Night Fall Hartford

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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.

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 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.

Attend one of our pre-show workshops , volunteer to help the night of the event or reserve a blanket or a first row chair 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, 2015 Keney Park, and 2016 Elizabeth Park, and 2017 Bushnell Park!

Chion WolfOur 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!

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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 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!

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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


Illuminating Stronger Ties at Hartford's Night Fall (Red Truck Stonecatcher Blog, December 17, 2017)

Anne Cubberly Invites You All to Participate (Take Magazine, October 3, 2016)

Hartford Puppetmaker Anne Cubberly Is The Creative Force Behind Night Fall (the Hartford Magazine, September 24, 2016)

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
will be at Pope Park in 2018!



More info as the event gets close.


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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