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Where to Celebrate Diwali with Kids in NYC

Where to Celebrate Diwali with Kids in NYC

Check out these places to celebrate Diwali in New York City.

Diwali is India’s most important festival of the year and celebrated by millions across the world. Known as the festival of lights and Hindu New Year, it’s a chance to show appreciation for friends, family and good fortune. Enjoy traditional activities like lanterns, Indian dancing and music, diyas and ranjoli at one of these great events leading up to the actual day of celebration on October 27, 2019. Check out these places to celebrate Diwali in New York City, including activities in Manhattan, QueensStaten Island, and Westchester.

Diwali Events in Manhattan 

Diwali Puppet Show
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 27, 2pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Join The Culture Tree for a puppet show of epic proportions. Explore Indian stories and folk tales as we celebrate Diwali, or Dipawali, India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. 
WANT TO GO? 212-721-1223.

Diwali Delights
WHEN: Oct. 6-27, Sundays, 1-4pm
WHERE: Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., Flatiron
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Sundays are for families! Bring your family to the Rubin Museum for a Sunday afternoon of activities both kids and grownups will enjoy. Drop into the Education Center for some art making and enjoy our 2pm family exhibition tour.
WANT TO GO? 212-620-5000.


Diwali Events in Queens

Diwali Dance Party: Kathak, Bhangra & Beyond
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 2, 1-4pm
WHERE: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing
AGES: 5 and older
WHAT: Celebrate Diwali with this all-ages festival and dance party, featuring Kathak classical dancer Abha Roy and Basement Bhangra's DJ Rekha! Learn Bollywood, bhangra, and Kathak dance moves, then hit the dance floor! Special performances by Srijan Dance Company, cooking workshops by Queens Curry Kitchen, henna painting, Indian handicrafts and Indian foods for sale and more. 
WANT TO GO? 718-463-7700.

FREE Celebrate Diwali with the Glen Oaks Library!
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 2, 1-3pm
WHERE: Glen Oaks Library, 256-04 Union Turnpike, Glen Oaks
AGES: All ages
WHAT: Celebrate Diwali with the Glen Oaks Library: Henna hand painting* with Anowara Ahmed at 1pm and classical dances of southern India with the Sadhanalaya Dance School at 3pm. * Supplies are limited. Available on a first-come, first-served basis.
WANT TO GO? 718-831-8636.


Diwali Events in Staten Island

Diwali Celebration
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 27, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
WHAT: Celebrate the Hindu festival of lights with a special event.


Diwali Events in Westchester

FREE Diwali Festival of Lights
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2-4pm
WHERE: Pelham Arts Center, 155 Fifth Ave., Pelham
WHAT: Celebrate the festival of lights at Pelham Art Center's Folk Art event during ArtsFest weekend. Guests will enjoy an ancient Indian classical dance performance, audience participation, traditional hands-on art workshops and henna body art.
WANT TO GO? 914-738-2525.



Cultural Festivals & Events in the NYC Area

East Meadow School District Declares Diwali an Official School Holiday

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