When : Tuesday, June 14, 2016 6PM - 9PM, rain or shine
Where : Fifth Avenue from 82nd Street to 105th Street
Directions : 4 or 5 IRT to 86th Street station, or #6 to 86th, 96th and 103rd Street stations, walk two blocks west to Fifth Avenue
2 or 3 train to 110th Street and Lenox Avenue, walk one block east to Fifth Avenue, then south to 105th
Billed by festival organizers
as New York's biggest block party, the
Museum Mile Festival in New York City is a mile-long celebration of art and culture.
festival is held annually, usually on an evening in June on the
second Tuesday of the month, Stretching along Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 105th (which is roughly a mile) the streets are closed off to cars -- and for at least one special evening -- the whole
mile becomes a strollers' heavean.
year, the 38th annual Museum Mile Festival is scheduled for Tuesday,
June 14, 2016 from 6PM - 9PM, rain or shine.
The first Museum Mile Festival was held in 1978 with the aim of
letting people experience the many museums along this stretch
of road including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National
Design Museum, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum -- with FREE admission to all.
Yet museums certainly aren't the only attraction!
Many of the
museums also provide art related activities for kids, and musicians
and bands of various flavors can be found playing everywhere along the avenue.
The festival also plays host to a variety of street performers
who entertain crowds up and down the mile stretch.
"New York City's biggest block party" (photo courtesy museummilefestival.org)
In total, well over a million people have participated in the
Museum Mile Festival over the years. The Museum Mile Festival has such a popular reputation,
in fact, that tourists and people from the surrounding area come
to New York specifically for the event -- to enjoy New York's rich
cultural heritage as they rub shoulders with the many New Yorkers who also come out to enjoy
More about the Museum Mile Festival around the Web:
Museum Mile Festival - The official site, with information on this year's festivities including the complete schedule of participating museums, map & directions, lists of performers and street entertainment, photos.
Museum Mile Festival - About.com - A guide to the current schedule and participating museums, tips on getting the most out of the festival including a list of nearby restaurants and attractions.