library, 94-11 217th St., Queens Village 
AGES: 5-12 
WHAT: Children will make an MLK craft to celebrate his achievements and togetherness. 
WANT TO GO? 718-776-6800. queenslibrary.org. 
 

FREE Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 16, 4pm
WHERE: Cambria Heights Library, 218-13 Linden Blvd., Cambria Heights 
AGES: 5-12 
WHAT: Discuss the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a national Civil Rights Leader and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Children will explore and discuss Dr. King's famous quote and use the exploratory writing prompt, "What does content of character mean to me?" 
WANT TO GO? 718-528-3535. queenslibrary.org. 
 

FREE Urban Stages Presents 'The Gates of Equality' 
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 4, 6pm
WHERE: East Elmhurst Library, 95-06 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst 
AGES: All 
WHAT: This dramatic presentation tells about the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through his speeches, press conferences, and fictional narrative. 
WANT TO GO? 718-424-2619. queenslibrary.org. 


FREE Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 9, 4pm
WHERE: South Ozone Park Library, 128-16 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park 
AGES: 5-12 
WHAT: Children will answer jeopardy game questions about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and learn interesting facts about his life and civil rights work. 
WANT TO GO? 718-529-1660. queenslibrary.org. 

 

Where to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Brooklyn


Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert 
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 13, 5-6pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Music School And Playhouse, 126 St. Felix St., Fort Greene 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Song was among the most important unifying and rallying factors in Dr. King’s movement of peace and equality, a movement that has provided many Brooklyn Music School students and faculty with the opportunity to pursue music and other skills at all levels. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: This event brings a diverse community together to celebrate the vision of Martin Luther King Jr. 
WANT TO GO? $8. 718-638-5660. brooklynmusicschool.org. 
 

FREE Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Prospect Park 
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 15, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Prospect Park Audubon Center, Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue, Flatbush 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Join Prospect Park Alliance naturalists to discover the winter survival strategies of animals that live in Prospect Park. Enjoy nature games, science activities, and bird watching. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: Bundle up and find out what your favorite park animals are doing this winter.    
WANT TO GO? 718-287-3400. prospectpark.org. 


MLK, Jr. I Have a Dream Celebration 
WHEN: Jan. 13-15, Saturday-Monday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave., Crown Heights 
AGES: 3-8 
WHAT: Featuring three days of culture and fun, families will learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy by taking a deep dive into our country’s history. Learn about the importance of diversity, equality, and rights.  
WHY WE LOVE IT: This celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day explores peace, empathy, and togetherness. 
WANT TO GO? $11; free for children younger than 1. 718-224-5863. brooklynkids.org. 
 

FREE Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Prospect Park 
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 15, 12-4pm
WHERE: Prospect Park Audobon Center, Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue, Flatbush 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Join Prospect Park Alliance on Martin Luther King Jr. Day for family-friendly programs at Lefferts Historic House and the Prospect Park Audubon Center. 
WANT TO GO? 718-287-3400. prospectpark.org. 


Families Celebrate Africa - A Martin King Luther Jr. Day Event
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 15, 4-5:30pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West, Park Slope 
AGES: 9-12, All 
WHAT: The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture offers a fun-filled family event to celebrate African culture on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. There will be music and dance, with African face painting, crafts, costumes and delicious homemade African food. Simba Yangala and the dancers from JungleDom will guide children of all ages through a relaxed African dance lesson, followed by a performance that welcomes the participation from both, children and adults. Proceeds from this class will help provide scholarships for BSEC’s Ethics for Children Classes. 
WANT TO GO? $20 children 3 to 12 years old; free for children 2 or younger; $5 for adults and teens accompanying a child. 718-768-2972. bsec.org/event/mlkday. 
 

Freedom Stories and Songs with Tammy Hall 
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 15, 2pm and 3pm
WHERE: Lefferts Historic House, Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard, Flatbush 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Join the Alliance at the Lefferts Historic House this Martin Luther King Jr. Day for Freedom Songs and Stories with Tammy Hall. A masterful storyteller, Tammy Hall weaves together diverse tales from around the world to create a rich experience for all. Registration required. 
WANT TO GO? $3 suggested donation. 718-789-2822. nycgovparks.org. 

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Where to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Westchester County

Freedom Quilting Bee 
WHEN: Jan. 13-14, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-1pm
WHERE: Wave Hill, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx 
AGES: All 
WHAT: In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visited the Gee’s Bend Community in rural Alabama and the Freedom Quilting Bee was established. Create your own brilliant, improvisational compositions out of bountiful squares of donated fabric, just for the joy of it and to honor Dr. King’s birthday. 
WANT TO GO? $8; $4 children. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org. 
 
 

Where to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Suffolk County on Long Island

Dream Big! In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King 
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 15, 2-3pm 
WHERE: The Whaling Musuem & Education Center, 279 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor 
AGES: 9 and older 
WHAT: Celebrate this special day and commemorate Dr. King by crafting a special “dream pillow” to take home. 
WANT TO GO? $12. 631-367-3418. cshwhalingmuseum.org. 

 

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Main image: An eighth grader participates in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March.
Courtesy Manhattan Country School