Check out these places to celebrate Diwali in New York City.
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 14, starting at 3pm
WHERE: Arya Spiritual Center Grounds,104-22 133 St., Richmond Hill
WHAT: This annual event lights up the streets of Queens every year with fantastic floats, bright lights, music and celebration in the streets. Watched by thousands of families the celebrations begin with Lakshmi Pooja and Hawan at 3pm. The Diwali motorcade then runs down Liberty Avenue from 133rd Street starting at 5:30pm. The event concludes with an exciting cultural show at 7:30pm.
WANT TO GO? diwalimotorcade.com.
Diwali Festival: Kathak, Bhangra, & Beyond
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 29, 1-4pm
WHERE: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing
WHAT: Celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, with this all-ages festival and dance party, featuring Kathak classical dancer Abha Roy and the Basement Bhangra’s DJ Rekha. Each artist will introduce you to her form and invite you to learn traditional Kathak dance moves and bhangra folk dances mixed with hip-hop. Then hit the dance floor! Join us for Kathak and bhangra dance lessons, cooking workshops, and henna painting, with Indian handicrafts and Indian foods for sale.
WANT TO GO? $20; $10 students and children. 718-463-7700. flushingtownhall.org.
FREE Sunday Family Workshop/Taller De Familias
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 29, 1:30-4:30pm
WHERE: Flushing Meadows Corona Park
WHAT: Rangoli Sand Art/Arte de la Arena Spend Sunday afternoons at the Queens Museum and enjoy art making, dance, music and storytelling. All Family art-making workshops are drop-in, except where stated. No fee or advance registration required. Just show up and stay for as long as you like. Storytelling sessions run for 15 minutes and begin at the top of every hour, at 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm.
Rangoli Sand Art Sand! Color! Art! In this hands-on workshop, we'll use sand to colored designs on paper. This workshop is in connection with Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. There will be more activities in the museum in connection with this celebration on this day. Ages 4 and up. Storytelling: Enjoy stories about the Diwali Festival. Spanish and English. Ages 2 and up.
WANT TO GO? 718-592-9700.
FREE DIY-a Diwali: Rangoli Making and More for Kids
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 21, 3-4:30pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch: Youth Wing, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights
WHAT: Celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights by decorating clay lamps (Diyas) and creating chalk and colored sand Rangoli designs in the courtyard outside the Children's Entrance.
WANT TO GO? 718-230-2100. bklynlibrary.org.
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