Puppets, free concerts and a citywide celebration arrive in NYC this week

Puppets, free concerts and a citywide celebration arrive in NYC this week

With three major festivals launching across the city, New Yorkers on the hunt for an art event this week will find no shortage of activities. Below is a selection of programming to check out.

“Puppet Week NYC”
When: Aug. 11 to Aug. 16
Where: Various locations

The second annual International Puppet Fringe Festival kicks off its first-ever Puppet Week NYC on Aug. 11 — featuring a string of performances and events, many of which are free and open to the public. The festival, which runs through Aug. 31, highlights the artistry and rich history of puppetry, and is produced by the Clemente, Teatro SEA and Grupo MORÁN. In addition to workshops, panels and performances, the festival also features five exhibitions, including the Museum of the City of New York’s “Puppets of New York” and the companion installation “Puppets of New York: Downtown at the Clemente.”

A list of events included in “Puppet Week NYC” can be found on the International Puppet Fringe Festival website. Registration is required.


“NYC Free” at Little Island
When: Aug. 11 to Sept. 5
Where: Little Island; Manhattan

Little Island’s massive program of free performances, dubbed “NYC Free,” begins its four-week extravaganza this Wednesday. Though shows at the park’s amphitheater require patrons to register for free tickets, performances at various locations scattered throughout Little Island are available to all visitors. A free timed-entry reservation is required to enter the park after 12 p.m. Eastern.


“NYC Homecoming Week”
When: Aug. 14 to Aug. 22
Where: Various locations

Spanning dance festivals, live concerts, movie screenings, cultural activities, Summer Streets, public art and more, the citywide (and city-backed) “NYC Homecoming Week” celebration aims to “drive support for the mom-and-pop businesses and local organizations that define our neighborhoods and that kept the heart of our city beating throughout the COVID pandemic,” according to the program’s website.

The celebration, announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio in July, culminates with “WE LOVE NYC: The Homecoming Concert” (featuring mega-stars Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Patti Smith, Andrea Bocelli and more) on Aug. 21 at the Great Lawn in Central Park. If you weren’t able to snag a free ticket, the concert will be broadcast live exclusively on CNN.

Top Image: Photo: Performances and workshops at the 2019 NATIONAL PUPPETRY FESTIVAL of The Puppeteers of America, photographed: July 16-21, 2019, at The University of Minnesota; Minneapolis, Minn. Photograph by Richard Termine © 2019 RICHARD TERMINE.