MLK Day Weekend Events in the Bronx NYC
Things To Do in the Bronx over the Martin Luther King Day Weekend
January 13, 2023 / Things To Do Bronx NYC / Bronx Buzz NYC.
NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the high 50's on Friday, the high 30's on Saturday and the mid 40's on Sunday and Monday. The temperature lows will be in the low to mid 30's all weekend. No precipitation is in the forecast. The humidity will be in the 60% range on Friday, the 50% range on Saturday, the 40% range on Sunday and Monday. The winds will be 12 - 17 mph on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, dropping to 5 - 10 mph on Monday. Click for Bronx Weather.
Brief History of Martin Luther King Holiday in NYC
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist Minister who became the leading voice for African Americans' non-violent civil rights movement beginning in the mid 1950's through to his assassination in 1968. In 1983, the third Monday of every year was set aside to honor Martin Luther King for his service to the nation. The third Monday was chosen, as it was the nearest Monday to the anniversary of King's birthday, which was January 15, 1929.
Martin Luther King Day has grown to take on an even larger meaning, as it is oftentimes referred to as a day on, versus a day off. Organizations around the city and nation have used the day to call people into action to address the needs of the community through volunteering and service.
As Martin Luther King Day is a national holiday, it's worth keeping in mind that many / most federal offices will be closed, along with a number of businesses.
Martin Luther King Holiday Special Events in the Bronx NYC
On Saturday January 14, 2023 from 10 am - 1 pm there's a workshop entitled Freedom Quilters of Gee's Bend at Wave Hill at 4900 Independence Avenue in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx. It's Free w/ admission to the grounds. For details see www.wavehill.org or call 718.549.3200 x251.
On Monday, January 16, 2023 from 9 am - 4 pm, there's an MLK Day of Service at the Riverdale Y. While the Riverdale Y is located at 5626 Arlington Avenue in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, the day of service efforts to tackle various social and community problems is not only there, but done in collaboration with three other organizations / sites in the Bronx. For details see - https://www.riverdaley.org/are-you-in-for-mlk-day-of-service-2023/
This weekend between January 14 - 16, 2023 there are multiple opportunities to help with food distribution through non-profit panties throughout many neighborhoods in the Bronx. Here are a couple of suggestions - https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/ny-bronx AND https://www.foodbanknyc.org
Things To Do MLK Day Weekend in the Bronx NYC
Things To Do in the Bronx Over The Martin Luther King Day Weekend
January 14, 2023 / Things To Do in the Bronx / Bronx Buzz NYC.
Bronx Museums & Cultural Institutions - Things To Do over the Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend
Bronx is home to two great institutions borne in pursuit of preservation and understanding the natural world around us - the New York Botanical Gardens and the Bronx Zoo. A segment of the Enid A. Haupt Observatory at the NY Botanical Gardens is shown in the photo at right.
The Bronx Zoo is located at at 2300 Southern Blvd near the Belmont, Fordham Manor, West Farms, Pelham Parkway and Allerton neighborhoods of the Bronx.
The New York Botanical Gardens is located at at 2900 Southern Blvd near the Norwood, Fordham, Belmont and Allerton neighborhoods of the Bronx.
Bronx Historical Sites / Bronx History - Things To Do over the Martin Luther King Day Weekend
The Bronx have a number of historical sites which are open to the public on weekends, and sometimes weekdays. The Bronx Historical Society is located in the Valentine-Varian house at 3309 Bainbridge Avenue at 208th Street in the Norwood neighborhood of the Bronx. The Valentine-Varian house is the oldest remaining farmhouse in the borough and second oldest house, dating back to 1758. The Bronx Historical Society hosts a number of exhibits as well as an array of programs throughout the year.
There's also the Van Cortlandt House in Van Cortland Park, which is a beautiful colonial home of one of the Dutch settlers. It was built in 1748 and is the oldest house in the Bronx borough. It is located at Broadway and West 246th Street in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx at the end of the #1 subway line.
The Bartow Pell Mansion is also worthy of a visit. It was erected in 1836 and is a Greek revival architecture style home - one of the last of that area / era. The Bartow Pell Mansion Museum is pretty active in its programming which includes cultural and historical. It is located at 895 Shore Road, across from the golf course in Pelham Bay Park.
And there's Wave Hill in Riverdale. It's the site of beautiful gardens overlooking the Hudson River. They offer regular programming including concerts, garden walks in the better weather and talks. It is located at 649 West 249th Street in the Hudson Hill section of the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx.
Art Exhibits in the Bronx NYC - Martin Luther King Day Weekend Events MLK
The Bronx Museum is located at 1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street in the Concourse neighborhood of the Bronx just north and east of Yankee Stadium. The musuem is open through the weekend.
The Edgar Allen Poe Cottage is also open but Thursdays and Fridays only. It is on Kingsbridge Road and Grand Concourse in the Fordham neighborhood. It's an historic venue, but there are frequently artistic events centered around writing.
The New York Botanical Gardens is hosting the glass sculpture exhibit by Dale Chihuli. The Botanical Gardens are located along Southern Blvd and Bronx Park Road. As mentioned above it is located at is located at 2900 Southern Blvd near the Norwood, Fordham, Belmont and Allerton neighborhoods of the Bronx.
In the photo to your right is one of the art galleries in the Bronx Museum at 165th Street and the Grand Concourse in the Concourse neighborhood of the Bronx.
Dance, Theater & Music in the Bronx NYC - Martin Luther King Day Weekend Events MLK
Click here to view the Theatre section of the Bronx Events Calendar to see what's doing this Martin Luther King Day weekend theater in the Bronx NYC.
In addition to some of the public funded theaters at the CUNY colleges, there are a number of smaller, artsy independent theaters in the Bronx. Some have been operating in the Bronx for decade(s), while others are recently new.
Pregones Theater and ID Studio Theater - both in Mott Haven are examples of a long established local theater and an emerging new theater - both in the same neighborhood. An example of an interesting venue is shown in the photo to your right, at the ID Studio Theater in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx in NYC.
Pregones Theater at 571 Walton Street in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx.
ID Studio Theater is located at 311 East 140th Street in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx.
City Island also has a vibrant community theater, offering seasonal performances, so there's nothing doing over the Martin Luther King holiday. And there are also a couple of local theaters in the Wakefield neighborhood, which I'll inform you more about next year.
Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park is closed. It's kind of a desolate place to visit on a cold winter day, which you can only get to by bicycle, foot or via car as the public buses only run during the summer season.
Lehman College for the Performing Arts is located along Goulden Avenue between Bedford Park Blvd West and 197th Street in the Bedford Park neighborhood. It's one of the Bronx top performance venues. Check their website for a Martin Luther King Day Weekend performances, although it's likely closed owing to the national holiday.
Manhattan College, Hostos College, Bronx College and Fordham University all organize and sponsor events, but I suspect that like Lehman they don't do much over the Martin Luther King Day Weekend.
Things To Do Martin Luther King Day Weekend - Shopping in the Bronx & NYC
This is a great weekend to do a bit of shopping. The Bronx is a fun place to shop, as you can find interesting little shops selling unique items from the equatorial islands and southern hemisphere, or made locally. Click here to view our section about Bronx shopping.
In the photo at right is one of the unique stores located in the Bronx. This store is located on the main street of City Island in the southeastern section of the Bronx.
Things To Do Martin Luther King Day Weekend - Dining in the Bronx NYC
If you know where to look, the food in the Bronx has always been good. The variety of restaurant choices is difficult to match anywhere, and if you look carefully, you can find good food at reasonable prices too.
City Island is known for its seafood restaurants. And there's plenty of cuisines from around the Caribbean and the world in most of the neighborhoods in the Bronx.
Click here to view the Bronx Restaurants NYC section of the site, which includes reviews of the restaurants we've selected to review. As of this writing, we've identified some of our old favorites, but haven't done the deep dive yet.
Martin Luther King Day Weekend Events in the Bronx - MLK Day
You can watch theater, visit the Bronx theaters, performing arts & art museums, eat out at one of the Bronx restaurants, go shopping in the Bronx NYC, or visit a very limited number of local Bronx farmers markets.
Click here to obtain information about things to do Labor Day Weekend in the Bronx. And our things to do / Bronx events calendar is updated monthly with between 50 - 100 different Bronx fun / cultural events.
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