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Past Events

New Haven Symphony Orchestra with Angelique Kidjo

KeyBank Concert Series

Dive into the magical tones of one of Africa’s most prominent musicians, Angelique Kidjo, as she is joined by the incredible New Haven Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Alasdaire Neale. A Grammy winner five times over, Kidjo entrances listeners by seamlessly mixing genres and powerful messages in her music. A night of musical pleasure that’s not to be missed!

Grupo Tentación

KeyBank Concert Series

Get ready to experience the vibrant beats and electrifying energy of the Latin band, Grupo Tentación. Hailing from New London, CT this talented group is set to light up the stage and get your heart racing with their infectious rhythms and captivating melodies from lead singer Jocelyn Rosario.


KeyBank Concert Series

Leave your troubles behind with the help of this tropical Afro-Latin combo whose name literally means “to remove worries.” Their rhythmic songs remix the sounds of the 60s, 70s and 80s as they transport you to magical evenings in Angola, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and beyond. Using the healing mix of guitar, saxophone, keyboards, bass and lot of contagious percussion, these modern- day curanderos will keep you moving to the music all throughout their performance.

Keila Myles & The Moose Knuckles

KeyBank Concert Series

Keila Myles is a multidisciplinary artist based in Hartford, CT. She is best known for her work and performance as a musician. Her freshman project titled Just Add Water best sums up her ability to shape shift and aqueous to any genre and art form. Her style is a blend of R&B, soul, boom bap, classic rock and reggae. Keila draws from her American heritage in her lyricism and song-writing yet her delivery is reminiscent of classic reggae music. She will be performing with her band, The Moose Knuckles.


KeyBank Concert Series

STOUT started her musical journey at the age of three in her grandmother’s basement in New Haven, Connecticut. Since then, she has shared the stage with Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Carlos Santana, Missy Elliot and Usher, thrilling audiences around the world. Come out for this hometown hero as she proves her title as the Queen of New Era Rock in an electrifying concert!

Goodnight Moonshine

KeyBank Concert Series

Goodnight Moonshine pairs the intimacy and immediacy of the 90's with the sonic explosion of the 60's. Molly Venter (Red Molly) is a viscerally potent singer, à la Fiona Apple and Tracy Chapman, whose songwriting is redemptive and playful. Consummate musician and producer Eben Pariser (Roosevelt Dime), is a devotee of Ray Charles, Wes Montgomery, The Beatles and The Band. Courageous unveiling and depth of experience make the collaboration between married couple Molly Venter and Eben Pariser addictively captivating.

A Night with Matthew Whitaker

Piano phenom Matthew Whitaker is one of the most exciting talents in recent years. Playing in the jazz tradition with gospel roots, he will be joined on the Lyman Center stage by Kergyma and gospel artist Jarron Taylor & the Cross Bearing Nation in a Father’s Day evening that is not to be missed!

The KC Sisters

KeyBank Concert Series

The KC Sisters have music in their DNA. The girls were raised by two musicians and introduced to multiple genres of music from rock & roll, country, gospel, folk, R&B, pop and jazz. Aside from their a cappella voices that harmonize on their repertoire of selections, each girl plays multiple instruments including piano, guitar, violin, bass, cello, ukulele, and drums. Each girl contributes to song arranging and the creation of new originals, which at times can be challenging, having so many cooks in the kitchen. Somehow they make it work and the song matures into something they all enjoy. They perform both covers and originals, many of which are recorded and produced themselves.

Jon Secada

KeyBank Concert Series

With a career spanning over three decades, three Grammy Awards, 20 million albums sold and starring roles on Broadway, the acclaimed, romantic sounds of Jon Secada have resulted in numerous hits in English and Spanish. The Cuban-born singer-songwriter will grace the New Haven Green with his band to share music from his pop catalogue, including megahits “Angel,” “Just Another Day” and “Do You Believe in Us,” interlaced with Spanish-language melodies.

Rising Higher: A Night of Soul

KeyBank Concert Series

Join us for a night of curated soul music featuring recording artist Ricky Alan Draughn, Michelle Brooks-Thompson, Jonathan DuBose, and Full Force and friends. Get ready to sway to the sounds of smooth jazz and R&B! Presented by Cool Breeze In Partnership with IFAI.

Bill Lowe's Signifyin' Natives

The renowned ensemble of Bill Lowe’s Signifyin’ Natives reassembles in New Haven to celebrate the release of their first cd recording, “SWEET CANE, Suites and Other Pedagogical Prompts,” including Lowe’s adaptation of Jean Toomer’s Harlem Renaissance masterpiece, CANE, first published in 1923. 45-minute Lecture Demonstration followed by an hour Concert

Berdine Joseph

KeyBank Concert Series

Let your heart & soul be serenaded by Connecticut based Haitian Neo Soul, R&B, jazz infused recording artist and songwriter, Berdine Joseph.

Mical Teja

KeyBank Concert Series

Join a Soca party on the New Haven Green! Trinidad’s own Mical Teja will bring his unique sound to close out the Caribbean Day Festival celebration. The man with the hottest pen in Soca music, Teja has written hits for artists like Machel Montano and Patrice Roberts, while putting out high quality music of his own. Teja’s fresh and exciting sound is popular in the annual Carnival catalogue. Don’t miss seeing this star in the Caribbean music scene!

Brooklyn Rider: The Four Elements

A not-to-be missed musical experience! Brooklyn Rider is an adventurous string quartet that performs contemporary music with the energy of four young rock stars. Let the music move you as they bring to life the four elements of earth, air, water and fire as a musical metaphor for both the inner workings of a quartet — and the inter-related effects of climate change on our planet. Performing pieces commissioned by the Quartet as well as by other contemporary composers, they’ll deliver an inspiring musical call to action. Will you heed the call?

Sacred Land: Songs and Poems of Resilience from Ukraine

Led by celebrated producer, conductor and actor, Marika Kuzma, this unique live performance conveys a portrait of Ukraine not limited to destruction and conflict, but as a country of great cultural beauty and breadth. Experience projected images of the varied Ukrainian landscape, paired with soulful and colorful sacred and secular choral music spanning several centuries sung by Ensemble Cherubim, and interwoven with Ukrainian poetry. The 80-minute long concert is a true celebration of Ukrainian creativity and resilience.

National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) of Jamaica

Co-Presented with Shubert Theatre

Described as one the most innovative dance companies to have achieved world acclaim in the last hald century, the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) of Jamaica blends the lore, music and dance traditions of Jamaica, Africa and the American South with both modern and classical ballet forms, dance performances, training and engagement programs of all people.

Dance Exchange

Get ready to move! The Dance Exchange is a fun and exhilarating day of dance on the New Haven Green, bringing five choreographers of different styles to teach all-levels dance classes—salsa, contemporary, hip hop groove, street jazz, and vogue.


KeyBank Concert Series

Returning to the festival stage, Garba360 introduces the beloved Gujarati folk dances of garba and raas to new audiences; building strong community bonds and celebrating cultural heritage through movement. Take part in this free outdoor event for the whole family with dance lessons, performances, and live music.

A Divine Homecoming & O'Sound

KeyBank Concert Series

Imagine if New Haven had a historically black college. In 1831 New Haven had the opportunity to host the nation’s first Black college but due to opposition from the City’s elite, the college never came to fruition. A Divine Homecoming is an intergenerational production honoring HBCU history and legacy through storytelling and step creating an imagined experience of what could’ve been.

Heidi Latsky Dance: D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D

Can a dynamic, safe space to truly look and experience each other exist? D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D. explores this question in an immersive presentation at the intersection of dance, fashion and art.

La Fille Du Laitier: Macbeth Muet

Inspired by the burlesque acting of silent films, this silent, bold, brutal and bloody performance takes us on a wordless journey through the ruthless pursuit of power with humour and melodramatic gestures.

Spellbound Theatre: WINK

What happens when we go to sleep? Spellbound Theatre’s Wink is an imaginative and multi-disciplinary performance that explores dreams from the perspective of a young child and her bear. Blending shadow puppetry, physical theatre, and animation, this unique show is designed to engage and inspire the very youngest audience members. Inspired by the classic poem, “Wynken, Blynken and Nod,” Wink is ideal for kids age 0-7, but can be enjoyed by all ages.


Presented by Ice the Beef & Elm Shakespeare Company

Through Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Hamlet, we explore these questions: What is the difference between seeking revenge and seeking justice? Is the cost of getting one’s revenge too high? What innocent parties get caught in the crossfire? After the play, the ensemble will share a trio of contemporary scenes inspired by real life experiences that offer tactics for violence de-escalation. Ice the Beef is a student-driven nonprofit, dedicated to empowering teens who want to end gun violence.

Kristina Wong for Public Office

Co-Presented with Long Wharf Theatre

In her celebrated theatrical work, Kristina Wong crosses the aesthetics of campaign rallies and church revivals to tell her unique journey from performance artist to public official. She used to have a bright future in reality television, now she’s become part of the system that she used to ridicule! Don’t miss this unforgettable night of theater, politics, and comedy. Stay for a Talk Back following each performance.

The Future of Automobiles

Climate & Transportation Summit

Are flying cars, self-driving vehicles, and biomass-mobiles really in our future? Learn just how far — and how soon — technology will transport us into the future with this podcaster, author and frequent contributor to the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine and NPR. Explore why speaker Jack Hitt says that “we are living through the most intense frenzy of transportation creativity since the 1890s.” Moderated by Larry Rifkin, host of America Trends podcast and former programming chief for Connecticut Public Television.

Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition

Climate & Transportation Summit

WORKSHOP: New Haven is home to one of only 100 Clean Cities around the country that brings together public and private stakeholders to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by cutting the use of petroleum in transportation. We’ll explore options for alternative and renewable fuels that are available to the city — and how you can be part of creating the city’s clean transporation system of tomorrow.

Ebb and Flow: Water and Migration

Climate & Transportation Summit

The fight to save the planet begins with the drive to safeguard our towns. Learn how to do that in this discussion with climate change experts Bruni Pizarro and James O’Donnell. Moderated by John Dankosky, this panel will break down big concepts like climate justice and migration patterns into the effects on sea levels and storm water across Connecticut’s cities and towns. Just the kind of environmental insights you need to take smarter local actions.

Talk to Me About Water

Climate & Transportation Summit

WORKSHOP: Join a talented group of data scientists, water scientists, AI researchers, and artists for an engaging workshop called “Talk to Me About Water.” Through music, games, and conversations, the workshop aims to encourage conversations about the global water crisis in a meaningful and playful way. You'll have the opportunity to learn from experts in their respective fields, including Martha Bearskin, Amelia Winger-Bearskin, Nour Batyne, Devin Ronneberg, and Eamon O'Connor. By the end of the workshop, you'll walk away with new insights and inspiration to help make a difference in the world.

Keynote: Amelia Winger-Bearskin

Climate & Transportation Summit

Amelia Winger-Bearskin will showcase her art and science storytelling work and demonstrate how new technologies can help preserve and engage with ancestral knowledge. Attendees will discover how innovative formats can engage future generations. Additionally, Amelia will discuss how her collaborations with scientists have enriched her artistic practice.

Following this talk will be a reception and book signing event for those who purchased a Premium Ticket. Books will be available for purchase.

The Art of Artificial Intelligence

Fellows Ideas Event

Listen in on a discussion between Brennan Buck, senior critic at the Yale School of Architecture and Ira Revels, founder of Black Tech Futures, on the pros and cons of using AI across artistic disciplines. Moderated by Rania Das.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Artificial Intelligence

Tech & Democracy Summit

Artificial intelligence has been both idolized and demonized. Some have welcomed it into their businesses. Others fear it will destroy our lives. This lively presentation will help you take a fresh, informed, balanced look at how AI is impacting our lives now...and what we can do to ensure it will continue to be a force for good in the future. Speakers include Dr. Anat Lior, Bonnie Kaplan, and Michael Lynch. Moderated by CT Public’s Lucy Nalpathanchil.

Columbia Digital Storytelling: Blockchain Fairy Tales PART 1

Tech & Democracy Summit

Columbia University School of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Lab (DSL) is a pioneering next-generation media lab that creatively integrates the arts, humanities and technology to tackle some of the world’s impossible problems.

The DSL presents Blockchain Fairy Tales, a collaborative world-building workshop. Those formerly known as the audience will become architects of the future as we explore playful worlds, contend with magical threats, and face the question: What if happily ever after is not guaranteed?

Democracy and the Struggle for the Right to Vote

Tech & Democracy Summit

Join author and award-winning journalist Ari Berman and award-winning scholar, educator, and author, Khalilah Brown-Dean, for a discussion on the history and contemporary relevance of voting rights. Berman is the author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America and Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics. Brown's book Identity Politics in the United States traces the confluence of public policy, law, and institutional design in structuring political divisions.

Columbia Digital Storytelling: Blockchain Fairy Tales PART 2

Tech & Democracy Summit

Join us for Part 2 of Blockchain Fairy Tales: Now that your imagination is ignited and challenged, transform inspiration into activation. We invite you to explore the magical elements inherent in decentralization–the ability to co-create and co-author with Artificial Intelligence, to collaborate more effectively, and to create a shared vision of our futures.

Keynote: Baratunde Thurston

Tech & Democracy Summit

Talk about your consummate mutli-hyphenate! He’s the New York Times best-selling author of “How to Be Black.” An Emmy-nominated storyteller. Host of the PBS television series America Outdoors and the podcast How to Citizen with Baratunde. One of the greatest TED talkers of all time. Please join us in welcoming Baratunde to our festival to give us his perspectives on where our nation is — and where we can take it.

Following this talk will be a reception and book signing event for those who purchased a Premium Ticket. Books will be available for purchase.

Voices of Social Equity

Social Equity & Activism Summit

How we tell the stories about ourselves, traumatic or otherwise, can be used to categorize us in ways that are not always equitable. Are marginalized groups expected to share traumatic experiences when dealing with institutions of power? Join sociologist, Aya Waller-Bey, community engagement storyteller Mike Keo, and Andrus Awardee Betty Bajek to explore what’s contributing to this issue, why it hurts us all, and how we can best address it.

Driving Connections

Social Equity & Activism Summit

WORKSHOP: How do we drive connections towards a more just world? By unpacking our own narratives, we can understand equitable barriers and use our story to drive connections and motivate community action. In this workshop with Mike Keo, we will learn and discuss how effective storytelling can become the gateway to local change.

Understanding Housing Insecurity

Social Equity & Activism Summit

A world without housing insecurity. A realistic goal? Only if we better understand the inter-related array of steps that can lead to its elimination. Deepen your understanding and broaden your perspectives of this critical issue with the help of panelists Kellyann Day, CEO of New Reach, social worker Antwan Nedd, New Haven Housing Authority Director Karen DuBois-Walton, community organizer Billy Bromage, and New Reach's vice chair board member Aisha Bello.

Housing Insecurity Resource Fair

Social Equity & Activism Summit

Spend time with the people and organizations dedicated to supporting the unhoused and addressing housing insecurity. Educate yourself on the resources for support and advocacy on this critical social issue.
Participating Organizations include New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Inc, New Reach, Mothers and Others for Justice, and more.

El Futuro es Ahora: Activism and Influences in the Arts

Social Equity & Activism Summit

Join us for a Behind the Actor's Studio-style interview with powerhouse practitioners in social change and cultural equity! Grantmakers in the Arts President Eddie Torres will be joined by Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre Founder and Artistic Director Rosalba Rolón in a session that will engage personal narrative to illuminate pathways of activism in the performing arts. Listen in as Eddie and Rosalba grapple with the tension between the individual and the societal as related to decisions on cultural values and funding. Come curious. Leave inspired.

Fair Haven

Neighborhood Festival

Kick off the festivities with a special parade at 12PM! Then, stay and experience the Fair Haven Festival as the space comes alive with music, children’s programming, food, vendors, and community networking.

This event is in correspondence with Fair Haven Day. Learn more here »

The Hill Neighborhood Festival

(rescheduled from May 2023)

With artists like Rashaan Langley, 40 Plus Double Dutch Club, Carlos Santiago y Su Momento Musical and more, get ready for some amazing talent at the Hill Festival! They'll be joined by an afternoon packed with performers, DJs, food, children’s programming, community organizations, and vendors.


Neighborhood Festival

New Haven favorite, The Monk Family, are the Newhallville Festival headliners! Stick around for more programming, including children’s programming and activities, tabling, vendors, and food.

West Hills/West Rock

Neighborhood Festival

Join us for a day of music, food, and fun that features contemporary gospel singer and songwriter Latice Crawford! Neighborhood vendors and community organizations will round out the afternoon.


Neighborhood Festival

Get ready to party with Dixwell! Juan Castillo serves as MC for a line-up that includes Le Mixx Band, DJ Platinum, Xan Walker and Scheri Walker Line Dance Instruction, a fashion show with the legendary Donald Carter and more! The neighborhood village will be out with activities, tabling, and takeaways.

Juneteenth Celebration

Curated by Hanan Hameen & Official Juneteenth Coalition of Greater New Haven

Artsucation Network & Juneteenth Coalition 10 Year Anniversary/6th Annual Hip Hop Conference.

The Official Juneteenth Coalition has collaborated with Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities in conducting a parade from the old Stetson Library to the New Haven Green.

The Legendary COLD CRUSH Brothers will be appearing on the NEW HAVEN UPPER GREEN Saturday, June 17, 2023 at the Juneteenth Coalition of Greater New Haven Festival Celebration in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop. Starts 2PM SHARP! Be there!

Jarron Taylor All-Sing, Musical performance by Stefon Hawkins & Juneteenth Elder Honoring Celebration

Listen, sing, experience – the rich melodies and lush harmonies will be a feast for the senses! New Haven’s own Stefon Hawkins performs with New Hope Fellowship choir. His performance will be paired by a multigenerational community all-sing led by Jarron Taylor. All are invited to a Sunday masterclass with Jarron to learn the gospel techniques and perform for the community on the Alexander Clark stage.

Juneteenth Elder Honoring Ceremony

The Elder Honoring is an annual tradition and trademark of the Juneteenth Coalition of Greater New Haven. Each honoree is selected to be part of this revered ceremony that recognizes the work, accomplishments, and dedication of unsung members of the black community. Such persons usually go undetected, unappreciated and unrecognized by the very people they serve and fight for. We, the JCGNH, honor them, put them on the pedestal they deserve to be placed upon and pronounce their position of eldership. The Elder Honoring Ceremony is founded and hosted by Hanan Hameen of the Artsucation Academy Network.

Jazzy’s Juneteenth Brunch


Zainab Johnson

With Opening Act Kareem Green

Zainab Johnson, a stand-up comedian, actress, and writer is quickly being propelled as one of the most unique and engaging performers on stage and screen. She has appeared on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, HBO’s All Def Comedy, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and many more! Zainab’s comedy is based on her unique point-of-view, which was shaped growing up in Harlem as one of thirteen siblings in a black Muslim family. Join us for a night of laughs featuring Zainab Johnson, with opener Kareem Green and hosted by WYBC’s Jose Candelario.

Grand Avenue Gastronomy Tour

Sample multicultural taste treats served up with a side of history, as Lee Cruz takes you on the ever-popular Gastronomy Tour of one of New Haven’s most storied streets — Grand Avenue. As you eat your way down the avenue, you’ll learn about the past, present and future of the neighborhood and its many inhabitants over time. A feast for your mind as well as your body!


Raise a pint on the Green and enjoy a variety of beer from a ton of local breweries. Your ticket gives you access to sample the flavors of multiple breweries from around New England.

Shaken and Stirred Cocktails Class

Hands-on class teaching the process of making one shaken drink and one stirred drink at Sherkaan. Participants will have all the supplies available to practice these techniques and make 2 of their own cocktails to sip on. Additionally there will be bites served in between making drinks.

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Soul de Cuba Storytelling Dinner

Enjoy a unique tasting menu from Soul de Cuba Cafe combining exquisite traditional Cuban dishes and special story telling guests for a night of good food and special stories.

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Dreaming in Spice From Marrakech

Thoughtfully delicious food excites taste buds even as it elevates the community of individuals who help bring it to fruition for the dinner table. Chef Hari Pulapaka specializes in thoughtfully crafted and globally inspired food. In this session, Chef Hari will demo a Sinfully Vegetarian B’steeya served with a Basil, Cilantro, and Cashew Chutney.

The dish demonstrates the power of fresh herbs, acidity, spices, and a global sensitivity in making food delicious, nourishing, uplifting, and transporting. Attendees will be able to sample the dish.

Rolling Food Tour with Steve Roberts

New Haven is truly a food-lover’s paradise. But sometimes you need a guide who really know the city well to uncover some of its tastiest treasures. Host Steve Roberts leads us on a tantalizing tour of some of New Haven’s best haunts, including Fussy Coffee, Ricky D’s Rib Shack, Orchid Café at ConnCat, Wing Madness and Dope N Delicious. A simply amazing menu of stops on this mark-your-calendar-for-food tour.

Fair Haven Food & Public Art Tour

Explore Fair Haven, learn about the vibrant public art, and enjoy tastes from Fair Haven Oyster Company, Salsa Authentic, La Molienda, Armada Beer and Cositas Deliciosas.

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Kidz Kook

Don’t just learn to cook. Cook to learn in this delightful kids cooking class centered around environmentalism. Join New-Haven based lifestyle influencer, Tennille Murphy, leads this workshop that helps kids sample the benefits of plant-based cooking and taste the advantages clean, healthy eating.

The Ghost Net: An Environmental Musical of the Sea

Presented by Grumbling Gryphons

The Ghost Net: An Environmental Musical of the Sea provides a powerful vehicle for promoting awareness of our planet’s rapidly depleting oceans and endangered marine life. The workshop prior to the show will provide participating children opportunity to be in the show!

ARTFARM: Introduction to Circus Arts!

ARTFARM will offer kids, ages 6–16, an opportunity to try some of the basic elements of circus arts in a fun outdoor workshop setting. Participants will try their hand at juggling, balancing, partner acrobatics, circrobatics, hula hooping and other simple forms of movement. Be ready to toss, tumble and spin on the grassy New Haven Green!

Leland Faulkner: Walker Between Worlds

Walker Between Worlds is a journey into the world of Native American Stories. The oral history, natural observations, and culture of the First Americans is shared by Leland Faulkner a world traveler and performing artist who is a member of the Bad River Band of Chippewa.

Universal Sounds

Universal Sounds’ performers Nate and Marcus will perform current and historical Top 40 music, utilizing current music technology and devices such as digital keyboards, electronic drums and percussion and computers. The performance is a fun, entertaining and often danceable flow of music and demonstration.

NHSO Family Concert

Calling all families! Come celebrate International Make Music Day with members of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in a fun performance on the New Haven Green. No special musical talents required, but the experience will be super interactive. You may have a chance to conduct, to direct the volume of the music, or to affect the speed of the professional musicians. A great way to get everyone involved in making music.

Wheel Life Theatre Troupe: Pooh's Adventures

Presented by The Legacy Theatre

Follow the adventurous and delightful tales of A.A. Milne’s engaging characters, Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, and Piglet in Pooh’s Adventures! With book adaptation by Keely Baisden Knudsen, this fun and witty exploration of the Hundred Acre Wood by the Wheel Life Theatre Troupe will engage audiences of all ages!

Masem Enyong: Afro Beat Fun

Led by innovative dance teacher Masem Enyong of Afro Beat Fun, you’ll work with the group to practice new dance moves, develop a dance routine and learn how African dance has influenced popular culture — all to the joyous sounds of contemporary Afro beats. Join your kids and get groovin!

Architectural Scavenger Hunt

Presented by Docomomo US

Join Docomomo US, the national modern preservation organization, as we take to the sidewalks of New Haven to discover buildings from the city's past and present. Learn to read a building using the language of architecture and capture your favorite details, patterns and textures along the way.

Polyglot Theatre: Bees

Explore a buzzing, humming hive of activity, as three human-sized Bees busy themselves in the creation of a community alongside children who transform into bees as they play. Australian based company, Polyglot, brings a joyfully interactive world that welcomes us into community, wonder, and imagination!

New Inca Son

New Inca Son is a renowned Andean Folk ensemble that has performed throughout Latin America, Europe and across the United States, for people of all ages and backgrounds. Its artists hail from the Andes regions of Peru and Bolivia and perform centuries-old music and dances that have been passed along from one generation to the next. We invite you to sing along with the choruses of our music, and if the Spirits move you, to dance with us as well.

Backyard Beekeeping 101

Learn about honey bee biology, the importance of pollinators, and taste our local honey. We’ll also suit you up and open a honey bee hive together! This includes checking to ensure the queen and colony is healthy, feeding, and treating for pests as needed. Make sure to wear socks and closed-toe shoes!

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Bibliophilia & Taphophilia: The Living Archives of the Dead in New Haven

Two great archives are neighbors in New Haven: Grove Street Cemetery, the nation’s first chartered burial ground, established 225 years ago in 1797, and Beinecke Library, North America’s largest building dedicated exclusively to rare books and manuscripts.

CAES: The Nation's Oldest Agricultural Experiment Station

Get to know the CAES through this guided tour of the grounds and explore this renowned Bio Lab! The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES), established in 1875, is the first agricultural experiment station in the United States.

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Climb to Unimaginable Heights!

Explore the design and fabrication facility of the world renowned climbing sculpture company Luckey Climbers. Tour will include descriptions of ongoing projects in various stages of production and a slide lecture of selected projects from our portfolio.

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Explore What's Queer About Downtown New Haven!

Take a guided tour of Downtown New Haven, but seen through a queer lens. Discover a hidden history—four centuries in the making—among the nine squares in the country’s first planned city.

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Fair Haven: From Maritime Village to City Neighborhood

The Fair Haven neighborhood was once a small village whose residents depended upon the tidal river nearby – the Quinnipiac – for their livelihood as oystermen, coastal traders, sailors, and shipbuilders. Over time, Fair Haven became ever more closely integrated into the city of New Haven, but even today, many of the historic homes and other buildings along the river recall the area’s maritime heritage. This walking tour will be led by Bruce Clouette, longtime Connecticut historian and historic preservationist.

Instants: Linda Lindroth's Polaroid Portraits

Explore the stories in the exhibit Instants: Linda Lindroth's Polaroid Portraits with the artist and Museum staff.

Introductory Tour of Beinecke Library

During this 30+ minute introductory tour, participants will learn about the exhibitions and collections that are fully accessible to all.

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Lost in New Haven

Come get "Lost in New Haven" history with local artist and collector Robert S. Greenberg. View an ever expanding collection of New Haven's illustrious past with authentic artifacts and stories from the individuals and families who built New Haven from the ground up.

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Makers Underground Workshop

Discover a downtown workshop hidden away in a subterranean location with wood, metal, textile 3d printing and more. We will show you how wood can be cut with lasers and metal cut with water, as well as show you examples of what artists and entrepreneurs have made.

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Tapping the Possibilities

Learn how an element as seemingly simple as water can have a major impact on the community by touring an innovative water treatment plant. Learn how water from Lake Whitney is treated and delivered to New Haven and how the Regional Water Authority ensures that they’re providing clean and reliable water to its customers.

The Humanities Quadrangle at Yale

Take a guided tour of the Humanities Quadrangle at Yale. The newly renovated 14-story building, formerly known as the Hall of Graduate Studies, recently began a new era for the Humanities at Yale.

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Visit the Ely Center at the Historic John Slade Ely House

Learn about the history of the Ely Center of Contemporary Art (formally known as the John Slade Ely Center of Contemporary Art) at 51 Trumbull Street in New Haven.

What's Happening in Westville

Come learn about the artists, shops, restaurants and public spaces that make Westville Village special, led by Lizzy Donius, Executive Director of Westville Village Renaissance Alliance (WVRA).

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How Sound is the Sound

Tour the Outer Island and join us in engaging in activities focused on understanding Clean Water!

Family Day at Outer Island


Capture small invasive crabs, observe herons and cormorants with binoculars, drag a net to collect small bait fish and algae, become a marine citizen scientist…measure the salt and oxygen in the water. Have fun discovering the island Refuge in Stony Creek CT: learn its history. Bring a picnic; choose a glacial rock for your spot.

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Back to School

New Haven has a diverse education program from public/private schools to magnet/charter/regional schools to home schooling, where every individual has a place to learn. On this ride you will learn about all the educational opportunities available in New Haven.

Building Projects, Affordable Housing, and New Haven

Yale School of Architecture, Neighborhood Housing Services, and Columbus House joined forces to match New Haven residents with affordable housing. Learn about the program and visit some of the exciting building projects.

East Coast Greenway South

Travel South on the East Coast Greenway to Silver Sands State Park in Milford. This section of the ECG incorporates the Vision Trail, the Harbor side trail, the Long Wharf Nature Preserve, and the Savin Rock Trail. A representative of ECG will lead the ride and provide information and background on the trails.

East Coast Greenway/Farmington Canal Trail North

Travel North from New Haven to Cheshire and learn about plans to connect the former rail trail to Northampton, MA. Visit historic Locks 12 and 14 before returning to New Haven. A representative of ECG will lead the ride and provide information and background on the trail.

Historic Districts of New Haven

What are local historic districts? How do they help preserve New Haven's unique character? Discover the rich history and architecture of Wooster Square, City Point, and the Quinnipiac River section of Fair Haven.

Industrial Heritage of New Haven

History, technology and industry collide on this overview of New Haven's industrial heritage. How will this legacy impact tomorrow's New Haven?

New York Times Ride

Find out what makes New Haven so special that the New York Times would include it on the list of 52 Destinations to Go In 2023.

Pride Ride

New Haven Coalition for Active Transportation (NCAT) Will take you on a journey to visit local LGBTQIA businesses such as Barracuda, The Pride Center and others. Riders are welcome, encouraged, but not required to ride in their most authentic, pride selves.

Radical Adventure Riders and the Bradley Street Coop will host a bike maintenance check from 12:00PM–1:45PM at the Bradley Street Coop.

Public Art in New Haven

Public art abounds in New Haven from commissioned works, donated pieces, to bold graffiti art. Explore the melange of art offerings from international and local artists that are free and open to the public.

Riding on Mixed Surfaces

New Haven has it's share of mixed surfaces often creating a challenge for even the most seasoned rider. Learn techniques from one of New Haven's most prolific riders and skilled educators on the subject.

Scavenger Hunt

How well do you know New Haven? Test your knowledge of the Elm City and win fabulous prizes as we close out Festival 2023.

Shared Experiences: New Haven and International Sister Cities

New Haven has a long and rich tradition of cultural exchange with its Sister Cities around the world-Leon, Amalfi, Tetlanohcan, Hue, Afula, Freetown, Avignon, and Changsha. This tour will highlight the relationships between New Haven and its partners in other countries with guest speakers, presentations, music, art and food.

Social Justice New Haven Style

Join SCSU professors Amy Smoyer and Joe Milone on a tour that travels through New Haven's Beaver Hills, The Hill, Dwight, Downtown, and Dixwell neighborhoods. We will visit, discuss, and learn some of New Haven's social justice sites, past and present.

Your Passport to City Parks

Granite rubbing stones are scattered throughout New Haven Parks. Get your passport and start collecting your stone rubbings on this tour and learn some park history along the way.

The Intergalactic DRAGanza: Rise of the Dragons

The Intergalactic DRAGanza is a theatrical experience fusing Drag and Ball culture through a futuristic space adventure. Drag Queens across the universe must unite using the 5 elements of Vogue to RISE up and defeat an ominous threat to planet Earth. The show will feature a closing performance by American Idol top ten performer and Latina drag star, Ada Vox.

NEA Big Read Kick-Off

Join us on April 19th for the official kick off of our citywide reading revolution! NEA Big Read author, Rebekah Taussig and Executive Director of National Disability Rights Network Marlene Sallo will join us virtually for a keynote and conversation. Free copies of Sitting Pretty will be available for all attendees.


A Dive into Special Education

Kiomary Sotillo, Parent Consultant of the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center will lead on conversation on the current state of special education and her experience as a parent of children with disabilities.


Loving All of Me: A Conversation on Disability, Love & Dating

Join Lucy Gellman, Editor of the Arts Paper, Justin Farmer, City Councilor of Hamden’s 5th District, and Elaine Kolb, activist & musician in a conversation on disability, dating, and love. Listen in as these community leaders dive into their own love stories and romantic journeys.

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Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution Screening

Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, is a documentary film of a groundbreaking summer camp for teens with disabilities. This incredible film was executive produced in 2020 by Barack and Michelle Obama. A facilitated discussion will follow our film screening.

National Assistive Tech Day Celebration

Join us for presentations and interactive demos of assistive tech from our partners at United Cerebral Palsy of Eastern CT, New England Assistive Technology NEAT An Oak Hill Center, and EastConn. Sign up for Connecticut’s Bridging the Digital Divide Program – a program designed to help people with disabilities access and learn to use technology that will allow access to social connections, tele-health, their community and more.

Kulturally LIT Podcast x Sitting Pretty Book Discussion

Members of the Kulturally LIT Team & One City One Read Advisory Committee will use the themes of resilience, disability rights, and access in our NEA Big Read book as a springboard to discuss the disability justice movement.


An Evening with JJJJJerome Ellis

In Partnership with Yale Schwarzman Center

Don’t miss a special evening with JJJJJerome Ellis as he performs an original musical response to Rebekah Taussig’s Sitting Pretty: A View From My Resilient Ordinary Disabled Body.

Together We Rise: Resources and Disability Justice

Learn, connect and join others in advocating for the rights and resources of our neighbors with disabilities. Highlights include tabling from community partners who serve the disability community, the demonstration of a smart home, food trucks with accessible accommodations, speakers and conversations. Join us!

The Multifaceted Nature of Story with Laconia Therrio

WORKSHOP: We all hear stories, but what does Story do? How does Story affect the Teller? How does Story affect the Listener? How can Story affect Society at large? In this workshop participants will consider why we tell stories and how stories affect us as both Teller and Listener. Be the story Folktale, Fable, Legend, Scary or Personal, something happens when Story is shared.

Adult Invitational Poetry SLAM

In Partnership with The Word


Experience the power of live poetry with the top slam poets from throughout the Northeast. Equally skilled in their writing as in their delivery, the poets will engage and entertain guests while competing for a prize of $1000. Come cheer on these incredible performers as they battle for the top spot.

Reconnect to Purpose


WORKSHOP: The power of story. This workshop, led by Denise Keyes Page the founder of Ubuntu Storytellers and co-founder of Women Tell by the Decades, introduces storytelling and listening as pathways to reconnect to purpose; to help us fill in the blank. Together in community we will respectfully mine our stories for the buried insights which can both strengthen and enlighten us. Our process begins with prompts for reflection in solitude, followed by pair and/or small group sharing of our recalled stories.

Stir the Style

Love a good story? Then you definitely won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind event. It’s a storytelling mash-up featuring all styles of great stories told through all flavors of engaging formats — from spoken word and folktelling to personal narrative and rap. Each teller takes the stage for just a 10 minute performance...but no doubt, many will leave you with lasting memories of the stories they share.

PechaKucha New Haven

How much can you share in 20 slides, 20 seconds each? PechaKucha, in which performers tell a story on a subject of their choosing in a unique presentational format, began in Tokyo in 2003, and has captured the imagination of storytellers and audiences throughout the world. Show up and learn several new things very quickly!

Reinvention Rebels Podcast Live

The Reinvention Rebels podcast shares stories of amazing women, 50-90 years young, who have boldly reimagined life on their own terms, to find new purpose and possibilities.

Four Elements Exhibition Opening

Join Curator Alva Greenberg and artists Judy Cotton, Anindita Dutta, Jesse Good, Gabriel Warren as we celebrate and admire their work in the Four Elements Exhibition. Hospitality and music provided in Cafe Vincenzo, next to the New Alliance Gallery in Gateway. All are welcome.

Gateway's South building Room 102, at the corner of George and Church, New Haven, CT.

Four Elements Exhibition

Curated by Alva Greenberg

Inspired by the essence of fire, water, earth, and air, each artist shares work to move the spirit and stir the consciousness towards greater connection and eco-empathy with the natural world. This exhibition hopes to resonate with the musical presentation of Brooklyn Rider which focuses on these powerful elements and our relationship to them. Featured artists: Judy Cotton, Anindita Dutta, Jesse Good, Gabriel Warren.

Strange Light: A VR/AR Project

You are invited to partake in this 15 minute unique VR experience designed by Kit Hung (Hong Kong) and JLS Gangwisch (New Haven/USA). "Strangelight - Being Bubblicious" offers a powerful and immersive VR narrative that sheds light on the rich and multifaceted experiences of a transwoman of color. Engage with her story, celebrate her resilience, and be inspired to embrace understanding, acceptance, and positive change. Join Bubblicious on this virtual journey and become part of her vibrant and inclusive community.

An Artist Conversation: The Making of Strange Light

Come and join us for a conversation with the artists behind "Strange Light," JLS Gangwisch and Kit Hung. They will take us through the creative journey of Strange Light, starting from the initial research stage, which involved interviews and the exploration of archival photos to the assistance of AI. They will also delve into the incorporation of Al in the creative process and discuss the project's shooting and workflow. This includes their experimentation with an aesthetic approach towards volumetric data and 3D scanned objects. Furthermore, they will highlight the integration of audio and visual elements in a captivating Mixed Reality space. Don't miss this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the artistic process behind Strange Light.

Ten Years Screening

There will be a 4 day film screening of the Ten Years, a series which started in Hong Kong and extended to Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand. The series invites directors and viewers to envision and reimagine the future of their own environments. Attendees will participate in a talkback with Yale-China Artist Fellow Kit Hung immediately following the screening. The Ten Years screenings at the Festival are sponsored by the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale and the Council on Southeast Asian Studies at Yale.

Elements of Abundance: Fashion Essentials and Royal Couture

This carefully curated fashion show will take you on a chronological journey through the wardrobe of Ghana’s citizenry and royalty. Featuring a special performance by SĀHGE Academy's Contemporary African Dance Class, choreographed by Mariyama Shari Caldwell-Young, this cultural experience is perfect for youth, families and scholars of all ages.

New Haven Day

New Haven Day brings together organizations, partners, and individuals for an interactive community resource day on the Green happening simultaneously during BEERfest.

Beneath the Green, The Quantum

In Partnership with Yale Quantum Institute

Festival visitors are invited to circulate through this light installation as if electrons ruminating within a closed quantum system. Not unlike the isolated, cold, and dark environment of a quantum device’s dilution refrigeration tank, the darkness of the night on the New Haven Green is traversed by striking bright lights.


2023 Fellows Graduation

Congratulations to our 2023 Fellows! Celebrate with us as our high school fellowship students take center stage and graduate from their semester–long college–level course.