Annual Events and Festivals

Medieval Festival

For one day each September or October, the park becomes a medieval village with costumed performers, authentic period music, dance, magic, jugglers, jesters, and a joust between four knights on horseback. Entry is free but costumed vendors will be on hand to demonstrate and sell a wide variety of medieval crafts as well as food and drink. Co-sponsored by NYC Parks, the Fort Tryon Park Trust, and the Washington Heights and Inwood Development Corporation.

Open House New York

OHNY hosts year-round educational programs celebrating New York City’s built environment. Every October, this organization hosts America’s largest architecture and design event, Open House NY weekend. Fort Tryon Park is included with tours of the historic Billings Estate gatehouse cottage (now the park administrator’s office) and the world-class Heather Garden.

Spring Community Parade & Event

Each April, the Fort Tryon Park Trust celebrates the planting season with a community parade and an egg hunt organized by area parent volunteers.

Urban Wildlife Festival

Join NYC Parks and the Fort Tryon Park Trust each spring to get up close and personal with owls, hawks, porcupines, tortoises and more at this free festival! Learn about their traits and behaviors from New York State licensed rehabilitators and the Urban Park Rangers. Come and enjoy relay races, animal themed arts and crafts, a free puppet show performed by the City Parks Foundation’s PuppetMobile, and dance to live music!

Commemoration of the Battle of Fort Washington

An annual November event commemorating the Revolutionary War Battle of Fort Washington (November 16, 1776). Members of the Brigade of the American Revolution set up a campsite and demonstrate how the Continental Army functioned during the Revolutionary War. The event usually includes historical re-enactments, live musket demonstrations, arts & crafts for kids, blacksmith demonstrations, and more.

Scandia Symphony

This 3-part summer concert series features the works of Scandinavian composers as interpreted by the New York Scandia Symphony and guest artists.

Harvest Festival

The Fort Tryon Park Trust collaborates with local partners and parents to host an annual fall festival for kids.

A Toast to Fort Tryon Park

This annual fundraising event takes place in summer or fall to support this beloved NYC Scenic Landmark. Please inquire about sponsorships or an ad purchase at [email protected]. Find out more about Fort Tryon Park Trust fundraising events HERE.