Upcoming: Summer On the Hudson

Great Summer fun and entertainment from the great people at The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation beginning May 2, 2010.

Summer On the Hudson (SOH), one of New York City’s largest free summer festivals, opens its Tenth Anniversary Season Sunday, May 2, at Riverside Park South with the 9th annual Irish Arts Center New York Dance Festival 2010. 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, in the arts and recreation: 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; all-day special events such as the May 23 Mamapalooza featuring all-mom rock bands, and the September 12 West Side County Fair, bringing a bit of country and green awareness to the city – including livestock! And finally, the ever-popular kayaking returns, every Saturday and Sunday from May 15 to October 10, including free instruction, as well as health and fitness with yoga, pilates and soccer for tots. Food and drink is for sale at the park’s Pier I Café.

More details about the upcoming events may be found at http://www.nyc.gov/parks/soh.