Fall Free For All

Enjoy free introductory lessons and classes at NMS now through September 29! 


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Interested in learning more about the wonderful classes, workshops, restaurants and shops you keep hearing about in the “Arts District” of New Haven? The Fall Free for All on Saturday, September 23 is a perfect time to check it all out!  This festive family-friendly event features an array of FREE sample classes, live performances, face painting, demonstrations, and special food and shopping offers. FREE parking is available on September 23 for the first 100 cars at the Audubon Garage, 78 Audubon St., 11am-5pm (Enter from
Orange St.)

Performances take place outside on Leeney Plaza, located in the middle of Audubon Street, which will be closed to traffic. Classes and exhibits are listed below.

  • Neighborhood Music School – 100 Audubon StreetEnjoy the sounds of student & faculty such as the Premier Jazz Ensemble and NMS DoSo Dance Band. Experiment at the Instrument Discovery Zone where kids can hold and learn to play real instruments. Inside, try sample classes such as Dance, Early Childhood Music and Movement, Rounds Singing and more! Plus, receive a voucher for a free introductory lesson.
  • Creative Arts Workshop – 80 Audubon Street: Take a Pottery Sampler with Mike Bradford, a one-day introduction to studio pottery, 9-12pm. Bond together with structured group art activities for families in Play Dates, 2-4pm
  • ACES Educational Center for the Arts – 55 Audubon Street: ECA students showcase their talents with a variety of live performances. Prospective students can pick up information about applying to ECA.
  • New Haven Museum – 114 Whitney Avenue:FREE admission 12 – 6pm as part of “Museum Day Live!“, an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian Magazine and held at participating museums across the nation. Check out the exhibit opening for Old School Ink: New Haven’s Tattoos, exploring the contributions made by New Haven tattoo artists to the aesthetics and industry of body art—regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • New Haven Ballet – 70 Audubon Street:Children ages 3-8 are welcome to take a trial placement class: Space limited. Please call to reserve a spot: 203-782-9038.
  • The Ely Center of Contemporary Art – 51 Trumbull Street:Maniac: Manic Episode 5, exhibit curated by Kevin Daly. 1 – 4pm


Restaurants and merchants in the district will be exhibiting and providing free samples on Audubon Street too, including; Katalina’s Bakery, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, Phone & Computer Repair Center, Gilden’s Jewelers, Phil’s Hair & Spa, Yale Social & Cognitive Development Lab Yale and Yale China Association.


Free selected classes are available at Creative Arts Workshop from Sept. 18-23; Sign up for a free introductory lesson at Neighborhood Music School or try free selected classes from Sept. 18 – 29. Special food and shopping offers valid from September 18 – 30, 2017 Please visit for a complete list of special offers.

This event is made possible with the support and cooperation of the following organizations: Arts Council of Greater New Haven, Creative Arts Workshop, ACES Educational Center for the Arts, Neighborhood Music School, New Haven Ballet, Town Green Special Services District and Yale University Properties/Whitney-Audubon Retail & Arts District.

View flyer with more information about Fall Free For All HERE

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Twilight Tuesdays

July 25 –Tenor and Bass: The evening kicks off with The Mimosa Steel Pan Quartet – featuring Sarah Heath, tenor pan; Debby Teason, double seconds; Carl Testa, bass; Joe Murfin, percussion; and guest Michael Bergman, udu. The group performs upbeat familiar favorites, from both the tropics and the mainland. A totally different kind of “Tenor & Bass” performance follows, with the virtuosic talents of Daniel Juarez, tenor, and Andrew Potter, bass, who will perform operatic arias and duets with pianist Alexis Zingale.

August 1 – Black Art Jazz Collective: This band has been called “a cross-section of Jazz’s leading voices,” and it is dedicated to celebrating cultural and political icons, as well as preserving the historical significance of African Americans in Jazz. Much of their music is inspired by these well-known icons. This all-star ensemble features: Jeremy Pelt, trumpet; Wayne Escoffery, saxophone; James Burton III, trombone; Victor Gould, piano; Rashaan Carter, bass; and Darrell Green, drums.