Wave Hill Family Events August 22–29

The week of August 22-29 will see the last Twilight in the Garden evening of the summer, Gamelan Dharma Swara performs Balinese music and dance in the Aquatic Garden. And, in an idyllic finale to a wonderful season, come stargaze with Wave Hill. Stretch out on the rolling lawns with the wide expanse of the sky glittering above you, and enter the world of the amateur astronomer. Children ages 12 and up are welcome with an adult. For the starry-eyed, come back at the weekend to explore the stories of our constellations at the next Family Art Project. Heavenly! 

Thu, August 22

Sonic Experience: Gamelan Dharma Swara

Gamelan Dharma Swara have been described by The New York Times as “an ambitious and powerful ensemble who plays gamelan as a living language.” Now entering its thirtieth year, the 25-person ensemble will present an evening of works spanning centuries, exploring the many facets of the Balinese performing arts. Dedicated to the traditions of Balinese performing arts and committed to exploring new music, Gamelan Dharma Swara is carving out a compelling niche in New York City’s vibrant arts scene. Founded in 1989, Dharma Swara is one of the leading Balinese gamelan and dance ensembles in the United States, and has performed at renowned NYC music venues, including Le Poisson Rouge, Symphony Space, Joe’s Pub, Roulette Intermedium and BAM, as well as at such cultural institutions as MoMA and the Asia Society. Free with admission to the grounds. Special evening admission to the grounds starts at 4PM. $12 general adult admission; $8 student and seniors 65+; $6 children ages six+. Purchase admission online by 4PM day of event and save $2. Free to Wave Hill Members and children under age six. No guest passes or reciprocal admission accepted.

Aquatic Garden, 7PM

Thu, August 22

Stargazing in the Garden

Prepare for an out-of-this-world experience with Irene Pease and a team of sidewalk astronomers. Learn what it takes to be an amateur astronomer in New York City, get oriented to the night sky, test out a telescope in the garden, and observe the starry night high above Wave Hill. Rain date: August 29. Adults and children 12 and up welcome. Space is limited. Check wavehill.org for shuttle service and for The Café menu this Thursday evening. The Café will be open till 7:30PM. Grounds open till 8PM. $40; Wave Hill Members save 10%. Registration required, online or at the Perkins Visitor Center. Twilight in the Garden event.

Meet at Wave Hill House, 7:30‒9:30PM 

Sat, August 24

Family Art Project: Root Among the Stars

Stars have always guided us across the world. Along the way, myriad stories have been inspired by seeing clusters of stars as constellations that make up an image. We may not be able to see all the stars in our own galaxy, but we can imagine that they are endless! Using cardboard, wood and light, create your own constellation, celebrating your favorite nature scene. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Wave Hill House, 10AM–1PM

Sun, August 25

Family Art Project: Root Among the Stars

Stars have always guided us across the world. Along the way, myriad stories have been inspired by seeing clusters of stars as constellations that make up an image. We may not be able to see all the stars in our own galaxy, but we can imagine that they are endless! Using cardboard, wood and light, create your own constellation, celebrating your favorite nature scene. Free with admission to the grounds.

Wave Hill House, 10AM–1PM


A 28-acre public garden and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades, Wave Hill’s mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscape, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.

HOURS – Open all year, Tuesday through Sunday and many major holidays: 9AM–5:30PM, March 15–October 31. Closes 4:30PM, starting November 1. 

ADMISSION – $10 adults, $6 students and seniors 65+, $4 children 6–18. Free Saturday and Tuesday mornings until noon. Free to Wave Hill Members and children under 6.

PROGRAM FEES – Programs are free with admission to the grounds unless otherwise noted.

Visitors to Wave Hill can take advantage of Metro-North’s one-day getaway offer. Purchase a discount round-trip rail far and discount admission to the gardens. More at http://mta.info/mnr/html/getaways/outbound_wavehill.htm

Wave Hill
675 W 252nd St
The Bronx
NY 10471

Image Credit Joshua Bright

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