Free Live Music, Art Show Saturday on the UES

Live Music, Art Show Tomorrow on the Upper East Side | Friends of the East River Esplanade, Upper East Site
Live Music, Art Show Tomorrow on the Upper East Side | Friends of the East River Esplanade, Upper East Site

MANHATTAN – There’s no rain is in the forecast tomorrow, June 11th, so spend your Saturday afternoon enjoying the best of what the Upper East Side has the to offer— including two family friendly events located on opposite ends of the neighborhood.  The best part? Both are completely free.

Starting at 11:00 am on James Cagney Place— the plaza on East 91st street between Second and Third Avenues next to Ruppert Park– you’ll be able to feast your eyes on a variety of paintings, sculptures and photographs created by local artists.

Community Board 8 holds Art Show on James Cagney Place, 2021 | Upper East Site
Community Board 8 holds Art Show on James Cagney Place, 2021 | Upper East Site

It’s all part of Community Board 8’s second annual Summer Art Show. If last year’s event was any indication, you can expect a robust turnout. Some artists also had their art on sale, so you could take home your favorite piece if you desired.

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At Saturday’s art show, Community Board 8— representing the Upper East Side— says there will also be free live music from local artists for you to enjoy.

Community Board 8 holds Art Show on James Cagney Place, 2021 | Upper East Site
Community Board 8 holds Art Show on James Cagney Place, 2021 | Upper East Site

Meanwhile, thirty one blocks to the south, where East 60th Street meets the East River Esplanade, there will be three hours of free ice cream pops, live music and activities under the Alice Aycock pavillion— the large, red, roofless structure— starting at 1:00 pm.

Free live music and ice cream pops on the East River Esplanade | Friends of the East River Esplanade
Free live music and ice cream pops on the East River Esplanade | Friends of the East River Esplanade

The best way to get there is by using the ramp on East 60th Street, as closures along the esplanade will prevent you from walking or biking the entire length.

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The event, organized by Friends of the East River Esplanade— a non-profit that works to preserve the East River waterfront— features live music from Long Island country crooner Gene Casey and The Lone Sharks.

French Cookin performs at the Alice Aycock Pavillion on June 4th | Friends of the East River Esplanade
French Cookin performs at the Alice Aycock Pavillion on June 4th | Friends of the East River Esplanade

For the kids, the team from The Craft Studio will be on hand with plenty of activities to keep your little ones busy.

Saturday’s festivities on the East River Esplanade ends at 4:00 pm, while the Art Show ends at 5:00 pm.

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