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 7, 2017 at Bushnell 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.
In 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.
In the idyllic setting of Pope 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.
Watch: 2012 Elizabeth Park, 2013 Pope Park, 2014 Colt Park, 2015 Keney Park, and 2016 Elizabeth Park, and 2017 Bushnell Park!
Our good friend and board member, Chion Wolf, made this wonderful video with pictures and interviews with children about their favorite parts of Night Fall. Enjoy!
Blanket Seating for Night Fall is now available.
New this year are First Row Chairs,
just behind the blankets, because not everyone is comfortable sitting on the ground.
You know you want one!
4 people per blanket
2 Logo chairs (that you KEEP!)
Night Fall is made possible
by our supporters!
Generous support from:
Vermont Community Foundation and the Knox Foundation.
In-Kind support from:
Connecticut Audio & Theatrical Supply, Euphoria Events, The Dirt Salon,
Robert O’Connor, Alpha Graphics, The Metropolitan District, Blue Earth Compost, Bill Morgan Media, Pond House Cafe, Hartford Business Improvement District, Imposters Impersonating History.
We are deeply grateful for the generosity of:
John and Suzanne Bourdeaux, Lynn Ferrari, Barnaby Horton,
Marjorie Morrissey, Thomas Pascouche, Greg & Janet Sinnott,
Sheelah Sinnott, Bank of America, Freed Marcroft LLC
Ellen Robinson and Jim Condren, Lynne Cubberly, Thomas Foran, Tracy & John Gale, Marcy & Luis Mejia, Josh Michtom, Richard Stillson, Trinity College
Allen Ambrose, Roger Anderson, Robert Bale, Kathleen O’Leary & Jim Bannister, David & Jill Ba rrett, Joe & Carole Bascetta, Cathy Bates, Susan Bigelow, James & Fredricka Bookwalter, Katie Bradley, Sara Bronin, Ted & Jane Carroll, Tracey W Carter, Linda Chase Wayman, Ellen N. Clarke, Jonathan Cohen, Len Comeau, Audrey Conrad, Erin and Julio Conception, Chris Corcoran, Jennifer Crookes Carpenter & Terry Lavin, Ellen Curry, Kate Czlapinski & Kevin McKernan, Rita Decker, Karl Fisher, Neal Fisher & Susan Grant, Doris Gale, Carol Gale & Debra Horn, Steve Goodwin & Emily Gianquinto, Frank Gordon-Quiroga, Jeanne Grandy, E Paul Grimmeisen, Ruth Grobe, Liz & Rich Gruber, Parri Hockenberry, Richard L. Hughes III, Helen Hughlett, Valerie Jasinski, David & Janice Klein, Anthony A. Koos, Andrea Livingstone, Jacques Lamarre, Andrea Livingstone, Lauren Maggio, Jackie Mandyck, Will McNair, Linda and Robert McNair, Sue Maresca & Jeremy Wiseman, Ken Morgan, Marcey & Roberto Muñoz, Courtney & Michael Muñoz, Ryan O’Halloran, Paul O’Mara, Open Hearth, Linda Pendergast, Popcorn Movie Poster Co., Jane Rainwater, Ellen Robinson & James Condren, Jennifer Sager, Heather Scerra & Thomas Oakes, Constanza Segovia, Susan Simonds, Michelle Sinnott, Paul Spirito & Sarah Poriss, Anne Stanback, Bill Stapleton, Donna Stout, Doris Sugarman, Tainted, Inc., Clark Taylor, Catherine Vallone, Sally Weisman, Diane Whitney and more
And our talented crafters, sewers, lantern builders & volunteers!
More info as the event gets close.
August 4, Pinnie Painting Workshop, 11-3pm at the Dirt Salon, 50 Bartholomew St. Hartford - Learn to stencil and paint on fabric, ages 12 and up
August 6, Sewing Workshop, 2-8pm at the Dirt Salon, 50 Bartholomew St. Hartford - Learn basic sewing techniques while helping create Night Fall costumes, ages 16 and up
September 3, Sewing Workshop, 10-5pm at the Dirt Salon, 50 Bartholomew St. Hartford - Learn basic sewing techniques while helping create Night Fall costumes, ages 16 and up
September 10, Lantern Workshop, 6-8pm at the Dirt Salon, 50 Bartholomew St. Hartford - Learn to create Lanterns from repurposed plastic that will be used in the finale of Night Fall, ages 6 and up
September 17, Giant Puppet Workshop, 6-8pm at the Dirt Salon, 50 Bartholomew St. Hartford - Learn to operate a Night Fall Puppet! , ages 13 and up
MORE WORKSHOP DATES COMING !
Help out at a neighborhood workshop, assist in making costumes or props, distribute posters and flyers, or be a helper the night of the show. Contact us for more information. Night Fall is only possible with community support.
Help us invite people to Night Fall!
Wear some wings or help with a puppet and let's acquaint our community with the magic of Night Fall.
Join us with our Butterfly Wings and Giant Puppets and help invite our community to Night Fall!
July 21, Jazz Fest, 6-8pm, Bushnell Park
July 27, Movies in the Park, 7-8pm, Bushnell Park
July 30, Monday Night Jazz, 7-8pm, Bushnell Park
August 7, National Night Out, 6-8 pm, Sarah J. Rawson School, Hartford
August 11, West Indian Celebration, 1-3pm, Bushnell Park
August 18, Family Day, 12 -3 pm, Keney Park, Ridgefield St. entrance
August 23, Movies in the Park, 7-8pm, Keney Park, Ridgefield St. entrance
August 26, Movies in the Park, 7-8pm, Colt Park
September 1, Night Fall Yard Sign and Poster distribution,10-2pm at
the Dirt Salon, 50 Bartholomew St.