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MetFest to Celebrate Creative Spirit of NYC on October 21st
October 17, 2023, 5:31.01 pm ET


Image: Metropolitan Museum of Art

MetFest returns to The Metropolitan Museum of Art for a celebration of the creative spirit of New York City. The festival will take place both outside, on The Met’s David H. Koch Plaza, and inside, at the Museum’s Fifth Avenue location, from noon to 6 p.m. All outdoor events are free; indoor events are free with Museum admission and no registration is required. Admission is free for kids under 12 and pay-as-you-wish for all New Yorkers and students from Connecticut and New Jersey.

The festival begins on The Met’s iconic steps with an energizing performance by the female-led, New York City–based Brass Queens band and Brooklyn United Music and Arts Program, a community-based youth marching band. The outdoor celebration continues with more local artists, including a live DJ set with DJ Rob Dinero and Shani Kulture of Hot 97, a dance performance by Full Circle Souljahs celebrating the global phenomenon of hip-hop, and a performance by Afrobeats band Antibalas. Family activities outside include collaborative crochet work with community artist Carmen Paulino alongside more art-making activities and games.Additional activities, talks, and performances will also take place indoors throughout the galleries.

A full schedule of events can be found here