EXCITING EVENTS AROUND THE BRONX: APRIL 2022
By Great Performances
BRONX NIGHT MARKET RETURNS!
Saturday, April 30th from 1:00pm-7:00pm
Location: Fordham Plaza
We are a small, diverse, majority female-operated team that’s passionate about creating fun and informed experiences for the “love-to-eat” community. We aim to showcase the vibrancy of the Bronx and its convergence with food and culture and create valuable opportunities for more micro-businesses and young entrepreneurs.
The idea is simple—curate a space for a diverse group of vendors to sell freshly made, delicious food, have local artists present their craft and create a platform for local entertainers to perform. Make it safe, affordable, approachable, and family-friendly. Simple, right?! Fordham Plaza proved to be the ideal location for our monthly celebrations: it is centrally located, easily accessible, and surrounded by a robust and supportive community hungry for activations. Founder Marco Shalma aligned our mission to improve commerce and aid in community initiatives with the guidance of Wilma Alonso, Director of the Fordham Road BID.
TREE PLANTING IN BRONX FOREST
Wednesday, April 20th from 9:30am-12:00pm
Location: Burke Avenue Bridge, Bronx Park, Bronx NY 10467
Celebrate Earth Week and help preserve vital habitat along the river by planting native trees in Bronx Forest! Find our team at the Burke Avenue Bridge in Bronx Park on Wednesday, April 20th from 9:30am-12pm.
BRONX RIVER OPEN HOUSE!
Saturday, April 23rd from 12:00pm-4:00pm
Location: 1490 Sheridan Blvd, Bronx, NY 10459
Join us as we officially open the Bronx River House for a celebration of community and an immersive demonstration of the programs that the Bronx River Alliance has to offer!
Activities will include:
- a community canoe paddling event
- kid-friendly environmental education programming
- a pop-up bike repair station and workshop
- a bagged compost giveaway (and food scrap drop off)
- and more!
RUN FOR THE WILD 2022
Saturday, April 30th at 8:00am
Each year, the WCS Run for the Wild raises awareness of the threats facing wildlife while fundraising to help WCS’s conservation work at the Bronx Zoo and around the world.
The 5k race for individual runners will begin at 8:00 a.m.; casual runners and walkers can take part in the 3K Family Fun Run/Walk at 9:30 a.m.
More than 5,000 runners and walkers are expected to participate in this year’s event. All are welcome to stay after the race to take part in post-run activities and visit the Bronx Zoo.
Runners, walkers, and wildlife supporters are invited to participate and/or support a participant.
BE A PLANT CHAMPION!
Saturday, March 26th through Friday, June 3rd
Saturdays, Sundays, and School Breaks; 10:00am–5:30pm
Discover sustainable solutions for a healthy planet during Plant Champions! Activities include crafting a seed ball to grow pollinator friendly native plants in your neighborhood, designing a collage that envisions the future planet you want to see, and exploring amazing ecosystems in our wetland and compost pile.
Weekends and School Breaks
Listen to stories celebrating plant champions and environmental change makers at our Swamp Oak Story Spot at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Welcome back the popular Spanish/English sing-along program Bilingual Birdies! Enjoy new songs and activities each week in this 45 minute interactive program at the Swamp Oak Story Spot.
DIG! PLANT! GROW!
WAKE UP, GARDEN!
Saturday, April 9th through Sunday, May 8th
Sundays and Monday Holidays; 10:00am–5:30pm
Celebrate spring at the Edible Academy! Get started gardening by sowing seeds, digging, and watering. Explore the garden and look for signs of spring. Children are invited to sift and save compost to take home.
Each season offers a new theme to investigate through hands-on activities and take-home projects at the Edible Academy!
NATURE IN POETRY HIKE
Saturday, April 9th from 1:00pm-2:00pm
Free to Join
Join the Rangers for a walk around Hunter Island as we reflect on poetry inspired by the outdoors. Read or write your own nature inspired poems with us.
KIDS WEEK: BIRDING FOR KIDS
Wednesday, April 20th from 1:00pm-2:00pm
Free to Join
Even when school’s out, our parks are still the city’s natural classroom! Bring your kids to parks throughout the city for Kids Week during Spring recess. With programs led by our Urban Park Rangers, kids will get to experience nature in a hands-on and fun way. Let’s learn how to get an up close look at birds without the need for wings! We will teach you ways to identify birds by sight and sounds.
FAMILY FUN HIKE: CELEBRATING PLANET EARTH
Saturday, April 16th from 10:00am – 12:00pm
Ticket Information: Start at $5
Celebrating Planet Earth!
Let’s come together to celebrate all the wild creatures on planet Earth! Keep your eyes and ears open for signs of forest creatures. Van Cortlandt Park is home to squirrels, raccoons, chipmunks and the occasional groundhog. Can you spot a nest? Or a secret burrow? Afterwards, let’s create our own creatures using pinecones and other natural material.
WOODLAWN BEAUTIFICATION DAYS
Saturday, April 30th from 10:00am – 1:00pm
Volunteers needed to care for and beautify the Wildflower Garden and area around Woodlawn Playground in Van Cortlandt Park.
Join VCPA, Women of Woodlawn and Woodlawn Taxpayers Association as we continue to beautify the area around Woodlawn Playground. Projects will include removing non-native invasive plants, planting native species and general clean-up around the playground and in the wildflower garden.