Unique events to attend this spring at Woodlawn Cemetery

When searching for fun things to do in the Bronx, a cemetery might not exactly be what comes to mind. But the Bronx’s historical Woodlawn Cemetery hosts a handful of unique events throughout the year. From trolley tours to free concerts, there is something for everyone. Here are some upcoming events to check out this spring:

The Making of The Woodlawn Suite: A Conversation with Victor Goines

Wednesday, April 24 @ 6 PM

Join Woodlawn Conservancy Executive Director Meg Ventrudo for a virtual Zoom talk with accomplished musician Victor Goines, composer of The Woodlawn Suite—a unique 13-movement musical tribute to prominent New Yorkers at rest at Woodlawn Cemetery. Since 1993, the influential jazz saxophonist and clarinetist has been a member of the world-renowend Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with the Wynton Marsalis Septet. A community leader in the jazz scene, Victor Goines also serves as the President and CEO of Jazz St. Louis.

To join the Zoom talk, please click here.

Happy Birthday, Duke! -Free Concert Tribute to Duke Ellington by Susan E. Wagner High School Jazz Band

Monday, April 29 @ 3 PM

Woodlawn invites you to celebrate the 125th anniversary of jazz legend Duke Ellington’s birth. To commemorate the occasion, we are pleased to welcome Staten Island’s Susan E. Wagner High School Jazz Band. Last year, the Wagner Jazz Band was runner up in the prestigious Essentially Ellington Competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center. These exceptional students will be competing for the title again this year. Join us for a free concert in Woodlawn’s world-renowned Jazz Corner.

This is a free event. To register, please click here.

Woodlawn’s Spring Flowering Tree Tour

Sunday, May 5 @ 12 PM

A certified Level II Arboretum, The Woodlawn Cemetery & Conservancy is an oasis in an urban setting. With over 6,000 trees onsite, Woodlawn displays truly breathtaking spring beauty each year. Come along for a Trolley Tour of Woodlawn’s blossoming trees, shrubs, and flowers led by Herb Landmann, Project Manager for The Davey Tree Expert Company.

For tickets, please click here.

Gilded Age Art and Architecture Walking Tour: Architecture

Sunday, May 5 @ 1 PM

Spend an hour with Woodlawn’s Architectural Historian Anthony Pellino exploring the bold personalities, cultural forces, and wonderful artistry behind some of Woodlawn’s funerary masterpieces as we walk through the cemetery. The talk will focus on different aspects of artistry and design explained in terms of how patrons, designers, and artists made the decisions that went into a finished work.

Gilded Age Architecture:

The patrons, designers, and artisans of America’s Gilded Age consciously used design as a way to put themselves on equal footing with their European counterparts. This was a toweringly ambitious project which succeeded due to the resources invested as well as the brilliance of the people involved. Join us at Woodlawn to explore some of the ways our designers and patrons employed architecture both in their magnificent homes and their final resting places to solidify their place in society and history.

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Memorial Day Flagging 2024

Saturday, May 18-Sunday, May 26

Founded in 1863, The Woodlawn Cemetery & Conservancy is the final resting place of more than 8,500 individuals who bravely served our nation in the U.S. Armed Forces. Woodlawn has honored veterans for years by welcoming volunteers, including school groups, scouts, corporate teams, and service organizations from the local community to salute America’s heroes.

Each year, to thank those who answered the call, volunteers place flags on veterans’ gravesites in the lead-up to Memorial Day. Volunteers receive maps that pinpoint locations and a list of known servicemembers. A Woodlawn tradition, the yearly public event attracts hundreds of volunteers who make it a point to honor the bravest among us.

To learn more and sign up, please click here.

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