Genre: Festival, Other

Summer On the Hudson (SOH), one of New York City’s largest free summer festivals, now in its Tenth Anniversary Season, goes into high gear in July at Riverside Park South with Movies Under the Stars, the Children’s Performance Series, the pop-music Acoustic Sundays, and sports and recreation for the whole family. The six-month series, running through October 10, is an annual summer arts and cultural festival in Riverside Park South, West 59th Street to West 72nd Street at the Hudson River, presented by The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

The 2010 Festival once again features a wealth of free events for the entire family. This year’s Movies Under the Stars (July 7-August 11) are themed Tall Tales, and include the larger-than-life Pan’s Labyrinth, Stranger Than Fiction and Neverending Story; the Sunday evening Acoustic Sundays (July 11-August 15,) features the SOH debuts of Grammy-nominated Michael Powers Frequency and Meta and the Cornerstones’ African pop and reggae; the Children’s Performance Series, Thursday mornings July 8 to August 12, entertains with Improv4Kids, Robbi K, Bindlestiff’s Swashbuckling Cirkus and much more. The ever-popular kayaking, every Saturday and Sunday through October 10, includes free instruction; there is health and fitness with yoga, pilates and soccer and wee basketball for tots.

Food and drink is for sale at the park’s on-site Pier I Café, where patrons can sit and watch the action. 

Upcoming in September is the Sunday September 12 park-wide West Side County Fair, bringing a bit of green and country to the Upper West Side – including livestock! (kayaking and yoga will still be running, as well).

All events are FREE to the public and are programmed by Zhen Heinemann, Riverside Park Director of Programming.

For more information on all events, please call 311 or (212) 408-0219, or visit, or

Every Sunday from July 11 - August 15, 7:00pm
Pier I at 70th St
Enjoy spectacular sunsets over the Hudson as you listen to some of New York’s best jazz, R&B, and world music.

July 11  - Liony Parra Y La Mega Mafia Tipico
“The big hit of the 2009 SOH Main Squeeze Festival was Liony Parra y la Mega Tipico, who “absolutely slayed with a wildly danceable set of merengue: a lightning-fast button accordion, harmony singer, congas, cajon and bass drum along with a five-string bassist “ – Lucid

July 18  - Meta and the Cornerstones
Meta and the Cornerstones fuse Afropop, Hip-Hop, Rock and Soul with a mixture of French, English, Wolof, and Fulani vocals. The band consists of six members who bring their musical background from the coast of Africa, North America, Asia and the Middle East.
July 25 - Michael Powers Frequency with opening act Angel Rose / Blues
Grammy-nominated “Singer-guitarist Michael Powers behaves like he’s got a Delta hellhound on his trail. We’re not so sure that’s the case, but the gritty soul on his record Prodigal Son is befitting a cat who apprenticed with James Cotton.” Time Out New York

Thursdays, July 8 – August 12, 10:30am–11:30am
Pier I at 70th St.

Music, storytelling & theater for young audiences. Suitable for kids up to age 7.

July 8 – Bossy Frog Band
The Bossy Frog Band are award-winning children's musicians that provide a high energy and high octane interactive music show for children ages 1 - 8 years old and their families. They play banjo, guitar, bass and harmonica and sing fun, funky and hip songs.

July 15 – Improv 4 Kids
Hilarious interactive musical comedy for the whole family based on audience suggestion and participation. “A production you and your children don’t want to miss” – ABC News

July 22 – Buccaneer Bindlestiff’s Swashbuckling Cirkus
Last year they brought a Wild West feast:  this year they present Buccaneer Bindlestiff and Peg Leg Philly in a brand new pirate themed circus mayhem party.

July 29 – Robbi K & Friends
Robbi K  makes award winning albums like Keep the Beat and Music Makes Me Happy. Her shows combine music, theater, and culture with a worldview to bring a sense of the world community to family audiences,

August 5  - Erin Lee & Marci
Join NYC’s hilarious-yet-hip duo for a family concert celebrating mud puddles, couch forts, neighborhood baseball games, terrible haircuts and other assorted joys (and challenges) of summer.

August 12 – Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater
City Parks Foundations presents Puppeteers from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater in Sleeping Beauty, set in Central Park’s Belvedere Castle.


**For a complete schedule of all events, including performances, movies, and wellness and recreation activities, please call (212) 408-0219 or visit

Open:   07/07/10
Close:   08/15/10

For more scheduling information on all events, please call 212-408-0219 or visit
Theater:   Riverside Park South
Address:   Pier I at 70th Street
New York, NY
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Cost:FREE or Call: Summer on the Hudson at (212) 408-0219
Company: New York City Department of Parks and Recreation         Official Web Site: