Night Fall Hartford

Night Fall is a free, celebratory event taking place in Hartford's beautiful and historic Elizabeth Park on Saturday, October 8, 2016. This spectacular production features local artists, performers and professionals and with support from our community, and has become a highly anticipated annual event for all ages.

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Click above to watch or download the show from Keney Park from 2015.

Night Fall
features music, dance, theater, spoken word, costume and lead artist Anne Cubberly's signature giant puppets. Cubberly, along with community leaders Steve Mitchell and LB Muñoz, hires some of the region's most talented and active artists, performers and technical specialists for the core of this professional production. This year's Night Fall is Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Elizabeth Park in Hartford.

Come early for extra Night Fall Fun! Grounds open at 2 pm in the field adjacent to the performance area. Shop with the Market vendors, make Art, enjoy Side Shows, and purchase food from various local Food Trucks. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on for the performance, which starts promptly at 6 pm.

scene from 2013In the weeks leading up to Night Fall, free art workshops will be held across the city of Hartford. Night Fall artists work with residents in their neighborhoods to design and create lanterns that are the centerpiece of the performance. Hartford communities are a featured part of Night Fall.

Night Fall honors the diversity of Hartford residents young and old by fostering relationships through creative and expressive sharing and learning. Night Fall highlights the wealth of artistic talent in the Greater Hartford region by collaborating with local artists, performers and craftspeople.

scene from 2012In the idyllic setting of Elizabeth Park and autumnal surroundings, Night Fall probes the mysteries of seasonal transition and change. The evening's climax, a final ritual procession of lanterns, symbolizes an ending of the fall season and a welcoming to the winter season soon to come. In this way, Night Fall is a festival of theater, pageantry, movement and music as well as a uniquely Hartford celebration of nature, our shared history and most importantly, our community.

Attend one of our pre-show workshops, volunteer to help the night of the event or reserve a blanket for a front row seat at one of Hartford's most magical evenings!

Want to relive Night Fall past performances? You can view them online!
Watch: 2012 Elizabeth Park, 2013 Pope Park, 2014 Colt Park.

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merch booth With your help, Night Fall highlights the wealth of artistic talent in the Greater Hartford region by collaborating with local artists, performers and craftspeople and fairly compensating them for their work.

Your support in making this project a reality is greatly appreciated. Every Night Fall backer will be lovingly thanked on our web site. We also value your encouragement and cheers, your Facebook posts and tweets.

Night Fall is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


squirrels love youNight Fall is made possible
by our supporters

Generous support from:


Roberts Foundation

Vermont Community Foundation
West End Civic Association

With gratitude to:
Tom Baptist, Caroline Finnegan, Patricia Fontaine, Patricia Kelly, Charie McMonigle, Herb Virgo, The Pond House Cafe.

Wonderful Community Partners:
Children, Compass Youth Builders, Grace Academy, The Open Hearth, Villages for Families.

Media sponsors:

Hartford Magazine

In Kind supporters:
The Dirt Salon, The Metropolitan District, Bill Morgan Media, Northern Lights, Amor Catering, Bear's BBQ, Dave Mourad, Hartford Prints, Real Art Ways, Connecticut Audio & Theatrical Supply, Sandbox Arts, The Chion Wolf.

Greatest Individual donors:
Joseph and Carol Bascetta, Pedro Bermudez, John and Suzanne Bourdeaux, Tracey Carter, Anthony Cherolis, Brian and Ellen Clarke, Marie Coburn, Julio Concepcion, Jennifer Crookes-Carpenter, John Dankosky, Liam Dennigan, Lynn Ferrari and Virginia Seeley, Thomas Foran, John and Tracy Gale, Wendy & Brent Graveley, Elizabeth Gruber, Frank Hagaman, Suzanne Hopgood, Floyd Kellogg, Heather MacFarlane & Dave Mourad, Jamie & Cheryl McDonald, Judith Mourad, Marge Morrissey, Courtney & Michael Muñoz, Marcey & Robert Muñoz, Ryan O'Halloran, Thomas Pascouche, Julia Pistell & Greg Ludovici, Sarah Poriss and Paul Spirito, Julie and Caleb Portfolio, Nan and Rob Price, Jane Rainwater, Karen Renstrom, Christina Ripple, Ellen Robinson and Jim Condren, Rosalee Roth, Heather Scerra and Thomas Oakes, Greg and Janet Sinnott, Michelle Sinnott, Richard Stillson, Kevin Sullivan, Carol Tudisco, Catherine Vallone, Sally Weisman, Diane Whitney, Rebecca Waring, Lauren Zarambo.

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– for additional materials and information about Night Fall or Anne Cubberly please contact Taryn Bunger at 315/534-9205, or email


Night Fall At Colt Park (photo gallery,, October 12, 2014)

With Forum, Donovan And Marathon, Hartford Was Hopping
(Hartford Courant, October 13, 2014)

Magic Comes to Colt Park at Night Fall (Hartford Courant, October 6, 2014)

Artist Anne Cubberly Named Best Artist in Hartford Magazine's Best of Hartford Winners 2014 (Hartford Magazine, May 2014)

Anne Cubberly – "Hartford Has Her" (Hartford Preservation Alliance Blog, February 17, 2014)

Night Fall Celebrates Changing Of Seasons At Pope Park (Hartford Courant, October 10, 2013)

Hartford's Underground Arts Scene (Hartford Magazine, September, 2013)

Puppet Sculptor Anne Cubberly Creates A Magical World
(Hartford Courant, July 19, 2013)

Artist Anne Cubberly Named One of Hartford Magazine's Players: Best of Hartford Winners 2013
(Hartford Magazine, May 2013)

Hartford Bucket List Challenge 2013! (Yelp Hartford, March 2013)

Photos: Night Fall Hartford (, October 2012)

Ten Photos of "Night Fall"
(Hartford Courant, To Wit, October 14, 2012)

See Anne Cubberly's Night Fall on Oct. 13 in Hartford's Elizabeth Park (, October 8, 2012)

Dreams, Vision And Inspiration: What Drives An Artist? (WNPR, Colin McEnroe Show, September 24, 2012)

Hartford Arts Community Brings Wonder To Autumn (Seasons Magazine, Fall 2012)

Night Fall - Celebrate the Season With the Arts (Hartford Woman Online, August 2012)

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Night Fall
returns to Elizabeth Park, this year on the Hartford, Whitney Street side, near the intersection of Asylum Ave. and Whitney St. A handicapped dropoff will be available on Elizabeth St.


PARKING is available on neighboring streets, as well as in the park. A bus schedule will be posted soon.



seating info Seating at Night Fall is as close to nature as you can get – on the lawn. Seating is first come, first served. There are no bad seats and you may want to bring something to sit on; blanket seating is closest to the stage with chair seating behind. (There are no chairs or stools in the Blanket Area.)

For those who need assistance to reach the playing area, volunteers are on hand to assist in transport to our reserved Accessibility viewing area.

And if you want to really be up close and personal, consider supporting Night Fall by reserving a blanket.

Past performances have been standing room only, so we encourage you to arrive early. Bring a picnic supper or purchase a snack from one of the food trucks parked nearby. But please help keep Elizabeth Park beautiful by taking your trash with you when you leave.

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