Friday, September 10, 2010

Fall Fun in Washington Square Park

My husband and I are at odds this weekend – I want a low-key weekend to relax amidst this Autumn weather and he wants to go adventuring, to do "something fun and different."

But as always, I have had to look no further than New York's very own Washington Square Park where numerous events for all energy levels and interests abound this weekend.

First, up through 5:30 this evening, the September Concert Foundation is providing a free outdoor concert at the Holley Plaza area.  

More shows are lined up tonight from Colin Huggins, "the crazy piano guy," who is scheduled to do a show with acrobatic comedians Tic and Tac and/or other performers from 5:00 to 8:00 PM followed by his own musical performance from 8:30 to 11:30 PM.

If you don't make it for formal shows tonight, you can be sure to find the usual plethora of musicians and variety acts throughout the park this weekend.  

If you're decorating a new apartment, doing some early Christmas shopping, or just generally a fan of good art and unique crafts, the Washington Square Park Outdoor Art Exhibit is Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 6:00 PM on either side of the street on University Place from 12th Street South down to Washington Place.  The event takes place for two weekends in a row twice a year – around Memorial Day and Labor Day.   Last weekend it kicked off with huge success.  The exhibit is in its 80th year, is free to the public, and has many vendors individually selling their products.  From jewelry to ceramics to unique subway paintings, there is something for everyone.  Of all the street fairs that line the streets of New York, this one is a must to attend!

Finally, for all those who crave a furry friend, you can find a friend for an hour or one to adopt for a lifetime at the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's animals Adoptapalooza!  Let me just say that this is not your ordinary pet drive.  There are events and entertainment for adults, kids, current pets, and current pet-owners alike.  At 1:00 PM there is even a pet fashion show.  Pet makeovers, photographers, training demonstrations, and an Ask-the-Vet feature are only part of this event's excitement.  And yes, there will be numerous pets wanting you to take them home to your small NYC apartment.  I for one am trying to convince my husband (and my cat) that what we really need in our 450 sq. foot apartment is a dog. . . here's to hoping Adoptapalooza lives up to my expectations!

So have a great weekend New York and get outside to enjoy some great music, art, and animals in Washington Square Park! 


  1. I love this, airing out your differences with your spouse and putting public pressure on him to give into your will.

  2. Adopting a dog would most certainly qualify as "something new and different". Dual satisfaction.