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 6, 2018 at Pope 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.
Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and
Freed Marcroft, LLC.
In-Kind support from:
All Waste Inc., AlphaGraphics, Bill Morgan Media, Blue Earth Compost, CHER at Trinity College, City of Hartford, Connecticut Audio & Theatrical Supply, The Dirt Salon, Euphoria Events, Hands on Hartford, Imposters Impersonating History, The iQuilt Plan, The Metropolitan District, Mill Restaurant Group, Northern Lights, Robert O'Connor, Meckla Pinnix, Pond House Cafe,
Real Art Ways
We are deeply grateful for the generosity of:
Joe Barber, Jill & David Barrett, Lynn Bortolan, Suzanne & John Bourdeaux, Sara & Luke Bronin, Susan Carey, The Cherolis Family, Jonathan Cohen, Erin & Julio Concepcion, Audrey Conrad, Jim Condren & Ellen Robinson, Diana & Rick Crookes, Rita Decker, Jack Dougherty, Lynn Ferrari & Ginny Seeley, Patricia Fontaine, Thomas Foran, Doris Gale, Tracy & John Gale, Matthew Glasser, Barnaby Horton, Dick & Beverly Hughes, Helen & Don Hughlett, Anne Kane & Jake Holmes, Jill Marie Kleiber, Anne Koneru, Terrence Lavin & Jennifer Crookes Carpenter, Jennifer & Richard Lotstein, Nancy Macy & Robert Painter, Kathi Meding, Marcy & Luis Mejia, Peter Min, Stephanie Moreland, Marjorie Morrissey, Sol & Edgardo Mune, Marcey & Roberto Muñoz, Narwold Family Fund, Mary Jane Panke, Chrissie & Ezra Ripple, Gilda Roncari, Rosalie Roth, Edd Russo, Jennifer & Christian T. Sager, Greg & Jan Sinnott, Lynn Sinnott, Sheelah Sinnott, Paul Spirito & Sarah Poriss, Bill Stapleton, Donna & Sam Stout, Trinity College, Cate Vallone, Linda Wayman, Margot Weiss, Lisa Whatmore, Diane Whitney... and more!
And our talented crafters, sewers, lantern builders & volunteers!
PARKING AND ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION
(Green lines indicate parking)
Parking available on all adjacent side streets.
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.