Free on the Green

Peabody Museum Presents: Dinos to Birds

FREE. Watch the Green turn into a museum as staff from the Peabody showcase the four-billion-year intertwined evolution of dinosaurs and birds in an interactive exhibit featuring fossils, bones, feathers; and other artifacts.

Recycled Reflections: Collage Art Made For & From the Community with Faustin Adeniran

In Collaboration with Arts for Learning CT

FREE. Learn collage with Faustin Adeniran, a contemporary sculptor from Lagos, Nigeria, now working in New Haven. You’ll use newspapers, cardboard, cans, and other items to create treasure from trash in this session.


FREE. Who are the men, women and children whose cases were re-examined under the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act? The Un(re)solved installation uses augmented-reality, mixing art and technology with investigative journalism, to investigate racist civil rights-era killings and right wrongs of our country’s past.

Huneebee Project – Native Bee Hotel Making Workshop

FREE. Give bees a place to sleep and hear what all the buzz is all about from the Huneebee Project, who will teach us how to make hotels for native bees.

CANning Hunger with Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen

FREE. View team-built sculptures that use cans to raise awareness about our shared connection to food and the issues around hunger and food scarcity in our community.

Sirius Coyote Music and Sounds of the Americas Music

with Arts for Learning CT

FREE. Travel across North America with Sirius Coyote, whose traditional, contemporary world music is renowned for its upbeat rhythm featuring guitar, sax, clarinet, flutes, kalimbas, drums, keyboards, ocarinas and a variety of other eclectic instruments made from materials found in nature.

New Haven Symphony Orchestra with Harolyn Blackwell, Albert R. Lee, & Brian Stokes Mitchell

FREE. Kick off the 2022 in-person Festival in style with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra!

Peabody Museum Presents: Drawing on Nature

FREE. Sharpen your pencils and get close to nature in this figure drawing session. Drop in and draw inspiration from butterflies, bird feathers, seashells, and other natural materials as staff from the Peabody guides participants in creating masterpieces worthy of Audubon.

The Split Coils & Carrie Ashton

FREE. Enjoy an evening of rocking Americana on the Green.

WordFest Youth Poetry Slam Finals

Co-presented with the Word

FREE. See rising stars of the spoken word world and cheer on the next generation of poets.

Orquesta Afinke & Alex Cuba

FREE. An evening of Latin dance on the Green

Dance Exchange

FREE. Spend an afternoon learning a variety of dances, from hip hop and modern to street jazz, salsa and ballet.

CT Food Launchpad Expo

FREE. Spice up your dishes with a little something extra from local culinary masterminds and fall in love with a variety of flavors at the CT Food Launchpad Expo.


FREE. Experience the allure of catchy electro-pop music that carries a message with Israeli-Persian singer, songwriter, actress, and cultural activist Liraz.

¡Cuba Vive! Nachito Herrera & His Havana Jazz Club

FREE. Nachito Herrera is “explosive, crowd-pleasing. rhythmically intense. Romantic. Dynamic. Jaw-droppingly good.” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune).

Arabiqa with Karim Nagi

In partnership with Arts for Learning CT

FREE. Karim Nagi has spent the last 30 years teaching Arab music and folk dance to audiences throughout the world.

Cristina Ruales Fashion Workshop

In partnership with Arts for Learning CT

FREE. Learn the ins and outs of fashion design in this hands-on workshop with renowned designer Cristina Ruales.

Storytelling at the Cross Roads

In partnership with Arts for Learning CT

FREE. In this captivating storytelling event for kids, award-winning storyteller and mime Antonio Rocha showcases stories from around the world with character movements, sound effects and voices.

Masem Enyong West African Dance Workshop

In partnership with Arts for Learning CT


Juneteenth: Full Circle

FREE. Celebrate Liberation Day with the Festival in this concert highlighting jazz and the internationally recognized Jesse "Cheese" Hameen.

Elder Honoring Ceremony

FREE. The Elder Honoring is an annual tradition and trademark of the Juneteenth Coalition of Greater New Haven.

Gospel on the Green

FREE. Get in the spirit Sunday, June 19 at the second annual Gospel on the Green.

Gregory Porter

FREE. Two-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Gregory Porter injects his passion for jazz, gospel, and blues into live performances with soul-drenched lyrics.

K. Dub & Okaidja

FREE. An evening of globe-spanning beats and flow.


Co-presented by Long Wharf Theatre

FREE. Inspired by the past few years, this work-in-progress showcase features original songs written and created by Obie-award winner Whitney White and Peter Mark Kendall. The piece is a kaleidoscopic reflection on isolation and longing, about breaking apart and breaking free, the nature of connection and the importance of community.

MAP Entertainment Presents: Cool Breeze on the Green, an Old School Dance Party with Evelyn "Champagne" King, Manny James, DJ Diamond D, & DJ Juan Coon

FREE. Cool Breeze creates a hypnotic meld of sound in a lineup featuring a variety of soul, pop, and R&B performances. Get down and boogie!

Eli Whitney Museum Presents Marbles in Motion

FREE. Staff from the Eli Whitney Museum will show how we can use marbles to learn about our world in a community-built marble run as well as with take-home kits.

Mario the Maker Magician

FREE. Mario the Maker Magician has appeared on Sesame Street, NBC’s Universal Kids, and HGTV, and has toured with illusionist David Blaine, who called him “the best kids’ magician in the world.”

Air Temple Arts: Steal the Stars

FREE. When the court of the moon is invaded by ruffians, and the stars are stolen out of the sky, the queen of the night sets out to find out why in this circus showcase.

Air Temple Arts: Intro to Circus

FREE. Air Temple Arts performers will teach fundamental circus skills like partner acrobatics, weight sharing, learning how to base and fly simple poses, and more—suitable for all ages and bodies!

Proyecto Cimarron & Las Cafeteras

FREE. ¡Baila! Fusing passion, energy, and dance, Las Cafeteras celebrates their Chicano heritage and showcases traditional Son Jarocho sonic stylings in their “urgent, relevant music.” (BBC)

DRAGtastic Journey

In partnership with the New Haven Pride Center

FREE. Get ready to WORK and SLAY on the DRAGtastic Journey featuring some of New Haven’s local drag royalty!