5 Free Events in NYC: El Museo del Barrio Parade, Brooklyn Museum First Saturday and More

5 Free Events in NYC: El Museo del Barrio Parade, Brooklyn Museum First Saturday and More

The first week of January is brimming with stellar free events happening across New York City. We’ve rounded up our favorites here:

6th Annual Whimsical Winter Wonder… Exhibition
Poe Park, Bronx
Jan. 3-5; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
As its title suggests, this festive celebration focuses on all things whimsical in art and sculpture. Works from Bobbi Beck, Ner Beck, Howard Better, Zoraida Nieves, Michelle Pappas and more will attempt to capture and distill the spirit and wonder of the holiday season into mixed media work at this family-friendly group exhibition.

42nd Annual Three Kings Day Parade
El Museo del Barrio, Manhattan
Jan. 4; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Live camels and colorful puppets will descend on Manhattan for a celebration of Latinx culture hosted by El Museo del Barrio. After the parade concludes at E. 115th Street and Park Avenue, guests are invited to celebrate at the museum with live music and free admission to Las Galerías, where they can see some of the breathtaking work currently on view.

First Saturday: New Year, New Futures
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn
Jan. 5; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Spending the first Saturday of the month with Brooklyn Museum usually makes for an exciting time, but January’s celebration is especially notable. Working under a theme of “New Year, New Futures,” the institution is hosting a dance festival, a discussion on feminism to correspond with its “Half the Picture” exhibition and so much more.

The New New York: Immigration, 1820s to 1880s
The Cooper Union, Manhattan
Jan. 9; 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
In collaboration with the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, The Cooper Union will be spending the next several months exploring how diverse immigrant groups came to New York and made lasting, positive or notable contributions to their communities. On Jan. 9, attend an opening discussion that will focus on Bond Street and its developer, Jacob Astor, a German immigrant. Check out The Cooper Union’s website for more details.

The Vertigo Project by Jean Curran
Danziger Gallery, Manhattan
Through Jan. 26; hours vary
Produced with cooperation from the estate of Alfred Hitchcock, Irish artist Jean Curran takes key scenes from the director’s film “Vertigo” and edits them using an intricate dye transfer process — the same process by which the film was made. The results are luminous and fresh still frames that celebrate 60 years of the landmark horror flick.

Top Image: Courtesy Jean Curran, "The Vertigo Project"at Danzinger Gallery.